ATE Impacts 2020-2021

Partnership Expands Opportunities for Nondestructive Testing Technicians Nondestructive testing (NOT) education is the focus of a dynamic partnership between Weld-Ed, the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT), the American Welding Society CAWS) Foundation, Chattanooga State Community College, and Lorain County Community College (LCCC). The partnership will • evaluate and standardize NOT education in academic settings; • increase NOT awareness among the general population; and • develop academic and experience roadmaps for NOT careers. The overall goal of this initiative is to expand educational Guided wave testing is one of the ways that welding technicians check buried pipelines for corrosion. opportunities for nondestructive testing technicians. With stackable certificates and degrees, proficient NOT technicians will be able to shape their careers to be most meaningful for them and to help them attain their professional aspirations. To increase awareness of career opportunities in NOT, a "Discover NOT" wall was installed in the Careers in Welding outreach trailer that tours the US. The wall, which is just inside the entrance, features a black and white full length mural of an NOT technician in action and actual NOT equipment around a flat panel liquid-crystal display. Weld-Ed Program Enrollments •AAS Enrollments •Certificate, Bachelor, Graduate Program Enrollments 1487 1,625 495 2016 2017 2018 Enrollment in Associate of Applied Science (AAS) programs at nine Weld-Ed partner colleges increased 28% from 2015 to 2018. 15