Non-destructive testing technician

Alternative titles for this job include NDT technician

Non-destructive testing technicians test materials and components used in buildings, structures and machinery.

Average salary (a year)

£17,500 Starter

to

£40,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

41 to 43 a week

You could work

weekends on shifts

How to become a Non-destructive testing technician

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role

College

You might be able to find a place as a trainee technician after doing a qualification at college. Relevant courses include:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Welding
  • Level 3 Diploma in Engineering
  • Level 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Science

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D) for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) for a level 3 course

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Apprenticeship

You could complete an intermediate apprenticeship for non-destructive testing (NDT) operators or an advanced apprenticeship for NDT technicians.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, for an intermediate apprenticeship
  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), usually including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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Work

You can do a foundation degree in non-destructive testing (NDT) if you're already working in this area, for example in an engineering workshop or a materials testing lab.

The course is offered by the University of Northampton and is done by distance learning. You can go on to complete an NDT degree with them to qualify as an engineer.

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Further information

You can find out more about this career through The British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • maths knowledge
  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • knowledge of physics
  • the ability to work well with others
  • analytical thinking skills
  • the ability to analyse quality or performance
  • You will be expected to know how to use a computer and tools to benefit this job.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • visually inspecting materials - using CCTV and fibre optic cameras
  • conducting thermal imaging - to find defects in concrete and other building materials
  • dye testing - staining surfaces with fluorescent liquid
  • magnetic particle testing - applying magnetic particles to materials
  • radiographic testing - using X-rays to find internal faults
  • ultrasonic testing - firing high frequency sound pulses into materials
  • eddy current testing - passing electricity through materials
  • resonant testing - 'listening' to the growth of cracks or flaws by monitoring the acoustic vibrations of a structure

Working environment

You could work in a factory, in a workshop or in a laboratory.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could progress to senior NDT technician, or specialise in a particular form of testing.

You could move into quality assurance, purchasing, technical sales, management, or research and development.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Apprentice NDT Technician

  • Wage : £148.00 Weekly
  • Location: Clevedon BS21 6XU

NDT Engineer Apprentice

  • Wage : £17,000.00 - £19,000.00 Annually
  • Location: Cambridge CB24 5QE

Courses In England

Manufacturing Engineering, BEng

  • Provider: UNIVERSITY OF GREENWICH
  • Start date: 01 September 2019
  • Location: London

Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering Apprenticeship ( Level 2)

  • Provider: Blackburn College
  • Start date: 03 September 2019
  • Location: BLACKBURN

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