THE OCEAN CORPORATION ADDS NIGHT CLASSES TO MEET DEMAND
“Houston’s historic vocational training school expands schedule for student flexibility and industry needs.”
To meet the explosive demand for qualified applicants for Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) inspection across multiple industries, The Ocean Corporation, Houston’s historic commercial diving and non-destructive testing (NDT) vocational school, will add night classes. Those looking to move into a fast-growing career now have more flexibility to get the specialized training they need while accommodating school, work, or family demands.
Nondestructive Testing (NDT) is a type of quality control inspection that does not damage the part being tested. NDT Inspectors use technology to look through steel, concrete and other materials to identify and diagnose flaws without disrupting the integrity of the structure. NDT is critical to maintaining safe and effective operation with minimal downtime for systems.
NDT inspectors work in oil and gas, offshore, in construction, on buildings and bridges and more. A considerable increase in inspection demand has been wind turbines. Wind turbine farms are growing all over the US and the world. Wind turbine service technician is the number two fastest growing career in America, According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. “There is a huge and growing demand for NDT inspectors in the US. That demand is outpacing our ability to train those inspectors so, we are adding additional classes in the evening to facilitate students who may not be able to attend classes with more traditional hours.” Says Mike Oden, Dean of The Ocean Corporation.
“Students” in this case means anyone wanting to enter a high-demand career, not just recent graduates out of high school or college. NDT inspection is perfect for a mid-life career change, too. NDT inspection requires technical knowledge, and practical skills taught at The Ocean Corporation but is typically not a physically demanding occupation.
Graduates of the NDT program will be prepared to perform Nondestructive Testing using NDT methods such as Visual Testing (VT), Magnetic Particle (MT), Dye Penetrant (PT), Ultrasonics (UT), Eddy Current (ET) and Radiographic Testing (RT).
A career in NDT not only helps improve everyday safety for the people around us and ourselves, but it can also provide opportunities for adventure, advancement, and other substantial rewards. Upon completion of The Ocean Corporation’s comprehensive NDT training program, graduates receive job placement assistance to gain employment in the inspection industry. NDT and drone inspection are excellent career paths for veterans and graduates. The Ocean Corporation works with veterans, offers financial aid for those who qualify, and has always worked extensively with students on job placement assistance.
The night NDT program will begin in January 2019. Classes will run from 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM, Monday – Friday. There will be five classes per year, starting every ten weeks. In 2019 The Ocean Corporation will celebrate its 50th anniversary of offering world-class vocational training in commercial diving, underwater welding, non-destructive testing, and has just incorporated drone inspection training into the NDT program.