Non-Destructive Testing Specialists

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About the Job

Test the safety of structures, vehicles, or vessels using x-ray, ultrasound, fiber optic or related equipment.

It is also Called

  • Quality Manager
  • Quality Engineer
  • Predictive Maintenance Technician
  • Predictive Maintenance Specialist
  • Nondestructive Tester
  • Non-Destructive Testing Technician
  • Non-Destructive Testing Supervisor
  • Non-Destructive Testing Specialist
  • Non-Destructive Testing Services Director
  • Non-Destructive Testing Scientist

What They Do

  • Evaluate material properties, using radio astronomy, voltage and amperage measurement, or rheometric flow measurement.
  • Identify defects in concrete or other building materials, using thermal or infrared testing.
  • Develop or use new non-destructive testing (NDT) methods such as acoustic emission testing, leak testing, and thermal or infrared testing.
  • Map the presence of imperfections within objects using sonic measurements.
  • Supervise or direct the work of non-destructive testing (NDT) trainees or staff.
  • Visually examine materials, structures, or components using tools and equipment such as endoscopes, closed circuit television systems, and fiber optics for signs of corrosion, metal fatigue, cracks, or other flaws.
  • Produce images of objects on film using radiographic techniques.
  • Document non-destructive testing (NDT) methods, processes, or results.
  • Conduct liquid penetrant tests to locate surface cracks by coating objects with fluorescent dyes, cleaning excess penetrant, and applying developer.
  • Prepare reports on non-destructive testing (NDT) results.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RIC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Investigative and Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Independence and Achievement in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

LMI Region

Wages

In 2013, the average annual wage in New Jersey was $71,470 with most people making between $39,930 and $100,860

Outlook

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avg. annual growth

During 2008, this occupation employed approximately 1,200 people in New Jersey. It is projected that there will be 1,100 employed in 2018.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 20 replacement openings for approximately 20 total annual openings.