What does it mean to be NDT tough?

Tough /təf/ adjective

(of a substance or object) strong enough to withstand adverse conditions

There is tough, and then there is NDT tough. But what does it mean? We asked industry professionals to give us their personal view and message on being NDT tough. Here’s what they had to say.

Allen Gress, NDT Manager

Allen Gress leads a non-destructive evaluation (NDE) lab with in-house and field inspection services at Element Materials Technology. He is ASNT Level III certified and lives in Houston, Texas.

How did you get into NDT?

Honestly, it was by accident. 35 years ago, I happened to be in the building where they did NDE at NASA Johnson Space Center and they asked me if I’m interested in getting certified. I said yes and never looked back.

What does NDT tough mean to you?

NDT is a tough job. You have to be willing to get down in the dirt, get in the ditch and crawl into tight spaces. It takes a lot of time and the will to make a sacrifice for a good and meaningful career.

Why should someone get into NDT as a career?

It’s a very rewarding job, knowing that it prevents people from losing their life. It’s a great career with longevity and always a path forward. There are many certifications you can get and with those comes higher pay.

#NDTtough at the NDTMA 2023

We extend our gratitude to all those who made our NDT TOUGH Campaign an overwhelming success. Moving forward, we will continue to carry out the campaign during upcoming events in 2023, and we encourage everyone to include the hashtags #NDTTOUGH and #unsungheroes in their field photos. We are proud to be part of this industry.

Our heartfelt appreciation goes to NDTMA for their invaluable support in launching the campaign. We would also like to express our gratitude to all NDT professionals for their unwavering dedication in ensuring our safety.