MSFFM3015 - Set up, operate and maintain planing and finishing machines

Unit code: MSFFM3015 | Study level: TAFE


This unit of competency covers setting up, operating and maintaining planing and finishing machines using their full potential and capacities in the production of furniture. It encompasses and builds on the machines and tasks covered in unit MSFFM2010, Set up, operate and maintain basic static machines.


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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 skills:

  • interpret work order and locate and apply relevant information;
  • apply safe handling requirements for equipment, products and materials, including use of personal protective equipment;
  • read and interpret cutting lists and job specifications to prepare for work;
  • identify materials used in the work process;
  • follow work instructions, operating procedures and inspection processes to: minimise the risk of injury to self or others; prevent damage and wastage of goods, equipment and products; maintain required production output and product quality;
  • identify, set up and operate to their full capabilities, at least three (3) different types of planing and finishing machines which are to include: a surface planer; a panel planer; a wide belt sander;
  • conduct operator maintenance on machines and related equipment and materials;
  • use mathematical ideas and techniques to correctly complete measurements, calculate area and estimate material requirements;
  • communicate ideas and information to enable confirmation of work requirements and specifications and the reporting of work outcomes and problems, interpret basic plans and follow safety procedures;
  • minimise wastage of resources, including materials, time and money, and;
  • work with others and in a team by recognising dependencies and using cooperative approaches to optimise work flow and productivity.

Required reading

The qualified trainer and assessor will provide teaching and learning materials as required in the form of workbooks produced by the Polytechnic and/or via the Polytechnic e-learning system.

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