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Tough /təf/ adjective - (of a substance or object) strong enough to withstand adverse conditions.

Succeeding as a professional in the NDT industry is TOUGH. It requires attention to detail, perseverance, and dedication, which isn’t for everyone. After all, keeping the world safe is in our hands, and it’s often a dirty job.

As a way of acknowledging the contributions of all NDT professionals for diligently performing a job that often goes unnoticed until there is a problem AND creating a movement to help raise the profile of the NDT industry, we invite all of our peers in the NDT industry to join us in proudly identifying as being NDT tough.


Together, we will raise awareness of NDT and show the world what it means to be NDT TOUGH!

What NDT TOUGH Means to Me...
Please note that all statements made are that of the individual and in no way represent the company for whom they work.


Neal Ferguson, Element

"NDT TOUGH" means getting out there, doing the hard work, and having the ambition to do it right for the integrity of the world."


Stacy Cotie, Acuren

"NDT Tough means to me being strong enough to make decisions even when they're unpopular, which is important in the NDT field. I believe we've got to maintain and be strong enough to stand up to the ethics and values and integrity that we need every day"

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Stephanie Cochran, Avcorp Industries

"#NDTtough sometimes means being strong enough to handle the fallout of being the bearer of bad news, but finding strength in knowing you’re doing the right thing for the integrity of your industry."


Allen Gress, Comet Yxlon

"A warrior. You have to be willing to get down in the dirt, get in the ditch, and get dirty. Crawl into tight spaces. You have to be willing to make the sacrifice to have a long and good career, but you have to be up to putting in the time to do it. So it's a tough job. Yes."


Dave Bajula, NDT SME

"NDT Tough?   Tenacious.

Sometimes you gotta work 24/7. But really doing NDT with skills to rigorous procedures that many times can't be taught but have to be acquired.

You have to be Tough to be in NDT."


Mike Giganti, Phoenix Neutron Imaging


"NDT Tough means providing security and reliability to the supply chain that could not be achieved by any other means."

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Jason Robbins, VisiConsult

"So NDT TOUGH for me is...a mental thing that sometimes you have to make tough decisions to figure out the best path forward; it's not always easy. It could be ethical and investment-wise, but I think you have to be mentally tough to do NDT - right?"

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Ricardo Mar

"For me NDT is a chance for a better opportunity and a safer future for the generations to come."

Ricardo (2nd from the right) is pictured here with some of his classmates in the first NDT cohort of Avalos Aldine Pathways in Technology (P-Tech) High School

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Eddie Pompa, Axient


“NDT Tough means perseverance, grit, determination, that’s what NDT tough is in my mind. That’s what it takes to stick with it, get your education, get your training, get your OJT, and become an inspector.”


LET US KNOW WHAT IT MEANS TO YOU.  We look forward to your's as easy as 1-2-3!

What #NDTTough Means to Me

1 Write a quick quote (include your name and company)

2 Select a photo of yourself (or take a new one!)

3 Submit here and get ready to be featured on our website and in one of our upcoming emailers:

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