This unit covers performing machining operations on a lathe to required tolerances and specifications using all types of accessories.

Unit details

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


MEM07005C - Perform general machining

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: - interpreting technical drawings/specifications in relation to turning; - setting up jobs using appropriate equipment; - calculating and setting cutting feeds and speeds appropriate to the job; - checking that job is concentric and running true; - safely operating lathes, and; - performing turning operations.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - sequence of operations to achieve the job requirements; - tool type and geometry to achieve the required specifications and for work pieces of different materials; - numerical operations, geometry and calculations/formulae within the scope of this unit; - the 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; - use and application of personal protective equipment; - safe work practices and procedures, and; - hazards and control measures associated with lathe operations.

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