Shaun Meerholz Profile

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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.