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Defence Aviation Safety Authority

Non-Destructive Testing and Conposite Technologies (NDT&CT)

What We Do

Welcome to DASA Non Destructive Testing & Composite Technologies (NDT&CT). NDT & CT is located at RAAF Base Amberley, Building 410, Level 2.

The role of NDT&CT is to provide:

(a)          Training. NDT&CT delivers specialist training in Non Destructive Testing (NDT) and Aviation Composite Technologies (ACT) to ADF and Industry, and the recertification required by DASR 145.A.30 (f) Personnel requirements,

(b)          Engineering Support. NDT&CT design NDT procedures to support the continuing airworthiness and structural integrity of ADF platforms,

(c)           Subject Matter Expert (SME) Advice. NDT&CT provides SME advice to the ADF on NDT & ACT related matters.  

It is important to note that NDT&CT is administratively part of DASA, however provides specialist services from a geographically remote location from DASA.

Training/Recertification

NDT&CT provide initial employment training (IET) and post IET (PIET) in Non Destructive Testing and PIET in Composite Technologies to members of all three services and civilians.  Further information is contained on the DASA Sponsored Training page.

Current courses offered are:

Non Destructive Inspection Technicians Level 2 Course (NDITECHL2) 214609 (32 Weeks)

The aim of this course is to provide course participants with the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to perform NDT duties as a Level 2 Technician. NDT Methods and topics covered are:
Basic Materials Technology
Introduction to NDT
Liquid Penetrant Testing
Magnetic Testing Methods
Eddy Current Testing
Ultrasonic Testing
Radiographic Testing

Trainees graduate as fully qualified and certified Level 2 NDI Technicians. This course provides theory and practical instruction in NDI Technician Level 2 duties including the utilisation of NDT methods and equipment to perform testing of Aerospace structures, components and GSE in two phases.  

Phase 1 (Initial Employment Training) is 16 weeks and is conducted at Non Destructive Testing & Composite Technologies (NDT&CT) RAAF Base Amberley. During Phase 1, training is provided in basic materials technology, visual and optical techniques and the following NDT methods: liquid penetrant testing, magnetic testing, eddy current testing, ultrasonic testing and radiographic testing.

Phase 2 (practical consolidation) training is 16 weeks and is conducted at NDT&CT, during this phase practical training is delivered and assessed in all NDT Techniques.

Bespoke NDITECHL2 Course (Timeframe Varies With Method Selected)

The NDITECHL2 course is modularised. NDT&CT can provide a customised course solution to suit civilian industry needs. Basic Materials Technology and Introduction to NDT are prerequisite courses for every method.

Bespoke courses are conducted in two phases, as per the NDITECHL2 course.

NDT - Recertification Course – Level 2 All Methods 216929 (2 Weeks)

The aim of this course is to meet the requirements of DASRs and EN4179 Aerospace Series - Qualification and Approval of Personnel for Non-destructive Testing, all NDITECH personnel shall be recertified at intervals not to exceed 5 years, or when certification has been revoked IAW EN4179. The course provides both theory and practical assessment in the following NDT methods: liquid penetrant testing, magnetic particle testing, eddy current testing, ultrasonic testing, radiographic testing, thermographic testing, and hardness testing. This course is conducted at RAAF Amberley with practical assessments conducted utilising a simulated workplace environment.

Refer to Fact Sheet – Defence System for Non-Destructive Testing Certification for more information.

NDT – Infrared Thermography Testing – Level 2 (IRT) 216030 (2 Weeks)

The aim of this course is to provide course participants with the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to perform both Passive and Active (Flash) Infrared Thermographic Testing. Theory is reinforced through practical application in a simulated workshop. Course participants are required to complete a Practical Workbook on course while gaining workplace training under supervision from a certified Level 2 or 3 NDI Technician.

Basic Materials Technology and Introduction to NDT are prerequisite courses.

