About Us

This website is dedicated to the Detroit Section of ASNT. Our goal is to bring together NDT professionals and businesses within the Greater Detroit Area and Across Michigan to better serve our community, and commitment to excellence in the industries that we serve.  Founded in 1941, The American Society for Nondestructive Testing, Inc. (ASNT) is the world’s largest technical society for nondestructive testing (NDT) professionals currently boasting a membership of over 14,000 individuals and 600 Cooperate Partners. The Society is structured into local Sections such as this one throughout the world. There are over 90 chartered local Sections in over 10 countries. Our membership represents a wide cross-section of NDT practitioners working in manufacturing, construction, education, research, consulting, services, and the military. To learn more about nondestructive testing and/or access an abundance of related information and resources, please be sure to visit the ASNT National website.

Our Mission Statement

The mission of ASNT Detroit is to promote the craft of Nondestructive Testing, foster a sense of community among Southeast Michigan NDT practitioners, and to seek and promote advances in NDT.

History of the Detroit ASNT

History of the Detroit ASNT

The present Detroit Section, ASNT, had its origin in 1942 under the name of Industrial XRay and Radium Society for Nondestructive Testing, Fragmentary data begins during this time frame to record the history of our group. In November 1956 the Detroit Section was reactivated and the following officers were elected: Chairman, Raymond A. Pulk, Detroit Tank Arsenal; Vice Chairman, Cass Mitchell, G.E. X-ray; Secretary Walter F. Wulf, Detroit Arsenal; and Treasurer, Henry A. Tuttle, Ford Motor Co.

Raymond Pulk remained as Chairman thru 1959 and in 1961 became the SNT national president. During his Tenure as Detroit Section Chairman, the first local all day SNT symposium was held along with regular meetings at the Veteran's Memorial Building in Downtown Detroit.

The second and third all day symposia were held in 1960 and 1961. The third symposium introduced equipment displays to support the technical presentations. Diversified meetings were held on a bimonthly basis in addition to joint meetings held with the American Welding Society and American Society for Quality Control. In October 1961, the 21st Annual National SNT Convention was held in Detroit’s Cobo Hall. The Detroit Section successfully supported this first national convention held in Detroit.

The National Convention in 1961, the evolving ultrasonic and eddy current techniques, the establishment of permanent NDT of equipment suppliers offices in the Detroit area and the pressure of quality and reliability within the automotive industry, gave SNT, Detroit Section, the impetus to grow to its present size. 


The early sixties marked the active support of the meeting social our by the local equipment suppliers which has continued to this date. May 1964 marked the beginning of regular annual ladies' night, which in the past was held on only a couple of occasions.

The 1965-66 year developed a monthly meeting program to replace the bi-monthly meetings that prevailed for many years. This year also marked the reappearance of the Section yearbook.

In the five years that the National Presidents award has been presented, the Section has been frequently in the top five positions.

Herewith are a few of our sections firsts: 

January 1964: - First SNT sponsored educational symposium, 100 attendees.

May 1964 - First Ladies' Night at Carson's Chop House.

September 1965- First meeting at Cregar's Pickwick House. The beginning of monthly meetings and the first yearbook.

With the historical evidence of continuous growth the Section should look forward to expanding its present base and exerting the NDT influence through new methods and in new areas that are not aware of the NDT potential and capabilities. It is refreshing to know that our members and officers exhibit a healthy and progressive attitude, which imparts the inertia necessary to assure a strong future growth.