Nondestructive testing (NDT) is an essential form of inspection for many different industries. This method can save time and money for companies by not destroying usable materials in order to inspect them. The industry is growing quickly and is expected to be valued at $23.1 billion by the year 2024.
One of the most important roles in a variety of industries is a Quality Engineer. Quality Engineers, who are sometimes called Quality Assurance (QA) Engineers, Quality Control (QC) Engineers or Health and Safety Engineers, are responsible for ensuring that companies are meeting quality standards and safety regulations and that all manufactured products fit the company’s specifications.
A 2019 article published by Forbes reported that the United States had officially become the world’s largest producer of oil and natural gas, beating out Russia with 20% more oil and 25% more gas. The country’s oil and gas industry is currently experiencing a boom, producing both oil and gas at top rates, and is looking forward to even more growth within the next few decades.
In 1943, the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) was established to create an organization for engineers that focused on corrosion control. Between the turn of the century and the 1930s, the corrosion control industry grew immensely and cathodic protection, a now-common corrosion prevention method, became widely used.
Inspectors that become certified in Nondestructive Testing (NDT) have a variety of career paths they can choose from, but the certification most directly prepares them for a job as an inspector. NDT inspectors work in industries such as oil & gas, energy, aerospace, automotive and defense.
The official NDT Resource Center claims that graduates from NDE programs are looking at a 100% job placement rate. Demand for technicians is high and the field is continuously growing. In addition, NDE jobs come with a great amount of responsibility and often come with high salaries, especially for well-educated technicians.
Nondestructive testing (or non-destructive testing or NDT), a form of inspection that allows materials to be analyzed without being taken apart or destroyed, is critical for many industries. The assets and products being tested can maintain their function, unlike with other forms of testing, and can be safely used after inspection.
The Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) profession is among the most stable, lucrative, and steadily growing trade careers in the country. By all indications, welding (including CWIs) is one of the fastest growing fields in the United States.
We began our quest to answer these questions almost two years ago, when we were tapped by a Silicon Valley incubator to learn more about the industrial inspection industry—NDT, NDE, CGSB, CWI, CWB, API, NACE and others—and the dedicated professionals who work tirelessly to keep us safe.