NDT - Liquid Penetrant Solvent Removable - Level 2 (NDITECHL2LPT) 113007 (2 Weeks)

The aim of this course is to provide course participants with the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to perform the Liquid Penetrant Solvent Removable method. The course provides theory and practical instruction in two phases in the utilisation of the Solvent Removable Liquid Penetrant method to perform testing of aerospace structures, components and ground support equipment. Phase 1 is one week in duration and is conducted at RAAF Amberley. During this phase, training is provided in basic material technology, visual and optical techniques and solvent removable liquid penetrant testing. Phase 2 is one week in duration and is also conducted at RAAF Amberley, with training conducted utilising a simulated workplace training and experience format.

NDT – Phased Array Ultrasonic Testing - Level 2 (PAUT) 215952 (3 Weeks)

The aim of this course is to provide course participants with the basic skills and knowledge necessary to perform Phased Array Ultrasonic Testing. Theory is reinforced through practical application in a simulated workshop. Course participants are required to complete a Practical Workbook on course while gaining workplace training under supervision from a certified Level 2 or 3 NDI Technician.

Personnel must have completed the Ultrasonic Testing components of NDITECHL2 (214609) or equivalent and hold current certification for Ultrasonic Testing.

Composite Specialist Course (COMSPEC) 216309 (6 weeks)

The aim of this course is to provide course participants with the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to assess and repair damage to ADF composite aircraft structures and covers the critical technical issues associated with the maintenance and repair of composite aircraft structures.

Students work on an advanced training aid performing repairs adapted from multiple aircraft specific SRM’s. Some of the repairs carried out are, core replacement, patch installation, composite hat section repair, trailing edge repair, step and scarf repairs and repairs to copper mesh and copper bonding strip.

The course provides training with advanced composite materials used on the latest aircraft. These materials include Nomex honeycomb core, carbon fibre, Kevlar, hybrid, fibreglass, structural laminating and paste adhesives and film and foam structural adhesives.

This new course aligns with relevant EASA, FAA and SAE standards.  SAE AIR 4938B – ‘Composite and Bonded Structure Technician/Specialist: Training Document’ was used to create the Composite Specialist Course.

The COMSPEC Course replaces the following three courses previously run at ACT:

  • ADHESBONDTECH 112570
  • ADHESBONDMAN 111472
  • ADVCOMTECH 213745

Composite and Adhesive Bonding - Recertification Course – 216963 (1 Day)

The aim of this course is to meet the requirements of DASRs and SAE AIR4938 - Composite and Bonded Structure Technician/Specialist: Training, all personnel employed to perform Composite and Adhesive Bonding repairs shall be recertified at intervals not to exceed 3 years. The course provides both theory and practical assessment in Composite and Adhesive Bonding repairs. This course is conducted at RAAF Amberley with practical assessments conducted utilising a simulated workplace environment.

Refer to Fact Sheet – Composite Repair Training and Certification for more information.

Engineering

NDT&CT Engineering Section develops NDT procedures for the ADF by employing an integrated workforce of Military and Australian Public Service personnel, and contracted NDT services via the ASI services contract.

NDT&CT Engineering develops NDT procedures, inclusive of introducing new NDT technologies, in support of ADF capability requirements. Engineering section provides support to ADF units and ADF support contractors through the following:

  • 21J NDT Instructions for Continuing Airworthiness (ICA) via:
    • Platform Specific Procedures, and
    • NDT General Procedures (AAP 7002.043-36).
  • Introduction of new NDT technologies in support of ADF capability requirements.
  • Technical review of platform specific NDT publications and associated procedures.
  • NDT Technical Information Review (TIR) of standards, practices and equipment.
  • NDT Subject Matter Expert (SME) advice

Requests for any of the above engineering support provisions are raised through the relevant Systems Program Office to the NDT&CT Task Controller, via the following e-mail: DASA.AMB NDT&CT TC.

Machine Shop

NDT&CT maintains a machine shop for the design and manufacture of ground support equipment (GSE) in support of NDT procedure development (i.e. reference standards). Facilities include a CNC mill, Electronic Discharge Machine and Additive Manufacturing Machine (3D Printer). NDT&CT can provide SME advice for GSE design, engineering drawing and manufacture of components.