Non-destructive testers and inspection technicians (NOC 2261)

About this job

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 structures and materials
  • work for quality control, maintenance and safety departments of manufacturing, processing, transportation, energy and other companies, and by private industrial inspection establishments
Common job titles
  • inspector, NDT (non-destructive testing)
  • operator, non-destructive testing
  • technician / tester, dye penetrant
  • technician / tester, eddy current
  • technician / tester, infrared
  • technician / tester, magnetic particle


Non-destructive testers and inspectors perform some or all of the following duties:

  • set-up and calibrate non-destructive testing equipment
  • carry out tests to ensure quality or detect defects, using ultrasonic, radiographic, liquid penetrant, magnetic particle, eddy current and other non-destructive testing methods
  • establish techniques for the examination of objects, ensuring strict adherence to safety regulations
  • interpret radiographs, cathode ray tube (CRT) data, digital readouts, conductivity meters and visual indicators
  • use testing criteria in accordance with applicable specifications or standards, and evaluate results
  • organize and report test results
  • perform specialized inspections using acoustic emission, vibration analysis, infrared thermography and laser shearography testing methods
  • instruct and supervise trainees

Work environment

Work in this occupation is typically performed in a structured environment, such as an office. Also, workers in this field may be exposed to ionizing radiation, such as X-rays and radioactive substances, or non-ionizing radiation, such as radio frequencies and infrared, ultraviolet or visible light, which may affect health adversely.

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