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American Aerospace Technical Academy

The Most Affordable, Innovative and Advanced Training Program Available For Non-Destructive Testing (NDT).

Consultation, Training Institute

United States

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Overview

The American Aerospace Technical Academy (AATA) is a Los Angeles-based 501c3 nonprofit. AATA's mission is to bring high-quality basic and advanced NDT training to the industry at an affordable price; so everyone, especially veterans, women, minorities, and disenfranchised individuals, can take advantage of the great professional opportunities offered in Non-Destructive Testing (NDT).

AATA students receive Level I and Level II training in Radiography, Magnetic Particle, Penetrant, Ultrasonic Testing, UT Phased Array, and Visual Testing, in addition to training in Computed Radiography and Radiation Safety with a foundation in NDT Math.

The AATA was founded when John Stewart decided to dedicate himself full-time to helping economically disadvantaged people and veterans struggling with poor job prospects secure fulfilling careers in his field. Stewart, who throughout his twenty-year career in NDT has trained technicians for companies such as SpaceX, Goodrich Aerospace, and Northrop Grumman, believes that by addressing inadequate STEM opportunities, one could empower youth and returning military veterans to fill the shortage of NDT professionals nationwide. 

Why AATA?

  • MOST ADVANCED TRAINING IN THE INDUSTRY

AATA is training technicians on the newest technology available beyond just the basics.

AATA students have access to the highest-tech equipment in the industry from a range of manufacturers.  Learning on a variety of systems allows our students to be most prepared for success in the field. AATA offers training in Foundational NDT Math to Computed Radiography Phased Array Ultrasonics and everything in between.

  • ECONOMICAL

AATA is open to all!

AATA is a 501c3 nonprofit with a mission to provide the highest technical NDT training in a way that is accessible to everyone.

There are special programs for vets, the unemployed, and the underemployed; however, anyone interested can attend.

Tuition is on a sliding scale, and most individuals qualify for funding or scholarships.

The GI Bill recognizes AATA, and veterans and individuals at or below the poverty line can train free of charge.

Email us to find out if you Qualify:  stewart@nditech.org 

  • FLEXIBILITY

Do you want to change your career without losing your income?

We offer day classes, night classes, and several locations!

  • The Final Word

NDT IS CRITICAL TO OUR WORLD.

It guarantees customer safety and protects substantial capital investments. It provides real jobs in growing non-traditional sectors, enabling people to make real changes in their lives. And AATA can help you get the vital training you need. 

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Online Training

Our Most Popular Methods - Online

 LEARN WITHIN YOUR SCHEDULE, IN YOUR OWN HOME.

AATA has partnered with NDT Video Library to offer online training. AATA will now be offering Magnetic Particle, Liquid Penetrant and Ultrasound all 100% online. This is not your typical online “PowerPoint” from 1990, this is a cutting edge blended training opportunity. Students will blend self-paced custom training videos with live Q&A time where you will be able to interact with your instructor and classmates.

This course is 11 weeks.

METHODS OFFERED

  • MT - Magnetic Particle Testing Level I & II
  • PT - Liquid Penetrant Testing Level I & II
  • UT - Ultrasonic Testing Level I & II

Course cost: Regularly $3,195.00 -Discounted Rate for AATA: $2,500.00 this rate includes all books required for the methods above. Books will be shipped to you.

Funding may be available to residents of CA that have been laid off due to Coronavirus Co-VID 19.

 Upon completion, students receive certificates from NDT Video Library.

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Once the online portion through NDT Video Library is complete students will have the opportunity to take the valuable information learned and roll it into AATA’s proven Apprenticeship Program. You will have priority to join the in-classroom training where you will learn additional methods. 

Learn more about the Apprenticeship Program here: Apprenticeships

Certification Process

Becoming A Certified NDT Technician

 CLASSROOM TRAINING IS JUST ONE PIECE OF YOUR NDT EDUCATION.

Getting your education and passing all of the exams qualifies you for certification.  Level I certification only comes after on-the-job (OJT) experience hours are completed. 

For more information on certification, visit the ASNT website here.

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Course Offered

Multiple NDT Methods In One Comprehensive Program

 HERE'S AN EXAMPLE 10 WEEK TRAINING SCHEDULE

Each week represents 40 hours, consisting of classroom training and hands-on training. 

AATA Courses meet or exceed SNT-TC-1A Latest Edition and NAS 410 Rev 4.

  • Week One - Visual testing (VT) / Penetrant testing (PT) Level I & II
  • Week Two - Magnetic Particle Testing (MT) Level I & II
  • Week Three - Ultrasound Level I (UT)
  • Week Four - Ultrasound Level II (UT)
  • Week Five - Radiation Safety 
  • Week Six - Radiography Level I (RT) 
  • Week Seven - Radiography Level II (RT)
  • Week Eight - Phased Array (PAUT) Level I
  • Week Nine - Phased Array (PAUT) Level I Week 2 - Lab
  • Week Ten - Computed Radiography (CR) 

Students learn through a blended program of visual, verbal, demonstration and hands-on.

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