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MECH 3010 - Fundamentals of Metrology and Quality Control

Mechanical Engineering Part-time Studies Course

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Course Details

Provides the metrology and quality control background required for MTEC 7017 - Inspection Methods for Quality Control. Covers the basics of common dimensional inspection equipment such as micrometers and calipers, surface plate setups, and Coordinate Measuring Machines. Introduces the 7 problem solving tools commonly used in continuous improvement. Provides an introduction to statistical quality control including sampling plans, control charts, and process capability calculations.


MECH 1210



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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:

  • Recognize the need for quality control and metrology that results from dimensional variation in manufactured parts.
  • Describe, select, and use common dimensional inspection equipment including scales, calipers, micrometers, gauge blocks, surface plates, height gauges, and Coordinate Measuring Machines.
  • Interpret drawings and apply requirements in various inspection and test activities.
  • Determine which measurement instrument to use in various situations based on considerations such as the characteristic to be measured, the 10:1 rule, the required accuracy level, uncertainty.
  • Select, construct, apply, and interpret the seven quality tools: cause and effect diagrams, flow charts (process maps), check sheets, Pareto diagrams, scatter diagrams, control charts, and histograms.
  • Identify and define sampling characteristics such as operating characteristic (OC) curve, lot size, sample size, acceptance number, switching rules.
  • Design acceptance sampling plans according to Mil-Std-105E and ANSI/ASQC Z1.4 standards.
  • Identify and differentiate between statistical terms such as population, sample, parameter, statistic, statistical process control, statistical quality control.
  • Define, compute, and interpret measures of central tendency (mean, median, and mode) and dispersion (standard deviation, range, and variance).
  • Calculate process yield and percent defectives using areas under the normal curve.
  • Identify, select, construct, and interpret variables control charts such as X-bar and R.
  • Define the prerequisites for capability, and calculate and interpret Cp and Cpk in various situations.

Effective as of Fall 2004

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