Colin Thomas I.Eng, F Inst NDT, M.ASNT, F.IAQP

Director of Engineering Services (UK)

Trained as an Aircraft Inspection Engineer with the RAF, Colin initially specialised in the maintenance of aircraft airframes. He joined the MoD, based at Farnborough, where he worked with the main non-destructive testing (NDT) methods, including vibration analysis. Colin became a freelance consultant, offering expertise on types of equipment, working codes and technical specifications, quality assurance and technique application. He was also involved in teaching and the devising examinations for the major NDT disciplines. After joining MTD in 1992, Colin became one of the first UK nationals to become qualified to US ASNT Level III standards in the 5 major NDT disciplines. He provides consultancy services to a range of large companies including Rolls Royce, Airbus, BAE Systems, and the CAA. Colin has served as Vice president of the British Institute of NDT; as well as on numerous panels, including the Institute's Council and the committee on Membership, Qualification, and Education. He has developed the South West School of NDT, one of the most successful NDT training establishments in the UK, where operators can be trained and certified. Recent matters in which he has been engaged range from advising a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary on the development of testing standards for the production of artificial hip joints, to advising on the methods of inspection to be applied to the cast iron columns supporting St Pancras station.