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Sonus XT-Pocket Ultrasonic Testing Device

Drew Walts | Training Manager and ISO Training Coordinator, IRISS


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Drew Walts Training Manager and ISO Training Coordinator, IRISS

I joined IRISS in June 2017.  I’m a Level 2 ISO, NETA & ANST Airborne/Structure Borne Certified Inspector and am certified in Principles of Infrared.  My responsibilities include developing IRISS’s Ultrasound Level 1 & 2 Certification Training courses in accordance with ASNT SNT TC-1A and alignment with ISO 18436, part 8.  I have assisted in the development of a Quality Assurance program for calibration and testing of ultrasound devices sold by IRISS.  I also oversee a cross-functional repair team to insure rapid repairs of ultrasound devices from our clients.

I also provide customer training for the Level 1 & 2 Infrared (IR) Certification courses and for the Windows Installer Certification course. I’m working on insuring both sets of IR course material will pass the BiNDT audit process so IRISS can ultimately offer ISO 18436, part 7, IR classes and eventually, part 8 certification courses at the IRISS US and UK SMART Training Centers.

I’m a Desert Storm veteran whose first exposure with IR was in the US Army where it was used to spot targets to call for artillery strikes. I quickly became fascinated with its use after my time in the military.

I’m also a former lieutenant at a volunteer fire department with 9 years’ service as well as a New York State HAZ-MAT Specialist with Saratoga County. I was certified through L.E.T.A. (Law Enforcement Thermographers Association) and I was responsible for teaching this exciting technology to the members of my department.

I worked for an ultrasound manufacturer for over 13 years traveling the world teaching the use of Ultrasound in an RCM & P/DM program. I love this technology and how much it compliments IR, MCA and Vibration. I love trying to find out what is going on with the equipment we are testing as each technology can detect unique or similar indications that can be used to isolate the source of the problem. I love to use Ultrasound and IR for work, fire service, HAZ-MAT scenes and around the home.