Operate steel cutting equipment

This competency covers the operation of equipment for cutting steel belts and beads as used in the tyre industry and the resolving of routine problems to procedure.


Application of this unit

This competency applies to operators who are required to undertake the routine operation of steel cutting equipment. This competency is typically performed by operators working either independently or as part of a work team.

The operator will:

check job sheets for work requirements

check product for quality and conformity to specification

notice any problems and take required action (eg: reporting)

deal with non-conforming product, waste and scrap

complete logs and reports.

They many record key variables such as machine conditions and production rate and reasons for interruptions.



This unit has no prerequisites.

Elements and Performance Criteria




Performance Criteria describe the required performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the Element. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the Evidence Guide.

1. Check work requirements.

1.1 Identify work requirements from production plan or workplace procedures.

1.2 Check product, materials and equipment meet requirements for job(s).

1.3 Recognise requirements which many not be in accordance with usual practice.

1.4 Ask questions of appropriate person to confirm usual practice.

1.5 Ensure housekeeping is to requirements.

1.6 Recognise hazards and implement necessary steps required to ensure safety.

1.7 Perform other pre-operational checks in accordance with procedures.

2 Start up cutter to procedures

2.1 Conduct pre-start checks.

2.2 Start up cutter.

3. Operate equipment in accordance with procedures.

3.1 Start machine safely and correctly when required.

3.2 Check process is operating within required limits.

3.3 Collect products and store as required.

3.4 Check product is in specification/to required quality standard.

3.5 Maintain supply of material(s) as required.

3.6 Complete logs and records as required.

3.7 Collect and reprocess/discard scrap/trim and other materials in accordance with workplace procedures.

3.8 Keep equipment and work area clean.

3.9 Shut down cutter as required.

4. Respond to routine problems in accordance with procedures.

4.1 Recognise known faults that occur during the operation.

4.2 Identify and take action on causes of routine faults.

4.3 Log problems as required.

4.4 Identify non-routine process and quality problems and take appropriate action.

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.

Application of the knowledge of managing risks using the hierarchy of controls applied to the steel cutting process. Application of approved hazard control and safety procedures and the use of PPE in relation to handling materials, equipment operation and cleanup.

Knowledge of organisation procedures, relevant regulatory requirements and the ability to implement them within appropriate time constraints and work standards.

Show knowledge of and skills in the operation of steel cutting equipment sufficient for the consistent production of quality products, for example:

production workflow sequences and materials demand

reasons for checking process control panels and reporting readings which do not conform to the work instructions

operation of steel cutting equipment and components

potential effects of variations in raw materials and equipment operation in relation to quality of product

waste management and importance of reusing non-conforming products wherever possible

correct selection and use of equipment, materials, processes and procedures

identify factors which may affect product quality or production output and appropriate remedies

explain the effect of unauthorised or emergency shutdown in relation to safety and production requirements.

Competence also includes the ability to:

plan own work, including predicting consequences and identifying improvements

identify when the operator is able to rectify faults, when assistance is required and who is the appropriate source for assistance

monitor equipment operation and product quality

identify and describe own role and role of others involved directly in the steel cutting process

pause or shut down equipment in abnormal circumstances

distinguish between possible causes of routine steel cutting problems such as:

incorrect quantity of materials

contaminated materials/additives

equipment faults

wrong raw materials/additives

machine failure.

Language, literacy and numeracy requirements

This unit requires the ability to read and interpret typical product specifications, job sheets, procedures, basic machine control panels, material labels and safety information as provided to operators.

Writing is required to the level of completing workplace forms.

Basic numeracy is required, eg to determine that two 25 kg bags are needed to make up a requirement for 50 kg.

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:

apply the required skills and knowledge to operate steel cutting equipment.

apply approved procedures.

Consistent performance should be demonstrated. For example, look to see thatsteel cutting production standards are met consistently.

Assessment method and context

Assessment will occur on steel cutting equipment and will be undertaken in a work-like environment.

Competence in this unit may be assessed:

usingappropriatesteel cutting equipment requiring demonstration of operation and emergency stop procedures

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

by using a suitable simulation and/or a range of case studies/scenarios

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 practical/simulation 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 studies/scenarios 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 and/or 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 all steel cutting operations within the tyre sector. It includes the operation of all relevant additional equipment where that equipment is integral to the steel cutting process.


All operations are performed in accordance with procedures.

Procedures include 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:

steel bias cutter, shearer cutter, metallic cutter, universal cutter

hand tools used in the steel cutting process

material loading equipment used for loading and unloading of materials

relevant personal protective equipment.


Typical hazards include:

hazardous substances

moving equipment

manual handling hazards.


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

equipment malfunction

variations in temperature, pressure, speed

variations in materials or contamination of materials

machine malfunction

tooling problems

variations in materials and/or contamination of materials.


Not applicable.

Employability Skills

This unit contains employability skills.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.