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Non-Destructive Testing Specialists

Test the safety of structures, vehicles, or vessels using x-ray, ultrasound, fiber optic or related equipment.   (O'Net 17-3029.01)

 
Reported job titles:   Industrial Radiographer, Non-Destructive Evaluation Specialist, Non-Destructive Evaluation Technician, Non-Destructive Testing Engineer, Non-Destructive Testing Inspector, Non-Destructive Testing Scientist   (view all job titles)
 
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    Wages
    for Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other which includes:
                          - Non-Destructive Testing Specialists
                          - Electrical Engineering Technologists
                          - Electromechanical Engineering Technologists
                          - Electronics Engineering Technologists
                          - Industrial Engineering Technologists
                          - Manufacturing Engineering Technologists
                          - Mechanical Engineering Technologists
                          - Photonics Technicians
                          - Manufacturing Production Technicians
                          - Fuel Cell Technicians
                          - Nanotechnology Engineering Technologists
                          - Nanotechnology Engineering Technicians
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 16.43   $ 20.69   $ 23.55   $ 29.04   $ 36.49   $ 25.16  
    Yearly $34,180   $43,040   $48,980   $60,390   $75,910   $52,320  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 19.56   $ 21.23   $ 23.47   $ 32.34   $ 36.34   $ 25.07  
    Yearly $40,680   $44,160   $48,820   $67,270   $75,580   $52,140  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
    for Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other which includes:
                                  - Non-Destructive Testing Specialists
                                  - Electrical Engineering Technologists
                                  - Electromechanical Engineering Technologists
                                  - Electronics Engineering Technologists
                                  - Industrial Engineering Technologists
                                  - Manufacturing Engineering Technologists
                                  - Mechanical Engineering Technologists
                                  - Photonics Technicians
                                  - Manufacturing Production Technicians
                                  - Fuel Cell Technicians
                                  - Nanotechnology Engineering Technologists
                                  - Nanotechnology Engineering Technicians
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    Industries of Employment
    for Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other which includes:
                                - Non-Destructive Testing Specialists
                                - Electrical Engineering Technologists
                                - Electromechanical Engineering Technologists
                                - Electronics Engineering Technologists
                                - Industrial Engineering Technologists
                                - Manufacturing Engineering Technologists
                                - Mechanical Engineering Technologists
                                - Photonics Technicians
                                - Manufacturing Production Technicians
                                - Fuel Cell Technicians
                                - Nanotechnology Engineering Technologists
                                - Nanotechnology Engineering Technicians
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Manufacturing 23.1%
    Federal government, all industries 21.6%
    Architectural, engineering, and related services 10.3%
    Scientific research and development services 6.6%
    Educational services; state, local, and private 3.8%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
    for Non-Destructive Testing Specialists
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  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Non-Destructive Testing Specialists  updated July 2011
     


    Knowledge
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  • 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.
     
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
     
  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
     
  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
     
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
     
  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Non-Destructive Testing Specialists  updated July 2011
     


    Skills
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  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Non-Destructive Testing Specialists  updated July 2011
     


    Abilities
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  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Non-Destructive Testing Specialists  updated July 2011
     


    Work Activities
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  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Non-Destructive Testing Specialists  updated July 2011
     


    Interests
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  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Non-Destructive Testing Specialists  updated June 2009
     


    Work Styles
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  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Non-Destructive Testing Specialists  updated July 2011
     


    State of Vermont License Information
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    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
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  • Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Non-Destructive Testing Specialists  updated July 2011
     


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