Effective Fall 2022

Non-destructive testing (NDT) examiners inspect and certify bridges, pipelines, aircraft, and many other objects throughout the world. NDT is valuable for quality control and early detection of surface and subsurface defects and faults in welded joints, including those impacting structural integrity in vehicles, vessels, pipelines, and civil infrastructure. This program prepares students to conduct NDT inspection and certification using visual, penetration, magnetic particle, radiography, and ultrasonic methods. A strong foundation in the science and processes of welding is also developed, allowing for a deeper understanding of the types of weld failures. Finally, the program has been developed to comply with the American Society of Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) certification standards.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities for NDT technicians exist nationwide. Opportunities include both factory (NDT technicians for manufacturing companies, such as aviation parts, robotics, shipbuilding, and general construction) and field (pipeline, powerplant, steam turbines, etc.) environments. Examples of job titles include NDT Technician, NDT Assistant, NDE Field Service Technician, Assistant Radiographer, Phased Array / UT Inspector, Quality Control Technician, and Test Technician.

Special Equipment Needs

See program Tool List for major.

Remediation Strategies

All incoming students must meet placement requirements in math. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in the College Catalog (see https://www.pct.edu/catalog/admissions-policy)

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:
  • apply knowledge of industrial safety standards to both field and factory environments.
  • apply knowledge of common welding processes to determine the association of defects with those processes.
  • apply written, oral, and graphical communication in well-defined technical and nontechnical environments, and an ability to identify and use appropriate literature.
  • apply knowledge, techniques, and skills of surface-level non-destructive evaluation techniques.
  • apply knowledge, techniques, and skills of radiographic non-destructive evaluation.
  • apply knowledge, techniques, and skills of ultrasonic non-destructive evaluation.
  • apply knowledge, techniques, and skills of phased-array ultrasonic non-destructive evaluation.


First SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
FYE101First Year Experience 1.0.50 1.50 SREQ
QAL102Radiation Safety 2.02 MREQ
QAL241Non-Destructive Testing I 3.02 3 MREQ
WEL103Welding for NDT I 3.01 6 MREQ
WEL141Introduction to Welding Inspection 3.02 3 MREQ
CSC124Information, Technology & Society 3.03 SREQ
MTH181College Algebra & Trigonometry I 3.02.50 1.50 SREQ
Second SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
WEL104Welding for NDT II 3.01 6 MREQ
QAL122Radiographic Testing I 4.51.50 9 MREQ
QAL123Radiographic Inspection & Recording Practices 2.02 MREQ
QAL222Radiographic Testing II 4.51.50 9 MREQ
ENL111English Composition I 3.03 SREQ
Third SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
QAL124Ultrasonic Testing I 4.51.50 9 MREQ
QAL126Ultrasonic Inspection & Recording Practices 2.02 MREQ
QAL224Ultrasonic Testing II 4.51.50 9 MREQ
QAL103Governing Technical Documents for NDT 2.02 MREQ
ENL201Technical & Professional Communication 3.03 SREQ
Fourth SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
QAL227Phased Array Ultrasonic Testing I 4.51.50 9 MREQ
QAL228Phased Array Ultrasonic Testing II 4.51.50 9 MREQ
QAL229Phased Array Inspection & Recording Practices 2.01 3 MREQ
MSC106Introduction to Metallurgy 4.03 3 SREQ
ARPCore Arts Perspective 3.0 SARP
AAPCore Applied Arts Perspective 3.0 SAAP
CDPCore Global & Cultural Diversity Perspective 3.0 SCDP
HIPCore Historical Perspective 3.0 SHIP
SSPCore Social Science Perspective 3.0 SSSP