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Ziaul
Ziaul
22:32 Aug-21-2009
Information about NDT job prospects

I studied Medical Physics from Carleton University, Ottawa, On, Canada. I am without job right now and would like to persue my career in NDT. I am thinking to take NDT certification on RT, UT and few others while I am on EI. Can any of you tell me the prospects of job in NDT for a person like me who hardly knows about NDT. Thank you for you kind cooperation. I gladly appreciate all of your comments on it.

    
 
 
khalid khan
Consultant
primende inspection services, Canada, Joined Jul 2008, 3

khalid khan

Consultant
primende inspection services,
Canada,
Joined Jul 2008
3
22:13 Aug-22-2009
Re: Information about NDT job prospects
In Reply to Ziaul at 22:32 Aug-21-2009 (Opening).

Mr.Ziaul,
I think it is an excellent idea if you go for NDT Certification, but you need to have basic
experiance in all the NDT fields before you can go for the certification,look for some NDT
company that may hire you as a trainee or Call CSNDT Mohawk college Hamilton for
further info. NDT Jobs are always available and pay is also good.
look for CSNDT on the net. (canadian society for non destructive testing)
khalid

    
 
 
S.V.Swamy
Engineering, - Material Testing Inspection & Quality Control
Retired from Nuclear Fuel Complex , India, Joined Feb 2001, 785

S.V.Swamy

Engineering, - Material Testing Inspection & Quality Control
Retired from Nuclear Fuel Complex ,
India,
Joined Feb 2001
785
17:49 Aug-23-2009
Re: Information about NDT job prospects
In Reply to Ziaul at 22:32 Aug-21-2009 (Opening).

With your medical physics background, it may be a better idea to take up medical imaging (Radiology, CT-Scan, MRI, Ultrasound, CT-PET Scan etc.) than go for industrial NDT. Though basic principles of NDT are same, the subject knowledge is quite different (metallurgy, welding etc. vs. medical imaging...)

Best wishes.

Swamy

    
 
 
Ann Thibault
Ann Thibault
06:06 Aug-25-2009
Re: Information about NDT job prospects
In Reply to S.V.Swamy at 17:49 Aug-23-2009 .

I would be careful about what you hear. I have been told that the majority of first year students taking the NDE course at Mohawk in Hamilton were not able to get job placements for their co-ops, and already they are anticipating an issue with January placements...If I were you I would do some very thorough research. It looks like the opinions here are from people already in the field, it would be interesting to hear from someone that is actually trying to enter it.

    
 
 
Michel Couture
NDT Inspector,
consultant, Canada, Joined Sep 2006, 826

Michel Couture

NDT Inspector,
consultant,
Canada,
Joined Sep 2006
826
03:47 Aug-26-2009
Re: Information about NDT job prospects
In Reply to Ann Thibault at 06:06 Aug-25-2009 .

Ziaul,

I totally concur with Swamy. With your medical background you should stay in that field. Much cleaner, the hours are better and you would be home every night.

As for Ann's comments she is right on. Too often, I've seen people asking about NDT because what we do is kind of neat and clean, compare to welding for example. But they don't ask all the right questions and people giving advise don't always give all the right answer. Some will say there is a lack of technicians in Canada and it is partially true, because companies need all the technicians at the same time i.e. during outages or shotdown. For a number of technicians, there is work for about 6 - 9 months at about 60 hours a week, the rest of the time, you're laid off. Now it all depends on who you are working for, your certification and the sector that you are working in.

Like I said, with your background, you better stay in the medical field. They are lacking personnel there also.

Good Luck!

    
 
 
Vicki Naylor
Vicki Naylor
21:37 Aug-15-2011
Re: Information about NDT job prospects
In Reply to Ann Thibault at 06:06 Aug-25-2009 .

I have been trying to enter the field for 2 years. I have taken UT1, MT2, and PT2. I am not certified, because I cannot find an employer willing to hire a trainee. Without required number of hours, I cannot perform my practical exams. Banging my head up against a wall!

    
 
 
Darren
Darren
12:37 Aug-16-2011
Re: Information about NDT job prospects
In Reply to Vicki Naylor at 21:37 Aug-15-2011 .

Keep On Banging you've NO chance with those certificates !

    
 
 
Phil
NDT Inspector, Radiation Safety
BINDT, MIAQP, United Kingdom, Joined Mar 2009, 151

Phil

NDT Inspector, Radiation Safety
BINDT, MIAQP,
United Kingdom,
Joined Mar 2009
151
16:18 Aug-16-2011
Re: Information about NDT job prospects
In Reply to Darren at 12:37 Aug-16-2011 .

Darren

Time you grew up I think New Technicians and Inspectors are always needed to replace ones who retire, also we all have to start somewhere even you or have you forgotten that far back in time, someone took a chance on you as a trainee once. As we are not born fully qualified NDT Technicians or Inspectors.

The lady is looking for a break something as I said we all got when we first started.

Vicky keep trying the break will happen when you least expect it.

Regards

    
 
 
Darren
Darren
12:44 Aug-18-2011
Re: Information about NDT job prospects
In Reply to Phil at 16:18 Aug-16-2011 .

Thousands of UT level II, 3.1 / 3.2 out of work as the field is swamped with UT inspectors
level NO use at all cannot even sign off a report MPI , LPEN useless with out some other Level II tickets.

Deal with it !

    
 
 
callum
NDT Inspector,
United Kingdom, Joined Feb 2010, 11

callum

NDT Inspector,
United Kingdom,
Joined Feb 2010
11
13:24 Aug-18-2011
Re: Information about NDT job prospects
In Reply to Darren at 12:44 Aug-18-2011 .

