Non-Destructive Examination

The Non-Destructive Examination (NDE) Technology curriculum prepares students for careers in non-destructive testing of materials, equipment and/or components. NDE test methods assess an object’s integrity without affecting its function.

NDE is used in many industries, including construction, petrochemical, pulp and paper, power generation and aerospace. Course work includes ultrasonics, radiography, liquid penetrant, visual, magnetic particle and eddy current examination. Applied math and physics are an integral part of NDE and the curriculum. Students will gain knowledge of these methods through applied theory and hands-on applications. The NDE curriculum meets the classroom and laboratory training requirements of ASNT’s SNT-TC-1A, permitting graduates the opportunity to obtain method specific NDE certification after a few months of on-the-job experience with their employer. Career opportunities exist in applied NDE, material sciences, technical sales and quality control in many industries.

Feature: Anver Classens and Rudy Paillaman successfully implemented a $120,000 National Non-Destructive Examination (NDE) Ultrasonic Testing Fast Track Partnership grant funded by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. In partnership with Ridgewater College in Hutchinson, MN and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in Charlotte, CPCC established an Ultrasonic Testing Fast Track Diploma program to address the critical shortage of qualified individuals with the expertise to inspect nuclear power plants. As part of this program, CPCC provided scholarships to twenty students, seventeen of whom completed the course