Associate of Applied Science | 65 credits minimum
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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.
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.
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.
Estimated Cost for Students
Tuition per semester: http://Tuition and student fees: http://www.slcc.edu/student/financial/tuition-fees.aspx
Course fees: $20
Note: Fees vary based upon specific registration and are subject to changes.