This unit of competency has been developed for Engineering Tradesperson - Mechanical apprenticeship training and the recognition of trade-level skills in performing machining operations on a lathe to produce components to required tolerances and specifications using all types of accessories.

Skills covered by this unit are generally applied in occupational and work situations associated with trade-level fitting and machining work.

This unit does not cover turning of multi-start threads or use of taper turning attachment, copy turning attachment or multi-start threads.

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:


MEM07005 - Perform general machining

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; - identifying and interpreting engineering drawings to AS 1100,401-1884 (R2014) Technical drawing to determine job requirements for lathe operations, including quantity, material, measurements and tolerances; - selecting cutting tools using International Standard Organisation (ISO) standards or according to SOPs from drawings, sketches, specifications and instructions, as appropriate; - fixing of job and tooling to specifications; - calculating and setting required speeds and feeds; - undertaking turning operations to specifications; - checking components for conformance to specifications, and; - rectifying non-compliant product.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - safe work practices and procedures and use of personal protective equipment (PPE); - sequence of lathe operations to achieve job requirements; - tool type and geometry to achieve required specifications and for work pieces of different materials; - numerical operations, geometry and calculations/formulae for lathe operations; - consequences of varying speeds and feeds from the optimum rates calculated; - characteristics of different materials and their effects on cutting speeds and feeds; - application of lathe accessories; - techniques, tools and equipment to measure materials and machined components, and; - tools, techniques and equipment for checking components for conformance to specifications and rectifying non-compliant components.

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