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Nondestructive Testing

Why Choose the Nondestructive Testing Program?

Nondestructive testing is a valuable process used in fields such as construction, manufacturing, civil engineering and transportation because it does not impair the usefulness of the object being inspected.

Nondestructive testing techniques are used to examine structures or vehicles such as bridges, dams, pipelines, aircraft, trains and nuclear reactors. Our NDT program provides training in a variety of these analysis techniques used to evaluate the properties of a material or structure without causing damage.

Students explore and receive hands-on technical training in blueprint reading, codes and specifications, composite fabrication, assembly and repair, materials, and the manufacturing process.

Training also includes major methods of NDT, including visual and optical, magnetic particle, liquid penetrant, radiographic, ultrasonic, and eddy current testing, along with an overview of other methods. It is an extremely unique career path with potential to provide long-term employment, as well as personal and creative satisfaction in the knowledge that the work helps save lives and make things safer for use.

Our Nondestructive Testing program prepares graduates for positions such as quality control technicians, NDT technicians, engineering technicians and NDT equipment representatives.
Program options:

Nondestructive Testing Degree: 8 Quarters

Eddy Current Testing Certificate: 2-3 Quarters

Magnetic Particle & Liquid Penetrant Testing Certificate: 2-3 Quarters

Radiographic Testing Certificate: 2-3 Quarters

Ultrasonic Testing Certificate: 2-3 Quarters

All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees.

Potential Careers


Median annual pay in Washington:

$99,800 per year

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This is not a guarantee of employment or a certain wage. Full career data available at

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Meet Your Instructors

Megan Davey

Bldg 24, Rm 113

Douglas Evans

Bldg 24, Rm 113

Michael Gilmore

Bldg 24, Rm 121

Nondestructive Testing Program Information Sessions usually occur at 3 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month.

To learn more about information sessions, visit

Visit the Academic Calendar at to see when the next information session is scheduled.




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