Non-Destructive Testing Specialists

Non-Destructive Testing Specialist Searches for Defects

Non-destructive testing specialists examine structures, materials, and components to determine if there are any defects or problems. They conduct tests in ways that are not destructive to the objects being examined. Specialists work in industries such as energy and utilities, transportation, aerospace and defense, and manufacturing (durable goods). They use various methods and tools to conduct these tests, such as X-ray and ultrasonic equipment, and then come up with plans for correction that are in accordance with safety laws and regulations. There are approximately 76,630 engineering technicians, all others not listed separately, employed in the United States, according to the Department of Labor.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Use non-destructive testing methods to inspect, test, and evaluate structures, vehicles, or vessels, including materials, components, and assemblies, to ensure compliance with industry standards and regulations
Salary Range $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist throughout the country, with high demand in California, Texas, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Virginia
Minimum Education Level
  • Associate's Degree
School Subjects
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
Experience Minimum two years experience; on-the-job training; apprenticeship
Personality Traits
  • Problem-Solving
  • Realistic
  • Technical
Skills
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Supervisor, Non-Destructive Testing
  • Non-Destructive Testing Specialist
  • Apprentice