This unit of competency describes the knowledge and skills required to design mechanical engineering systems. This includes use of codes, catalogues and design handbooks to extract information to make appropriate calculations and/or selections. This is based on skills encompassing project management, client liaison, design options, tender documentation and technical reporting.

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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: - consulting and communicating with project team members; - identifying and following relevant OHS/WHS procedures; - performing functional analysis; - performing calculations; - selecting components; - carrying out design tasks; - testing design, and; - preparing and completing documentation.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - design principles and procedures: stress and strain; factor of safety; fits and tolerances; Australian Standards; material specifications and drawing requirements; - lever designs; - keys and splines; - couplings: types and analysis of components; - stresses including: shear; bearing and bending; - standard proportions of flanged couplings and knuckle joints; - journal bearings; - rolling contact bearings; - bolted connections; - welded connections; - helical springs (round wire); - translation screws; - design documentation, and; - design skills including: manual and/or CAD drawing and drafting; AS 1100 parts 1 -10; design aids; interpreting reference manuals and other documentation; mechanical formulae, calculations and measurement within the scope of this unit and engineering materials.

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