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I thought the measurement uncertainty module was excellent. It was great to have someone teaching it who actually knows the subject, who has applied it in a working environment to know why and how it is used. In contrast to my experiences with other providers, there was a real sense of involvement and engagement: I could ask questions and know that I'd get knowledgeable answers. A major aerospace company employee.

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Metrology Courses

The Coventry Metrology Group at Coventry University offers a wide range of courses in measurement and metrology culminating in formal qualification. From an introduction to advanced tools and techniques our training courses bring together the power of a university’s subject knowledge and the applied expertise of trainers with strong industrial experience.

Our philosophy is to deliver value for money courses with the quality you would expect from a university, practically explained and with three key elements built in:

  • Knowledge delivered in an engaging, realistic and relevant way 

  • Hands-on activities and interaction that bring this knowledge to life 

  • Encouragement to carry on developing through work based learning

Our courses are built from a knowledge bank of metrology best practice, metrology tools and techniques, and real industrial applications. If we do not have a standard course that fits your needs we can build one quickly from our knowledge bank to meet individual company requirements, compiling a course that is both professional and bespoke in its content and delivery.

One Day Modular Courses

A one day course focused on the core and fundamental principles of measurement utilising, basic measuring equipment and first principle techniques. This will include the use of various measurement handtools that are used as examples of good practice and equipment selection. Covering an introduction into standards and traceability as well as how measurement variation can occur and the steps you can take to improve repeatability and accuracy.




A one day course focused on the knowledge required to understand and get the best out of 2D and 3D coordinate measurement systems. This includes CMM, Vision systems, Articulating Arms, Laser Trackers, Photogrammetry, and other coordinate based measuring systems. 




A one day course focused on assessing the suitability of a measuring system, historically referred to as a gauge, to complete the measurement tasks assigned to it. Focusing on the Gauge Repeatability and Reproducibility (GR&R) study we will look at good practice in planning and implementation. We will also look at alternative tools such as the Gauge R (or Type 1) study. During the course we will emphasise the often left out details that can make a study fail or give false confidence.




A one day course focused on the interpretation and application of Manufacturing Engineering technical product specification, this covers both dimensional and geometrical tolerances (GD&T) and their application. Taking you through not only an explanation of the symbols and meaning of product tolerances, but their application with manufacturing examples of good practice measurement strategies.




A one day course on the tools, processes and reports associated with basic statistical process control (SPC) as a post measurement process, including how and when it can benefit a business. We will discuss probability, variable and attribute data, leading to normal distribution and Pareto charts and their analysis, going on to histograms and their interpretation. We will introduce Cp and Cpk calculations and how they are achieved, look at process control charts and their interpretation, explaining the basic concepts and reading of average and range charts with the relevant control and specification limits applied.




Specialist Metrology Courses

A one day course that will introduce the candidate to a core principle of metrology. The calculation of uncertainty. Measurement variation occurs in every measurement process, this can be captured when the process is stable and able to supply samples of data for gauge analysis. However, if you are involved in calibration, planning a new measuring process, or looking to move to a new site / vary the process, then measurement uncertainty will contribute greatly to that decision-making process and help mitigate costly problems / workarounds when production starts. 




A one day course that follows on from the Uncertainty (Introduction) course. (This course can only be completed if the candidate has previously attended the Measurement Uncertainty (Introduction) course.) This course will develop the introductory knowledge of the candidate to be able to look at construction analysis and the application of measurement uncertainty in accordance with international standards.




NPL Measurement Courses

(2 days)

This course will give the learner a good understanding of portable co-ordinate measuring system types and their good practice. The course includes portable Metrology principles and methods as well as completing hands on activities utilising a variety of modern protable measurement equipment such as portable arms, laser trackers and photogrammetry.




(3 days)

This three day training course introduces dimensional Metrology and its under-pinning principles and methods. Delegates will be taught how to better interpret technical drawings, to make fundamental measurement calculations and to implement a measurement strategy in a manufacturing engineering environment.




(4 days)

This four day training course builds on the knowledge and measurement principles gained through the level 1 training course. Delegates will be taught how to apply the fundamental principles of geometrical product specification, measurement tools and calibration, how to apply fundamental measurement calculations, how to respond to measurement results and related uncertainty and how to communicate, question and plan the measurement process.




Degree Courses

(2 years part-time)

We have created the world's first Foundation Degree in Engineering Metrology, developed in conjunction with leading industrial companies. The course is designed to deliver metrology knowledge and skills in a formal qualification. The student and their company will gain noticeable value from this course. Feedback from beneficiary companies is that the student makes a real and positive impact on their businesses, improving processes and techniques, therefore liberating unnecessary costs in manufacturing and measurement.




The FDe Metrology has a late September start date each year.

*We are accredited by NPL to deliver the simensional measurement training framework.