Read and interpret working drawings and work orders

This unit describes the application of the required skills and knowledge to read and interpret work drawings and work orders and determining processes required for production.No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.


The unit applies to the automotive and related component manufacturing environment and involves application of skills and knowledge at a production worker level. These skills and knowledge are to be used within the scope of the person's job and authority.


Not applicable.

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Read and interpret working drawings and work orders

1.1. Symbols, codes, legends and diagrammatic representations are correctly recognised

1.2. Product/system/component/item represented is correctly identified

1.3. Information represented is correctly understood

2. Initiate work order for production

2.1. Processes to be used are identified

2.2. Material requirements are identified

2.3. Production processes are initiated in accordance with organisation requirements

Required Skills

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

Required skills

apply teamwork to a range of situations, such as meeting production requirements

solve problems particularly in teams in order to meet performance indicators

show initiative in adapting to changing work conditions or contexts particularly when working across a variety of work areas

access, interpret and apply information on relevant organisation policies, procedures and instructions, particularly to ensure production processes are initiated in accordance with organisation requirements

manage time when planning, preparing and organising work priorities

take responsibility for organising own work priorities.

Required knowledge

relevant Occupational Health and Safety and Environmental regulations and enterprise policies and procedures needed to carry out work in a manner which ensures the safety of people, equipment and the environment. The specific regulations will vary according to the area of operation

enterprise technical work documentation covering procedures, specifications, schedules and work plans or equivalent

enterprise quality system documentation covering instructions, procedures, performance indicators and review processes or equivalent

enterprise cost minimisation/waste avoidance policies, procedures and practices

environmental protection requirements relating to the disposal of waste material

established communication channels and protocols

problem identification and resolution techniques.

measuring procedures - use of rulers /tapes / squares

reading and interpreting working drawings/job specifications and standards

product manufacturer drawing standards and practices

manufacture and assembly processes

company policies and procedures.

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

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

Evidence of the following is essential:

compliance with relevant legislative, regulations, standards, codes of practice and establish safe practices and enterprise policies and procedures for managing personal work priorities

maintaining a working knowledge of current work systems and practices

working and communicating effectively and positively with others involved in the work

applying, within authority, the requirements of the job or work role in relation to:

achieving production goals

achieving work quality goals

responding positively to changing work requirements

contributing effectively to cost reduction initiatives

effectively applying problem solving techniques

modify activities to cater for variations in workplace context and environment

read and interpret work drawings/work orders

establish job processes and material requirements.

Context of and specific resources for assessment

assessment of the competency should take place in a safe working environment in a passenger motor vehicle manufacturing plant or simulated environment using tools/equipment/machinery required for the production process without undue disruption to the production process

assessment is to occur under standard and authorised work practices, safety requirements and environmental constraints.

Method of assessment

A range of assessment methods should be used to assess practical skills and knowledge. The following examples are appropriate for this unit:

assessment methods must confirm consistency and accuracy of performance (over time and in a range of workplace relevant contexts) together with application of underpinning knowledge

assessment methods must be by direct observation of tasks and include questioning on underpinning knowledge to ensure its correct interpretation and application

assessment may be applied under project related conditions (real or simulated) and require evidence of process

assessment must confirm a reasonable inference that competency is able not only to be satisfied under the particular circumstance, but is able to be transferred to other circumstances.

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. Bold italicised wording in the Performance Criteria is detailed below. 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.

Information may include:

manufacturer specifications

company operating procedures

working/engineering drawings

product manufacturer specifications

customer requirements

industry/workplace codes of practice

State/industry OH&S legislation

award provisions.

Organisationrequirements may include:

access and equity principles and practices

environmental management (waste disposal, recycling and re-use guidelines)

emergency and evacuation procedures

equipment use procedures

ethical standards

legal obligations

maintenance and storage procedures

OHS requirements

organisational and site guidelines

policies and procedures relating to own role and responsibility

procedural manuals

quality assurance guidelines

quality and continuous improvement processes and standards

recording and reporting guidelines.


Unit sector


Competency Field

Manufacturing - Bus, Truck and Trailer


Not applicable.

Employability Skills

This unit contains Employability Skills.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.