MEM20413 - Certificate II in Engineering pathways

MEM20413 Certificate II in Engineering Pathways made up 12 units of competency.

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MEM20413 - Certificate II in Engineering pathways

This qualification applies to a learning and assessment environment where access to structured on-the-job learning in a workplace may not be available. The qualification is only for delivery in learning institutions. 
The qualification is intended for people interested in exposure to an engineering or related working environment with a view to entering into employment in that area. This qualification will equip graduates with knowledge and skills which will enhance their prospects of employment in an engineering or related working environment.
Application:
The learning program should develop trade-like skills but not attempt to develop trade-level skills. As an example, the outcome level of welding skills from this qualification is not about learning trade-level welding theory and practice; it is about being introduced to welding, how it can be used to join metal and having the opportunity to weld some metal together. Similarly with machining, the outcome should be something produced on a lathe etc., not the theory and practice of machining. The focus should be on using engineering tools and equipment to produce or modify objects. This needs be done in a safe manner for each learner and those around them.
Training and Assessment:
Training and assessment is delivered face-to-face in a fully equipped workshop environment via a combination of comprehensive theoretical and practical lessons and tasks. Students are required to undertake a certain amount of self-directed preparation, reading, practice and preparation at their initiative and in their own time.

MEMPE006A - Undertake a basic engineering project

Unit Descriptor:
This unit of competency is intended to provide the learner with the opportunity to plan and undertake an engineering project which can be completed in an institutional environment.

Included in this unit is the opportunity to use a basic computer-aided drafting (CAD) system to produce engineering type drawings. The drawings produced have to be fit for purpose but do not necessarily need to conform to drawing standard, such as AS 1100.101-1992 Technical drawing - General principles.

This unit is also intended to provide the learner with the opportunity to incorporate the skills available in other units to produce a functional engineering product in an institutional environment. Skills such as welding and machining do not need to be pre-developed but can be developed in an integrated way as required throughout the project progress.

Application of the Unit:
This unit is designed for use in a pre-employment skills introduction program and is suitable for use in institutional based vocational programs. Skills development will take place under direct supervision.

This unit is not to be used in a traineeship or apprenticeship training program or associated qualifications. It is only to be used in pre-employment programs and carries no credit towards apprenticeship/trade and other qualification types in manufacturing and engineering.

This unit should be integrated with the skills development undertaken through other units in this qualification.


Required skills we'll look for when assessing student competence
We'll look for evidence that confirms skills in:
•    working safely
•    selecting engineering materials for a project
•    selecting engineering components for a project
•    determining appropriate joining methods for engineering materials and components
•    researching and evaluating engineering projects for their appropriateness in an educational institution
•    producing drawings of an assembled project and its components
•    planning the manufacture of an engineering project, including all necessary calculations
•    producing components following created drawings
•    assembling project
•    tidying/cleaning work area as appropriate
•    returning tools, equipment and project items to designated storage areas and/or conditions
•    using and applying personal protective equipment

Required knowledge we'll look for when assessing student competence
We'll look for evidence that confirms knowledge of:
•    safe working practices in an engineering workshop
•    sources of information on engineering materials and components
•    sources of information on engineering projects
•    engineering drawing practices
•    methods of joining metals
•    the need for drawings that others can follow

MEMPE001A - Use engineering workshop machines

Unit descriptor:
This unit of competency involves setting up and machining components using lathes and other machines, such as milling machines, cut off saws, pedestal grinders and fixed position
drilling machines. Tooling might need to be re-sharpened but not ground up from a blank.
The settings for the machines will be calculated by the learner from given formulas, surface
speeds and feed rates.


Application of the unit:
This unit is designed for use in a pre-employment skills introduction program and is suitable
for use in institutional-based vocational programs. Skills development will take place under
direct supervision.

This unit is not to be used in a traineeship or apprenticeship training program or associated
qualifications. It is only to be used in pre-employment programs and carries no credit towards
apprenticeship/trade and other qualification types in manufacturing and engineering.


Required skills we'll look for when assessing student competence
We'll look for evidence that confirms skills in:

  • preparing a job plan
  • preparing for machining
  • performing machining
  • calculating speeds and feeds
  • using measuring equipment as required
  • appropriately cleaning and storing of equipment
  • applying safe working practices
  • using and applying personal protective equipment


Required knowledge we'll look for when assessing student competence
We'll look for evidence that confirms knowledge of:

  • safe machine operation procedures
  • material and equipment preparation requirements
  • basic marking out techniques
  • use and care of measuring tools
  • types of machines for cutting, grinding, drilling, turning and milling workand tool holding methods for each machine
  • safe working practices
  • use and application of personal protective equipment

MSAENV272B - Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

Unit descriptor:
This competency covers the outcomes required to effectively measure current resource use and carry out improvements including those reducing negative environmental impacts of work practices.


