Non-Destructive Examination Technology

The Non-Destructive Examination (NDE) Technology curriculum prepares students for careers in non-destructive testing of materials, equipment and/or components. NDE test methods assess an object’s integrity without affecting its function. NDE is used in many industries, including construction, petrochemical, pulp and paper, power generation and aerospace.

Coursework includes ultrasonics, radiography, liquid penetrant, visual, magnetic particle and eddy current examination. Applied math and physics are an integral part of NDE and the curriculum. Students gain knowledge of these methods through applied theory and hands-on applications.

The NDE curriculum meets classroom and laboratory training requirements of Recommended Practice No. SNT-TC-1A of the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT), permitting graduates the opportunity to obtain method-specific NDE certification after a few months of on-the-job experience with their employers. Career opportunities exist in applied NDE, material sciences, technical sales and quality control in many industries.

Many of the courses are offered through a Fast Track program (any semester course offered in less than a 16 week semester). When creating a class schedule, pay particular attention to the start/end dates and times of the courses.

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Non-Destructive Examination Technology (A50350)

Degree Awarded

An Associate in Applied Science degree in Non-destructive Examination Technology is awarded by the College upon completion of this program.

Admissions

  • Completion of a high school diploma or equivalent is required.
  • Many courses have prerequisites; check the Courses section for details.

Contact Information

Non-Destructive Examination is in the Applied Technologies Division. For more information, call 704.330.4434 or 704.330.4413. See Non-Destructive Examination Technology program instructors or program counselors for suggested sequence of courses.

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General Education Requirements
ENG 111Writing and Inquiry3.0
Select 3 credits of the following:3.0
Writing and Research in the Disciplines
Literature-Based Research
Professional Research & Reporting
Take 3 credits from the following:3.0
Precalculus Algebra
Algebra/Trigonometry I
Select 3 credits of the following:3.0
Introduction to Communication
Public Speaking
Select 3 credits of the following:3.0
Art Appreciation
Art History Survey I
Art History Survey II
American Literature I
American Literature II
Cultural Studies
Myth in Human Culture
Humanities I
Music Appreciation
World Religions
Select 3 credits of the following:3.0
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
World Civilizations I
American History I
General Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Sociology of the Family
Major Requirements
NDE 110Intro to Nondestructive Examination3.0
NDE 112Materials and Processes3.0
NDE 121Principles of Ultrasonic Exam UT4.0
NDE 122Angle Beam Examination4.0
NDE 131Radiation Safety & Principles of Rt4.0
NDE 132RT Industrial Applications3.0
NDE 142Visual Testing-1,22.0
NDE 143Liquid Penetrant Testing-1,22.0
NDE 152Magnetic Particle Testing-1,22.0
NDE 153Eddy Current Testing-13.0
NDE 252Eddy Current Testing (ET)2.0
NDE 221UT Industrial Applications4.0
NDE 210NDE Procedure Development3.0
CIS 110Introduction to Computers3.0
WLD 141Symbols and Specifications3.0
Select one of the following:4.0
Conceptual Physics
and Conceptual Physics Lab
Physics-Mechanics
College Physics I
Select 6 credits of the following:6.0
Technical Electivse
CAD I
Engineering Graphics
Engineering and Design Graphics
Appl Software for Tech
Intro to Engineering
Introduction to Electricity
Motors and Controls
Workplace Safety
Industrial Safety
Quality Management
Metrology
Introduction to Metallurgy
Engineering Materials
Selected Topics in
Advanced Ultrasonic Testing Including Phased Array
NDE 231
Advanced Visual Testing (VT)
Performance Demonstration Initiative -1, Ultrasonic Testing, Carbon Steel Pipe Welds
Performance Demonstration Initiative -2, Ultrasonic Testing, Stainless Steel Pipe Welds
Perf Demonstration Initiative -3, Ultrasonic Testing, Thru Wall Sizing, Carbon Steel/Stainless Steel
Perf Demonstration Initiative -8, Ultrasonic Testing, Weld Overlay and Dissimilar Metal Thru Wall Sizing
Performance Demonstration Initiative -10 Ultrasonic Testing, Dissimilar Metal Detection and Length Sizing
Nuclear Reactor Systems
Work-Based Learning I
Work-Based Learning I
Cutting Processes
Oxy-Fuel Welding
Basic Welding Processes
SMAW (Stick) Plate
Welding Metallurgy
Total Credits73

Nuclear Plant Inspection (D50350-D1)

The Nuclear Plant Inspection Diploma focuses on the Ultrasonic testing method, specifically as it relates to nuclear power plant piping welds examined during construction and in-service inspections. Applied math and physics are an integral part of NDE and this curriculum. Students will gain knowledge of the nuclear industry’s Performance Demonstration (PD) examination for the detection and sizing of defects in welds, heat affected zones and base materials. This diploma prepares the student to be successful when taking a PD examination in accordance with ASME Section XI, Appendix VIII, Supplement 3. These PDs are not part of this curriculum course and are administered by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in Charlotte, N.C.

