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Since I started working at IRIS NDT I have been certified as an Exposure Device Operator with both MPI (Magnetic Particle Inspection) and LPI (Liqu [...]

Craig Hood
Non-Destructive Evaluation
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I came to Durham College as an international student to pursue the Mechanical Engineering Technician- Non-Destructive Evaluation program. The knowl [...]

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We represent a new generation of non-destructive evaluation specialists trained and examined by Durham College.

Sarah Frost and Joseph Biondo
Mechanical Engineering Technician – Non-Destructive Evaluation
Mechanical Engineering Technician – Non-Destructive Evaluation

Mechanical Engineering Technician – Non-Destructive Evaluation

Mechanical Engineering Technician – Non-Destructive Evaluation

Mechanical Engineering Technician – Non-Destructive Evaluation

Mechanical Engineering Technician – Non-Destructive Evaluation

Keep the safety of our infrastructure in your hands. Examine cars, trains, airplanes, spacecraft, towers, bridges, ships, power plants and amusement park rides to identify and analyze possible defects. With education, training, and practical experience under your belt, you’re prepared to diagnose any internal or external flaw, allowing people to live and work in a safe environment.

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Program Description

This program will provide you with the education, training and practical experience necessary to begin a career in non-destructive evaluation/testing (NDT).

You will learn how to examine cars, trains, airplanes, spacecraft, towers, bridges, ships, power plants and amusement park rides without causing damage or impairment to their future use, hence the term non-destructive. The purpose of testing in this fashion is to detect possible internal or external defects and examine the properties of an object.

This program is highly regulated by the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) and provides eligibility to write certification exams upon graduation. A minimum 70 per cent is required in Introduction to Non-Destructive Testing, Mathematics for Technology II and Ultrasonic Testing I in order to obtain a course credit. Other Non-Destructive Testing courses will require a 70 per cent grade to be eligible for a certificate.

As a graduate, you will also be eligible for membership in the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists.

Please note: Candidates should not have a fear of confined spaces or heights. Subsequent to certification, tests of visual acuity will be carried out. Some organizations also require a police check prior to employment.

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Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or Mature Student Status
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 12 mathematics (C, M or U) (recommended)
  • Technical mathematics (recommended)
  • Grade 11 or 12 physics and drafting (recommended)

*Alternate mathematics entrance opportunity

If you apply to this program with an alternate mathematic credit as listed below, completed or in progress, you will be considered for admission. However, you must complete an in-house, post-admissions math assessment test. Depending on the results you may be required to simultaneously complete an upgrading math course at the college. More information will be provided upon acceptance to the program. Please note: There is no additional fee for this math upgrading.

Alternate math credit:

  • Grade 11 mathematics university/college preparation (3M), university preparation (3U)
  • Grade 12 College and Apprenticeship Mathematics (MAP4C)
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Career Options


  • Field technician
  • Inspection engineering technician
  • Mechanical engineering technologist
  • Mechanical technician
  • Non-destructive evaluation (NDE) quality assurance technician
  • NDE technician
  • Non-destructive testing system designer
  • Pipeline inspector
  • Quality assurance and control technician
  • Radiation technician
  • Research technologist
  • Welding inspector


  • Aerospace, automotive, railway or shipping companies
  • Military
  • Power generation and utilities
  • Oil, gas and petrochemical companies
  • Service and inspection companies
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Program Costs

YEAR ONE FEESDomesticInternational
Compulsory Ancillary$1,141$1,541
Program Incidental$80$80
Total Fees:$4,071$14,243

Please note: fees are based on the 2016-2017 academic year and do not include textbooks. For more information please see Other fees to consider.

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Opportunities For Degree Completion Or Additional Credentials

Graduates may also be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study through Durham College’s partnerships with many Canadian and international colleges and universities.

Please visit the Transfer Guide for more information.

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  • code: NDE
  • Program length: Four semesters
  • Credential awarded: Ontario College Diploma
  • Location: Oshawa
  • School: School of Science & Engineering Technology (SET)
  • Domestic tuition: $2,851 (CDN)
  • Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
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