Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Introduction to Nondestructive Testing


 Department:    CMPST

 Course #:    129

 Credits:    3

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    3.5

 CIP:    n/a

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2018

 Course Description  

Introduction to nondestructive testing (NDT), nondestructive inspection (NDI), and inspection in fiber reinforced plastics using ultrasonic testing techniques. Includes basic principles of acoustics, equipment, test techniques, calibration, straight and angle beam procedures. Prepares students for NDT/NDI testing for qualification and certification.



Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 22

Lab: 22

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for ATA degree, Required for certificate  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Understand how ultrasonic sound waves propagate and are received using basic testing techniques.
  2. Understand and use ultrasonic formulas.
  3. Demonstrate straight beam and angle beam examinations and their purpose in nondestructive testing (NDT).
  4. Identify and describe flaws in materials using ultrasonic techniques.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

0. Application and Integration

Definition: Applying information from one or more disciplines and/or field experiences in new contexts (Outcome 0.1); developing integrated approaches or responses to personal, academic, professional, and social issues (Outcomes 0.2-0.5).

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
0.1 Apply theories and concepts studied in the classroom to field, clinical, shop, research, or laboratory settings.

1. Information Literacy

Definition: Recognizing when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
1.1 Determine the extent of information needed.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.2 Analyze issues and develop questions within a discipline.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.1 Recognize, read, and comprehend academic and/or professional writing.

7. Aesthetics & Creativity

Definition: Interpreting human experience through engagement with creative processes and aesthetic principles.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
7.1 Demonstrate an understanding of the creative process.

Course Contents

  1. Ultrasonic sound waves using basic testing techniques.
  2. Tap testing.
  3. Ultrasonic formulas.
  4. Through-transmission testing.
  5. Transducer selection.
  6. Straight beam and angle beam examinations and their purpose in NDT.
  7. Digital ultrasonic flaw detector.
  8. Test and calibration blocks.
  9. Flaws in materials using ultrasonic techniques.
  10. Composite wind blade part inspections.