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Non-Destructive Testers


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Work Environment

Non-destructive testers work indoors in laboratories and aircraft hangars. They also work outdoors in shipyards and in the field.

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Non-destructive testers find the smallest imperfections and take necessary corrective measures to keep the Military's equipment working safely. They utilize everything from x-rays to ultrasound to perform the job.

Military Training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Non-destructive testers in the Military will gain skills through classroom study and on-the-job experience. Job-specific training content may include:

  • Methods for inspecting parts and welds
  • Operation of X-ray and film processing equipment
  • Operation of ultrasonic test equipment
  • Preparation of test reports

Helpful Attributes

  • Interest in machines and how they work
  • Thoroughness and dependability
  • Interest in operating test equipment

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