This unit of competency defines the skills and knowledge required to set up and operate a range of mechanical cutting and holing equipment.

Typical applications of this unit include cutting for manufacture, production cutting and cutting materials in a maintenance environment.

Where the interpretation of technical drawings is required unit MEM09002 Interpret technical drawing should also be selected.
Where the selection and use of power tools for hand held operations is required unit MEM18002 Use power tools/hand held operations should also be selected.

Where operational maintenance of equipment is required unit MEM07001 Perform operational maintenance of machines/equipment should also be selected.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
Unit code:


MEM11011 - Undertake manual handling

MEM12023 - Perform engineering measurements

MEM13015 - Work safely and effectively in manufacturing and engineering

MEM16006 - Organise and communicate information

MEM18001 - Use hand tools


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. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - following work instructions, standard operating procedures (SOPs) and safe work practices; - selecting appropriate cutting machine and tooling and loading material to match job requirements; - setting up and safely operating equipment; - securing and positioning material using a graduated measuring device and adjusting as required in conformance with specifications; - adjusting machine/tooling as required using material in most economical way, and; - checking material against specifications.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - safe work practices and procedures and use of personal protective equipment (PPE); - characteristics of cutting methods and machines; - effect of materials on the machine tooling, tooling defects and adjustments; - effect of adjustments on the dimensions of the cut material; - applicable tolerances, and; - methods of marking out materials to ensure minimum wastage.

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As part of a course

This unit is studied as part of the following courses. Refer to the course page for information on how to apply for the course.

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