Non-destructive Tester ... (Military - Enlisted)  What They Do

Just the Facts


Non-destructive testers find the smallest imperfections and take necessary corrective measures to keep the Military's equipment working safely. They utilize everything from x-rays to ultrasound to perform the job.

This career is part of the Government and Public Administration cluster National Security pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Advises on metals machining, welding, designing, and production problems
  • Designs, manufactures, or modifies special precision tools, gauges, dies, and fixtures to facilitate metal working operations
  • Calculates cutting speeds and settings, welding processes, and pre-heat and post-heat requirements
  • Uses manual and computer numerical controlled metal working machines, mills, and lathes to manufacture and repair cams, gears, slots, and keyways for aircraft components
  • Assembles, disassembles, and fits component parts using machine screws, bolts, rivets, press fits, and welding techniques
  • Inspects and maintains hand tools and metalworking machinery
  • Determines test method and prepares fluids and parts for non-destructive inspection
  • Computes and monitors personal exposure areas for radiographic operations, and monitors personal exposure data
  • Performs inspection on structures, components, and systems to detect flaws such as cracks, delaminations, voids, processing defects, and heat damage
  • Executes operator maintenance and service inspections on shop equipment and tools

Insider Info

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Moving the arms, legs and torso together when the whole body is in motion
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Detecting sounds and hearing the differences between sounds of different pitch and loudness

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel