This unit of competency defines the skills and knowledge required to perform complex turning operations on a range of materials, including non-standard metals and alloys.

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

MEM07006 - Perform lathe operations

MEM09002 - Interpret technical drawing

MEM11011 - Undertake manual handling

MEM12003 - Perform precision mechanical measurement

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 specifications, charts, lists, drawings and other applicable reference documents in performing complex lathe operations; - setting and supporting work to avoid distortion on release of clamping devices; - selecting and setting up cutting tooling or inserts as appropriate to turning operation; - calculating cutting parameters, speeds and feeds to meet job requirements; - modifying tooling and accessories, as required; - performing complex turning operations according to specificationsm, and; - checking machined components for conformance to specifications.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - safe work practices and procedures and use of personal protective equipment (PPE); - precision measuring equipment and measuring techniques used in complex turning operations and reasons for selecting different measuring equipment; - procedures for accurately setting up work for a variety of techniques; - International Standards Organisation (ISO) or other standards applicable to cutting tool inserts; - cutting parameters for the given task; - feeds and speeds for complex turning operations; - formulae and data relating to feeds and speeds, and; - techniques and procedures for carrying out the following turning operations - single-start thread cutting, multi-start thread cutting, internal blind hole thread cutting, eccentrics, copy turning, taper turning, counter balancing work on face plates, mandrel work, trepanning and heavy (multi-tonne) shafts.

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