Aviation Non-Destructive Inspection (NDI) Technicians perform extremely detailed inspections of aircraft structures, engines, and components to determine structural integrity by revealing flaws not visible to the human eye.
NDI Technicians may not certify the airworthiness of aircraft, but they are responsible for certifying the serviceability of tested parts under the Approved Maintenance Organization (AMO) authority, and for documenting the inspections performed. Non-destructive testing methods include radiography (x-ray and gamma ray technology), magnetic particle technology, ultrasound, liquid penetrant, Eddy current testing, leak testing, visual examination, and more specialized methods like acoustic emission, microwave, laser, liquid crystal, holography, infrared-thermal, computed tomography, and neutron radiography.
Experience with complex composite materials and exotic metals is quickly becoming a requirement. Aviation Non-Destructive Inspection Technicians may be involved in any number of tasks and responsibilities, including research, design, manufacturing and maintenance.
Aviation Non-Destructive Inspection Technicians also participate in the development of inspection techniques and procedures for particular work scopes. They perform specific inspections of aircraft structures, engines and components to determine serviceability in accordance with applicable codes, specifications and standards.
- Completion of Secondary School (required)
- Specialty training courses in each of the Non-Destructive Inspection Methods (required)
- Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) certification, NAS 410 certification or ATA 105 certification (may be required)
- Individual method exams and safety courses based on company’s requirements (may be required)
- CCAA certification (an asset)
- Thorough knowledge of safe work practices, rules and regulations and quality control/assurance
- Knowledge of material/metal forming processes (an asset)
- Excellent attention to detail
- Code and Specification interpretation (mandatory)
- Strong mathematical skills
- Strong interest in technical systems, manufacturing, processes or maintenance
- Driver’s licence an asset due to amount of travel required in some organizations
- At ease with heights as some work may be done on aircraft
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