This unit of competency defines the skills and knowledge required to work effectively in manufacturing and engineering work situations, including planning routine work and participating in and following work health and safety (WHS) procedures. The unit applies to working either individually or in a team situation and includes contributing to work-related group activities in a manufacturing or engineering workplace.

This unit covers WHS skills associated with carrying out routine operational activities safely and in compliance with legislative and regulatory requirements.

The unit covers the skills associated with participation in quality systems, communication and cooperation with others. The unit applies to workplaces with informal or formal quality management and improvement systems.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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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 avoiding or controlling hazards; - reporting hazards, incidents, injuries and other work health and safety (WHS) non-conformances following SOPs; - recognising and responding to emergencies following SOPs; - identifying and obtaining, instructions and information on job requirements, including one or more of the following, verbal or written job instructions, specifications, SOPs, charts and lists; - identifying and responding to contingencies, including equipment breakdowns, non-conforming components and safety hazards; - recording information into proforma workplace documents, including production tally forms, quality control forms and safety incident forms; - performing assigned tasks and checking outcome of own work for conformance to specifications; - identifying own responsibilities within the workplace quality system; - giving and receiving feedback on own and group work, and; - seeking assistance from supervisors and mentors.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - safe work practices and procedures and use and application of personal protective equipment; basic quality system terminology and concept, including quality assurance, quality control, and quality improvement; - procedures to be followed in performing own work; - objectives, requirements and specifications to which the individual's work is to comply; - costs and consequences of poor quality; - effective interpersonal skills eg, effective listening, basic speaking skills, use of workplace terminology and jargon, giving and receiving feedback, checking and clarifying task-related information, verbal, visual and written instructions and appropriate modes and methods of communication; - barriers to effective communication; - sources of technical expertise/assistance, and; - hazards and control measures associated with workplace activities.

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