This unit of competency has been developed for Engineering Tradesperson - Mechanical apprenticeship training and the recognition of trad- level skills in performing grinding operations and checking finished components for conformance to specifications.

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

Where the selection and use of precision mechanical measurement is required unit MEM12003 Perform precision mechanical measurement 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:


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; - determining requirements for grinding job, including quantity, material, measurements and tolerances; - planning a job, including identifying required measuring instruments and equipment, safety equipment, holding devices, grinding wheels, accessories and sequence of operations; - identifying guard, coolant and dust extraction requirements and checking equipment and coolant before grinding operation; - securely hold job for grinding operations; - performing grinding operation 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); - reasons for selecting the chosen sequence of grinding operations; - application of a range of holding devices/accessories; - reasons for selecting specific work holding devices, tools, techniques and equipment; - coolant selection and function; - standard grinding wheel shapes; - range of abrasive materials used in grinding wheels; factors impacting grinding wheel selection, including grain size of abrasive particles, grade or strength of bond and bond material; - grinding wheel dressing tools and their application; - internal/external cylindrical grinding process; - principles of effective clamping; - grinding operations and procedures; - function of grinding accessories, and; - tools, techniques and equipment for checking components for conformance to specifications and rectifying non-compliant components.

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