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NDT & Inspection Training

As a recognised training and examination provider we have worked diligently for many years to ensure that participants in our courses are engaged, satisfied with their training investment and supported throughout their career.

ATTAR is pleased to provide the Australian NDT industry with our Remote Learning Program (RLP).

ATTAR’s RLP continues to evolve and has been designed so that students can enrol in a course and go through the theory portion at their own pace at home or work. Then, they complete their in-depth theory and practical training onsite at an ATTAR training venue.

 

Available Courses

  • Eddy Current Level 2
  • Liquid Penetrant (PT) / Materials Technology Level 2
  • Magnetic Particle (MT) / Materials Technology Level 2
  • Combined PT / MT / MS Level 2
  • Magnetic Particle Level 3
  • Liquid Penetrant Level 3
  • Combined PT / MT Level 3
  • Radiography & Radiation Safety
  • Radiography – Welds Level 2
  • Ultrasonics Level 1
  • Ultrasonics – Welds  Level 2
  • Materials technology (Multi sector)
  • Basic exam preparation Level 3

 

ATTAR continues to expand our Remote Learning Program. Enrolments can be placed at any time. Course folders will be dispatched to the nominated address. Delivery times can vary depending on where you are located.

 

Course Outline

A typical course is broken into 2 stages:

 
Stage 1 – Remote Learning:

Once enrolled, students are mailed the Course Folder complete with comprehensive course notes, assignments and worksheets. They will be granted access to online knowledge assessments to gauge progress and are encouraged to participate in regularly scheduled interactive online sessions with Level 3 trainers.

Students work through the course notes, completing one lesson and then the corresponding online assessment before moving on to the next lesson. If assistance with any part of the course is required, students can contact ATTAR and arrange to speak with a trainer by email, phone or participate in regular online Q & A sessions.

Remote Learning Program students can proceed at their own pace, when it suits them. Depending on the course, this entails approximately 40-60 hours of self-study.

 
Stage 2 – Onsite training at ATTAR:

Candidates will attend the second stage of training at ATTAR and receive classroom-based tuition consolidating and solidifying their theory knowledge gained from the self-study and focus on the practical aspects of the method. This on-site training includes access to ATTAR’s extensive range of training resources.

Refer to our current Course Schedule for RLP Classroom dates.

 
Enrolment form
 
To enrol on an RLP course, candidates should complete a method specific enrolment form, as well as the RLP Enrolment form.
 

Eddy Current Training – Levels 1, 2 & 3

In Eddy Current testing, electrical currents are generated in a conductive material by an induced magnetic field.

Distortions in the flow of the electric current (eddy currents) caused by imperfections or changes in a material’s conductive properties will cause changes in the induced magnetic field. 

These changes, when detected, indicate the presence of the imperfection or change in the test materials.

Typical applications

  • Thickness Determination of Materials
  • Conductivity Sorting of Materials
  • Inspection of Welds
  • Inspection of Aerospace Materials
 

Industries that use Eddy Current

  • Service Inspection Companies
  • Smelters & Foundries
  • Rolling & Forging Mills
  • Petro Chemical & Refineries
  • Mining & Mineral Processing
  • Aircraft Maintenance & Manufacturing
  • Vehicle Maintenance & Manufacturing
  • Government Bodies
  • Engineering Firms
  • Research & Development Facilities
  • Education & Training
  • Equipment Manufacture & Sales
  • Maintenance, Service & Repair of Equipment
 
Enrolment form
 
 

For designated pressure equipment, many air receivers require scheduled statuary inspections to comply with Australian Standards (AS/NZS3788) and legislation. 

