Nondestructive Testing - Associate of Applied Technology Degree / Associate in Applied Science – T Degree

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. Students will be introduced to advanced technologies, such as ultrasonics (phased array), and radiography (digital detector array DDA and 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.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Nondestructive Testing (NDT) degree, students will be able to:

  • Correlate the discontinuities specific to each manufacturing process with the non-destructive testing method or methods used to detect, interpret, and evaluate them.
  • Perform the basic setup and calibration of non-destructive testing equipment according to referenced codes, standards, and specifications.
  • Create a non-destructive testing technique in which known defects within any assigned part or assembly are inspected, interpreted, and evaluated in accordance with referenced codes, standards, and specifications.
  • Analyze inherent and service induced discontinuities and defects for differentiation and disposition with various precision measurement tools.
  • Create technical reports documenting the results of their inspection findings. 

Completion Requirements

Prerequisite(s)

Successful completion of ENG 091 or equivalent. Successful completion of MAT 099 by the end of the first quarter of the program or instructor’s permission.

Program Course List

MS 123Fundamentals of Welding for the Non-Welding Major

5

MS 126Fundamentals of Composites for the Non-Composites Technician

4

MS 131Blueprint Reading Fundamentals

3

NDT 108Introduction to NDT

5

NDT 113Material and Processes for NDT I

5

NDT 120Visual and Optical Testing

5

NDT 121Materials and Processes for NDT II

5

NDT 125Magnetic Particle Testing

5

NDT 130Liquid Penetrant Testing

5

NDT 140Eddy Current Testing I

5

NDT 150Ultrasonic Testing I

5

NDT 160Radiographic Testing I

5

NDT 170Eddy Current Testing II

5

NDT 180Ultrasonic Testing II

5

NDT 185Physics for NDT Professionals

5

NDT 190Radiographic Testing II

5

NDT 210Eddy Current Testing III

5

NDT 220Ultrasonic Testing III

5

NDT 230Radiographic Testing III

5

NDT 240CAPCapstone Project

3

Nondestructive Testing Required Electives

10

Total Credit Hours:105

Note: Nondestructive Testing Required Electives listed below

AAT Requirements

Technical Course Requirements

105

AAT General Education Requirements

18

Computer Literacy Requirement

3

Total Credit Hours:126

AAT General Education Requirements: See list above

Computer Literacy Requirement: Complete an approved computer literacy course or successfully pass the computer literacy exam

AAS-T Requirements

Technical Course Requirements

105

AAS-T Degree General Education Requirements

23

Computer Literacy Requirement

3

Total Credit Hours:131

AAS-T Degree General Education Requirements: See list above

Computer Literacy Requirement: Complete an approved computer literacy course or successfully pass the computer literacy exam

Electives

ACM 120Composite Fabrication

4

ACM 125Composite Assembly

4

ACM 130Composite Repair

4

ACM 145Special Projects

3

CAS 115CLIntroduction to Computing

3

ENV 131Hazardous Waste Site Operations - 40 Hours

4

MATH& 146Introduction to Statistics

5

MCH 101Orientation/Machine Shop Safety

2

MS 128OSHA, Occupational, Health And Safety

3

NDT 187Inspection and Test Equipment

5

NDT 189Inspection Planning and Processes

4

NDT 191Continuous Improvement Tools

4

NDT 193Statistical Process Control

4

NDT 250NDI Internship

1-11

NDT 255NDT Special Projects

1-3

PHYS& 114General Physics I with Lab

5

PSY 112DIVPsychology of the Workplace

5

SVL 101Service Learning

3

General Degree Requirements

AAT Degree General Education Requirements (18 credits)

ENGL& 101English Composition I

5

Or

CMST& 220Public Speaking

5

 

Any 100-Level Math Class

5

PSYC& 100DIVGeneral Psychology

5

COLL 102College Success for All

3

 

AAS-T Degree General Education Requirements (23 credits)

All AAS-T degrees must have a minimum of 20 credits of transferable general education. These credits replace the academic courses required for the AAT degree. Required credits include:

5 credits in communication:

ENGL& 101English Composition I

5

5 credits in quantitative reasoning:

MATH& 107Math in Society

5

MATH& 141Precalculus I

5

MATH& 142Precalculus II, Functional Trigonometry

5

MATH& 146Introduction to Statistics

5

MATH& 151Calculus I

5

5 credits in a social science that meets the diversity requirement:

PSYC& 100DIVGeneral Psychology

5

SOC& 101DIVIntroduction to Sociology

5

5 credits in social science, humanities, or science

choose one from the following:

ART& 100Art Appreciation

5

ASL& 121American Sign Language I

5

ASL& 122American Sign Language II

5

BIOL& 160General Biology w/Lab

5

BIOL& 175Human Biology w/Lab

5

BIOL& 241Human A & P I

5

BIOL& 242Human A & P II

5

BIOL& 260Microbiology

5

CHEM& 110Chemical Concepts w/Lab

5

CHEM& 121Intro to Chemistry

5

CHEM& 131Introduction to Organic/Biochemistry

5

CMST& 220Public Speaking

5

GEOL& 110Environmental Geology with Lab

5

HIST& 146US History I

5

HIST& 147US History II

5

HIST& 148US History III

5

HUM& 101Introduction to Humanities

5

MUSC& 105Music Appreciation

5

PHYS& 114General Physics I with Lab

5

POLS& 202American Government

5

PSYC& 100

5

PSYC& 200Lifespan Psychology

5

PSYC& 220Abnormal Psychology

5

SOC& 101

5

3 credits in College Success:

COLL 102College Success for All

3

Students pursuing an AAT or AAS-T degree must complete all college degree requirements prior to graduation. This includes courses that meet the requirements for diversity, computer literacy, and the capstone project. 

Program Length

This program is approximately eight quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.

Admission Dates

Fall and spring quarters.