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Non-destructive testing technician

Alternative titles for this job include NDT technician

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

Average salary (a year)

£20,000 Starter

to

£32,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

41 to 43 a week

You could work

weekends on shifts

How to become

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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
  • T Level in Engineering, Manufacturing, Processing and Control

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level

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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, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, 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

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • analytical thinking skills
  • maths knowledge
  • the ability to think clearly using logic and reasoning
  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • knowledge of physics
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to analyse quality or performance
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

What you’ll do

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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
  • assessing the risks from hazardous materials, for example those used in construction

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

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a senior non-destructive technician, or specialise in a particular form of testing.

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

You could work towards a degree through part-time study or a degree apprenticeship to become a qualified NDT engineer.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Apprentice NDT Technician

  • Wage: £146.25 Weekly
  • Location: Poole

Non-destructive Testing Operator Apprentice

  • Wage: Competitive salary Unspecified
  • Location: Rotherham

Courses In England

Non regulated provision, Level 3, Engineering

  • Provider: NORTH KENT COLLEGE
  • Start date: 05 September 2022
  • Location: Gravesend

Engineering, Diploma Level 3

  • Provider: CITY COLLEGE NORWICH
  • Start date: 05 September 2022
  • Location: Norwich

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