This unit covers determining the job requirements and sequence of operations, selecting and mounting tools, performing the machining, measuring the components, and adjusting and maintaining a range of standard machine tools.

Unit details

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


MEM09002B - Interpret technical drawing

MEM12023A - Perform engineering measurements

MEM18001C - 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: - reading and interpreting routine information on written job instructions, specifications and standard operating procedures which may include drawings; - following oral instruction; - planning and sequencing operations; - preparing operational work plan; - sharpening and shaping cutting tools; - identifying worn or damaged cutting tools; - correct mounting and positioning of cutting tools; - basic marking out of materials; - setting machining parameters to achieve the job requirements and maximise tool life; - using appropriate and sufficient clamping/mounting of the work piece; - using coolant/lubricant correctly; - checking for conformance to specifications, and; - measuring to specified tolerances and dimensions.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - reasons for selecting the chosen sequence of operations; - methods of work holding; - basic marking out techniques including datum points/lines; - geometry of cutting tools for a range of materials and applications; - benefits of using correctly sharpened cutting tools; - machine operation; - selection of feeds and speeds to suit a range of materials and operations within the scope of this unit; - correct methods of mounting a variety of cutting tools; - safety issues with regard to correct clamping, guards and shields; - tolerances and limits of size; - situations indicating the need for machine adjustment, lubrication and cleaning; - techniques, tools and equipment to measure materials and machined components; - use and application of personal protective equipment; - safe work practices and procedures, and; - hazards and control measures associated with general machining.

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