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Certified Ultrasonic Technician


A certified ultrasonic technician performs non-destructive testing of welded steel members using the principles of ultrasound.

Certification Requirements:

An applicant must be certified by the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) to perform ultrasonic testing on NYSDOT bridge projects. Certification must be renewed every 5 years.

Age Requirement:

There is no minimum age requirement.

Education and Experience:

There is no minimum Education and Experience requirement.

Fees: (as of July 2, 2012)

Registration/Application -- None

Examination Requirements:

Must pass the Ultrasonic Test administered by the New York State Department of Transportation.

Examination Description:

The examination consists of three parts: a closed book multiple-choice section (25%), an open book problem-solving session (25%), and a practical exam involving the examination of welded steel plates (50%). The total length of all three exam parts is 6 hours. Applicants must score a minimum of 70 on each of the three parts but must achieve a minimum overall score of 80 when the three respective scores are averaged together in order to be certified.

Limited Permit Requirements:

No limited permit is issued.

Active Certificates:

As of July 1, 2014, there were 49 NYS certified ultrasonic technicians in New York State.

Certifying Authority:

New York State Department of Transportation
Metals Engineering Division
50 Wolf Road
POD 4-3
Albany, New York 12232-0600
NYSDOT Field Welder and Ultrasonic Technician Certifications

Standard Occupational Classification:

51-4122 - Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers
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Additional Information:

American Society for Non-Destructive Testing
1711 Arlington Lane
PO Box 28518
Columbus, Ohio 43228-0518
Phone: (800) 222-2768
Fax: (614) 274-6899


Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 1/9/18.

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