Kenny Dillard August 29, 2019

Kenny Dillard Receives ASNT Level III Certifications

We are proud to announce that Kenny Dillard, NDT Manager for Deepwater Riser Services, recently received his ASNT Level III certifications.  Dillard now holds certifications in four methods: Liquid Penetrant Testing, Magnetic Particle Testing, Ultrasonic Testing, and Visual Testing.

American Society of Non-Destructive Testing (ASNT) Level III is the highest level of NDT certification available in the United States and holding certification in four methods is a significant achievement.

Kenny Dillard has also applied for, passed all course studies and hands-on technique, and received certification requirements for his Personnel Certification in Non-Destructive Testing (PCN), which is recognized by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS). This certification provides accreditation from the UK Non-Destructive Testing certifying body and will expand Dillard’s Ultrasonic certification to a “worldwide” status for which ASNT does not offer a certification state-side.  Once formally received, this additional certification will allow for future accreditation in Phased Array Ultrasonic Testing.

Dillard began at Deepwater Riser Services in 2014 as an SNT-TC-1A Level II NDT Technician.  Formerly a US Air Force Combat Veteran, Kenny utilized his GI Bill to take night classes and received his Associates of Applied Sciences degree in Nondestructive Testing in 2017.  When his mentor, Level III Tom Dennison retired in 2018, Kenny took over Dennison’s position as NDT Manager at Deepwater Riser Services. Dillard also holds a Radiographic Testing (RT) Film Interpretation Certification.

“These certifications require rigorous discipline in multiple aspects of academics, technique, mental toughness, and character,” states Roseanna Roberie, Operations Manager for Deepwater Riser Services.  “Kenny has put in hundreds of hours of hard work, both hands-on and academically, in addition to his regular full-time duties to achieve this level of success. To say I am proud is an understatement.”

As NDT Manager, Dillard is also responsible for ongoing training and managing of five Level II Inspectors employed with Deepwater Riser Services.  The staff of NDT Inspectors allows for Deepwater Riser Services to provide this service in-house to its clients.