Jim Pellicer obtained a degree in Electrical engineering in Spain (his native country), and after doing his military service moved to England where he started working in NDT at British European Airways (BEA) in 1970 and was involved in the development of both instruments and procedures for airplane NDT inspections. This continued when the merger of BEA and BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corp) to form British Airways and included the first Low Frequency Eddy Current Instrument and the first automated aircraft wheel tester. After 15 years he joined the NDT development team at Nortec Corp in Kennewick WA that became Staveley NDT and later Olympus. In 1990 he joined the Boeing R&D NDT group in Renton and was also involved in the support of the aging aircraft programs to the airlines.

Jim is a retired Boeing Associate Technical Fellow (ATF) and a Fellow of both the British Institute of NDT (BINDT) and the American Society of NDT (ASNT)