I 'm Ashok Raj from India. I am a fresh B.E Mechanical Engineer of 2009 batch
and done a short course on design related software(CAD/CAM/CAE). I 'm
getting to know about the wide scope of career in NDT. I would like to
know which of the NDT methods have a wide scope, the places/institutes
where i can peruse these courses in India. I am told that AWS-CWI is
also a related Certification with NDT. Can i be able to peruse this
Certification also along with NDT and the Institutions offering this
courses in India. Are these courses be done on part time basis or need
full time and the approx. duration. Your guidance would enable me to
take a valuable/timely decision to start my career. Hope you help me
out with your detailed and early response.
Try to choose a line, upto me NDT is sea. We learn only small portion in India. From aircrapt to railway lines they do NDT. Now a days even DIPLOMA, ITI, MBA,BSC,MA,BA,10 & 12th class students do NDT Level II , later they do AWS-CWI. Try to go in the Engg core line. Think ahead - now a days too many pupil are there in this field. You have to think ahead. This ASNT Level II and CWI will not the end. Keep going in other Dept. Really dont waste ur degree. If u really need to start go for MS in Ndt or Materrial Science or M.Tech Welding Tech. Even my frnd is working in NDT field. BUt he is working in ISRO. Plz take note. Its doesnt mean if u study NDT Lev II with CWI. You can reach the top. Go for the better ride.
2007, Anna Univ Passout,
Hi, my name is Sharath. I am electronics & Communication engineering student, presently in my 3rd year. I would like to know more about career oppotunities in NDT. Is it foolish to think about going for NDT after btech in electronics??? please guide me.
05:46 Jan-10-2010 S.V.Swamy Engineering, - Material Testing Inspection & Quality Control, Retired from Nuclear Fuel Complex , India, Joined Feb 2001 677
Sai Ram. That is rather odd thinking! Since you have studied enough physics, you can in theory do well in NDT field but you would be at a disadvantage compared to mechanical engineers, metallurgists etc.
If you are still interested, why not get into the NDT instrumentation sector where you can design, make, maintain or sell them?
With all the respect for Mr. Swamy, I think that with the exploding IT ( electronic) revolution that we are living in now, an electronic engineer is more suitable for NDT than his counterpart mechanical metalurgist engineer nowaday. The instrumentation coupled with with microprocessor/computer controlled equipement that we are witnessing now in AUT, PA, ET,... imply that digital signal/image processing, software/harware awareness are basic pre-requisite foir such career. Of course, an electronic engineer has to do extra work to understand the physics of matter. This is my personnel opinion only and I may be wrong. I think after few years we will no longer hear of x or Y engineer as every thing become multidisciplinary... good luck.
16:55 Jan-11-2010 S.V.Swamy Engineering, - Material Testing Inspection & Quality Control, Retired from Nuclear Fuel Complex , India, Joined Feb 2001 677
I was not trying to dissuade Sharat and in fact I briefly touched upon avenues in instrumentation side of the NDT equipmeht, which you have elaborated. An NDT practitioner is not required to go deep into the electronic aspects and similarly an electronic engineer will use very little of his knowledge in the field inspection of pipes, tubes, welds, heat exchangers, boilers, pressure vessels, aerospace parts, rail roads etc.
I agree with Swamy...... although electronic, digital, computed what have you is on the rise. Material properties, design and manufacture considerations will be higher priority for NDT tech. Until CPU's replace our brains/presence!
Iam planning to do UT course in NDT... Iam basically an Instrumentation Engineer, aftr finishing this course i even have an job opportunity, pls guide me do i have bright feature in this NDT field being an Instrumentation Enggineer.
19:03 Mar-21-2012 S V Swamy Engineering, - Material Testing Inspection & Quality Control, Retired from Nuclear Fuel Complex , India, Joined Feb 2001 677
If you got a job opportunity after the course, do consider doing the UT course. As I mentioned earlier, you would need to improve your knowledge of metallurgy, materials science, manufacturing technology etc. to make a successful career. Also consider doing courses in RT, AET (Acoustic Emission) and ET(Eddy Current Testing) in addition to UT. While working in the testing aspects, also try to improve the knowledge of instrument servicing, thus your usefulness to your employer would go up considerably. Future is bright if you work for it and equip yourself suitably. If required, I can guide you / coach you in metallurgy, materials science and manufacturing technology (recently I was involved in one such project where a small batch of graduate engineer trainees, most of them from electrical, electronics and communication and instrumentation branches were given about 25 hours of instruction in these areas).