This course aims to assist inspectors in developing Air Receiver specific competencies to comply with the prescribed requirements

The following areas will be covered with a specific focus on Air Receivers:

Inspector’s Responsibilities & Duties

  • Inspection Safety
  • Inspection Methodology
  • Methods of inspection with a focus on:
    • Digital Thickness gauging
    • Visual Inspection including Borescope Inspections
    • Magnetic Particle Inspection
    • Leak Testing

 

Assessment of Integrity, including:

  • Acceptance criteria for imperfections
  • Investigation of non-conformance, defects, deterioration and failures
  • Determination of maximum working pressure or minimum allowable thickness
  • Determination of safe remaining life
  • Hazard identification and risk assessment
 

Materials & Manufacture

  • Common modes and causes of deterioration and failure
  • Repairs, alterations (modifications), replacement and re-rating
  • Documentation and reporting
  • Code specific compliance with a focus on AS/NZ3788
 

Enrolment form

ATTAR delivers a high-quality training program into the roles, requirements and techniques of In-Service Inspection of Pressure Vessels. This course emphasises the requirements of AS/NZS 3788:2006.

Course Overview

This course will assist candidates in their preparation for AICIP ISI examinations.

This is an intensive 80 hour course focusing on the roles, requirements and techniques of in-service inspection of pressure vessels with emphasis on the requirements of AS/NZS 3788:2006.

It contains in-depth lessons integrating theory and application, with ample opportunities for practical, hands-on experience.  There is valuable interaction with trainers who possess the knowledge and industry experience.

Course fees include training, course material and supply of equipment required for practical exercises.  

The course includes a significant hands-on component and will conclude with ATTAR provided theory and practical examinations.

Module 1 (24 training hours)

An introduction to Non-destructive testing, with a focus on the common methods and techniques used in pressure vessel inspection.  

Both theoretical and practical training will be provided. Candidates who already hold formal NDT qualifications may be exempt from this module.

Module 2 (56 training hours)

Focuses on the requirements of AS/NZS 3788:2006. Both theoretical and practical training will be provided with a focus on:

  • Pressure Vessel Types and common modes of failure
  • Safety devices and measures
  • Inspection techniques
  • Assessment and reporting
  • Inspector responsibilities and administration

 

Enrolment form

Introduction to NDT is a hands-on course providing Managers, Engineers & Supervisors a unique opportunity to broaden their NDT knowledge.

Geared towards those in leadership roles, this course offers a breadth of knowledge on a wide range of NDT disciplines along with the knowledge required to select and appraise an appropriate NDT method.
 

Day 1

  • NDT has an important role to play in Risk Based Inspections, Quality Assurance and maintenance programs, as proper application of these methods can detect defects during all phases of manufacturing, condition monitoring, repair and overhaul.
 
  • A variety of typical examples will be examined and discussed, considering the importance that the correct NDT technique be selected, and defect rejection/acceptance criteria be relevant to the material and its application.  Quality control is required to ensure reliable use of NDT techniques because failure can have devastating results. The standards that NDT providers need to meet are outlined.
 
  • Liquid Penetrant Testing may be the least costly and easiest technique to apply; however, the inspection techniques require care to achieve reliable results because not all defects are detectable using some methods. Also, dwell times and low temperatures contribute significantly to detection.  Both colour contrast and fluorescent techniques are covered.
 
  • Liquid Penetrant Testing (Practical) is undertaken on a variety of welded, forged and cast specimens, using bulk liquids and aerosol packs.
 
  • Magnetic Particle Inspection is only applicable to ferromagnetic materials but it offers very high sensitivity in comparison with Liquid Penetrant techniques. It may be carried out by operators with limited training, but an understanding of the techniques and equipment available, will enable more effective inspection. Both visible and fluorescent inks are covered using magnetic yokes, head, coil and threading bar on a bench.
 

Day 2

  • Magnetic Particle Inspection (Practical) is undertaken using portable testing equipment, visible and fluorescent magnetic particles. Guidance on interpretation of indications is given.
 
  • Thermography is a relatively new technology used in a wide range of applications, from detection of termites to assessing the condition of switchboards, racehorses and aircraft structures. A brief introduction to the theory and practical examples are covered.
 
  • Eddy Current Inspection methods is applicable to a wide range of discontinuities, including metal sorting and discontinuity detection. The operation of phase analysis systems is explained, so that discontinuities can be found, sized, and their depths determined.
 
