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Non-Destructive Tester and Inspection Technician

NOC #22230

  • Environment Primarily outdoor work
  • Education Post-secondary diploma
  • Average salary $54,000 to $98,000

Career profile

Non-destructive testers and inspection technicians conduct tests that provide information about the condition of materials and components (without destroying them) to determine defects and faults and ensure compliance with applicable codes and standards. They operate radiographic, ultrasonic, liquid penetrant, magnetic particle, eddy current and similar testing equipment to detect defects.

They interact with other related trades and equipment operators as a regular part of their duties. Non-destructive testers and inspection technicians use advanced sensing and imaging equipment such as X-rays, microscopes, thermometers, oscilloscopes, and radiation detectors.

They may also use analytical or scientific software.

Exploration and production, Oil and gas services, Pipelines, Oil sands, Offshore, Emissions reduction

In this occupation activities may include

  • Making radiographic images to detect flaws in objects while leaving objects intact
  • Mapping the presence of imperfections within objects using sonic measurements
  • Conducting tests to ensure quality or detect discontinuities (defects) using ultrasonic, radiographic, liquid penetrant, magnetic particle, eddy current and other non-destructive testing methods.
  • Interpreting or evaluating test results in accordance with applicable codes, standards, specifications, or procedures
  • Documenting non-destructive testing (NDT) methods, processes or results.


  • This occupation requires completion of two years of an approved post-secondary science or engineering program.


  • Standard and emergency first aid
  • Construction Safety Training System (CSTS)
  • Asbestos Safety
  • H2S Alive®
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
  • Fall protection
  • Confined space entry
  • Respirator fit testing
  • Pipeline construction safety training


  • Welding inspector certification by the Canadian Welding Bureau is available in three levels and may be required by employers.
  • Non-destructive testing certification by Natural Resources Canada is available in three levels and is usually required by employers
  • Boiler and pressure vessel, process pipelines and above-ground storage tank inspector certification is available from the American Petroleum Institute.
  • Industrial Radiographers using a radioactive isotope must pass an examination to be recognized as a certified exposure device operator by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.

  • Travel likely required
  • Primarily outdoor work
  • Physical work
  • Safety-sensitive environment
  • Work away from home/in camps

You are methodical. You enjoy performing tasks that require precision, analysis and patience. You have excellent hand-eye coordination, and strong communications skills. You keep up to date with changing technology.

  • Attention to detail
  • Computers and electronics
  • Engineering and technology
  • Operation and control
  • Quality control analysis
  • Complex problem solving
  • Public safety and security
  • Equipment selection
  • Troubleshooting
  • Document use