Profession non-destructive testing specialist

Non-destructive testing specialists carry out testing of vehicles, vessels, other manufactured objects, and construction structures without having to damage them. They use special equipment such as X-ray, ultrasound, radiographics, or infrared instruments to perform testing activities and report based on the observed results.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Non-destructive testing

    The techniques used to assess the characteristics of materials, products and systems without causing damage, such as ultrasonic, radiographic, and remote visual inspection and testing.

Skills

  • Use testing equipment

    Use equipment to test performance and operation of machinery.

  • Report test findings

    Report test results with a focus on findings and recommendations, differentiating results by levels of severity. Include relevant information from the test plan and outline the test methodologies, using metrics, tables, and visual methods to clarify where needed.

  • Examine civil structures

    Perform non-destructive testing on civil structures such as bridges and pipelines in order to find abnormalities or damage.

  • Record test data

    Record data which has been identified specifically during preceding tests in order to verify that outputs of the test produce specific results or to review the reaction of the subject under exceptional or unusual input.

  • Create solutions to problems

    Solve problems which arise in planning, prioritising, organising, directing/facilitating action and evaluating performance. Use systematic processes of collecting, analysing, and synthesising information to evaluate current practice and generate new understandings about practice.

  • Use non-destructive testing equipment

    Use specific non-destructive testing methods and equipment that do not cause any damage to the product, such as X-rays, ultrasonic testing, magnetic particle inspection, industrial CT scanning and others, in order to find defects in and assure quality of a manufactured and a repaired product.

Optional knowledge and skills

calibrate electronic instruments engineering principles train employees perform liquid penetrant tests mathematics analyse test data assist scientific research make radiographic images lead inspections identify defects in concrete use ultrasonic equipment develop material testing procedures liaise with engineers maintain test equipment