  • Eddy Current Testing (Practical) are practiced for measuring film thickness, metal sorting, discontinuity detection and conductivity sorting.
 

Day 3

  • Industrial Radiography uses x-rays or gamma rays. The significant limitations related to the orientation of the radiation, as well as potential health hazards are covered in detail, as is the use of computed radiography. Examination of radiographs, including welds and castings with a range of defects, will highlight the importance of viewing conditions and interpretation.
 
  • Ultrasonics Testing is a widely used NDT technique that may be applied to thickness testing, discontinuity detection, material analysis and weld inspection. Basic theory of longitudinal and shear wave ultrasound behaviour in materials will be outlined, and practical limitations explained.
 
  • Ultrasonics Testing (Practical). The importance of trained operators cannot be overstated. Students will be given the chance to carry out equipment calibration and simple inspections, including corrosion surveys and lamination sizing.
 
  • Acoustic Emission Monitoring is used to monitor whole structures for fatigue, cracking, delaminations, disbondment, leaks and a wide variety of corrosion activity, and has the capacity to locate and characterise the source, type and stage of defects experienced under service conditions.  Acoustic Emission is based on the detection of transient elastic waves generated by materials under stress. Theory and application are examined.
 
Enrolment form
 

Liquid Penetrant Training – Levels 1, 2 & 3

In Liquid Penetrant, the test object or material is coated with a visible or fluorescent dye solution. 

The excess dye is removed from the surface and a developer which acts like a blotter is applied drawing penetrant out of imperfections open to the surface. 

With visible dyes, the vivid colour contrast between the penetrant and the developer is used. 

With fluorescent dyes an ultraviolet lamp is used to make the ‘bleed out’ fluoresce brightly allowing the imperfection to be seen readily.

Typical applications

  • Inspection of Castings
  • Inspection of Forgings
  • Inspection of Welds
  • Inspection of Aerospace Component
 

Industries that use Liquid Penetrant

  • Service Inspection Companies
  • Smelters & Foundries
  • Rolling & Forging Mills
  • Petrol Chemical & Refineries
  • Mining & Mineral Processing
  • Aircraft Maintenance & Manufacturing
  • Vehicle Maintenance & Manufacturing
  • Government Bodies
  • Engineering Firms
  • Research & Development Facilities
  • Education & Training
  • Equipment Manufacture & Sales
  • Maintenance, Service & Repair of Equipment
 
Enrolment form
 
 

Magnetic Flux Leakage (MFL), is a rapid scanning technique for the detection and sometimes measurement of corrosion in steel. Most commonly applied to the floor of large storage tanks, MFL provides an effective technique to assess floor integrity.

This 40hr course and associated assessments can be used towards gaining AINDT certification in MFL Tank Bottom Testing.

Typical applications

  • Thickness Determination of Tanks floors
  • Industries that use Magnetic Flux Leakage


Service Inspection Companies

  • Petro Chemical & Refineries
 
Enrolment form
 

Magnetic Particle Training – Levels 1, 2 & 3

Magnetic Particle inspection is used to identify surface and near surface discontinuities in ferromagnetic materials such as steel and iron.

The technique uses the principle that magnetic lines of force (flux) will be distorted by the presence of a discontinuity. Discontinuities (for example, cracks) are located from the flux distortion following the application of fine magnetic particles to the area under test.

Typical applications

  • Inspection of Castings
  • Inspection of Forgings
  • Inspection of Welds

 

Industries that use Magnetic Particle

  • Service Inspection Companies
  • Smelters & Foundries
  • Rolling & Forging Mills
  • Petrol Chemical & Refineries
  • Mining & Mineral Processing
  • Aircraft Maintenance & Manufacturing
  • Vehicle Maintenance & Manufacturing
  • Government Bodies
  • Engineering Firms
  • Research & Development Facilities
  • Education & Training
  • Equipment Manufacture & Sales
  • Maintenance, Service & Repair of Equipment
 
Enrolment form
 

Materials Technology (Multi Sector)

A specific industrial sector is a particular industry or technology where NDT practices are utilised requiring specific skill, knowledge, equipment or training.

