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Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Effective Term: Summer 2023
Units: 3
Hours: 40 lecture per quarter (40 total per quarter)
Prerequisite: This course is limited to students admitted to the Nondestructive Testing Technician Apprenticeship Program.
Degree & Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: None
Grade Type: Pass/No Pass Only
Repeatability: Not Repeatable


This course prepares students to perform industrial radiography, including dark room facilities, image quality, indications, codes and standards.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:

  1. Perform RT tests
  2. Develop or process film
  3. Analyze results and interpret indications

Course Content

  1. Dark room facilities
    1. Facilities and equipment
    2. Film loading
    3. Protection of radiographic
    4. Processing of film - manual
    5. Automatic film processing
    6. Film filing and storage
  2. Radiographic image quality
    1. Radiographic sensitivity
    2. Radiographic contrast
    3. Definition
    4. Film graininess
    5. Image Quality Indicators (IQI)
  3. Viewing radiographs
    1. Equipment
    2. Acceptable densities
    3. Film viewing considerations
    4. Indications: Relevant and non-relevant
  4. Unsatisfactory radiographs
  5. Weldments and castings
    1. Welding discontinuities
    2. Casting discontinuities
  6. ASME V, Article 2
    1. Sensitivity, geometrical unsharpness and density requirements, ASME V Table T-276ASTM E-94 Standards
    2. Application of RT to pressure vessels
    3. ASME VIII

Lab Content

Not applicable.

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

1. Dummy source, caution tape, film, film viewer.
2. When taught via Foothill Global Access, on-going access to computer with email software and hardware; email address.

Method(s) of Evaluation

Methods of Evaluation may include but are not limited to the following:

Results of a written test
Results of practical test

Method(s) of Instruction

Methods of Instruction may include but are not limited to the following:

Hands-on training

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

American Society for Nondestructive Testing. Personnel Training Publications: Radiographic Testing (RT), Classroom Training Book, 2nd ed.. 2016.

This text is still widely used within the industry and is the most current text used for training.

Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments

  1. Reading: Read Chapter 17 - Application to Pressure Vessels
  2. Writing: Complete Quiz 17 on page 105. Quiz results will be reviewed in class as a group


Industrial Maintenance