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New ICC CEU Courses Offered At The American Institute Of Nondestructive Testing

The ten new online courses offered include Welding Inspection Fundamentals, Understanding Welding Joint Geometry, and more.

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(Baxter, MN)--The American Institute Of Nondestructive Testing is pleased to announce that they are now offering ten new ICC Training courses. The new continuing education offerings include Welding Inspection Fundamentals, Understanding Welding Joint Geometry, and eight more courses designed to help students maintain very high-level, highly-prized technical certifications within the industry and help them thrive in an exceptionally rewarding career.

"We could not be more thrilled to offer these ten new courses to students," said Donald Booth of The American Institute of Nondestructive Testing. "According to standards set out by the The International Code Council, the governing body for commercial and residential construction in the United States, certificate renewal for non-destructive testing professionals can only be achieved by participating in qualifying continuing education courses. As an ICC Preferred Provider, we are proud to offer that education and contribute to the integrity of the profession by providing certification holders with access to top tier courses."

The American Institute of Nondestructive Testing's full suite of ICC CEU online courses includes: Welding Inspection Fundamentals, Fundamentals Welding Processes, Understanding Welding Joint Geometry, Welding Symbols Fundamentals, AWS D1.1 Structural Welding Code Review, Introduction To Welding Metallurgy, Introduction To Welding Procedures & Welder Qualifications, Introduction To Visual Welding Inspection, Welding Defects & Discontinuities, and Introduction To Destructive And Nondestructive Examination. Certificate holders visit the AINDT website to see complete descriptions for each course as well as download an enrollment form to register.

Booth went on to say, "Nondestructive testing is a critical career field, and it's vital that even certified technicians stay ahead of the curve when it comes to honing their skills. We invite NDT professionals everywhere who are looking forward to a lasting career in the industry to contact us to learn more about how we can help them achieve that goal."

Visit trainingndt.com to learn more about American Institute of Nondestructive Testing and fill out an enrollment form today for one of their new ICC CEU online courses.

About The American Institute of Nondestructive Testing:

We offer the most convenient and affordable NDT training program available. Our blended learning program offers you the convenience of online NDT training from wherever you may live, followed by hands-on NDT training at our Baxter, MN facility.

The combination of our online NDT curriculum, followed by 18 days of hands-on training using the most up to date NDT equipment will give you the skills needed to enter into a rewarding career in nondestructive testing.

American Institute of Nondestructive Testing is licensed as a private career school with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, sections 136.821 to 136A.832. Licensure is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.

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How Does our CWI Exam Prep Course Work?

How Does our CWI Exam Prep Course WorkOur CWI Exam Prep Course follows the blended learning philosophy. Our course is a combination of online and hands on training.

The course begins with a 60-hour online series of modules that students can move through at their own pace.

Each module includes PowerPoint presentations with in depth discussion by an instructor, ‘flashcard reviews’ and graded quizzes so you can evaluate your progress throughout the course. All of AINDT’s practice quizzes are pulled from our vast exam bank consisting of several hundred questions. Our online portion of the CWI Exam Prep Course provides in-depth training on the following critical topics:

Part A Fundamentals Online

The online Portion of the CWI Exam Prep Course will cover the fundamentals of Welding Technology as established by the American Welding Society. This coincides with Part A of the CWI Exam.

Topics covered in this portion of the course are as follows:

  • CWI Exam Breakdown
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Welding & Cutting Processes (over 10 processes covered)
  • Weld Joint Geometry
  • Welding Symbology
  • Steel Making
  • Welding Metallurgy
  • Distortion Control
  • Material Property Modification
  • Destructive Testing
  • Overview of Various Industry Welding Codes
  • Welder Qualifications
  • Welding Procedure Specifications
  • Visual Inspections methods and equipment
  • Welding Defects and Discontinuities
  • Introduction to Nondestructive Examination
  • Magnetic Particle Testing
  • Liquid Penetrant Testing
  • Ultrasonic Testing
  • Radiographic Testing
  • Electromagnetic Testing
  • Acoustic Emission Testing
  • Magnetic Flux Leakage
  • Thermal/Infrared Testing
  • Neutron Radiography
  • Vibration Analysis

Part B Hands-on

The AWS CWI NEW Part B portion of the exam has elevated the difficulty of flaw evaluation and specification interpretation. Because of this, AINDT offers an onsite 40-hour prep course specifically devoted to the Part B hands-on evaluation of practical weld specimens, WPS/PQR evaluation and interpretation to Part B specific documents used in the CWI Exam.