This unit is based on the sustainability guideline standard GCSSUS01A Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices.

Application of the unit:
This competency applies to operators/team members who are required to follow procedures so as to work in an environmentally sustainable manner. This ensures regulatory compliance and also aims at minimising environmental risks and maximises the environmental performance of the process and the organisation.


It includes:
•    Resources used
•    Potential environmental hazards
•    Improving environmental performance (within scope of competency and authority).

This competency applies to all sectors of the manufacturing industry and members of its value chain. It may also be applied to all sections of an organisation, including office, warehouse etc. This unit will need to be appropriately contextualised as it is applied across an organisation and across different industry sectors.


Required skills we'll look for when assessing student competence
We'll look for evidence that confirms skills in:
•    report as required by procedures
•    follow procedures and instructions and respond to change
•    ask questions and seek clarifications relating to work requirements
Reading and writing is required in order to interpretrequired procedures and complete required workplace forms/reports.
Numeracy is required to interpret numeric workplace information, readings and measurements, handle data as required and complete numeric components of workplace forms/reports.


Required knowledge we'll look for when assessing student competence
We'll look for evidence that confirms knowledge to:
•    have a basic understanding of sustainability
•    know the environmental hazards/risks, resource use and inefficiencies associated with own workplace (at an appropriate level)
•    know the relevant environmental and resource efficiency systems and procedures for own work area
•    know the impact of laws and regulations to a level relevant to the work context

MEMPE002A - Use electric welding machines

Unit descriptor:
The unit of competency covers the use of manual metal arc, gas metal arc and gas tungsten arc welding machines depending on their availability in the learning institution.
The welding is not required to meet any Australian Standard. Fillet and butt welds would typically be performed on low carbon/mild steels and aluminium if required. The basic settings for the welding machine and the welding materials will be supplied to the learner.

Application of the unit:
This unit is designed for use in a pre-employment skills introduction program and is suitable for use in institutional-based vocational programs. Skills development will take place under direct supervision.
This unit is not to be used in a traineeship or apprenticeship training program or associated qualifications. It is only to be used in pre-employment programs and carries no credit towards apprenticeship/trade and other qualification types in manufacturing and engineering.


Required skills we'll look for when assessing student competence
We'll look for evidence that confirms skills in:
•    preparing materials
•    setting welding equipment according to given instructions
•    using electric welding machines to weld metal pieces together
•    reading and interpreting routine information on written job instructions
•    using measuring skills as required
•    applying safe working and welding practices
•    using and applying personal protective equipment

Required knowledge we'll look for when assessing student competence
We'll look for evidence that confirms knowledge of:
•    safe machine operation procedures
•    material and equipment preparation requirements
•    basic marking out techniques
•    use and care of measuring tools
•    behaviour of metals under heat
•    welding processes and properties
•    post-welding treatments
•    safe working and welding practices
•    use and application of personal protective equipment

MEM13014A - Apply principles of occupational health and safety in the work environment

Unit descriptor:
This unit covers following occupational health and safety procedures in an engineering or similar work environment.

Application of the unit:
This unit covers essential skills and knowledge that underpin all units within the Metal and Engineering Training Package. The unit applies to working in the engineering, manufacturing or similar industries. Competencies demonstrated would be associated with performance of duties and use of specialist skills. 


Required skills we'll look for when assessing student competence
We'll look for evidence that confirms skills in:
•    following safe working practices
•    maintaining a safe and clean condition workplace
•    carrying out workplace activities such as working safely, not endangering others, following company and legislative  requirements, following procedures
•    selecting, wearing and storing appropriate personal protective equipment
•    using appropriate safety equipment and devices
•    carrying out work with the information given by safety signs and symbols
•    carrying out manual handling principles
•    using emergency equipment correctly
•    noting workplace hazards
•    contacting appropriate personnel and emergency services in the event of an accident
•    following emergency and evacuation procedures
•    communicating and interpreting information appropriate to OH&S within the scope of this unit
•    checking and clarifying task-related information
•    communicating with emergency personnel
•    checking for conformance to specifications

