22230 – Non-destructive testers and inspectors



22230 – Non-destructive testers and inspectors
Non-destructive testers and inspectors operate radiographic, ultrasonic, liquid penetrant, magnetic particle, eddy current and similar testing equipment to detect discontinuities in objects of various compositions and materials. They are employed by quality control, maintenance and safety departments of manufacturing, processing, transportation, energy and other companies and by private industrial inspection establishments.


Index of titles
Acoustic emission technician
Acoustic emission tester
Aircraft non-destructive inspection technician
Black light technician - non-destructive testing
Boiler tester
Dye penetrant technician
Dye penetrant tester
Eddy current technician
Eddy current tester
Fluorescent penetrant testing technician
Fluoroscope tester
Forging tester
Hydrostatic tester
Industrial radiographer
Industrial radiographer - radiotelephony
Infrared technician
Infrared tester
Infrared thermographer
Infrared thermography technician
Liquid penetrant technician - non-destructive testing
Liquid penetrant testing technician
Magnetic particle technician
Magnetic particle tester
Magnetic particle testing technician
Maintenance technician - non-destructive testing (NDT)
Non-destructive examination technician
Non-destructive examiner
Non-destructive inspection technician
Non-destructive inspection tester
Non-destructive inspector
Non-destructive test technician
Non-destructive tester
Non-destructive testing maintenance (NDT) technician
Non-destructive testing trainee
Pipe tester - non-destructive testing
Pipeline testing technician - non-destructive testing
Pressure tank tester
Pressure vessel tester
Qualified operator - non-destructive testing
Radiographic technician - non-destructive testing
Radiographic tester
Reflectoscope tester
Ultrasonic immersion tester
Ultrasonic technician - non-destructive testing
Ultrasonic tester
Ultrasonic testing technician
Ultraviolet light testing technician
Vibration analysis technician - non-destructive testing
Visual inspection technician - welding
Weld tester


Main duties
This group performs some or all of the following duties:
Transport, set up and calibrate non-destructive testing equipment
Conduct tests to ensure quality or detect discontinuities (defects) using ultrasonic, radiographic, liquid penetrant, magnetic particle, eddy current and other non-destructive testing methods
Establish techniques for proper examination of objects under inspection, ensuring strict adherence to safety regulations
Interpret radiographs, cathode ray tube (CRT) or digital readouts, conductivity meters and visual indicators
Apply testing criteria in accordance with applicable specifications or standards and evaluate results
Organize and report test results
May perform specialized inspections using acoustic emission, vibration analysis, infrared thermography and laser shearography testing methods
May instruct and supervise trainees.


Employment requirements
Completion of secondary school is required.
Completion of two years of an approved post-secondary science or engineering program may be required.
Additional classroom and on-the-job training is required for certification in non-destructive testing.
Non-destructive testing certification by Natural Resources Canada is available in three levels and is usually required by employers.
Industrial radiographers using a radioactive isotope must pass an examination to be recognized as a certified exposure device operator by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.
Welding inspector certification by the Canadian Welding Bureau is available in three levels and may be required by employers.
Boiler and pressure vessel, process pipeline and above-ground storage tank inspector certification is available from the American Petroleum Institute.


Additional information
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