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Addressing The Nde Technician Shortage

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Ask anyone in the pipeline industry, and they’ll tell you there’s a serious shortage of non-destructive evaluation (NDE) technicians in North America. A combination of stronger regulations for legacy lines and new construction, plus a lengthy certification process, has created a situation where demand for technicians outpaces supply.

As the name suggests, NDE provides pipeline owner/operators with a way to validate inline inspection (ILI) findings and evaluate anomalies without the risk of further damage. NDE technicians use magnetic particles, radiography, and high-frequency sound waves to locate anomalies in pipelines. In addition, they can confirm the severity of those anomalies – and that helps operators prioritize repairs and reduce the need for costly multiple excavations.

But the success of NDE largely depends on the technician’s ability to analyze results. And, the specific tools and technologies used to conduct NDE can vary from company to company. To ensure accuracy, it’s critical that technicians know how to use the equipment and how to interpret the results of testing.

And the only way to guarantee that is through experience – lots of it. All technicians must complete a combination of classroom and field training to earn NDE certification. Classroom hours are more theory- Addressing The NDE Technician Shortage As Demand Outpaces Supply, the Oil and Gas Industry Looks for Creative Solutions F U T U R E T H I N K I N G based, and students can apply what they’ve learned to a broad range of industries, from structural steel to pipelines. After completing the requisite classroom hours, students complete 2,000 + hours of supervised, industry-specific fieldwork, unique to their area of NDE focus.

So far, there’s no single, permanent way to create a pool of trained, qualified NDE technicians, but there have been some promising developments. Many colleges and technical schools currently offer two-year programs focused on NDE training. In addition, the industry has started to reach out to college graduates with new certification programs that reduce the training hours required for trainees with four-year degrees in engineering or science.

Pipeline service companies are also finding creative ways to build a larger pool of available NDE technicians: Some are pulling technicians from other departments or even other industries. Because there is a common knowledge base for non-destructive technology (NDT), a technician with years of experience in aerospace, for example, can transition to pipelines.

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Breaking Down How to Use Magnetic Flux Indicators and QQIs

Magnetic particle test pieces will help you maintain your mag particle process by verifying magnetic particle performance. Use to check for mag particle deterioration, to compare different magnetic powders, to verify sensitivity or visibility or to assure field direction and strength. In this blog we look at the primary use of Quantitative Quality Indicators (QQIs) and Magnetic Flux Indicators which are to verify field direction and strength.

Field strength and orientation are key factors in a successful magnetic particle examination. Sufficient magnetic field must be present to form indications on the surface being examined. And because magnetism is directional in nature, only discontinuities that cross the lines of flux will produce leakage fields to form those indications.

Unfortunately, the magnetic field within the part cannot be measured directly. So many practitioners use artificial flaws or test pieces to confirm magnetic field strength. At the same time, artificial flaws can confirm direction since only those orthogonal to the lines of flux will form indications. The most common artificial flaws in use are QQIs and Flux Indicator Strips. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages to consider when choosing the right tool for your inspection.

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New CWI Prep Course!

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We are excited to announce AINDT's introduction of their AWS CWI Prep Course.

We are working intensely to make this training course the most up to date and best in the industry! The American Welding Society Certified Welding Inspector program is known for being a very thorough and in-depth examination ensuring those that earn the title of CWI are held to the highest standards.

Our prep course has been designed to bring you the relevant, current information and knowledge to best prepare you for the rigors of the CWI exam. Our course will provide a unique blending of both online and in-person training.

The interactive 40-hour plus online training will cover the part A fundamentals and part C code book portions of the exam in depth. Our online training is specially designed for you to study at your own pace. Following the online portion will be the 40 hour hands on training for the new part B practical exam, the 40 hour in person training will also provide additional review of the parts A and C to ensure you are at the top of your game.

The AWS CWI examination will then be provided on site at our facility immediately following the in-person training.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Call 855-313-0325 today to register!

 

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CWI Exam Prep Course @ AINDT!

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Did you know?

