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Department Name: Inspection Department
Number of Classes: 17
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Department Description
Inspection TrainingInspection is the measurement of parts to ensure that they conform to specifications. Often, measurements smaller than the width of a human hair determine if a part is “good” or “bad.” Inspection activities ensure that the part is a quality part that meets the needs of the customer.
These classes address the methods and instruments used to effectively inspect parts in the shop. The content is for individuals seeking to learn the fundamental approaches for inspection and the most common instruments. The content of these classes starts with instruments such as the caliper, micrometer, and CMM and eventually addresses calibration and more advanced inspection methods.

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350110 Basic Measurement 110
This class introduces the basic measuring devices used in the shop to ensure part quality. Includes an Interactive Lab.
None 18Beginner Inspection Department
350115 Linear Instrument Characteristics 115
This class describes the various characteristics of linear measuring instruments and explains how variation affects the inspection process. Includes an Interactive Lab.
None 15Beginner Inspection Department
350120 Basics of the CMM 120
This class identifies the major types and components of the coordinate measuring machine and describes the coordinate system.
None 16Beginner Inspection Department
350130 Basics of the Optical Comparator 130
This class explains the principles of optical inspection and describes the components of the optical comparator.
None 16Beginner Inspection Department
350140 Surface Measurement 140
This class identifies the different types of surface texture and describes how the surface texture of a part affects its use.
None 18Beginner Inspection Department
350150 Overview of Threads 150
This class describes the various parts of a screw thread, common thread standards and tolerances, and the various tools used to inspect them.
None 18Beginner Inspection Department
350200 Intro to GD&T 200 (1994)
This class introduces the fundamental concepts of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) and describes the main types of tolerances included in the standard. This class references the 1994 standard. Includes an Interactive Lab.
350110
800130
20Intermediate Inspection Department
350205 Intro to GD&T 205 (2009)
This class introduces the fundamental concepts of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) and describes the main types of tolerances included in the standard, ASME Y14.5 2009.Includes an Interactive Lab.
350110
800130
18Intermediate Inspection Department
350210 Calibration Fundamentals 210
This class describes the calibration process and explains how measuring instruments are traced back to national and international standards. Includes an Interactive Lab.
350110
350115
20Intermediate Inspection Department
350220 Inspecting with CMMs 220
This class compares the advantages and common uses of various CMM components and software applications.
350110
350115
350120
17Intermediate Inspection Department
350230 Inspecting with Optical Comparators 230
This class compares different types of optical comparators and explains how they work best under different conditions.
350115
350130
19Intermediate Inspection Department
350240 Hole Inspection 240
This class explains different hole characteristics and describes how specific gages are used for different hole inspection applications. Includes an Interactive Lab.
350110
350115
20Intermediate Inspection Department
350250 Thread Inspection 250
This class provides suggestions and how-to information for inspecting threads with a range of common instruments and gages. Includes an Interactive Lab.
350110
350150
19Intermediate Inspection Department
350260 Hardness Testing 260
This class provides an overview of the most common hardness testing methods and describes how to read hardness ratings.
500120
18Intermediate Inspection Department
350300 Measuring System Analysis 300
This class explains the purpose and methods of measuring systems analysis, including measurement variation and gage repeatability and reproducibility studies.
350210
 900210
20Advanced Inspection Department
350310 Interpreting GD&T 310 (1994)
This class explains important rules of GD&T and also describes how common features are specified in GD&T prints. This class references the 1994 standard. Includes an Interactive Lab.
350200
20Advanced Inspection Department
350315 Interpreting GD&T 315 (2009)
This class explains important rules of GD&T and also describes how common features are specified in GD&T prints. This class reflects ASME Y14.5 2009.
350205
20Advanced Inspection Department