Included with the online training will be a walkthrough of the Book of Specifications to ensure that students have a full understanding of the purpose and usage of this “mock” specification and how it is utilized for the hands-on Part B. Additionally, AINDT has developed our own version of the Book of Exhibits and Weld Replicas which aligns with the CWI Exam. We will address how the Part B exam is structured and provide ample time examining the weld replicas using the same tools that will be provided by AWS during the exam. Our primary focus will be on measuring and evaluating the weld replicas, however we will also continuously review both Fundamentals and Code requirements to ensure all parts of the CWI body of knowledge is fresh in your head on exam day.

Following the onsite training, you will be provided the opportunity to take the AWS CWI exam at our facility the Saturday immediately following our CWI Exam Prep Course.

Part C Code Book Online

Navigating and understanding technical welding standards can be a daunting task, that is why we include an in-depth review of each clause with insight from an experienced instructor who has worked to these standards which will better help you understand the meaning and reason behind various requirements.

The code book online training will include a walk through of the welding code of your choice. Included in this training will be a review of how best to become proficient at code navigation, with tips on tabbing, highlighting and notes to include in your code. Currently our Part C training consists of either AWS D1.1-2015 or API 1104-21st edition.

Practice Exams

Upon completion of each part of the online training, students will be provided a timed exam replicating the Parts A and C of the CWI exam. This exam will be graded the same way as the CWI exam and may be taken as many times as the student wants. All of our exam questions are pulled from an exam bank ensuring that you will receive a combination of different exam questions each time.

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AWS CWI Exam Pass Rate: How to Pass (And What to Do if You Fail)

AWS CWI Exam Pass Rate: How to Pass (And What to Do if You Fail)The AWS does not post AWS CWI exam pass rate online. Yet, estimates say that only 30-40% of people who write the CWI exam pass the test on the first attempt. And because the exam costs $1065 in 2018, you want to pass this exam to avoid paying this hefty fee again.

Read on to learn how to pass the CWI exam the first time, and how to prepare if you need to retake it.

What Areas You Need To Know

A CWI exam is challenging. That's because a CWI has to be able to accurately complete welding inspections to specific codes.

A CWI has to have a good understanding of testing methods and drawings and specs. He or she must understand the welding process and be fluent in welding terms.

The CWI exam is comprehensive and covers all these key points. Make sure you review how to become a CWI with these 5 steps.

Create a Test-Taking Strategy

One of the most important things you need to do in order to pass the CWI exam is to have a test strategy.

You should know how much time you can spend on each question before moving on. The passing grade on this exam is 72%. That means that if you are stumped on a question, move on.

Each question is only worth 2.2% of the total exam. It is in your best interest to ensure you have time to complete the entire test than to spend priceless minutes on a tricky question.

Check Your Work

Part 3 of the test is open book. You will be able to use the code book to look up answers.

Don't make the mistake of being overconfident and skip looking up the answer in the codebook. The examiners allow the book for a reason. Codes can be difficult and there is a lot of information.

Verify your answers each time to avoid losing marks in this section.

Know What You Don't Know

If you are unsuccessful the first time you take the CWI exam, don't despair. You have options. You can retake the entire test or just specific parts such as Part A.

Before preparing for your second attempt, carefully review where you went wrong the first time. You will be able to see your score for each of the 3 parts of the exam on your CWI test results.

If you scored an average of over 72% in total but got less than 72% on only 1 part, you may retake only that part.

Besides looking at just your score, also look at the topics you struggled with. then you can focus on brushing up your knowledge on those key areas.

Final Thoughts on AWS CWI Exam Pass Rate

Thank for reading! We hope you found this guide on the CWI exam helpful. Remember, just because the AWS CSI exam pass rate is low for first-time test takers, there is no reason you can't ace the test if you prepare and plan your strategy.

Next, review these 5 tips to help you pass the CWI exam.

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How to Pass the CWI Test: A Complete Guide

How to Pass the CWI Test: A Complete GuideAll around the country, welders can make a dependable middle class living off of their skills and knowledge. However, you need to be able to pass your exam to become a high paid certified welder. If you're not prepared to take the CWI test, all the talent in the world won't amount to much.

Here are three things to remember to ensure that you pass your test on the first try.

1. Prepare in Advance

No matter what the test is, if you don't make a serious effort to prepare, you're not going to do well. This is especially true for a welding exam.

Even if you're an experienced welder who has been at it for 20 years, you might not be prepared for the exam. Over time, even the best welder can build up some bad habits that the CWI testers will fail you for.

