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The associate of applied science degree in Inspection Technology is designed to prepare the individual for a career as an inspection technician. Creation of a product or system requires inspection and testing to ensure conformance to specification and reliability of operation. The certificate programs in nondestructive inspection and nondestructive testing are designed to train students in entry level skills relevant to such industries as shipbuilding, aeronautic, piping and vessel fabrication, bridge building and residential construction. The introduction of ISO (International Organization for  standardization) has expanded and enhanced the demand for qualified inspectors and NDT technicians. New developments in the fields of space exploration, oceanography and nanotechnology, as well as the demand for lighter and stronger engineering materials, improved coating for materials and advanced welding techniques mean that inspectors and technicians must receive a higher level of training.

The nondestructive testing certificate is intended to provide training to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century. Testing methods covered include codes (AWS, ASME), metallurgy, liquid penetrant, magnetic particle and ultrasonics. Courses meet the requirements of American Society of Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) recommended practice SNT-TC-1A. The nondestructive inspection certificate includes film (radiography) interpretation and other means of inspecting a material, weldment or product while maintaining structural integrity. This certificate program 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. This program adequately prepares students for the AWS Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) examination. The general education core will transfer to a variety of 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

Wages vary by position title and credentials1

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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