Prepare and operate tools, equipment and machinery


This unit describes the performance outcomes required to prepare and operate tools, equipment and machinery in automotive manufacturing.

It involves the application of skills and knowledge at a production worker level.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

Elements and Performance Criteria


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 section

1. Select and check tools, equipment and machinery

1.1 Tools, equipment and machinery are selected according to the job requirements

1.2 Tools, equipment and machinery are checked for safe operation according to workplace procedures and manufacturer specifications

2. Prepare and use tools, equipment and machinery

2.1 Work health and safety (WHS) requirements are observed and followed

2.2 Tools, equipment and machinery are prepared and used according to workplace procedures and manufacturer specifications

3. Complete work processes

3.1 Tools, equipment and machinery are shut down, maintained and stored according to workplace procedures

3.2 Faulty tools, equipment and machinery are identified, tagged and reported according to workplace procedures

3.3 Work area is cleaned according to workplace procedures

Foundation Skills

This section describes those language, literacy, numeracy and employment skills that are essential to performance.



Reading skills to:

interpret manufacturer specifications and operating instructions

understand workplace procedures.

Writing skills to:

complete faulty equipment tags.

Oral communication skills to:

report faulty tools, equipment and machinery to appropriate personnel.

Numeracy skills to:

calibrate equipment to manufacturer specifications.

Range Statement

This section specifies work environments and conditions that may affect performance. Essential operating conditions that may be present (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) are included. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below.

Tools, equipment and machinery must include:

assembly equipment

fastening equipment

hand tools

power tools.

Workplace procedures must include:

use of personal protective equipment (PPE)

use of tools and machinery

WHS requirements.


Technical - Tools and Equipment

Competency Field