The CWI exam requires 72% for a passing score on each of its three sections:

  • Part A: Fundamentals,
  • Part B: Practical, and
  • Part C: Code Book.
  • Students who score at least 60%, but below 72% on these three sections will receive a CAWI certification. A Certified Associate Welding Inspector, or CAWI, requires a minimum of two years welding related experience. CAWIs also are not allowed to sign off on paperwork.
  • Upon successfully qualifying and testing to the requirements put forth by the American Welding Society (AWS), the student will receive a National Certification, which will be active for three years.

Included in the course fee each student will receive a comprehensive visual inspection tool kit.

We believe we offer the most comprehensive CWI Exam Prep Course available. Our course will give you the skills and knowledge you will need to take the AWS CWI exam with confidence!

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Course cost: $1,800.00

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Nondestructive Testing Careers Are on the Rise: Taking a Look at All Sides of the Puzzle

Nondestructive Testing Careers Are on the Rise: Taking a Look at All Sides of the PuzzleCareers in nondestructive testing are on the rise in today’s economy. These fields are constantly advancing, and there is an ever-growing need for technicians, quality assurance specialists and inspectors. Nondestructive testing (NDT) of materials and structures, is one of the most common forms of quality control. In fact, more and more people are turning to the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers, including nondestructive testing to make their living.

The good news is many of these careers, such as nondestructive testing specialists, have customized curriculums that allow people to get the training and experience they need with just a two-year degree. It is not uncommon for NDT technicians to earn a minimum of $40,000 right after graduation. Paying around $10,000 for these degrees, graduates are getting a fantastic return on their educational investment.

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The Mike Rohe Foundation Changed My Life!

The Mike Rohe Foundation Changed My Life!"I started this journey with a mountain high of inspiration, but with no hope of financial realism. I knew I was certain about starting a career in NDT.

But, it takes money to earn money. I had no idea how I was going to be able to afford my education. Then I saw a commercial about the Mike Rowe scholarship foundation. I knew this was my shot to try and pursue after the education I wanted/needed.

I contacted my Mike Rowe foundation and submitted my application. I was nervous at first, had no idea what to expect, or even what to do. They made it easy, walked me thru the application steps, and kept in steady contact with me in term of the progress.

The day I found out I had been accepted, I was overjoyed, and in disbelief. I had to let reality sink in. Applying for the Mike Rowe foundation was absolutely the best decision vie ever made, it was life changing! Word can’t explain how thankful and fortunate I am to have this opportunity. And as I write this, I am full speed into my career and loving the NDT field."

Brandon N.

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Magnetic Particle Testing (MT) Level I and II Online Course

Magnetic Particle Testing (MT) Level I and II Online CourseAINDT offers the Magnetic Particle Testing (MT) Level I and II Online Course. This course runs $799 and covers level I and II study material in the field of Magnetic Particle Examination. Subjects include:

  • Magnetic fields
  • Flux leakage
  • Magnetization processes
  • Particles/mediums
  • Applications
  • Basic principles
  • Safety considerations

Instructors are waiting to answer your questions about this 24-hour course, so call today: (855) 313-0325.

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Ultrasonic Testing (UT) Level II Online Course

Ultrasonic Testing (UT) Level I Online CourseAINDT offers the Ultrasonic Testing (UT) Level II Online Course. This course runs $699 and covers advanced theory, application and variables, such as:

  • Beam profile
  • Near and far zones
  • Acoustic impedance
  • Absorption
  • Sound characteristics
  • Refraction
  • Mode conversion

Instructors are waiting to speak with you, so call today for more information: (855) 313-0325.

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Ultrasonic Testing (UT) Level I Online Course

Ultrasonic Testing (UT) Level I Online CourseAINDT offers the Ultrasonic Testing (UT) Level I Online Course. This course runs $699 and covers a basic introduction to the theory and principles of ultrasound. This course also: Contains study materials related to the propagation, reflection and attenuation of sound as well as the responses from discontinuities. Understanding of equipment used in this discipline. Basic procedure for using UT in precise thickness measurements. Instructors are waiting to answer your questions, so call today for more information about this 40-hour course: (855) 313-0325.

