Well, I wish it were true! Salaries are more dependent on the laws of supply and demand and the industry. A call center employee gets more salary than a NDT Level 1 or Level 2 in India! IT sector pays far more than say a manufacturing sector!
The salary depends on the market economy and the place where you are working.
Look at similar skilled technician salaries (welder for example may get as much as or even more than the welding inspector!).
No crocodile tears for TCN NDT techs here please. Discussion with many reveals thay are on a much higher uplift than me for working away from home, generally they pay no training or certification costs (certainly British are nearly all centrally-certified, TCNs on employer-issued SNT-TC=1a) and usually they employ a poor country girl-child in their home as housemaid for their wife on a pittance-wage that makes their own wages look astronomical.
It depends. I know a ndt tech working in Angola offshore for a multinational inspection company getting 375US$ per day, and he is an Indian. I think, irrespective of the certification, it is very important that how much skill, knowledge and experinece in latest technologies like phased array UT, digital radiography decide the salary. There is no point in complaining about salary without gaining enough skill and experience. Also, personal attitude towards the work, the involvement, continuos improvement in developing one's technical expertise are basic requiste...I would like to place myself as an example, as SHELL, STAOILHYDRO, TOTAL all paid me the same day rate as any western expat.So, I think it shall be considered as case by case basis.
I'm a Fresh Mechanical Engineering Graduate in India, I wish to start my career as NDT (ASNT Level 2) Technician, so anyone please tell me about the career growth and Salaries offered by the companies in India at Entry level, and Salary growth after gaining Experience.
16:44 Oct-05-2012 John NDT Inspector, pipeline, ASME, AWS, USA, Joined Sep 2009 220
John, Per NAS410, I believe that you can obtain a Level 2 certification without first having obtained a level 1 certification, but it does require quite a bit more experience hours. I believe it's 1600 hours for UT, ET and RT.
00:49 Oct-06-2012 John NDT Inspector, pipeline, ASME, AWS, USA, Joined Sep 2009 220
In regards to direct certification to Level II
Per NAS 410 you can certify directly to Level II without Level I, BUT you still need to have the classroom and OJT hours to meet the direct certification requirement. This clause if meant for people that have documented time and training performing NDT, such as an research and development technician, NDE in the military or other related field in which a Level I certification was not required.
As far as salaries go, I am in the US and they vary with industry and certification, but they are certainly nowhere near minimum wage and for the amount of schooling required; NDT is one of the higher paid fields. I cannot speak for other areas.
If companies are providing NDT Level II certifications with no previous experience and training I would expect salaries to go down, as the ethical component is not there. I would not expect an unethical company to pay a fair salary. This hurts qualified techs in the long run.
LOL I interviewed a guy that was so qualified, he was a Level 4.
01:40 Oct-11-2012 Manuel Haces Director, - Wire rope inspection, Haces Inspecci√≥n del Noreste, Mexico, Joined Jun 2002 87
i'hv completed m.sc in physics and i decided to start my career in Ndt but i'm still confused and double minded...is it gud for me to get over it ..can you pls gve me a clear idea abt it.
ppl saying me to study all abt NDT and thn go for a job but i thought lik let me go for a job and learn things thn i get certified.
prblm is whether the certification plays a role neither a experience
and also what is level 3 .is it same as level 1 &2 or somethingelse.
Think before choosing NDT as a Career option.It seems you are from India if so the chances for career growth is very limited as more and more people are getting into this field and salaries are just going down irrespective of where the country's economy is headed.The situation is the same in the Middle East.There are many NDT Tech's from India working here for as low as Dhs.1500 per month in the Gulf.
I recently acquired my Level II here in the UK after a week long course 2 days of testing both practical and theory exams in DP & MP. I am still limited and must have over signing level II's until my hours in each field are complete.
I have 7 years of aircraft maintenance experience including military type ratings (which I presume are now long expired and worthless). I have performed and signed for maintenance to MOD a/c as a self employed civilian many moons ago. I do not own a civilian license so can not sign for part 145 but I still now work for a civilian airline who can give local auths for the work I do.
My Salary is ¬£30,000 per anum, my superior who does not hold a license and is also level II is ¬£50,000 and our licensed engineers some of whom are barely out of their teens and limited in auths due to age restriction make ¬£50,000 ( upside down and smoking Subaru Impreza's, Porsches and Audi TT's are a regular fixture in the area.) By virtue of holding an aircraft license you are authorized to perform NDT on aircraft and parts ( I read this some where don't ask me where) but I'm pretty sure very few firms would allow this with out a level II cert anyway probably due to local audits from customers and their own company policy.
Can anyone explain to me why holding an aircraft license in the EU somehow automatically endows it's owner with NDT experience? Very few of our engineers have any experience in the field so I do not get at all how they could possibly be expected to perform the testing and sign for it. I've seen a dude magnetically testing magnesium components while I was contracting (not at my current place) because the manual said perform NDT. It was all good, no cracks detected.
According to me, by virtue of holding an engineers licence in aircraft industry does not mean you could sign off NDT work. One is required to possess that particular approval for the method performed certification to level 2, got the stipulated experience hours working under closely monitoring of a level 3 in that method who has gained his exp in years and approved as per company policies.
If you happen to do NDT do not let any one certify for you, let him do it and carry his own cross! Its unethical.
There's a clear guidance in the specification for Training, Qualification and Certification of NDT personnel on EN473, En4179 , NAS 410 that one has to have number of hours gained hands on after the formal therory training and exam done at an ATO(Approved Training Organisation) or Accredited Training Organisation.
There's no where it is written that a licenced aircraft tech can perform NDT and sign off work by himself or sign off someone elses NDT work on an aircraft structre or component. That is illeagel and if found out by the regulatory body such as CAA/FAA or anyother would lead to grounding and reinspecting the components and or sturctures affected by the inspection.
Please anybody help me regarding the prospect of NDT Technician in Australia? I am planning to migrate next year. I am working as a NDT Technician in a Airlines last 10 years with Level-2 in PT,MT,ET & UT methods.