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NDT Level III Résumé of Bill Blum

Résumé of William E. Blum

Summary of Qualifications

40 years total NDT experience…NDT Level III – six methods…37 years instructional experience for US and foreign citizens…5.5 years in Saudi Arabia, 1 year in Indonesia…experience in petro-chemical, pressure vessel, structural, nuclear and fossil power plants, shipping and aerospace NDT and QA/QC.


  • USAF - Over 800 hours of NDT training
  • USAF - over 500 hours of Technical Instructor Training
  • Fundamentals of Weld Inspection, 16 hrs, AWS, Oct 81
  • Specialized NDT training from McDonnell Douglas and General Dynamics
  • Radiation Safety, Gulf X-Ray, 20 hrs, Gretna, LA, Sep 89
  • Ultrasonic Detection of Intergranular Stress Corrosion Cracking, Electrical Power Research Institute, Charlotte, NC, Aug 93
  • Ultrasonic Sizing of IGSCC, EPRI, Charlotte, NC, Sep 93
  • ASME Section XI, App. VIII, Performance Demonstration Initiative Qualification, Detection and Through Wall Sizing, EPRI, Charlotte NC, Apr 94
  • Visual Testing 1, 2, and 3, VCR, Aug 94
  • Correspondence Course in Electronics, ICS, Jul 95
  • Radiographic Film Interpretation, Saudi ARAMCO, Jan 96
  • Radiation Safety, Saudi ARAMCO, Aug 97


  • ASNT Certified NDT Level III , UT, RT, MT, PT, VT and ET, Certificate Number 1225.
  • ASNT IRRSP Radiation Safety Card, RAM, Certification Number 1225, Expired 2008.
  • Louisiana Vocational, Technical, and Industrial Education Certificate, Number T-3536. (Expired)
  • Texas Industrial Radiography Card, Number 05768, April 1993. (Expired)
  • IGSCC Detection and Sizing, EPRI, August 1993.
  • PDI Detection and Sizing, EPRI, April 1994.
  • VT 1, 2, and 3, EPRI, August 1994.
  • Saudi ARAMCO Radiographic Film Interpretation (RTFI) Certification (October 1996 Revision)
  • Swedish Radiation Protection Authority (Strålsäkerhetsmyndigheten) Radiation Protection Expert.

Work Experience

  • CONSULTANT (Sep 97 - Present) NDT Consulting Group Inc.
  • NDT LEVEL III (Sep 95 - Sep 97) Tuboscope Vetco Saudi Arabia, LTD/Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi ARAMCO). Seconded to Saudi ARAMCO to provide NDT Level III services: Reviewed NDT procedures submitted by outside vendors (conducted over 880 reviews on more than 465 individual procedures submitted by 103 different organizations throughout the world); wrote NDT procedures for internal use at Saudi Aramco; audited vendors and NDT vendor organizations; reviewed and analyzed NDT reports; provided specialized technical support to autonomous units; consulted with field supervisors and advised on implementation and use of various NDT methods; wrote, administered and oversaw certification examinations; critiqued training courses; provided input on and justifications for equipment purchases; interpreted codes and specifications; coordinated work assignments between the NDT Labs and customers; interpreted radiographic film; performed specialized UT, e.g. depth sizing; interfaced with contract companies and autonomous units as one of Saudi ARAMCO’s NDT Level III Specialists. Member of Saudi ARAMCO NDT Advisory Committee.
  • NDT INSTRUCTOR, NDT LEVEL III/TECHNICIAN (Jul 93 - Sept 95) Virginia Corporation of Richmond, Richmond, VA. Researched, organized, developed, and wrote UT training materials and conducted UT training in accordance with ASME Section XI, Appendix VII; performed NDT of nuclear and fossil power plant components. Company certified to Level III in PT and MT. Certified to Level II UT in accordance with ASME Section XI, Appendix VII. EPRI qualified for manual detection and sizing of IGSCC. EPRI qualified Level I and II, Visual Examination. Qualified ASME Section VIII, PDI Detection and Sizing, EPRI, April 1994.
  • NDT CONSULTANT (Dec 92 - Jul 93) Provided consulting and training services to various companies involved in the manufacture of pressure vessels, aircraft parts, etc.
  • NDT TECHNICAL ADVISOR (Nov 91 - Dec 92) General Dynamics/Ft. Worth Division, Madiun, Indonesia. Advised and trained Indonesian Air Force personnel in the theory and application of NDT methods and procedures.
  • NDT CONSULTANT (May 91 -Nov 91) Provided consulting and training services to various companies involved in the manufacture of pressure vessels, aircraft parts, etc.
  • NDT INSTRUCTOR (Sep 89 -Aug 90) New Orleans Regional Technical Institute, New Orleans, Louisiana. Trained students in the theory and application of NDT methods and procedures in accordance with ASME, API, ASTM, ANSI, and ABS codes. Training included courses such as Level I and II for RT, UT, MT, PT, and ET; Welding Processes; Radiation Safety; Radiographic Film Interpretation; Ultrasonic Testing of Weldments; and Introduction to Certified Welding Inspector. State certified to conduct Radiation Safety Training and to possess and use radioactive isotopes. Radiation Safety Officer.
  • NDT TECHNICAL ADVISOR (Dec 86 -Jun 89) McDonnell Douglas Services, King Fahd Air Base, Khamis Mushayt, Saudi Arabia. Advised and trained Royal Saudi Air Force personnel in the theory and application of NDT methods.
  • NDT TECHNICIAN, CIVIL SERVICE (Sep 85 -Dec 86) Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. Performed NDT on various military aircraft, engines, and parts. Conducted training.
  • NDT TECHNICIAN/SHOP CHIEF (Aug 79 -Sep 85) Illinois Air National Guard, Peoria, Illinois. Set up the NDT lab as the ILANG converted to jet aircraft. Responsible for all aspects of the NDT shop operation. Performed NDT.
  • NDT INSTRUCTOR (Oct 77 -Aug 79) United States Air Force, Chanute AFB, Illinois. Conducted NDT training for USAF personnel. Wrote training material.
  • NDT TECHNICIAN (Aug 73 - Oct 77) United States Air Force, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho. Trained in and performed NDT of military aircraft, engines and parts.