Jacob Foster, Trainee NDT Operator

Jacob FosterThis month we took on the first of two post-graduation Trainee NDT Operators. 23 year old Jacob Foster joins us after completing a degree in Event Management at Leeds Metropolitan University and also spending a couple of years working for an events company.

Jacob is making excellent progress during these first few months of his training programme, having already achieved PCN level I certification in the Eddy Current inspection of welds. The training he’s undergone is carried out in-house, culminating in an external examination with Argyll-Ruane, and the plan is for Jacob to add the Eddy Current inspection of raw products to his training schedule. He is currently carrying out Magnetic Particle Inspection (MPI) and Dye Penetrant Inspection (DPI) on turbine blades, gears and bolts under the supervision of one of our experienced PCN Level II Technicians.

As with many people who begin a career in non destructive testing, Jacob had never heard of the testing and inspection disciplines before joining Applied Inspection. We asked him how his first few weeks had gone. “I’m really enjoying my training and I’m packing a lot into my working day, I am learning so much all the time-it’s really satisfying. The work that comes in is so varied that no two days are the same. I really do see my future in this field and hopefully at Applied Inspection. I’m very interested in Rope Access NDT, although I have been advised that this will be some way down the line yet. We have an experienced Rope Access Technician here in Ant Mitchell and I’ve been grilling him about the type of work he’s been involved with.”

We will keep you posted on Jacob’s progress.