Maeve Whalen, Ultrasonic Testing Technician
I went to school for NDT at the American Institute of Nondestructive Testing in Baxter, MN. I had family that worked in NDT. Prior to coming to ATI, I worked at an oil refinery in Salt Lake City. It was interesting work, but dangerous.
After I got to see the tanks on the tour for my on site interview and learning more about ATI from the team, I was so excited and really wanted the job. Immersion testing has overlap with other parts of NDT but it is so unique. We get to use the really fancy toys here-everything is brand new!
Why Ultrasonic Testing?
This role is critical in support of the aerospace field.You are continuously learning and being challenged. It is very interesting to learn about the parts and customers. Immersion testing is a very rare,niche opportunity in a generally stable field.(Top view of one of our immersion tanks is pictured to the left)
Advice I would give to future Ultrasonic Technicians:
Choose a role that helps people. The safety aspect of this job is something to be proud of and you’re making the world a better place.
What happens when I’m not at work
I am looking forward to nice weather for hiking at local state parks. I also can’t wait to be able to travel again. I have traveled extensively and my favorite places I’ve visited are New York City and Tokyo.