4 Questions 4: Chad Braner

Chad Braner is a Level II Technician and PNDE’s Radiation Safety Officer. He is often on-site at customer locations performing tests. We recently caught up with him long enough to get his answers to Four Burning Questions.

Hi Chad. Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I grew up in the Dayton, Ohio area where I attended Northridge schools. I am a single father of two teenagers. Both of my children are in high school.

I’ve been working in the NDE field for roughly 24 years now. Most of that time has been spent in the local Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky tristate area.

Can you tell us a little about working at PNDE?

I report to job sites to perform CT scans, evaluate the scanned parts, along with any other related tasks. As Radiation Safety Officer, I ensure that radiation safety code requirements are met and that all technicians are following appropriate procedures.

This can be a challenging line of work and I enjoy those challenges. It’s also nice to have different jobs and visit a variety of job sites. There are always things to do at a smaller company and I stay plenty busy. It’s truly been an interesting time in my life.

Who has been the biggest influence in your life?

Without a doubt my parents were the biggest influences in my life. I learned many life lessons that I carry with me to this day. We never went without, but things were always tight. Head up and move forwards, always!

Enough about work. What do you enjoy doing in your free time? Any interesting hobbies?

These days life is a little too busy for many hobbies. But whenever I get the chance, I like to ride my motorcycle. I also enjoy going on camping trips.


Non-Destructive Evaluation and Safety

From manufacturing and construction to aviation, automotive and beyond, Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE) is an indispensable tool in ensuring safety across a growing number of industries. NDE determines the integrity, quality, and reliability of materials, components, and structures without causing damage.

Here are some industry examples of how NDE is advancing safety.

Civil Engineering

Throughout the structural and civil engineering world, bridges, buildings, and infrastructure must withstand various environmental stressors and daily wear and tear. NDE methods, such as ultrasonic testing, radiographic testing, and magnetic particle inspection, allow engineers to identify hidden defects, corrosion, or stress fractures.

By detecting potential issues early, maintenance and repairs can be made before catastrophic failures occur, preventing accidents and safeguarding the public.


Throughout the aerospace industry, aircraft undergo rigorous inspection and testing during their manufacturing and maintenance processes. Many forms of NDE testing (including Eddy Current, Liquid Penetrant, X-Ray, Etc.) are used to identify flaws in critical components like engine turbine blades, landing gear, and fuselage.


The consequences of a failure in a nuclear power plant can be catastrophic, not only endangering the lives of those in the vicinity but also causing long-lasting environmental damage. NDE is, therefore, an essential tool in maintaining the safety and integrity of such facilities. Radiographic testing and ultrasonic testing can detect cracks, leaks, or weakening in reactor vessels and coolant systems.

Oil & Gas

Pipelines that transport oil and gas over vast distances are susceptible to corrosion, stress, and other forms of damage. Non-destructive testing methods, including magnetic particle inspection and radiography, can detect flaws in these pipelines without interrupting operations. By identifying potential weaknesses early, NDE helps prevent dangerous leaks, fires, and environmental disasters.


Knee, hip, shoulder, spine, medical implants are growing in popularity. And techniques like X-Ray and Liquid Penetrant are helping to ensure longevity and advance the quality of life by making sure that that these devices are structurally sound.


NDE techniques like liquid penetrant, radiographic along with visual inspection help identify structural defects and flaws in critical components such as the vehicle chassis and engine components. By using NDE, manufacturers can ensure that their vehicles meet safety standards and minimize the risk of accidents due to structural failures.


You may not have NDE on your mind the next time you visit your local theme park. But as you’re making that long uphill climb on a towering steel roller coaster, you’ll be thankful that NDE is a part of the park’s maintenance program.

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Non-Destructive Evaluation allows the thorough inspection and evaluation of materials, components, and structures, thereby preventing accidents, environmental disasters, and potential harm to human life. It is an invaluable tool in ensuring the structural integrity, quality, and reliability of critical systems, from infrastructure and aerospace to healthcare and automotive industries.

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