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Nondestructive Testing (NDT) AAT and AAS-T Degree

degree Info at a Glance
Type
AAT and AAS-T Degree
Estimated # of Quarters
This degree is approximately 8 quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.
Admission Dates
Fall and spring quarters.
Prerequisites
COMPASS score of 68 in reading and 33 in writing, or successful completion of ENG 082. Successful completion of MAT 082 by the end of the first quarter of the program or instructor approval.

The Nondestructive Testing (NDT) program at Clover Park Technical College provides training in a variety of analysis techniques used in industry to evaluate the properties of a material or structure without causing damage. Because NDT does not impair the usefulness of the object being inspected, it is a valuable process used in fields such as construction, manufacturing, civil engineering and transportation. Nondestructive testing techniques are used to examine structures or vehicles such as aircraft, trains, nuclear reactors, bridges, dams and pipelines.

This program prepares graduates to become active and successful professionals in nondestructive testing in a wide range of industries. Students will explore and receive hands-on technical training in blueprint reading, codes and specifications, composite fabrication, assembly and repair, materials and the manufacturing process. Training will also include the major methods of NDT, such as visual and optical , magnetic particle, liquid penetrant, radiographic, ultrasonic and eddy current testing, along with an overview of other methods. The students will be introduced to advanced technologies, such as ultrasonics (phase array) and radiography (computerized radiography CR). Successful graduates are prepared with technical skills for entry-level positions such as quality control technicians, NDT technicians, engineering technicians and NDT equipment representatives.

Students pursuing an AAT or AAS-T degree must complete all college degree requirements prior to graduation. This includes courses that meet the requirements for diversity, computer literacy and the capstone project.

This degree is offered at the South Hill Campus in Puyallup.

Degree Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
MS 123Fundamentals of Welding for the Non-Welding Major5
MS 126Fundamentals of Composites for the Non-Composites Technician4
MS 131Blueprint Reading Fundamentals3
NDT 108Introduction to NDT5
NDT 113Material and Processes for NDT I5
NDT 120Visual and Optical Testing5
NDT 121Materials and Processes for NDT II5
NDT 125Magnetic Particle Testing5
NDT 130Liquid Penetrant Testing5
NDT 140Eddy Current Testing I5
NDT 150Ultrasonic Testing I5
NDT 160Radiographic Testing I5
NDT 170Eddy Current Testing II5
NDT 180Ultrasonic Testing II5
NDT 185Physics for NDT Professionals5
NDT 190Radiographic Testing II5
NDT 210Eddy Current Testing III5
NDT 220Ultrasonic Testing III5
NDT 230Radiographic Testing III5
NDT 240CAPCapstone Project3
Nondestructive Testing Required Electives10
 Technical Credits105

Fundamentals of Welding for the Non-Welding Major

Item #
MS 123
Total Credits
5

Students will identify, perform or witness various basic welding processes for prospective visual and non-destructive inspectors.

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Fundamentals of Composites for the Non-Composites Technician

Item #
MS 126
Total Credits
4

Introduces the various kinds of composite parts. This course explores the different types of resin, matrices, fibers, cores and laminates. Students will explore their mechanical properties and the advantages of each type of composite structure. Covers the layup, winding, molding, curing and repair of composite parts. Explores the role of NDT in testing composite parts after fabrication and after repair and the kinds of defects found.

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Blueprint Reading Fundamentals

Item #
MS 131
Total Credits
3

Covers basic lines and views of drawings, identifying and interpreting weld and fabrication symbols, and locating NDT requirements.

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Introduction to NDT

Item #
NDT 108
Total Credits
5

This course is an introduction to terms and definitions and a method overview of nondestructive testing. Methods include eddy current liquid penetrant, magnetic particle, radiography and ultrasonic testing. 

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Material and Processes for NDT I

Item #
NDT 113
Total Credits
5

Explores the properties of materials, both metals and non-metals, and their applications in design and manufacturing. Define the advantages of Lean Concepts and applications.

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Visual and Optical Testing

Item #
NDT 120
Total Credits
5

Visual inspection is the most widely used method of nondestructive testing. Learn to detect various discontinuances related to the power-plant industry, structural steel fabrication and construction industries, aerospace industry, petro-chemical industry, and manufacturing processes. Exercises are performed using many visual inspection tools. 

Prerequisites
NDT 115 and NDT 185.
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Materials and Processes for NDT II

Item #
NDT 121
Total Credits
5

Learn the major manufacturing processes used to fabricate parts, their possible discontinuities and how to choose the appropriate NDT methods to inspect them.

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Magnetic Particle Testing

Item #
NDT 125
Total Credits
5

Covers the principles of magnetization, the selection of equipment and the type of indications found. Students will operate, test and maintain quality control of the equipment and report results. 

