Charles J. Hellier has been active in the technology of nondestructive testing and related quality and inspection fields since 1957. He is a principal at The Summit Group. For more information, call (860) 227-3641 or visit www.climbwithsummit.com.
For decades in the United States, NDT personnel certification has been in a state of chaos. Since 1968, the basic certification program SNT-TC-1A, a “recommended practice” has been adopted and followed by many organizations.
All Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) or examination methods comprise the following steps: the search for, and detection of the discontinuities, the indication or recording or signal–processing of those detected discontinuities, and the human interpretation of that indication, record or signal.
This method has been proven to be one of the most reliable NDT methods for the detection of surface and near-surface discontinuities, as mentioned in an article “Key Elements of Magnetic Particle Testing” in the August 2015 issue of Quality. And even though it is a time-proven and accepted method, there are still cases of misuse and a general lack of understanding of the basic MT principles.
“The true measure of a successful NDT training program lies in the student’s ability to demonstrate that the body of knowledge was thoroughly comprehended and that the skills to effectively perform the nondestructive tests have been achieved. This should be the goal of all NDT courses.”