This unit covers the engineering solution for the appropriate selection and use of materials and thermodynamic effects relative to an electrotechnology problem. It encompasses working safely, problem solving procedures, including using measuring instruments, applying appropriate theorems and providing solutions derived from measurements and calculations and justification for such solutions.

Unit details

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


UEENEEE101A - Apply Occupational Health and Safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace


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 and knowledge: - classification of materials on the basis of state; - difference between elements, compounds and mixtures; - atomic structure and bonding of materials; - properties of ferrous and non-ferrous materials; - properties of ceramic and composite materials; - chemical, physical and mechanical properties of materials; - causes of degradation of polymer materials; - non-destructive testing and types of test equipment; - corrosion testing; - evaluation and suitability of materials for specific applications; - principles, advantages and limitations of casting, forging, extrusion and powder metallurgical processes; - methods of joining materials; - methods used for surface finishing of materials; - relationship between energy usage and standard of living; - state of matter in terms of molecular theory; - relationship between mass, volume, density, force, pressure and temperature in thermodynamic concepts; - compression ratio and pressure ration calculations in a basic piston and cylinder mechanism; - relationship between work and pressure/volume; - concept and calculations related to energy transfer in a closed loop system; - concept of and calculations about property changes and work, heat and internal energy transfer in gases in typical engineering processes; - principle, operation and performance of common types of heat engines, and; - heat engine performance parameters.

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