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Old 31st May 2018, 11:26
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Getting into NDT

How hard is it to get into NDT and does anyone know of Engineers having B2 and NDT level 3 qualification and doing Avionics and NDT work.
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How hard is it to get into NDT and does anyone know of Engineers having B2 and NDT level 3 qualification and doing Avionics and NDT work.
Don't know EU rules, but on this side anything above a Level 1 NDT rating requires extensive training with a Level 3 only for those who spend 20+ years performing NDT as a career. A number of aircraft/engine OEMs will allow an A&P to perform certain specific Level 1 checks (mostly dye penetrant) without a Level 1 rating provided it's in accordance with a specific OEM process.

A Level 2 rating requires specific documented work/study as a NDT tech for each specialty (Dye, Mag, Eddy, etc) for extended length of time plus testing requirements. For example, 1200 mhrs dye penetrant, 1500 mhrs eddy current. Most Level 2 A&Ps I know spent years working in NDT either non-aviation or in a Part 145 shop and obtained their A&P after their Level 2.

As for a Level 3, outside of established MROs or Repair Stations, independent Level 3 techs are few and far between. Unless you spent your career in NDT a Level 3 rating is not attainable--with or without an A&P. The only Level 3 A&P I know obtained his A&P concurrently with his NDT rating, but it took 25 years to obtain the necessary documented experience to reach Level 3 and qualify to take his A&P tests.

Hope that helps.
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Thank you for the detailed reply. Looks hard to get into🤨
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