Prior Training in Electron Microscopy:
- People who wish to operate TEMs must have at least one college-level course in TEM with a lab component or previous TEM experience. The college course can't be one in which TEM was just one of many topics. For researchers who lack academic training and/or practical experience in electron microscopy, we suggest the short courses in TEM at the Hooke College of Applied Sciences, and the hands-on TEM courses at Northwestern University or the University of Chicago or Northern Illinois University.
- People who wish to operate SEMs must have at least one college-level course in SEM with a lab component or previous SEM experience or they must read a document which the EMC will provide and achieve a grade of 80% on the test of that material.
Researchers who are not employed by Argonne and who will be present in the EMC laboratories for experiments must take the following on-line courses before they start work in the EMC. Researchers will need the user ID and password supplied to them by the Argonne User Facilities On-Line Registration System. The required Argonne courses are available to registered users at User Facility Courses for Non-Resident Users.
- EMC101, EMC User Orientation; required annually
- ESH100U, Argonne User Facility Orientation; required every 2 years
- ESH223U, Cyber Security Awareness Training; required annually
Argonne employees must take the equivalent courses (plus ESH377) through the normal Argonne training website. To take the courses, they must ...
Prospective microscope users must receive on-the-job training for each microscope that they will use. That training is provided by an EMC staff member using the instrument-specific standard operating procedures (SOP) and other materials as seems necessary. Safety has been incorporated into the SOPs by restricting the users to certain operations, by written/posted warnings, and by written instructions for off-normal or emergency situations. Trainees must go through a rigorous period of familiarization under the supervision of a designated user, and they must demonstrate to the responsible EMC staff member that they can operate each instrument according to its SOP before they will be qualified as a user. The EMC staff member is responsible for determining when the prospective user is qualified to operate the microscope.
- Update their Job hazard Questionnaire (JHQ) by checking box
D1.4.4 under Duties and Responsibilities (they are users of the EMC).
- Take course EMC101
- Take course ESH223, if they haven't already done so,
- Take course ESH377, if they haven't already done so,