Non-Destructive Testing

Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)
Non-Destructive Testing

About this program

Everything from the bridge you use to the pipeline that brings gas to your home needs to be routinely monitored for safety and stability. Thanks to non-destructive techniques, certified inspectors can carefully identify defects in welded joints before they fail. In the associate’s in Non-Destructive Testing program, you’ll master the major non-destructive testing methods. Learn welding techniques in our newly expanded 55,000-square-foot-plus facility. And gain essential hours towards your American Society of Non-Destructive Testing (ASNT) certification.

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You're on your way to becoming a tomorrow maker.

Innovative Curriculum


Square Foot Facility

Coursework Aligns with ASNT Certification Standards


  • NDT Technician
  • NDE Field Service Technician
  • Assistant Radiographer
  • Phased Array/UT Inspector
  • Quality Control Technician
  • Test Technician

At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Radiation Safety (QAL102)
  • Non-Destructive Testing I (QAL241)
  • Welding for NDT I (WEL103)
  • Introduction to Welding Inspection (WEL141)
  • Welding for NDT II (WEL104)
  • Radiographic Testing I (QAL122)
  • Radiographic Testing II (QAL222)
  • Ultrasonic Testing I (QAL124)
  • Ultrasonic Testing II (QAL224)
  • Governing Technical Documents for NDT (QAL103)
  • Phased Array Ultrasonic Testing I (QAL227)
  • Phased Array Ultrasonic Testing II (QAL228)
  • Introduction to Metallurgy (MSC106)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

  • Core Arts Perspective (ARP) or
  • Core Applied Arts Perspective (AAP) or
  • Core Global & Cultural Diversity Perspective (CDP) or
  • Core Historical Perspective (HIP) or
  • Core Social Science Perspective (SSP)

​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

  • College Algebra & Trigonometry I (MTH181)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • Information, Technology & Society (CSC124)
  • Technical & Professional Communication (ENL201)
Featured Videos

Exploring the Possibilities

Explore the possibilities at Penn College including the associate's degree and two competency credentials. Learn what NDT is, take a look inside the lab spaces, and consider a career in this rewarding field.

Addressing the Skills Gap

In this video, you’ll learn about the high demand for NDT professionals and the associate's program at Penn College designed to address the skills gap faced by organizations like nearby Lycoming Engines—manufacturer of piston engines that power half the world’s general aviation fleet.

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Student Life

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American Welding Society (AWS)

American Welding Society (AWS)

Being a part of the AWS allows students to network and learn and sharpen the skills needed for a successful career in the welding industry.



Participation in SkillsUSA gives students a chance to compete in more than 80 national competitions. 
Student Organizations at Penn College

Student Organizations at Penn College

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Penn College News

Video shares exciting field of non-destructive testing

Explore the possibilities of non-destructive testing in this short video. Pennsylvania College of Technology offers an associate degree in NDT and two competency credentials – one in ultrasonic inspection and the other in radiographic inspection. In this “virtual tour,” learn more about the exciting field, look inside Penn College’s lab spaces and see students using the up-to-date instrumentation.


Penn College offers pathways for aspiring NDT inspectors

Pennsylvania College of Technology is providing career pathways for individuals who wish to safeguard critical aspects of society. The college is offering an associate degree and competency credentials in non-destructive testing. "When we started this program, we had numerous companies come and say, ‘We will hire everyone who graduates from this program. We’re just desperate for trained NDT inspectors,’” recalled Bradley M. Webb, dean of engineering technologies.


Teachers race back to class to pique middle schoolers' STEM interest

As part of a PAsmart “Advancing K-12 Computer Science & STEM Education” grant received by Pennsylvania College of Technology from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, 24 middle school educators recently convened on campus for a weeklong hands-on externship.

Student Experience

The community as their classroom

Penn College welding students cap unique remodeling project

Penn College welding students cap unique remodeling project

Members of the college’s American Welding Society student chapter and faculty advisor recently volunteered their time and expertise to craft and install a 6-by-9-foot “tree of life” metallic sculpture at a former church.

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Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page for requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.

Penn College offers American Welding Society (AWS) certification testing.


Students should review the Welding Tools & Supplies to determine what tools and supplies they will need to purchase. The Welding department realizes that some students may not need to purchase the entire list of supplies. These students may contact the School Office for guidance in purchasing their supplies. The College Store can provide the complete kit.

Personal Protection Equipment

  • Leather work shoes (safety toes optional)
  • Safety glasses
  • Welding helmet with #10 lens
  • Cutting goggles with #5 lens
  • Welding jacket
  • Welding gloves (SMAW & GTAW)

Personal Protection Equipment and tools are available for purchase through The College Store .

  • Mr. Robert Blauser, '96, '00, Vice President of Operations, GSM Industrial
  • Mr. Richard A Conrad, Jr., '02, Field Application Engineer, Hobart/Miller Electric
  • Mr. Jacob D Fisher, '10, Plant Manager, High Steel Structures LLC.
  • Mr. Eric F Geier, '17, Operations Leadership Rotation Future Leader, Aerojet Rocketdyne
  • Mr. Matthew Hillyer, Welding Engineer, Johnson Controls Navy Systems
  • Mr. Wayne A Leone, Welder Training & Testing for Susq. Nuclear Power Plant, PP&L
  • Mr. Michael Sebergandio, '01, '03, Quality Engineer - Welding, Case New Holland
  • Mr. Brian A Thompson, Owner, Jasper Steel Works, LLC
  • Mr. Richard Wagoner, Principal Construction Training Leader, UGI Utilities
  • Mr. Dave Watson, Sales Engineer, Lincoln Electric
  • Career Fair Connections

    Career Fair Connections

    Penn College graduates are in high demand. Employer participation at the Career Fair is proof. Attracting 400+ organizations, this popular event is hosted twice per year and introduces students to all types of businesses from startups to Fortune 500 companies. 

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