Design structural/mechanical components

Formats and tools

Unit Description
Reconstruct the unit from the xml and display it as an HTML page.
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 PMC556031, 'Design structural/mechanical components'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
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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.


Determine mechanical/structural design requirements


Determine stress/strain requirements of end use


Determine flexural/rigidity requirements of end use


Determine required physical properties (such as size, shape and density) of end use


Determine environmental requirements (physical, chemical and radiation) of end product


Identify how component fits with entire end product


Develop mechanical design brief and verify with appropriate people


Select materials and additives, including reinforcing, appropriate for the design brief


Select material/combination of materials with appropriate physical properties


Select material/combination of materials with appropriate chemical properties


Select material/combination of materials with appropriate radiation resistance/transmission properties


Arrange for compounding and testing of possible materials as appropriate


Determine relevant properties of selected material/shortlisted materials


Undertake mechanical design of component


Calculate size and shape/profile of component to meet design brief


Liaise with product developer to also deliver required aesthetic aspects


Liaise with product developer/production to ensure efficiency in manufacture


Suggest modifications to materials/compound as required


Design jointing/joining/ other product interfaces


Liaise with designers of other components


Agree on interface requirements/joints/joining as appropriate


Design suitable interfaces


Check interface design to ensure it meets the end use requirements without sacrificing integrity


Finalise design


Check internal consistency of design


Check overall design meets end use requirements


Ensure issues identified in the hazard analysis for both end use safety requirements and manufacturing requirements are addressed in the final design


Write component specification


Liaise with product developer/production to write production specification/procedures


Supervise manufacture and testing of prototypes/manufacturing trials as appropriate


Finalise specifications and manufacturing processes, and complete all reports


Ensure project records are complete and all required reports have been completed and submitted


Archive records according to company procedures

Qualifications and Skillsets

PMC556031 appears in the following qualifications:

  • PMC60110 - Advanced Diploma of Manufactured Mineral Products
  • PMC60116 - Advanced Diploma of Manufactured Mineral Products