Nondestructive Testing (NDT)
Nondestructive testing is the examination of an object or material in a manner which does not affect its future usefulness. Nondestructive tests are done to detect internal or external imperfections or defects; to determine structure, composition, and properties; or to measure geometric characteristics without affecting the form, fit, or function of the test object or material.
The NDT program at Ridgewater College is nationally known by employers for its extensive training in NDT theory, testing and inspection methods. The program is recognized by the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) as one of the best colleges in the United States to offer NDT training. Students train in each of the major nondestructive testing methods, including X-ray and isotope radiography, ultrasound, eddy-current, magnetic particle, and liquid penetrant. Students spend much of their time performing hands-on applications in one of the best equipped colleges in the United States.
There are three major educational tracks available in Nondestructive Testing: a two-year AAS degree, diploma, and a Fast Track Ultrasonic NDE Diploma (aimed at testing of nuclear reactors).
The Ridgewater NDT lab is one of the most completely equipped training facilities in the country. Some of the equipment includes X-ray tubes, Cobalt, Iridium, and Cesium isotope exposure devices, ultrasonic instruments, conventional and phased array, eddy current instruments, and magnetic particle units. Labs also include two stationary liquid penetrant units, as well as all common penetrant systems used in industry, computerized acoustic emission, real-time and Vidicon X-ray systems, as well as a complete metallurgical and welding department.
These programs exceed the educational requirements set forth by ASNT’s Recommended Practice document SNT-TC-1A and those outlined by CP-189 and NAS-410.
The NDT program offers opportunities for ambitious men and women to pursue a career in quality control and quality assurance departments, research and development, and NDT equipment sales.
Graduates from the NDT program have access to a wide selection of high paying job opportunities across the country. Graduates are employed in industries where component failures are unacceptable, such as aviation, nuclear power, medicine, NASCAR, and construction. Graduates have been employed in places such as Boeing Aircraft in Washington, General Electric in North Carolina and Ohio, Acuren Inspection in Alaska, LMT in California, Phoenix National Labs in Arizona, and NASA Space Center in Florida.