Recently I attended the API Inspector Summit in Galveston, Texas. What I found was
an opportunity for pipeline inspectors to develop added skills that will enhance their
The conference included sessions with experts speaking on the up-stream, midstream
and downstream pipelines and facilities. The most prevalent topic discussed was Non-
Destructive Testing (NDT) inspection of facilities.
This is because most inspection that occur world-wide are to inspect for corrosion. The
total annual cost of corrosion in the oil and gas production industry is estimated to be
$1.372 billion. Keeping this in mind, I think it might be valuable for pipeline inspectors to
understand this alternative market.
The 5 reasons why you may want to explore being a NDT inspectors.
- The market is very consistent – Because it doesn’t depend on new construction and is used in many industries. Certified NDT Technicians perform inspections all over the world in nuclear power plants and oil refineries, on airplanes, ships, bridges, oil rigs and much more. This consistency, leads to more consistentinspection needs.
- There is a shortage of NDT inspectors – This is unlikely to change because of certification requirements and the technology involved. There is an increase focus on risk analysis leading to more inspection.
- There are plenty of training companies that can help you obtain the needed certifications that will allow you to enter this business.
- The compensation is very fair.
- It is likely that the skills and natural talent that make a good pipeline inspector will make you a good NDT inspector
Please let us know if you would like to explore this. Contact
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