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This course covers basic principles of Metrology with instructor demonstration and hands-on use of common precision measuring instruments.


Upon completion, Students should be able to:

  • Identify and properly use common measuring tools including steel rules, scales, calipers, micrometers and Vernier calipers
  • Understand differences in measuring tools
  • Become familiar with ID measuring instruments, depth measuring instruments, gage blocks, basic tolerances, and other measuring instruments


  1. Steel rules or scales
    1. Units of the inch and fraction systems steel rules or scales
  2. Outside Calipers
    1. Checking diameter with an outside caliper
  3. Inside Calipers
    1. Transferring inside pipe measuring, setting a micrometer, the combination set may be used for laying and checking work
  4. Squares and surface Plates
    1. Using paper between blade of the square and the workpiece to check for squareness
  5. Micrometers
    1. Reading inch Vernier micrometer caliper with a fraction thimble
  6. Vernier Calipers
    1. Measuring a workpiece with a division Vernier caliper
  7. I.D. Measuring Instruments
    1. The dial caliper with digital readout provides a quick and accurate method of measurement
  8.  Depth Measuring Instruments
    1. Graduations on depth micrometer are reversed from those on an outside micrometer
  9. Gage Blocks
    1. Learning about different gage blocks wear blocks are supplied with an 83 piece set
  10. Other Measuring Instruments
    1. Various types of snap gages, adjustable shape gage and dial indicator
  11. Introduction to Tolerance
    1. Runout
    2. Orientation




Method of Instruction

  • Lecture and Demonstration
  • Class Discussion
  • Exercises and Applications
  • Demonstration of Skills
  • Class Participation
  • Evaluation

  • Exam:                                        No
  • Demonstration of Skills:               Yes
  • Class Participation:                     Yes