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 FWPCOT3233, 'Sharpen and align blades and knives'.
Google Links
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Elements and Performance Criteria

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the range of conditions.

1. Prepare blades and knives for sharpening

1.1 Review work order and where required check with appropriate personnel.

1.2 Select appropriate repair, maintenance and personal protective equipment and check for operational effectiveness.

1.3 Plan sharpening and aligning process in line with work order.

2. Assess condition and set up blade and knife assemblies

2.1 Follow organisational safety procedures and manufacturer’s recommendations throughout all repair and maintenance processes.

2.2 Remove blade or knife for sharpening from designated machinery.

2.3 Assess cutting performance of blade or knife to determine sharpening requirements.

2.4 Assess condition of knife holder, jig and chuck and correct defects.

2.5 Clean and secure knife holder to chuck in line with organisational procedures.

2.6 Select jig type and setting for required blade or knife setup.

3. Set up equipment

3.1 Clean blades or knives of excess build-up, inspect babbitts for defects and replace where unserviceable.

3.2 Select angle for sharpening blade to suit its use in specified equipment.

3.3 Set up grinder with suitable attachment for holding knife or blade and examine and dress grinding wheel.

3.4 Select grinding wheel speed and feeds to suit blade or knife, grinding wheel material and configuration.

4. Operate grinder to sharpen blades and knives

4.1 Feed grinding wheel across and into cutting edge to sharpen blade to geometric requirements without defects or burns.

4.2 Monitor grinder for operational effectiveness and apply coolant as required.

4.3 Inspect blade or knife after sharpening for accuracy and hone remaining burrs to obtain sharp cutting edge.

4.4 Dispose of unserviceable and damaged blades and knives in line with environmental protection practices.

5. Align blades and knives

5.1 Inspect babbitts to assess reconditioning requirements.

5.2 Heat babbitt material to required pouring temperature.

5.3 Set up blade or knife in pouring jig to required dimensions.

5.4 Pour babbitt without to minimise material waste and avoid cavities and shrinkage.

5.5 Cool assembly and remove excess material to allow correct positioning in machinery.

5.6 Inspect set screws and replace bent or broken screws.

5.7 Adjust set screws to position knife or blade at correct depth and lock into position to avoid knife or blade movement.

5.8 Record and report processing problems and equipment faults to appropriate personnel.