The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) does not directly offer certifications for individual NDT technicians; instead, ASME develops codes and standards that NDT personnel utilize within their work, especially in industries like boiler and pressure vessel technology, elevators/escalators, nuclear power plant components, and many more.
- ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (BPVC) Certificate Holders: Companies with this certification fabricate and assemble parts in accordance with ASME BPVC. NDT technicians might work for these certificate holders, ensuring that their nondestructive examinations meet the BPVC’s rigorous standards.
- ASME N-Type Certificates: These are for organizations involved in the nuclear industry and cover various aspects of nuclear facility construction, service, and quality control, including nondestructive testing.
- ASME QSC-581 (Quality System Certificate): This is a certification for companies that provide services such as design, fabrication, installation, and inspection in the nuclear industry, which again would involve nondestructive testing to ensure compliance with quality requirements.
While not certifications, ASME also offers training and development courses related to NDT and the codes and standards that govern the practice. These can be valuable for NDT technicians looking to improve their understanding of ASME requirements:
- ASME Training & Development Courses: ASME provides various continuing education courses that cover many aspects of mechanical engineering, including NDT-related topics within the context of ASME codes and standards.
For individual certification, NDT technicians typically look to organizations like the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT), the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors, or API, which provide certifications specifically for professionals in nondestructive testing.
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