Diploma Awarded

A diploma in Nuclear Plant Inspection is awarded by the College upon successful completion of this program.

Working in nuclear plants or with companies supplying equipment for these plants will require additional security and adherence to specific work requirements (criminal convictions and substance use criteria). These additional requirement or security clearances are not included in this program. Some of these requirements are located in the United States Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 10, Energy:

  • 10 CFR Part 26, Fitness for Duty Programs
  • 10 CFR 73.56, Personnel Access Authorization Requirements for Nuclear Power Plants
General Education Requirements
ENG 111Writing and Inquiry3.0
MAT 121Algebra/Trigonometry I3.0
COM 110Introduction to Communication3.0
Major Requirements
NDE 110Intro to Nondestructive Examination3.0
NDE 112Materials and Processes3.0
NDE 121Principles of Ultrasonic Exam UT4.0
NDE 122Angle Beam Examination4.0
PHY 131Physics-Mechanics4.0
NDE 221UT Industrial Applications4.0
NDE 261Performance Demonstration Initiative -1, Ultrasonic Testing, Carbon Steel Pipe Welds7.0
NDE 262Performance Demonstration Initiative -2, Ultrasonic Testing, Stainless Steel Pipe Welds7.0
NDE 263Perf Demonstration Initiative -3, Ultrasonic Testing, Thru Wall Sizing, Carbon Steel/Stainless Steel3.0
Total Credits48

Non-Destructive Examination Technology Certificates (C50350)

These are special short-term certificates that are offered in the NDET program. The courses listed are taken from the NDET diploma and degree programs. These certificates are issued in accordance with CPCC policy and certify that the student has successfully completed the courses (GPA of 2.0 or higher within the certificate program). These are not certificates to perform NDE. These certificates along with the process of NDE qualification and testing are performed by the employer, not CPCC.

A student may earn certificates that build to earning a diploma or degree. A student may earn a certificate(s) in the same semester that he or she earns a degree or diploma.

Non-Destructive Examination Technology Certificate with a Specialization in Ultrasonic Examination (C50350-C1)

Major Requirements
MAT 121Algebra/Trigonometry I3.0
NDE 110Intro to Nondestructive Examination3.0
NDE 112Materials and Processes3.0
NDE 121Principles of Ultrasonic Exam UT4.0
NDE 122Angle Beam Examination4.0
Total Credits17

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Non-Destructive Examination Technology Certificate with a Specialization in Visual and Penetrant Examination (C50350-C2)

Major Requirements
NDE 110Intro to Nondestructive Examination3.0
NDE 112Materials and Processes3.0
WLD 141Symbols and Specifications3.0
NDE 142Visual Testing-1,22.0
NDE 143Liquid Penetrant Testing-1,22.0
Total Credits13

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Non-Destructive Examination Technology Certificate with a Specialization in Radiographic Examination (C50350-C4)

Major Requirements
NDE 110Intro to Nondestructive Examination3.0
NDE 112Materials and Processes3.0
NDE 131Radiation Safety & Principles of Rt4.0
NDE 132RT Industrial Applications3.0
MAT 121Algebra/Trigonometry I3.0
Total Credits16

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Non-Destructive Examination Technology Certificate With a Specialization in Advanced Nuclear Plant Inspection of Ferritic and Stainless Steel Piping Welds (C50350-C5)

The Non-Destructive Examination Technology Certificate Specialization in Ultrasonic Examination (C50350-C1) is a prerequisite for this certificate.

Major Requirements
NDE 221UT Industrial Applications4.0
NDE 261Performance Demonstration Initiative -1, Ultrasonic Testing, Carbon Steel Pipe Welds7.0
NDE 262Performance Demonstration Initiative -2, Ultrasonic Testing, Stainless Steel Pipe Welds7.0
Total Credits18

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With a Specialization in Advanced Nuclear Plant Inspection - UT Inspection and Sizing of Piping and Dissimilar Welds (C50350-C6)

Major Requirements
NDE 263Perf Demonstration Initiative -3, Ultrasonic Testing, Thru Wall Sizing, Carbon Steel/Stainless Steel3.0
NDE 264Perf Demonstration Initiative -8, Ultrasonic Testing, Weld Overlay and Dissimilar Metal Thru Wall Sizing3.0
NDE 265Performance Demonstration Initiative -10 Ultrasonic Testing, Dissimilar Metal Detection and Length Sizing3.0
NDE 221UT Industrial Applications4.0
Total Credits13

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Non-Destructive Examination Technology Certificate with Specialization in Level 1 and Level 2 Surface Examination (C50350-C8)

