Mar 07, 2021  
2017-2018 SLCC General Catalog 

Non-Destructive Testing: AAS (CTE)

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Associate of Applied Science | 65 credits minimum

Aerospace/Aviation and Related Technologies Division
Westpointe Center
General Information
(801) 957-4073
Program Information (801) 957-2159
Program Website
Academic and Career Advising

Program Faculty
Instructors − Mark J Sabolik, Tim Trottier

Program Description
The non-destructive testing program offers students the opportunity for a career in a progressive new field with many diverse job opportunities and excellent entry-level salaries.

Non-destructive testing involves the examination of an object in any manner that will not impair its future usefulness. The six major NDT methods, radiography, ultrasonics, eddy current, magnetic particle, liquid penetrant and visual inspection, are used in a variety of industries including aerospace, petro-chemical, automotive, metals, non-metals, nuclear, marine, electronics, construction, aircraft, materials joining, utilities and many others. Students learn to perform the basic testing techniques on both metals and non-metals, such as synthetics and composites, as well as how to evaluate results and write final reports. Learning will be enhanced through field trips to area businesses and presentations by guest speakers.

During the first two semesters in NDT, the training will focus on basic manufacturing and materials-joining processes, including visual inspection, magnetic particles and liquid penetrant techniques. The third and fourth semesters will include eddy current, radiography and ultrasonics. The third and fourth semesters are dedicated to advanced study of these testing methods as well as computer application in NDT.

Career Opportunities
Currently the job market for NDT technicians is excellent. Employment can be obtained in a variety of industries. Because each testing method is unique, a technician can specialize in a specific method or work using all testing methods. Jobs are available both in-state and out-of-state. Technicians can work part time or full time depending on the type of work available. When you graduate you have met the requirements of a Level II technician. You will need to obtain on-the-job work experience in order to fulfill the hours required to become certified in each NDT method. These hours will vary depending on the method.

Level I - $15 to 20 per hour
Level II - $17 to $30 per hour
Level III - $25 to $75 per hour

Many Level IIIs work in research & development, as supervisors or develop and write procedures.

Transfer/Articulation Information
Students who earn an AAS degree in Non-Destructive Testing Technology have the option to transfer into the Technology Management Bachelor Degree at Utah Valley University. UVU will accept up to 45 technical credits towards this degree.

Program Entry Requirements
Students may start this program Fall or Spring semester. For information on getting started,please visit

Total Program/Course Fees

Estimated Cost for Students

Tuition per semester:
Books and Supplies: $350

Estimated Time to Completion
If students follow suggested sample schedule, completion time is four semesters.

Program Student Learning Outcomes Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes
  1 - Acquire substantive knowledge
2 - Communicate effectively
3 - Develop quantitative literacies
4 - Think critically & creatively
5 - Become a community engaged learner
6 - Work in professional & constructive manner
7 - Develop computer & information literacy
Students will demonstrate knowledge to pass a general, specific, and practical examination meeting ASNT-TC-1A standards 1
Students will demonstrate effective oral communication with proper Nondestructive Testing terminology. 2
Students will be able to apply reasoning and interpret information represented on data, graphs, and/or tables used in Nondestructive Testing. 3
Students will be able to apply Nondestructive Testing knowledge to effectively utilize problem solving skills as it relates to the operation of equipment used in industry. 4
Students will be able to engage and interact as a team in a learning environment to develop skills which relate to the safe operation in the Nondestructive Testing industry standards. 5

General Education Requirements

Core Skills:

Distribution Areas: (3 Credits)

Choose an additional three credits from one of the following distribution areas.

Life Sciences (LS)  3-4
Fine Arts (FA)  3-4
Humanities (HU)  3
Interdisciplinary (ID)  3
Physical Science (PS)  3
Social Science (SS)  3

Sample Schedule

Advising Notes:

Students will need basic reading and math skills. Students who need to take preparatory classes to meet the requirements of the first semester courses should plan on extra time to complete the program.

Not all inspection course methods are offered every semester. It is the students’ responsibility to understand the requirements for their chosen program of study and to examine each course description for details about the prerequisite classes. It is highly recommended that each student meet with the program advisor prior to starting this program. The Program Advisor may be reached in Academic and Career Advising.

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