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Fundamentals of Metrology

Purpose:

The Fundamentals of Metrology seminar will introduce the participant to the concepts of measurement systems, units, measurement uncertainty, measurement assurance, traceability, basic statistics and how they fit into the laboratory Quality Management System. Additional topics covered will include overall Laboratory Management and Laboratory Quality Management Systems as well as specific discussions of the requirements for proficiency testing, calibration report generation, software verification and validation and management reviews. Topics will be covered using a variety of measurement disciplines and case studies so that the participants will be able to apply the concepts to any measurement discipline upon completion. Topics will be covered in a mixture of training styles including lecture, hands-on exercises, case studies and discussion.

Learning Objectives:

You will be able to: 

  • Identify and use reference materials to ensure good quality, accurate, traceable measurement results;
  • Explain highlights and key concepts of each topic (noted on the Table of Contents – attached) (to each other and to your managers and show how these topics fit in to a management system using ISO/IEC 17025 as the basis.
You will have and know how to implement several simple tools, job aids, and references to use and improve your laboratory operations.

Audience:

State laboratory staff who have responsibilities for developing, implementing, and/or improving the quality management system in their laboratory as well as those who are seeking OWM recognition and/or accreditation or improvements to support recognition/accreditation. This course is also available for non-weights and measures participants.

Technology Requirement(s): 

You will need to bring a 10-digit scientific calculator to use during this seminar. Participants MUST be familiar with the use of the hand-held scientific calculator. Additionally, use of a laptop or tablet PC is essential to success in the seminar. Participants must have access to Microsoft Excel (versions 2003, 2007 or 2010 are acceptable) and be able to open and use template Excel workbooks that will be provided on either CD-ROM or USB media. You must also be able to save/store files to USB media devices to facilitate printing.  

Minimum Requirement(s):

To obtain a course certificate for this class, 100% attendance full participation in all assigned activities, take notes, engage in discussions and ask questions are required. Participants will be asked to submit a series of calibration reports as evidence of completion of all application exercises conducted during the hands-on portion of class exercises (guidance is provided in the course)

Materials & Supplies: 

A number of notebooks and course materials will be provided.

Prerequisite(s): 

Required prerequisites include having a demonstrated knowledge of basic mathematics (pre-exam) and completion of a number of reading assignments.  

Cost: 

The current fee is $2,200 which does NOT include meals, lodging or travel expenses. State weights and measures metrologists are funded by NIST OWM.

Instructor(s):

Harris, Georgia L.
Miller, Val R.
Torres-Ferrer, Jose Anibal
Office of Weights and Measures
(301) 975 - 4014

Related Project(s):

NIST/OWM has a number of other training opportunities scheduled. For more information:

Details:

Start Date: Monday, August 12, 2013
End Date: Friday, August 16, 2013
Location: Gaithersburg 101/B11
Audience: Industry, Government
Format: Seminar

Sponsor(s):

NIST / Office of Weights and Measures

Class No.
5270

Registration:

Register for participation using the Office of Weights and Measures Contact Management System. Database users must first establish an account by going to the link listed above. Follow the instructions to create an account unless you are already a registered user. Your request will be processed within one business day and then you will be sent a password so that you may begin to use the system. If you have any questions, please contact Isabel Chavez at (301) 975‑2128.

Registration Contact:

Yvonne Branden,
Office of Weights and Measures,
(301) 975 - 3272
Email: yvonne.branden@nist.gov

Isabel Chavez,
Contact Management System Administrator,
(301) 975 - 2128
Email: isabel.chavez@nist.gov

Security Instructions:

You will need a government-issued photo ID (e.g., passport or driver's license) when you check into the Visitors Center at the entrance of NIST on Monday morning. If you will be driving, please bring your Vehicle Registration card also.

Visitor Information 

http://www.nist.gov/public_affairs/visitor/index.cfm 

Transportation

http://www.nist.gov/public_affairs/visitor/transpor.cfm

Technical Contact:

Georgia Harris,
Office of Weights and Measures,
(301) 975 - 4014