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Ultrasonic Inspection Training Course

This five day (40 hrs.) course provides basic knowledge on ultrasonic inspection for bond inspection, immersion, and contact of various product forms, including plate and weldments.  Emphasis is placed on the techniques described in ASME Section V and AWS D1.1.  This course is practical in nature, utilizes classroom participation, and allows for hands on application in the use of ultrasonic equipment for compression wave and shear wave calibration and scanning.

Course Objectives

This course will:

  • Provide classroom training hours in accordance with SNT-TC-1A and ANSI/ASNT CP-189 requirements.

  • Provide hands on training with contact compression and shear wave techniques on various items.

  • Prepares the candidate for Level I and II examinations.

  • Develop practical skills needed for practical examination.

  • Develop skills necessary to locate weld indications using shear waves in weldments.

  • Discuss and apply code and standards acceptance criteria.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for NDT technicians, welding inspectors, auditors, supervisors, managers, engineers, quality assurance/quality control personnel, and others who desire to improve their skills in this area.

Course Notes

All attendees will be provided with relative technical notes and associated reference materials.

Course Program


Introduction to Ultrasonic Principles

  • Background and basics

  • Math review (trigonometry: sine, cosine, tangent)

  • Compression wave

  • Shear wave

  • Sound velocity

  • Velocities in materials

  • Snell's Law

  • Probes (transducers)

  • Frequency

  • Couplant

  • Attenuation/Gain

  • Time base

  • Distance traveled

  • Equipment setup for compression wave

  • Calibration blocks for thickness measurement

  • Digital UT thickness measurement

Group Participation Exercises for Digital UT Thickness Measurements


Group Participation Exercises for Digital UT Thickness Measurements (continued)

Group Participation Exercises in the Setup for Compression Wave Evaluation of Plate

Shear Wave Examination

  • Calibration blocks

  • Angle

  • Sensitivity

  • Attenuation/DAC

  • Angle beam calibration

  • Scanning requirements

Group Participation Exercises in the Setup for Shear Wave Calibration for 45, 60, & 70


  • Types of discontinuities

  • ASME Section V ultrasonic requirements

  • AWS D1.1 ultrasonic requirements

  • Joint configuration

  • 45 shear wave scanning

Group Participation Exercises in 45 Shear Wave Scanning


  • Procedure requirements in ASME Section V

  • Procedure requirements in AWS D1.1

  • Austenitic material

  • Focused L-waves

Group Participation Exercises in 60 & 70 Shear Wave Scanning


  • Review ultrasonic inspection procedure

Review of week's subjects

Final Examination

  • General and Specific written examinations

  • Review of written examinations

  • Open discussion

Course Location

  • (To be determined)

Certificate of Completion

Certificates are given to all participants upon satisfactory completion of course.

Registration Fee

The registration fee for this course is $1,000

To register, complete the registration form, enclose payment, and mail to:

  • NDT Technical Services, Inc.

  • P.O. Box 721139

  • Houston, Texas 77272-1139

Mail all registrations at least two (2) weeks in advance of course. All registrations after that date must be confirmed by telephone.

For additional information, call: (281) 341-0469


Payment by check, money order or cash is due in full prior to the start of the course.


  • Cancellations made in writing and received between 5 to 15 working days prior to course will be refunded less $50 handling fee.

  • Cancellations received thereafter will not be refunded, and the full invoice fee will be payable regardless of whether or not you attend.

  • Substitutions may be made at any time.

  • Confirmation will be made in writing as soon as possible upon receipt of payment.  This confirmation will be sent to the address given on the registration form, unless otherwise indicated.

  • The organizers reserve the right to cancel any course due to insufficient enrollment.  In this event, fees will be refunded in full.  However, the organizers assume no liability for travel or any expenses other than fees paid.

Tax Deduction

An income tax deduction is allowed for educational expenses (registration fees and cost of travel, meals and lodging) undertaken to 1) maintain or improve skills required in ones employment or other trade of business, or 2) meet express requirements of an employer or law imposed as a condition to retention of employment, job status or rate of compensation. 


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