This unit of competency sets out the knowledge and skills required to produce a range of basic engineering components and products using basic fabrication and machining techniques. This involves identifying the required manufacturing methods, planning the operations, preparing materials and tooling, producing components and assembling components.

Unit details

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


VU20912 - Perform basic machining processes

VU20913 - Apply basic fabrication techniques


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: - plan and sequence a job; - follow instructions; - use machines and handle materials safely; - mark out materials using appropriate marking medium and tools; - select techniques for holding work; - cut a range of materials; - identify worn or damaged cutting tools; - reshape and/or sharpen cutting tools; - use common abrasives; - set-up and operate cutting, grinding, drilling, turning and milling machines; - turn, face and bore using a lathe; - select drill bits and cutting/shaping tools; - select cutting speeds and feeds; - mount and position work and cutting tools; - adjust machine settings, and; - select and apply lubricants.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - safe work practices and procedures; - hazards and control measures; - basic marking out techniques; - techniques and tools for measuring materials; - properties of materials; - safe operation of tools and machines; - machine types, operation and maintenance for cutting, grinding, drilling turning and milling; - methods of holding work; - selection of feeds and speeds, and; - cutting tool materials.

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