This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to locate and approve a materials source and estimate materials requirements against a specification or bill of materials for engineering-related operations. This includes consideration of quantities, quality and capacity of suppliers to supply in accordance with a supply plan.

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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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: - planning for materials resourcing; - estimating quantities, sourcing and evaluating materials suppliers against operations or project, specifications, drawings and bill of materials; - cooperating, communicating and negotiating effectively within team and functional groups, customers and suppliers; - monitoring and evaluating purchasing budget, expenditure and cash flow, sourcing of materials, sustainability implications, supply agreements and suppliers for quality, capacity and flexibility, conformance to regulatory requirements and test procedures; - using materials sourcing and planning software packages; - contributing to organisational management processes and materials supply chain management; - developing or using materials supply tender and contract documents; - interpreting materials requirement and purchasing schedule, purchasing budgets, and performance indices for materials supply chain; - coordinating responses to budget and delivery supply threats related to materials purchases; - participating in setting and implementing supplier payment policies; - implementing systems thinking, concurrent engineering, continuous improvement, contingency and constraint management, problem solving and decision making; - determining implications for materials sourcing of WHS, risk management, codes of practice, and sustainability policy and requirements, and; - reporting and documenting results of evaluations, tender analysis, and so on.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - planning procedures for materials resourcing in the context of operations, project, strategic and business plans and budgets; - use of systems and software packages to assess materials requirements information, data processing, bill of materials, estimating, supplier database and purchasing budget control; - systems for cost estimation and planning, value engineering, feasibility studies, cost-benefit analysis, life cycle costing and valuation; - supply chain management and value analysis, performance indices or parameters, and monitoring processes; - tender and contract documents, supply agreements, quality and delivery parameters, and terms of payment; - supply chain communications, feedback on quality, supply chain efficiency and continuous improvement processes; - sustainability policy and procedures; - WHS, regulatory and risk management requirements with particular emphasis on handling and use of resources; - WHS and regulatory compliance requirements, material safety data sheets (MSDS), test results, and risk management related to handling and storage, and; - use of systems thinking, constraints and contingency management, problem solving and decision making, and continuous improvement techniques.

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