About This Career
Non-Destructive Testers and Inspection Technicians conduct tests that provide information about the condition of materials and components (without destroying them) to determine defects and faults, and ensure compliance with applicable codes and standards. They operate radiographic, ultrasonic, liquid penetrant, magnetic particle, eddy current and similar testing equipment to detect defects. They interact with other related trades and equipment operators. Non-Destructive Testers and Inspection Technicians use advanced sensing and imaging equipment such as X-rays, microscopes, thermometers, oscilloscopes and radiation detectors. They may also use analytical or scientific software.
Education: This occupation requires completion of two years of an approved post-secondary science or engineering program.
Employment: This occupation is found in onshore and offshore environments and is typically employed in exploration and production, oil sands, oil and gas services and pipeline sectors of the oil and gas industry.
Example Titles: Industrial Radiographer, Non-Destructive Evaluation Technician, Non-Destructive Testing Specialist, Non-Destructive Testing Technician.
- The following are examples of progressive or lateral career paths for this occupation:
- Cathodic Protection/Internal Corrosion Monitoring
- Pipeline Design and Construction
- Tester to Field Supervisor to Manager
Mild Physical Activity
Long Periods of Standing
Some Overtime Required
- Professional, scientific and technical services
- Primary metal manufacturing
- Petroleum and coal product manufacturing
- Utilities, including renewable energy
- Mining and quarrying
Business and Operations Support
Exploration and production
Oil and gas services
- Post-secondary diploma
- Welding inspector certification by the Canadian Welding Bureau is available in three levels and may be required by employers.
- Boiler and pressure vessel, process pipelines and above-ground storage tank inspector certification is available from the American Petroleum Institute.
- Industrial Radiographers using a radioactive isotope must pass an examination to be recognized as a certified exposure device operator by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.
- Non-destructive testing certification by Natural Resources Canada is available in three levels and is usually required by employers.
- H2S Alive
- Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
- Standard and emergency first aid
- Fall protection
- Respirator fit testing
- Aerial lift training
- Confined space entry
- Asbestos safety
- Pipeline Construction Safety Training