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NOC Code: NOC Code: 2261 Occupation: Non-destructive testers and inspection technicians
Occupation Description: Occupation 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. 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.

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Essential Skills Essential Skills Levels
Reading Reading 1 2 3 4
Writing Writing 1 2 3 4
Document Use Document Use 1 2 3
Digital Technology Digital Technology 1 2
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2 3 4
Money Math Money Math 1 2 3
Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting 1 2
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1 2 3 4
Data Analysis Data Analysis 1 2 3 4
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 1 2
Job Task Planning and Organizing Job Task Planning and Organizing 1 2 3
Decision Making Decision Making 1 2 3
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2 3
Finding Information Finding Information 1 2
Critical Thinking Critical Thinking 1 2 3 4

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  • Read email messages from co-workers and customers. For example, read customers' inquiries about testing and inspecting services. (1)
  • Read notes from co-workers. For example, read notes which offer co-workers' descriptions of work completed to date. (1)
  • Read memos and letters from co-workers and customers. For example, read memos from supervisors to learn about matters such as incidents and accidents involving the mechanical systems you have been asked to inspect. Read letters from customers to learn about the maintenance histories of the parts you are going to test. (2)
  • Read maintenance and inspection reports. For example, aircraft non-destructive inspection technicians read engine maintenance reports in which mechanics, mechanical engineers and other testers and inspectors describe damage to aircraft engines, outline steps followed during repairs and offer comments on final inspections. (2)
  • Read short text entries in forms. For example, read entries in work orders to learn about the histories of parts you must test and inspect and to locate information about tests, inspections and repairs that were completed in the past. (2)
  • Read policy and procedure, equipment and training manuals. For example, aircraft non-destructive inspection technicians may read manufacturers' engine repair manuals to determine the types of forces and stresses placed on the parts they test and inspect. Weld inspectors may read their organizations' policy and procedure manuals to ensure they file reports properly and comply with health and safety regulations. (3)
  • Read textbooks and journal articles. For example, read articles in the Canadian Institute for Non-destructive Examination Journal to learn about specific testing methodologies and new and updated procedures for conducting tests. (3)
  • Read regulations and codes. For example, read sections of reference standards completely when faced with new and unfamiliar testing situations. Non-destructive testers and inspection technicians who inspect large fuel storage tanks may read the National Fire Code of Canada and the Environmental Code of Practice for Aboveground Storage Tank Systems Containing Petroleum Products to review guidelines for testing and explanations of acceptable test results. They read carefully to gather information from passages that explain testing conditions and variances in interpretations to ensure they accurately report test results. (4)
  • Read specifications for testing and inspection procedures. For example, aircraft non-destructive inspection technicians read specifications for engine fan blades that describe the steps they must follow while completing their inspections and provide detailed information about defects, cracks and discontinuities that fall within acceptable ranges. Pipe testers read welding specifications that outline safe and optimal atmospheric conditions under which they must use their testing equipment and materials when testing outdoors. (4)
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  • Write reminders and notes to co-workers. For example, write notes about testing procedures and test data to remember these details when writing reports for customers. (1)
  • Write letters to customers and colleagues. For example, write covering letters for inspection reports. Write letters to testers and inspectors working for other organizations to request testing protocols for new and unfamiliar inspections. (2)
  • Write email messages to co-workers and customers. For example, write email messages to office administrators to request further information about work orders. Write email messages to customers to confirm appointments for testing and inspecting activities. (2)
  • Write inspection and testing reports. For example, write lengthy reports to document testing processes, discuss test results and present recommendations. Introduce and explain exhibits such as diagrams, photographs and data tables. Try to use language that can be understood by readers who lack technical backgrounds. (3)
  • Write specifications and testing and inspecting procedures for junior workers. For example, senior weld inspectors may write step-by-step procedures for testing the various parts of crane mount assemblies. They specify the types of testing methods that should be used, areas where faults commonly appear and other pertinent information. They must write specifications carefully and accurately to ensure the procedures can be repeated and to ensure that results are consistent. (4)
  • Write and co-author abstracts and articles for scientific journals. For example, senior testers and inspectors may write segments of articles that describe their personal research and experiences using unconventional testing methods. They rely on their scientific knowledge and understanding of testing theory to support their opinions. (4)
