This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to engrave signs using specialist rotary engravers. It covers setting up and initialising computer software to interact with the engraving system, preparing tools and materials for engraving, and operating high speed equipment to produce detailed sign artwork that meets client requirements.  The unit supports sign manufacturers who produce fine, detailed markings on various materials, including metal and non-metal.

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. A person demonstrating competency in this unit must satisfy all of the elements, performance criteria and foundation skills of this unit, and must engrave three signs each containing four lines of text, with a border and a centred graphic or logo as follows: - at least one sign must be engraved on one of the following metal surfaces: aluminium; brass; stainless steel, and; - at least one sign must be engraved on one of the following non-metal surfaces: acrylic; engraving laminate. In doing the above work, the person must: - select and prepare cutter tools and equipment for the task; - set up engraving software with accurate parameters for the task, including speed, depth and number of passes appropriate to the task, and; - engrave and finish the sign to client requirements using cleaning and polishing materials.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - application of the following typography elements in sign-writing and engraving; - engraving processes; - manufacturer specifications for the safe use and maintenance of engravers and cutters; - processes to check and ensure correct grammar, spelling and punctuation and their application in engraving signs; - safe operating procedures for the use of high speed cutting tools and equipment used in engraving, and; - safety data sheets (SDS) relevant to the use of engraving tools.

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