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Another Happy Graduate of AINDT!

Hey guys,

I just finished my first week and thought I'd share what it has been like. Of course, I'm just assisting on these for now, but once I get my certs, I'll be out there on my own doing this stuff.

Day 1: MT on welds for a piece to be used by a private space exploration company.

Day2: UT lamination scans on large steel plates used for construction of a new ferry.

Day 3: PT on welds for ferry construction; UT shear wave on pipe welds

Day 4: UT thickness gauging the hull of a small freighter

Day 5: UT thickness gauging safety pins on the top of a grain elevator (about 100 feet up, harnessed and dangling off the roof); MT on a repair weld for the boom of a cement truck

Never know what the day will hold for me, and I really like that. No RT, which is unfortunate. We've mostly got maritime customers, but it seems like there is quite a bit of railroad, construction, paper mill, and manufacturing customers, too.

It's a good gig. I'll let you know when another position opens up.

Thanks again for everything,

Morris
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9 Transparently Amazing Facts About X-Rays

9 Transparently Amazing Facts About X-RaysIn 1895, Wilhelm Roentgen, a professor of Physics in Worzburg, Bavaria, was the first to find a way to peer inside the body without surgery. On the evening of November 8, he was experimenting with the conduction of electricity through low-pressure gases using an induction coil and a partially-evacuated glass tube when he accidentally discovered a mysterious ray capable of lighting up a fluorescent screen a few meters away.

On the evening of November 8, he was experimenting with the conduction of electricity through low-pressure gases using an induction coil and a partially-evacuated glass tube when he accidentally discovered a mysterious ray capable of lighting up a fluorescent screen a few meters away.

When he passed his hand between the ray and the screen, he glimpsed a shadow of his own bones. Further experimentation showed that the screen could be replaced by a photographic plate—and the x-ray was born. Roentgen would later earn the first Nobel Prize in physics for his discovery.

http://mentalfloss.com/article/70900/9-transparently-amazing-facts-about-x-rays

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Corrosion Under Insulation: The 7 Inspection Methods You Must Know About

Melissa Syvrais | Apr 14, 2016
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/corrosion-under-insulation-7-inspection-methods-you-must-syvrais-1

April 4, 2016 - Author: Charles Tremblay

As we discussed in our previous article, corrosion under insulation (CUI) is one of the most difficult corrosion processes to prevent. The reason for that is, by and large, no matter the precautions taken, water invariably seeps into the insulation and begins its dirty work—sometimes unseen until process leakage occurs. Data shows that about 60% of pipe leaks are caused by CUI. That’s not good.

CUI is difficult to find because the insulation covers the corrosion problem until it is too late. Removing insulation, inspecting, and then reinstating the insulation after inspection is an expensive process. Inspecting without removing insulation and weather jackets greatly reduces the cost of inspections. Non-destructive testing methods to detect CUI in such a way is therefore a major benefit to the industry.

There are a number of methods used today to inspect for CUI. No one method is ever used by itself—several methods complement each other for optimal results, but that’s not the object of this article.

The most common and straightforward way to inspect for corrosion under insulation is to cut plugs in the insulation that can be removed to allow for ultrasonic testing. The other commonly used methods are radiography, and complete insulation removal. More advanced methods include pulsed eddy current. CLICK HERE to read the seven most common methods of inspecting for CUI with their pros and cons.

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Why AINDT?

American Institute of Nondestructive TestingThe American Institute of Nondestructive Testing not only offers training for exciting, high-demand careers with competitive salaries—we offer blended learning, which the U.S. Department of Education has found to be the most effective method of learning. AINDT's blended learning program combines flexible, affordable instruction as well as hands-on training to complete your course. Best of all, our online courses offer the ultimate flexibility. You can study, watch video lectures, and even complete quizzes on your iPad, iPhone, and Android devices! Instructors are able to teach active learning courses over the internet, and students can work at home on other assignments at their own pace, which helps stimulate self-directed learning. Instructors are free to offer more individualized assistance to those who need it, rather than being in a large lecture hall. AINDT's blended learning is designed to ensure success. Are YOU ready for an exciting new direction? Call AINDT for details today. Instructors are on hand waiting to speak with you! (855) 313-0325.