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Document Use
  • Enter data into forms. For example, enter data such as temperatures, part and model numbers and dates into report forms. Tick boxes to indicate completed tasks. (1)
  • Locate data in lists. For example, scan pre-inspection assessment checklists to locate the types of hazards that are associated with particular inspections and the safety equipment required for these jobs. (1)
  • Locate data in completed forms. For example, locate test parameters and brief comments written by co-workers and colleagues in inspection report forms. (2)
  • Locate parts and part numbers in assembly drawings. For example, aircraft non-destructive inspection technicians refer to assembly drawings of engines to locate fan blades, gas generators and other metal parts they must inspect. (2)
  • Locate data in tables and schedules. For example, check work schedules which display work hours. Read posted schedules to determine dates and times for recurring preventative maintenance tasks like monthly vibration analysis tests and testing equipment calibrations. (2)
  • Interpret photographs, radiographs, sonograms and other images. For example, aircraft non-destructive testers and inspection technicians may review photographs of engine parts to identify potential discontinuities. They may scrutinize magnified areas of digital photographs to locate tiny cracks more easily. Pipe testers may interpret digital radiographs of pipe walls taken with computed radiography equipment to identify small cracks and areas of the pipes that may have thinned. Non-destructive testers and inspection technicians who test welds on marine propellers may interpret radiographs of blades to locate small discolorations that indicate cracks and faults. (3)
  • Interpret and take measurements from scale drawings. For example, pipe testers may examine the angles and dimensions of pipes in scale drawings prior to performing ultrasonic testing. Crane inspectors may take measurements from scale drawings of crane assemblies to ensure that the placement of binding clips and welds are correct and correspond with actual crane specifications. (3)
  • Locate data and trends in graphs. For example, weld inspectors may refer to graphs in welding standards such as the Canadian Standards Association W59 to determine allowable numbers and sizes of cracks and defects in steel joint welds for large cranes. Aircraft non-destructive inspection technicians locate data in graphs which display concentrations of magnetic particle solutions after equipment calibrations. (3)
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Digital Technology
  • Use databases to record data such as model and part numbers, test dates and times, operating statistics, testing criteria and coded test results for review by managers and supervisors. (2)
  • Use graphics software. For example, use photo editing and image manipulation programs to enhance and enlarge digital photographs of mechanical parts that were tested and inspected. (2)
  • Conduct general Internet searches for information on testing and inspection methods. Search for and download resources such as specifications and fact sheets. Bookmark sites for professional associations and manufacturers. (2)
  • Exchange messages and attachments with customers, co-workers, managers and supervisors. Exchange emails with supervisors to request additional information about job tasks and provide updates on work progress. (2)
  • Use word processing to write inspection reports to describe testing and inspection activities. Insert photographs and graphs to illustrate test and inspection results. (2)
  • Use spreadsheets. For example, create tables to collect, organize and analyze data. Display test and inspection data as graphs. (2)
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Oral Communication
  • Discuss ongoing work with co-workers. For example, confirm appointments and job tasks with office administrators. Discuss schedules, details of work orders, audit requirements and personal protective and testing equipment with supervisors. (1)
  • Assign duties and provide instruction to junior testers and inspectors. For example, ask trainees to apply fluorescent liquid penetrant to parts during busy production periods. Give instructions to students so that they can minimize radiation exposure during radiographic testing. (2)
  • Discuss matters such as products, prices and delivery times with suppliers and service providers. (2)
  • Discuss testing and inspecting jobs with customers. For example, ask customers about the maintenance histories of their equipment and the criticality of jobs. Discuss job specifications, site access and safety hazards in order to provide customers with better estimates of times needed for testing or inspecting procedures. (3)
  • Discuss the technical aspects of work assignments and unusual job tasks with co-workers and colleagues. For example, consult engineers, technicians and tradespeople to discuss testing and inspecting processes, procedures and standards and to learn how to analyze anomalous test and measurement data. (3)
  • Present information to groups of customers, managers and students. For example, present work plans for testing pulp and paper mills' equipment to the mills' management teams. Propose testing options, outline the equipment required and the tests to be performed and provide estimates of timelines and effects on production. (4)
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Money Math
  • Calculate amounts for travel expense reimbursements. Calculate amounts for travel in personal vehicles using per kilometre rates. Add amounts for per diem allowances, hotels, meals, tools and supplies. (2)
  • Calculate amounts for testing and inspecting services in quotes and invoices. For example, multiply your hourly rate by the times taken to carry out various testing jobs and add applicable taxes to provide quotes and invoices to customers. (3)
