This unit of competency covers setting up, operating and maintaining routing and shaping machines using their full potential and capacities in the production of furniture.

Unit details

Study level:
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 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 two (2) different types of routing and shaping machines, including the use of safety cut-outs and guards; - conduct operator maintenance on the machines and related equipment; - 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. Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - types, characteristics, uses and limitations of routing and shaping machines; - routing and shaping processes and techniques; - characteristics of materials and uses of products produced; - workplace guidelines regarding acceptable tolerance levels; - workplace safety policies and procedures, and; - procedures for reporting machinery faults and material defects.

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