Courses and Requirements – Applied

Department: Non-Destructive Testing & Physics
Diploma: Non-Destructive Testing
3 Year Course
The course includes class attendance and
work integrated learning.

1. Admission Requirements:

Subjects Dip: Non-destructive testing
NSC endorsement Eligibility for Diploma
Compulsory subjects Notes


Physical Science










Life Orientation Max 3
Any other 3 subjects 12
Total 27

Note: Scholars who do not qualify for the National Diploma Programmes may

Apply for the pre diploma programmes.  Tel: (016) 950-9589. For more details on the pre

Diploma programmes see VUT website

2. Subjects

Semester 1

  • Chemistry 1
  • Mathematics 1
  • Physics 1
  • Communication Studies I
  • Applied Computer Skills 1.1
  • ICT Skills, Intro to NDT (Theory)
  • Intro to NDT (Practical)

Semester 2

  • Mathematics 2
  • Physics 2 (Theory)
  • Physics 2 (Practical)
  • Drawing: Mechanical Engineering
  • Liquid Penetrant Testing (Theory)
  • Liquid Penetrant Testing (Practical)
  • Radiographic Testing (Theory)
  • Radiographic Testing (Practical)
  • Applied Communication Skills 1.2.

Semester 3

  • Magnetic Particle Testing (Theory)
  • Magnetic Particle Testing (Practical)
  • Ultrasonic Testing (Theory)
  • Ultrasonic Testing (Practical)
  • Quality Assurance
  • Metallurgy for NDT 1.

Semester 4

  • Advanced Methods of NDT (Theory)
  • Advanced Methods of NDT (Practical)
  • Eddy Current Testing (Theory)
  • Eddy Current Testing (Practical)
  • Introduction to Fracture Mechanics
  • Entrepreneurial Skills
  • Metallurgy for NDT 2

Optional 1

Semester 5

  • Advanced Radiographic Testing (Theory)
  • Advanced Radiographic Testing (Practical)
  • Advanced Eddy Current Testing (Theory)
  • Eddy Current Testing (Practical)
  • Signal Processing, Project (Numerical Analysis)

Semester 6

  • Work Integrated Learning 2

Option 2

Semester 5

  • Work Integrated Learning 1

Semester 6

  • Work Integrated Learning 2

3. What are the functions of a Non-Destructive Testing Technician?

Conducts tests on manufactured products and components to ascertain their fitness for purposes designed for according to specification.

4. Career Opportunities

Technicians: Perform, Monitor, Evaluate Inspections using non evasive methods and quality assessment techniques.  This is achieved through both fabrication and maintenance inspections conducted in accordance with regulatory requirements.  This can be within a company environment or as an inspections contractor.

Engineers: being part of a team involved in project development including design, fabrication and specifying inspection techniques and methods to be used to endure product safety, reliability and longevity.


Research and development professionals: working on improving reliability of inspection methods and techniques as well as a new and improved materials and products utilised in industry.

5. Enquiries

Enquiries may be addressed to:

Head: Department of Physics & Non Destructive Testing Tel: (016) 950-9398; Fax: (016) 950-9793
Faculty of Applied and Computer Sciences E-mail:
Vaal University of Technology Website:
Private Bag X021
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