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Non-Destructive Testing Specialists

Experience, Skills, and Personality Traits

Most employers prefer to hire non-destructive testing specialists with an associate's degree or a degree from a vocational school, although for some entry-level jobs a high school diploma or equivalent may suffice. Many specialists have a background in engineering, aerospace, or other related industries and have strong knowledge of X-ray equipment. They often have apprenticeship experience and receive on-the-job training. The skills that are essential in this job include quality control analysis, critical thinking, reading comprehension, and active learning and listening. Testing specialists must be able to see details at close range. They must also be able to identify problems and sense when problems could arise, and come up with appropriate solutions. They must be able to work independently and also as part of a team. People who are a good match for this type of work are detail oriented and thorough, dependable, cooperative, have initiative, and are honest and ethical.

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