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Completing your inspection technology associate of applied science degree fully prepares students for jobs as certified inspection professionals. Spacecraft, aircraft, trains, pipelines, power plants,
turbines, naval ships, submarines, and all manner of bridges and construction equipment require non-destructive testing (NDT) to assure initial and continued operational soundness. With few exceptions, every critical thing manufactured requires initial and, in some cases, continuing inspection.

The Lone Star AAS Inspection degree provides training to meet the challenges of the twenty-first-century era. NDT coursework includes metallurgy, liquid penetrant (LT), magnetic particle (MT), radiographic film interpretation, conventional (UT) and phased array (PAUT) ultrasonics, eddy current (ET), welding, and blueprint reading. Academic and practical program studies exceed the requirements of American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) recommended practice SNT-TC-1A. This program also provides an in-depth coverage of the American Welding Society (AWS) and American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) codes for structural welding and pressure vessel fabrication together with preparation for the AWS Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) examination.

The general AAS academic courses will transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Contact a counselor, or faculty member at any of the colleges for specific information and to obtain the recommended sequencing of courses. 

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Stackable Credentials

Credits earned in the Inspection Certificate Level I program may be applied to this degree.

First Year

First Semester Courses 14 Credits
QCTC 2331 Standards 3
NDTE 2311 Preparation for Certified Welding Inspector Exam 3
QCTC 1446 Testing and Inspection Systems 4
NDTE 1454 Intermediate Ultrasonics 4
Second Semester Courses 15 Credits
NDTE 1410 Liquid Penetrant/Magnetic Particle 4
WLDG 1437 Introduction to Welding Metalurgy 4
NDTE 1301 Film Interpretation of Weldments 3
NDTE 2401 Advanced Ultrasonics 4
Third Semester Courses 8 Credits
PHED 1164 Introduction to Physical Fitness & Wellness 1
Elective Speech1 3
WLDG 1417-or-WLDG 1421 Introduction to Layout and Fabrication-or-Welding Fundamentals 4

Second Year

First Semester Courses 9 Credits
COSC 1301 Introduction to Computers 3
Elective Social/Behavioral Sciences2 3
ENGL 1301 Composition & Rhetoric 3
Second Semester Courses 10 Credits
NDTE 1440 Eddy Current Testing 4
Elective Creative Arts/Language, Philosophy & Culture1 3
QCTC 1491 Special Topics - Quality Control Technology/Technician3 4
MATH 1332 College Math for Liberal Arts 3
Inspection Technology AAS Degree Program Total 60 Credits

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Career Options

Median Wage: $37,6821

Representative career titles and job positions for this program plan include:

  • Certified Welding Inspector2
  • Quality Control Inspector2

Gainful Employment

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation."


  1. Wage data is based on annual salaries from Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2013
  2. Position titles vary by employer and location.


Figuring out how to pay for college is one of the toughest parts of earning a degree but attending LSC is an affordable option for most students. Tuition rates are based on residency and you can get an estimate of your costs by using our LSC Tuition & Fees chart.

Average full-time tuition is $800 per semester.

Financial Aid

Financial aid helps students and their families pay for college. There are several types of financial aid available to LSC students and financial aid packages may include more than one type of award.

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