Hi My Name is Vijay , and i did my engineering in Electronics and Communciations, Am i eligible for doing NDT course. and how about the job offers for BE (ECE) with Ndt course. Can u pls give me the some training centers where i can do training and getting more info about the field and course.Pls suggest me .
12:29 Dec-06-2012 S V Swamy Engineering, - Material Testing Inspection & Quality Control, Retired from Nuclear Fuel Complex , India, Joined Feb 2001 677
many thanks swammy for all your explanation
I am ECE by course studied and currently work in an NDT company specializing in Ultrasonic testing ie hull gauging
i love UT and MT because that is the area related to my course of study but my problem is that i feel i am not being utilized effectively..i do more of routine and non brain tasking jobs suck as thickness gauging using cygnus 4machine
Can you please suggest challenging areas of Ultrasonic testing and Magnetic particle testing so i can improve on my careers
02:07 Dec-11-2012 S V Swamy Engineering, - Material Testing Inspection & Quality Control, Retired from Nuclear Fuel Complex , India, Joined Feb 2001 677
Thanks for the kind words. You have two options - change your job either within the same company or outside is the first option. Second option is to learn to love your present job! After all it is giving you your bread, butter or whatever that you eat to live....
Most of the regular NDT jobs are routine and thus become boring after some time. That is life. The only way to keep your brain engaged is to read and appreciate what others are doing in the field and utilize the knowledge when an occasion comes up.
Am a electronics engineer and I would like to change my career in to NDT.Last 7+ years i was in the Service industry as a Bio-medical Engineer, it was well and good.But am very much inters-ted in industry side, that's the reason am planing to do NDT.
Kindly suggest me.Nithiyanandan +91 8870683394
20:59 Dec-12-2012 S V Swamy Engineering, - Material Testing Inspection & Quality Control, Retired from Nuclear Fuel Complex , India, Joined Feb 2001 677
What is the real reason for you to think of shifting from a field to another after 7 years? What exactly are your strengths and weaknesses? What are your aspirations? What do you really want to do? What are your dreams?
Try to go a little deeper within and try to answer / explore these questions.
Basically its a customer support job,and the growth rate is very slow.out of 10 engineers 1 will be getting a higher position.I frustated because of the work culture,thats the big reson i would like to change my carrier in to NDT .Kindly suggest and guide me to set my future in NDT industry.
23:18 Dec-20-2012 S V Swamy Engineering, - Material Testing Inspection & Quality Control, Retired from Nuclear Fuel Complex , India, Joined Feb 2001 677
The problems that you mentioned are common to many fields including NDT. Many careers / jobs are like a pyramid. Whether 1 out of 10 is selected or 9 out of 10 are selected, it is of no use to you unless you are selected.
You will be competing with engineers much younger to you and all your experience / seniority in the existing field will count for nothing. I think you will look back and feel sorry for the decision (sorry for being so negative).
Unless you have a passion for NDT and also decide to be self employed (your own boss), I would not advise you to switch. Best wishes.
I have spent 33 years, and counting, in the field of Nondestructive Testing. I absolutely love my chosen profession. I am a lifetime learner and the breadth and scope of Nondestructive Testing is so large that I do not believe anyone can learn everything about it and be up-to-date on the latest innovations and research.
I wish I had a background in electrical engineering. There is a great deal of research, enhancements, and new technologies being introduced and discussed. It is increasingly getting harder to keep up with developments.
For me personally, if I had an electrical engineering background with my current level of experience in Nondestructive Testing, I would be part of the R&D. That is where all the wonderful toys and discoveries are.
Gerald R. Reams
ASNT NDT Level III
I am Adib Ali, as u said 10th pass studend can do this course so mi elegible for NDT. i have completed my 1st year (mechanical eng.) in diploma and currenty in 2nd year. so can u help me by guiding me. so that will help me in future.
12:37 Dec-26-2012 S V Swamy Engineering, - Material Testing Inspection & Quality Control, Retired from Nuclear Fuel Complex , India, Joined Feb 2001 677
I am against all certifications that involve needless expense unless you are fairly sure of getting a job after all that trouble. If you are studying M.Sc(Physics), ask yourself the next step - Ph.D? Job? If job, teaching or something else? A level 2 certification makes sense only if you are going to get a job in the NDT field.
Best wishes and a happy new year to you and all the friends in the forum.
