Non-Destructive Testing Specialists

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NDE Technician (Non-Destructive Evaluation Technician), NDT Specialist (Non-Destructive Testing Specialist), NDT Technical Specialist (Non-Destructive Testing Technical Specialist), NDT Technician (Non-Destructive Testing Technician)

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Aerospace Ground Equipment; Aerospace Ground Equipment Journeyman; Aerospace Propulsion Apprentice, F101, F110, F118, TF34 Jet Engines (A-10, B-1, B-2, F-16, U-2 aircraft); Aerospace Propulsion Craftsman, TF33, CF6, F103, F108, F117, TFE-731, TF39, PW 2040, F138 Jet Engines (Airlift, Special Mission, and B-52 aircraft); Aerospace Propulsion Helper, TF33, CF6, F103, F108, F117, TFE-731, TF39, PW 2040, F138 Jet Engines (Airlift, Special Mission, and B-52 aircraft); Aerospace Propulsion Superintendent; Airlift/Special Mission Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice, C-130/C-27J; Airlift/Special Mission Aircraft Maintenance Helper; Airlift/Special Mission Aircraft Maintenance Helper, C-5; Nondestructive Inspection
Allied Trades Specialist; Senior Automotive Maintenance Warrant Officer/Senior Ordnance Logistics Warrant Officer; UH-60 Helicopter Repairer
Aviation Maintenance Technician
Aircraft Maintenance (Fixed-Wing); Enlisted Aircrew/Aerial Observer/Gunner; Fixed-Wing Aircraft Airframe Mechanic-Trainee; Fixed-Wing Aircraft Mechanic, AV-8/TAV-8; Fixed-Wing Aircraft Power Plants Mechanic, F-404; Fixed-Wing Aircraft Safety Equipment Mechanic, F-35; Helicopter Airframe Mechanic, CH-53; Helicopter Mechanic, UH/AH-1; Helicopter/Tiltrotor Mechanic-Trainee; Tiltrotor Mechanic, MV-22
Aircraft Non-Destructive Inspection Technician; Aviation Structural Mechanic; Aviation Structural Mechanic Intermediate Level; Hull Systems Maintainer; Hull Systems Technician; Non-Nuclear NDT Examiner; VT MT and PT NDT Inspector; VT MT PT and RT NDT Inspector; VT MT PT and UT Inspector
Nondestructive Inspection; Nondestructive Inspection Apprentice; Nondestructive Inspection Craftsman; Nondestructive Inspection Helper; Nondestructive Inspection Journeyman
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 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.
  • Interpret or evaluate test results in accordance with applicable codes, standards, specifications, or procedures.
  • Identify defects in solid materials, using ultrasonic testing techniques.


Engineering and Technology

  • product and service development
  • computers and electronics

Math and Science

  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • physics

Arts and Humanities

  • English language

Education and Training

  • teaching and course design


Basic Skills

  • reading work related information
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions

People and Technology Systems

  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it
  • measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it

Problem Solving

  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it



  • read and understand what is written
  • listen and understand what people say

Ideas and Logic

  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems

Visual Understanding

  • see hidden patterns
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.

They do well at jobs that need:

  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Stress Tolerance


You might use software like this on the job:

Electronic mail software

  • IBM Notes
  • Microsoft Outlook Hot Technology In Demand

Presentation software

  • Microsoft PowerPoint Hot Technology In Demand

Analytical or scientific software

  • Fractal Concept SoftScan
  • Visualization Sciences Group VSG Avizo Fire


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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