There is a lot of reference material to read over before you arrive on test day. It should be reviewed a few times to ensure that you know what to expect.

Take a few practice exams that include time restraints. That way you'll be prepared for the pressure of taking your CWI exam. Ask a few colleagues if they've had good experiences with an exam company so you can get the help you need.

2. Go In With a Testing Strategy

There are three main parts of your CWI test. Each portion has its own unique challenges and without a plan of attack, you could end up wasting precious testing time. Taking some practice exams will help you figure out how much time you can spend on each question.

If you haven't taken a test in a while, you might forget that common mistake of spending too much time on a single question. Spending 20 minutes on a single question could leave dozens of easier questions unfinished.

Go in knowing your strengths and weaknesses. If you have a weakness on a particular concept, skip those difficult questions for the end. You can go back and devote your spare time to them once you've covered everything you know well.

Arrive with pencils, erasers, calculators and everything else that you need. Be clear about what is allowed and what isn't.

3. Check Your Work Carefully

Depending on which test you're going to be taking, you need to know how to use the codebook. If you're not a veteran inspector, you might not be on top of what is and isn't kosher.

Some inspectors will remember codes off the top of their head and will breeze through Part C of the exam. If you're feeling a little bit rusty, take some time to refresh your knowledge.

You Can Pass Your CWI Test on the First Try

If you don't know your way around the expectations of the CWI exam, you're going to struggle to pass your test on the first try. The CWI test is easy if you adequately prepare, take time to focus, and stay calm during the day of the exam.

If you need an incentive to stay motivated, check out just how much money you could be making.

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American Institute of Nondestructive Testing (AINDT) will provide their CWI Exam Prep Course in Houston, Texas

American Institute of Nondestructive Testing (AINDT) will provide their CWI Exam Prep Course in Houston, Texas The booming economy and dramatic increase in construction across the country has spurred a renewed effort to rectify the shortage of skilled labor. Paramount in that effort is to increase the number of qualified welders, and where there is welding there needs to be welding inspectors. The various industries are working diligently to increase the number of skilled welders and with that the demand for Certified Welding Inspectors (CWI) is increasing exponentially. The American Institute of Nondestructive Testing (AINDT) is filling this need by expanding its' operations to Houston, Texas.

"Our instructors have decades of welding inspection experience and are deftly involved with the American Welding Society, providing the most up to date training for the ever-evolving CWI exam," stated AINDT CEO Don Booth. "We not only prepare our students for taking the CWI exam but also provide them with real life experiences from industry experts."

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How to Become a CWI in 5 Steps

how to become a cwiThe responsibility of a certified welding inspector is extensive. The CWI manages the operation's oversight. It's hard work but the outlook for a CWI career path is growing and pays well for those willing to shine.

The average CWI salary is $72K/year with increasing demand. The field thrives no matter the economic ups and downs. CWI jobs offer competitive benefits, too, further bonding its opportunity.

Would you like to learn how to become a CWI, tapping this in-demand field? Read on and follow this career path.

Arcing Your Career: How to Become a CWI

A CWI career has a low barriers-to-entry via certification. This is a lucrative opportunity for those wanting to scale their welding prowess. Or, desiring a shift and arc into a new career path. Let's go through the steps on how to become a certified welding inspector.

1. Understand Where You Stand

You'll need to meet an education and experience threshold before you can take the CWI test. The CWI exam requires a 72% passing score (or higher).

Do you meet these AWS requirements?

  • 4/year Bachelors (or higher) or Welding Engineering/Tech + 1/year work
  • 3/year Associates (or higher) or Eng tech/science/Phys. tech + 2/year work
  • 2/year Engineering/Tech courses + Bachelors (or higher) + 3/year work
  • 1/year Trade/Voc. courses + 4/year work
  • HS Diploma (or GED) + 5/year work
  • 8th Grade + 9/year work
  • >8th Grade + 12/year work

Continue work or go back-to-school to fill the needed gaps. Higher education can gap 1-year increments. Push through!

2. Get Your Eyes Checked

You're required to pass a vision test alongside the AWS certified exam.

The process includes:

  1. Filing the VAF (Visual Acuity Form) within 7-months of the exam
  2. Having an eye exam performed by a certified medical professional

The exam factors one's ability to read Jaeger J2 within 12-inches. Corrective lenses are accepted including contacts. The examiner will also check for colorblindness.

3. Study, Study, Study

AWS exams cost $850 - $1,065 depending on membership so you'll want to get it right the first time. There are 3-parts and grants several hours to complete.

