This unit of competency has been developed for Engineering Tradesperson - Mechanical apprenticeship training and the recognition of trade-level skills in non-computer numerical controlled (CNC) machining of ferrous and non-ferrous materials.

Where high level production machining applications are undertaken unit MEM07041 Perform production machining should be selected.

Where set-up and operation of electro-discharge machines (EDM) is required unit MEM07014 Perform electro-discharge machining (EDM) operations should also be selected.

Where machining is undertaken without undertaking any set up, including mounting of tools, setting of speeds, feeds and other operational parameters unit MEM07024 Operate and monitor machine and process and unit MEM07025 Perform advanced machine and process operation, should be selected as appropriate.

Where the selection and use of precision measurement is required unit MEM12003 Perform precision mechanical measurement should also be selected.

Where substantial marking out is required unit MEM12006 Mark off/out (general engineering) should also be selected.

Where the selection and use of power tools/hand held operations is required unit MEM18002 Use power tools/hand held operations 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:


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


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; - planning a job including identifying job requirements from drawings, instructions or specifications and a sequence of operations; - identifying any required tooling, measuring equipment and accessories; - selecting and mounting required tooling; - selecting material and marking out, as required; - performing machining to meet specifications; - checking machined components for conformance to specifications and identifying adjustments to be made to settings/tooling; - rectifying non-compliant components, and; - carrying out routine maintenance and adjustments, as required.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - safe work practices and procedures and use of personal protective equipment (PPE); - reasons for selecting the chosen sequence of operations; - methods of work holding for machining operations; - transferring dimensions, including establishing datum points/lines; - geometry of cutting tools for a range of materials and applications; - reasons for maintaining properly sharpened cutting tools; - principles underpinning machining operations; - selection of feeds and speeds to suit a range of materials and operations; - methods of mounting a range of cutting tools; - safety precautions associated with clamping materials, guards and shields; - tolerances and limits of size; - machine adjustment, lubrication and cleaning; - measurement techniques, tools and devices, and; - tools, techniques and equipment for checking components for conformance to specifications and rectifying non-compliant components.

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