This unit of competency covers the identification and matching of electrical supply and electrical system equipment and components to mechanical, manufacturing and mechatronic engineering applications. It includes electrical principles and laws, inductive and capacitive effects on AC supplies, control system power supply fundamentals, electrical safety and earthing systems, electrical motors and motor controls.

Unit details

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


MEM23004A - Apply technical mathematics


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: - evaluating relevance of WHS, regulatory requirements, standards and codes of practice; - evaluating multiple solutions against design criteria, risk, sustainability and cost factors; - applying life cycle design and sustainability parameters to identification of task; - solving problems and making decisions with systems thinking approach for contingencies and constraints and continuous improvement; - reviewing sustainability implications, functions and features of devices, machines and systems employing electricity and electrical principles; - integrating electrical evaluation techniques with overall engineering application requirements, including mechanical; fluid power; electronic; heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC/R); and controller and networking; - assessing and applying basic electrical principles and techniques, software basic analysis and graphics skills and techniques to engineering tasks; - ensuring safe electrical working practice; - ensuring compatibility of units in calculations, and; - reporting and documenting results of investigation, evaluation and application, calculations, diagrams, programs and files.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - energy source options, sustainability implications of electricity generation, distribution and use; - sustainable sources of energy; - features and function of electrical systems in a range of engineering applications WHS and regulatory requirements with particular emphasis on automation safety, codes of practice, standards, risk management and registration requirements; - the effects of electricity on humans, including dangerous high currents and voltages related to extra low, low and high voltage applications and relating these to engineering applications; - licensed technical and professional assistance; - electrical laws and theorems; - electrical circuit components; - AC and DC electrical supply systems; - circuit protection devices, such as fuses, thermal relays, circuit breakers and residual current devices; - basic electrical circuits and applications for lighting, motors, controllers, heaters and coolers; - graphical symbols and diagrammatic representation of basic circuits and power supply fundamentals; - electrical power consumption, and; - electrical measurements and techniques.

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