National Science Foundation Project Update

12 February 2019

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Expanding Educational Opportunities for Nondestructive Testing Technicians is a three-year National Science Foundation (NSF) project to evaluate and standardize nondestructive testing (NDT) education in academic settings, increase general NDT awareness, and begin laying academic and experience roadmaps for the many career paths of NDT. ASNT is working in partnership with four other organizations on this project.

On 11–12 December 2018, NDT industry experts and investigators from the NSF project partnership group gathered at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, to participate in a DACUM (Developing a Curriculum) session. Volunteers represented a good cross section of the industry and, combined, had more than 250 years of NDT experience.

The session was led by an experienced facilitator from the Center on Education and Training for Employment. The DACUM session identified and confirmed necessary technician knowledge, skills, behaviors, tools, equipment, industry trends, and future concerns, all of which enable task performance. All of this information has been put into a Level I competency model chart.

Next, early in 2019, an NDT educator panel will be convened. These expert educators will be tasked to review the Level I competency model chart from the DACUM session; validate the identified knowledge, skills, and behaviors; and transform the competencies into student learning outcomes for inclusion in NDT course outlines.

Concurrently, review and research of existing community college NDT courses and programs will be taking place. Additionally, a review of and improvement planning to an existing educator and student resource portal (nde-ed.org) will begin.

The NSF project partnership including the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT), the American Welding Society (AWS) Foundation, Chattanooga State Community College (CSCC), the National Center for Welding Education and Training (Weld-Ed), and Lorain County Community College (LCCC) will continue to provide updates as progress is made from now through June 2021, when the grant ends.

Be on the lookout for your opportunity to volunteer in upcoming project activities. Contact either Heather Cowles (hcowles@asnt.org) or James Bennett (jbennett@asnt.org) with any questions.

Image caption:  Session volunteers represented a good cross section of the industry and, combined, had more than 250 years of NDT experience.