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Radiographic Testing (RT) Level II Online Course

Radiographic Testing (RT) Level I Online CourseAINDT offers the Radiographic Testing (RT) Level II Online Course. This course runs $699 and begins with a review of Level I subjects, continuing with the technical production of proper radiographic imaging. Studies focus on:

  • Optimizing contrast
  • Definition
  • Sensitivity
  • Film processing
  • Interpretation
  • Calculations
  • Shot techniques
  • Utilizing acceptance criteria per relevant codes and standards

This course is required for those who have completed RT I and want to advance to a higher certification level. Instructors are waiting to speak with you, so call today for more information: (855) 313-0325.

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Radiographic Testing (RT) Level I Online Course

Radiographic Testing (RT) Level I Online CourseAINDT offers the Radiographic Testing (RT) Level I Online Course. This course is $699 and focuses on the theory and principles of radiation and their application to radiography. Subjects include:

  • Handling and processing radiographic film
  • Radiography techniques
  • Image quality
  • Basic radiographic interpretation
  • Safe use of RT equipment
  • Both X-Ray and Gamma Ray sources

Instructors are waiting to speak with you, so call today for more information on this 40-hour course: (855) 313-0325.

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Build Your Credit As You Repay With Meritize

AINDT now offers financing through Meritize. Meritize loans look beyond your FICO score and use your academic history to help determine your loan options-- even if you don't have a cosigner. If you do have a cosigner, your options are even better! Best of all, repaying your Meritize loan helps you rebuild your credit. What could be better? More repayment options!

  • Choose how to repay-- full payments, interest-only payments, or no payments until 3 months after graduation
  • Repay your loan over 3 or 5 years
  • Avoid prepayment penalty fees if you choose to pay loan off early
  • Access to Meritize Career Success Services for job and career support
  • Choose fixed or variable rates

With so many options, AINDT could not make it easier for you to begin a new, rewarding career in non-destructive testing. Instructors are waiting to speak with you, so call today for more information: (855) 313-0325.

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Financing Available Through Meritize

Want a new career, but the financial considerations seem out of reach? Worried your credit score won't allow you to qualify for assistance? AINDT is excited to now offer financing through Meritize. Your dreams are within reach! Meritize allows you to:

  • Use your transcript to enhance your credit and improve loan options
  • Fund the full cost of tuition on your own merit
  • Choose affordable fixed or variable rates
  • Select repayment options that work best for you-- full payments, interest-only payments, or no payments until 3 months after graduation

and so much more! Don't let finances stand in your way of a new, rewarding career in non-destructive testing. Call today for more information--instructors are waiting to speak with you! (855) 313-0325.

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Penetrant Testing (PT) Level I and II Online Course

Penetrant Testing (PT) Level I and II Online CourseAINDT offers a Level I and Level II online course for Penetrant Testing (PT). This course is $799, contains Level 1 and 2 material and covers the theories and practices involved with liquid penetrant inspection. Areas of study include:

  • Equipment
  • Light meters
  • Code
  • Procedure reference
  • Types
  • Forms
  • Methods

Give yourself the best possible preparation for your qualifications in PT with courses from AINDT. Call today with questions and for more information. Certified instructors are waiting to speak with you! (855) 313-0325.

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Magnetic Particle Testing (MT) Level I and II Online Course

Magnetic Particle Testing (MT) Level I and II Online CourseAINDT offers a Level I and Level II Online Course for Magnetic Particle Testing (MT). This course is $799, contains both Level 1 and 2 study material and covers the theory of Magnetic Particle Examination. Areas of study include:

  • Magnetic fields
  • Flux leakage
  • Magnetization processes
  • Particles/mediums
  • Applications
  • Basic principles
  • Safety considerations

AINDT courses exceed standard criteria and get you well prepared for qualification. Call today, instructors are waiting to speak with you! (855) 313-0325.

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Ultrasonic Testing (UT) Level I & II Online Courses

Ultrasonic Testing (UT) Level I & II Online CoursesAINDT offers Level I and Level II Online Courses for Ultrasonic Testing (UT). These courses are $699 each and explore the theory and principles of ultrasound.