Begin studying early, and often:

  1. Go through the official AWS study material
  2. Apply your knowledge alongside our prep course
  3. Consider optional welding inspector training

You're also welcome to attend weeklong seminars. These events are helpful with prep, covering all sections you'll face on the exam.

4. Practice with Dummy Exams

You'll find AWS practice exams through:

  • Amazon
  • Udemy
  • Scribd

Work your way through these practice exams as if they're the real thing.

Include practicing:

  • The 150-question fundamental questions
  • Practical experience including tool identification and use
  • Memorizing and identifying the D1.1 code

5. Take the Real CWI Test

It's time!

  1. Apply for the exam by filing the CWI Initial Application
  2. Use the CWI schedule to choose your destination, and submit forms
  3. Confirm details with AWS
  4. Attend and take the exam

It takes a lot of work gaining the right experience and training. You'll study hard and commit a decent amount of money. But, it'll be worth it once you pass!

Create a Bond with Your Next Opportunity

Trade jobs prove viability no matter what's shaking the economy. A welding career creates stability and incredible income opportunities. Learning how to become a CWI launches this trajectory toward rewarding work.

Ready to apply and grow? Get in touch, learn about our ASNT Level III prep course.

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5 Tips to Pass the CWI Exam

cwi examIf you want to become a CWI, you need some welding experience. And, you need to pass the CWI exam. The amount of experience you need varies on your education level, but the CWI exam is always the same.

The CWI text is always three parts. You get two hours for each section. They focus on fundamentals, practical application, and code application.

The best thing you can do is be fully prepared. We've put together a list of 5 things you can do to prepare for your test.

1. Create a Study Plan

Everyone learns a little differently. While the test is the same for everyone, your study plan needs to tailored specifically to you.

If flash cards work for you, then start there. If they don't, then you should try reading the content over and taking notes.

There's no one full-proof study plan, the key is to know what works for you and build your plan around it. Most plans should contain more than one study method.

2. Just Reading the Content isn't Enough

Just reading your books or study guides isn't enough to learn the content. You need to actually study it.

Focus and make sure that you are absorbing as much of the information as possible. Don't just skim the material, try to really understand it. As you study try not to just memorize the information, you want to ask yourself why these procedures need to been done in certain ways.

It's a long test, so the better grasp you have on the material, the more likely you will be able to recall it under the stress of the CWI exam.

3. Take Welding Certification Practice Tests

The CWI prep courses and practice tests have been made to help you understand what information is going to be on the CWI exam. By bringing the relevant information to the forefront, you have much better odds of passing the exam.

What makes it even better is that both the courses and the practice tests are designed so you can go at your own pace. That gives you the opportunity to really absorb the material.

4. Know What the Sections are About

It can be really helpful to your self-study to know the breakdown and the number of questions in each of the sections.

Part A is all about your fundamental knowledge; this section is 150 questions. Part B is all about inspection both welding and nondestructive testing; it is 46 questions. Part C is the only open book section and it's about the codebook; this is 46 questions as well.

You have to get 72 percent on all of the sections to pass.

5. Teach a Friend

A lot of times, the best way to know if you actually understand something is to teach someone. As you're explaining it to someone who has no knowledge about welding, you can really tell what you do and don't know.

Teaching a subject has proven to help you remember it, this is called the protege effect.

Pass Your CWI Exam

Passing your CWI exam is a big step toward your future, studying for it can be stress full.

However, if you follow the tips we've laid out, it should be as stress-free as possible. If you are interested in courses or have any questions you can contact us.

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Career Change: Become a Certified Welding Inspector

How Much Money Can I Make as an AWS CWI?Did you know that more than 50 percent of all products require wielding at various stages of the manufacturing process? The building and construction industry also heavily requires the work of welders.

Welding inspectors work to ensure the safety and integrity of things made by welded machinery.

If you have a keen eye for detail and have a passion for technical roles, this is a career you can pursue.

In this article, we're telling you what it takes to become a welding inspector.

Gain Welding Education and Experience

There are several paths to becoming a certified welding inspector.

You can start your journey by pursuing a bachelor's degree in welding technology, welding engineering or a closely related field. After graduating, you'll only need at least 1 year of welding experience to qualify for certification by the American Welding Society.

If you have an associate degree in welding technology, welding engineering or a closely related field, you'll need a minimum of 2 years of wielding-based experience to qualify for certification.

