NDT Group Operations Manager
Kyle is the Group Operations manager of IMechE Argyll Ruane and IMechE Fife NDT.
With over 17 years’ experience working in NDT across a range of industries, including aerospace and oil and gas as a Responsible Level 3, Lead NDT Engineer and Senior Technical Expert, Kyle’s diverse technical knowledge base ensures clients receive a high standard of training and support.
Kyle joined the technical team at IMechE Fife NDT in 2021 as an NDT Trainer and Level 3 Consultant. He later took on the role of Training Manager in 2022, before becoming Group Operations Manager in 2023.
Responsible for the day-to-day NDT operations at the training facilities in Sheffield and Fife, Kyle works closely with customers, trainers, Level 3 Consultants and the Customer Services team to manage the NDT training function for both sites and ensuring processes run smoothly. Kyle also continues to support:
- Examination Invigilation and Marking
- Provision of Level 3 Consultancy Services, including acting as a responsible Level 3, procedure writing, conducting performance reviews, scan plan writing and conducting audits.
- Customer relationship management
How did you first hear about the NDT industry?
“Initially I didn’t have a clue what NDT was! When I was younger, I applied for an engineering apprenticeship at Rolls-Royce but got asked if I would consider the NDT Apprenticeship instead.
I completed an advanced apprenticeship in Engineering Technical Support focusing on NDE at Rolls-Royce and later progressed to become a Responsible NDT Level 3 for the compressors business unit covering new manufacture, in-service and repair and overhaul”, says Kyle.
What do you enjoy about working in NDT?
“Working as an NDT Engineer and NDT Responsible Level 3 has taken me around the world, to places such as Norway, Tunisia, Brazil, France, Sweden, America and Romania, which I have thoroughly enjoyed.
I enjoy the fact that I am able to meet new people. I am passionate about passing on my NDT knowledge and my own personal experience to others within industry as well as helping people to grow”, says Kyle.
In his spare time, Kyle enjoys taking part in off-road trials in his Land Rovers!
Top tip for anyone entering the NDT industry
“Absorb as much as you can from everyone and try to gain as much experience and exposure to different areas of NDT as possible, hands on experience is key and invaluable”, says Kyle.
PCN Level 2: Ultrasonic testing (Welds 3.1, 3.2)
PCN Level 2: Penetrant Testing
PCN Level 2: Magnetic Particle testing
PCN Level 2: Radiographic Interpretation
ASNT Level 3: Magnetic Testing
ASNT Level 3: Penetrant Testing
ASNT Level 3: Ultrasonic Testing
Affiliate Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers
Full Member of The British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing
Full Member of The American Society for Non-Destructive Testing
Full Member of the Chartered Management Institute