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27 Nov

The world of NDT can be a very complicated place, even for the most experienced Technicians. So many methods, so many certification schemes, yet so much accountability and responsibility for companies and individuals alike.

Specialising in Aerospace NDT, we understand all too well the demands this places on companies, especially Airlines and MRO’s. The EN 4179/NAS 410 scheme is recognised around the world as the preferred approach for controlling such a vital process; it gives very clear guidance around Training & Examinations, Written Practices and the role of the Responsible Level 3 which is great, but what about the Quality Manager? What about the B1/B2 Engineers? The Part 66 Licence Holder? All of these people play a vital role in maintaining the safety of the aircraft, yet they may not be an NDT Professional. How do we ensure these functions know about NDT? Well, in short, there is nothing to say they need to.

So why is this important? Our group of companies act as the Responsible Level 3 for a large number of Airlines, MRO’s and manufacturing companies worldwide, which in turn exposes us to the outside audits our clients have, including the CAA, EASA, FAA and PRI (NADCAP). While no one likes audits, they do provide us with a very good idea as to ‘best practices’ and how changes to standards are best adopted at our clients.

Recently, we have seen a number of companies being given audit findings as their Quality staff had very little knowledge of NDT or how the system is implemented and managed; the obvious corrective action is to train these staff…but how?

EN 4179/NAS 410 are very explicit as to how to train Technicians and qualify them which is great, but it wouldn’t be practical and would prove costly to utilise these standards in familiarising support functions with Aerospace NDT.

There are many courses available today designed to introduce people to NDT, ranging from a day to 5 days, all with a different syllabus; which to choose?

AIT Malta have recently designed a course specifically for EASA Pt 145 organisations. This is aimed at Managers, QA staff and Part 66 licence holders and will allow clients to prove to the relevant certification agency that the NDT process is understood within the organisation as a whole.

Broken down into 2 days, either at our facility in Malta or on site, we aim to give an overview into why NDT is used, a general theoretical overview of the main methods employed, what EN 4179 is and how the system works within an EASA Pt 145 organisation and what the responsibility means. The training is delivered by one of our experienced EN 4179 NDT Level 3’s who has worked within MRO’s practically.

If this is something you’re looking at within your business, feel free to contact me directly or email info@aitmalta.co.uk

Published by: Steve Chambers
Sales & Marketing Manager at Morgan Ward NDT Ltd, AIT Ltd, NDT MainCal Ltd & ISA NDT Ltd