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Non-Destructive Testing Specialists

Also called: Non-Destructive Testing Specialist (NDT Specialist), Non-Destructive Testing Technician (NDT Technician), Quality Engineer, Quality Manager

What they do:
Test the safety of structures, vehicles, or vessels using x-ray, ultrasound, fiber optic or related equipment.
On the job, you would:
  • Interpret or evaluate test results in accordance with applicable codes, standards, specifications, or procedures.
  • Interpret the results of all methods of non-destructive testing (NDT) such as acoustic emission, electromagnetic, leak, liquid penetrant, magnetic particle, neutron radiographic, radiographic, thermal or infrared, ultrasonic, vibration analysis, and visual testing.
  • Examine structures or vehicles such as aircraft, trains, nuclear reactors, bridges, dams, and pipelines using non-destructive testing (NDT) techniques.


Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • physics
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products
Engineering and Technology
  • product and service development


Basic Skills
  • figuring out how to use new ideas or things
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it


  • listen and understand what people say
  • read and understand what is written
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Initiative
  • Independence


You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • Fractal Concept SoftScan
  • GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies Rhythm UT
Computer aided design CAD software Hot Technology
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • Dassault Systemes CATIA software Hot Technology
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
associate's degree
usually needed

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