Non-Destructive Testing Foundations

Fall 2016 (September) start: applications are accepted Oct. 21, 2015 to June 30, 2016*
Winter 2017 (January) start: applications are accepted June 1, 2016 to Nov. 15, 2016*
Winter 2017 (March) start: applications are accepted June 1, 2016 to Jan. 30, 2017*
*Please refer to Program and Application information at Admission and Selection.

Canada-Alberta Job Grant This program is eligible for Canada-Alberta Job Grant funding.

Program Description

Did You Know?Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) is a very important component of many industries. Identifying potential mechanical and structural failures can save time, money and lives. For example, inspection and reporting must be carried out on equipment in the oil and gas, transportation and aviation industries, just to name a few. The NDT Foundations program assists you to enter the growing NDT field by providing a basic overall knowledge of the inspection industry. This knowledge is a foundation for you to progress through all levels of inspection methods. It is a full-time, 15 week program. 

In Canada, NDT Certification is regulated by the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB). There are three steps required to obtain CGSB Certification; 1 - training, 2 - work experience, and 3 - CGSB exams. These three steps are required for each level of certification in each method. The NDT Foundations program at SAIT helps you to accomplish step 1 of this process - training, which prepares you to complete step 2 and step 3 after successful program completion. 

The Online/Blended Learning approach is a combination of approximately four months of online theory courses and one month of on-campus practical labs. If you are self-disciplined, and need additional flexibility to balance your other obligations - while still furthering your education - this program may be a fit for you.

Your Career

In today's economy, the demand for qualified NDT Technicians is high. Travel opportunities may be available with many NDT service providers. Technicians may find work across Canada or internationally in a wide variety of industries including: pipeline and refinery, transportation, utilities, construction, manufacturing and maintenance.
To be successful as a Non-Destructive Testing Technician, you may need the following skills: the ability to work independently - often with little supervision, math skills, communication skills, attention to detail, ability to work flexible hours in varying locations, and the ability to physically maneuver a job site freely.

Student Success

Strong skills in Math and English (written and verbal) preferred.