03:10 Jan-02-2013 angel Student, Amarillo College, USA, Joined Sep 2010 6
I saw that you stated above that you were against paying for courses without being guaranteed a job, I am intending to book and pay for my PCN MPI Level 2 tomorrow, and will then save further too fund my UT Level 2 also, without the gurantee of work. However what other options are available too someone attempting to break into the NDT Industry, when jobs are unavailable to the non qualified?
Could you please give your opinion on this situation?
20:38 Jan-02-2013 S V Swamy Engineering, - Material Testing Inspection & Quality Control, Retired from Nuclear Fuel Complex , India, Joined Feb 2001 677
Thanks for your new year wishes. I too wish you and all NDTians a very happy new year.
Coming to the question raised by you, I have given my personal perspective, which is not necessarily what is the best course of option for a given situation. May be if I share a little about myself, it becomes clear:
I passed my B.Sc(Special) with a decent 1st class way back in 1966. I applied for and got selected through a tough interview process for a Training Course in the Department of Atomic Energy (the ratio of selection was approximately 1 in 30 from among the eligible candidates, all of whom were first class graduates in science and engineering). I got a good stipend during the training program of 1 year.
I did not do as well as expected but was not too bad to be sent home during the training. I was selected and placed in a lower level post on the completion of my training. Still, it was a decent job compared to what I could have got in some other field.
I stayed with the Department till June 2008 (my retirement on attaining the age of 60). I improved my academic qualification while in service by passing AMIE (India) Section A and B examinations in Metallurgical Engineering - qualification recognized as equivalent to a degree in Engineering. That helped my career a little better in terms of getting me a few promotions.
I was sponsored for the ASNT Level III Examination in Basic, RT and UT in the year 2000 by my employer (who paid for all expenses including the refresher course and exam fee and my cost of travel outside my city etc.). I justified their confidence in me - passed the examination in my first attempt.
Thus I never paid for my training and my certification. Yes, I did incur some expense for my AMIE examination and one more professional qualification (MIQA Examination in Quality Assurance) but that was relatively small expense and I was already in service and knew that successful qualification as an engineer would help my career.
Thus my advice comes from my own personal perspective and may not be right for all. I know for example some graduate engineers who are paying substantial sums for their 1 year training and certification program for a career in Nuclear Engineering, but they do have a confirmed job offer letter in their hand and they do get a bank loan based on that letter and will be able to pay off the loan in about 3 to 5 years.
My advice to you is - follow your heart and my best wishes to you for a successful career.
21:31 Jan-02-2013 Tarik NDT Inspector, , Engineering, United Kingdom, Joined Nov 2011 21
Thanks for the reply, and advice. You have had a very distinguished and successful career, and I in no way mean to sound in anyway disrespectful to your thoughts or views but your situation is very different to the one in which I believe we find ourselves in (although we all differ from one another).
Personally I studied a non engineering related degree, but have since seen myself attracted to NDT and engineering, and will hopefully continue learning and study to a higher level of education whilst working on a career in NDT. I realise this is not the most conventional of approaches, but due to a change in career path it is one that I find myself in.
And after having received a few positive possibilities recently that have not come to fruition due to a perceived lack of experience and qualification, I dont feel as though there is very much alternative to personally funding the training.
Thanks again for the response
13:34 Jan-03-2013 Khukan , , India, Joined Jan 2013 1
i have passed diploma in electronics and telecommunication engg. With 78% marks, In the last year. But yet i have not get any job. 2 days ago a trainning institute called me and told me about the course, ndt. But they charged around Rs40000 for 25 days trainning with 100% placement. So now i want to know about it. Whether it will be well suited for me. If so then what course i should take.
You are eligible like any other engineer to go into the field as a raw trainee and go through the Training and Certification process. It is definitely an option to be considered along with other choices.
21:37 Mar-11-2013 Srimanta Student, , IIT Kharagpur, India, Joined Mar 2013 1
I am Srimanta and I have done M.Sc in Physics From University of Calcutta and now I am doing M.Tech in Solid State Technology from IIT Kharagpur and I am in my last semester.The purpose of doing M.Tech after M.Sc was to get a job. I am very much interested in the field of NDT.Please tell me whether it will be beneficial for me and will there be much scope for me in this field to have a good career.Also, I want to know that whether a degree in Welding will help a career in NDT.Your advice will help me a lot in my future.So, please advice me..
