MEM30006 - Calculate stresses in simple structures

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Unit code: MEM30006 | Study level: TAFE
MEM30012 - Apply mathematical techniques in a manufacturing engineering or related environment
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


This unit of competency defines the skills and knowledge required to determine stresses and their effect on the strength and stability of simple structures and mechanical components in centrally-loaded bolted connections, fillet and butt-welded connections. It includes the verification of the stress levels using appropriate reference material such as design manuals, handbooks, relevant codes and regulations, databases and manufacturers' references.The unit applies to engineering or related activities and is suitable for people giving technical support in manufacturing or engineering operations and those pursuing technical qualifications and careers at paraprofessional or technician level. All work is carried out under supervision.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce & extend knowledge and skill competence within set & controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes & 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:

  • determining stresses in simple structures and mechanical components on at least two occasions
  • drawing and using torque distribution diagrams
  • using relevant codes and reference material
  • verifying stress levels using appropriate reference material
  • reporting verification results.
    Note: Where a volume and/or frequency is not specified, demonstration must be provided at least once.

Required reading

The qualified trainer and assessor will provide teaching and learning materials as required in the form of workbooks produced by the VU Polytechnic and/or via the Victoria University Polytechnic e-Learning system.

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