Southern Arkansas Tech Adds NDT Courses
Source: Camden News
The symbiotic relationship between Highland Industrial Park and SAU Tech has brought about many educational opportunities for students and the workforce. The Workforce Initiative Grant has provided a total of $1,942,170 to the college to develop programs that lead to jobs in the park. Now, a program previously only available as part of workforce training will make itís way to the classroom side.

Non destructive testing (NDT) is a technique in which materials are tested but not destroyed. NDT is vital for constructing and maintaining all types of components and structures. To detect different defects such as cracking and corrosion, there are different methods of testing available, such as X-ray - where cracks show up on the film - and ultrasound - where cracks show up as an echo blip on the screen.

The method is similar to conventional radiography, but images are not captured on film. Instead, images are captured using either flat panel detectors or phosphor-coated imaging plates.

Digital radiography has several important benefits as images can be enhanced and magnified for viewing and interpretation of findings.

Students learn blueprint reading, basic metallurgy, measurement, and proper use of equipment used in the various NDT testing processes. Mid-level mathematics, communication skills, writing, and understanding codes & procedures, materials composure, and basic theories of economics are also integrated into the program. SAU Tech created this program emphasis in response to requests from industries such as Aerojet Rocketdyne, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Armtec Defense and others.

SAU Tech Chancellor, Dr. Jason Morrison said, "Itís a way to test for defects, be it a crack or corrosion without causing harm to what you are x-raying. For our purpose out in the park , its rocket motors, equipment, parts, mechanism, but it can be used in the oil industry, the aviation industry . Itís a very broad kind of field."

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