Summary Report for:
17-3029.01 - Non-Destructive Testing Specialists
Test the safety of structures, vehicles, or vessels using x-ray, ultrasound, fiber optic or related equipment.
Sample of reported job titles: Non-Destructive Testing Services Director, Non-Destructive Testing Specialist, Non-Destructive Testing Supervisor, Non-Destructive Testing Technician, Quality Engineer, Quality Manager
Tasks | Tools & Technology | Knowledge | Skills | Abilities | Work Activities | Detailed Work Activities | Work Context | Job Zone | Education | Credentials | Interests | Work Styles | Work Values | Related Occupations | Wages & Employment | Job Openings
- Interpret or evaluate test results in accordance with applicable codes, standards, specifications, or procedures.
- Interpret the results of all methods of non-destructive testing (NDT) such as acoustic emission, electromagnetic, leak, liquid penetrant, magnetic particle, neutron radiographic, radiographic, thermal or infrared, ultrasonic, vibration analysis, and visual testing.
- Select, calibrate, or operate equipment used in the non-destructive testing (NDT) of products or materials.
- Examine structures or vehicles such as aircraft, trains, nuclear reactors, bridges, dams, and pipelines using non-destructive testing (NDT) techniques.
- Make radiographic images to detect flaws in objects while leaving objects intact.
- Identify defects in solid materials using ultrasonic testing techniques.
- Prepare reports on non-destructive testing (NDT) results.
- Conduct liquid penetrant tests to locate surface cracks by coating objects with fluorescent dyes, cleaning excess penetrant, and applying developer.
- Document non-destructive testing (NDT) methods, processes, or results.
- Produce images of objects on film using radiographic techniques.
- 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.
- Supervise or direct the work of non-destructive testing (NDT) trainees or staff.
- Map the presence of imperfections within objects using sonic measurements.
- Develop or use new non-destructive testing (NDT) methods such as acoustic emission testing, leak testing, and thermal or infrared testing.
- Identify defects in concrete or other building materials, using thermal or infrared testing.
- Evaluate material properties, using radio astronomy, voltage and amperage measurement, or rheometric flow measurement.
Tools & Technology
Tools used in this occupation:
- Accelerometers — Handheld accelerometers
- Acoustic sensors — Acoustic testers
- Anemometers — Velocity meters
- Binocular light compound microscopes — Portable microscopes
- Borescope inspection equipment — Inspection endoscopes
- Calipers — Vernier calipers
- Capacitance meters — Capacitance testers
- Clock timers — Timing equipment
- Compression testers — Windsor probes
- Conductivity meters — Electrical conductivity meters
- Desktop computers
- Digital camcorders or video cameras — Digital video cameras
- Dip tanks — Immersion tanks
- Drying cabinets or ovens — Recirculating hot air drying ovens
- Eddy current examination equipment — Eddy current inspection equipment
- Electromagnetic field meters — Gauss meters
- Electron microscopes — X ray microscopes
- Fluorescent microscopes
- Hand sprayers — Handheld sprayers
- Handheld refractometers or polarimeters — Digital refractometers
- Hardness testers — Schmidt rebound hammers
- Height gauges
- Hoists — Electric hoists
- Impact testers — Load indenters
- Infrared imagers — Infrared thermographic scanners
- IR 192 radiography examination equipment — Gamma ray testing equipment
- Laser measuring systems — Laser alignment tools
- Leak testing equipment — Microwave meters
- Lightmeters — Light meters
- Magnifiers — Magnifying glasses
- Metallurgical microscopes
- Micrometers — Digital micrometers
- Notebook computers — Laptop computers
- Oscilloscopes — Digital oscilloscopes; Two-channel oscilloscopes
- Personal computers
- Photo attachments for microscopes — Charge-coupled device CCD cameras
- Piezo electric crystals — Piezoelectric sensors
- Polarizing microscopes — Binocular polarizing microscopes
- Power drills
- Radarbased surveillance systems — Ground penetrating radar GPR systems
- Radiation detectors — Neutron detectors; Radiation detection badges
- Remote reading thermometers — Remote reading electronic thermometers
- Rulers — Precision rulers
- Scanning electron microscopes — Scanning electron microscopes SEM
- Sound measuring apparatus or decibel meter — Acoustic emissions systems
- Stereo or dissecting light microscopes — Stereo microscopes
- Strain gauges — Fiber optic strain sensors
- Tape measures — Measuring tapes
- Televisions — Closed circuit television systems
- Thickness measuring devices — Depth gauges; Width gauges
- Ultrasonic examination equipment — Ultrasound inspection equipment
- Ultraviolet UV lamps — Black lights
- Vibration testers — Vibration analysis equipment
- Voltage or current meters — Amp meters; Volt meters
- X ray radiography examination equipment — Computer assisted tomography CAT inspection equipment; X ray equipment
Technology used in this occupation:
- Analytical or scientific software — Fractal Concept SoftScan; GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies Rhythm UT; National Instruments NI Vision Builder for Automated Inspection AI; Visualization Sciences Group VSG Avizo Fire (see all 5 examples)
- Computer aided design CAD software — Autodesk AutoCAD software; Dassault Systemes CATIA software
- Computer aided manufacturing CAM software — National Instruments NI Motion Assistant
- Data base user interface and query software — Microsoft Access
- Development environment software — National Instruments LabVIEW
- Electronic mail software — IBM Notes
- Enterprise resource planning ERP software — SAP software
- Graphics or photo imaging software — Visualization Sciences Group VSG Open Inventor
- Office suite software — Microsoft Office software
- Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint
- Project management software — Microsoft Project
- Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
- Word processing software — Microsoft Word
Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.
