This unit of competency defines the skills and knowledge required to use a range of hand tools for a variety of general engineering applications.

This unit should not be selected if the hand tool is dedicated to a single operation or machine or when a machine-specific/customised tool is used.

Where the interpretation of technical drawings is required unit MEM09002 Interpret technical drawing should also be selected.

Where the selection and use of engineering measuring equipment is required unit MEM12023 Perform engineering measurements 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:


MEM11011 - Undertake manual handling

MEM13015 - Work safely and effectively in manufacturing and engineering

MEM16006 - Organise and communicate information


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; - selecting and using hand tools to produce the desired outcome to job specifications; - following designated procedures for dealing with unsafe or faulty tools, and; - undertaking routine maintenance and cleaning of hand tools, including storage.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - safe work practices and procedures and use of personal protective equipment (PPE); - features and applications of different hand tools used in a general engineering context, including hacksaws, hammers, punches, screwdrivers, sockets, wrenches, scrapers, chisels, gouges, wood planes and files of all cross-sectional shapes and sizes; - common faults and/or defects in hand tools; - procedures for marking unsafe or faulty tools for repair; - routine maintenance requirements for a range of hand tools, including lubricating, tightening, simple tool repairs and adjustments using engineering principles and relevant equipment, and; - storage location and procedures for a range of hand tools.

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As part of a course

This unit is studied as part of the following courses. Refer to the course page for information on how to apply for the course.

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