Materials Technology (Multi Sector) is a 40 hour materials engineering course with the emphasis in this module on the possibility of discontinuity formation in welds, castings and forgings and the NDT methods used to detect these discontinuities.

The probable location and shape of discontinuities should be understood with a background knowledge of the various processes. It is not intended that students should become proficient in any of the manufacturing processes.

Industrial sectors in which AINDT offers certification

  • Eddy Current: Multi-Sector / Aerospace
  • Magnetic Particle: General Engineering (Level 1 Only) / Multi Sector / Aerospace / Welds / Underwater
  • Magnetic Flux Leakage: Tank Bottom Testing
  • Dye Penetrant: General Engineering (Level 1 Only) / Multi-Sector / Aerospace / Welds
  • Radiography: Welds / Castings / Forgings
  • Ultrasonics: Welds / Castings / Forgings / Nozzles / Nodes / Phased Array / Corrosion Mapping

 

Typical applications

  • Inspection of Castings
  • Inspection of Forgings
  • Inspection of Welds
 
Enrolment form
 

Phased Array Ultrasonics – Levels 2 & 3

A mosaic of transducer elements in which the timing of the elements’ excitation can be individually controlled to produce certain desired effects, such as steering the beam axis or focusing the beam. Phased Array is suitable in high speed electronic scanning without moving parts.

It allows improved inspection capabilities through software control of beam characteristics and can inspect with multiple angles with a single, electronically controlled probe. Furthermore it provides greater flexibility for inspection of complex geometries by optimised focusing and beam angle.

Typical applications

  • Thickness Determination of Materials
  • Inspection of Castings
  • Inspection of Forgings
  • Inspection of Welds
  • Inspection of Aerospace Materials

 

Industries that use Phased Array Ultrasonics

  • Service Inspection Companies
  • Smelters & Foundries
  • Rolling & Forging Mills
  • Petrol Chemical & Refineries
  • Mining & Mineral Processing
  • Aircraft Maintenance & Manufacturing
  • Vehicle Maintenance & Manufacturing
  • Government Bodies
  • Engineering Firms
  • Research & Development Facilities
  • Education & Training
  • Equipment Manufacture & Sales
  • Maintenance, Service & Repair of Equipment
 
Enrolment form
 

ATTAR’s Post Weld Heat Treatment (PWHT) course will give participants a level of understanding of the structure and properties of the steels they are likely to encounter and the effect that welding has on them. 

It will then teach them the importance of the PWHT process, provide tools to make informed decisions and assess how and if they can achieve the desired outcome in the field.

Consisting of both theory and practical, the course also addresses safety (electrical and more), reporting and trouble shooting.

The need for PWHT is often driven by code, application and service environment. It is called up in many Standards such as AS4458 & AS1210, ASME and ISO codes for pressure vessels or ASME B31-1 & 3 for pipelines and other pressure equipment.

Enrolment form
 

Radiography & Radiation Safety

Provides learners with knowledge of the principles of industrial radiographic testing, and to gain a detailed understanding of the hazards and safety procedures that must be applied when using X-ray and gamma ray equipment.

The training and examination provided on this course is accepted by the following states for licensing requirements – Victoria, Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia* (*For Western Australia, we are able to provide you with an appropriate examination supplied and assessed by the WA Radiological Council).

For South Australia, we can provide the training, however legislations states that the examination must be provided by the EPA.

Enrolment form
 

Radiography – Levels 2 & 3

Radiography uses an x-ray device or radioactive isotope as a source of radiation which passes through the material and is captured on film or digital device. After processing the film an image of varying density is obtained. Possible imperfections are identified through density changes.

