The Welding & Nondestructive Testing Technology program prepares students for employment in welding and/or nondestructive examination as entry level technicians. A variety of career opportunities are available to welding technicians and nondestructive examination technicians. Both of these fields are utilized in construction, manufacturing, and transportation industries throughout the world.

Program Overview

The UAA Welding & Nondestructive Testing (NDT) program offers an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in welding and nondestructive testing technology, and three separate occupational endorsement certificates in welding, advanced welding or nondestructive testing technology. Curriculum for the three occupational endorsement certificates is combined in the AAS degree.

Welding courses are designed to develop knowledge and skills in four main welding processes and three thermal cutting processes, as well as gain a wide range of technical knowledge in welding application, procedure/welder qualification, reading plans and specifications and applied metallurgy. Welder qualification tests are administered as prescribed in AWS D1.1, API Standard 1104, or ASME IX welding codes.

Nondestructive testing technician students examine metallic components or weldments to locate and evaluate discontinuities by learning to apply liquid die penetrant (PT) magnetic particle (MD) eddy current (ET) radiographic (RT) and ultrasonic testing (UT) methods. Student qualification in each NDT method is based on general, specific and practical examinations administered as prescribed in the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) Recommended Practice No. SNT-TC-1A.



Grant Pays Student Tuition & Fees: The State of Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development granted funding to the  Nondestructive Testing Technology program to cover the costs of the required student tuition, fees, books and equipment leading to the occupational endorsement certificate. The funding is made possible through the Alaska Oil and Gas Training Fund. 

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