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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.

  • Military Status


  • Median Military Salary This is the median, or the midpoint, of the salary range for this career.


    Military Salary Range Salary varies based on years of service, degree level, special pays, family status and location.

    $22,641 - $174,077


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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