Ever heard of a Level 3 Non-destructive testing engineering technician apprenticeship before? Yes, Level 3 Non-destructive testing engineering technician apprenticeships are available. These apprenticeships provide individuals with the opportunity to learn the skills and techniques necessary to become a qualified Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Engineering Technician. Apprenticeship programs are designed to provide hands-on training in a variety of NDT techniques, as well as theoretical knowledge of the principles and practices of NDT.
This is a level 3 apprenticeship and the duration of this apprenticeship is 36 months. In the non-destructive testing sector, Apprentices are required to achieve industry-recognized NDT Level 2 certification in three methods in accordance with national and international standards.
What is NDT?
Non-destructive testing (NDT) is a type of testing used to evaluate the properties of a material, component, or system without causing damage. NDT is often used to detect, characterize, or measure the presence of flaws or discrepancies. Common NDT methods include radiographic testing, ultrasonic testing, eddy current testing, magnetic particle testing, acoustic emission testing, and visual testing.
A Non-Destructive Testing Engineering Technician is responsible for performing a variety of non-destructive testing techniques to evaluate the integrity of metals and other materials. The technician is responsible for inspecting, testing, and evaluating the materials for any defects or flaws.
Typical Job titles for this role include – Testing Engineer and Test Technician.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Inspect and test materials for flaws and defects using a variety of non-destructive testing techniques such as eddy current, radiographic, ultrasonic, acoustic emission, and infrared thermography.
- Perform routine and complex inspections of welds and other components using established procedures.
- Analyse test results and evaluate defects to determine whether they are acceptable or require additional testing.
- Interpret and analyse complex test results and recommend corrective actions.
- Communicate results to customers and management.
- Maintain records and prepare written reports of test results.
- Maintain and calibrate non-destructive testing equipment.
- Maintain a safe work environment in accordance with governmental regulations and company policies.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Non-destructive testing engineering technicians must possess a variety of skills, including technical knowledge, problem-solving ability, and excellent communication. They must also be able to work with complex machinery and equipment, be detail-oriented, and can analyse data accurately and quickly.
- In addition to these technical skills, non-destructive testing engineering technicians should also have strong interpersonal skills. They must be able to work effectively with other technicians and engineers, as well as with customers. They must also be able to work independently and be self-motivated.
- Non-destructive testing engineering technicians must also be able to follow strict safety protocols, as they will often be working with dangerous materials. They must also be able to keep accurate records of their work and be able to troubleshoot any problems that arise.
Employers will set their criteria; however, apprentices must have a minimum of three GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade C or above, including English and mathematics. Those without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level before taking the end-point assessment. In addition, you must have good unaided or aided eyesight to pass the mandatory NDT eyesight test, and you must be physically fit for industrial work.
Please apply for this role if the information above appeals to you and you are interested in earning while you learn. In the engineering and manufacturing industry, there are plenty of opportunities for job progression after graduation.
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