This unit of competency describes the knowledge and skills required to perform basic machining operations. The unit includes setting up and machining components using various machinery such as; lathes, milling machines, cut off saws, pedestal grinders and fixed position drilling machines. This unit also includes performing basic computations related to machining processes.

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 required skills: - setting up and safely performing a range of basic machining tasks to meet job requirements; - planning and sequencing machining operations; - marking out of materials using appropriate marking medium and tools; - selecting and applying clamping devices for holding work; - mounting and positioning cutting tools; - adjusting machine settings; - selecting and using lubricants; - cutting and grinding a range of materials; - identifying worn or damaged cutting tools; - reshaping, sharpening cutting tools; - using common abrasives; - loading and glazing a grinding wheel; - selecting drill bits and drilling speeds; - setting-up and operating a pedestal drill; - following enterprise environmental requirements for the disposal of waste materials; - performing calculations involving additions, subtractions, multiplication and divisions; - expressing numerical information in the form of fractions, decimal format or percentages; - selecting appropriate formula for calculating length, perimeter, area, volume and angles; - checking calculated answers for accuracy, and; - rounding off estimated answers.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - safe practices and procedures in an engineering workshop environment; - machine types as listed in the range statement and the operations relevant to those machines; - safe operation of individual machines as listed in the range statement; - common materials used in the manufacturer of engineering components; - types of grinding wheel dressers and procedures for wheel dressing; - methods of clamping and securing work during machining operation; - techniques and tools for measuring and marking out materials for machining operations; - environmental consideration and disposal of engineering workshop waste; - formula applicable to the determination of perimeter, area and volume of simple geometric shapes; - procedures and techniques for rounding off figures when estimating approximate answers, and; - application and conversion of mixed numbers, decimals, fractions and whole numbers.

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