Great Bay Community College to Bring in National Expert to Help Individuals Advance in Nondestructive Testing

Great Bay Community College to Bring in National Expert to Help Individuals Advance in Nondestructive Testing

Great Bay Community College to Bring in National Expert to Help Individuals Advance in Nondestructive Testing


Great Bay Community College (GBCC) will be hosting highly accomplished Nondestructive Testing (NDT) expert Toni Bailey, who will be leading a half-day training session on March 26 for NDT professionals working in the aerospace industry. Bailey is a decorated US Air Force Veteran who runs TB3 NDT, which specializes in NDT training specific to the aerospace industry, including military/government, Department of Defense, Federal Aviation Association, commercial and corporate aviation and aerospace manufacturing. New Hampshire has numerous companies in these sectors.

NDT is the examination, test, or evaluation of a part without destroying or altering the part in any way, for the purpose of determining whether conditions exist that might have an effect on the usefulness of the part. It is a critical component in advanced manufacturing. This training is designed for NDT professionals that are at Level III, which is a certified agent. The NAS 410 Level III training will be held from 9 am until 1:30 pm at GBCC’s Rochester campus, 5 Milton Road, #32. The cost of the program is $385 and individuals can register by calling 603-427-7700. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

“We are excited to have Toni Bailey come to campus because she is a nationally recognized NDT professional who has created this workshop for others interested in the Level III training, which is highly sought after. Having her on campus highlights the industry relevance of our program and serves as a great resource for the numerous manufacturers we serve in the region who need professionals to keep up with the latest skills required for NDT work,” said Debra Mattson, director of the Advanced Technology and Academic Center at the GBCC Rochester campus.

Upward mobility in this field can be rapid. There are three levels of NDT personnel qualification. I, II and III. As trainees, students are working and studying to pass level I qualification exams. After passing the first semester, they may continue on to Level II qualification. A sufficient amount of on the job experience is required at an employer, before the employer is allowed to certify the individual. The level II, once certified, may evaluate parts for acceptance or rejection. Level III employees are generally supervisory positions. Every company involved in nondestructive testing is required to have a Level III certified agent on staff due to the complexity of the work. In most cases, four years of experience at level II qualifies for the level III position. NDT training can lead to many career opportunities because it is a growing field, and there is a severe shortage of qualified individuals.

“There is a need for NDT training in the community because currently level IIIs are retiring and taking their knowledge with them leaving level II employees unprepared because they don’t have the experience and training they need. It is important that we train the next workforce, and the next generation of workforce,” said Bailey. Her company is the only NDT training company that offers this particular class.

GBCC is an attractive host for this training because of the college’s expertise in NDT education. For those individuals interested in pursuing a career in NDT, GBCC currently has an NDT certificate program that helps prepare students for employment as high-quality entry-level technicians within the diverse industries that NDT serves. This program provides technical training in the inspection methods most commonly used in the industries in Southern and Seacoast NH: radiography (RT), ultrasonic (UT) and liquid penetrant (PT), as well as visual inspection. The NDT courses are developed using the American Society for Nondestructive Testing, Inc. and National Aerospace Standard (NAS) to meet formal training requirements. This training is for Level I and Level II. A Level III training program is expected to be rolled out in later this year. Companies who use nondestructive testing and nondestructive testing professionals who would like to be included in development or informed of the status should contact  

About Great Bay Community College

Great Bay Community College is a comprehensive postsecondary institution offering quality academic and professional and technical education in support of workforce development and lifelong learning. Great Bay Community College is part of the Community College System of New Hampshire, a public system of higher education consisting of seven colleges in Berlin, Claremont, Laconia, Concord, Manchester, Nashua, and Portsmouth.  The colleges offer Associate degrees and career training in technical, professional and general fields, including transfer pathways to baccalaureate degrees. The college’s second campus, the Advanced Technology & Academic Center is now open in Rochester offering academic courses and a degree program in Advanced Composites Manufacturing.   For more information on Great Bay Community College, visit