Typical applications

  • Thickness Determination of Materials
  • Inspection of Castings
  • Inspection of Forgings
  • Inspection of Welds
  • Inspection of Aerospace Materials
 

Sectors

  • Welds: Film – Capture and Interpretation
  • Welds: CR/DR (Computed & Digital Radiography) – Capture and Interpretation

 

Industries that use Radiography

  • Service Inspection Companies
  • Smelters & Foundries
  • Rolling & Forging Mills
  • Petrol Chemical & Refineries
  • Mining & Mineral Processing
  • Aircraft Maintenance & Manufacturing
  • Vehicle Maintenance & Manufacturing
  • Government Bodies
  • Engineering Firms
  • Research & Development Facilities
  • Education & Training
  • Equipment Manufacture & Sales
  • Maintenance, Service & Repair of Equipment
 
Enrolment form
 

Time of Flight Diffraction – Level 2 & 3

Time-of-flight diffraction (TOFD) method of ultrasonic testing is a sensitive and accurate method for the non destructive testing of welds for defects.

Measuring the amplitude of reflected signal is a relatively unreliable method of sizing defects because the amplitude strongly depends on the orientation of the crack.

Instead of amplitude, TOFD uses the time of flight of an ultrasonic pulse to determine the position and size of a reflector.

Enrolment form
 

Ultrasonics – Levels 1, 2 & 3

Ultrasonic inspection uses high frequency sound waves to detect imperfections or changes in properties within the materials. It can also be used to measure the thickness of a wide range of metallic and non-metallic materials where access from one side only is available.

Sectors

  • General Engineering
  • Corrosion Detection and Mapping
  • Welds, Castings
  • Forgings
  • Nodes/Nozzles
  • Conveyor Belt

 

Typical applications

  • Thickness Determination of Materials
  • Inspection of Castings
  • Inspection of Forgings
  • Inspection of Welds
  • Inspection of Aerospace Materials

 

Industries that use Ultrasonics

  • Service Inspection Companies
  • Smelters & Foundries
  • Rolling & Forging Mills
  • Petrol Chemical & Refineries
  • Mining & Mineral Processing
  • Aircraft Maintenance & Manufacturing
  • Vehicle Maintenance & Manufacturing
  • Government Bodies
  • Engineering Firms
  • Research & Development Facilities
  • Education & Training
  • Equipment Manufacture & Sales
 
Enrolment form
 

Visual & Optical Inspection – Level 2

Visual & Optical Inspection (VT) is used for the inspection of castings, forgings, welds and machined components and in industries such as aerospace, petrochemical, power generation, structural steel processing and automotive industries. This level 2 VT course requires no prior training.

The Australian Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (AINDT) approved syllabus in Visual and Optical Inspection (VT) is an internationally available course now offered by ATTAR with AINDT examinations leading to certification by AINDT. This course meets the training and examination requirements for Level 2 for Visual/Optical Testing under ISO 9712 “Non-Destructive Testing – Qualification and Certification of Personnel – General Engineering”.

This is an ideal foundation course for further NDT modules that is suitable for NDT Technicians and Inspectors. It is also applicable for personnel responsible for Quality Control/Quality Assurance.

Training includes a combination of theory, guided discussions, demonstrations and practical tasks. It enables students to develop a detailed understanding of the principles, procedures and applications of VT. Students will become competent in the use and interpretation of visual and optical test methods. Inspection will be greatly enhanced and some of the limitations of inspection with the unaided eye will be overcome.

VT should be the first step in any inspection and assessment, since it offers low cost advantages, minimal equipment requirements, ease of implementation and immediacy. The requirements for competent VT are:

  • Line of site vision with or without visual aids
  • Suitable illumination
  • Operator skill and knowledge

 

These requirements may seem simple enough but an appreciation of the need for something as innocuous as suitable illumination is often underestimated.

Also important is the understanding of available visual aids and their benefit in visual inspection. The course therefore includes the operation and understanding of devices that enhance VT including microscopes, borescopes, photography stills and slow-motion video.

Appropriately trained personnel performing VT can often remove the need for further NDT methods. Feedback from Technicians undertaking this course show that they were previously unaware of the significant benefits of VT for detecting surface discontinuities.

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