Nondestructive Examination Technology

The nondestructive examination (NDE) industry has grown 12% over the past two years and is expected to grow 26% over the next 10 years. Individuals in the industry are retiring faster than those entering the field, causing a demand for incoming inspectors to fill in available positions. Nondestructive examination is universally applied across many industries. As a result, the methods are diverse and applicable to a whole host of components. NDE is truly a rewarding and challenging career.

What You Will Learn

Nondestructive examination/testing (NDE or NDT) is a group of techniques, including group analysis, used to evaluate the properties or determine the structural integrity of a material or component without damaging or impairing the serviceability of the part or system. Central Piedmont offers courses in the six most common techniques used in NDE/NDT:

  • radiographic (X-Ray)
  • magnetic particle (MT)
  • liquid penetrant (PT)
  • ultrasonic (UT)
  • eddy current 
  • visual 

Since NDE does not require the destruction or often the dis-assembly of a system, it is a highly-valuable technique(s) that saves time and money in both product manufacturer and in service inspection. Industry applications of NDE/NDT include visual examination of bolting, valves, and welds; surface examination of vessels, weld preps, and castings; and volumetric examination of welds, heat exchanger tubing, and fiberglass reinforced plastics. Career opportunities abound in the NDE/NDT field as our aging infrastructure, petrochemical, and power generation facilities all require more careful inspection and examination to serve in their intended application and environment.

The NDE curriculum meets classroom and laboratory training requirements of Recommended Practice number SNT-TC-1A of the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT), permitting graduates the opportunity to obtain method-specific NDE/NDT certification after a few months of on-the-job experience with their employers. Graduates receive job offers in a variety of industries, such as nuclear, aerospace, nautical, and structural.

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Why Choose Central Piedmont

Central Piedmont is one of only a handful of schools within the nation that offers an associate degree in nondestructive examination. The hands-on knowledge gained from our associate degree is invaluable when applying for a position. Designed with managers, supervisors, engineers, quality inspectors, procurement, source inspectors, and technical personnel involved within the NDE/NDT field in mind, our nondestructive examination program boasts over a 90% employment rate upon graduation.

Our program is also approved for workplace learning opportunities while you are in school — Central Piedmont has an entire department dedicated to connecting students with applicable work based learning opportunities such as cooperative education (co-op), internships, and/or apprenticeships. Our program is also the proud host of the North Carolina American Society of Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) Student Section. Our goal is to provide an environment for students to grow and network within the NDE/NDT field. This allows future generations of students the chance to continue doing NDE/NDT with the same goal of safety that has been ASNT’s goal since the beginning.

Real World Education

At Central Piedmont, your education goes beyond what you learn in class. We offer numerous opportunities for you to enhance your learning — and to make friends, network, and pursue your passions — through clubs and organizations, sports, events and activities, leadership opportunities, job experience, volunteer experiences, visual and performing arts, and even international experiences.

Scholarship opportunities have made it possible for me to work only one job while Aumani and I both attend school, without Aumani being forced to have to work while attending college himself. Muriel and Aumani Magloire '20 Read Muriel and Aumani's story

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Nondestructive Examination Careers and Average Salaries

Career opportunities abound in the NDE/NDT field as our aging infrastructure, petrochemical, and power generation facilities all require more careful inspection and examination to serve in their intended application and environment. Industries employing NDE/NDT include aerospace, transportation (railroads, ships, and bridges, power generation (fossil, hydroelectric, and nuclear), petrochemical, pulp and paper, and research (university and industrial). Technicians that travel are better compensated, as your employer will pay for your travel, rental car, meals, lodging, and possibly a daily stipend for travel expenses. New NDE/NDT employees start around $35,935 and highly experienced workers can earn as much as $87,790. Visit Central Piedmont’s Career Coach for detailed nondestructive examination career opportunities, salary information, and job openings.

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