The Nondestructive Testing (NDT) program at Clover Park Technical College provides training in a variety of analysis techniques used in industry to evaluate the properties of a material or structure without causing damage. Because NDT does not impair the usefulness of the object being inspected, it is a valuable process used in fields such as construction, manufacturing, civil engineering and transportation. Nondestructive testing techniques are used to examine structures or vehicles such as aircraft, trains, nuclear reactors, bridges, dams and pipelines.
This program prepares graduates to become active and successful professionals in nondestructive testing in a wide range of industries. Students will explore and receive hands-on technical training in blueprint reading, codes and specifications, composite fabrication, assembly and repair, materials and the manufacturing process. Training will also include the major methods of NDT, such as visual and optical, magnetic particle, liquid penetrant, radiographic, ultrasonic and eddy current testing, along with an overview of other methods. The students will be introduced to advanced technologies, such ultrasonics (phase array and digital detector array DDA) and radiography (computerized radiography CR). Successful graduates are prepared with technical skills for entry-level positions such as quality control technicians, NDT technicians, engineering technicians and NDT equipment representatives.