I'm with Phil on this one

And that's a bad attitude. Did you become a master ndt tech overnight?

I doubt it

Phil is right Vicky, we all start somewhere and people trying to put u off are just
Worried because they can't get work.

KEEP TRYING !!!!!

And don't let anyone tell you what your doing is useless

Don't let rude people like that put you off either, we are not all like that in ndt lol

Someone will hire you if you keep trying..I know what's its like. it is soul destroying....

But if u don't give up u will get there.

That's a promise :D! !!!

Callum

    
 
 
Phil
NDT Inspector, Radiation Safety
BINDT, MIAQP, United Kingdom, Joined Mar 2009, 151

Phil

NDT Inspector, Radiation Safety
BINDT, MIAQP,
United Kingdom,
Joined Mar 2009
151
16:48 Aug-18-2011
Re: Information about NDT job prospects
In Reply to Darren at 12:44 Aug-18-2011 .

Darren

You seem to have a real bad attitude sorry, but face it some one hired you with no experience when you started and took the chance you had what it takes to succeed in NDT none of us are as I said are born experts that takes time and training and experience, and every one needs the right break to get their first start.

Vicky try possible Companies doing shutdowns as MT and PT can be useful there, as I said just keep trying.

Regards

    
 
 
Ryan Burns
Ryan Burns
07:46 Aug-19-2011
Re: Information about NDT job prospects
In Reply to Vicki Naylor at 21:37 Aug-15-2011 .

In regards to the OP, I agree with Swamy and Michel. If I had the brains for medical physics I'd stay in the field as a diagnostic imaging technician.


Vicki,

Feel free to send me a resume if you are interested in work in Alberta.


Darren,

Good luck with your job search.

Regards,

Ryan.

    
 
 
Michael Prendergast
Michael Prendergast
19:32 Aug-19-2011
Re: Information about NDT job prospects
In Reply to Ziaul at 22:32 Aug-21-2009 (Opening).

Please send me your resume.

    
 
 
Vicki Naylor
Vicki Naylor
20:54 Aug-19-2011
Re: Information about NDT job prospects
In Reply to Darren at 12:44 Aug-18-2011 .

Thanks for the info Darren, although I'm not sure why you replied to this discussion. Rather than being useful, your opinion comes across as that of a bitter man.

    
 
 
Vicki Naylor
Vicki Naylor
21:19 Aug-19-2011
Re: Information about NDT job prospects
In Reply to Phil at 16:18 Aug-16-2011 .

Phil and Callum
I thank you both for the encouraging words! I have no intention of giving up.
The path, up to this point, has had it's rough patches. I expect there will be a few more rough patches before I reach my goal.

    
 
 
Phil
NDT Inspector, Radiation Safety
BINDT, MIAQP, United Kingdom, Joined Mar 2009, 151

Phil

NDT Inspector, Radiation Safety
BINDT, MIAQP,
United Kingdom,
Joined Mar 2009
151
06:35 Aug-20-2011
Re: Information about NDT job prospects
In Reply to Vicki Naylor at 21:19 Aug-19-2011 .

Hi Vicki

You send Ryan your resume if as he says you want to work in Alberta and remember we all start somewhere.

Good Luck with your career, and also please do not think all of us are like Darren, some of us actually enjoy training people and helping them get on.

Regards

    
 
 
annie
annie
19:46 Aug-22-2011
Re: Information about NDT job prospects
In Reply to Phil at 06:35 Aug-20-2011 .

Hey Vicki,

what area are you looking for? I might know a company looking for your certification and experience...

    
 
 
Terry
Terry
00:38 Aug-25-2011
Re: Information about NDT job prospects
In Reply to Vicki Naylor at 21:37 Aug-15-2011 .

Hi Vicki, please forward your email to me , we are a big NDT company here in Alberta with offices through out. I'm sure we could probably get you started in this field.

    
 
 
Phil
NDT Inspector, Radiation Safety
BINDT, MIAQP, United Kingdom, Joined Mar 2009, 151

Phil

NDT Inspector, Radiation Safety
BINDT, MIAQP,
United Kingdom,
Joined Mar 2009
151
13:27 Aug-25-2011
Re: Information about NDT job prospects
In Reply to Vicki Naylor at 21:19 Aug-19-2011 .

Hi Vicki

It seems as if you are getting a few offers now, which is all to the good enjoy your career in NDT so far mine has been over 34 years and yes I have enjoyed most of it.

Regards

    
 
 
M.Williams
M.Williams
09:00 Sep-23-2015
Re: Information about NDT job prospects
In Reply to Ziaul at 22:32 Aug-21-2009 (Opening).

oversaturated
you are only needed when something is built
RT= 1Sv of radiation eats one day of life expectancy
PT=Penetrants and dyes are corrosive and prolonged exposure causes cancer
MT = Dry powder settles in your lungs and makes it dysfunctional before you retire
UT= Long term effects of ultrasound is unknown

You are in toxic dangerous confined spaces, heights and outside in the weather.
Recommendation : Becoming a pussycat barber is better than this



    
 
 
FRANK LUND
R & D,
United Kingdom, Joined Apr 2005, 219

FRANK LUND

R & D,
United Kingdom,
Joined Apr 2005
219
10:52 Sep-23-2015
Re: Information about NDT job prospects
In Reply to M.Williams at 09:00 Sep-23-2015 .

You didn't mention the "dangers" of CVI, Wet MT and ET.

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