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Industrial Radiography (RT)

Industrial Radiography or Radiographic Testing (RT) uses ionizing electromagnetic radiation to view objects in a way that can't be seen otherwise. It is not to be confused with the use of ionizing radiation to change or modify objects; radiography's purpose is strictly for viewing. It is a method of inspecting materials for hidden flaws by using the capability of short wavelength electromagnetic radiation, x-rays and gamma radiation, to penetrate various materials.

Gamma radiation sources, most commonly Iridium-192 and Cobalt-60, are used to inspect a variety of materials. The vast majority of radiography concerns the testing and grading of welds on pressurized piping, pressure vessels, high-capacity storage containers, pipelines, and some structural welds. Other tested materials include concrete (locating rebar or conduit), welder's test coupons, machined parts, plate metal, or pipewall (locating anomalies due to corrosion or mechanical damage). Theoretically, industrial radiographers could radiograph any solid, flat material (walls, ceilings, floors, square or rectangular containers) or any hollow cylindrical or spherical object.

In many locations in the United States, industrial radiographers are required by governing authorities, i.e., the State in which the testing occurs, to adhere to certain mandatory safety standards that specify such things as the use of certain types of safety equipment and working in pairs. The safety equipment usually includes at least one of four basic items: a radiation survey meter (such as a Geiger/Mueller counter), an alarming dosimeter or rate meter, a gas-charged dosimeter, and a film badge or thermoluminescent dosimeter (TLD). In Texas, Title 25 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Section 289.255 requires that individuals who use radioactive material or x-ray machines during nondestructive testing activities have an acceptable knowledge of radiation safety practices and principles gained through minimum training requirements, typically a 40 hour radiation safety course, followed by a State mandated examination (follow this link to the Texas Department of State Helath Services Radiation Control Program site for more information:

The Level I radiography course requires no prior training or experience by the student. The Level I course is a prerequisite to the 40-hour Level II course. Training material is presented in a manner that promotes understanding and the ability to make immediate application. These courses are ideal for NDT trainees who must have Level I and II training in order to qualify for certification. The Radiographic Film Interpretation course is ideal for facility personnel who are responsible for or oversee the application of testing or Quality Control/Quality Assurance.

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Course Content

R2330 Industrial Radiographic Film Interpretation Course Level IIA.
This course provides formal classroom training in the art and science of radiographic film interpretation. Some previous knowledge of or experience in Industrial Radiography is required.

The techniques and proper procedures of radiographic film interpretation are taught in such a manner as to build student confidence of his or her own ability to work efficiently and expertly in this important segment of the QC/QA field. The course provides an emphasis on guided instruction in the evaluation of actual weld radiographs of types of discontinuities, non-relevant artifacts, and different set ups.

Welding Inspectors, QA/QC Auditors, Engineers, Radiographers and others wishing to improve their understanding and skill in this important segment of Construction and Maintenance Inspection will benefit.

Alternative Course Options

R2331-WB R2330 Industrial Radiographic Film Interpretation Course Level IIA. Online Course
Online courses are ideally suited for experienced technicians that are in need of refresher training or for trainees that have other means of gaining hands-on experience. This course requires some previous knowledge of Industrial Radiography. All online courses include the "body of knowledge" recommended by ASNT and includes a final exam that can be utilized as the method's General Examination.

Specific and Practical Evaluation exams are not included in the online course but can be scheduled for on-campus administration by one of our qualified instructors. Ask for "on-site" examination options if travel to our campus presents a problem.

R2330 - Industrial Radiographic Film Interpretation Classroom Course
Level IIA with General, Specific and Practical Qualification Examinations included; 40-hours (5 days)


R2331-WB - Industrial Radiographic Film Interpretation Online Course
Level IIA with General Qualification Examination; 24-hours (30 days to complete)

$ 495.00

Qualification Examinations for Radiographic Inspection:
General Exam - comprehensive written examination that covers the basic principles (Body of Knowledge) of Industrial Radiographic Inspection

$ 150.00
Specific Exam - written examination that tests student's ability to read, interpret and apply specific procedure material for Industrial Radiographic Inspection

$ 150.00
Practical Exam - hands-on demonstration of the student's ability to operate test equipment, perform specific calibrations and tests in order to find and report flaws of sample materials according to appropriate specifications
$ 350.00

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