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.