Olympus application specialist Curtis Dickinson (center) instructs students Miguel Gonzalez (left) and Amber Van Duyn (right) on proper inspection methods with phased array ultrasonic inspection technology.

Olympus recently donated OmniScan flaw detection equipment to LeTourneau University to support the next generation of nondestructive testing (NDT) inspectors. Olympus phased array ultrasonic testing (PAUT) specialists Curtis Dickinson and Rob Frashefski traveled to the campus in Longview, Texas, to offer students in-person instruction.

The class they visited, Nondestructive Evaluation and Testing, is a senior level course that teaches engineering students the theory and practice of NDT methods. Using the OmniScan equipment to demonstrate, the Olympus experts discussed PAUT theory and practice with the students in the welding/materials joining engineering program. “It was a great experience getting to learn about ultrasonic phased array and how to maximize the use of the equipment in our studies,” said Amber Van Duyn, welding engineering junior.

LeTourneau University teaches rigorous engineering through an immersive, hands-on learning approach. The Department of Welding/Materials Joining Engineering is part of the ABET-accredited bachelor of science in engineering and bachelor of science in engineering technology degree programs and offers concentrations in materials joining engineering.