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Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting
  • Prepare testing, inspecting and maintenance schedules. For example, prepare schedules for the tests and inspections that you perform. (2)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Measure physical properties using common measuring tools. For example, use measuring tapes to measure lengths and widths of metal parts and structures and use thermometers to measure temperatures. (1)
  • Calculate dimensions using measurements of scale drawings. For example, take measurements from drawings of crane and aircraft assemblies to determine the actual dimensions of the structures. (2)
  • Take measurements using specialized measuring tools, equipment and methods. For example, measure and analyze sound and x-ray signals to determine the depths, locations and types of defects in materials. When carrying out beam ultrasonic testing, determine placement angles to produce accurate testing data. (4)
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Data Analysis
  • Compare measurements and equipment readings to specifications. For example, compare calibration data and readings to standards to ensure that the magnets are working properly on magnetic particle equipment. (2)
  • Collect and analyze measurement and non-destructive test data. For example, compare test measurements to standards, create graphs to identify anomalies and trends, sort test data in tables to identify data ranges, calculate rates of wear and failure probabilities and predict the service lives of parts and systems you inspect. (4)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate times for testing and inspection tasks. Consider the types of testing that must be performed and travel time associated with the work to provide time estimates to customers and supervisors. (2)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Non-destructive testers and inspection technicians plan their daily testing and inspecting activities within the framework of production schedules and deadlines. Although their job tasks are often assigned by supervisors and managers who oversee production schedules, they work independently to organize a wide variety of testing and inspecting job tasks. They may be required to integrate their job tasks with workers who use equipment and structures they test and inspect. Their work is often interrupted by unpredictable factors such as frequent changes to production schedules, customers' requests and equipment malfunctions. Non-destructive testers and inspection technicians may plan routine job tasks for assistants and junior testers and inspectors. (3)
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Decision Making
  • Choose testing and inspection procedures. Consider the compositions of test specimens, their locations, environmental conditions and related specifications and standards. Vary the intensity, methodology and frequency of testing and inspection as more data is accumulated. For example, decide to retest specimens using the same equipment under the same conditions to confirm initial results. Decide to use additional testing methodologies to substantiate initial findings as necessary. (2)
  • Decide to start, stop and delay inspections, tests and trials. For example, delay ultrasonic testing of outdoor pipelines because of inclement weather. Reschedule magnetic particle inspections of aircraft engine blades because equipment is not working properly. (2)
  • Choose standards and specifications to apply when testing and inspecting various materials. For example, weld inspectors may choose to apply the Canadian Standards Associations' W59 Standard when testing specific welds. (3)
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Problem Solving
  • Testing and inspecting work cannot be completed because instructions on work orders are missing and unclear. Contact co-workers such as customer service representatives and supervisors to verify job tasks and schedules. Communicate with customers to receive instructions directly. (2)
  • Detect patterns of skewed and distorted testing results. Review equipment calibration records to determine if the equipment needs to be recalibrated. Review the results of previous tests to look for inaccuracies. Ask other testers and inspectors to review test results as necessary. (3)
  • Encounter cracks and other faults in testing results that are uncommon and have not been documented in specifications, manuals and manufacturers' data sheets. Call manufacturers directly and contact supervisors and other testers and inspectors to communicate the nature of the faults and seek their advice to adequately identify and isolate the faults. (3)
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Finding Information
  • Find information on the requirements for testing and inspecting specimens. Consult specification documents and online manuals. Consult co-workers and colleagues with specific expertise. (2)
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Critical Thinking
  • Assess the safety of workplaces and work processes. To assess potential risks, review previous work orders and associated reports to see if hazards have been reported. Verify details of testing and inspection procedures with safety personnel and supervisors. (2)
  • Judge the quality of test and measurement data. To confirm that data is sufficient and accurate, compare test results to data from previous tests, ask co-workers for opinions and read manuals and specifications. (3)
  • Judge the quality and condition of machine parts, welds and other specimens you inspect. For example, consider the sizes and shapes of defects, the locations of defects and the composition and malleability of specimens to determine quality and condition. (4)
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