This unit of competency defines the skills and knowledge required to use tools to manually produce work to precise dimensions and/or finishes.

It covers performing precision tasks on a range of metallic and non-metallic materials using a variety of tools, instruments and power equipment.

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

Where precision measurement is required unit MEM12003 Perform precision mechanical measurement should also be selected.

Where precision marking out is required unit MEM12006 Mark off/out (general engineering) 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

MEM12023 - Perform engineering measurements

MEM13015 - Work safely and effectively in manufacturing and engineering

MEM16006 - Organise and communicate information

MEM18001 - Use hand tools

MEM18002 - Use power tools/hand held operations


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; - preparing tools for precision outcomes, including selecting processes and engineering techniques, methods and procedures appropriate to the task; - determining and making tool adjustments to produce required outcome, where applicable; - selecting and using precision tools and equipment to produce the desired outcome to meet job specifications; - following designated procedures for dealing with unsafe or faulty tools, and; - undertaking routine repair/operational maintenance of tools and equipment and storing in accordance with procedures.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - safe work practices and procedures and use of personal protective equipment (PPE); - work to be undertaken and specifications to be achieved; - appropriate tools, processes and equipment required to carry out the work to the required specifications and reasons and procedures for using the selected tools; - engineering principles to be applied during the use of the tools; - manufacturers' specifications of the tools and equipment selected; - procedures for checking tools and equipment for correct and safe operation; - common faults and/or defects in tools and equipment used/selected; - procedures for marking unsafe or faulty tools and equipment for repair; - repairs/operational maintenance that can be made to the tools and equipment used/selected; - procedures for repairing/maintaining the tools and equipment used/selected, and; - procedures for checking/storing tools and equipment used/selected prior to storage and storage location.

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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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