Non-destructive testing technicians

Non-destructive testing technicians

NOC
2261

- Non-destructive testers and inspection technicians

Conduct tests that provide information about the condition of materials and components without destroying them. They use equipment, such as radiographic, ultrasonic, and magnetic particle devices.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Fair
Fair

3 Year Job Openings

17
 

Median Hourly Wage

$30.00
$18.10
Low
$50.00
High

Median Salary

$69,395
 

Typically Required

College or apprenticeship

Employed

251
 

% Working Full Time

96%
 

% Working Full Year

42%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

Non-destructive testers and inspection technicians 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.

Main Duties

Non-destructive testers and inspection technicians perform some or all of the following duties:

  • 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.

Also Known As

  • acoustic emission technician
  • aircraft non-destructive inspection technician
  • eddy current technician
  • industrial radiographer
  • infrared thermographer
  • liquid penetrant testing technician
  • NDT (non-destructive testing) maintenance technician
  • non-destructive inspector
  • pressure vessel tester
  • radiographic technician - non-destructive testing
  • ultrasonic testing technician
  • visual inspection technician - welding
  • weld tester
Requirements

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.

Provincial Regulation

Not Provincially Regulated

Employment by Sex

The following graph shows the percentage of men and women working in this occupation in New Brunswick.

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4.5%
Female
95.5%
Male
Employment by age

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by age group.

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15.9%
15-24
27.3%
25-34
25.0%
35-44
22.7%
45-54
9.1%
55-64
0.0%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

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0.0%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
10.9%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
32.6%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
50.0%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
6.5%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

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77.3%
Professional, scientific and technical services
11.4%
Construction
6.8%
Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction
4.5%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

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13.60%
Northeast
15.90%
Southeast
61.40%
Southwest
9.10%
Central
0.00%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

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N/A
Northeast
N/A
Southeast
$73,934
Southwest
N/A
Central
N/A
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

No Data Available
No Data Available

Southwest

$30.00
$18.10
Low
$46.21
High
No Data Available
No Data Available
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$69,395

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$84,531

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$69,395

Newfoundland

$79,857

Prince Edward Island

N/A

Nova Scotia

$72,850

Canada

$72,258
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

17
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

3
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

14
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

92
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

46
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

49