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Understanding Hydrogen Induced Cold Cracking in Welds

Karsten Madsen | Apr 26, 2017

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/understanding-hydrogen-induced-cold-cracking-welds-karsten-madsen

"Like others, I probably contributed to some weld cracking earlier in my career through ignorance about the effects of hydrogen on some metals. Problem #1 … working as a young Welder, there was usually a stash of 7018 electrodes somewhere handy saving a trip to the holding oven. Problem #2 … I'm showing my age in saying that at that time, microwave ovens had not yet showed up in cafeterias to warm up meals. No problems though as electrode ovens did a good job of heating up leftover mac 'n cheese or a can of baked beans for a warm dinner.

Adding to our ignorance, the welding rods used in both of these circumstances seemed none the worse for the wear making welds that appeared to be acceptable. So the loosely applied rules about keeping the electrodes only in dry holding ovens and used within 4 hours did not seem to justify compliance. Moisture absorbed by SMAW electrode flux coating is only one source of hydrogen entering a weld deposit. It can also exist in FCAW wires, SAW flux or come from high ambient humidity or lubricants used in other manufacturing processes. Moisture of course is hydrogen and oxygen while oils and greases are usually hydrocarbons.

My intent here is to explain in understandable terms why it is so important to control weld exposure to hydrogen for those higher strength steels that are susceptible to hydrogen induced cold cracking (HICC). I’m not a Metallurgist and I may be taking some liberties in the following explanation, but to me at least hearing the effects of HICC first hand and my analogies to explain this phenomenon seem to make sense."

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5 Most Popular Inspection Techniques for the Oil and Gas Industry

By Lawrence Agbezuge
April 17, 2017

"The oil and gas industry operates according to stringent standards that primarily strive to keep equipment running efficiently while maintaining workplace safety. Conforming to such standards is challenging because oil and gas operations involve drilling (both on land and offshore), reservoir engineering, well servicing, production services, refining and transportation of petroleum products, and many other operations.
Not only is it challenging to conform to industry standards, but it is expensive to maintain a safe workplace and to protect workers from harm. It is necessary to equip workers with protective apparel; to continually train them on practicing safety procedures; and to keep them up to date on practicing improved equipment inspection techniques.

What is NDT?

Many NDT (Non Destructive Testing) methods are utilized in the oil and gas industry. The best NDT methods address issues regarding safety, equipment reliability, and environmental protection and government regulations."

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How Nondestructive Testing Helps Keep Railways on Track

By Olympus NDT Applications Team - January 31, 2017

"One of the oldest methods of modern transportation, the history of rail dates back nearly 500 years. With an expansive and aging infrastructure, railroads require constant support to maintain their integrity and operate safely.

Many types of nondestructive testing (NDT) techniques have been used to help ensure the quality of both the rail and the many components that make up a rail car. These methods range from the so-called “car knocker,” which uses acoustic resonance to detect cracked wheels, to the “oil and whiting” test used for fatigue crack detection in steam locomotive pins and axles. Currently, ultrasonic testing (UT) is the preferred method of NDT in the railroad industry.

Ultrasonic testing uses high frequency, directional sound waves to measure material thickness, find hidden flaws, or analyze material properties. UT requires the use of a transducer that transmits and/or receives the ultrasound signals being passed into the metal and a flaw detector to process the results. While UT is used in a range of applications, it is especially important for rail testing."

If you are interested in exploring a career in Nondestructive Testing, talk to an NDT Instructor today 855-313-0325!

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Radiation Safety Online

Radiation Safety OnlineAINDT offers many types of NDT training. One of these is a Radiation Safety course online. For $799 inclusive, AINDT offers this 40 hour course on Industrial Radiography and is designed to meet the training requirements for formal certification in Radiation Safety for both X-ray and gamma Radiographers. This course also discusses the requirements of the Department of Transportation and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and outlines the "Suggested State Regulations for Controlling Radiation (SSRCR)." This 40 hour course exceeds the recommendations and training outline set forth by the NRC training manual available as NUREG/BR-0024 Working Safely in Gamma Radiography and its subsequent ASNT revisions. This course addresses required training topics for radiographic personnel specified in federal (10 CFR 34.43) and equivalent state radiation control regulations, as well as the topics listed in Appendix A to ASNT CP-105-2011 (excluding neutron radiography.) If you're interested in a rewarding career in radiography, contact AINDT about our online Radiation Safety course. Visit us on the web or call for more information (855) 313-0325 today. Instructors are waiting to speak with you!