Required knowledge we'll look for when assessing student competence
We'll look for evidence that confirms knowledge of:
•    rights, responsibilities and duties of employees and employers
•    use of personal protective equipment
•    appropriate equipment and safety devices for particular workplace tasks
•    reasons for using safety equipment and devices
•    meaning and application of safety signs and symbols
•    procedures and limits for manual handling
•    location and use of emergency equipment
•    reasons for selecting a particular type of equipment
•    procedures for identifying and reporting hazards
•    persons or services to be contacted in the event of a range of accidents
•    reasons for use of standard procedures
•    standard procedures including those for emergencies and evacuation
•    hazards and housekeeping requirements associated with the work environment
•    safe work practices and procedures

MEM18002B - Use power tools/hand held operations


Unit descriptor:
This unit covers using a range of hand held power tools and fixed power tools for hand held operations for a variety of general engineering applications.

Application of the unit:
This unit applies to loosening and fastening items or components and shaping, finishing, cutting, grinding metallic and non-metallic materials and/or tool bits to size and shape.
This unit should not be selected if the power tools used are dedicated to an operation or machine, e.g. nut-runner, air drill, power driver, etc.
For using hand tools, see Unit MEM18001C (Use hand tools).

Required skills we'll look for when assessing student competence
We'll look for evidence that confirms skills in:
•    reading and following information on standard operating procedures
•    following verbal instructions
•    selecting power tools appropriate to the task
•    using power tools safely
•    using clamping/securing devices
•    identifying power tool defects
•    maintaining power tools using appropriate techniques
•    sharpening tools/tool bits within the scope of this unit
•    storing power tools according to manufacturers'/ standard operating procedures.


Required knowledge we'll look for when assessing student competence
We'll look for evidence that confirms knowledge of:
•    application of different  power tools
•    clamping/securing methods
•    adjustments/alignments to a range of power tools
•    common faults and/or defects in power tools
•    procedures for marking unsafe or faulty power tools for repair
•    routine maintenance requirements of a range of power tools
•    tool sharpening techniques for a range of power tools
•    storage location and procedures of a range of power tools
•    hazards/control measures associated with power tools
•    use and application of personal protective equipment
•    safe work practices and procedures

MEMPE004A - Use fabrication equipment

Unit descriptor:
This unit of competency involves setting up and using fabrication equipment to make engineered components.

Application of the unit:
This unit is designed for use in a pre-employment skills introduction program and is suitable for use in institutional-based vocational programs. Skills development will take place under direct supervision.
This unit is not to be used in a traineeship or apprenticeship training program or associated qualifications. It is only to be used in pre-employment programs and carries no credit towards apprenticeship/trade and other qualification types in manufacturing and engineering.

Required skills we'll look for when assessing student competence
We'll look for evidence that confirms skills in:
•    preparing materials, including marking out, as required
•    setting fabrication equipment according to given instructions
•    using fabrication equipment to bend, roll and shape metal
•    reading and interpreting routine information on written job instructions
•    using measuring skills as required
•    applying safe working practices
•    using and applying personal protective equipment

Required knowledge we'll look for when assessing student competence
We'll look for evidence that confirms knowledge of:
•    safe operation of machines/equipment
•    material and equipment preparation
•    basic marking out techniques
•    measuring tools
•    machine types for bending, rolling and shaping
•    work and tool holding methods for each machine
•    safe working practices
•    use and application of personal protective equipment

MSAPMSUP106A - Work in a team

Unit descriptor:
This competency covers the organisation of team activities to fit in with the scheduling of work to meet operational guidelines.

Application of the unit:
This competency is typically performed by people who work within a team structure with limited discretionary powers
The worker will:
•    plan and organise activities in accordance with instructions
•    use appropriate interpersonal skills to contribute to effective teamwork
•    seek assistance from other team members where appropriate
•    complete logs and reports.



Required skills and knowledgewe'll look for when assessing student competence
We'll look for evidence that confirms skills and knowledge in:

Knowledge and understanding of organisation information systems, procedures and equipment sufficient to plan daily work activities in order to meet timelines.
Knowledge of organisation standard procedures and work instructions and relevant regulatory requirements, along with the ability to implement them within appropriate time constraints and in a manner relevant to the operation of the system.
Competence also includes the ability to:
•    use effective communication techniques
•    identify where teams fit into the organisational structure
•    apply organisation quality and safety procedures
•    complete required workplace documentation
•    distinguish between urgent and non-urgent tasks.

