This unit covers preparing to manufacture and manufacture tooling (press tools and gauges) including matching use of hand and hand held power tools, assembly of the tooling components and trialling the tooling.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
Unit code:


MEM06007B - Perform basic incidental heat/quenching, tempering and annealing

MEM07005C - Perform general machining

MEM07006C - Perform lathe operations

MEM07007C - Perform milling operations

MEM07008D - Perform grinding operations

MEM09002B - Interpret technical drawing

MEM12003B - Perform precision mechanical measurement

MEM12006C - Mark off/out (general engineering)

MEM12023A - Perform engineering measurements

MEM12024A - Perform computations

MEM18001C - Use hand tools

MEM18002B - Use power tools/hand held operations

MEM18003C - Use tools for precision work

MEM18006C - Repair and fit engineering components

MEM18015B - Maintain tools and dies

MEM18055B - Dismantle, replace and assemble engineering components

MEM30012A - Apply mathematical techniques in a manufacturing engineering or related environment


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: - obtaining and interpreting relevant drawings, prints and/or sample components, specifications and instructions; - sketching or drawing the tool design; - incorporating mounting requirements into the tooling design; - testing tooling materials for hardness; - preparing sequential plan for the manufacture of the required tooling; - shaping/producing tooling components to specifications using appropriate machines and machining processes; - using hand and hand held power tools to fashion/ manufacture tooling components to specification; - assembling and fitting tooling components using acceptable tool making techniques and procedures; - producing first-off component/product; - checking first-off component/product for conformance to specification; - modifying tooling using appropriate tool making techniques and procedures; - checking conformance of the component/product to specifications, and; - recording/reporting modifications or alterations to original tooling design.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - customers' tooling requirements; - the type of tooling to be manufactured; - the machine(s) in which the tooling is to be used; - the tooling design concept in terms of customer specifications and proposed production machine(s); - the performance requirements of the tooling; - the method of mounting the tooling in the production machine into which it is to be installed; - the physical properties of a range of tool steels; - the appropriate materials for each component of the tooling to be produced; - the reasons for selecting the chosen materials in terms of strength, durability, component finish, heat treatment requirements, and availability; - the procedures for hardness testing materials; - the effect of material hardness on machinability of the material; - the appropriate machinery and tools to be used to fashion or shape tooling components; - the reasons for selecting the chosen machinery and tooling; - the reasons for establishing a sequential plan for the manufacture of tooling; - the procedures for documenting plans for the manufacture of tooling; - the hand and hand held power tools to be used to fashion/manufacture the required tooling components; - the reasons for selecting the chosen hand and hand held power tools; - procedures for fitting/assembling the tooling components; - the precautions to be taken when fitting/assembling tooling components; - the appropriate precision instruments for checking the components produced; - the specifications of the finished product; - causes of any non-conformance to specification; - the tool making techniques/procedures to be applied to return the tooling to specification; - procedures for reporting/recording the conformance of the component/product produced by the tooling to specifications, and; - procedures for recording/reporting modifications and/or alterations to tooling design.

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