Since 2017, Bradley Brandt has been the Lead NDT Specialist at Roush Yates Engines, overseeing the scheduling, prioritizing and processing of non-destructive testing (NDT) in the Roush Yates Engineering NDT Lab.
NDT uses electromagnetic radiation, sound, penetrant and multiple forms of visual inspection to test parts in a non-destructive manner. It allows a component to retain its original integrity and strength, while allowing a full examination of the part for cracks, hairline fractures, porosity, and etc. that are not visible to the human eye. This is an imperative process for checking welded parts, components that carry various loads and temperature changes and/or made of dense material inherent at an engine manufacturer.
In the competitive sport of NASCAR racing, where it is imperative to always be looking for ways to gain a competitive advantage, Brandt did exactly that for himself personally. Working as a machinist for many years, Brandt decided it was time to further his own education and enrolled in the NDE program at Central Piedmont Community College. Brandt’s skill and knowledge of the NDT process is invaluable. It saves both money and time in product evaluation, troubleshooting, and research when potential issues are caught applying these testing methods.
Brandt takes great pride in his job at Roush Yates Engines, knowing that his inspection and analysis of components can make the difference between winning on Sunday or not. One of his biggest career highlights was being the lead inspector on the 2017 Daytona 500 race winning engine. “Growing up in a NASCAR family and then being a part of winning the prestigious Daytona 500, it’s pretty special,” commented Brandt.
“Growth in technology has driven so much change in the industry,” noted Brandt. “Computer technology especially has led to growth in thermography, ultrasound, radiography, and eddy current analysis.” Since completing his degree Brandt has severed as mentor for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs and American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) in Charlotte, NC, looking to inspire new NDT technicians and professionals.
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