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Our Derby-based training school provides the theory, practical, and examination in NDT techniques, accredited by BINDT (PCN) for rail professionals to carry out routine tests and inspections on bearings, wheelsets/axles, and rails.  

If you have an enquiry or would like to visit our training facility, please get in touch.

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Ultrasonic rail testing training

Ultrasonic rail testing is a form of non-destructive testing that uses high frequency sound waves to scan rails. These tests are performed to identify internal flaws and defects that require remediation.  

Our ultrasonic rail testing courses cover everything from the fundamentals through to advanced techniques. Through practical hands-on training students will part-take in theory, practical and examination elements, equipping them with the knowledge and expertise needed to carry out safety critical tests on the rail infrastructure.   

Our courses include and cover:  

  • Rail Appreciation - A general course on understanding methods used for basic ultrasonic testing for personnel/managers undertaking testing themselves.

  • RT01 – Basic Ultrasonic Techniques  

  • RT02 – Intermediate Ultrasonic Techniques  

  • Level 2 – Ultrasonic Testing for Managers and Supervisors  

  • U6 – Thermic Welds  

  • U10 – Adjustment Switches (Breathers) 

  • U17 – Underfoot Corrosion and Tri-metal Welds.  

Ultrasonic axle testing training 

Axles are an important safety critical item that allows the rolling stock to keep moving around the UK rail network and they are one of the most important components on a vehicle. The need for in-service asset inspections, coupled with mandatory requirements for TOCs to carry out routine maintenance and repairs, are vital for increasing the reliability of the network and the vehicles in use for those that rely on it.  

Understanding how to conduct accurate inspections requires an understanding of the techniques used, and how these can help contribute to reducing vehicle downtime, asset life extension and reliability, and repair and maintenance programmes.  

Our PCN accredited ultrasonic axle testing courses are delivered through a combination of theory and practical elements, rail professionals will undertake training that will provide them the knowledge and experienced needed to carry out their roles or refresh their learning and recertify.  

  • Level 1 Initial – allows technicians to carry out in-service inspections 

  • Level 2 Intermediate – allows technicians to enable decisions to be made  

  • Recertification and Examination

Bearing familiarisation training

Bearing inspections help to extend the life of bearings whilst improving the reliability of these assets. Bearing inspections can help detect component defects, damage, and advanced wear, enabling overhauls and maintenance to be carried out, helping to reduce rolling stock downtime. To inspect bearings in a safe and reliable way without causing damage to the original part requires a comprehensive understanding of NDT processes and requirements.  

Our bearing courses will help rail professionals understand the core components of bearings, exploring the various types and how to correctly remove and replace cartridge bearings as part of their role. All of our courses include theory and practical elements, providing a hands-on approach to learning.  

Our courses include and cover:  

  • Level 1 – Bearing Training: Removal and Replacement 

  • Level 2 – Bearing Training  

  • Introduction to Metrology 

  • Wheel Damage Inspection and Remedial Training  

  • Regreasing of Cartridge Bearings (to company standards) 

Magnetic particle and dye penetrant inspection training

Magnetic particle and dye penetrant inspection techniques are both types of non-destructive testing used to identify defects and flaws in rail vehicles and the networks infrastructure.  

Magnetic particle inspection (MPI) is a method of testing used to detect surface or near-surface flaws or defects in ferromagnetic materials. 

Dye penetrant inspection (DPI), also known as liquid penetrant inspection, is a method of testing used to locate surface breaking flaws such as cracks, seams, or other surface anomalies. 

Our courses provide a hands-on approach for rail professionals to study MPI or DPI, with the opportunity to use a range of fully mastered samples, ensuring every student experiences, where possible, the many varied and wide-ranging defects they may encounter in their chosen field of work.   

British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT/PCN) accredited training courses for MPI:

  • Level 1 – Initial: Technicians can test but cannot confirm pass or fail of part 

  • Level 2 – Initial: Technicians can test and confirm pass or fail of part 

American Society for Non-Destructive Testing (ASNT) accredited training courses for DPI:

  • For in-service inspections, working to customers set practice 

"We are proud to offer hands-on training that provides the theory, practical and examination needed for rail professionals to succeed in their roles and careers. We are committed to providing our students with the highest quality training through the use of fully mastered samples."

Phil Hall
Training Services Manager

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If you would like to find out more about our training services, please call or text on 07356 122 902, or drop us a message and a member of our team will be in touch.

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