Educators Corner: Panel Discussion on the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) "Calibration Technologists and Technicians"

In 2018, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recognized for the first time a new standard occupational classification (SOC) called Calibration Technologists and Technicians. Many of our colleagues worked diligently to make this happen within the stringent requirements mandated by the US government. A special feature in the January 2018 issue of Metrologist celebrated the formal recognition of anything metrology-related among the SOC. Two years later there is concern that no organization – companies, industries, laboratories, educational institutions or professional societies – has really used this new classification.

This webinar invites educators, practitioners, managers, technologists, and technicians to explore how this new classification can be utilized to develop prospective employees and to promote metrology to a global workforce. Some initial considerations for discussion are developing an NCSLI-endorsed training program that would certify individuals as Calibration Technologists and Technicians. What should this training include?

The webinar will list the various responsibilities included in the occupational description, attempt to define what training for those responsibilities might include, and explore opportunities for various organizations to contribute to a multi-faceted training program. As each responsibility is investigated, it will be clear that no single organization or educational institution can deliver all that is required to properly define and train a Calibration Technologist or Technician. A subsequent question is that, if this training is properly defined and reasonably easy to deliver, will anyone be interested in it? Is a Calibration Technologist or Technician a category of job that will be in demand in the manufacturing and metrology industry?

Join us for a Panel Discussion with Dr. Joe Fuehne, Director of the Purdue University College of Technology and Dr. Edward Morse, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Dr. Joe Fuehne
Director of the Purdue University College of Technology location in Columbus, IN and is an Associate Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Technology department. Dr. Fuehne earned a BS degree in Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering from the University of Illinois and MS and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University. He is also a registered Professional Engineer in both Texas and Indiana.
Dr. Edward Morse was awarded his PhD from Cornell University in January of 2000. His dissertation work was on the mathematical modeling of tolerancing for assembly.  He departed Cornell in October of 1999 to join the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte as an full professor.  He was granted tenure and promoted to associate professor in 2005, and promoted to full professor in 2011.  His current research interests include large scale metrology, assembly modeling and analysis, machine tool metrology, uncertainty estimation and analysis, tolerance standards and modeling, and various aspects of computational metrology.

Dr. Morse is a member of several ASME standards committees for tolerancing and metrology, and is chair of ASME's B89 committee on Dimensional Metrology, as well as B89's Division 4 for Coordinate Measuring Machines.  He is also a Subject Matter Expert (SME) representing the United States in ISO Technical Committee 213 on Geometric Product Specification and Verification.