What is Ultrasonic Testing?

Ultrasonic is a high frequency of sound pulses that are emitted from a transducer above a sample. The sound waves propagate through the sample, and reflect at interfaces. The reflected waves are monitored using a detector above the sample. The thickness of the sample, and the depth and type of flaw can be ascertained using this method. The method can be applied to most materials if sound transmission is good. Quick high sensitive results are obtained.

What are the responsibilities of a individual who is certified to Ultrasonic Level 2?

An individual certified to Ultrasonic Level 2 has demonstrated competence to perform NDT according to Ultrasonic Testing procedures. Within the scope of the competence defined on the certificate, Level 2 personnel may be authorised by the employer to:

  • Select the Ultrasonic technique for the test method to be used;
  • Define the limitations of application of the testing method;
  • Translate NDT codes, standards, specifications and procedures into NDT instructions adapted to the actual working conditions;
  • Set up and verify equipment settings;
  • Perform and supervise tests;
  • Interpret and evaluate results according to applicable standards, codes, specifications or procedures;
  • Prepare Ultrasonic written instructions
  • Carry out and supervise all tasks at or below level 2;
  • Provide guidance for personnel at or below level 2, and
  • Report the results of Ultrasonic test

Days & Duration of UT Courses:

Welds Specific
UT80 – 10 Days Course for UT Welds suitable for SNT Level 2 Direct (80 Hours)
UT120 – 15 Days Course for UT Welds suitable for PCN Level 2 Direct (120 Hours)
UT24 – 3 Days Critical Sizing to UT Welds Level 2 FOR PCN/SNT Direct (24 Hours) – initial
UT40 – 5 Days course UT Spot Welds suitable for SNT Level 2 (40 Hours)
Supplementaries – UT40 – Nozzle & Node – 4 Days Course also available at Level 2 (40 Hours).

Castings Specific
UT80 – 10 Days Course for UT Castings suitable for SNT Level 2 Direct (80 Hours)
UT120 – 15 Days Course for UT Castings suitable for PCN Level 2 Direct (120 Hours)

Wrought Products Specific (Forgings)
UT80 – 10 Days Course for UT Forgings suitable for SNT Level 2 Direct (80 Hours)
UT120 – 15 Days Course for UT Forgings suitable for PCN Level 2 Direct (120 Hours)

Option to do an additional certification of 4 days training and 1 day exam if, for example, you hold Welds and wish to undertake an additional category of Castings or Forging.

Thickness & Lamination Checking (Plate Testing)

UT40 – 4 Day Course for UT Plate Tester suitable for PCN/SNT Level 2 Direct (40 hours)

Ultrasonic Level 2 training at Lavender International covers the following:

General Theory:

  • Principles of Ultrasonic Testing
  • Equipment
  • Testing techniques
  • Calibration of testing systems

Sector Specific Theory:

    • Detectability of defects
    • Factors affecting the performance of the Ultrasonic test
    • Codes of practice and standards
    • Conducting and recording the test
    • Interpretation of test results
    • Product technology theory

We can provide Ultrasonic Testing training suitable for PCN/EN473/ISO 9712 Levels 1, 2, and 3, and ASNT Level 3. Alternatively we can provide training suitable for candidates working to an employer written practice based on SNT-TC-1A; EN4179 and NAS410. Ultrasonic Testing is separated into three specific product sectors for certification purposes, Welds, Wrought Products (Forgings), and Castings.

We provide examinations for Ultrasonic Testing, including PCN personal certification examinations to Levels 1, 2 and 3, plus examination for employers based schemes such as SNT-TC-1A, NAS410, EN4179, to Levels 1, 2 and 3.

The UT Level 2 examination includes a general theory paper, specific paper, and a practical exam.

The PCN requirements for Level 2 UT are: 80 hours training if Level 1 is held, or 120 hours direct to level 2, previous to the exam, and 9 months supervised work experience additional to Level 1 (12 months direct), to be obtained either before the examination, or within 24 months after passing the exam.

Once the 80 additional hours training have been obtained, the examination passed, and 9 additional months supervised work experience obtained within 24 months of passing the exam, PCN will issue certification.

The options for UT Level 2 examinations are:

UT Castings
UT Plate Tester
UT Forgings (Plate)
UT Forgings (Plate, Bars and Billets)
UT Forgings (Plate, Bars and Billets, Forgings)
UT Spot Weld Tester
UT Welds 3.1 Plate
UT Welds 3.2 Pipe
UT Welds 3.1 + 3.2
UT Welds 3.7 ‘T’
UT Welds 3.8 Nozzle
UT Welds 3.9 Node
UT Welds 3.8 + 3.9
UT Welds Critical Sizing*
Resit (Theory)
Resit (Practical)
Recertification

*Please note that these require UT Welds Level 2 to be held before they are taken.

Please Note: PCN require that an exam levy is paid at an appropriate rate

To be eligible for the PCN Level 2 examination, an eye test must be passed (near vision and colour).

The PCN requirements for Ultrasonic Level 2 are: 9 months supervised work experience additional to Level 1 (12 months direct), to be obtained either before the examination, or within 24 months after passing the exam.

For Ultrasonic Plate Tester Level 2 only 4 months work experience is required.

Once the 80 additional hours training have been obtained, the examination passed, and 9 additional months supervised work experience obtained within 24 months of passing the exam, PCN will issue certification.

For employer based schemes the expected amount of work experience should be determined in the written practice.

Candidates are now able to claim 50% of the total work experience requirement by attending a Lavender accelerated work experience programme.  The programme is PCN and AINDT approved and is available at our UK facilities.  Click here for more information.

Ultrasonic Testing courses are taking place around the world with Lavender international.

See the table below for the most current dates:

UK – AMP, Sheffield
Ultrasonic testing courses run every week. Due to a large number of variables that may affect your course content, please contact our admin department on 01226 765769.
USA – Houston, TX
Manual UT Detection Characterization
& Sizing (3.1, 3.2) or Nozzle & Nodes (3.8, 3.9)

October 30 – November 15

Scientific calculator
Safety boots
Overalls/lab coat

Note:
If you wish to bring your own UT set this must be approved by the tutor prior to commencement of the course.

UT Critical Sizing students must provide their own calibrated UT sets and bring the current calibration certificate with them. Probe checks must be carried out prior to attending as per PCN requirements (PCN Gen Appendix C1).

PCN CERTIFICATION:
Candidates MUST bring their PCN Wallet Card.
If you do not have a wallet card bring some other form of identification showing a photograph, i.e. Passport or Photo Driving Licence.

All other equipment and training materials (with the exception of Level 3 Text Books) are provided by Lavender International.

Protective gloves, protective eye glasses and plastic aprons are also available for the use of students if required.

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