NDT Level II
Nondestructive Testing NDT Level II
A Nondestructive Testing NDT Level II is technically an inspector in training to become an NDT Level III. When you choose a training institution to provide your NDT training this sentiment should resonate throughout the NDT training facility Level 3’s and Instructors. This statement is not declaring that all Level II’s will become Level III’s. Simply that the level of training a Level II is receiving should provide adequate education to set that Level II in the path of becoming a Level III.
The key purpose of classroom training a Level II technician is to provide the knowledge of the capabilities of the NDT method which they are attending class for. This includes covering the basics of all of the techniques within that method so they are capable of knowing the limitations of the specific method which they are using. The purpose of the supervised OJT on-the-job training is for the NDT technician to master the technique which will be used at the specific facility.
NDT Level II Defined per SNT-TC-1A Recommended Practice
An NDT Level II individual should be qualified to set up and calibrate equipment and to interpret and evaluate results with respect to applicable codes, standards, and specifications. The NDT Level II should be thoroughly familiar with the scope and limitations of the methods for which they are qualified.
NDT Level 2 Defined per NAS-410 Standard
- Have the skills and knowledge to process parts, document results, and perform equipment standardization.
- Be thoroughly familiar with the scope and limitations of the technique/method.
- Be capable of providing the necessary guidance and supervision to trainees and NDT Level 1 inspectors.
- Be familiar with codes, standards and other contractual documents that control the method as used by the employer.
- Have a basic knowledge of relevant product manufacturing and inspection technology.
When you look at the two most popular qualification and certification procedures in the U.S., it is easy to see why when training an NDT Level II the sentiment on training needs to be all Level II’s are in training to become NDE Level 3’s. If you are not training with that goal in mind, you are probably not providing the NDT education that is intended per the qualification and certification program which you are operating to.
Not all training classes are equal and not all instructors are properly qualified or certified to instruct in NDT. Choosing the wrong facility to provide your NDT training and NDT certification could actually cause you to have to re-train or test everyone at your facility. Make sure you consider current and potential future requirements when selecting an NDT training institution.