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American Institute of Nondestructive Testing (AINDT) will provide their CWI Exam Prep Course in Houston, Texas

American Institute of Nondestructive Testing (AINDT) will provide their CWI Exam Prep Course in Houston, Texas The booming economy and dramatic increase in construction across the country has spurred a renewed effort to rectify the shortage of skilled labor. Paramount in that effort is to increase the number of qualified welders, and where there is welding there needs to be welding inspectors. The various industries are working diligently to increase the number of skilled welders and with that the demand for Certified Welding Inspectors (CWI) is increasing exponentially. The American Institute of Nondestructive Testing (AINDT) is filling this need by expanding its' operations to Houston, Texas.

"Our instructors have decades of welding inspection experience and are deftly involved with the American Welding Society, providing the most up to date training for the ever-evolving CWI exam," stated AINDT CEO Don Booth. "We not only prepare our students for taking the CWI exam but also provide them with real life experiences from industry experts."

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Addressing The Nde Technician Shortage

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Ask anyone in the pipeline industry, and they’ll tell you there’s a serious shortage of non-destructive evaluation (NDE) technicians in North America. A combination of stronger regulations for legacy lines and new construction, plus a lengthy certification process, has created a situation where demand for technicians outpaces supply.

As the name suggests, NDE provides pipeline owner/operators with a way to validate inline inspection (ILI) findings and evaluate anomalies without the risk of further damage. NDE technicians use magnetic particles, radiography, and high-frequency sound waves to locate anomalies in pipelines. In addition, they can confirm the severity of those anomalies – and that helps operators prioritize repairs and reduce the need for costly multiple excavations.

But the success of NDE largely depends on the technician’s ability to analyze results. And, the specific tools and technologies used to conduct NDE can vary from company to company. To ensure accuracy, it’s critical that technicians know how to use the equipment and how to interpret the results of testing.

And the only way to guarantee that is through experience – lots of it. All technicians must complete a combination of classroom and field training to earn NDE certification. Classroom hours are more theory- Addressing The NDE Technician Shortage As Demand Outpaces Supply, the Oil and Gas Industry Looks for Creative Solutions F U T U R E T H I N K I N G based, and students can apply what they’ve learned to a broad range of industries, from structural steel to pipelines. After completing the requisite classroom hours, students complete 2,000 + hours of supervised, industry-specific fieldwork, unique to their area of NDE focus.

So far, there’s no single, permanent way to create a pool of trained, qualified NDE technicians, but there have been some promising developments. Many colleges and technical schools currently offer two-year programs focused on NDE training. In addition, the industry has started to reach out to college graduates with new certification programs that reduce the training hours required for trainees with four-year degrees in engineering or science.

Pipeline service companies are also finding creative ways to build a larger pool of available NDE technicians: Some are pulling technicians from other departments or even other industries. Because there is a common knowledge base for non-destructive technology (NDT), a technician with years of experience in aerospace, for example, can transition to pipelines.

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Nondestructive Testing Careers Are on the Rise: Taking a Look at All Sides of the Puzzle

Nondestructive Testing Careers Are on the Rise: Taking a Look at All Sides of the PuzzleCareers in nondestructive testing are on the rise in today’s economy. These fields are constantly advancing, and there is an ever-growing need for technicians, quality assurance specialists and inspectors. Nondestructive testing (NDT) of materials and structures, is one of the most common forms of quality control. In fact, more and more people are turning to the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers, including nondestructive testing to make their living.

The good news is many of these careers, such as nondestructive testing specialists, have customized curriculums that allow people to get the training and experience they need with just a two-year degree. It is not uncommon for NDT technicians to earn a minimum of $40,000 right after graduation. Paying around $10,000 for these degrees, graduates are getting a fantastic return on their educational investment.

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Inspecting Explosion-Bonded Cladded Plates

Inspecting Explosion-Bonded Cladded Plates Cladded metals are increasingly being used across a wide range of industries, including oil and gas production, power generation plants, chemical, and even marine ship manufacturing. Cladded metals are mainly used to increase the cost-effectiveness of metal structures while preserving or increasing safety and durability.

Cladded metals

Two or more metals can be used in layers, and they usually complement each other. For example, one layer of metal might provide corrosion resistance, while the other maintains the required structural strength. This type of cladded metal combination is common in the offshore oil industry. Here, thin layers of Inconel® or super duplex alloy can be used in conjunction with carbon steel or stainless steel alloys. In other cases, the use of stainless steel layers on carbon steel structures is a compromise between increasing corrosion resistance and keeping cost at reasonable levels.

Possible metal combinations include titanium/carbon steel, titanium/stainless steel, aluminum bronze/carbon steel, stainless steel/carbon steel, nickel alloys/carbon steel, duplex or super duplex/carbon steel, aluminum/carbon steel, etc. The types of structures that can benefit from metal cladding include tube sheets, reactor vessels, heat exchangers, condensers, and more.

