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Non-destructive Testing Technician

VOC Course Subject Prerequisites

Non-destructive testing technicians examine and test the functionality and performance of an object or material in a way that will not affect its usefulness.

NDT work is often done in the field, such as on pipelines or at construction sites.

It is also used frequently in production plants and laboratories as part of a quality system.

Persons engaged in X-ray work may be exposed to ionising radiation in the course of their duties.

Each state and territory has legislation and codes of practice for how this work is to be carried out safely.


    Non-destructive testing (NDT) technicians may perform the following tasks:

  • test welds in the manufacture of pressure vessels and other steel fabrications
  • test power generation and petrochemical plant components for corrosion and other defects
  • test aircraft structures, engines and components for in-service and other defects
  • examine and interpret inspection methods and test results for other personnel
  • apply various methods in laboratory situations or at construction sites to investigate the properties of materials, objects and instruments


  • enjoy technical and engineering activities
  • attention to detail
  • able to work independently or as part of a team
  • good analytical skills and problem-solving ability
  • enjoy mathematics and science
  • good vision
  • willing to follow instructions and procedures
  • good communication skills

Interest Area

Technical/Engineering Scientific


VOC Course Subject Prerequisites

To become an NDT technician you usually have to complete a VOC qualification in engineering or engineering - technical. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information.

Additional Information

    Certification of NDT personnel is often required. This is available through the Australian Institute for Non-Destructive Testing (AINDT).


NDT personnel are employed by the inspection and testing service industry as well as in companies in the steel manufacturing, foundry, transport, aerospace, fuel and chemical industries.

Demand is closely related to activity in the petrochemical, energy, iron and steel industries.

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