Entry Senior

Non-Destructive Tester and Inspection Technician

Courtesy of Husky Energy

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.

Work Activities
Applying Information
Applying testing criteria in accordance with applicable specifications or standards and evaluate results.
Controlling Machines and Processes
Making radiographic images to detect flaws in objects while leaving objects intact.
Mapping the presence of imperfections within objects using sonic measurements.
Determining Compliance
Conducting tests to ensure structures, equipment and materials are in compliance with current codes and standards.
Documenting/Recording Information
Documenting non-destructive testing (NDT) methods, processes or results.
Getting Information
Conducting tests to ensure quality or detect discontinuities (defects) using ultrasonic, radiographic, liquid penetrant, magnetic particle, eddy current and other non-destructive testing methods.
Conducting liquid penetrant tests to locate surface cracks by coating objects with fluorescent dyes, cleaning excess penetrant, and applying developer.
Handling and Moving Objects
Setting up and calibrating non-destructive testing equipment.
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
Identifying defects in solid materials using ultrasonic testing techniques.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures or Material
Performing specialized inspections using acoustic emission, vibration analysis, infrared thermography and laser shearography testing methods.
Visually examining materials, structures or components using tools and equipment such as endoscopes, closed circuit television systems and fiber optics for signs of corrosion, metal fatigue, cracks or other flaws.
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices or Equipment
Operating equipment used in the non-destructive testing (NDT) of products or materials.
Competencies
Leadership
Troubleshooting
Behavioural
Attention to Detail
Knowledge
Computers and Electronics
Engineering and Technology
Technical
Operation and Control
Quality Control Analysis
Career Path
  • 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
Related Careers
Working Conditions
  • Field 2
    Field Visits
  • Physical
    Mild Physical Activity
  • Steeringwheel
    Driving Required
  • Variable weather
    Variable Weather
  • Road
    Remote Locations
  • Industrial excavator
    Active Machinery
  • Standing
    Long Periods of Standing
  • Overtime
    Some Overtime Required
Transferable Sectors
  • Professional, scientific and technical services
  • Primary metal manufacturing
  • Petroleum and coal product manufacturing
  • Utilities, including renewable energy
  • Mining and quarrying
Job Details

Job Category

Business and Operations Support

Sectors

Exploration and production

Oil and gas services

Oil sands

Pipelines

NOC

2261

Qualifications + Experience

Education:

  • Post-secondary diploma

Certifications:

  • 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