non-destructive testing

SAU Tech’s Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Program is offered as a emphasis in the College’s Industrial Sciences degree. Nondestructive testing (NDT) is testing that does not destroy the test object.  NDT is vital for constructing and maintaining all types of components and structures.  To detect different defects such as cracking and corrosion, there are different methods of testing available, such as X-ray (where cracks show up on the film) and ultrasound (where cracks show up as an echo blip on the screen).  SAU Tech’s NDT courses that comprise the curriculum are the courses required for those employed in the field of non-destructive testing for production in advanced manufacturing.

The College’s Nondestructive Testing program provides tremendous opportunities in safety & quality inspection.  The NDT program offers an Associate of Applied Science degree that is currently in high demand.  NDT students develop the knowledge and skills required to perform sophisticated testing techniques such as eddy current, x-ray, liquid dye penetrant, magnetic particle, and ultrasonic testing that are currently required in many different industry fields. NDT technicians are in high demand. The basis of inspection technology depends upon the technician’s ability to understand the principles of physics and use fundamental mathematical calculations to locate flaws in materials.  Lives sometimes depend upon the ability of the technician to understand and have adequate training in this area.

Students learn blueprint reading, basic metallurgy, measurement, and proper use of equipment used in the various NDT testing processes.  Mid-level mathematics, communication skills, writing, and understanding codes & procedures, materials composure, and basic theories of economics are also integrated into the program. SAU Tech created this program emphasis in response to requests from industries such as Aerojet Rocketdyne, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Armtec Defense and others.

Career Opportunities:

Most NDT technicians review and provide quality assurance in a variety of settings, which include but are not limited to:

  • Aviation
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Industrial Plants (Nuclear, Petrochemical, Power, Refineries, Fabrication Shops, etc.)
  • Pipelines
  • Railways