Non-Destructive Testing

Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)
Non-Destructive Testing

About this program

Everything from the bridge you use to the pipeline that brings gas to your home needs to be routinely monitored for safety and stability. Thanks to non-destructive techniques, certified inspectors can carefully identify defects in welded joints before they fail. In the associate’s in Non-Destructive Testing program, you’ll master the major non-destructive testing methods. Learn welding techniques in our newly expanded 55,000-square-foot-plus facility. And gain essential hours towards your American Society of Non-Destructive Testing (ASNT) certification.

Next steps...

You're on your way to becoming a tomorrow maker.

Innovative Curriculum

55,000+

Square Foot Facility

Coursework Aligns with ASNT Certification Standards

Careers

  • NDT Technician
  • NDE Field Service Technician
  • Assistant Radiographer
  • Phased Array/UT Inspector
  • Quality Control Technician
  • Test Technician
Courses

At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Radiation Safety (QAL102)
  • Non-Destructive Testing I (QAL241)
  • Welding for NDT I (WEL103)
  • Introduction to Welding Inspection (WEL141)
  • Welding for NDT II (WEL104)
  • Radiographic Testing I (QAL122)
  • Radiographic Inspection & Recording Practices (QAL123)
  • Radiographic Testing II (QAL222)
  • Ultrasonic Testing I (QAL124)
  • Ultrasonic Inspection & Recording Practices (QAL126)
  • Ultrasonic Testing II (QAL224)
  • Governing Technical Documents for NDT (QAL103)
  • Phased Array Ultrasonic Testing I (QAL227)
  • Phased Array Ultrasonic Testing II (QAL228)
  • Phased Array Inspection & Recording Practices (QAL229)
  • Introduction to Metallurgy (MSC106)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

  • Core Arts Perspective (ARP) or
  • Core Applied Arts Perspective (AAP) or
  • Core Global & Cultural Diversity Perspective (CDP) or
  • Core Historical Perspective (HIP)
  • Core Social Science Perspective (SSP)

​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

  • Information, Technology & Society (CSC124)
  • College Algebra & Trigonometry I (MTH181)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • Technical & Professional Communication (ENL201)
Facilities

Welding Lab Expanded

Get hands-on experience in one of the largest facilities in higher education, using industry-standard equipment just like you’ll see in the real world.

Tour Schedule

Seeing is believing.

Think Penn College might be a good fit for you? Make plans to visit and discover what hands-on learning is all about. Academic Tours allow you to explore labs and get to the core of your future program. If you’re looking for a deeper dive into your academic area of interest, opt for a Self-Scheduled Personal Tour. Comprehensive COVID-19 safety protocols are in place.

Jul 23

Open House

Saturday, July 238:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Jul 29

Open House

Friday, July 298:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

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Contact

Admissions Office

If you can't attend any of these dates Contact Admissions at 570.320.2400

Featured Video

Diversity In Manufacturing

This SkillsUSA produced video features the state champion Penn College welding team consisting of three female students who are helping to change America’s outdated ideas on manufacturing.

Student Life

Lead and put your skills to the test

American Welding Society (AWS)

American Welding Society (AWS)

Being a part of the AWS allows students to network and learn and sharpen the skills needed for a successful career in the welding industry.

SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA

Participation in SkillsUSA gives students a chance to compete in more than 80 national competitions. 
Student Organizations at Penn College

Student Organizations at Penn College

Your college experience is about more than the classroom. Join one of 65+ clubs and organizations, or create your own.

News
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Student Experience

The community as their classroom

Penn College welding students cap unique remodeling project

Penn College welding students cap unique remodeling project

Members of the college’s American Welding Society student chapter and faculty adviser recently volunteered their time and expertise to craft and install a 6-by-9-foot “tree of life” metallic sculpture at a former church.

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More Information

View general transfer information

Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page for requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.

Penn College offers American Welding Society (AWS) certification testing.

Tools

Students should review the Welding Tools & Supplies to determine what tools and supplies they will need to purchase. The Welding department realizes that some students may not need to purchase the entire list of supplies. These students may contact the School Office for guidance in purchasing their supplies. The College Store can provide the complete kit.

Personal Protection Equipment

  • Leather work shoes (safety toes optional)
  • Safety glasses
  • Welding helmet with #10 lens
  • Cutting goggles with #5 lens
  • Welding jacket
  • Welding gloves (SMAW & GTAW)

Personal Protection Equipment and tools are available for purchase through The College Store .

  • Mr. Robert Blauser, '96, '00, Vice President of Operations, GSM Industrial
  • Mr. Richard A Conrad, Jr., '02, Field Application Engineer, Hobart/Miller Electric
  • Mr. Eric F Geier, '17, Operations Leadership Rotation Future Leader, Aerojet Rocketdyne
  • Mr. Wayne A Leone, Welder Training & Testing for Susq. Nuclear Power Plant, PP&L
  • Mr. Dwight L Myers, Director of Marketing Filler Metals, ESAB Welding & Cutting Products
  • Mr. Michael Sebergandio, '01, '03, Quality Engineer - Welding, Case New Holland
  • Mr. Richard Wagoner, Principal Construction Training Leader, UGI Utilities
  • Mr. Dave Watson, Sales Engineer, Lincoln Electric