Three Decades of Metrology Education in Mexico
Three Decades of Metrology Education in Mexico
Roberto Benitez, ETALONS
In 1987 with the NAFTA and the popularization of ISO-9000 standards, the Metrology in México was considered as a critical part for trade, commerce and quality assurance programs. Those were the days when two of the references for metrology systems were the MIL-STD 45662A and the Guide 25. At the beginning of the 80's, the Mexican government established the National Calibration System and started the Mexican NMI as a project. Also the metrological society established the Mexican Association of Metrology (AMMAC). During the 80's decade, the government, the society and the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN), organized training workshops annually and some Metrology International Symposiums. Most of the first accredited Metrology Laboratories in Mexico belonged to great industrial companies, institutes and original equipment manufacturers. With ten years of experience some private Metrology Laboratories started to provide calibration services for industry, being accredited by the National Calibration System. In 1992 the Mexican Government issued the Federal Law of Metrology and Standardization, considering in this law the establishment of the NMI CENAM and the formation of the Accreditation Bodies. Also at that time, some private companies, research institutes, universities and calibration laboratories, started to provide training in Metrology. In 2012 the Santa Rosa Jauregui University started the Engineering in Industrial Metrology as a carrier and in the same year the ITM (private institute) started to form Calibration Technicians. In 2014 the Polytechnic University of Ramos Arizpe also started the Engineering in Industrial Metrology.
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