MRO Magazine

Precision measurement instrument certification course developed by vendors


August 21, 2015
By Bill Roebuck

Kenosha, WI – Snap-on has joined forces with the L.S. Starrett Company to create the newest addition to Snap-on’s series of technical education certification courses – Precision Measurement Instruments (PMI).

The goal of the PMI Certification course is providing students and technicians with a robust understanding of the fundamentals of precision measurement instruments. The PMI Certification course contains six modules, each contributing to a combined total of 32 hours of instruction in the following areas:

  • Tape and Rule Measurement
  • Slide Calliper Measurement
  • Gauge Measurement
  • Angle Measurement
  • Micrometer Measurement
  • Dial Gauge Measurement

Enrollees in the course will use Starrett measuring devices in a practical learning environment. Headquartered in Athol, MA, Starrett is a manufacturer of a variety of precision measuring instruments, including micrometers, callipers, rules, levels, electronic gages, dial indicators, force and material testers, optical and vision products, gage blocks and granite surface plates, and custom engineered products.

“Precision measurement is the cornerstone of quality in the vast array of products and services many people rely upon each day,” said Ira E. Friedman, western region tool & metrology sales manager for Starrett. “Technicians who are proficient in this discipline are essential to the success of organizations who work to meet the needs of the global marketplace.”


The certification training is a collaborative effort between Snap-on and the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3), a network of education partners and corporations that support advances in workforce skills in the transportation, aviation, manufacturing, and energy sectors.

Technical school instructors benefit from the partnership with Snap-on as they have an opportunity to learn the latest advancements in tool technology, and stay abreast of maintenance issues affecting their areas of expertise, by attending training seminars at Snap-on’s Kenosha, WI facilities. The technical schools benefit by being able to offer courses that train students to become tomorrow’s best professional technicians.

For more information about Snap-on’s Education Program or the new Precision Measurement Instruments Certification, contact John Gamble, business and education partnership manager, Snap-on, at 413-441-5429, or e-mail