NDE 110Intro to Nondestructive Examination3.0
NDE 112Materials and Processes3.0
NDE 142Visual Testing-1,22.0
NDE 143Liquid Penetrant Testing-1,22.0
NDE 152Magnetic Particle Testing-1,22.0
Total Credits12

Non-Destructive Examination Certificate Specialization in Magnetic Particle & Eddy Current Examinations (C50350-C9)

Required Courses
NDE 110Intro to Nondestructive Examination3.0
NDE 112Materials and Processes3.0
NDE 153Eddy Current Testing-13.0
NDE 252Eddy Current Testing (ET)2.0
WLD 141Symbols and Specifications3.0
Total Credits14

Non-Destructive Examination Certificate in Advanced Visual Testing

Major Requirements
NDE 110Intro to Nondestructive Examination3.0
NDE 112Materials and Processes3.0
NDE 142Visual Testing-1,22.0
NDE 242Advanced Visual Testing (VT)3.0
WLD 141Symbols and Specifications3.0
NUC 110Nuclear Reactor Systems3.0
Total Credits17

Courses

NDE 110. Intro to Nondestructive Examination. 3.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces Nondestructive Examination (NDE) and its benefits, and provides a survey of the basic NDE methods and their limitations and advantages. Topics include terms and definitions associated with NDE, the basic approach to the nondestructive form of testing, and examples of industrial applications. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of the major NDE methods and their applications.

NDE 112. Materials and Processes. 3.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the student to materials, processing discontinuities, design parameters, metrology, and spatial relationships of industrial components. Topics include steel making, the nature of materials, inherent and processing discontinuities, elementary metallurgy, and the understanding of drawings. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of how metals are formed, associated discontinuities, and how processing and geometric factors affect NDE results.

NDE 121. Principles of Ultrasonic Exam UT. 4.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the student to basic principles associated with ultrasound and provides the initial elements of ASNT SNT-TC-1A Level I requirements for UT practitioners. Topics include wave modes and sound theory, and display modes are discussed and demonstrated through lab applications. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of ultrasonics, and select proper equipment and set-up an instrument for straight beam examinations.

Prerequisites: Take All: NDE 110, MAT 121, and NDE 112

NDE 122. Angle Beam Examination. 4.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the student to the principles associated with transverse wave examination. Topics include shear wave discontinuity location, effects of shear waves in various materials, and inspection of components. Upon completion, students should be able to select and calibrate transverse wave equipment and the equipment for shear wave inspection, using inspection procedures.

Prerequisites: Take NDE 121

NDE 131. Radiation Safety & Principles of Rt. 4.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-4.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces basics principles of radiation safety, and the limitations and advantages of the radiographic testing (RT) method. Emphasis is placed on radiation safety, interaction of radiation with matter, radiation monitoring, radiographic physics, radiographic technique, and basic RT equipment. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of radiation safety and the operating principles of RT.

Prerequisites: Take All: NDE 110, NDE 112, and MAT 121

NDE 132. RT Industrial Applications. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course covers advanced radiographic applications and the ASNT SNT-TC-1A Level II qualification program. Emphasis is placed on darkroom processing, image quality, geometric issues, and exposure calculations. Upon completion, the student should be able to select a proper radiographic technique and film to perform acceptable radiography to specific codes and standards.

Prerequisites: Take NDE 131

NDE 142. Visual Testing-1,2. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course describes the principles, limitations, and advantages of non-destructive examination (NDE) visual testing as it's applied to industrial components such as pipes, pumps, valves, hangers and supports. Emphasis is placed on visual testing techniques including the use of visual aids and measuring gages. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of NDE visual techniques and their applications.

NDE 143. Liquid Penetrant Testing-1,2. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course describes the principles, limitations, and advantages of non-destructive examination (NDE) liquid penetrant testing as it's applied to industrial components such as pipes, pumps, valves, hangers and supports. Emphasis is placed on liquid penetrant testing techniques including the use of color contrast solvent removable and water washable penetrant techniques. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of various NDE liquid penetrant techniques and their applications.

NDE 152. Magnetic Particle Testing-1,2. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course describes the principles, limitations, and advantages of non-destructive examination (NDE) magnetic particle testing as it's applied to industrial components such as pipes, pumps, valves, hangers and supports. Emphasis is placed on magnetic particle testing techniques including dry and wet fluorescent particle techniques. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of NDE magnetic particle techniques and their applications.

NDE 153. Eddy Current Testing-1. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course describes the principles, limitations, and advantages of non-destructive examination (NDE) eddy current testing as it's applied to industrial components such as pipes, pumps, valves, hangers and supports. Emphasis is placed on eddy current testing techniques including the use of different types of eddy current equipment. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of NDE eddy current techniques and their applications.

