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Using specialist methods to detect cracks and other imperfections in manufactured components, including those that have been in service for a period of time.
Non-destructive testing (NDT) is an engineering science-based profession that requires competent Engineering Technicians to inspect materials, welds, components and plant to verify their integrity without rendering them unfit for further service. The role involves technical supervisory responsibility of NDT Operators and other junior staff within the organisation.
2. Occupational Profile
NDT uses various methods, such as ultrasonics, radiography and infrared thermography, to detect cracks and other imperfections in manufactured components, including those that have been in service for a period of time. The results of inspections are taken at face value and, therefore, specialists rely on NDT accuracy when deciding whether to operate, repair or replace a component. The importance of the role of the NDT Engineering Technician cannot, therefore, be overstated. The NDT Technician will be able to work in specific industries, such as aerospace, motorsport, power generation and distribution, manufacturing, railways, oil & gas (on- and offshore), marine and construction. Real-life examples could include inspecting airframes and engines, Formula 1 gearboxes and nuclear reactors or other safety-critical components. The NDT Engineering Technician will oversee, validate and audit by re-inspection the work of NDT Operators, and manage projects and specific areas of work. The NDT Technician will hold three NDT certificates (mapped to engineering registration at the EngTech level). The NDT Engineering Technician will have transferable skills that will include a broad knowledge of engineering principles and manufacturing processes.
Typical job titles:
Testing Engineer and Test Technician
3. Knowledge, Skills and Behaviour gained through the Apprenticeship
3.1 Knowledge and understanding of:
3.2 Skills and practical application
4. Entry Requirements
Individual employers will set their own criteria; however, it is advisable for Apprentices to have a minimum of three GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade C or above, including English and maths. Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end point assessment. There is also a requirement to have good aided or unaided eyesight to satisfy the mandatory NDT eyesight test, and to have appropriate physical fitness in order to operate in industrial environments.
The duration of this Apprenticeship is typically 36 months.
6. Qualifications/NDT Certification
In the non-destructive testing sector, Apprentices are required to achieve industry-recognised NDT Level 2 certification in three methods in accordance with national and international standards.
7. Link to Professional Registration
This Apprenticeship meets the requirements of Engineering Council Registration at the Engineering Technician level. BINDT is licensed by the Engineering Council to approve the integrated knowledge/competence programmes included in this Apprenticeship for EngTech registration.
8. Apprenticeship Level
This is a Level 3 Apprenticeship.
9. Review of Standard
The Standard will be reviewed after three years.
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