Another option is to join a vocational training institution and get welding training. This is a popular path among the vast majority of aspiring welding inspectors. There are many welding trade schools, and they're cheaper than pursuing a degree. You'll, however, need at least 4 years of welding-based work experience to qualify for AWS certification.

Holders of a high school diploma, along with those whose highest level of schooling is 8th grade, must have a minimum of 5 and 9 years of welding experience, respectively.

Evidently, the best way to become a welding inspector is to start out as a welder. After gaining sufficient welding experience, you can then seek certification as a welding inspector.

Nurture the Skills Required to Become a Competent Welding Inspector

Beyond obtaining welding knowledge, there are essential skills you need to master.

For example, you need a high attention to detail. The job involves scrutinizing weldments, some in places that are not easily visible to the eye. A keen eye for detail will enable you to spot anything that doesn't meet the applicable standards.

Strong technical writing skills are crucial, as well. After conducting an inspection, you'll write detailed reports of your findings. Analytical skills are also crucial, since your role will involve studying engineering drawings.

Get Certified by the American Welding Society

The last step to becoming a welding inspector is to get certified by the AWS.

The Society offers 3 levels of welding inspector certifications:

  • Certified Associate Welding Inspector
  • Certified Welding Inspector
  • Senior Certified Welding Inspector

Each certification has different minimum qualification requirements. Generally, though, the level of minimum qualifications increases with the seniority of certification.

To get certified, you must successfully complete a certification examination, as well as pass a vision test. Certified welding inspectors must renew their certification every 3 years.

The Path to Becoming a Welding Inspector Is Clear

From increased employment prospects to higher compensation, becoming a welding inspector is a great career move. What's more, we have given you the information you need to make a switch to this career.

And that's not at all. We offer a CWI exam prep course that will get you the best preparation you need to ace the certification exam.

Contact us for more information.

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How Much Money Can I Make as an AWS CWI?

Have you decided to pursue an AWS CWI certification? If this is the case, you have probably spent countless hours doing your research to make sure you meet the requirements.

But of course, what you really want to know is how much money you can make as a CWI. If you want to know, keep reading this article.

What is a CWI?

Before you learn how much a CWI makes, you need to learn a little bit more about the nature of the work.

A CWI stands for a certified welding inspector. CWIs are essential to a variety of construction fields.

CWIs have a number of important responsibilities each day to ensure the quality of a construction project.

When working at a job site, CWIs have to inspect for a variety of things such as compliance with city and state laws, federal safety regulations, and company-specific guidelines.

When a construction project is in full swing, an inspector has to monitor the welding operations to ensure compliance to welding procedures.

If you want to become a CWI, you need 5 years industry experience if you have a high school diploma, if you do not have a high school diploma don’t fret, you can still become a CWI but will need more industry experience. It also helps to have a background in engineering, CWI prep courses, or a similar field.

The American Welding Society offers a certified welding inspector certification you can complete.

Reasons to Become a CWI

Aside from a substantial salary, there are other reasons why many people choose to become CWIs.

For starters, the benefits are great. When you're part of a company, you will receive health insurance, 401k, and other benefits.

If you don't like to stay put in one place, a CWI career might be the right move for you. Becoming a CWI will allow you more freedom and more travel opportunities to choose where you want to work.

Also, when you become a CWI, you never stop learning. You will get the opportunity to learn from professionals and develop your skills further.

How Much Does a CWI Make?

For a lot of people deciding on a specific career depends a lot on the salary. It's no different for CWIs.

The average salary for a CWI pays $72K a year, with overtime included. The hourly rate is about $26.64 an hour. Most reports show CWIs rack up an average of 17 hours of overtime a week.

The salary of a CWI has grown over the past few years. In 2013, the average salary was $58,000 a year. This number was an increase from $38,410 a year in 2012.

Of course, this salary varies by location. Some of the lowest salaries for a CWI reported were $44K a year in the state of Idaho.

Meanwhile, New York and DC have some of the highest salaries in the industry reported between $80k and 83K a year.

Becoming an AWS CWI: The Bottom Line

There's no doubt CWIs can make a decent salary. Salaries depending on location can range from $44K to $83K a year. Not to mention you'll receive competitive benefits and a chance to travel.

Are you interested in obtaining an AWS CWI certification? Look no further.

Let us help you pursue your career with our complete CWI exam prep course.

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Our CWI prep course will ensure you are sufficiently knowledgeable in Nondestructive Testing

knowledgeable Nondestructive TestingI’ve received a lot of concerns from prospective students regarding Nondestructive Testing questions in the CWI exam.

