This unit of competency defines the skills and knowledge required to undertake preventive maintenance checks/adjustments on pneumatic systems, and fault-find, replace, repair or overhaul and recommission pneumatic systems.

It applies to pneumatic systems in industrial and mobile plant and equipment used in manufacturing, agricultural, forestry, mining and transport industries.

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:


MEM09002 - Interpret technical drawing

MEM11011 - Undertake manual handling

MEM12023 - Perform engineering measurements

MEM12024 - Perform computations

MEM13015 - Work safely and effectively in manufacturing and engineering

MEM14006 - Plan work activities

MEM16006 - Organise and communicate information

MEM18001 - Use hand tools

MEM18002 - Use power tools/hand held operations

MEM18003 - Use tools for precision work

MEM18006 - Perform precision fitting of engineering components

MEM18018 - Maintain pneumatic system components

MEM18055 - Dismantle, replace and assemble engineering components


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; - obtaining and interpreting maintenance reports and preventative maintenance schedules inspecting and testing pneumatic system components, assemblies or sub-assemblies and carrying out; - preventative maintenance tasks to predetermined specifications using fluid power principles, tools and equipment; - checking component parts visually and dimensionally for compliance to specification and, where appropriate, marking faulty parts for repair, replacement or adjustment; - consulting with system operator and carrying out visual inspection of pneumatic system and components with respect to the fault being investigated and other anomalies; - undertaking fault-finding and verifying and confirming faults/malfunctions; - isolating and depressurising system or sub-assembly, confirming and using appropriate tagging system according to SOPs; - removing, dismantling and repairing/overhauling faulty system components or sub-assembly, including selecting replacement parts from manufacturers'/suppliers' catalogues, to site or manufacturers' specifications assembling pneumatic components or sub-assembly for compliance to specifications, refitting items to equipment and testing for correct operation; - recommissioning pneumatic system/sub-assembly to specifications and verifying correct operation and initiating any follow-up procedures, and; - updating and completing maintenance records and/or service reports.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - safe work practices and procedures and use of personal protective equipment (PPE); - pneumatic principles; - manufacturers' specifications and structure of common pneumatic system components and their constituent parts; - pneumatic system/component faults that can be determined by visual inspection; - application of common pneumatic system/component test equipment; - scheduled preventative maintenance tasks; - common pneumatic system and component faults and any previous faults; - any previous maintenance carried out on the pneumatic system/components; - typical checks/tests that can be carried out on pneumatic systems/components and their application; - pneumatic system/component tests and testing techniques; - apparent faults/malfunctions; - documentation/reporting requirements with respect to verified faults/malfunctions; - procedures for initiating repair and/or overhaul of the pneumatic system; - procedures for isolating and depressurising pneumatic systems; - tagging requirements for isolated systems; - appropriate repair/overhaul procedures of pneumatic components; - pneumatic system operational specifications and system recommissioning procedures; - any appropriate follow-up maintenance or operational checks, and; - maintenance recording/reporting requirements and consequences of inaccurate or incomplete recording/reporting of maintenance/service activities.

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