Sharpen and align blades and knives

Formats and tools

Unit Description
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Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver FPICOT3233B, 'Sharpen and align blades and knives'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Prepare blades and knives for sharpening

1.1. Applicable occupational health and safety (OHS), environmental, legislative and organisational requirements relevant to sharpening and aligning blades and knives are identified and followed

1.2. Work order is reviewed and clarified with appropriate personnel

1.3. Type of blade or knife to be sharpened is removed from the designated machinery

1.4. Equipment is selected appropriate to work requirements and checked for operational effectiveness in line with manufacturer recommendations

1.5. Sharpening and aligning process is planned in line with site procedures and environmental requirements

1.6. Communication with others is established and maintained in line with OHS requirements

2. Assess condition and set up blades or knives and assemblies

2.1. Cutting performance of blade or knife is assessed to determine sharpening requirements

2.2. Condition of knife holder, jig and chuck is assessed and defects are corrected

2.3. Knife holder is cleaned and secured to the chuck to enterprise standards

2.4. Jig type and setting are selected for required blade or knife setup

3. Sharpen blades and knives

3.1. Pre-startup checks are carried out on equipment in line with site requirements

3.2. Blades or knives are cleaned of excess build-up and babbitts and inspected for defects, with those unable to be repaired by sharpening replaced

3.3. Geometry for blades or knives is selected from manufacturer's instructions

3.4. Grinder is set up with suitable attachment for holding the knife or blade and grinding wheel is examined and dressed

3.5. Grinding wheel speed and feeds are selected to suit the wheel and the blade or knife

3.6. Grinding wheel is fed across and into cutting edge to obtain clean cutting edge to conform to geometric requirements without defects and burns

3.7. Coolant is applied in line with manufacturer specifications

3.8. Blade or knife is inspected after sharpening for accuracy and remaining burrs are honed to obtain a sharp cutting edge

3.9. Blades and knives that cannot be sharpened or are damaged in the sharpening process are dealt with in line with site procedures, manufacturer recommendations and environmental requirements

3.10. Sharpening and equipment faults are recorded and reported to the appropriate personnel

4. Align blades and knives

4.1. Babbitts are inspected to assess the requirement for reconditioning

4.2. Babbitt material is heated to required pouring temperature

4.3. Blade or knife is set up in pouring jig to required dimensions and babbitt is poured without excessive material wastage and avoiding cavities and shrinkage

4.4. Assembly is cooled and excess material removed to allow correct positioning in machinery

4.5. Set screws are inspected in line with standard operating procedures, and bent or broken screws are replaced

4.6. Set screws are adjusted to position knife or blade at the correct depth

4.7. Set screws are locked into position to avoid knife or blade movement

Qualifications and Skillsets

FPICOT3233B appears in the following qualifications:

  • FPI30805 - Certificate III in Woodmachining
  • FPI30705 - Certificate III in Sawdoctoring
  • FPI30405 - Certificate III in Wood Panel Products
  • FPI30305 - Certificate III in Sawmilling and Processing