- MEM18002B - Use power tools/hand held operations
Use power tools/hand held operations
This unit applies to loosening and fastening items or components and shaping, finishing, cutting, grinding metallic and non-metallic materials and/or tool bits to size and shape.
This unit should not be selected if the power tools used are dedicated to an operation or machine, e.g. nut-runner, air drill, power driver, etc.
For using hand tools, see Unit MEM18001C (Use hand tools).
Unit Weight: 2
Elements and Performance Criteria
1. Use power tools
1.1. Power tools are selected appropriate to the task requirements.
1.2. Power tools are used for a determined sequence of operations - which may include clamping, alignment and adjustment to produce desired outcomes - to job specifications which may include finish, size or shape.
1.3. All safety requirements are adhered to before, during and after use.
1.4. Unsafe or faulty tools are identified and marked for repair before, during and after use according to designated procedures.
1.5. Operational maintenance of tools, including hand sharpening, is undertaken according to standard workplace procedures, principles and techniques.
1.6. Power tools are stored safely in appropriate location according to standard workshop procedures and manufacturers' recommendations.
Look for evidence that confirms skills in:
reading and following information on standard operating procedures
following verbal instructions
selecting power tools appropriate to the task
using power tools safely
using clamping/securing devices
identifying power tool defects
maintaining power tools using appropriate techniques
sharpening tools/tool bits within the scope of this unit
storing power tools according to manufacturers'/ standard operating procedures.
Look for evidence that confirms knowledge of:
application of different power tools
adjustments/alignments to a range of power tools
common faults and/or defects in power tools
procedures for marking unsafe or faulty power tools for repair
routine maintenance requirements of a range of power tools
tool sharpening techniques for a range of power tools
storage location and procedures of a range of power tools
hazards/control measures associated with power tools
use and application of personal protective equipment
safe work practices and procedures
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 use power tools/hand held operations.
Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit
Assessors must be satisfied that the candidate can competently and consistently perform all elements of the unit as specified by the criteria, including required knowledge, and be capable of applying the competency in new and different situations and contexts.
Context of and specific resources for assessment
This unit may be assessed on the job, off the job or a combination of both on and off the job. Where assessment occurs off the job, that is the candidate is not in productive work, then an appropriate simulation must be used where the range of conditions reflects realistic workplace situations. The competencies covered by this unit would be demonstrated by an individual working alone or as part of a team. The assessment environment should not disadvantage the candidate.
This unit could be assessed in conjunction with any other units addressing the safety, quality, communication, materials handling, recording and reporting associated with using power tools/hand held operations or other units requiring the exercise of the skills and knowledge covered by this unit.
Method of assessment
Assessors should gather a range of evidence that is valid, sufficient, current and authentic. Evidence can be gathered through a variety of ways including direct observation, supervisor's reports, project work, samples and questioning. Questioning should not require language, literacy and numeracy skills beyond those required in this unit. The candidate must have access to all tools, equipment, materials and documentation required. The candidate must be permitted to refer to any relevant workplace procedures, product and manufacturing specifications, codes, standards, manuals and reference materials.
Guidance information for assessment
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.
Electric or pneumatic/hydraulic drills, grinders, jigsaws, nibblers, cutting saws, sanders, planers, routers, pedestal drills and pedestal grinders
Multigrips, vices, jigs and fixtures, clamps etc.
Finish, size or shape etc.
Hand sharpening, cleaning, lubricating, tightening
Simple tool repairs and adjustments using engineering principles, tools, equipment and procedures to statutory and regulatory requirements
Maintenance and diagnostics
This unit contains employability skills.