The 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, http://www.itl.nist.gov/div898/handbook/, (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, and produce a certificate of calibration compliant with ISO/IEC 17025 requirements.
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).
Complete a laboratory internal audit, assessing your laboratory compliance to ISO/IEC 17025:2017 for each of the following topics, related to advanced mass and use of weighing designs, and provide tables/data as requested in this list. Read NISTIR 5672, SOP 5, and SOP 28 prior to completing this assessment. Your internal audit may identify Action Items and either your own laboratory form and log may be used to document the action items or you may use the one attached to the pre-work. Submit objective evidence to support this assessment.
Note: some of the tables and analysis may be combined in a spreadsheet, as long as suitable identification, document control, and references are made in the summary write-up. This material will be reviewed and used during the seminar to identify proposed action items in each participant's laboratory.
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.
Participant must bring a laptop with Microsoft Excel and Word software 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.
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