Latest news and updates - February 2022
Greetings from NDT Resources! We are well and truly into the new year now, and it's all systems go here. We're always interested in what you would like to see here, or if you have any comments on the content. We'd love to hear from you.
But before that, I need to get something off my chest...
NDT in a Production Environment
Unlike an aerospace Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) environment or carrying out in-service NDT in other sectors, being a part of an NDT team in an Original Equipment Manufacturer's (OEM) facility you may be (quite often) subject to pressures that shouldn't be a part of your decision making process. You may not feel completely independent.
What do I mean? In a production environment, manufacturing at the lowest cost possible is key. If a part needs re-work or repair - heaven-forfend, even scrapping - this has a huge cost downside. Who finds these faults? You, the NDT technician does. As such the NDT department is seen as an impediment to the production process - maybe production should have made the part properly in the first place! You may now find the bean-counters bringing pressure to bear on your findings, questioning your ability even.
I know an OEM Responsible Level 3 that is fed-up of fighting for his department's independence, so much so that he has asked me to find him another job.
I've seen this for myself. Just one example (and in the spirit of an RAF Murphy Report): I was part of a night-shift radiography team for a large aerospace OEM; we were all sub-contractors. The day shift were employees. It was thought that the night shift were failing more parts than the day shift; as such, production decreed that those parts were no longer to be shot by us, only the day shift could shoot and sentence them. The Responsible Level 3 was heavily leaned on by production, ending up in a shouting match in his office.
Coming from a background in the RAF, I am heavily imbued with a flight safety ethos. This situation, to say the least, infuriated me, but most importantly I worried that parts that should have failed the acceptance criteria may have been fitted to aircraft.
I ruminated about who to contact about this. The company? Probably not, I was only a contractor after all. I even considered blowing the whistle to the CAA, but I didn't. Who at the CAA any way? Researching for this article, I have found that the CAA does have a flight safety reporting system, but does anyone know of it?
There should be a confidential, open reporting system that allows individuals to report all air safety related occurrences, be it notification of an event which has already occurred or identification of a potential air safety hazard. Access to this should be widely available to the shop floor, if all attempts at addressing concerns internally are exhausted. The RAF has had this system in place for many, many years. After all, that aircraft cannot pull up at a cloud, it will crash and burn on a school where your sister goes. 😱
Please let me know if you have any experiences or comments to relate regarding this topic.
And now for something completely different...
I would like to focus on the end to end advantages of our ongoing affiliation with the NPAworldwide Recruiting Network and how it could help you.
NPAworldwide is a global recruitment network facilitating placements between its members. It has more than 550 member recruiting firms across 6 continents, specialising in a large variety of industries and covering an extensive range of technical and managerial disciplines. Participation in this prestigious private network of professional recruiting firms allows us to broaden our scope and greatly enhances our client and candidate reach.
Benefits For Hirers
Each member agency has the support of a 500-firm network when searching for the perfect candidate. Placing a request to source someone involved in the NDT sector (from technician, to sales, to management, to business development) with NDT Resources means that you pay for one firm's service but are leveraging the knowledge and expertise of the entire network. What this means for you
Benefits For Candidates
Signing up as an NPAworldwide candidate has many advantages - It's free, quick, and confidential. Working with an individual recruiter such as NDT Resources means you are also working with our employer connections. Members have access to the contacts and relationships of the entire global network.
Create a profile including your resume/CV to be shared with other member recruiters. This will let them view and to possibly assist you with your career goals.
If you are contacted by one of our affiliates and a telephone or in-person interview is scheduled for you, please contact me with details of the interview. By doing so, it allows me to offer my assistance through the interviewing cycle and to better represent your knowledge, skills, and abilities.
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