Non-destructive testing technicians use different scientific methods to test the properties of materials, components and systems without causing damage.
You would be working with scientific technology so you would need to have a good understanding of health and safety issues. Non-destructive testing (NDT) technicians also need to have an eye for detail when analysing the results of tests.
There is no set route to become a non-destructive testing technician. Many new technicians get into this role through apprenticeships or by studying towards a certificate or diploma in engineering and applying for trainee positions.
Non-destructive testing (NDT) technicians examine and test the physical properties of materials and components to find possible corrosion, cracks, flaws and other imperfections, which could affect their performance and reliability. They use testing processes that do not damage the structure of the object being tested.
In manufacturing, you would work with materials at every stage of production to make sure they are safe. For example, in aircraft construction, you would test materials when they are first made, while the fuselage is being built, and at regular intervals throughout the operating life of the aircraft.
NDT methods are also used in quality control procedures in many industries, including, aerospace, road and rail transport, manufacturing and power generation.
An important part of your work would be to make sure that the testing method you use does not have any harmful effect on the materials, parts or machinery under examination.