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10 Misunderstandings about Magnetic Particle Testing

10 Misunderstandings about Magnetic Particle TestingThis article discusses the most common incorrect assumptions about magnetic particle inspection and gives you some solutions to combat these misunderstandings

by Richard Ridenour, National Sales Manager & Level III, and Wyatt Burns, Innovation Specialist

Magnaflux co-founders, Alfred V. de Forest and Foster B. Doane, developed the magnetic testing method in the early 1930’s and it has been a core method of nondestructive testing ever since. However, even after being used by generations of NDT professionals, there are still some common areas of confusion or misunderstanding.

Here we set the record straight on 10 misperceptions we’ve seen in the field in recent years.

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NDT Technologies

NDT TechnologiesNondestructive technologies are used in every industry you can think of. NDT works behind the scenes to keep us all safer in the modern world. From transportation to bridges to pipelines to utility and power, NDT is constantly in use and will always be in demand. AINDT offers a variety of exam prep courses to get you on your way to your rewarding new career in:

  • Visual and optical testing (VT)
  • Radiography (RT)
  • Ultrasonic testing (UT)
  • Magnetic particle testing (MT)
  • Penetrant testing (PT)

Our blended learning program at AINDT offers both online courses and hands-on practice for the best possible preparation. Job placement assistance is part of what we do! What are you waiting for? Your exciting new career awaits. Call today: (855) 313-0325.

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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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Research and Hard Work Land Dream Career

Recent American Institute of Nondestructive Testing (AINDT) shared his experience of finding a job after completing the program.

I’m writing to thank everyone at AINDT! I just accepted a job offer from a large NDT company in my area and I’m starting soon. I’m excited to start my NDT career and I couldn’t have done it without you guys. I was impressed during my hands-on training with how many students were getting calls from employers. I had calls and an interview during class and now after 3 interviews, I just got the job of my choice. It’s only 9 days after completing class and I was on vacation with no phone or email for 5 of those days! I did a lot of research before choosing NDT for my career path and then researched my NDT training options before choosing AINDT. I believe that there is no comparable program in the market today. AINDT is the best bang-for-the-buck in terms of return on investment in education. I worked hard, but still I can’t believe the opportunities that are now open to me based on the relative low cost and time investment at AINDT. I’ll make more in the next year than many college graduates with 4 years of education and massive student loans. Thanks again!

Rick Price

If you want to find out if a career in NDT is right for you, call and talk to an AINDT Instructor today!

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Watch as a College Degree Goes from Rare to Super Common in 40 Years

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CLICK HERE to Watch as a College Degree Goes from Rare to Super Common in 40 Years. You'll see bachelor degree's climb in the U.S. across the country over the 40 year time period. 

"The dramatic increase in educational attainment might seem like good news, but many graduates have been left in debt and without skills needed to seize good jobs — if those jobs exist in the first place."

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Career in NonDestructive Testing Could be for YOU!

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Not sure if a career in NDT is right for you? The American Institute of NonDestructive Testing (AINDT) offers an "Intro to NDT (Online)" Course to introduce you to the disciplines of NDT.  The benefits and limitations of each method as well as an overview of the industry will be discussed.

Take the course when it's convenient for you and find out how a career in NDT can change your life! Click Here to find out more or contact an Instructor today to find out more!
 

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Convenient Online Courses for NDT Training

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Online courses with the American Institute of NonDestructive Testing are available on your iPad, iPhone, or Android devices. Study, complete quizzes, watch video lectures and more all from your mobile device.

Not sure you have time to start a new career that will change your life?! Take courses at your convenience - when and where it works for you. In just 16 weeks you can have a new career in NDT Testing.

If you aren't sure if a new career in NDT Testing is right for you, contact an Instructor today to find out! 

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AINDT Offers State Of The Art Facility to Students

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The American Institute of NonDestructive Testing has a 4,200 Square FT. facility that offers a state of the art training lab with individual workstations for up to 40 students.

NonDestructive Testing labs are equipped with everything needed to gain the hands-on experience in UT, RT, MT, PT, and VT methods of examination.

Hands-On Training at our facility coming in 2014!

Come to our OPEN HOUSE Saturday, September 7th from 9:00am - 5:00pm and see it for yourself!

 7942 College Road Suite 105, Baxter, MN 56425

 

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Why Choose American Institute of Non-Destructive Testing?

The American Institute of Non-Destructive Testing offers experience you can trust with over 40 years in the Non-Destructive Testing and Inspection b2ap3_thumbnail_iStock_000013773964_Medium.jpgIndustry. With a combination of online and classroom training - in only 16 weeks you can be on your way to a high demand career!

  • High Earning Potential - Starting pay in the Non-Destructive Testing industry ranges from $40 – 50,000 per year. Most graduates can look forward to earning $100,000 or more within a few years!

  • Low Cost - We have created the most affordable NDT and inspection training packages available. Our packages include all the necessary on-line training modules, study material, books, hands-on lab work, and housing costs.

  • No Guess Work – AINDT understands the industry demands. Our focus is to consistently deliver the most well-equipped, responsible, and knowledgeable professionals to the Non-Destructive Testing needs of civic-minded organizations and communities.

Open enrollment for October semester starts June 1st. Read more about why you should choose the American Institute of Non-Destructive Testing. If you are ready to change your life, contact an Enrollment Specialist at 855-313-0325 to learn more about non-destructive testing and YOUR exciting new career path! 

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