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ITI Thermography Training

Infrared Training Institute provides infrared thermography training for anyone wishing to further his or her knowledge in the field of thermal imaging. Our courses are designed for engineers, craftsmen, scientists, managers, electricians, mechanical maintenance, PPM personnel and home inspectors. Our certification courses conform to ASNT guidelines as outlined in the ASNT-TC-1A. Our curriculum meets or exceeds ASNT-TC1A and ASNT-CP189 used in Nuclear Power Plants. Our courses also comply with ISO-9712 and DIN used in Germany. A course outline is available upon request. We provide training and certification for NASA, United Space Alliance, Exxon Mobil, Dell, Intel, AMD, Louisiana Pacific, Temple Inland, Shell, Citgo, Continental Airlines, Georgia Pacific and many more.Our curriculum includes Level I Training (Certification), Level II Training (Certification), building science courses, management seminars, software training, operator training, application specific training, and infrared program development. Whether your interests are electrical, mechanical, process, energy audits and conservation, or research and development, we are here to meet your needs. Level I and Level II courses are 32 hours. Software courses are 4-16 hours. On-site training courses are also available. These include ASNT certification classes as well as application specific training tailored to meet your needs.

  • What procedures are neccessary to complete ASNT Certification?
    • ASNT – TC – 1A recommends that the required classroom instruction for a Level 1 thermographer is 32 hours. In keeping with these requirements, the candidate must attend the Level 1 Infrared Thermographer Training course as administered by Infrared Training Institute and pass the written examination with a grade of 70% or better.
    • The spirit of the ASNT certification recommendations is that the certified thermographer should be a thermographer in practice. To this end those seeking certification must provide written proof that he or she has been active in the infrared thermography field for a period of at least 12 months. This written declaration must be signed by a responsible person. Along with this declaration the applicant must provide a log of thermographic activities that document 100 hours of work experience.
    • To be certified, the thermographer must be qualified and able to perform infrared inspections that maintain certain standards. The applicant for certification must therefore submit a sample report to be kept on file by Infrared Training Institute for the term of the three year certification. This sample report should include infrared thermograms, corresponding real life images, and all related information. The sample report should have at least 5 image report pages.
  • Are the certifications received at ITI training recognized globally?

The Infrared Training Institute has trained individuals and companies from around the world.  We have trained students from all parts of the world and several fortune 500 companies have also received training from us.  Our certification courses conform to ASNT guidelines as outlined in the ASNT-TC-1A. Our curriculum meets or exceeds ASNT-TC1A and ASNT-CP189 used in Nuclear Power Plants. Our courses also comply with ISO-9712 and DIN used in Germany.  We provide training as per ASNT standards which is recognized world wide as a standard for non-destructive testing.  ASNT is an american standard and is starting to become replaced in Europe with the newer EN473 European standard.  We provide training that meets and exceeds all standards set forth by the ASNT, so that our students are well prepared for any new developments or standards.  We also constantly monitor new certfication developments and use them in our training courses where approriate.

  • Why would one choose training from a ITI over other larger training facilities.

Quite simply we believe that classroom sizes that exceed 15-20 people per instructor do not allow for all students to recieve the attention needed for thermography training.  We offer much smaller classrooms, and this in turns leads to more time for our instructor to personally teach the application, camera, and software of each individual student.  This is not a possibility with larger classrooms that many of our competitors teach.  We offer personalized and individualized thermography training compared to larger classrooms where this would just not be possible.  Students are able to receive training for their own cameras and software regardless of type or manfacturer.  The entire classroom will learn a little about each camera, software, and application of each student.  We believe this personalized training leads to better thermographers which results in less errors and accidents for their company.

  • What is the Infrared Training Institute’s policy regarding re-certification?

All levels of Non-Destructive Testing personnel should be recertified every 5 years.  Recertification is based on ASNT standards and requires evidence of continuing satisfactory performance as well as re-examination of the previous thermography training as deemed necessary by the employer’s NDT level III.

