The Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) course emphasizes hands-on learning. Using five SEM and EMA instruments, students have the opportunity to study their own samples, or test samples provided by our staff, under the direction of McCrone scientists with over 60 years of combined SEM/EDS/WDS experience.
During the course, students learn through lecture, demonstration, and hands-on participation how to setup and operate SEM and EDS instruments, including low-vacuum and field-emission models. This course provides a foundation for students new to SEM and EDS. At the end of the course, students with no prior experience are able to align an SEM, obtain secondary electron (SE) and backscatter electron (BE) micrographs, and perform EDS qualitative and quantitative analysis. For students with prior experience, we emphasize procedures to better utilize SEM and EDS to solve practical problems. The experience of our instructors allows them to optimize SEM and EDS analysis for a wide range of materials analysis questions.
This course includes pre- and post-course modules as part of our blended learning program.
“It was great to have three instructors for eight students... The small class size was great!” Centre of Forensic Sciences
“Instructors know the student’s level of expertise and were willing to stay past normal lecture hours. The review of certain materials was very helpful and the classroom environment was very relaxed.” New York City EPA
“The hands-on work was great. I liked having three instructors, each with unique experience.” Maryland State Police
“Because class sizes are kept small, it allows students to experience more hands-on time with the equipment and provides direct access to the instructors, who are extremely well-versed in their subject area. This combination makes it possible to successfully train students in complex subjects in a very short time.” Imperial Oil
Students are expected to successfully complete a variety of tasks in the form of hands-on exercises, laboratory exercises, identifications of unknowns, and quizzes. In addition, the students are required to have 100% attendance during the course, participate in class, complete a student evaluation form and pre and post course assessment forms.
The student is notified at the end of the course whether or not they have successfully completed the requirements of the course based on:
Upon successfully meeting these requirements, a student is awarded a certificate of completion and 3 CEU credits, if available. Those who have not successfully passed the course requirements do not receive a certificate or 3 CEU credits.