A career in Inspection and Testing covers many methods, both destructive and nondestructive. The Inspection Technologies program at San Jacinto College allows you to follow your career path with traditional Nondestructive Testing (NDT) methods or the Inspection of Fixed Equipment such as Pressure Vessels, Piping, Valves, and Metallurgical testing.
These careers are in high demand and pay according to the skill level you attain through education and experience. These skill levels require the type of training you can receive through the Inspection Technologies program at San Jacinto College. Job opportunities are diverse, so pick your industry or career path. Graduates may work in industries such as: petrochemical, oil and gas, fabrication, welding, pipeline, turbines, aerospace, and more.
San Jacinto College offers a one-year Certificate of Technology, a second year of advanced courses to earn an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree or Level 2 Certificate paths for year 2, in two career paths: Nondestructive Testing (NDT) or Fixed Equipment Inspection. The program offers courses in the evenings and on Saturdays to accommodate your work schedule.
We provide the education to follow certification paths through: the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT), the American Petroleum Institute (API), the American Welding Society (AWS), and the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) International.
Ultrasonic Testing (UT)
Phased Array Ultrasonics (PAUT)
Eddy Current Testing (ET)
Liquid Penetrant Testing (PT)
Magnetic Particle Testing (MT)
Visual Inspection (VT)
Radiographic Film Interpretation (RFI)
Metrology and Prints
Metallurgy Testing: Charpy, Tensile, Hardness and PMI
Welding Inspection (CWI)
Pressure Vessel Inspection
Piping and Valve Inspection
Graduates of San Jacinto College’s NDT technology program may find employment as:
- NDT Technicians in: VT, PT, MT, UT, ET, and RFI;
- UT Flaw Sizing and Phased Array Inspectors PAUT;
- AWS - Certified Welding Inspectors (CWI);
- API Inspectors - API 510, API 570, API 577/578;
- Quality Technicians, Inspectors, or Managers; and
- Metallurgical, Corrosion, or Coating Technicians.
Wages are based upon experience, skill level, testing method, and a synergy of multiple certifications.
Average Wages Per Year:
Non-Destructive Testing Specialist (median): $59,556 per year 1
NDT Level I $57,8072
NDT Level II $83,7392
NDT Level III $103,9912
Certified Welding Inspector $64,0843
Quality Inspector $49,6944
API 510 Pressure Vessels Inspector $86,2115
API 570 Piping Inspector $72,3475
Source: texaswages.com, Houston/The Woodlands/Sugar Land region, 2017.
American Welding Society Payscale, 2018
ASQ QP Fall 2017 Salary Survey
American Petroleum Institute Payscale, 2018
For additional information, students may contact 281-478-2799.
Stephen Rowland is the inspections technology program director who can boast working on the International Space Station (ISS) on his resume.