This unit of competency sets out the knowledge and skills required to produce a range of basic engineering components and products by cutting, grinding and turning techniques. This involves identifying the required manufacturing methods, planning the operations, preparing materials and equipment, producing components and assembling components. The unit is intended to develop the basic skills and techniques attained through the pre-requisite machining, drawing interpretation, materials handling and OHS units.

Unit details

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


VU20912 - Perform basic machining processes


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 operations; - mark out work to meet specified tolerances; - complete calculations; - select and prepare machines and accessories for use; - set up and operate cutting machines, grinding machines and lathes; - cut/machine materials to specified dimensions and tolerances; - hold work for cutting, grinding or turning; - maintain mechanical cutting machines, grinding machines and lathes; - calculate work speeds and feed rates; - apply recommend tool angles from charts/tables for different material types; - overcome cutting tool failure; - apply quality procedures; - read and interpret routine information on written job instructions, procedures, specifications, charts, lists, drawings; - follow oral instructions and standard procedures; - check and clarify task related information; - enter routine and familiar information onto proforma and standard workplace forms; - check conformance of work to specifications, and; - measure to specified tolerances and dimensions.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - factors influencing cutting machine, grinding machine and centre lathe selection; - machine capacities; - marking out tools and techniques; - safe work practices and procedures; - hazards and control measures; - functions of the major parts of cutting machines, grinding machines and centre lathe; - factors influencing feeds and speeds and depth of cut or material removal; - cutting fluids and coolants; - cutting tool materials; - principles of chip formation and control; - standard grinding sheet shapes, grades, composition and relevant applications, and; - cutting machine, grinder and lathe maintenance.

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