Non-destructive testing operator apprenticeship

Inspect components, materials, welds and other items

Non-destructive testing is an engineering science-based profession that requires competent operators to inspect materials, welds, components or other items to verify their integrity under managed and supervised conditions. During the non-destructive testing operator apprenticeship you’ll perform inspections within manufacturing processes, often in production line environments and with high product volumes, typically, but not exclusively, using simple methods. You’ll work as part of an inspection team or department and report your findings through your employer’s quality management system processes. The skillset and depth of proficiency that you’ll achieve, while focused on one non-destructive testing method, will be transferable across all engineering sectors, whether it’s in nuclear, power generation, transport, oil and gas, or defence.


Duration: 18 months

Relevant school subjects: Science and DT

Entry requirements for the non-destructive testing operator apprenticeship: Depend on employer

Achievement upon completion: Level 2 (Intermediate)—equivalent to GCSEs

Potential salary upon completion: £19,000 per annum

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