MSFFM3018 - Set up, operate and maintain mechanical wood-turning lathes

Unit code: MSFFM3018 | Study level: TAFE


This unit of competency covers setting up, operating and maintaining mechanical wood-turning lathes used in the production of furniture.


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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 performance criteria:

  • 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 to goods, equipment and products; maintain required production output and product quality;
  • identify, set up, operate and maintain at least two (2) different lathes, including the use of safety cut-outs and guards, to complete the following: off-hand grind a range of cutters; manufacture and apply a template; complete a minimum of two (2) detailed turnings which are to include fillets, beads, covers and square shoulder;
  • conduct operator maintenance on the lathes;
  • 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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