Material Science: Nondestructive Testing Degree

The Material Science – Nondestructive Testing (NDT) program at Clover Park Technical College provides training in a variety of analysis techniques used in industry to evaluate the properties of a material or structure without causing damage. Because NDT does not impair the usefulness of the object being inspected, it is a valuable process that is used in fields such as construction, manufacturing, civil engineering, and transportation. Nondestructive testing techniques are used to examine structures or vehicles such as aircraft, trains, nuclear reactors, bridges, dams, and pipelines.

Degree Info at a Glance

Type: AAS-T

Approx. # of Quarters: 8

Estimated Cost: $11,457.40

Admission Dates: Fall and Spring quarters

Prerequisites: COMPASS Reading 68 and Writing 33, or successful completion of ENG 82, and successful completion of MAT 82 by the end of the first quarter of the program or Instructor approval.

This program prepares graduates to become active and successful professionals in nondestructive testing in a wide range of industries. Students will explore and receive hands-on technical training in blueprint reading, report form writing, codes and specifications, composite fabrication, assembly and repair, metallurgy, the manufacturing process as well as magnetic particle and liquid Penetrant, radiographic testing, ultrasonic and eddy current. Successful graduates are prepared with technical skills for entry level positions such as quality control technicians, NDT technicians, engineering technicians, and NDT equipment representatives.

This program is approximately eight quarters in length, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.

Students pursuing an AAT or AAS-T degree must complete all College degree requirements prior to graduation. This includes courses that meet the capstone project, diversity, and computer literacy requirements.

Program Requirements

Catalog # Course Name Credits
MS 103 Fundamentals of Composites and NDI for Composites 4
MS 110 Blueprint Reading and Sketching 4
MS 115 Intro to Report Forms Writing 3
MS 120 Introduction to Codes & Specifications 2
MS 125 Fundamentals of Metallurgy 5
MS 130 Manufacturing Processes 5
MS 140 Statistics for Material Engineering Technicians 3
NDT 110 Introduction to NDT 3
NDT 120 Visual and Optical Testing 5
NDT 125 Magnetic Particle Testing 5
NDT 130 Liquid Penetrant Testing 5
NDT 140 Eddy Current Testing I 5
NDT 150 Ultrasonic Testing I 5
NDT 160 Radiographic Testing I 5
NDT 170 Eddy Current Testing II 5
NDT 180 Ultrasonic Testing II 5
NDT 190 Radiographic Testing II 5
NDT 210 Eddy Current Testing III 5
NDT 220 Ultrasonic Testing III 5
NDT 230 Radiographic Testing III 5
NDT 240CAP Capstone Project 3
Required Total of 10 credits from Electives listed below 10
ENGL& 101 English Composition (or higher) or CMST& 220 5
MAT 110 or
MATH& 141
Math for Non-Science Majors or Precalculus I 5
PSYC& 100DIV General Psychology (or other social science or humanities class that meets the diversity requirement) 5
PHYS& 114 General Physics I 5
Computer Literacy Requirement Or Other Computer Literacy Course that meets the degree requirement (or successfully pass the computer literacy exam) 3
  Total Credits for Degree 125


Catalog # Course Name Credits
ACM 120 Composite Fabrication 4
ACM 125 Composite Assembly 4
ACM 130 Composite Repair 4
ACM 135 Special Projects 3
MCH 101 Orientation/Machine Shop Safety 2
MS 113 Quality for Manufacturing 4
MS 118 Quality Assurance Measuring Instruments 4
MS 122 Mathematical Applications for Quality Assurance 5
NDT 145 NDT Welding and Weld Inspection 5
NDT 250 NDT Internship 1-11
NDT 255 NDT Special Projects 1-3
CAS 115CL Introduction to Computing 3
PSY 112DIV Psychology of the Workplace 5
SVL 101 Service Learning 3
MATH& 146 Introduction to Stats 5
ENV 131 Hazardous Wastesite Operations (40 hour) 4
MS 128 OSHA Occupational Health and Safety 3