About This Career
Non-Destructive Testers and Inspection Technicians conduct tests that provide information about the condition of materials and components (without destroying them) to determine defects and faults, and ensure compliance with applicable codes and standards. They operate radiographic, ultrasonic, liquid penetrant, magnetic particle, eddy current and similar testing equipment to detect defects. They interact with other related trades and equipment operators. Non-Destructive Testers and Inspection Technicians use advanced sensing and imaging equipment such as X-rays, microscopes, thermometers, oscilloscopes and radiation detectors. They may also use analytical or scientific software.
Education: This occupation requires completion of two years of an approved post-secondary science or engineering program.
Employment: This occupation is found in onshore and offshore environments and is typically employed in exploration and production, oil sands, oil and gas services and pipeline sectors of the oil and gas industry.
Example Titles: Industrial Radiographer, Non-Destructive Evaluation Technician, Non-Destructive Testing Specialist, Non-Destructive Testing Technician.
- Cathodic Protection/Internal Corrosion Monitoring
- Pipeline Design and Construction
- Tester to Field Supervisor to Manager
- The following are examples of progressive or lateral career paths for this occupation:
Mild Physical Activity
Long Periods of Standing
Some Overtime Required
Careers also exist in the following industries:
- Mining and quarrying
- Petroleum and coal product manufacturing
- Primary metal manufacturing
- Professional, scientific and technical services
- Utilities, including renewable energy
Business and Operations Support
Oil and gas services
Exploration and production
- Post-secondary diploma