- 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.
- English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
- Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
- Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
- Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
- Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
- Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
- Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
- Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
- Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
- Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
- Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
- Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
- Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
- Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
- Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
- Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
- Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
- Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
- Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
- Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
- Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
- Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
- Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
- Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
- Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
- Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
- Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
- Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
- Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
- Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
- Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
- Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
- Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
- Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
- Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
- Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
- Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
- Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
- Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
- Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
- Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
- Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
- Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
- Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
- Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
- Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
- Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
- Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
- Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
- Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
- Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
- Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
- Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
Detailed Work Activities
- Interpret design or operational test results.
- Calibrate scientific or technical equipment.
- Operate industrial equipment.
- Select tools, equipment, or technologies for use in operations or projects.
- Inspect equipment or systems.
- Measure physical or chemical properties of materials or objects.
- Test characteristics of materials or structures.
- Document design or operational test results.
- Test performance of electrical, electronic, mechanical, or integrated systems or equipment.
- Inspect finished products to locate flaws.
- Supervise engineering or other technical personnel.
- Devise research or testing protocols.
- Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 82% responded “Every day.”
- Face-to-Face Discussions — 75% responded “Every day.”
- Time Pressure — 48% responded “Every day.”
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 52% responded “Very important.”
- Telephone — 54% responded “Every day.”
- Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 55% responded “Important results.”
- Electronic Mail — 62% responded “Every day.”
- Frequency of Decision Making — 57% responded “Every day.”
- Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 45% responded “Every day.”
- Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 41% responded “High responsibility.”
- Freedom to Make Decisions — 38% responded “Some freedom.”
- Contact With Others — 45% responded “Contact with others most of the time.”
- Work With Work Group or Team — 43% responded “Very important.”
- Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 39% responded “Every day.”
- Duration of Typical Work Week — 52% responded “More than 40 hours.”
- Exposed to Contaminants — 39% responded “Every day.”
- Letters and Memos — 39% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — 39% responded “Every day.”
- Consequence of Error — 39% responded “Very serious.”
- Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 39% responded “High responsibility.”
- Spend Time Standing — 46% responded “More than half the time.”
- Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 32% responded “Every day.”
- Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 31% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Outdoors, Under Cover — 41% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Coordinate or Lead Others — 36% responded “Very important.”
- Exposed to Radiation — 36% responded “Every day.”
- Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — 34% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Structured versus Unstructured Work — 38% responded “Some freedom.”
- Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 39% responded “Very important.”
- Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 36% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.”
- Physical Proximity — 41% responded “Slightly close (e.g., shared office).”
- Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — 41% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.”
- Deal With External Customers — 31% responded “Very important.”
- Level of Competition — 46% responded “Moderately competitive.”
|Title||Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed|
|Education||These occupations usually require a high school diploma.|
|Related Experience||Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.|
|Job Training||Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.|
|Job Zone Examples||These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include sheet metal workers, forest fire fighters, customer service representatives, physical therapist aides, salespersons (retail), and tellers.|
|SVP Range||(4.0 to < 6.0)|
Percentage of Respondents
|Education Level Required|
|55||High school diploma or equivalent|
|7||Less than high school diploma|
Interest code: RIC
- Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
- Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
- Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
- Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
- Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
- Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
- Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
- Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
- Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
- Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
- Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
- Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
- Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
- Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
- Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
- Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
- Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
- Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
- Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
- Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
- Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
Wages & Employment Trends
Median wages data collected from Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other.
Employment data collected from Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other.
Industry data collected from Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other.
|Median wages (2015)||$29.45 hourly, $61,260 annual|
|Employment (2014)||70,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2014-2024)||Little or no change (-1% to 1%)|
|Projected job openings (2014-2024)||17,100|
|Top industries (2014)|
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data and 2014-2024 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.