Material Science: Nondestructive Testing Degree

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The Material Science – 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.

Degree Info at a Glance

Type: AAT or AAS-T

Approx. # of Quarters: 8

Estimated Cost: $11,457.40

Admission Dates: Fall and Spring quarters

Prerequisites: COMPASS Reading 68 and Writing 33, or successful completion of ENG 82, and successful completion of MAT 82 by the end of the first quarter of the program or Instructor approval.

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 testing, magnetic particle, liquid penetrant, radiographic testing, ultrasonic testing and eddy current testing, along with an overview of other methods. The students will be introduced to advanced technologies, such as ultrasonics (phase array) 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.

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.

This degree is offered at the South Hill Campus in Puyallup.

AAT Degree General Education Requirements (15 credits):

  • ENGL& 101 English Composition or CMST& 220 (or higher)
  • MAT 105 Math for Industrial Professions (or higher)
  • PSYC& 100DIV, General Psychology (PSY 112DIV, SOC& 101DIV, or other humanities course that meets the diversity requirement)

AAS-T Degree general education requirements (20 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& 101
  • 5 credits in quantitative reasoning: MAT 110, MATH& 141, MATH& 142, MATH& 146 or MATH& 151
  • 5 credits in a social science that meets the diversity requirement (PSYC& 100DIV, or SOC& 101DIV,)
  • 5 credits in social science, humanities, or science (choose one from the following): PSYC& 100DIV, PSYC& 200, PSY 210, PSYC& 220, SOC& 101, ART& 100, MUSC& 105, ASL& 121, BIOL 118, BIOL& 160, BIOL& 175, BIOL& 241, BIOL& 242, CHEM& 121, CHEM& 110, GEOL& 110, PHYS& 114, ECON 101, ECON& 201 or ECON& 202

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.

Prerequisites: COMPASS score of 68 in reading and 33 in writing, or successful completion of ENG 082. Successful completion of MAT 082 by the end of the first quarter of the program or instructor approval.

Program Requirements

Course # Course Name Credits
MS 123 Fundamentals of Welding for the Non-Welding Major 5
MS 126 Fundamentals of Composite for the Non-Composites Technician 4
MS 131 Blueprint Reading Fundamentals 3
NDT 108 Introduction to NDT 5
NDT 113 Material and Processes for NDT I 5
NDT 120 Visual and Optical Testing 5
NDT 121 Material and Processes for NDT II 5
NDT 125 Magnetic Particle Testing 5
NDT 130 Liquid Penetrant Testing 5
NDT 140 Eddy Current Testing I 5
NDT 150 Ultrasonic Testing I 5
NDT 160 Radiographic Testing I 5
NDT 170 Eddy Current Testing II 5
NDT 180 Ultrasonic Testing II 5
NDT 190 Radiographic Testing II 5
NDT 210 Eddy Current Testing III 5
NDT 220 Ultrasonic Testing III 5
NDT 230 Radiographic Testing III 5
NDT 240CAP Capstone Project 3
Required Total of 10 credits from Electives listed below 10
ENGL& 101 English Composition (or higher) or CMST& 220 5
MAT 110 or
MATH& 141
Math for Non-Science Majors or Precalculus I 5
PSYC& 100DIV General Psychology (or other social science or humanities class that meets the diversity requirement) 5
PHYS 115 Physics for the NDT Professional 5
CAS 121CL Word I (or other approved computer literacy course, or pass the computer literacy exam) 3
  Total Credits for Completion 123


Course # Course Name Credits
ACM 120 Composite Fabrication 4
ACM 125 Composite Assembly 4
ACM 130 Composite Repair 4
ACM 135 Special Projects 3
MCH 101 Orientation/Machine Shop Safety 2
MS 113 Quality for Manufacturing 4
MS 118 Quality Assurance Measuring Instruments 4
MS 122 Mathematical Applications for Quality Assurance 5
NDT 250 NDT Internship 1-11
CAS 115CL Introduction to Computing 3
PSY 112DIV Psychology of the Workplace 5
SVL 101 Service Learning 3
MATH& 146 Introduction to Stats 5
ENV 131 Hazardous Wastesite Operations (40 hour) 4
MS 128 OSHA Occupational Health and Safety 3
PHYS& 114 General Physics I W/Lab 5
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