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The instructor was very knowledgeable and courteous, willing to explain on the subject, making comprehension easier.

— Jeffery Ward, Rockwell Collins

WorkPlace Training has for many years supplied Navy and Marine metrology labs with calibration training. It was on an as-needed basis with local labs purchasing site licenses for selected titles. As more labs used the training, officials from the Marines and the major Navy Commands begin to recognize how WPT courseware would meet the need for supplementary post schoolhouse training. WPT departed from the traditional Navy method of teaching strict procedure or as they say themselves, “knobology”. It taught the underlying technology.

Eventually, funding was secured for a Marine Corp/Navy Enterprise License. Navy and Marine Corps calibration technicians can now log on from anywhere in the world. Even from ships. They have access to all WPT courseware. As of November 2017, the contract was extended for another 5 years.

, U.S. Navy/Marines

I have received group training provided by A2LA for both Introduction to Measurement Uncertainty and ISO/IEC 17025  and Laboratory Accreditation off site and although this was excellent training and helped me greatly in moving forward with implementing ISO/IEC 17025 my take away from the recent on-site training I received was exponentially greater.

The ability to customize and target specific areas of training and the ability to utilize real data in the curricula along with the more personalized approach to the training really paid off in getting much more out of a training session. The instructor was an expert in his field that applied his own personnel touch to the training and couples with the ability to interact directly across a table with an expert and not compete with a room full of people from different laboratories across a wide spectrum of backgrounds made this training that much more beneficial to me.

I can with great confidence state that any of my future training needs will be done on-site so that I can get the maximum out of whatever subject and or curricula we are trying to learn.

— Steve Doldo, Wrentham Tool Group

Interactive delivery effectively engaged learners. The A2LA instructors were excellent! Both instructors were terrific. Very well designed and well delivered.

— Barbara Zehnbauer, CDC

The instructor portrayed a true and sound expectation of the 17025 world. At breaks, we all commented on how we liked the way he interpreted the standard in a “friendly” way, and his training technique certainly addressed adult learning. I feel that the instructor actually “feels” and knows this material.

— Marcella McSorley, Phoenix, AZ

I really loved this course! It is my 5th A2LA class, and it was my favorite. I feel like I really learned a lot of useful information and I am so excited to go back and use techniques in my lab.

— Stephanie Lampe

Walter Nowocin, Corporate Metrology for Medtronic had for years set as a goal to standardize software, procedures, instruments, and training at its worldwide labs.

Medtronic labs perform thousands of calibrations each year in virtually all measurement parameters. Medtronic places a high emphasis on employee training and targets 40 hours of annual employee training. Training goals are set and tied to each employees performance reviews. Medtronic contracts with WPT to supply on-line metrology training to help meet training goals.

They chose the yearly online subscription option and are in their fifth year. From any of their worldwide labs, Medtronic calibration technicians can log on and receive training on any of 25 topics. Medtronic also provides input, content, and direction as to ongoing calibration training topics.

, Medtronic

The Manufacturing Leadership Council recognized Lockheed Martin with four awards in three manufacturing categories. Next Generation Advanced Metrology and Measurement Systems development encompasses two different technologies related to advanced metrology and measurement systems and was recognized in the Innovative Process Leadership category.

WorkPlace Training had over the years supplied LM metrology labs with calibration training. It was on an as-needed basis with local labs purchasing site licenses for selected titles. LM Metrology Labs are organized into a Corporate Metrology Panel. They meet several times a year to compare notes, exchange technical procedures and share ideas on operating their labs with more consistency. Training was often a topic of discussion. Several of the lab managers began to discuss their success with WorkPlace Training computer based training. Eventually, the panel asked WorkPlace to come to their meeting and introduce the training to the entire group, resulting in the following justification to be written into a formal requisition presented to Corporate LM Learning.

As presented by the Corporate Metrology Panel (CMP) has a plan to address the declining pool of workers trained in the Metrology discipline. We will populate some of the LM Metrology Workforce from disciplines with complementary skill sets and educate and train in Metrology specific studies, processes and practices. While we are investigating how other companies expect to cope with this shortage, of immediate interest is the purchase of web-based training modules from Workplace Training, Inc (see attached). If each business area purchased a couple of titles we could buy the suite, place them on The Knowledge Network for use across LM, and include them in our employee’s role-based training plans. These structured learning courses will supplement on the job training and document employee training completion.

, Lockheed Martin

3M was awarded the US government’s highest award for innovation, the National Medal of Technology. 3M has consistently been highly ranked, often in the top 20, in Fortune magazine’s annual survey of “America’s Most Admired Corporations.” -Harvard Business Review

Abrasives, films, imaging, metal matrix ceramics, nonwovens, nanotechnology, and RFID are a few of the core technologies that 3M molds into products. 3M is a unique company and its metrology labs operate like no other. Most companies follow standards related to a particular industry. 3M operates business units that transcend many industries and its metrology operations must be compliant with multiple standards. 3M Corporate Metrology Lab juggles aerospace, FDA, automotive and other ISO and industry standards and makes sure that all 3M labs are compliant with their specific industry standard. To lab manager who has his hands full this might be an understatement.

3M chose WPT calibration training modules because they can be used in any of the business units. They started their acquisition of a cal training library with one lesson, Intro to Measurement and Calibration. They built their library over several years, adding a title about every quarter. For some titles a site license for the Corporate Lab is sufficient. 3M Learning Operations uses MyTrain course delivery, record keeping, testing and Certificate app. 3M Corporate Metrology group sometimes provides input and subject matter expertise for courses in development, ensuring that resulting courseware addresses their needs.

, 3M