Sprache: Englisch

The aerospace industry depends on precision manufacturing of all its components. This precision is made possible by the expertise of staff, who can operate the appropriate measuring tools, and who can evaluate the uncertainty and accuracy of measurements made. This course offers practicing engineers and scientists the opportunity to improve their knowledge and skills, and hence their career prospects in this field. New entrants to the field can also benefit. With a focus on applications in the aerospace industry, this course covers core principles of precision measurements, along with current and emerging measurement technologies.

Target Audience

Managers, engineers and technicians in manufacturing, maintenance, management and deployment roles.


  • Principles of Measurement
  • Sensors
  • Optics, Ultrasonic Measurement and Inspection Systems
  • Measurement in Manufacturing
  • Quality Assurance and Systems
  • Mechanical Metrology

Module 1: Principles of Measurement (0.5 day)

  • Certification, Traceability and Calibration
  • Generalized Approach to Measurement Systems
  • Uncertainties, Measurement Errors and Instrument inaccuracies
  • Environmental Effects on Measurements

Module 2: Sensors and Signals (0.5 day)

  • Sensors Principles
  • Signal Conditioning
  • Analogue and Digital Systems
  • Signal Processing

Module 3: Optics and Ultrasonic Measurement and Inspection Systems (1 day)

  • Optics and Optical Components
  • Optical fibre Sensors
  • Ultrasonic Measurement Systems
  • Acoustic Emission

Module 4: Measurement in Manufacturing (1 day)

  • Scanning Optical Instruments (1-D, 2-D and 3-D)
  • Non-optical Measurement Techniques
  • Surface Technology
  • Coordinate Measuring Machines
  • Condition Monitoring and Maintenance

Module 5: Quality Assurance and Systems (1 day)

  • Quality Systems
  • Statistical Process Control
  • Statistical Process Control and Data Processing
  • Advanced Statistical Techniques

Module 6: Mechanical Metrology (1 day)

  • Basic Gauging
  • The Measurement of Angle
  • Form and Deformation Measurement
  • Measuring Instruments and Computer-aided Metrology

Knowledge Transfer Project

Following to the course each participant works on a knowledge transfer project in his or her company to apply the theoretical knowledge gained in the seminars. The content of the project shall be an actual task from the daily work of the participant. One of the course instructors is a supervisor for the project. The knowledge transfer project is documented in a short written report and to be sent to the instructors for evaluation.

Course Procedure

The certificate course includes 5 days of seminars, in the training rooms of the University of Derby; the facilities of the Institute for Innovation in Sustainable Engineering (IISE), and Eley Metrology will also be used. A one-hour written test will be administered on day following the last seminar day. Seminars contain lecture, group and single exercises as well as case studies with high practical relevance.


Upon successful completion of the transfer project and passing of the test, participants are awarded a certificate by the Steinbeis University Berlin. In addition, 5 internationally accepted ECTS credit points are awarded. Grading is based on the written test and the knowledge transfer project.

Admission Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in engineering, computing or the physical sciences.

Course objectives

The course aims to bring the participant fully up to date in the latest techniques of measurement and inspection, as applicable to the aerospace industry. It covers not only the techniques of making a wide variety of precision measurements, but also how measurements are evaluated, and the national and international regulatory and assurance framework for measurements that are in place.

Benefits for the participant

  • Be able to recognize how precision measurements are acquired, and assess the environmental issues which may compromise a measurement;
  • Be able to evaluate measurements, in terms of their accuracy and traceability;
  • Be able to apply national and international measurement standards;
  • Be able to manage measurement and inspection in a manufacturing environment;
  • Be able to develop further expertise in precision measurements.

Benefits for the company

  • Have employees who can with confidence make and evaluate precision measurements;
  • Have the assurance that company products are manufactured within specified tolerances;
  • Have company expertise to improve manufacturing precision;
  • Improve company income through a reputation for precision manufacture.

Course instructors

Dr. Ahmad Kharaz

The course will be led by Dr Ahmad Kharaz, Reader in Intelligent Instrumentation at the University of Derby. Dr Kharaz has extensive experience over many years of undertaking precision measurements, in a wide variety of contexts. Dr Kharaz will be supported by other staff from the University and IISE; industrial expertise will be provided by Eley Metrology.

Steinbeis Transferzentrum

Aerospace Technology and Application (ASA)
Schwarzwaldstr. 134
70569  Stuttgart
Tel.: + 49 (0) 711-451001-11
Fax: + 49 (0) 711-451001-41

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