  • What companies have sought training from you?

We have provided training and certification for NASA, United Space Alliance, Exxon Mobil, Dell, Intel, AMD, Louisiana Pacific, Temple Inland, Shell, Citgo, Continental Airlines, Georgia Pacific and many, many more.  More references can be provided upon request.

  • Are your training certifications recognized by other thermography trainers as prerequistes to further thermography training/education?

Our training meets and exceeds the ASNT standards which are accepted worldwide.  As a result any further thermography training done by another training institute will accept our certification as prerequiste to further education.  In the past our students have had no issues with this, and we cannot forsee a time when they would.

  • When does the thermography training class start and end?

Infrared training class starts at 8:00am and goes to 5:00pm. Depending on how much information is covered during the day, the class may end earlier or later. Students should be expected to stay in class every day until 5:30pm. There will be several 10-15 minute breaks throughout the day as well as an hour lunch break. The 4th day of training will generally end between 4:00 and 5:00pm depending on how long it takes all students to complete the final exam.

  • Is your thermography training course directed towards your infrared cameras?

We believe our products outclass our competitors in a majority of fields, however we do not push one particular infrared camera company over another.  Instead we provide unbiased information and education for all thermal imaging cameras.  Our small classroom size allows us to review several different types of cameras and software with students.  Our instructors’ knowledge of the industry from manufacturing to distribution of thermal imaging cameras provides the students with valuable insight that no other trainer can offer.  Our instructor, Gary Strahan, is also founder and CEO of Infrared Cameras Inc. and has been involved in every aspect and application of thermal imaging for over 31 years.  His knowledge of thermal imaging is unsurpassed and lends itself to passionate educational classroom discussions about thermography.

  • What should students bring to class?

Students should bring at the very least a pen and notepad to take notes. Each student will receive course materials at these ASNT compliant courses including but not limited to: a comprehensive manual, course handouts, administration and grading of examination as well as Certification to those who meet the written requirements. Students should also bring a thermal imaging camera as well as a laptop if possible. When possible, the instructor will go over each individual’s infrared camera and software. For all training at our location in Beaumont, TX, free wifi is provided for anyone that has a laptop.

  • Do we have hotel group rate?

For all training at our location in Beaumont, TX, we use the:

MCM Elegante’
2355 I-10 South
Beaumont, Texas 77705
Group Rate: $ 99.00 a night/ plus tax for a King or Double – $129.00 a night/plus tax for a suite – $129.00 a night/plus tax for a king or double on the Concierge level – $159.00 a night/ plus tax for a suite on the Concierge level, Which includes continental breakfast and private cocktails, served in their private concierge lounge.
Phone:(409)842-3600 ext. 650 Contact: Virtue Alexander
Be sure to mention the group name: Texas Infrared

  • Is there a dress code? Is PPE required?

The dress code is casual, and no PPE or safety boots are required. On the occassion we do have on-site training, one afternoon may be dedicated to a field trip for on-site training and PPE will be required, however your instructor will let you know ahead of time when this is required.

  • Will some training dates get canceled?

The Infrared Training Institute requires at least 4 people to be signed up for class before we do the training.

  • When will my Credit Card be charged for Thermography Training?

Your Credit Card will not be billed until the first day of class. We do this to avoid problems if the class gets canceled or if the student can not make it to the class and has to cancel.

  • Where are you located?

Our main training facility is located at 855 West Cardinal Drive which is on Highway 69/96 access road in Beaumont Texas with classes being from 8 AM to 5 PM.

  • What applications can Thermography be used in? What applications will thermography training cover?

Generally the instructor will cover every application that students need, and much more.

What is Thermal Imaging?

Infrared – thermal imaging, like visual imaging, is the collection, recording, and displaying of light from a scene. However, ‘infrared’ refers to light with longer wavelengths than that of visual light. Infrared imaging is also referred to as thermal imaging; these terms are taken to be identical. Thermal imaging shows the thermal patterns emitted from, or reflected off of a target, and as such, it does not require visual light.

