Special Announcement!

ASNT is offering an exclusive opportunity to ALL ASNT members to participate in “Beta Examinations” in the methods of MT, RT, PT, UT, and VT. These exams are being offered at twelve sites, ten domestically and two internationally.

What is a “Beta Exam”?
A Beta Exam is a certification examination that has been written by the Certification Management Council and is being tested to ensure its validity. Once validated, it will be published as a regular exam.

Why should you participate?
If the Beta Exam you take is validated, and you pass, you could gain a method certification at no cost.

What will participation cost?
While there is a good likelihood, but no guarantee that each exam will be validated, we are offering them at no cost to current ASNT members.

Sounds good? Here’s how to get involved…
It’s easy, if you are an ASNT member, all you’ll need to do is fill out and submit an application form. You can download them here.

The Pittsburgh Section is proud to be offering these exams at:
Pittsburgh Section
TUV Rheinland
100 Industrial Boulevard
Aliquippa, PA 15001
Conference Room, Front Entrance

Apply Now

Deadline 21 March 2014     12 April 2014: MT, PT, RT, UT, and VT

General Exams: 8 AM
Specific Exams: 12:30 PM

Contact: George B. Maksin
mjmaksin@comcast.net | 724-513-9472

For more information about the Beta Exams, please visit the ASNT website at http://www.asnt.org/betaexams.

March 2014 Monthly Newsletter

Chairman’s Message

Chairman’s Message –March 2014

At our February meeting we honored our past chairmen at our annual “Past Chairman Social”. Turnout was small and 4 of our past chairmen were in attendance. The meeting was held at the Rivertowne Pour House, in Monroeville.

This month AWS will join us for a tour of ITLS. Marty Wenzig has put a tour of a couple of his facilities together for us (details are on page 2). The tour will be from 5 to 7pm with dinner @ Max & Erma’s following the tours.

ASNT is revamping the NDT level II certification program. In this process the MT, PT, RT, UT, & VT written exams are being rewritten. These new exams must go thru a validation process to verify their fairness and reliability. This is done by giving “Beta” exams to a number of candidates. Our section has been asked to be part of this process by offering these Beta exams to candidates in our area.

The exams will consist of 100 general & 80 specific questions. The exams will be given on a Saturday in April near Pittsburgh (we are in the process of determining the test site). ASNT will grade & generate performance stats for the exams & individual questions. From these the best questions from the Beta exams will be compiled into “validated” exams and regarded on a Pass/Fail decision for each candidate. For all your individual effort on these exams those that perform well enough on the Beta exams to produce a passing score on the restructured & regarded “validated” exam will receive certification in that method at no cost. There are a limited number of seats available for this, If you are interested in this please contact me @ rsaunders@elwd.com.

Please plan to join us on the 20th.

March News:

Industrial Testing Laboratory Services (ITLS), was recognized by the Pittsburgh Business Times as the 48th fastest growing, privately owned company in 2013. We are a materials and components testing laboratory that serves industries needing assessments of items subjected to high quality requirements.

The implementation of our quality program exceeds the requirements of ISO-17025 (A2LA accredited) and 10CFR50 Appendix B (NIAC and NUPIC audited).  Our testing and inspection services include; nondestructive, mechanical, metallurgical, and chemical analysis.

Your tour starts at ITLS at 635 Alpha Drive – will include viewing weld procedure qualification testing, including; radiography and mechanical testing of groove (butt) welds, and metallurgical assessments of fillet welds.

Your tour of the ITLS Nuclear Technical Institute at 570 Alpha Drive will include visiting our full scale “Inspection Simulator” (replicating a room inside a nuclear power plant), where we will demonstrate Leak Testing (LT) (Mass Spectrometer Leak Detection), of welded pressure vessels.

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If you plan to attend the meeting, please RSVP as soon as possible to Gary Young at gyoung@elwd.com or 724-752-0055 ext 3194.
Hope to see you there!

Bob Saunders
ASNT Pittsburgh Section
Chairman 2013-2014

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