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Elements and Performance Criteria

  1. Identify equipment and power requirements.
  2. Follow emergency shutdown procedures.
  3. Control hazards associated with using the equipment.
  4. Set up equipment according to procedures.
  5. Use equipment for production processes.
  6. Shut down equipment according to procedure.
  7. Store equipment appropriately.

Required Skills

This describes the essential skills and knowledge and their level required for this unit

Application of knowledge of the materials equipment and process sufficient to recognise out of specification products process problems and materials faults

Knowledge of oranisation procedures and relevant regulatory requirements along with the ability to implement them within appropriate time constraints and work standards

Knowledge of and skills in the operation of equipment and main components sufficient for consistent production of quality products including

impact of incorrect or faulty materials or tools

production workflow sequences and materials demand

focus of operation of work systems and equipment

correct selection and use of equipment materials

processes and procedures

hazards of the materials and process and appropriate hazard control procedures

distinguish between causes of faults such as wrong materials incorrect quantity of materials contaminated materials blunt or worn tools tool or power failures

Language literacy and numeracy requirements

This unit requires the ability to read and interpret typical product specifications job sheets and material labels as provided to operators

Writing is required to the level of completing workplace forms

Basic numeracy is also required eg to determine that components having attachments each means that attachments are required

Evidence Required

The Evidence Guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the Performance Criteria required skills and knowledge the Range Statement and the Assessment Guidelines for this Training Package

Overview of assessment

A holistic approach should be taken to the assessment

Assessors must be satisfied that the person can consistently perform the unit as a whole as defined by the Elements Performance Criteria and skills and knowledge

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit

It is essential that competence is demonstrated in the knowledge and skills defined in this unit These may include the ability to

recognise the importance of critical material properties and quantities

recognise potential situations requiring action and then implement appropriate action

Consistent performance should be demonstrated For example look to see that

production standards are met consistently

tools are handled correctly

tools are correctly cleaned and stored

faulty tools are identified and handed in for repair

Assessment method and context

Assessment will occur while using industrial power tools and will be undertaken in a work like environment

Competence in this unit may be assessed

on a processing plant allowing for operation under all normal and a range of abnormal conditions

in a situation allowing for the generation of evidence of the ability to respond to problems

by using a suitable simulation andor a range of case studiesscenarios

through a combination of these techniques

In all cases it is expected that practical assessment will be combined with targeted questioning to assess the underpinning knowledge and theoretical assessment will be combined with appropriate practicalsimulation or similar assessment Assessors need to be aware of any cultural issues that may affect responses to questions

Assessment processes and techniques must be culturally appropriate and appropriate to the oracy language and literacy capacity of the assessee and the work being performed

Specific resources for assessment

This section should be read in conjunction with the Range Statement for this unit of competency Resources required include suitable access to an operating plant or equipment that allows for appropriate and realistic simulation A bank of case studiesscenarios and questions will also be required to the extent that they form part of the assessment method Questioning may take place either in the workplace or in an adjacent quiet facility such as an office or lunchroom No other special resources are required

Access must be provided to appropriate learning andor assessment support when required Where applicable physical resources should include equipment modified for people with disabilities

Range Statement

The Range Statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Add any essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts.

Where reference is made to industry codes of practice, and/or Australian/international standards, the latest version must be used.


This competency applies to operators working either independently or as part of a work team.


All operations are performed in accordance with procedures.

Procedures means all relevant workplace procedures, work instructions, temporary instructions and relevant industry and government codes and standards.

Tools and equipment

This competency includes use of equipment and tools such as:

work stands

portable air or power operated drills, grinders, cutters or saws

impact wrenches

hoists/lifting equipment not requiring any special permits or licences

bolts, screws, rivets, etc

vices, clamps and braces

relevant personal protective equipment.


Typical hazards include:

frayed cables/hoses


metal and other shavings

manual handling hazards

equipment failures.


'Respond to routine problems' means 'apply known solutions to a limited range of predictable problems'. Typical process and product problems may include:

tool malfunctions

damaged leads or hoses

incorrect tool selected

worn or blunt tools/tool bits

damaged tools

non-supply of components or fittings

incorrect supply of components or fittings

material failures

out-of-specification products.


Key variables to be monitored include:

tool speeds

tool mass

operating mediums

condition of tools