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bright evbie
NDT Inspector
USA, Joined Feb 2010, 3

bright evbie

NDT Inspector
USA,
Joined Feb 2010
3
02:22 Feb-24-2010
Ndt for the experienced

I was feel with hope for the future and admiration for the Ndt Technician in the field while I was receiving training. After graduation I realized all I have been told were not true. You can hardly get hired if not experienced. I have , applied to numerous companies and still applying,almost eight months after graduation,I am yet to get hired but I am not giving up because I have passion for Ndt. The question is if I am not giving the opportunity to prove and improve on my skills, how would I get the experience required by most companies ? I have a very clean record, will relocate to any state, a great worker but cant get hired in the Ndt Industry. Can someone experienced in the field advice me on what to do, companies to apply to or better still just go back to school and get a degree in Ndt. Please advise,will be highly appreciated.

    
 
 
Michel Couture
NDT Inspector,
consultant, Canada, Joined Sep 2006, 822

Michel Couture

NDT Inspector,
consultant,
Canada,
Joined Sep 2006
822
03:02 Feb-24-2010
Re: Ndt for the experienced
In Reply to bright evbie at 02:22 Feb-24-2010 (Opening).

I'm sorry that you feel this way, but besides you lack of experience, you also have to understand how the NDT world is working. I know things may be different where you live, but the truth is that many of us don't work 40 hours a week every week of the year. The NDT world is closely related to the maintenance schedule of many plant and industry and as such we may be like seasonal workers. Again it all depend on your area.

For exemple, where I live, we have 3 Nuclear Power plants and inspections are schedule when the demand for electricty is at its lowest (stand to reason). So inspections are schedule in the spring and the fall. If you work for a company that does this kind of inspection, you will not be working in the winter and summer. Sometimes plants will schedule inspection during a block vacation time for their workers.

I don't know what you have for NDT training, but I would suggest to start with MT and PT for sure. It is easier to get a job this way. Good luck,

    
 
 
Nigel Armstrong
Engineering, - Specialist services
United Kingdom, Joined Oct 2000, 1094

Nigel Armstrong

Engineering, - Specialist services
United Kingdom,
Joined Oct 2000
1094
05:32 Feb-24-2010
Re: Ndt for the experienced
In Reply to bright evbie at 02:22 Feb-24-2010 (Opening).

Bright

Michel is right about the seasonal aspect in some fields which are NDT end-users. However other industries such as aerospace, transport and steel production are much less seasonal. Though anybody of any age knows that doldrums may hit any industry at any time depending on the market confidence.

You dont give us much information about either yourself or your search parameters. Are you applying solely to NDT service companies. You will be lucky to get in a s a newbie to these companies unless its particularly successful as they often operate on a shoestring budget. How about trying big industrial plany, often these are places which many youngsters find unglamorous and so the competition for a place is less stiff.

Or you could try an advanced inspection comapny, e.g. AUT or tube inspections as a helper/improver.

Good luck in your jobsearch, Bright

    
 
 
William Blum
Consultant, Training, Level III Services
NDT Consulting Group Inc., USA, Joined Nov 2000, 89

William Blum

Consultant, Training, Level III Services
NDT Consulting Group Inc.,
USA,
Joined Nov 2000
89
09:28 Feb-24-2010
Re: Ndt for the experienced
In Reply to bright evbie at 02:22 Feb-24-2010 (Opening).

Don't know if you know about these sites but here are some that have NDT jobs. You can also search on Yahoo Jobs.

www.ndt.net
www.ndt.org
www.inspectionjobs.com
www.nerinc.com
www.pqndt.com
www.roadtechs.com

    
 
 
bright evbie
NDT Inspector
USA, Joined Feb 2010, 3

bright evbie

NDT Inspector
USA,
Joined Feb 2010
3
20:45 Feb-24-2010
Re: Ndt for the experienced
In Reply to William Blum at 09:28 Feb-24-2010 .

I am using this medium to demonstrate my profound gratitude to those that have responded to my plight in particular and to those that have taking there time to read my situation in general. Thank you all. Meanwhile, I need to give more information about my self;
Currently, I live in Houston, TX, but will relocate to any State with/without company assistance. I have the following Certifications {level 1 & 2 } PT, MT, UT, ET, RT;
Besides, I do have the following ;Radiation Safety 40hrs, Hazardous Material, Visual 1,11,111; Remotely Operated Vehicle [ROV] ,Report /Procedure, Welding / Cutting, Rigging , CPR / First Aid.
Regarding to the Companies I have applied to; I have been applying to mostly Ndt companies as [Ndt technician /helper /trainee ] and some steel production companies.
Again, thank you all for the great advice. All questions and advice welcome and appreciated.

    
 
 
Dent
Consultant, NDE Manager NDELevel III/3
NDT Consultant, Canada, Joined Nov 1998, 247

Dent

Consultant, NDE Manager NDELevel III/3
NDT Consultant,
Canada,
Joined Nov 1998
247
21:38 Feb-24-2010
Re: Ndt for the experienced
In Reply to bright evbie at 20:45 Feb-24-2010 .

Just a point of clarification.

You list your 'certifications' and it really should be your training.
In order to be certified you need training and experience and exams.

I hope when you apply for jobs that you use the correct terminology. Otherwise your prospective employers may be misled

    
 
 
Paul Skidmore
Paul Skidmore
22:06 Feb-24-2010
Re: Ndt for the experienced
In Reply to bright evbie at 02:22 Feb-24-2010 (Opening).

Bright
I have sent you a e-mail with my number and if you could give me a call or shoot me a mail I would like to talk with you a bit
Thank you

    
 
 
Rafid O. Lopez
, NDT Level 3
Mexico, Joined Jan 2010, 74

Rafid O. Lopez

, NDT Level 3
Mexico,
Joined Jan 2010
74
22:07 Feb-24-2010
Re: Ndt for the experienced
In Reply to Dent at 21:38 Feb-24-2010 .

Is correct what say Mr. Dent. For to have a certification you need: training, examinations (general, specific, practical and visual) and experience. then you are able to certify.

I started as NDT technical and then began to work as welding inspector. Maybe you can to do the same, if you know of weld, you can use your knowlede for a new job in weld area.

I am again in NDT, but in my last work i was NDT technician and weld inspector.

Good luck.

Rafid

    
 
 
bright evbie
NDT Inspector
USA, Joined Feb 2010, 3

bright evbie

NDT Inspector
USA,
Joined Feb 2010
3
22:44 Feb-24-2010
Re: Ndt for the experienced
In Reply to Rafid O. Lopez at 22:07 Feb-24-2010 .

Thank you sir, point of clarification noted and I would try as much as possible henceforth to use the correct terminology. More so, that is why I need all the advice to get me on track.
Again, thank you all. All advice welcome and appreciated.

    
 
 
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
11:12 Feb-25-2010
Re: Ndt for the experienced
In Reply to bright evbie at 22:44 Feb-24-2010 .

Hi yes what the others are saying is true, you may have all the training but no practical experience on the job, and as such are unable to qualify as a level 2 Technician. it might be worth you looking at the skills and training you have and see if you can use it a different way, as in ROV, try possible underwater inspection companies using ROV's, you may be able to start there, possibly www.oceaneering.com, check out there jobs page on the website, it may be of help.

Regards,

    
 
 

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