Inspection Technologies, Nondestructive Testing Technology, Certificate of Technology

Program Information

A career in Inspection and Testing covers many methods, both destructive and nondestructive. The Inspection Technologies program at San Jacinto College allows you to follow your career path with traditional Nondestructive Testing (NDT) 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 you attain through education and experience. These skill levels require the type of training you can receive through the Inspection Technologies program at San Jacinto College. Job opportunities are diverse, so pick your industry or career path. Graduates may work in industries such as: petrochemical, oil and gas, fabrication, welding, pipeline, turbines, aerospace, and more.

San Jacinto College offers a one-year Certificate of Technology, a second year of advanced courses to earn an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree or Level 2 Certificate paths for year 2, in two career paths: Nondestructive Testing (NDT) or Fixed Equipment Inspection. The program offers courses in the evenings and on Saturdays to accommodate your work schedule.

We provide the education to follow certification paths through: the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT), the American Petroleum Institute (API), the American Welding Society (AWS), and the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) International. 

Test Methods 

Ultrasonic Testing (UT)

Phased Array Ultrasonics (PAUT)

Eddy Current Testing (ET)

Liquid Penetrant Testing (PT)

Magnetic Particle Testing (MT)

Visual Inspection (VT)

Radiographic Film Interpretation (RFI)

Metrology and Prints

Metallurgy Testing: Charpy, Tensile, Hardness and PMI

Corrosion Inspection

Welding Inspection (CWI)

Pressure Vessel Inspection

Piping and Valve Inspection

Career Opportunities

Graduates of San Jacinto College’s Inspection Technologies program may find employment as:

  • NDT Technicians in: VT, PT, MT, UT, ET, and RFI;
  • UT Flaw Sizing and Phased Array Inspectors PAUT;
  • AWS - Certified Welding Inspectors (CWI);
  • API Inspectors - API 510, API 570, API 577/578;
  • Quality Technicians, Inspectors, or Managers; and
  • Metallurgical, Corrosion, or Coating Technicians.

Earning Potential

Wages are based upon experience, skill level, testing method, and a synergy of multiple certifications.

Median Wages Per Year:

  • NDT Level I $74,9971
  • NDT Level II $113,0721
  • NDT Level III $131,2731
  • Certified Welding Inspector  $66,5392
  • API 510 Pressure Vessels Inspector $86,2113
  • API 570 Piping Inspector $72,3473

For additional information, students may contact 281-478-2799.


Central Campus


Students pursuing the Nondestructive Testing Technologies (NDT) program courses can earn the technical training necessary to begin working in the testing and inspection field. 

This certificate offers classroom and lab training in:

  • VT - Visual Inspection,
  • MT - Magnetic Particle Testing, and
  • PT - Liquid Penetrant Testing, UT - Ultrasonic Testing, Radiographic Film Interpretation, and Corrosion in conformance with the guidelines of American Society for Nondestructive Testing SNT-TC-1A (ASNT), American Welding Society (AWS), and NACE International.

Additional coursework in Standards and Codes, Metrology and Prints, and Metallurgy provides the foundations needed for adaptability and success in the workplace. The training prepares students for an entry-level career in Nondestructive Testing.


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
 Total Credits29

Capstone Experience: QCTC 2331 Standards and Codes