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science of  precision measurements, the benefits of which are passed down  to USAF  customers  through Air  Force PMELs around the globe.    The  USAF was at the forefront of establishing  Metrology Training at Lowry AFB in 1959, and was later tasked with  providing  training not only to USAF students, but also to select  civil service workers and all other branches of the military,  as well as to foreign students under MAP  training guidelines. Each student attending Lowry’s PMEL/Metrology Training School received a coveted copy of the “Metrology  Handbook.” This website makes available a digital copy of that handbook as well  as several  other items you might find useful such as a  glossary of terms, physical  conversions,  and other  sources of   information Metrology Technicians relied on over the years during the course of their work.  On November 22, 1971 the name of the school providing Metrology Training was changed from “PMEL” to “Metrology,” thus more closely describing the schools curriculum and the training provided.  The Metrology/PMEL School, Lowry AFB, CO School instructor staffing levels varied over the years. As the number of graduating technicians required to staff PMEL labs varied, so would the student load at the school to meet those needs.
During    January    through    June    of    1961,    for    example,    course ALR32470   reached   a   peak   training   load   of   285   students.   During the   period   of   July   -   December   of   1965   the   PMEL   Branch   had   a shortage    of    approximately    ten    qualified    instructor    personnel. The   increase   in   duration   of   the   ALR32430   course   increased   the qualified     instructor     shortage     to     36.     Increases     of     qualified instructors   available   to   Special   Training   courses   increased   the shortage   to   48,   while   Navy   training   commitments   increased   the shortage   to   70.   The   number   of   training   courses   supported   by the    school,    course    durations,    and    the    number    of    required graduating   students   each   year   drove   the   PMEL   school’s   staffing levels.    Additional    requirements    materialized    as    a    result    of instructors    being    assigned    writing/authoring    duties…someone had   to   write   the   course   material   as   well   as   material   for   the   OJT packages   used   in   the   field   to   further   a   Metrology   technician’s knowledge for advancement to the next skill level. PMEL/Metrology     Instructors     consisted     of     individuals     who volunteered   for   the   duty.   While   a   very   few   may   have   entered   the instructor’s    rolls    upon    graduating    from    the    basic    coarse,    the majority   would   have   served   several   years   in   the   field   working   on an Air Base in a PME Lab prior to becoming an instructor. Before    an    instructor    volunteer    would    be    assigned    classroom duties, they would have to have completed several pre-requisite ( Continued )
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PMEL, Page 2

science of  precision measurements, the benefits of which are passed down  to USAF  customers  through Air  Force PMELs around the globe.    The  USAF was at the forefront of establishing  Metrology Training at Lowry AFB in 1959, and was later tasked with  providing  training not only to USAF students, but also to select civil service workers and all other branches of the military,  as well as to foreign students under MAP  training guidelines. Each student attending Lowry’s PMEL/Metrology Training School received a coveted copy of the “Metrology  Handbook.” This website makes available a digital copy of that handbook as well  as several  other items you might find useful such as a  glossary of terms, physical  conversions,  and other  sources of   information Metrology Technicians relied on over the years during the course of their work.  On November 22, 1971 the name of the school providing Metrology Training was changed from “PMEL” to “Metrology,” thus more closely describing the schools curriculum and the training provided.  The Metrology/PMEL School, Lowry AFB, CO School instructor staffing levels varied over the years. As the number of graduating technicians required to staff PMEL labs varied, so would the student load at the school to meet those needs.
During     January     through     June     of     1961,     for     example,     course ALR32470   reached   a   peak   training   load   of   285   students.   During   the period   of   July   -   December   of   1965   the   PMEL   Branch   had   a   shortage of   approximately   ten   qualified   instructor   personnel.   The   increase   in duration   of   the   ALR32430   course   increased   the   qualified   instructor shortage    to    36.    Increases    of    qualified    instructors    available    to Special   Training   courses   increased   the   shortage   to   48,   while   Navy training   commitments   increased   the   shortage   to   70.   The   number   of training   courses   supported   by   the   school,   course   durations,   and the   number   of   required   graduating   students   each   year   drove   the PMEL   school’s   staffing   levels.   Additional   requirements   materialized as     a     result     of     instructors     being     assigned     writing/authoring duties…someone    had    to    write    the    course    material    as    well    as material    for    the    OJT    packages    used    in    the    field    to    further    a Metrology   technician’s   knowledge   for   advancement   to   the   next   skill level. PMEL/Metrology      Instructors      consisted      of      individuals      who volunteered   for   the   duty.   While   a   very   few   may   have   entered   the instructor’s    rolls    upon    graduating    from    the    basic    coarse,    the majority   would   have   served   several   years   in   the   field   working   on   an Air Base in a PME Lab prior to becoming an instructor. Before    an    instructor    volunteer    would    be    assigned    classroom duties, they would have to have completed several pre-requisite                                                   ( Continued )
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