 

What is Infrared Thermography?

Infrared Thermography is the discipline concerned with the acquisition, storage & analysis of radiated energy using a thermal imaging camera system.

* Infrared Instruments DO NOT Measure Temperature!
* They measure Infrared Radiated Energy only!

Typically you will hear both infrared and thermal imaging. They are really the same thing. Thermography, however, refers to active collection & interpretation of infrared data. Thermography is the measurement of temperature remotely to indicate equipment health and assigning a color based on the temperature.

 

What is Infrared Radiation?

* Emitted by all objects above absolute zero (-273° C, -459° F)
* Generated by the motion of electrically charged particles.
* Molecular activity increases with energy in an object.
* The temperature of an object is a measure of its molecular exitation.
* Infrared radiation increases with molecular activity.
* Therefore, the higher the temperature the more infrared radiated energy!

Radiation is the transmission of electromagnetic rays through space and like radio waves, is invisible. Each material that has a temperature above absolute zero (-460°F) emits infrared radiation, including the sun, icebergs, stoves or radiators, humans, animals, furniture, ceilings, walls, floors, etc. All infrared cameras and thermometers, detect radiant heat, also known as infrared radiation. As an object becomes warmer, it radiates more energy which the camera detects, creating a thermal image or thermogram.

The infrared energy emitted from the measured object is converted into an electrical signal by the imaging sensor (microbolometer) and displayed as a color or black & white thermal image.

 

What is Infrared Ray?

The infrared ray is a form of an electromagnetic wave as well as a visible light or a radio wave. The wavelength band is 0.78 to 1000[μm] that is longer than visible light yet shorter than radio wave, and the wavelengths are classified from the near infrared to the far infrared region. However, it shall be considered as various classifications have been proposed. The infrared ray is also energy radiated by motions of atoms and molecules on the surface of object, in case the temperature of the object is more than absolute zero degree.

 

What is a Thermogram?

A thermogram is a thermal image made by an infrared camera showing temperature differences in varying colors based on the color palette chosen by the thermographer. The dictionary defines thermogram as a photographic record made by thermography.
What are the Benefits of Infrared Thermography?

* Temperature calculations are non-contact
* Process does not have to be shut down – must be running
* Will not deface or destroy the product
* Transient phenomena or moving objects can be studied
* Fast response, milliseconds
* Temperature calculations of irregular shaped objects
* Pattern observation and evaluation
* Collection of large amounts of thermal data
* Measurement through hazardous atmospheres
* Measurement through special IR windows
* Data easily stored for post analysis and trending

 

What are the ISO standards?

ISO 18436-7-2008 specifies requirements for qualification and assessment of personnel who perform inspections. As with ISO 9712 and ASNT TC1A it is up to the employer to implement these requirements and procedures into their written practice. ISO 18436-7-2008 is more of a procedure that lays out how to inspect equipment and we follow these guidelines. The issue some industries have with this specific procedure is that it does not apply to some specified equipment or specific situations. For instance it is not recognized by U.S. Nuclear Power Plants, Power Generation and Transmission, Petrochemical, or the Aerospace industry.

Our courses meet or exceed the specific requirements of ISO 18436-7.

 

What are the ASNT standards?

ASNT-TC1A, ASNT CP – 189 and ISO 9712 lay out specific requirements in training hours, eye exams, test questions, hours of experience, specific, general, and practical examinations. Many U.S. Corporations have implemented ISO 9001 but not ISO 9712. Almost all US companies follow ASNT TC1A as it is recognized all over the world when it comes to Qualification and Certification of Non-Destructive Testing Personnel. It was here before ISO and US industry still uses it very specifically. Nothing in 9001 requires industry to change because ASNT TC1A is recognized through ASTM.

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