At the Town Hall meeting on Monday afternoon, Michael Sens of Chevron introduced the new Industry Sector Qualification for the oil and gas industry. The program, which has been in development for two years, is meant to replace numerous inconsistent programs currently utilized throughout the industry.
Sens, who serves as the chair of the ASNT ISQ program committee, said the program has completed its development and beta testing stages and is ready to roll out its first practical examination in 2020 through ASNT’s authorized examination centers. The actual examination will consist of hands-on testing on test specimens—not written questions--and the results will be graded by ASNT.
“A lot of effort and consideration has gone into thinking about how we can improve upon the programs that currently exist and standardize across the industry,” said Sens. “We believe this is the world’s first such program.”
The first examination, which is available now, is on ultrasonic thickness testing and corrosion scanning. Two more tests are planned for a 2020 rollout: ultrasonic shear wave and phased array testing for pressure equipment.
The committee currently consists of 12 owner-operator stakeholders in the oil and gas industry, including Chevron, Shell, BP, Exxon Mobil, and others, who requested ASNT’s assistance in developing the program. The committee has been working on developing the qualification for the past two years and has now laid the groundwork for other industry sectors, such as nuclear or automotive, to build their own similar programs.