Profession metrologist

Metrologists study and practice the science of measurement. They develop quantity systems, units of measurement and measuring methods to be used in science. Metrologists establish new methods and tools to quantify and better understand information.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Enterprising

Knowledge

  • Scientific research methodology

    The theoretical methodology used in scientific research involving doing background research, constructing an hypothesis, testing it, analysing data and concluding the results.

  • Metrology

    The methods and theory of measurement in a scientific context, including internationally accepted units of measurement, practical realisation of these units, and interpretation of measurements.

  • Instrumentation engineering

    The science and engineering discipline that attempts to control process variables of production and manufacturing. It also focuses on the design of systems with desired behaviours. These systems use sensors to measure the output performance of the device that is being controlled.

  • Quality standards

    The national and international requirements, specifications and guidelines to ensure that products, services and processes are of good quality and fit for purpose.

Skills

  • Operate scientific measuring equipment

    Operate devices, machinery, and equipment designed for scientific measurement. Scientific equipment consists of specialised measuring instruments refined to facilitate the acquisition of data.

  • Develop calibration procedures

    Develop test procedures for instrument performance testing.

  • Troubleshoot

    Identify operating problems, decide what to do about it and report accordingly.

  • Assemble measuring equipment

    Assemble and fit together the different components of the measuring equipment, such as circuit boards, control units, sensors, transmitters, and cameras, to create precision instruments that are able to measure, transmit, indicate, record, and control.

  • Order equipment

    Source and order new equipment when necessary.

  • Calibrate precision instrument

    Examine the precision instruments and assess whether the instrument meets the quality standards and production specifications. Correct and adjust the reliability by measuring output and comparing results with the data of a reference device or a set of standardised results.

  • Perform test run

    Perform tests putting a system, machine, tool or other equipment through a series of actions under actual operating conditions in order to assess its reliability and suitability to realise its tasks, and adjust settings accordingly.

  • Study the relationships between quantities

    Use numbers and symbols to research the link between quantities, magnitudes, and forms.

  • Work analytically

    Analyse information flows to reconstruct messages quickly and precisely. Navigate a language to explain the same sense or feeling in situations where there is no definite word or literal translation.

  • Operate precision measuring equipment

    Measure the size of a processed part when checking and marking it to check if it is up to standard by use of two and three dimensional precision measuring equipment such as a caliper, a micrometer, and a measuring gauge.

  • Maintain technical equipment

    Maintain an inventory of cultivation equipment and supplies. Order additional materials as needed.

  • Develop measuring equipment

    Develop new measuring equipment for quantitatively measurable properties such as length, area, volume, speed, energy, force, and others.

  • Apply quality standards

    Follow procedures which prevent errors in creation and delivery of a product, a solution or a service to customers.

  • Create solutions to problems

    Solve problems which arise in planning, prioritising, organising, directing/facilitating action and evaluating performance. Use systematic processes of collecting, analysing, and synthesising information to evaluate current practice and generate new understandings about practice.

  • Write calibration report

    Report on the instrument calibration measurements and results. A calibration report includes the objectives and approach of the test, descriptions of tested instruments or products, test procedures, and test results.

  • Apply scientific methods

    Apply scientific methods and techniques to investigate phenomena, by acquiring new knowledge or correcting and integrating previous knowledge.

  • Perform scientific research

    Gain, correct or improve knowledge about phenomena by using scientific methods and techniques, based on empirical or measurable observations.

  • Use testing equipment

    Use equipment to test performance and operation of machinery.

Optional knowledge and skills

operate surveying instruments calibrate laboratory equipment calibrate electronic instruments meteorology laboratory techniques maintain laboratory equipment conform to health and safety regulations read standard blueprints write scientific papers electronics algebra calibrate mechatronic instruments inspect material geometry develop preventive maintenance procedures for instruments biology physics use mathematical tools and equipment

Common job titles

  • Metrologist
  • Metrologist i
  • Laboratory assistant
  • Calibration technician - las vegas
  • Associate calibration technician
  • Metrologist, cmm operator
  • Metrologist - qc