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Non-Destructive Testing and Inspection Market by Technique, Service, Vertical, and Geography

Non-Destructive Testing and Inspection Market by Technique, Service, Vertical, and Geography - Global Forecast to 2022
Source: Research and Markets, June 2016
http://www.researchandmarkets.com/publication/m8ung6o/3750332

"The Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Market is Expected to Reach USD 11.39 Billion by 2022 at a CAGR of 8.30% Between 2016 and 2022"

"The non-destructive testing (NDT) and inspection market size was valued at USD 6.46 Billion in 2015 and is expected to increase to USD 11.39 Billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 8.30% between 2016 and 2022. The base year considered for the study is 2015 and the forecast period is between 2016 and 2022. This report provides a detailed analysis of the non-destructive inspection market based on technique, method, service, vertical, and geography. The demand for NDT is increasing all over the world due to regulations by governments for improving the overall safety of industrial assets, workforce, and the surrounding environment. Non-destructive testing is a process to test defects or discontinuities in materials, components, or assemblies without destroying its serviceability."

Click Here to read and evaluate this Global Forecast to 2022.

If you have questions regarding non-destructive testing or our complete Nondestructive Testing Certificate Program contact an AINDT Instructor today 855-313-0325.

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Hire Our Graduates!

Hire Our Graduates!Looking for well trained, qualified employees? Look no further than graduates of AINDT! Graduates of our Nondestructive Technologies Certificate Program are serious about NDT! Now is the time to invest in employees who have invested in themselves for a rewarding, important career in nondestructive testing. Our graduates have completed their Level I and II training in UT, RT, MT, PT, and VT NDT methods, as well as their 40 Radiation Safety Course. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule a visit to meet our graduates during their hands-on training or to receive resumes. AINDT also offers NDT training for your current technicians. We look forward to assisting you!

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Save The Dates

Save The DatesOur current enrollment is starting for our UT Shearwave Weld Examination courses this year. Earn your certification and earn more opportunities for lucrative employment in the future! AINDT is offering this 5-day, intensive, hands-on course at our Baxter, Minnesota location on the following dates in 2017:

  • March 27th - March 31st
  • May 22nd - May 26th
  • July 31st - Aug. 4th
  • Oct. 2nd - Oct. 6th

If these dates don’t work out for you, we are offering custom dates to groups of four or more from your company. Contact us for details or to arrange your custom dates: (855) 313-0325. We look forward to speaking with you!

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ASNT Level III Basic Exam Materials

ASNT Level III Basic Exam MaterialsAINDT's intensive exam prep course offers everything you need for success on your exam. You may want to get a jump on the materials you will need for your ASNT Level III Basic Exam prep course. There are four books required for this course. These books are available for purchase from ASNT.org or we can ship them to you when you enroll:

  • ASNT Level III Study Guide: Basic, Revised
  • Recommended Practice No. SNT-TC-1A: Personnel Qualification and Certification in Nondestructive Testing 2011
  • ASNT Standard for Qualification & Certification of Nondestructive Testing Personnel, ANSI/ASNT CP-189-2011
  • Materials and Processes for NDT Technology, Second Edition

Call AINDT today for more information or to speak to an instructor: (855) 313-0325. Your exciting new career awaits!

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NDT training services market is expected to grow at the highest rate during the forecast period

Source:
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/ndt-services-market-by-testing-technique-type-vertical--geography---global-forecast-to-2022-300370291.html

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Nov 29, 2016, 23:38 ET

"NDT training services market is expected to grow at the highest rate during the forecast period"

"The demand for NDT services would increase in the near future owing to the aging infrastructure and the increasing rate of new infrastructure development. Moreover, owing to the shift to advanced NDT techniques, such as phased array ultrasonic testing (PAUT) from traditional NDT techniques; there would be a need for skilled technicians. As a result, the NDT training services market is expected to grow because of the shortage for trained technicians for conducting NDT inspections in the NDT market.
"Oil & gas sector is expected to hold the largest share during the forecast period"

The demand for NDT technologies in the oil & gas sector is largely driven by government regulations for improving the safety of people and environment by avoiding oil spillage due to leaks, bursting of pipes, or any other accidents. As majority of the piping infrastructure and refineries are timeworn, it is imperative to conduct regular NDT inspections to ensure the integrity of these assets. The fall in oil prices since the end of 2014 are not expected to significantly impact the demand for NDT inspection on existing infrastructure. Thus, the oil & gas sector is expected to remain the largest market for NDT during the forecast period."

