Industry Sector Qualification

Ultrasonic Shear Wave Examinations

Exam Specifications - Ultrasonic Testing: Shear Wave Pressure Equipment Weld Examination (UTSW)

A hands-on practical examination will be used to assess the candidate's ability to perform ultrasonic testing (UT) on a minimum number of specimens and product forms per the shear wave pressure equipment weld ISQ exam. The specimens and areas of interest contain actual or artificially-induced discontinuities representing those discontinuities found in the product type and industry sector for which qualification is sought. Candidates must locate, interpret, and evaluate discontinuities, and properly document test results. Candidates are required to pass a weld defect plot drawing examination in addition to a sample scanning and defect detection examination. Additional details may be found in the UTSW Protocol document O&G-UTSW-4 and the exam instructions O&G-UTSW-5.1 & O&G-UTSW-5.2.

Qualifications to take the Shear Wave Pressure Equipment Weld Examination

The ISQ UTSW candidates shall understand that the expected prerequisite level of competency to sit for this exam is at least equal to a Level II ultrasonics certification per the guidelines in Recommended Practice No. SNT-TC-1A: Personnel Qualification and Certification in Nondestructive Testing (latest edition).

All O&G UTSW candidates shall have first successfully passed the ASNT O&G UTT qualification. This is a one-time requirement.

Candidates are expected to bring their own equipment, and to understand the protocol, instructions, and report form before arriving for the examination.

Examples of Required Equipment:

  • Ultrasonic Instrument(s)
  • Reference Standard(s) (some reference standards may be available from the AEC — contact before the exam)
  • Transducer(s)
  • Plotting tools (personal plotting tools, calculator, etc.)
  • Graph paper, pencils, and protractors will be supplied by the Proctor

Candidates will be required to present two forms of original (no photo copies), valid (unexpired) IDs; one form as a primary ID (government issued with name, recent recognizable photo, and signature) and one form as a secondary ID (with at least a name and signature, or name and recent recognizable photo).

Safety toe shoes are required to conduct the exam.

Candidates will be required to agree to a code of ethics and ASNT terms and conditions.

For the ISQ Shear wave exam session you will not be permitted to leave for lunch, but we recommend that you bring a sack lunch to eat in the exam room. This is a 7-8 hour exam session.

Protocol, Exam Instructions, and Report for the UTSW Examination

Re-examination Policy

Candidates who fail the exam shall meet the following conditions to apply and retake the examination:

  • If the applicant fails the exam on the first attempt, they are allowed an immediate retake once they complete the application process again.
  • After a failure on a second attempt, a thirty (30) day waiting period will be required before an additional application will be processed and an exam can be attempted. The application process shall be the same as the initial application process. It is strongly recommended that the candidate participate in additional training for the exam method in preparation for an additional exam attempt.
  • After a failure on a third attempt, a ninety (90) day waiting period will be required before an additional application will be processed and an exam can be attempted. The application process shall be the same as the initial application process. It is strongly recommended that the candidate participate in additional training for the exam method in preparation for an additional exam attempt.
  • After a failure on a fourth attempt and all subsequent attempts, a one hundred eighty (180) day waiting period will be required before an additional application will be processed and an exam can be attempted. The application process shall be the same as the initial application process. It is strongly recommended that the candidate participate in additional training for the exam method in preparation for an additional exam attempt.

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