Inspection Technologies, Fixed Equipment Inspection Technology, Associate of Applied Science


Inspection Technologies

A career in inspection and testing covers many methods, both destructive and nondestructive. The Inspection Technologies program at San Jacinto College allows students to follow their career paths with traditional Nondestructive Testing methods or the inspection of Fixed Equipment such as Pressure Vessels, Piping, Valves, and Metallurgical testing. These careers are in high demand and pay according to the skill level students attain through education and experience. These skill levels require the type of training students can receive through the Inspection Technologies program at San Jacinto College.


Central Campus


Students pursuing the Fixed Equipment Inspection Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree or Level 2 Certificate can earn the technical training necessary to begin a career in the testing, inspection, and quality fields.  The second year of the “Fixed Equipment” program focuses on Inspection of: Welds, Pressure Vessels, Pressure Piping, Valves, and Advanced Metallurgical Techniques.

This degree offers classroom and lab training in:

  • VT - Visual Inspection,
  • MT - Magnetic Particle Testing,
  • PT - Liquid Penetrant Testing,
  • UT - Ultrasonic Testing, Radiographic Film Interpretation, and Corrosion,
  • Weld Inspection (CWI),
  • Pressure Vessel Inspection, Piping and Valve Inspection, and
  • Advanced Metallurgy in conformance to the guidelines of American Society for Nondestructive Testing SNT-TC-1A (ASNT), American Petroleum Institute (API), American Welding Society (AWS), and NACE Int’l.

Additional coursework in: Standards and Codes, Metrology and Prints, and Metallurgy provide the foundations needed for the diversity and adaptability of skills needed for a successful career and advancement.

The following three courses' advanced subjects require five (5) years’ experience to sit for a certification exam. The College designed the courses for both those wanting the knowledge to be able to work to gain experience and those preparing to sit for exams.


No admission requirements.

Job entry requirements:

  • Pass a drug test on a regular basis;
  • Pass a criminal background check;1
  • Some career paths require a TWIC Card; and
  • Some career paths require a good driving record.

Plan of Study


Central Campus

Plan of Study Grid
First TermCredits
QCTC 1470 Introduction to the Inspection Industry 4
METL 1313 Introduction to Corrosion 3
NDTE 1410 Liquid Penetrant, Magnetic Particle and Visual Testing: Level 1 & 2 4
QCTC 1448 Metrology and Prints 4
Second Term
QCTC 2331 Standards and Codes 3
NDTE 1301 Radiographic Film Interpretation of Weldments 3
NDTE 1405 Introduction to Ultrasonics: Level 1 & 2 4
METL 1401 Introduction to Metallurgy 4
Summer Year One Term
MATH 1332 Contemporary Mathematics (Quantitative Reasoning) 3
Third Term
NDTE 2439 Pressure Piping and Valve Inspection 4
NDTE 2411 Welding Inspection 4
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Speech Communication  
Public Speaking  
Interpersonal Communication  
Business and Professional Speech  
Language, Philosophy, and Culture (Humanities) or Creative Arts (Fine Arts) 3
Fourth Term
NDTE 2440 Pressure Vessel Inspection 4
WLDG 2455 Advanced Metallurgy 4
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
 Total Credits60