Calibration technicians play a critical role in many quality and manufacturing environments. A calibration technician’s duties involve the calibration, adjustment, troubleshooting and repair of various types of mechanical, optical, dimensional and electronic measuring equipment and other process instrumentation. In manufacturing environments this equipment is used to measure temperatures, pressures, lengths, voltages, currents, frequencies, mass an many other measurement disciplines.
Calibration technicians help to ensure that all test and measurement equipment is calibrated correctly to minimize measurement errors associated with the equipment used in specific measurement processes. For organizations within highly regulated industries such as aviation, automotive, nuclear and medical device manufacturing, calibration technicians ensure conformance to established national and international regulatory and other industry-specific standards.
The job that a calibration technician performs is important to ensure that the measurement equipment meets the manufacturer’s specifications and consistently provides repeatable and accurate measurement results.
As one of their many certifications, the American Society for Quality (ASQ) offers the Certified Calibration Technician Certification (CCT). The CCT is the premier certification for calibration technicians and is available to technicians seeking advancement in the industry.
The CCT certification requires the passing of a 125 question, 4-hour multiple-choice exam on various aspects of the calibration process, measurement uncertainty, quality systems and industry regulations. The CCT exam can be taken by technicians who have at least five years of calibration job experience or 3 years of experience for technicians who have received a diploma or completed a degree program in a related field. The certification is active for 3 years and continuing education and work in a relevant field is required for recertification.
Specific training programs are available from some vocational schools or online classes that review the certification’s body of knowledge and can prepare the technician for the test. Many programs include practice tests to become familiar with the types of questions that are asked and the testing process.
Benefits of CCT Certification
Calibration technicians that have been certified as CCT’s are highly valued in all types of organizations. Certified Calibration Technicians have shown that they are dedicated to preserving measurement quality and have proven their knowledge of calibration processes and the understanding of technical concepts.
Having CCT certified technicians within a calibration program gives organizations the confidence that the measurement results they obtain are correct and accurate. For some measurements, such as a load cell that monitors a press, inaccurate measurements could potentially lead to the damage of a product or pose a safety hazard to production personnel.
For production organizations, accurately calibrated equipment will help reduce costs from measurement errors. Measurement errors can result in significant losses due to product re-inspection, rework, sorting and scrap. These incur costs of personnel time and resources that are being expended and creates downtime and scheduling challenges for all other production functions. If the product makes it to the client or the marketplace, there could be even higher consequences such as recalls, personal injury, customer dissatisfaction and damage to a company’s reputation.
Calibration laboratories that employ CCT certified technicians are able to use their calibration and technical skills to ensure that the proper methods are used in the calibration process and that the documentation produced conforms to the strict regulatory requirements and international standards that govern their industry.
Their advanced training and technical background allow them to create accurate and thorough calibration procedures to properly calibrate the equipment to the manufacturer’s specifications and to properly validate those procedures and calibration processes.
CCT’s can also perform advanced measurement uncertainty analysis on calibration and measurement processes to quantify and reduce the risk associated with obtaining accurate measurements.
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