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.
Required prerequisites include having a demonstrated knowledge of basic mathematics (pre-exam) and completion of a number of reading assignments.
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. There will also be a Final Exam on the last day of the class.
The Final Exam will contribute 50 percent of the grade and the class and laboratory exercises will be 50 percent of the grade. A passing grade on both portions is required to obtain a training certificate that indicates "successful completion" (e.g., getting a 100 percent on the final will not be an excuse to participate minimally in classroom and laboratory.) Successful completion qualifies the participant to participate in the Mass, volume and length seminars, though those may have additional prerequisites.
The fee for 2012 is $1,495 which does NOT include meals, lodging or travel expenses. State weights and measures metrologists are funded by NIST OWM.