Career Details for Non-Destructive Testing Specialists

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.

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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

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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.

  • 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

  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Dassault Systemes CATIA

Spreadsheet software

  • Microsoft Excel


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high school diploma/GED or
associate's degree usually needed

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New job opportunities are likely in the future.


per year, on average
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