Many who have taken CWI prep courses at other institutions found that the coverage of fundamental NDT knowledge is lacking. I imagine this is because most companies that offer CWI prep courses have instructors who may be knowledgeable in practical welding and visual inspection but may not have an NDT background.

AWS does not expect CWIs to be deftly knowledgeable in NDT methods but the newest version of the exam does expect CWIs to have a basic understanding of Ultrasonics, Radiography, Liquid Penetrant, Magnetic Particle and Electromagnetic Testing since NDT of welds is very ingrained in the CWIs work.

AINDT instructors are not only CWIs with a practical welding background but are also ASNT Level IIIs. I myself worked as a code welder am an SCWI and an ASNT level III.

AINDT not only provides CWI prep courses but we also provide Level I, II and III training for Nondestructive Testing in several methods. Rest assured that our CWI prep course will ensure you are sufficiently knowledgeable in Nondestructive testing.

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Addressing The Nde Technician Shortage

6e9e288c d2af 4dcf af0f 1522571aac82 hAs Demand Outpaces Supply, the Oil and Gas Industry Looks for Creative Solutions

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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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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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
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Financing Available Through Meritize

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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

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  • Review of Level I subjects
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  • Optimizing contrast
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AINDT Offers Blended LearningAt AINDT, we offer a unique blended learning experience to fit your lifestyle. This allows you to rapidly get the training you need to get you started in your exciting new career in NDT. Combining online courses with hands-on training, our blended learning approach sets you up for success. Advantages of blended learning are numerous and include:

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How Low Temperatures Impact Dye Penetrant Testing

In this article, we look at how lower inspection temperatures affect the performance of dye penetrant testing cleaners, penetrant and developers

The operating temperature range for penetrant inspection as specified in ASTM E1417 Standard Practice for Liquid Penetrant Testing is 40°F to 125°F (4°C to 52°C), but how is the penetrant inspection affected at temperatures below 40°F (4°C) and can the inspection process be adjusted to achieve acceptable results?

To answer these questions, we evaluated SKC-S cleaner/remover, SKL-SP2 solvent removable dye penetrant and SKD-S2 non-aqueous developer at a range of temperatures in order to figure out what NDT inspectors can expect when using these, or similar quality dye penetrant products when inspecting at lower temperatures

Cleaning at lower temperatures

At lower temperatures in the range of 32°F – 50°F (0°C – 10°C), the solvent cleaner will take longer to dry.

We used 75°F (24°C) as our ambient, standard operating temperature, and observed how decreasing temperatures impacted how quickly the solvent cleaner dried. Below are our suggested drying time for solvent-based cleaner/removers at lower temperatures.
 

TemperatureCleaner Drying Time
75°F / 24°C Standard
50°F / 10°C 2 x Standard
40°F / 4°C 3 x Standard
32°F / 0°C 4 x Standard

It is critical to make sure the solvent has evaporated during the precleaning step either by wiping with a clean, lint free cloth or using air dryers to ensure a clean and dry part prior to penetrant application. Unevaporated cleaner remaining in indications can impede penetrant entry into the surface breaking indications.

Dwelling at lower temperatures

Penetration time should also be extended since the viscosity of penetrant increases with decreasing temperatures, which slows down penetration and can significantly impact the test results.
 

TemperatureDwell Time
75°F / 24°C Standard
45°F / 7°C 2 x Standard
32°F / 0°C 2.5 x Standard

Developer at lower temperatures

Developer drying time is more of a challenge and our tests showed the developing action is impeded because of the slower solvent evaporation. When the developer dries, the indications become fuzzy or show excessive bleed out.

Penetrant Developer

We were not able to get good results at 32°F (0°C) because the developer remained wet and did not dry within a reasonable amount of time. At 38 – 40°F (3 – 4°C), and with some air movement, developer film will dry at 5 times the standard time at 75°F (24°C).
 

TemperatureDeveloper Drying Time
75°F / 24°C Standard
40°F / 4°C 5 x Standard

A positive note is at low temperatures, we found good indications with extremely small and tight defects. The slow drying rate of the developer film allows greater bleed out of the penetrant from the defect. For large defects, longer development time caused excessive bleed out making indication interpretation more difficult.


Contact us if you need more help assessing your low temperature dye penetrant application, or have any questions on additional products for dye or liquid penetrant testing

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Source: https://magnaflux.com/Magnaflux/Blog/Low-Temperature-Dye-Penetrant-Testing?utm_source=linkedin&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=Education&utm_content=Low-Temp-Dye-Penetrant

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