Managing Member: Sonartech and NDT Level III

  • Position?
    Managing Member: Sonartech and NDT Level III

  • Person who has the biggest influence on your life?
    My Wife

  • Person who has the biggest influence on your NDT career?
    I was fortunate enough to have been mentored by André Fouche. He not only educated me in the NDT field but also taught me how to do NDT the correct way.

  • How did you begin your career in NDT?
    As a youngster NDT seemed like an easy job: just spray things red, you find a crack and you get paid for it! I started working for my father as an assistant and was never allowed to leave, so I decided to make a career out of it!

  • What are your current qualifications?

    • ASNT VT L2, PT L3, UT L3
    • SAQCC MT L3, UT L2, MT L2, PT L2
    • PCN PA L2
    • SNT-TC-1A RT L1 and ET L1
  • Which method do you enjoy most and why?

    Phased array ultrasonic inspection is by far the most interesting and enjoyable method for me. I relish the challenges around developing inspection techniques, especially those involving complex geometries..

  • What Industries or Sectors have you been involved in?

    • Power generation
    • Petrochemical
    • Mining
    • Fabrication
  • What are your biggest challenges in NDT?
    Making sure you keep up with all the latest equipment and software developments.

  • Most humorous NDT incident that you can remember?

    I was busy with a UT inspection on a weld at one of the power stations and a junior engineer was watching me. Eventually after standing over my shoulder for about 15 minutes he asked me if I was “x-raying” the weld! I didn’t know how to respond to such a question and wondered why he or I would be standing next to a radiation source for 15 minutes………

  • Hope for the future?

    That within the industry a better quality of technician is produced.

  • A must-visit NDT website that you recommend?

    www.ndt-ed.org, This site is a comprehensive source of information and technical education for all levels of technicians.