Antony Mitchell is one of our PCN level 3 Project Managers who for the last five years has been furthering his NDT qualifications at the University of Northampton, firstly on the foundation degree in NDT (FdSc NDT) and latterly on the Bachelors Degree course (BSc NDT).
Ant started studying in 2009 completing modules in engineering mathematics and electronics in his first year, followed by ultrasonic and eddy current testing and visual and surface testing in his second year. The final year of the foundation course covered radiographic testing, quality management and quality tools and techniques. Having gained a distinction, he is now in the second year of the Bachelors course and has achieved an A+ in each module, and at the time of writing this piece he was still waiting for the official grading.
In his final year he will be working towards the Honours Degree which will require the completion of a technical project, the topic of which he is still undecided. “Overall the course has been very informative and my knowledge of the theory side and the NDT industry as a whole has widened vastly. It gave me a very good grounding for taking my PCN level 3 examinations and it’s broadened my knowledge of not just NDT, but also corrosion analysis and quality management-not to mention improving my maths tenfold!” Ant commented. “I would recommend the Foundation Degree course to anyone wishing to further their knowledge of NDT as a whole and not just the inspection side generally associated with exams. It’s not a walk in the park, I was studying between 20 and 30 hours per week (evenings and weekends) and for this reason I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who has a young family and is not given study time as part of their working week. The Bachelors Degree is certainly a step up from the Foundation Degree but it is definitely worth consideration for any NDT operator achieving good grades at Foundation level.”
“Ultimately this course and the BINDT’s work with the University of Northampton is a huge step forward in the promotion of NDT to younger generations and it offers a high standard of academic qualification to those who may not have been interested in the academic side or who may never have heard of NDT before.”
If anyone would like further information on the degree please visit the University website at www.northampton.ac.uk/study/courses/courses-by-subject/engineering/nondestructive-testing-fdsc or alternatively Ant is happy for you to contact him at Applied Inspection or the East Midlands branch of the BINDT.