Non Destructive Testing is a dynamic industry with a high degree of innovation.
It includes a wide group of testing and analysis techniques to evaluate the properties of a material, component or system without causing damage. NDT is used in a variety of settings that covers a wide range of industrial activity, with new NDT methods and applications, being continuously developed.
NDT techniques are essential to evaluate compliance of the component with the applicable manufacturing standard or assess in-service condition of the equipment. NDT is routinely applied to the safety critical components such as in transportation, pressure vessels, building structures and piping.
Career opportunities in the field of NDT are versatile. NDT operators require a set of skills underpinned by adequate technical knowledge and training. Verification of competency is based on standardised certification schemes/processes. Most NDT personnel certification schemes listed above specify three “levels” of qualification and/or certification, usually designated as Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3; the roles and responsibilities of personnel in each level are defined.
If you are interested in using your hands as well as your mind in a dynamic industry, Non Destructive Testing may be for you. The organisation supporting the NDT industry are our friends at the NZ NDTA (non destructive testing association).