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Course aims to tackle shortage of skilled NDT managers

Home Engineering Associations Course aims to tackle shortage of skilled NDT managers

THE Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) is gearing up to present its internationally recognised non-destructive testing (NDT) Level 3 Workshop in March 2021 which builds on pre-existing Level 1 and 2 NDT qualifications to enable attendees to take on a more senior managerial role within an organisation.

That’s according to the institute’s NDT Training Manager Mark Digby, who said this would include the ability to oversee all NDT procedural and quality checks and the authorisation and management of individual staff NDT operations.

“Currently the South African NDT industry is suffering due to the lack of enough competent Level 3 NDT personnel and with the growing demand from end-users to have them directly involved during outages and shutdowns, combined with the global movement towards ISO 9712, there is a massive shortage in the industry,” he said.

“This has resulted in high consultation prices and some individuals being over utilised and extended beyond their service delivery capacity.”

In light of this, the SAIW Level 3 course seeks to address this challenge with a key target market for the course being senior personnel engineers and managers wanting to improve their knowledge relating to NDT.

Digby said benefits of the course for attendees are that it is nationally accredited and internationally recognised via ICNDT MRA Schedule 2.

He added that this year would see a continuation of the “highly successful” model whereby internal SAIW lecturers and respected industrial Level 3 NDT practitioners combine forces to present specific course components. They will present selected sections of the NDT Level 3 Basic and Main Method course content as well as a new Visual Training 3 module that will follow on the last week of the workshop.

“We are considering including a web-based presentation, pending interest; to run together with the actual courses.  Students opting for this route would be able to attend from where they are located via MS teams.”

Examinations will be available in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg and depending on demand could be extended to anywhere in South Africa since SAIW Certification invigilators would facilitate these exams on allocated dates.

“This flexible, customer-friendly approach will also give students the option to choose exam times, including weekends, to suit their workplace commitments.”

 

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