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
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