Engineering Metrology

By Prof. Janakranjan Ramkumar & Prof. Amandeep Singh   |   IIT Kanpur
Learners enrolled: 4920
Engineering metrology is the use of measurement science in manufacturing. The study of metrology is highly valuable for the students and practitioners, specifically from mechanical and allied engineering stream. For a product to be successful, it needs to be manufactured according to metrological specifications, otherwise heavy costs are incurred to comply with the specifications in the later stage. Also, the role played by measurements in the day today life makes it essential to study metrology. This course is designed to impart the knowledge to develop measurement procedures, conduct metrological experiments, and obtain and interpret the results. A laboratory demonstration are also induced to enhance the learning process. The course would be useful in many areas in the traditional and modern high technology viz. manufacturing, industrial, scientific research, defense, and many others. 

INTENDED AUDIENCE : Students of all Engineering and Science disciplines.

PREREQUISITES : The student should have completed two semesters of UG Engineering or Science program.

Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 29 Jul 2019
End Date : 18 Oct 2019
Exam Date : 17 Nov 2019 IST
Category :
  • Mechanical Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate

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Course layout

Week 1 : Introduction to Engineering Metrology
Week 2 : Introduction to Engineering Metrology
Week 3 : Statistics in Metrology
Week 4 : Linear Measurements
Week 5 : Angular and rotation measurements 
Week 6 : Comparators
Week 7 : Optical measurements, and temperature measurements
Week 8 : Screw threads metrology, and gears metrology
Week 9 : Transducers
Week 10: Flow and Pressure measurements, and strain measurements
Week 11: Surface finish metrology, and mechatronics
Week 12: Nano-metrology, and Quality control

Books and references

1. Bewoor, A.K. and Kulkarni, V.A., 2009. Metrology and measurement. McGraw-Hill Education.
2. Venkateshan, S.P., 2015. Mechanical measurements. John Wiley & Sons. 
3. Fridman, A.E., 2011. The quality of measurements: a metrological reference. Springer Science & Business Media.

Instructor bio

Dr. Janakranjan Ramkumar is currently a Professor of Mechanical Engineering Department, and Design Program, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He teaches manufacturing science, micro/nano technology, new product development. He has a bachelors in Production Engineering with his doctorate in Defect quantification in drilling of composites from IIT Madras, India with a best thesis award.  Over the years his contribution in teaching and research is remarkable.  He has worked for BOSCH group and improved the productivity of the company. His research and teaching focus is on nano technology and inclusive design. He has several international and national patents in his credit and has published more than 100 journal papers.


Dr. Amandeep Singh is working as Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial and Production Engineering Department, National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar, India. He holds PhD degree from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India, and a bachelor degree in Production Engineering. Dr. Singh has over eight years of industrial and academic experience. His research interests are Sustainable Manufacturing Processes and Systems, Simulation of Manufacturing Systems, Product Design and Manufacturing, Applied Ergonomics and Engineering Metrology. He has traveled in countries like US, Canada, and Australia to present his research in various international conferences organized by reputed bodies like CIRP and IEOM. His research is also published in various international reputed journals.

Course certificate

  • The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
  • The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
  • Date and Time of Exams: 17 November 2019, Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
  • Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
  • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
  • Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.

  • Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course. 
  • Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100
  • Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

  • If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.
  • Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kanpur. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.
  • Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies are being discontinued from July 2019 semester and will not be dispatched

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