NCSLI News Publications Release
Laboratory Management Publication #14
Metrology Human Resources Handbook
S C O P E
The publication includes (and will be expanded as needed) those items that a Human Resources professional (Personnel Office) needs to perform a comparison of metrology (measurement science) laboratory positions, an evaluation of job classifications, and an evaluation against other known organizational positions.
A B S T R A C T
This Handbook provides the essential items needed by a Human Resources professional to evaluate three positions relative to metrology: (1) calibration technician, (2) calibration engineer, and (3) metrologist. It includes industry-accepted job descriptions, salary information, career statistics, educational opportunities, and reference materials in support of standardized job descriptions for the metrology profession. Because there is limited published and accepted information on metrology professions by government agencies, this publication provides a consolidated reference of this essential information.
The information contained within this document was consolidated from data found in the joint American Society for Quality, Measurement Quality Division (ASQMQD) and National Conference of Standards Laboratories International (NCSLI) 2006-07 Metrology Job Description Initiative, and A Measurement Standard for Evaluating Metrology Positions
B A C K G R O U N D
The question “Why should Metrology be considered a stand-alone career?” has been posed by some. Metrology is recognized worldwide as an integral component of a modern industrial economy. As such, the United Nations recognizes the calibration of instruments and reference materials in its Central Product Classification System, CPC Code 87154. Additionally, calibration is recognized in the North American Product Classification System, as Working Group 1.2 under Industry Subject Area 54138, Testing Laboratories.
The joint ASQMQD and NCSLI study defines three career levels in the metrology job description category:
Calibration Technician, Calibration Engineer, and Metrologist.
Calibration Technician – The Calibration Technician category contains four subgroups: engineering technician, instrument technician, calibration technician, and associate calibration technician. These individuals should be educated and trained to conduct, support, and provide technical assistance for (a) quality control in metrology laboratories and (b) conformance to international standards. They must be educated and trained to test, calibrate, maintain and repair precision equipment and scientific instruments, and to provide support to design engineers for production and quality control. Under limited supervision, all technicians plan and perform work to calibrate, troubleshoot, and/or repair a variety of Measurement and Test Equipment (M&TE), using knowledge of mechanical and physical properties, electronic theory and electronic M&TE. These duties require judging the quality and operation of M&TE and include recommending (a) procurement of calibration standards and ancillary equipment, (b) calibration periods, and (c) disposing of outdated equipment. The technician must communicate with vendors, customers, engineering staff and managerial personnel in resolving problems and incorporating modifications, and coordinates with and assists manufacturing areas in solving problems and fulfilling needs. These technicians will be required to perform lab administrative practices and studies, to assist in training lower level technicians, and to perform miscellaneous duties as required. The technician must be able to identify routine problems, identify solutions, and act effectively to correct the problems encountered.