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Non-destructive Tester ... (Military - Enlisted)  What They Do

Just the Facts


Examines, inspects, and tests metal parts on military equipment, such as airplanes and submarines, for stress damage and wear.

This career is part of the Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security cluster Security and Protective Services pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Inspects metal parts and joints for wear and damage.
  • Takes X-rays of aircraft and ship parts.
  • Examines X-ray film to detect cracks and flaws in metal parts and welds.
  • Operates ultrasonic, atomic absorption, and other kinds of test equipment.
  • Conducts oil analysis and heat damage tests to detect engine wear.
  • Prepares inspection reports.

Insider Info

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Moving the arms, legs and torso together when the whole body is in motion
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Detecting sounds and hearing the differences between sounds of different pitch and loudness

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel