Non-Destructive Testing Engineer

Level 6

Brief description of course

The course is aimed at higher apprentices in non-destructive testing (NDT), structural health (SH) monitoring and allied industries, who are employed as NDT Engineer apprentices. The students will gain an understanding of how defects can arise during new manufacture and in-service and gain an understanding of materials science the advanced engineering principles on which NDT is based, so that new or unusual situations can be appraised and evaluated critically in the context of both the practical requirement and the underlying principles. They will also be able to make a critical appraisal of the engineering and commercial basis of the NDT industry.

Duration

4 years

Start month

The course operates via blended learning in January of each year

Taught Location

Waterside Campus

Overview

Are you a non-destructive engineering apprentice, looking to further your potential in the industry? Our BEng (Hons) Non-Destructive Testing will help you to develop your knowledge and expertise in many aspects of materials & manufacturing, basic & advanced NDT methods and industry practice.

The program is delivered via blended learning over a four year period, giving you the flexibility to continue working alongside your study. Upon completion you will be able to progress within your current organisation, or work in a variety of roles within the UK and abroad in non-destructive testing, condition monitoring and allied industries. We are widely known as a specialist provider of NDT courses in the UK and the course has been developed in partnership with the British Institute for Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT).

Course Details

In your first year, you will learn the basic knowledge of NDT principle and methods.

In year two, you will learn more complex methods such as Eddy Current Testing, Radiographic Testing and Innovation and Management for Engineers.

In year three, you will cover advanced methods and techniques of NDT that will equip you with the knowledge and skills ready to enter the industry upon completion of the course.

In year four, you will study Advanced Inspection Techniques and Methods and carry out a dissertation module

Overall, the course will develop your knowledge, skills and expertise in areas of materials & manufacturing, basic & advanced NDT methods and industry practice. The course has been delivered in collaboration with the British Institute for Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT).

Each of the blended learning modules are delivered over 24-week period. During which, students will engage with the module learning material, undertake further reading and research and complete the module assessment items. These modules are delivered by easy to follow module learning materials via the Northampton Integrated Learning Environment (NILE), which is an online environment. NILE is where the Course Tutors provide course materials, web links and further reading resources. Candidates can expect one-to-one support with the tutors via NILE, email, telephone, Collaborate and face to face.

The face-to-face modules are delivered over 4 teaching blocks of 1 week. Face-to-face modules are delivered by a combination of lectures, laboratories and tutorials. The dates for the residential block for this year’s entry are:

Week commencing

Year 1

14 January 2019

25 February 2019

1 April 2019

20 May 2019

Year 2

7 January 2019

18 February 2019

25 March 2019

13 May 2019

Year 3

TBC

Year 4

TBC

Additional Information

What is the British Institute for Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT)?

The British Institute for Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT) is a professional body for engineers and other technical professionals involved in non-destructive testing and condition monitoring. BINDT supports education and training for its members and promotes the advancements of science and practice of NDT testing, condition monitoring, diagnostic engineering and all other materials and quality testing disciplines.

You can visit the BINDT website here: http://www.bindt.org/education-and-training/Apprenticeships/ndt-engineer-apprenticeship/

Careers

In recent years there has been a growing need for highly skilled graduates to work within the non-destructive testing, condition monitoring and allied industries. Consequently, graduates may be able to progress within their current organisation or enter a wide variety of roles within the UK and worldwide.

For careers at Rolls Royce, visit the following website: https://careers.rolls-royce.com/united-kingdom/students-and-graduates/apprenticeships-and-school-leavers/a-levels#

Facilities and Special Features

The course will be supported with supplementary content and a discussion area in the on-line Northampton Integrated Learning Environment (NILE) Students have access to BSI (British standards Institute) standards on-line and the BINDT resources.; dedicated technicians who operate the laboratories and specialised computer rooms; and where relevant and NDT specialist engineering software is available to support the programme. At institutional level support includes those services offered by Learning Resources, Information Services and Student Services. In addition, Learning Development provides support for study skills. At institutional level support includes those services offered by Library and Learning Services, Information Technology Services and Student Services. In addition, the Learning Development team provides support for study skills.

Contact

If you are interested and would like to find out more, please email Abdeldjalil Bennecer, NDT Programme Manager, on Abdeldjalil.Bennecer@northampton.ac.uk

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