MEM07005 - Perform general machining

Unit code: MEM07005 | Study level: TAFE
MEM09002 - Interpret technical drawing
MEM11011 - Undertake manual handling
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 has been developed for Engineering Tradesperson – Mechanical apprenticeship training and the recognition of trade-level skills in non-computer numerical controlled (CNC) machining of ferrous and non-ferrous materials.

Where high level production machining applications are undertaken unit MEM07041 Perform production machining should be selected.

Where set-up and operation of electro-discharge machines (EDM) is required unit MEM07014 Perform electro-discharge machining (EDM) operations should also be selected.

Where machining is undertaken without undertaking any set up, including mounting of tools, setting of speeds, feeds and other operational parameters unit MEM07024 Operate and monitor machine and process and unit MEM07025 Perform advanced machine and process operation, should be selected as appropriate.

Where the selection and use of precision measurement is required unit MEM12003 Perform precision mechanical measurement should also be selected.

Where substantial marking out is required unit MEM12006 Mark off/out (general engineering) should also be selected.

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.


For Melbourne campuses

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;
  • planning a job including identifying job requirements from drawings, instructions or specifications and a sequence of operations;
  • identifying any required tooling, measuring equipment and accessories;
  • selecting and mounting required tooling;
  • selecting material and marking out, as required;
  • performing machining to meet specifications;
  • checking machined components for conformance to specifications and identifying adjustments to be made to settings/tooling;
  • rectifying non-compliant components, and;
  • carrying out routine maintenance and adjustments, as required.

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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