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The Rewards Are Endless

The Rewards Are EndlessAINDT offers online certification courses and vocational training in an exciting, expanding industry. What's more, you want more than a new job, you want a career. AINDT not only offers job placement assistance to those who complete our technical vocational training, you will become certified in an industry that is expanding every year. That's what we call job security. Non-destructive testing offers a crucial service to just about every industry you can think of. Enroll today and get started on an exciting new career in non-destructive testing. Call 855-313-0325. Instructors are waiting to speak with you and answer your questions.

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A Change For Good

Oct05 InspirationalGraphicAre you stuck in a dead-end job? Tired of the daily grind, and looking for a new career? AINDT has the solution! Non-destructive testing is an ever-expanding field that will never become obsolete. AINDT offer more than just online classes...we offer vocational training in an exciting, high-demand career in just about every major industry you can think of. Give your career the boost it needs with the best technical school, AINDT. Combining online, interactive learning with hands-on training, AINDT is the trade school to get you certified in an exciting, rewarding new career. Call 855-313-0325 today and get started on your change for good.
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Progress: American Institute of Nondestructive Testing - Thriving school of the future

Source: Brainerd Dispatch
(http://www.brainerddispatch.com/news/business/4108455-progress-american-institute-nondestructive-testing-thriving-school-future)

By Tamara Horton on Sep 5, 2016 at 9:01 a.m.

BAXTER—At first sight "nondestructive testing" seems like an alarming phrase to someone unfamiliar with the terminology.

However, it is a booming and important business that is right in the lakes area's backyard.

The American Institute of Nondestructive Testing is a licensed private career school in Baxter that trains students how to perform the necessary tests to locate the indicators and discontinuities that may cause failures or shut downs in systems or equipment.

What does that mean?
Graduates of AINDT are the people who test parts used to manufacture planes, trains, and automobiles. They are the people with the specific knowledge and hands on experience called on to inspect bridges, railways, pipelines, equipment and many other important elements required in everyday life. With infrastructure constantly aging, testing is always needed, which makes jobs in the industry readily available.

Not only are they vital to communities, but they serve an ongoing need that is always changing and adapting to fit new industry standards.

"What we do here is important. You know, you don't hear about the plane that didn't fall out of the sky or that bridge that didn't collapse," Nortech's website states.

What kind of courses are there?

There are specific online courses on ultrasound testing, radiography testing, magnetic particle testing, penetrant testing, visual testing, and courses about industry codes and specifications.

Now in it's third year of operations, AINDT has doubled in size moving into a larger building to accommodate more equipment and students. It is one of the only institutes offering blended learning (online instruction with hands-on experience) for nondestructive testing in the country. Last year, they had 63 graduates with a 97 percent placement in the field. They hope to exceed those numbers this year. Their staff works continuously with students until they find a career path. Job interviews via Skype have even been arranged right at the school.

Don Booth, company CEO and founder, grew up in the area. A graduate of Pequot Lakes High School, Booth "did his time" in the industry working over the road. He worked in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, in the oil fields that feed the Trans-Alaskan pipeline as a nondestructive testing inspector and an American Petroleum Institute aboveground storage tank inspector. He opened this institution to help others learn the trade and better their lives financially, academically, and systematically.

He decided to stay in the area to be close to his family. Sticking to his late father Robert Booth's business motto, Booth said, "You just wake up every day and do the best you can and don't worry about the competition." He explained how his business is not just out to make money. They want to give their students value for their dollar.

Having several certifications under his own belt, he is always striving to learn more. Booth hopes to take the business to the international level within a year. This would allow people from any country to partake in their program.

"It's a process that just takes time," Booth said. He explained that going international involves a lot more training hours and there are different certification requirements for different regions.

How it works

Tuition is $9,995 per student with an on-site lending program available at 0 percent interest. A substantial discount is offered to students paying cash up front. After completing all required classroom online training—approximately 244 total hours—students then complete practical hands-on training with certified instructors who have worked in the industry which takes 18 days.

