MIL-OSI USA: 5805 Fundamentals of Metrology – GAP Interim

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At the end of the Western Regional Assurance Program (WRAP) event, NIST/OWM will provide an abbreviated Fundamental of Metrology training event for students who successfully completed the interim online Fundamentals and LAP Problems Preparation Course.  This is a 2.5 days (approximately 20 hr) GAP Interim starting after lunch on Thursday of SEMAP and WRAP events ONLY.  The online session will be REVIEW ONLY and the applications modules will be partially covered.  Topics will be covered using a variety of measurement disciplines, laboratory measurements, and case studies so that the participants will be able to apply the concepts to any measurement discipline upon completion.  Topics are covered in a mixture of training styles including lecture, hands-on exercises, case studies and discussion.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this session, participants 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 and the detailed learning objectives) 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;
  • Have and know how to IMPLEMENT several simple tools, job aids, and references to use and improve your laboratory operations; and
  • Each module has unique contributing learning objectives to the overall course objectives.

Materials and Supplies

Several notebooks and course materials will be provided.

Prerequisites

Successfully completed the interim online Fundamentals and LAP Problems Preparation Course.

Pre-work

None

Post-Work

None.

Minimum Requirements for Successful Completion

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 and Final Calibration Certificate each contribute equal value to the final grade; the final grade also includes class participation and laboratory exercises.  A passing grade on all portions is required to obtain a training certificate that indicates “successful completion” (e.g., getting a 100 percent on the final is not an excuse to participate minimally in the classroom and laboratory.)  Successful completion qualifies the participant to participate in the Mass and Volume seminars, though those may have additional prerequisites.

*Homework note: students generally report taking one to two hours for homework each night.

Audience

State laboratory personnel 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. 

Cost

The current registration fee for this seminar is $1,400 and confirmed participants will be sent payment instructions. This fee does not cover travel, lodging or meal expenses.   Registration fees for State weights and measures regulatory officials and metrologists are funded by NIST OWM.

Instructors

Georgia Harris, Isabel Chavez Baucom, Micheal Hicks, and Elizabeth Koncki
Email: isabel.chavez.baucom [at] nist.gov

Technology Requirements

Registered participants 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 required to succeed in the seminar. Participants must have access to Microsoft Word and Excel (version 2010 or newer are acceptable) and be able to open and use template Excel workbooks that will be provided on either CD-ROM or USB media. Participants must be able to save/store files to USB media devices or CD-RW to facilitate printing and turning in homework assignments; if not able to use USB media, participants must be able to connect their laptop to a printing device by cable or BlueTooth and be able to upload files to a secure Google Drive.

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