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Liquid Penetrant Testing

Item #
NDT 130
Total Credits
5

Covers principles and practices of liquid penetrant inspection. Students will learn why and when to use various types of penetrant materials and the proper techniques necessary for reliable inspection. Addresses the evaluation of liquid penetrant indications, interpreting standards and specifications, and checking penetrant system quality. Students will review fundamental liquid penetrant principles and techniques; develop and write procedures; and inspect welds, castings, forgings, and machined components. Parts are evaluated according to relevant codes and/or standards.

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Eddy Current Testing I

Item #
NDT 140
Total Credits
5

Covers electromagnetic theory, types of Eddy Current sensing elements, selection of inspection parameters, readout mechanism and applications. Successful students will pass a simulated Level 1 general exam.

Prerequisites
NDT 125, NDT 185, CAS 121.
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Ultrasonic Testing I

Item #
NDT 150
Total Credits
5

Covers the principles of acoustics. Introduces the basic pulse echo instruments, transducers and couplants. Covers the basic testing methods, calibration and examinations to specific procedures. Successful students will pass a simulated Level 1 general examination.

Prerequisites
MS 123, MS 126, NDT 185, CAS 121.
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Radiographic Testing I

Item #
NDT 160
Total Credits
5

Introduces students to basic principles and theory of radiography, methods and applications, safety, image quality and formation, exposure parameters and techniques, dark room and film processing techniques, and film characteristics.

Prerequisites
MS 123, MS 126, NDT 185.
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Eddy Current Testing II

Item #
NDT 170
Total Credits
5

Covers a continuation of Eddy Current theory: factors that affect coil impedance, signal-to-noise ratio, selection test frequency, coupling and field strength. Includes an explanation of standards and specifications used in eddy current testing. Students will learn about the selection of the appropriate instruments, probes and standards necessary to perform the required tests. Successful students will pass a simulated Level II general and specific exam.

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Ultrasonic Testing II

Item #
NDT 180
Total Credits
5

Introduces the operation of various ultrasonic equipment and transducers in a variety of testing methods. Students will calibrate, test and evaluate various product forms per procedures, standards and codes. Successful students will pass a simulated Level II general and specific exam. 

Prerequisites
NDT 185.
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Physics for NDT Professionals

Item #
NDT 185
Total Credits
5

Covers physics concepts used in nondestructive testing, including right-triangle trigonometry, waves, sound, electric fields, electric current, resistance, circuits, magnetism, and the electromagnetic spectrum.

Prerequisites
MAT 099.
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Radiographic Testing II

Item #
NDT 190
Total Credits
5

Students will explore more advanced radiographic theory. Students will develop radiographic techniques commonly used in industrial testing. Includes a review of types and characteristics of defects and manufacturing processes. Students will explore safety principles and practices in working with radiographic equipment and isotopes. Covers the practical applications of radiographic evaluation and interpretation per applicable standards, codes and procedures. Successful students will pass a simulated Level II general and specific exam.

Prerequisites
NDT 160.
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Eddy Current Testing III

Item #
NDT 210
Total Credits
5

Covers an extension of advanced Eddy Current theory. Students will simulate a Level II practice exam through development of a technique and evaluation per applicable standards, codes and procedures. 

Prerequisites
NDT 170.
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Ultrasonic Testing III

Item #
NDT 220
Total Credits
5

Covers an overview of the basic principles and theories of Phased Array. Students will simulate a Level II practical exam through development of a technique and evaluation per applicable standards, codes and procedures.

Prerequisites
MAT 099, NDT 180.
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Radiographic Testing III

Item #
NDT 230
Total Credits
5

Covers an overview of non-film radiography: computed radiography (CR), digital detector arrays (DDA) and computed tomography (CT), with emphasis on CR. Students will perform practical exercises to reinforce their understanding of the principles of CR. Students will take a simulated Level II practical exam with film radiography through development of a technique and evaluation per applicable standards, codes and procedures. 

Prerequisites
NDT 190.
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Capstone Project

Item #
NDT 240CAP
Total Credits
3

Designed to synthesize and integrate the knowledge gained in all previous courses and demonstrate the application of theory and practice through a project. 

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Nondestructive Testing Required Electives

Total Credits
10
Students must take a total of 10 credits from electives listed below.
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AAT Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
 Technical Course Requirements105
AAT General Education Requirements15
 Total Credits120

AAT General Education Requirements

Total Credits
15
To receive an AAT degree students must meet the following requirements
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AAS-T Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
 Technical Course Requirements105
AAS-T Degree General Education Requirements20
 Total Credits125

AAS-T Degree General Education Requirements

Total Credits
20
All AAS-T degrees must have a minimum of 20 credits of transferable general education. These credits replace the academic courses required for the AAT degree. Required credits include:
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This page was last updated on August 07, 2015.