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Certified Ultrasonic Technician


A certified Ultrasonic Testing Technician conducts ultrasonic testing of structural steel members in accordance with NY State specifications and procedures.

Certification Requirements:

An applicant must pass the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Ultrasonic Testing Technician exam to be certified to conduct ultrasonic testing on New York State bridge projects. Certification must be renewed every 5 years.

Age Requirement:

There is no minimum age requirement.

Education and Experience:

The applicant must meet the minimum requirements as outlined in ASNT-TC-1A (2016) for a UT level II ultrasonic testing technician. A minimum of 2 years of field experience is recommended prior to taking the exam.

Fees: (as of October 15, 2018)

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 October 15, 2018, there were 41 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
8669 NW 36 Street, # 130
Miami, Florida 33166-6672
Phone: 800-443-9353, option 1


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 11/7/18.

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