Course Title: Perform basic penetrant testing

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2011

Course Code: PROC5253C

Course Title: Perform basic penetrant testing

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6069 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff


Frank(Yanan) Wang

+61 3 9925 4310

Nominal Hours: 20

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

Path 1
MEM18001C Use hand tools

Course Description

This unit covers performing basic penetrant testing procedures in a range of industrial applications.

Application of the competency:
This unit applies to basic penetrant testing techniques on fabrications, structures and components across a wide range of industries and restricted to basic visible dye and/or process penetrant line methods.
The work can relate to scheduled and unscheduled maintenance activities, using general tools, specific penetrant testing equipment as specified in maintenance
documentation, testing procedures or operator instructions.
Actual and potential defects are to be considered, together with ongoing abnormalities in fabrications, components and
Penetrant testing is performed on critical component or structural zones.
All testing must be completed with particular attention to personal safety and OH&S regulations. Certification against Australian standards may be achieved where assessment in this unit of competency is carried out in conjunction with an
examining authority as described in ISO 9712. Materials and chemicals which are subject to codes and regulations – for example, chemicals, explosives, solvents,
dangerous materials, acids, or noxious waste products – must be subject to safe work habits and must be stored and used in accordance with safe work practices.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MEM24001B Perform basic penetrant testing


1. Prepare inspection areas for basic penetrant testing

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Inspection areas are cleaned and prepared for testing using appropriate procedures and materials.
1.2. Preparation processes are carried out in accordance with the relevant procedures and OH&S requirements.
1.3. Inspection areas are visually assessed and obvious discontinuities are identified.


2. Perform basic penetrant testing

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Nominated test is identified from standard operating procedures.
2.2. Test equipment is prepared in accordance with standard operating procedures.
2.3. Test media is selected and applied in accordance with workplace practices and specifications.
2.4. Penetrant test is carried out in accordance with relevant work instructions and OH&S requirements.
2.5. Penetrant testing equipment is maintained and stored in accordance with standard operating procedures and OH&S requirements.


3. Report the results of penetrant test(s)

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Basic indications are checked and defects are identified in accordance with enterprise standards and/or procedures.
3.2. Basic indications are confirmed in accordance with enterprise standards and/or procedures.
3.3. Test results are reported in accordance with enterprise standards and/or procedures.

Learning Outcomes

Required skills:

Evidence that confirms skills in:
preparing inspection areas
identifying discontinuities
applying procedures
applying test media
applying principles of penetrant testing techniques
identifying defects
reading and interpreting routine information on written
job instructions, specifications and standard operating
following oral instructions
entering routine and familiar information onto
proformas and standard workplace forms

Required knowledge:

Evidence that confirms knowledge of:
cleaning and preparation processes
precleaning methods and their areas of use – solvents,
vapour degrease, etching, detergents, paint removers,
mechanical methods
consequences of incorrect preparation
procedures and OH&S requirements in relation to the preparation process
basic concepts and principles of NDT; general terms,
purpose of NDT and areas of application of NDT
scope and basic description of test
general properties of penetrants – penetrability,
removability, visibility
emulsifier types
developer types
use of standard test panels
established inspection procedures and techniques
types of discontinuities and their consequences
procedure for carrying out penetrant testing
penetrant application
dwell times
penetrant removal
developer application
dry powder
development time
factors affecting indications
non-relevant indications
post-cleaning methods and their areas of use
basic maintenance and storage procedures for testing equipment
OH&S requirements including storage requirements
definition of a defect and common basic defects
methods/procedures for reporting test results

Details of Learning Activities

This subject incorporates a range of activities including lectures, problem practices, lab practices,classroom video and discussion etc.

Teaching Schedule

Week 1: Introduction on NDT, terminologies, basic penetrant testing processes.
Week 2: Penetrant testing compared to other non-destructive testing methods, the portable processes.
Week 3: Interpretation and evaluation.
Week 4: Lab practice.
Week 5: Closed book test

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Students network drive S drive:
S:\Mechanical & Manufacturing Students\PROC5253C-Perform Basic Penetrant Testing-1145-Dr.Frank Wang

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including written/oral activities and demonstration of practical skills to the relevant industry standards. Participants are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment activities to their teacher/assessor. Feedback will be provided throughout the course.

Evidence of student’s competence can be gathered through a variety of ways including:
• observation of processes and procedures;
• oral and/or written questioning on required knowledge and skills;
• testimony from supervisors, colleagues, clients and/or other appropriate
• inspection of the final product or outcome;
• a portfolio of documentary evidence.

Graded Assessment out of 100 Marks will be based on the results obtained for Assignments, Practical Reports & Unit Tests.
Students must gain a pass in ALL forms of assessment in order to gain this competency.

Assessment Tasks

1* Lab practice
1*Closed book final test

Assessment Matrix

Course Overview: Access Course Overview