MEM23003 - Operate and program computers and/or controllers in engineering situations

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Unit code: MEM23003 | Study level: TAFE
MEM16008 - Interact with computing technology
MEM16006 - Organise and communicate information
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


This unit of competency defines the skills and knowledge required to operate and program computers and/or controllers in industrial situations and to prepare and maintain programs including operating computer and/or controller hardware and software for engineering tasks. It also includes developing or customising computer and/or controller systems or programs.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.


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:

  • using selected hardware to complete tasks in accordance with manufacturer instructions and workplace procedures under appropriate supervision * following predetermined standards of safety, computer application and technical analysis
  • using computer and/or controller equipment on at least two occasions
  • accessing and using appropriate software in accordance with manufacturer instructions
  • saving and storing documents and other computer and/or controller files in an appropriate directory in accordance with manufacturer instructions and workplace procedures
  • identifying and analysing difficulties using appropriate help sources
  • preparing work plans for programming or customising task
  • writing, testing and amending programs to suit requirements on at least two occasions
  • maintaining client engagement with project or task
  • maintaining program or system records in accordance with procedures.
    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.

As part of a course

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