MEM07021 - Perform complex lathe operations

Unit code: MEM07021 | Study level: TAFE
MEM07005 - Perform general machining
MEM07006 - Perform lathe operations
MEM09002 - Interpret technical drawing
MEM11011 - Undertake manual handling
MEM12003 - Perform precision mechanical measurement
MEM12023 - Perform engineering measurements
MEM12024 - Perform computations
MEM13015 - Work safely and effectively in manufacturing and engineering
MEM14006 - Plan work activities
MEM16006 - Organise and communicate information
MEM18001 - Use hand tools
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


This unit of competency defines the skills and knowledge required to perform complex turning operations on a range of materials, including non-standard metals and alloys.

Where the selection and use of power tools/hand held operations is required unit MEM18002 Use power tools/hand held operations should also be selected.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.


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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:

  • following work instructions, standard operating procedures (SOPs) and safe work practices;
  • identifying and interpreting specifications, charts, lists, drawings and other applicable reference documents in performing complex lathe operations;
  • setting and supporting work to avoid distortion on release of clamping devices;
  • selecting and setting up cutting tooling or inserts as appropriate to turning operation;
  • calculating cutting parameters, speeds and feeds to meet job requirements;
  • modifying tooling and accessories, as required;
  • performing complex turning operations according to specificationsm, and;
  • checking machined components for conformance to specifications.

Required reading

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

As part of a course

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