This unit (VU22335) of competency describes the knowledge and skills required to produce basic engineering components and products by metal machining operations such as cutting, grinding, turning and drilling. The unit includes identifying the required manufacturing methods, planning and sequencing the operations, preparing materials and equipment, producing components and assembling components.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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VU22331 - Perform basic machining processes

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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: - planning and sequencing cutting, grinding, turning and drilling operations to meeting job requirements; - completing calculations to meet specified dimensions and tolerances within job specifications; - selecting and preparing machines and accessories for use; - setting-up and operating cutting machines, grinding machines, turning lathes and drilling machines; - cutting, grinding, turning and drilling materials to specified dimensions and tolerances; - securing and clamping work for cutting, grinding or turning; - cleaning and maintaining cutting machines, grinding machines and lathes; - calculating work speeds and feed rates; - applying recommend tool angles from charts/tables for different material types; - applying quality procedures; - reading and interpreting routine job information such job instructions and specifications, work procedures, charts, lists, technical drawings; - following oral instructions and standard operating procedures; - checking and clarifying job related information; - checking conformance to job specifications and managing non-conformance, and; - measuring to specified tolerances and dimensions.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - major parts and components of machinery used for cutting, grinding, drilling and turning; - capabilities and safe operating parameters for cutting machines, grinding machines, drilling machines and centre lathes; - factors influencing feeds and speeds and depth of cut or material removal when operating a centre lathe; - principles of chip formation and control for centre lathe operation; - cutting fluids and coolants and their application for machining operations; - basic maintenance requirements of cutting, grinding, drilling machines and centre lathes; - hand tools and hand held power tools use in conjunction with machining operations, and; - safe work practices and procedures including hazards and risk control measure applicable to an engineering workshop environment.

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