This unit of competency defines the skills and knowledge required to use a range of hand held power tools and fixed power tools for hand held operations used in a variety of general engineering applications.

This unit should not be selected if the power tools used are dedicated to an operation or machine, e.g. nut-runner, air drill and power driver.

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 hand tools is required unit MEM18001 Use hand tools 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 a range of hand held and fixed power tools for a variety of general engineering applications; - following designated procedures for dealing with unsafe or faulty power tools, and; - undertaking routine maintenance and cleaning of power 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 application of different power tools; - clamping/securing methods; - adjustments/alignments to a range of power tools; - common faults and/or defects in power tools; - procedures for marking unsafe or faulty power tools for repair; - routine maintenance requirements and cleaning of a range of power tools, and; - storage location and procedures of a range of power 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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