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Inspection Certificate Level I

Ultrasonic testing equipment next to a weld seam.



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

This certificate can be stacked and earned credits can be applied toward an Inspection Technology Specialization AAS 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 19 Credits
NDTE 1410 Liquid Penetrant/Magnetic Particle 4
WLDG 1437 Introduction to Welding Metallurgy 4
NDTE 1301 Film Interpretation of Weldments 3
NDTE 2401 Advanced Ultrasonics 4
QCTC 1491 Special Topics - Quality Control Technology/Technician2 4
Inspection Certificate Program Total 33 Credits


  1. Capstone Course

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Career Options

Median Wage: $38,5251

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

  • Certified Welding Inspector2
  • Quality Control Inspector2

Gainful Employment

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  1. Texas Wages and Employment Projections is brought to you by the Labor Market & Career Information (LMCI) Department of the Texas Workforce Commission. TexasWages.com
  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 $862 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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