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.
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.
A typical RLP course enrolment involves 2 stages of training.
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.
Candidates will attend the second stage of training at ATTAR’s Melbourne or Perth Training Facilities 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. At the conclusion of the course, candidates will sit the applicable ISO 9712 Examinations.
Refer to our current Course Schedule for RLP Level 2 & 3 classroom dates.
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.
Industries that use Eddy Current
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
Assessment of Integrity, including:
Materials & Manufacture
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.
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:
Introduction to NDT is a hands-on course providing Managers, Engineers & Supervisors a unique opportunity to broaden their NDT knowledge.
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.
Industries that use Liquid Penetrant
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.
Service Inspection Companies
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.
Industries that use Magnetic Particle
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
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.
Industries that use Phased Array Ultrasonics
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.
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.
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.
Industries that use Radiography
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.
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.
Industries that use Ultrasonics
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:
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.