The entire program can be completed in six months. Upon completion students are in the field earning between $40,000-50,000 per year to start. Certification is received through their employer after receiving the appropriate amount of hands-on experience and only qualified testing sites offer the exams for certification.

What others have to say about AINDT

"Through many guest speakers and the experience of the instructors, the online class sessions go far beyond the basics and provide a real world foundation that cannot be learned from a book alone," said current student Myles Colligan.

"The industry needs qualified nondestructive testing technicians everywhere. There is no letup in sight for work in the energy industry and infrastructure rebuilding. We believe in training and that your institute will do well by turning out qualified personnel," said John Newland, Jan X

NonDestructive Testing and Inspection Solutions CEO.

Fact Box

American Institute of Nondestructive Testing
Location: Baxter
Number of employees: three

Fun Fact: Owner Don Booth has used his radio-graph equipment to aid construction workers in finding rebar and wiring in floors and walls on construction sites.

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Exhausting Search for a New Beginning Ends in NDT Industry

"I graduated from college with a Bachelors. and upon completion began a career that I eventually came to loathe. After an exhausting search for a new beginning I came across the NDT industry. I became more and more excited in the thought of Testing as a career but the only issue was the difficulty of returning to education considering I have a wife and child. Eventually I enrolled in a local college that would have taken two years to finish and even though I had purchased books and was two days away from attending my first class I discovered AINDT. In a matter of 48 hours I dropped the local school and began my online education immediately through AINDT where 6 months later I was entirely done with all my course work and received 4 different job offers afterwards of which I accepted an NDE Assistant position with Mistras!"

-Jense

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Successful Start to Son's Career in NDT

"I am writing to let you know how happy my husband and I are with our decision to have our son Matthew train in NDT through your excellent program. As you know, he recently accepted an offer and began working at TEAM Industrial Testing in New Jersey. His training has him ahead of the curve for his position as an assistant Radiographer and that is a credit to your program.

Matthew is now working in refineries and power plants in and around the Philadelphia area and loves the challenge every day brings with his new career. He often talks of his great experience in the month of hands-on training in Baxter. The advice and life stories of your entire staff had a great impact on a young man who is both ambitious and excited about his future.

Matthew is the youngest of 6 children in our family, 5 of whom attended colleges and universities with varying degrees in diverse fields of education. It is safe to say his career outlook is as promising or even more so than some of his siblings. Your program casts new light on careers in the trade industry.

We wish you continued success with your program and will most certainly share our positive experience with others. Thank you again for giving our son a great education and an opportunity of a very bright future."

Sincerely,
Barb and Paul C.

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NDT Training: The Best Investment You'll Ever Make

Source: http://www.bergeng.com/blog/choose-a-career-in-ndt-nondestructive-testing/

Title: Choose A Career In Nondestructive Testing

Make A Great Living In A Growing Sector

"It’s no secret that the US economy, and the global economy in general, have seen some tough times. Many sectors were slow to recover from the 2008 recession, and for the American middle class, things aren’t getting much easier.

In many career fields, an expensive college education leads to a middle class income saddled with student loan debt. NDT (nondestructive testing) is one incredible exception. A career in nondestructive testing requires a relatively small investment in education, and the payoff is an excellent salary.

Just how excellent is that salary? Glad you asked. We researched education and salaries for various careers and compared the results to a typical NDT salary, as reported by PQNDT in their annual NDT salary survey. Check it out–and check out the full survey from PQNDT. Whether you’re a seasoned NDT professional or you’re considering a career in NDT, the survey from PQNDT is an incredible resource."

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Choose A Career In Nondestructive Testing: Make A Great Living In A Growing Sector

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Safety First

b2ap3_thumbnail_Mar01_InspirationalGraphic.jpgMost people don't realize what a crucial part non-destructive testing (NDT) plays in their everyday lives. The fact is, non-destructive testing touches just about every aspect of our modern world, whether we are aware of it or not. The ever-growing industry of non-destructive testing is one that not only has increasing demand, but a field that will never become obsolete. Non-destructive testing covers everything from the lug nuts on your vehicle, to bridge structure integrity, to oil and gas pipelines, railroads, to airlines and beyond. AINDT is the key to starting you on an exciting new career that will always be in high demand. Choose a career with built-in job security. Start your training with AINDT today.
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