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Nondestructive Testing Technology

at Ridgewater College

Program Details

  • Award: Associate in Applied Science
  • Credits: 72
  • Delivery: Face-to-face where some online courses may be available or required.
  • WIA Certified

About this Program

Nondestructive testing is the examination of an object or material in a manner which does not affect its future usefulness. Nondestructive tests are done to detect internal or external imperfections or defects; to determine structure, composition, and properties; or to measure geometric characteristics without affecting the form, fit, or function of the test object or material.
The NDT program at Ridgewater College is nationally known by employers for its extensive training in NDT theory, testing and inspection methods. The program is recognized by the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) as one of the best colleges in the United States to offer NDT training. Students train in each of the major nondestructive testing methods, including X-ray and isotope radiography, ultrasound, eddy-current, magnetic particle, liquid penetrant and visual inspection. Students spend much of their course time performing hands-on applications in one of the best equipped labs in the United States.

Program Locations

  • Ridgewater College, Hutchinson 55350

Labor Market Information

  • Power Plant Operators

  • Median wage: $34.98/hour-Well above the median
  • Employment outlook: Shrinking
  • Precision Instrument and Equipment Repairers, All Other

  • Median wage: $26.21/hour-Above the median
  • Employment outlook: Below statewide average
  • Nuclear Technicians

  • Median wage: $38.90/hour
  • Employment outlook: Refers to national data. State data is not available.
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians

  • Median wage: $27.91/hour-Above the median
  • Employment outlook: Shrinking
  • Camera and Photographic Equipment Repairers

  • Median wage: $21.55/hour-Above the median
  • Employment outlook: Above statewide average
  • Robotics Technicians

  • Median wage: $27.31/hour-Above the median
  • Employment outlook: Shrinking
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Ridgewater College
Ridgewater College
2101 15th Ave NW Willmar, MN 56201 Toll-Free: (800) 722-1151 Local: (320) 222-5200 TTY: (800) 627-3529