Prepare and interpret sketches and drawings

This unit specifies the outcomes required to identify, select and interpret a sketch or drawing. The unit includes interpreting a range of sketch and drawing details, and preparing sketches and drawings using dimensions, tolerances and notes following industry and site conventionsThis unit replaces FPICOT3204A Prepare and interpret sketches and drawings


This unit involves preparing and interpreting sketches and drawings in an office environment setting

The skills and knowledge required for competent workplace performance are to be used within the scope of the person's job and authority


Not Applicable

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Identify and select correct sketch or drawing

1.1. Applicable occupational health and safety (OHS), environmental, legislative and organisational requirements relevant to preparing and interpreting sketches and drawings are identified and followed

1.2. Sketches or drawings are obtained and confirmed in line with job requirements and site procedures

1.3. Notes and sketches or drawings are interpreted, checked and validated for correct application and omissions are determined in line with site procedures

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

2. Interpret sketch or drawing detail

2.1. Sketches or drawing features are accurately identified and interpreted to provide a three-dimensional picture of components, assemblies or structures

2.2. Sketches or drawings are used to orientate and fit components or assemblies as required

2.3. Dimensions and tolerances are interpreted to correctly measure, select, mark or set up items or equipment

2.4. Areas of insufficient detail are identified and reported in line with site procedures

3. Prepare sketch or drawing

3.1. Items to be drawn are identified to ensure clear communication of requirements in line with site procedures

3.2. Drawing views are selected to present required information with minimal drawing complexity in line with site standards

3.3. Sketches or drawings are correctly and clearly drawn in line with customer expectations, site and industry conventions and standards

3.4. Sketch and drawing preparation and interpretation activities are recorded and reported to the appropriate personnel

Required Skills

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

Required skills

Technical skills sufficient to use and maintain relevant tools and equipment; interpret the detail and features of sketches or drawings; use sketches and drawings to measure, select, mark or set up production requirements

Communication skills sufficient to interpret and convey information in written, sketch or verbal form; use appropriate communication and interpersonal techniques and methods with colleagues and others

Literacy skills sufficient to record and report workplace information; maintain documentation

Numeracy skills sufficient to measure, estimate and calculate time required to complete a task

Problem solving skills sufficient to identify problems and equipment faults; identify omissions and areas of insufficient detail; demonstrate appropriate response procedures

Required knowledge

Applicable commonwealth, state or territory legislation, regulations, standards, codes of practice and established safe practices relevant to the full range of processes for preparing and interpreting sketches and drawings

Environmental protection requirements, including the safe disposal of waste material

Organisational and site standards, requirements, policies and procedures for preparing and interpreting sketches and drawings

Environmental risks and hazards

Problem identification and resolution strategies, including methods for identifying omissions or areas of insufficient detail in sketches and drawings

Types of tools and equipment, and procedures for their safe use and maintenance

Drawing systems and conventions, including computerised design where appropriate

Standard industry and site conventions for views, notes, dimensions and tolerances

Types of drawings and sketches and dimensioning systems

Procedures for recording, reporting and maintaining workplace records and information

Established communication channels and protocols

Evidence Required

The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Overview of assessment

A person who demonstrates competency in this unit must be able to provide evidence that they can safely and efficiently identify, select and interpret sketches and drawings following industry and site conventions

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

The evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit must be relevant to, and satisfy, all of the requirements of the elements of this unit and include demonstration of:

following applicable commonwealth, state or territory legislative and regulatory requirements and codes of practice relevant to preparing and interpreting sketches and drawings

following organisational policies and procedures relevant to preparing and interpreting sketches and drawings

communicating with others in the work area to convey information relating to sketching and drawing detail and items to be drawn

interpreting sketch and drawing details to determine material requirements and providing a three-dimensional picture of components, assemblies or structures

determining areas of insufficient detail or omissions from sketch and drawing detail

preparing a sketch or drawing that correctly represents intended items and follows industry and site conventions

Context of and specific resources for assessment

Competency is to be assessed in the workplace or realistically simulated workplace

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

Assessment of required knowledge, other than confirmatory questions, will usually be conducted in an off-site context

Assessment is to follow relevant regulatory or Australian Standards requirements

The following resources should be made available:

workplace location or simulated workplace

materials and equipment relevant to undertaking work applicable to this unit

specifications and work instructions

Method of assessment

Assessment must satisfy the endorsed Assessment Guidelines of the FPI11 Training Package

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

Assessment must be by direct observation of tasks, with questioning on required knowledge and it must also reinforce the integration of key competencies

Assessment methods must confirm the ability to access and correctly interpret and apply the required knowledge

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

Assessment may be in conjunction with assessment of other units of competency

The assessment environment should not disadvantage the candidate

Assessment practices should take into account any relevant language or cultural issues related to Aboriginality, gender or language backgrounds other than English

Where the participant has a disability, reasonable adjustment may be applied during assessment

Language and literacy demands of the assessment task should not be higher than those of the work role

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, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. 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) may also be included.

OHS requirements:

are to be in line with applicable commonwealth, state or territory legislation and regulations, and organisational safety policies and procedures, and may include:

personal protective equipment and clothing

safety equipment

first aid equipment

fire fighting equipment

hazard and risk control

fatigue management

elimination of hazardous materials and substances

safe forest practices, including required actions relating to forest fire

manual handling including shifting, lifting and carrying

Environmental requirements may include:


organisational policies and procedures

workplace practices

Legislative requirements:

are to be in line with applicable commonwealth, state or territory legislation, regulations, certification requirements and codes of practice and may include:

award and enterprise agreements

industrial relations

Australian Standards

confidentiality and privacy


the environment

equal opportunity


relevant industry codes of practice

duty of care

Organisational requirements may include:


organisational and site guidelines

policies and procedures relating to own role and responsibility

quality assurance

procedural manuals

quality and continuous improvement processes and standards

OHS, emergency and evacuation procedures

ethical standards

recording and reporting requirements

equipment use, maintenance and storage requirements

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

Sketches and drawings may:

be computer-assisted, freehand or completed with simple drawing instruments

present one, two or three projections

involve timber, assemblies, structures and hardware items within the individual's field of work and with which the individual is familiar

be used as a basis for selecting, preparing or assembling components or products

Obtained may be from:

order documentation

file systems

local sources

Checked may include:

pictorially checking to present all necessary items

Communication may relate to:

drawing version


application of the drawing or sketch


areas of insufficient information

Features may include:

individual components or items

base lines

datum points

views and projections

dimensions and tolerances

instructions and notes

elementary drawing

product and production symbols


may be for the purposes of determining:

material requirements

areas of insufficient detail or omissions

item, component, assembly and structure

Drawn may include:

views, placement and projection, correct representation of items

use of clear lines, dimensions, and tolerances

notes to fully define requirements

Records and reports may include:

sketches and drawings

tally sheets

quality sheets and forms

production sheets and downtime sheets

and relate to:

production details

computer problems

interruptions to production

and may be:


a computer-based system

other appropriate organisational communication system


Not Applicable

Competency Field

Common Technical

Employability Skills

This unit contains employability skills

Licensing Information

Not Applicable