21:48 Mar-11-2013 Nigel Armstrong Engineering, - Specialist services, United Kingdom, Joined Oct 2000 999
It seems a waste of educational resouces that people with degrees, masters and even Ph.D.'s will be competing for jons with people with much less education - i wonder why such qualified personnel are even considering going back to apprentice school to take part in the highly competitive (and not nighly paid) world of NDT.
06:45 Mar-12-2013 Gopi , , India, Joined Jun 2012 20
Hi, there is a course called M.tech in NDT in NIT, Trichy, Tamil Nadu, throughout South Aisa, this is the only college which M.Tech in NDT, being a student of it, i came to know the importance of NDT, students with Mechanical, Production and M.Sc Physics can apply to this course.....for further queries u can refer NIT, Trichy website.
09:39 Mar-12-2013 S V Swamy Engineering, - Material Testing Inspection & Quality Control, Retired from Nuclear Fuel Complex , India, Joined Feb 2001 677
I am doing alloy steel business. For business purpose I am in need of UT scan device. Can u pls suggest
Me a good instrument available. Should I need to get any certification to use the instrument. Guide me.
09:47 Apr-02-2013 S V Swamy Engineering, - Material Testing Inspection & Quality Control, Retired from Nuclear Fuel Complex , India, Joined Feb 2001 677
The type of instrument that you need depends on the application. There are many manufacturers. To use the instrument for your own purpose does not need any Certification but if you are trying to satisfy a customer you may need to engage a level 2. If you need more help in selecting the instrument etc. write to me separately.
As of now, there is no approved connection between the level 2 or level 3 certification and academic degrees like BE or MS. If you are otherwise eligible for MS (have a 4 year degree in science or engineering) you can pursue MS in Engineering or Science with specialization in NDT. You can even go for a PhD. There are professionals with level 3 who are high school graduates and there are highly qualified (MS, PhD etc.) academics who will not be able to switch on a UT or X-ray machine let alone carry out a successful test...
NIIT Trichy was / is offering a M.Tech program in NDT and at least earlier they were also simultaneously arranging for the candidates to get certified to level 2 in a few methods so that they are better equipped to land a job in the field (I am talking of the situation a few years ago, I don't know what is the present status).
dear swamy sir ,
i have completed my BE mechanical and ASNT - NDT- level 2 in (RT,UT,PT&MT) one month before , but still i din get any job . can you suggest me what can i study after this in the same NDT field which has better opportunity
12:06 Jun-06-2013 S V Swamy Engineering, - Material Testing Inspection & Quality Control, Retired from Nuclear Fuel Complex , India, Joined Feb 2001 677
sir i am a fresh graduate instrumentation engineer .i want to know future scope in field of ndt .sir i also want to know about its certification...for doing jobs in which society wil be better asnt or isnt. what disadvantage advantage asnt does have?
I am BE (Mech) graduated and I am currently doing my ME.Welding technology, i dont have any relevent experince in ndt field.I am a fresher, What about the opportunity for me in ndt field? also i hold ASNT level 2 in RT,UT,MPT,PT,VT
I finished my B.E Aeronautical engg in first class with 80% 2013 batch. Pls suggest some best institute to learn NDT. I know there are lot of institute to train us..but what i realy need is knowledge more than job placement. Once i get a basic knowledge i can able to survive so pls suggest me where can i get a best experience. Is there any examination conduct by goverment for trainee? Pls modify my career path.
15:18 Aug-05-2013 S V Swamy Engineering, - Material Testing Inspection & Quality Control, Retired from Nuclear Fuel Complex , India, Joined Feb 2001 677
I am really happy with your approach of putting knowledge first and job next. I would strongly recommend ISNT training courses, since to the best of my knowledge, they won't pass you unless you really do well in the exam.
There are many free sources for learning NDT. Write to me separately if you need more information and help.
08:53 Sep-01-2013 gopi , , India, Joined Jun 2012 20
sir, i heard that doing ndt jobs is like, either family life or job for money life, also for persons like us, i mean Indians and all with M.tech or B.tech qualification can we expect any jobs in Europe, US or Australia type countries, also at present i am working in a consultancy company (third party) which mainly works on pipelines and pressure vessels, can we get these type jobs over the specified countries, can u please help, Thank u
16:27 Sep-01-2013 s v swamy Engineering, - Material Testing Inspection & Quality Control, Retired from Nuclear Fuel Complex , India, Joined Feb 2001 677