Magnetic Particle / Dye Penetrant Certificate of Completion

*Beginning in Spring term of 2016 this program is no longer accepting new students. Students who are currently declared in these programs should contact program director Bruce Emerson to develop an academic plan.


The Magnetic Particle/ Dye Penetrant Testing Certificate of Completion program is a self-directed, outcome-based program designed to prepare students for employment as a magnetic particle / dye penetrant inspection technician in a manufacturing environment. The program is offered exclusively at the Manufacturing and Applied Technology Center (MATC) at COCC's Redmond Campus. Departmental approval is required for enrollment at the Manufacturing and Applied Technology Center.

Magnetic particle inspection involves the application of small magnetically sensitive particles with fluorescing dyes onto the article being tested while in the presence of a magnetic field. The particles group together around potential flaws and allow technicians to more closely examine the indications to determine if they are identifying a defect in the part.

Dye Penetrants are chemical agents that penetrate flaws in a part and become visible to the technician when viewed under the correct lighting conditions.

Building on a strong foundation of mathematics, science and practical skills, students learn about the application of magnetic particles and dye penetrants to the field of NonDestructive Testing and Inspection. Students learn:

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  • Setup, and calibration of test equipment.
  • Wet and dry magnetic particle techniques
  • Preparation of samples for dye penetrant application
  • Use of proper techniques and practices to assess data and examine discontinuities in testarticles.

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All credits required to satisfy the requirements of this Certificate of Completion can also be applied towards the Associate of Applied Science degree in Non Destructive Testing and Inspection.


This certificate/degree is designed for students planning to enter their chosen career upon graduation. Often only selected credits are considered transferrable to public or private baccalaureate institutions. Prior to starting any MATC program, students are advised to contact the institution they intend to transfer to and identify what credits may be transferable.


Suggested Course Plan for Mag Particle / Dye Penetrant CoC