This unit covers recognising common materials used in engineering, assisting in the selection of a material for a specific application, and using test results to evaluate the properties of materials.

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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: - undertaking research; - selecting/carrying out tests appropriate to the material; - communicating; - documenting; - planning and sequencing operations, and; - reading, interpreting and following information on written job instructions, specifications, standard operating procedures, charts, lists, drawings and other applicable reference documents.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - classification of materials; - structure of materials; - physical properties of materials; - magnetic properties; - optical properties; - mechanical properties; - chemical properties; - materials testing methods; - destructive testing and applications; - engineering materials; - engineering applications of ferrous metals; - engineering applications of non-ferrous metals; - engineering applications of polymers; - effects of mechanical and thermal processes on the properties of materials; - hazards and control measure associated with selecting common engineering materials, including housekeeping, and; - safe work practices and procedures.

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