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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Required prerequisites include having a demonstrated knowledge of basic mathematics (pre-exam) and completion of a number of reading assignments.
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.
Harris, Georgia L.
Miller, Val R.
Torres-Ferrer, Jose Anibal
Office of Weights and Measures
(301) 975 - 4014