Careers in the NDT field are diverse and important. Without NDT professionals doing their jobs we wouldn’t have access to many of today’s most common products and services and the safety of day-to-day living would be compromised. NDT companies are tasked with ensuring today’s products, machines, buildings and infrastructure are safe and in good operating condition. Even before products are put into use, there is an NDT professional who verifies the quality of the materials used in the manufacturing process. After a product has been made, NDT personnel are still needed to ensure the integrity of the asset as it is put into use and for many years after that.
INDUSTRIES THAT RELY ON NON-DESTRUCTIVE TESTING
Non-destructive testing technicians are in constant demand. As more regulations are enacted to ensure product safety and environmental protections, NDT personnel are needed to ensure those requirements are being met and maintained. No longer relegated to extremely technical industries like aerospace, today, non-destructive testing is used in a wide variety of industries including:
- Aerospace and Aircraft
- Automotive, Rail, and Marine
- Bridges and Infrastructure
- Buildings and Construction
- Chemicals and Petrochemicals
- Computers and Electronics
- Defense and Military
- Independent Testing Labs
- Power Generation and Utilities
- Restoration and Renovation
Depending on the job, you might be working outside, in a laboratory, in a manufacturing facility, behind a desk using computers and engineering technology to run tests, or even on an offshore drilling platform. The variety of job locales is just as diverse as the variety of industries that hire NDT techs. Whatever field you are interested in, chances are there is an NDT job to be found there.
TRAINING AND EDUCATION
One thing all NDT jobs have in common is heavy usage of computers and the latest technology. Computers are now used to not only record the data collected but to make the measurements themselves and provide analysis. Education and training in computers and engineering provide a good background for a career as a non-destructive testing specialist, but there are college and university NDT degree programs that are even better.
Once you’ve obtained a degree and landed a job, expect the training and education to be ongoing. In such a technology-driven field, NDT technicians are constantly learning new technologies and expanding their knowledge base.
CAREERS WITH NDT COMPANIES
Some companies have their own internal NDT staff, but in many cases, industries rely on independent NDT companies to provide inspection and measurement services on their products or infrastructure. NDT technicians are highly trained in a few or several specific NDT technologies, which they then use to conduct their inspections. Some NDT companies specialize in certain applications, like pipeline inspections. Others provide broad services to a range of different industries. Working for an NDT service or company means you’ll be visiting many different job sites and, depending on your specialties, working for many different industries.
NDT CAREERS AT AMERAPEX
Amerapex is a Houston, Texas based provider of NDT inspection services for many industries, including the oil and gas industry. We are constantly exploring new technologies to deliver the best NDT inspection services possible. We design our inspection programs around the individual customer’s needs.
Amerapex recruits individuals for permanent or contract placement with other companies and employs our own internal staff to conduct inspections and provide technical training to other industries. To learn more our company and our services contact us at 1-713-263-0900.