Prerequisites: Take All: NDE 110 and NDE 112

NDE 193V. Selected Topics in Adv Visual Test (VT). 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course provides an opportunity to explore areas of current interest in specific program or discipline areas. Emphasis is placed on subject matter appropriate to the program or discipline. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the specific area of study.

NDE 193W. Selected Topics in. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course provides an opportunity to explore areas of current interest in specific program or discipline areas. Emphasis is placed on subject matter appropriate to the program or discipline. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the specific area of study.

NDE 210. NDE Procedure Development. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course provides an understanding of codes and procedure qualifications as they relate to various testing methods. Emphasis is placed on writing NDE procedures in accordance with various codes and standards. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of code requirements for procedures and how to write field applicable NDE procedures.

Prerequisites: Take All: NDE 122 and NDE 132

NDE 221. UT Industrial Applications. 4.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course exposes the student to practical application of straight and angle beam techniques on actual component mock-ups and introduces automated equipment. Lab applications provide comprehensive inspection challenges and "blind" samples. Upon completion, students should be able to follow procedures to fully inspect a variety of components to differing code requirements.

Prerequisites: Take NDE 122

NDE 222. Advanced Ultrasonic Testing Including Phased Array. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the student to principles of flaw detection and sizing using advanced inspection techniques including phased array. Topics include advanced detection, sizing techniques, and inspection criteria using AWS, ASME API and FEMA codes. Upon completion, students should be able to select and apply the proper technique to detect and locate length, size, and depth flaws using manual and automated phased array equipment.

Prerequisites: Take NDE 221

NDE 242. Advanced Visual Testing (VT). 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course prepares individuals for trainee positions in performing visual examinations of pressure retaining vessels, piping, pumps, and valves for nuclear power electric generating facilities. Topics include fundamentals of visual examination with emphasis on VT-1, VT-2 and VT-3 methods. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of ASME Code visual inspection requirements during various phases of commercial nuclear power operations.

NDE 252. Eddy Current Testing (ET). 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course provides practical applications of the eddy current testing (ET) method. Topics include generic and specialized applications of ET on industrial mock-ups. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of ET in industrial applications.

Prerequisites: Take NDE 153

NDE 261. Performance Demonstration Initiative -1, Ultrasonic Testing, Carbon Steel Pipe Welds. 7.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-15.0. Work-0.0

This course provides advanced ultrasonic instruction for nondestructive examination of carbon steel (CS) pipe welds. Topics include performance demonstration initiative (PDI), ultrasonic testing (UT), and longitudinal and shear wave examination techniques for carbon steel (CS) piping. Upon completion, students should be able to identify and describe the qualified detection and sizing techniques per PDI-UT-1 procedures.

Prerequisites: Take NDE 221

NDE 262. Performance Demonstration Initiative -2, Ultrasonic Testing, Stainless Steel Pipe Welds. 7.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-15.0. Work-0.0

This course provides advanced ultrasonic instruction for nondestructive examination of stainless steel (SS) pipe welds. Topics include performance demonstration initiative (PDI), ultrasonic testing (UT), and longitudinal and shear wave examination techniques for stainless steel piping. Upon completion, students should be able to identify and describe the qualified detection and sizing techniques per PDI-UT-2 procedures.

Prerequisites: Take NDE 221

NDE 263. Perf Demonstration Initiative -3, Ultrasonic Testing, Thru Wall Sizing, Carbon Steel/Stainless Steel. 3.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course provides advanced ultrasonic instruction for NDE through wall sizing (TWS) in carbon steel (CS) and stainless steel (SS) pipe welds. Topics include performance demonstration initiative (PDI), ultrasonic testing (UT), and longitudinal and shear wave examination techniques for through wall sizing. Upon completion, students should be able to identify and describe the qualified TWS techniques per PDI-UT-3 procedures.

Prerequisites: Take NDE 221

NDE 264. Perf Demonstration Initiative -8, Ultrasonic Testing, Weld Overlay and Dissimilar Metal Thru Wall Sizing. 3.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course provides advanced ultrasonic instruction for NDE of weld overlay (WOL) and dissimilar metal (DM) welds. Topics include performance demonstration initiative (PDI), ultrasonic testing (UT), and longitudinal and shear wave examination techniques for through wall sizing (TWS) of welds. Upon completion, students should be able to identify and describe the qualified TWS techniques per PDI-UT-8 procedures.

Prerequisites: Take NDE 221

NDE 265. Performance Demonstration Initiative -10 Ultrasonic Testing, Dissimilar Metal Detection and Length Sizing. 3.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course provides advance ultrasonic instruction for NDE of dissimilar metal (DM) welds for detection and length sizing. Topics include performance demonstration initiative (PDI), ultrasonic testing (UT), and longitudinal and shear wave examination techniques for detection and length sizing (DLS) of DM welds. Upon completion, students should be able to identify and describe the qualified DLS techniques per PDI-UT-10 procedures.

Prerequisites: Take NDE 221