Level I covers:

  • Propagation of sound
  • Reflection of sound
  • Attenuation of sound
  • Responses from discontinuities
  • Understanding of equipment
  • Precise thickness measurements

Level II explains advanced theory, application and variables such as:

  • Beam profile
  • Near and far zones
  • Acoustic impedance
  • Absorption
  • Sound characteristics
  • Refraction
  • Mode conversion

Whichever level of UT qualification you seek, AINDT has you covered. Instructors are waiting to speak to you one-on-one, so call today for more information: (855) 313-0325.

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Computed/Digital Radiography Level I & II Online Courses

Computed/Digital Radiography Level I & II Online CoursesAINDT offers both Level I and Level II Computed/ Digital Radiography online courses. Each course is $799 and provides technicians, engineers, and manufacturers with an in-depth look into both digital and computed radiographic techniques.

Level I covers:

  • Handling and processing radiographic film
  • Radiography techniques
  • Image quality
  • Basic radiographic interpretation
  • Safe use of RT equipment

Level II includes:

  • Optimizing contrast
  • Definition
  • Sensitivity
  • Film processing
  • Interpretation
  • Calculations
  • Shot techniques
  • Utilizing acceptance criteria per relevant codes and standards.

AINDT also offers an 8-hour Digital and Computed Radiography Online course for $299. This is designed for those who have finished their Level I and/or Level II Radiography training and 16-hour equipment familiarization training, who wish to add Computed and Digital Radiographic methods, techniques and training to their resume. Whichever certification you seek, AINDT has you covered! Call today for more information: (855) 313-0325.

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Radiographic Testing (RT) Level I & Level II Online Courses

Radiographic Testing (RT) Level I & Level II Online CoursesAINDT offers both Level I and Level II online courses for radiographic testing (RT). Each course is $699 and offers theory and principles of radiation and their application to radiography.

Level I covers:

  • Handling and processing radiographic film
  • Radiography techniques
  • Image quality
  • Basic radiographic interpretation
  • Safe use of RT equipment
  • Both Gamma Ray and X-Ray sources analyzed

Level II covers:

  • Review of Level I subjects
  • Technical production of proper radiographic imaging.
  • Optimizing contrast
  • Definition
  • Sensitivity
  • Film processing
  • Interpretation
  • Calculations
  • Shot techniques
  • Utilizing acceptance criteria

Whether you seek basic or advanced RT certification qualifications, AINDT has you covered. Call today for more information and to speak to an instructor one-on-one: (855) 313-0325.

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ASNT Level III Visual Testing Exam Prep Course

ASNT Level III Visual Testing Exam Prep CourseAINDT (Baxter, MN) offers the ASNT Level III Visual Testing Exam Prep Course. Our online program covers in detail the components of Visual Testing. Our prep course saves you time and money and allows you to work at your own pace. This interactive and engaging course is available on any internet-ready mobile device, including tablets. The ASNT Level III Visual Testing Exam Prep Course is $599 and includes:

  • Reading assignments
  • PowerPoint presentations of key points for each chapter
  • Flashcard question review
  • Practice quizzes
  • Multiple practice final exams

Required text is included in the price and will be shipped to you when you enroll. Call TODAY to get enrolled and ready for your ASNT Level III Visual Testing Exam Prep Course! (855) 313-0325.

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ASNT Level III Liquid Penetrant Testing Exam

ASNT Level III Liquid Penetrant Testing ExamAINDT (Baxter, MN) offers the ASNT Level III Liquid Penetrant Testing Exam. Our online program covers in detail the components of Liquid Penetrant Testing. Our prep course saves you time and money and allows you to work at your own pace. This interactive and engaging course is available on any internet-ready mobile device, including tablets. The ASNT Level III Liquid Penetrant Testing Exam is $599 and includes:

  • Reading assignments
  • PowerPoint presentations of key points for each chapter
  • Flashcard question review
  • Practice quizzes
  • Multiple practice final exams

Required text is included in the price and will be shipped to you when you enroll. Call TODAY to get enrolled and ready for your ASNT Level III Liquid Penetrant Testing Exam! (855) 313-0325.

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