The Mass Metrology Seminar is a two-week, "hands-on" seminar. It incorporates approximately 30 percent lectures and 70 percent demonstrations and laboratory work in which the trainee performs measurements by applying procedures and equations discussed in the classroom. The seminar focuses on the comprehension and application of the procedures, the equations, and calculations involved. The seminar includes the operation of the laboratory equipment, review of publications, standards, specifications, and tolerances relevant to the measurements. Training covers mass calibration procedures published in NISTIR 6969 and are suitable for the calibration of mass standards to OIML R111 Class M and F tolerances, ASTM classes 1 through 7 and NIST HB 105-1 Class F. Training is provided to enable the participant to correctly identify and implement the correct calibration process for each weight classification. The entire seminar incorporates statistical analysis, process measurement control methods, uncertainty analyses and generation of ISO/IEC 17025 compliant calibration reports for all measurements made during the seminar.
At the end of this seminar, using Standard Operating Procedures 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 29, and 30 and Good Measurement Practices 10, 11, 13, and 14, participants will be able to:
Participants should provide a notebook computer for the Mass Metrology Seminar and to be well trained in the development and use of spreadsheets for complex repetitive calculations. Participants must have administrative rights for the computer so that that files can be transferred to and from it as required by the seminar exercises through the use of USB memory sticks or CD-ROMs. Availability of a scientific calculator (minimum 12 digits) and familiarity with its operation is required. Laboratory Auditing Program (LAP) problems are assigned at the completion of the course to those metrologists who participate in the NIST OWM State Laboratory Program. Acceptable completion of the problems is required for NIST Office of Weights and Measures laboratory Recognition in support of mass calibrations. (See Handbook 143, Program Handbook training requirements.)
Materials & Supplies
Participants are encouraged to bring template versions of the mass calibration reports issued by their laboratory as a starting point for the calibration reports to be submitted during the seminar. Feedback and suggested changes to ensure ISO/IEC 17025 compliance will be provided during the seminar. Generation of calibration reports will be required, so come prepared. A number of notebooks and course materials will be provided, so please ensure you have extra luggage space to carry these items. A copy of NIST Special Publication 1001, Basic Mass CD-ROM, will be mailed out to registrants. Participants are strongly recommended to complete the material on the CD. Completing the CD should take 16 to 40 hours.
Successful completion of the Fundamentals of Metrology Seminar is a pre-requisite for the Mass Metrology Seminar. The mass metrology seminar is built on the concepts learned during the Fundamentals of Metrology Seminar, applying units, measurement uncertainty, measurement assurance, traceability and Quality Management System concepts to the mass calibration procedures.
Successful completion requires that participants fully participate in all classroom and laboratory exercises, turn in or present accurate work assignments, and be present for the entire course.
The current fee is $4,200 which does NOT include meals, lodging or travel expenses. State weights and measures metrologists are funded by NIST OWM.
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