This 9 day, hands-on mass calibration seminar focuses on the comprehension and application of the advanced mass dissemination procedures, the equations, and associated calculations. It includes the operation of the laboratory equipment, review of documentary references, reference standards, specifications, and tolerances relevant to the measurements. Training covers mass calibration documentation published in NISTIR 6969 , NISTIR 5672, NIST Technical Note 952, and NIST/SEMATECH e-Handbook of Statistical Methods, (11/16/2017). for the calibration of precision mass standards to OIML R111 and ASTM E617 weight classes. This seminar incorporates approximately 50 percent lectures with topic-related discussion and 50 percent laboratory work in which the participant performs measurements by selecting and applying correct procedures, equations, and calculations discussed in the classroom. The participant will evaluate measurement assurance and uncertainty data, complete data analysis using software.
At the end of the Advanced Mass Seminar the participant will:
Notebooks and reference materials will be provided in the course and include a complete set of Reference Publications and software that will be used in the course.
Participants must have successfully completed the newly redesigned (2 week) Mass Course or the older Mass Seminar AND Intermediate Seminar. State laboratory participants must have successfully completed all required Laboratory Auditing Program problems. All participants should have evidence of successfully completing mass proficiency testing (at a level higher than Class F, or OIML M, or ASTM 4, 5, 6, or 7 class weights).
Confirmation letters will not be issued until it has been determined that the class has sufficient students AND the proposed participant has successfully completed the course pre-work.
Pre-Work: Complete a laboratory internal audit) assessing your laboratory compliance to ISO/IEC 17025:2017, NISTIR 6969, and NISTIR 5672 for each of the following topics, related to advanced mass, use of weighing designs, precision mass calibrations. Provide tables/data as requested in this list.
The pre-work must be completed and submitted togharris [at] nist.gov ( Georgia Harris) (fax to 301-975-8091) by April 9, 2019. You may you may send the audit files as Word, PDF and/or associated Excel files for review. A mandatory pre-work and Action Plan review will be held on April 10, 2019, via Adobe webinar.
To receive a Training Certificate for this course, successful completion requires participants to submit course Pre-work, actively participate in the entire course (e.g., take notes, engage in discussions, ask questions), complete all classroom, homework, and application exercise assignments, and submit calibration certificates as evidence of completion of all application exercises conducted during the hands-on portion of class exercises (guidance is provided in the course) and submit an Action Plan that can be used to implement or refine the advanced mass measurement processes in the participant's laboratory.
Metrologists with responsibilities for precision mass calibrations.
The current fee for this seminar is $4,800. Payment is due by April 8, 2019. Registration fees for State weights and measures regulatory officials and metrologists are funded by NIST OWM.
Val Miller and Mark Ruefenacht,
Office of Weights and Measures
Phone: (301) 975 - 3602
Email: val.miller [at] nist.gov
Participant must bring a laptop with Microsoft Excel and Word software (version 2010 or newer are acceptable) for analysis of data, hands-on case studies, and preparation of calibration certificates and be familiar with the use of these programs. Participant must be able to use a USB memory stick for transferring files that will be printed/reviewed during the course. Specific instructions will be provided to the student in the confirmation letter regarding additional laptop/tablet requirements. A scientific calculator may be useful, but is not required.
NIST/Office of Weights and Measures
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