This unit of competency has been developed for Engineering Tradesperson - Fabrication apprenticeship training and the recognition of trade-level skills in fabrication, forming and shaping of a wide variety of shapes and products undertaken using a variety of forming and shaping techniques.

Fabrication, forming and shaping is done to specifications interpreted from technical drawings and job specifications using a variety of tools and equipment.

Skills covered by this unit are generally applied in occupational and work situations associated with steel fabrication, boiler making or sheet metal work.

Where heating and thermal cutting is required unit MEM05007 Perform manual heating and thermal cutting should also be selected.

Where marking off/out skills is required unit MEM12007 Mark off/out structural fabrications and shapes should also be selected.

Where welds are required to meet legislative or regulatory requirements appropriate welding units 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:


MEM05037 - Perform geometric development

MEM09002 - Interpret technical drawing

MEM11011 - Undertake manual handling

MEM12023 - Perform engineering measurements

MEM12024 - Perform computations

MEM13015 - Work safely and effectively in manufacturing and engineering

MEM14006 - Plan work activities

MEM16006 - Organise and communicate information

MEM18001 - Use hand tools

MEM18002 - Use power tools/hand held operations


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 relevant tools and equipment to fabricate, form and shape materials; - setting up and safely operating equipment; - forming and shaping materials; - performing calculations associated with allowances for shrinkage, thickness and inside/outside measurements; - checking final product for compliance with specifications, and; - rectifying defects.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - safe work practices and procedures and use of personal protective equipment (PPE); - hot and cold forming/shaping processes; - machines, tools and equipment required to perform forming/shaping processes and reasons for selection; - equipment adjustments that can be made and the effect on the object being formed/shaped; - calculations to determine allowances; - machine and equipment operation; - material positioning/feeding requirements; - location and function of all safety guards, and; - defects in formed/shaped materials and required rectification by further work/adjustment.

Where to next?

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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