MEMPE005A - Develop a career plan for the engineering and manufacturing industry

Unit Descriptor:
This unit of competency is intended to provide the opportunity to research careers, and training and career path options in the manufacturing and engineering industry. It involves research into the range of activities the industry and occupational streams cover, including engineering opportunities in industries not generally considered as engineering or manufacturing. For example, maintenance people in hospitals, teachers, and so on.

Application of the Unit:
This unit is designed for use in a pre-employment skills introduction program and is suitable for use in institutional-based vocational programs. Skills development will take place under direct supervision.

This unit is not to be used in a traineeship or apprenticeship training program or associated qualifications. It is only to be used in pre-employment programs and carries no credit towards apprenticeship/trade and other qualification types in manufacturing and engineering.

Required skills we'll look for when assessing student competence
We'll look for evidence that confirms skills in:
•    researching employment opportunities in manufacturing and engineering
•    developing a personal career plan
•    reviewing the career plan

Required knowledge we'll look for when assessing student competence
We'll look for evidence that confirms knowledge of:
•    the variety of manufacturing industries
•    the variety of engineering industries
•    industries that employ engineering people
•    jobs/work roles in manufacturing and engineering
•    types of learning institutions that support skills development in manufacturing and engineering

MEM16006A - Organise and communicate information

Unit descriptor:
This unit covers accessing, organising and communicating information related to processes or tasks.

Application of the unit:
This unit applies in manufacturing, engineering or related environments.
It may include information related to production, maintenance or associated processes. Information may be drawn from a variety of sources.
This unit includes the ability to communicate using common workplace terminology.
For access and recording of data requiring system knowledge and judgement, see Unit MEM16008A (Interact with computing technology).


Required skills we'll look for when assessing student competence
We'll look for evidence that confirms skills in:
•    accessing relevant information from a range of sources
•    recording, where appropriate, the accessed information
•    recognising and using workplace terms
•    reading, interpreting and following information in workplace documentation
•    checking and clarifying information
•    organising, categorising and sequencing information


Required knowledge we'll look for when assessing student competence
We'll look for evidence that confirms knowledge of:
•    types of information
•    available sources of information
•    information analysis techniques
•    methods of categorising and organising information
•    methods of recording and communicating information

MEM16008A - Interact with computing technology

Unit descriptor:
This unit covers accessing, inputting and storing information used in manufacturing, engineering or related environments, using computing technology.

Application of the unit:
This unit applies in manufacturing, engineering or related environments. It involves identifying the type and source of information required, and using the technology to access, input and store information. The equipment may include computers and a range of other equipment based on computing technology.

Required skills we'll look for when assessing student competence
We'll look for evidence that confirms skills in:
•    ability to enter or retrieve data using appropriate software applications
•    reading, interpreting and following information on written job instructions, specifications, standard operating procedures, charts, lists, drawings and other applicable reference documents
•    planning and sequencing operations
•    checking and clarifying task-related information
•    using numerical operations within the scope of this unit


Required knowledge we'll look for when assessing student competence
We'll look for evidence that confirms knowledge of:
•    functions and capabilities of various types of computing technology used in the workplace
•    functions of software applications
•    hazards and control measures associated with using computing technology, including housekeeping

•    safe work practices and procedures

MEM18001C - Use hand tools

Unit descriptor:
This unit covers using a range of hand tools for a variety of general engineering applications.

Application of the unit:
Applications may include hand tools used for adjusting, dismantling, assembling and finishing of items or components, and the finishing, cutting, scraping of metallic and non-metallic material to size and shape. This includes simple tapping and threading and routine maintenance of hand tools.
This unit should not be selected if the hand tool is dedicated to a single operation or machine and if only a machine specific/customised tool is used.
When using hand held power tools or power tools used for hand held operations, refer to Unit MEM18002B (Use power tools/hand held operations).


Required skills we'll look for when assessing student competence
We'll look for evidence that confirms skills in:
•    reading and following information on standard operating procedures
•    following verbal instructions
•    selecting hand tools appropriate to the task
•    using hand tools safely
•    identifying hand tool defects and marking for repair
•    maintaining/sharpening hand tools using appropriate techniques
•    storing hand tools in accordance with manufacturers'/standard operating procedures


Required knowledge we'll look for when assessing student competence
We'll look for evidence that confirms knowledge of:
•    applications of different hand tools in a general engineering context
•    common faults and/or defects in hand tools
•    procedures for marking unsafe or faulty tools for repair
•    routine maintenance requirements for a range of hand tools
•    storage location and procedures for a range of hand tools
•    hazards and control measures associated with using hand tools
•    use and application of personal protective equipment
•    safe work practices and procedures