FAQs

  • What is a non-destructive testing technician?

    A non-destructive testing technician is a professional that is trained and certified to use a particular NDT inspection method to evaluate metals, materials, and other structures for flaws and defects. Each NDT method requires separate training and certification, resulting in various types of NDT technicians. There are also three different levels of certification - Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3. A Level 3 certification is the highest possible. A single technician may have multiple certifications at various levels. The more methods a technician is certified to employ, and the higher the level of their certification, the more the technician can expect to earn. In addition, technicians with multiple methods and a higher level of certification can provide more complex NDT inspector services and analysis.     Read More...
  • How much do NDT technicians make?

    In Canada, the more NDT methods a technician is certified to conduct, and the higher the level of their certification, the more money they will make. That is, a Level 3 technician will make more than a Level 1 technician and a Level 1 technician with three certification methods will make more than a Level 1 technician certified to conduct only one type of NDT method. As an example, a Level 2 technician who is certified to conduct three different NDT methods can expect to make approximately $45 per hour. This wage can also be expected to vary depending on the amount of work experience the NDT technician has. Read More...
  • How many levels are there in NDT?

    There are three levels of qualification for each type of NDT certification. In order to evaluate an asset using a particular NDT method, a technician must be certified in that method. Therefore, various types of NDT technicians exist including UT (Ultrasonic Testing), RT (Radiography Testing), ET (Eddy-current or Electromagnetic Testing), MT (Magnetic Particle Testing), VT (Visual Testing), and PT (Liquid Penetrant Testing) technicians. NDT technicians can be certified as Level 1, Level 2, or Level 3. The higher the level of certification, the more advanced NDT services a technician can provide. In addition, the analysis and opinions of higher-level technicians are more trusted and these technicians earn more. To achieve each level of certification, technicians must obtain industry-specific experience, and complete training, as well as both written and practical exams. Read More...
  • How do you get a level 3 NDT?

    To get a Level 3 NDT certification, technicians must complete education, training, and industry-specific work experience with an NDT inspection service provider, and pass both written and practical exams. For ET (Eddy-current or Electromagnetic Testing), RT (Radiography Testing), and UT technicians (Ultrasonic Testing, including PAUT inspection), a Level 3 certification requires eighteen months of practical work experience. For MT (Magnetic Particle Testing), PT (Liquid Penetrant Testing) and VT (Visual Testing) technicians, twelve months of experience is necessary before completing examinations. As the highest level of certification, Level 3 candidates must provide a record of their experience to their certification body in the form of a CV (curriculum vitae). Read More...
  • How do I get an NDT certification?

    In Canada, all NDT technicians must obtain certification from a Recognized Training Organization (RTO). RTOs in Alberta include the Canadian Institute for Non-destructive Evaluation, IDL Inspection Ltd., Keyano College, Metalogic Inspection Services Inc., Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Quality Control Council of Canada and the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. The Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) National Non-Destructive Testing Certification Body (NDTCB), is in charge of the program that certifies all NDT technicians. The NRCan NDTCB requires NDT technicians to be certified in each NDT method they wish to employ. To become certified in a particular NDT method, NDT trainees must complete extensive training, testing and practical work experience. After completing their work experience, the NDT trainee must pass the NRCan practical exam in order to be certified. Read More...
  • How many types of NDT are there?

    There are six common methods of NDT (non-destructive testing) used in pipeline, oil and gas, mining, construction, tubing and equipment inspection. These frequently used types of NDT include radiography or x-ray testing (RT), eddy-current or electromagnetic testing (ET), magnetic particle testing (MT), dye penetrant inspection, visual testing and ultrasonic testing (UT). Ultrasonic testing may include methods such as phased array, time of flight diffraction, guided wave, etc. Each type of NDT has its own benefits and restrictions. In Alberta, inspection service providers most commonly use radiography testing. However, other types of NDT, such as phased array ultrasonic testing are becoming popular as well. Read More...
  • What do NDT inspectors do?

    NDT inspectors use tools and technology to evaluate materials and assets for flaws, defects and damage. NDT inspection specialists have an in-depth understanding of materials, corrosion and operating equipment. This allows them to recognize potential problems. These inspectors work in many different industries, including oil and gas, pipeline, mining, construction and more. Non-destructive testing specialists require attention to detail and problem-solving skills, in addition to good vision and the ability to differentiate between colours, including shade and brightness. Advanced inspection techniques are also required in some circumstances. In such cases, NDT inspectors may need to have additional specialized skills. For example, when rope access is the only option for inspection, NDT technicians providing this testing are required to have advanced mountain climbing training. Read More...
  • Which NDT method is best?

    Currently, one of the best NDT methods, and the one most commonly used by NDT inspection service providers in Edmonton, is radiography testing. Radiography is a common NDT method used in the oil and gas sector, resulting in its popularity in Alberta. However, additional surface flaw methods and ultrasonics are becoming popular due to advanced technologies that make them more reliable. Phased array ultrasonic testing, for example, is becoming a popular NDT method. PAUT (phased array ultrasonic testing) is an efficient and effective method that offers the greatest possibility of performing an inspection. Phased array technology has advantages over other methods, including conventional ultrasonic testing (UT), due to its ability to use multiple elements to guide, focus and scan using a single piece of equipment. This allows for the inspection of complex assets with greater ease and in less time. Read More...
  • Where is NDT used?

    NDT is used in nearly every industry around the world as part of asset integrity programs. The most common industries that use NDT (non-destructive testing) in order to ensure asset integrity include oil and gas, pipeline, mining, industrial construction, manufacturing, aerospace, motor vehicle and rail. Non-destructive testing is an important part of ensuring the quality, reliability and proper function of critical equipment and facilities in these industries. Regular inspection and testing can prevent dangerous and costly malfunctions and shutdowns. NDT is necessary, especially in the industries listed above, in order to ensure the health and safety of the public and the environment. Read More...
  • What are the advantages of NDT?

    NDT (non-destructive testing) has many advantages, especially over destructive testing. In addition to protecting the public and the environment from dangerous malfunctions, NDT saves businesses both time and money. Firstly, NDT does not damage or alter the asset in any way, therefore no replacements or repairs are needed after testing is complete, unless, of course, a fault is detected. In addition, non-destructive testing prevents the loss of revenue due to downtime, as assets can be examined while still in use. Costly shutdowns and unforeseen damage can also be avoided with the help of NDT. By detecting potential causes for concern before failure, companies can reduce repair and replacement costs, as well as prevent accidents from occurring. This ensures health and safety and adherence to regulations and policies. Wonder how NDT compares to NDE? Check out our answer on that. Read More...