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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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