Universal NDT, Inc. A company with a strong NDT PAST.
A company with a strong NDT PRESENT. A company with a strong NDT FUTURE.
A company you need to be involved with. Just kidding! Well sort of.
may think so, and hopefully all of our customers do as well, but we'll let
you decide after using our services and letting us sell you some NDT
• 1983 - Universal NDT, Inc. was founded by 2
previous owners of URESCO, as a company focused on NIST traceable
calibration, manufacture, repair, and sales of NDT equipment, accessories,
1996 - LEONARD GARCIA ENTERPRISES (LGE), a film processor service company,
was purchased by Universal NDT and brought its younger management,
service capabilities, and employees to the company.
2002 - NWHW, a company owned by John Higgins, agrees to a mutually
beneficial agreement to sell his business to Universal NDT. NWHW was a friendly competitor that was
founded in 1974 and performed NIST traceable calibration, repairs, and
sales of Magnetic Particle Units and Fluorescent Dye Penetrant Inspection
2007 – Test Equipment Distributors buys the supply and accessory segment of
our business, allowing Universal NDT to focus on the NIST traceable
calibration, manufacture, repair, and sales part of our business.
2010 - On-Site Metrology Laboratory Services, a new business segment for
Universal NDT, was kicked off. We
contract our employee/s into our customer’s facility to run, or help run,
it’s Metrology Department.
With a solid mix of
experienced and young employees, Universal NDT is poised to continue in
business for many more decades.
NDT will continually provide thorough and attentive service to our
customers, bring the utmost level of integrity to our business efforts, and
maintain our knowledgeable position in the ever-changing NDT world.
JOE GARCIA - President, General Manager, Sales Manager,
Service Manager, Equipment Manufacturing Manager, and Quality
Manager: Joe started his IRS taxable career in 1987, servicing
industrial x-ray film processors for LGE, but had years of prior knowledge
reclaiming silver from spent fixer and shucking interleaf paper from x-ray
film prior to reclamation. Joe earned a Bachelor of Science degree in
Business Management at Cal State Long Beach in 1994 and a minor in Spanish
from the Universidad de Granada in Spain in 1993. In 1995 he began
NIST traceable calibrations on Magnetic Particle Units and Penetrant
Inspection systems, and repairs on Wet Horizontal Magnetic Particle Units
and Fluorescent Dye Penetrant Inspection Systems. As Quality Manager
he keeps our Quality System in compliance with ISO 17025 and our
Calibration System in compliance with ISO 10012, ANSI-Z-540 and
Mil-Std-45662A. Wearing the hats of
President, General Manager, Sales Manager, Service Manager, and Equipment
Manufacturing Manager, keeps his life busy and his hair thinning.
NEVA GOLSCH - Office Manager, since 2000.
Having worked in the Construction, Aerospace and Technical Systems Industries,
as well as owning a small business for 18 years, Neva brought us office
management experience that began in 1969. Her great sense of
professionalism and well-rounded knowledge of business has made her the hub
of our office.
VALLEJO - Sales Associate,
Service Coordinator, NIST traceable Calibration Technician, and Film
Processor Technician, since 2011.
SEGOVIA - On-Site Metrology Laboratory Services Manager, since
PORTILLO - Film Processor Repair Technician and NIST traceable
Calibration Technician, since 2012.
KEVIN RAMIREZ -
Sales Associate, NIST traceable Calibration Technician, and Repair
Technician for Magnetic Particle Units and
Fluorescent Dye Penetrant Inspection Systems, since 2015.
CARRILLO - On-Site Metrology
Laboratory Services technician and NIST traceable Calibration Technician,
DE LEON - Shipping &
Receiving Services Manager, NIST traceable Calibration Technician, and
On-Site Metrology Laboratory Services technician, since 2016.
NAM HUA - X-ray Repair Technician
(Independent Contractor): Nam has been an industrial x-ray service
technician since 1987. He has been certified on Philips X-ray
equipment and has a wealth of knowledge from all these years working
exclusively on industrial x-ray units such as Philips, Seifert, Pantak, Gemini, Faxitron, Gulmay, Comet, Balteau,
Sperry, Andrex, Lorad,
Fein Focus, and Yxlon x-ray equipment.
LEONARD GARCIA, JR. - Retired in 2010: Lenny
started his NDT career in 1963 working for General Inspection Labs. and later at Cedtech Labs. as a Level II inspector in X-ray, Magnetic Particle and
Fluorescent Dye Penetrant Inspections. He likewise served our country
during the Vietnam wartime, stationed in Germany with the Army. He was a
founding owner of Cedillos Testing with Art Cedillos, then left in 1973 to help with sales and
service at URESCO, Inc. and later moved on to WMW Associates as a sales and
service associate. During this time he earned an Associate degree in
Quality Control, with a minor in Business Administration. In 1979 he
founded LEONARD GARCIA ENTERPRISES (LGE) which was the
largest industrial x-ray film processor service company in Southern
California. In 1996, LGE was bought by Universal NDT, and they moved
to the LGE offices in Upland. His
many years of experience in the NDT industry as both an inspector and
mostly as a sales and service professional, make him an indispensable owner
of the corporation.
LEONARD GARCIA, SR. - Died on Jan. 13, 2005 at the age
of 85. His years of experience and wealth of knowledge are sorely
missed. Leonard started his NDT career in 1938 at Ansco Films (the American arm of Agfa, which later
became GAF, and was finally bought again by Agfa), then in 1942 moved on to
Ferro-Spec Labs. where he became the
Magnetic Particle and Fluorescent Dye Penetrant manager. During his
stretch at Ferro-Spec he got called to serve our country in World War II,
where he was stationed in Japan with the Army. In 1961 he ventured
out with 2 colleagues to establish URESCO, Inc. a company originally
founded to be a 3rd party auditing firm for Douglas Aircraft
Co., but soon became a premier manufacturer, distributor, repair, and
calibration provider of Fluorescent Dye Penetrant Inspection Systems,
Magnetic Particle Units, Industrial X-ray Units, and Ultrasonic equipment.
Years later, URESCO was bought by Ardrox
(which eventually sold off the equipment manufacturing and accessory line
to Gould Bass), and he once again ventured out with a colleague to
establish Universal NDT, Inc. Leonard brought the Tri-Con Wash Gun
into the industry, and helped establish minimum dwell times that are now
penetrant inspection standards. Over the years, he taught many NDT
classes in both English and Spanish, helped establish the Materials
Science Dept. at Don Bosco Technical Institute in 1956, was on the advisory
committee that helped establish a curriculum in NDT at Cerritos College in
1978, he was elected a Fellow of the ASNT in 1974, served as a National
Director from 1975-1978, served on many of the National organizing
committees for ASNT, and in June of 2004 was recognized as being part of
Three Generations of one Family to serve as a Chairman for the Greater Los
Angeles Section of the ASNT. His contribution to NDT is well documented
in the hearts and minds of the many friends, colleagues, customers and
students that will always hold him in such high regard.