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Non-destructive Testing Technician Trainee

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Job Details
Job Order Number
Company Name
Space Science Services Inc
Physical Address
Dothan, AL 36301
Job Description

Non-destructive testing technicians trainees assist technicians with different scientific methods to test the properties of materials, components and systems without causing damage. If you love problem solving, have an interest in engineering and science, and demonstrate a high level of math aptitude this could be the beginning of a new career for you. We are currently accepting applications for our Dothan, Alabama location. Only qualified candidates will be contacted for interviews.

This is a physically demanding position and manual labor is a daily requirement.

Position Purpose
Non-destructive testing (NDT) technician trainees examine and test the physical properties of materials and components to find possible corrosion, cracks, flaws and other imperfections, which could affect their performance and reliability. They use testing processes that do not damage the structure of the object being tested. As an NDT technician trainee, you would assist technicians in a range of methods to test materials and parts, including:

  • visual inspection – using lenses, CCTV and fiber optic cameras
  • dye testing – staining surfaces with fluorescent liquid, which shows up flaws under ultraviolet lighting
  • magnetic particle testing – applying magnetic particles to magnetized materials, so they line up along cracks and defects often combined with dye testing)
  • radiographic testing – using X-rays to find internal faults
  • ultrasonic testing – firing high frequency sound pulses into materials and analyzing the differences in the reflected signals
  • eddy current testing – passing electricity through materials and measuring the differences in the flow of current

In manufacturing, you would work with materials at every stage of production to make sure they are safe. NDT methods are also used in quality control procedures in many industries, including, aerospace, paper mills, manufacturing and power generation. An important part of your work would be to make sure that the testing method you use does not have any harmful effect on the materials, parts or machinery under examination.

Some of the work we perform requires overnight travel out of town to the location of the plants we work in. Space Science Services, Inc. provides the motel accommodations and money for meals. Our vehicles are used to transport to and from the jobsite. As a general rule, most out of town travel is approximately three to four days (not for extended periods of time; although during outage seasons, travel increases). General work hours fluctuate (not an 8:00 to 5 :00 job); weekend work and overtime is required. Work week is Saturday through Friday.

Medical (Dental/Life Insurance Plans – Optional)
401-K Retirement Plans (Optional)
Career Progression

Must have valid Driver’s License. MVR Check will be done – must meet Space Science Services, Inc.’s Insurance Coverage Requirement.


  • good problem-solving skills
  • a flair for science and engineering
  • attention to detail
  • the ability to use a wide range of tools and instruments
  • good IT skills
  • good written and spoken communication skills
  • an understanding of health and safety issues
  • welding experience preferred

You may be able to get into this career through our in house training programs, which would normally include working towards NDE Level 1, 2 or 3.

You would usually receive on-the-job training once you start working. With experience, you could work towards certification in one of two ways:

  • By completing our in house Personnel Certification in Non-Destructive Testing programs or the American Society for Non-destructive Testing (ASNT).
  • If you work in welding inspection, you could gain certification by training for Certified Welding and Inspection l (CWI). You could do this at various skill levels, depending on your job.

Sitting: Remaining in the seated position
Stand: Remaining on one’s feet in an upright position at a workstation without moving about
Walking: Moving about on foot
Lifting: Raising or lowering an object from one level to another (includes upward pulling) 10-25 lbs. and 25-50 lbs.
Carrying: Transporting an object, usually holding it in the hands or arms, or on the shoulder
Climbing: Ascending or descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles using feet and legs or hands and arms. Body agility is emphasized
Stooping: Bending body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist, requiring full use of the lower extremities and back muscles
Kneeling: Bending legs at knees to come to rest on knee or knees
Crouching: Bending body downward and forward by bending legs and spine
Crawling: Moving about on hands and knees or hands and feet
Reaching: Extending hand( s) and arm( s) in any direction
Handling: Seizing, holding, grasping, turning, or otherwise working with hand or hands. Fingers are involved only to the extent that they are an extension of the hand, such as to turn a switch or shift automobile gears
Talking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word to impart oral information to clients or to the public and to convey detailed spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly
Hearing: Perceiving the nature of sounds by ear
Vision: Clarity of vision at 20 inches or less
Far Vision: Clarity of vision at 20 feet or more
Color Vision: Ability to identify and distinguish colors

Exposure to weather (cold and heat)
Wet and / or humid
Toxic or caustic chemicals
High, exposed places

Must demonstrate the following personal attributes:

  • be honest and trustworthy
  • be respectful
  • possess cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • be flexible
  • demonstrate sound work ethics
  • responsible
  • stable work history

Based on experience

Space Science Services, Inc. is a Drug-Free Workplace. This company is required by customers and the FAA to conduct Pre-Employment Drug Tests. No individual will be offered employment that refuses to submit to a drug test or fails a drug test. Background Checks are mandatory due to DOT Regulations. Space Science Services, Inc. participates in E-Verify. We will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee’s Form 1-9 to confirm work authorization.

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