Unit of competency details

LMFFL2107A - Select, operate and maintain grinding equipment (Release 1)


ReleaseStatusRelease date
1 1 (this release)Current 11/May/2009

Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to MSFFL2011 - Select, operate and maintain grinding equipmentSupersedes and is equivalent to LMFFL2107A Select, operate and maintain grinding equipment 09/Dec/2013

Training packages that include this unit


SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 030717 Plant And Machine Operations  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 030717 Plant And Machine Operations  28/Apr/2009 
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Modification History

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Unit Descriptor

Unit descriptor 

This unit covers the competency to select, operate and maintain grinding equipment in applications relating to floor preparation.

Application of the Unit

Application of the unit 

This unit supports the attainment of skills and knowledge required for competent workplace performance in the wide variety of sub-floor preparation operations. The competency applies to an on site environment and involves application of skills and knowledge at a sub-trade worker level. These skills and knowledge are to be used within the scope of the individual's job and authority.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.


Prerequisite units 


Employability Skills Information

Employability skills 

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the required skills and knowledge section and the range statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Identify grinding equipment

1.1. Applicable legislative , OHS  and organisational  requirements relevant to the use of grinding equipment, are verified and complied with

1.2. Types of grinding equipment  and their functions are identified from relevant information sources 

1.3. Instructions  and/or plans are read and interpreted to identify the process required to complete work tasks

1.4. Sources of power supply  are recognised

2. Select grinding equipment

2.1. Grinding equipment and attachments  are selected consistent with the needs of the job

2.2. Grinding equipment is checked for serviceability and safety and any faults  are correct or processed for repair

3. Clean and prepare sub-floor

3.1. Appropriate personal protective equipment  is selected, correctly fitted and used

3.2. Fittings and fixtures  are removed from the sub-floor

3.3. Sub-floor is cleared of loose debris and dirt and cleaned

4. Smooth the floor

4.1. Work sequence  and starting point are selected

4.2. Perimeter is smoothed using light equipment and appropriate cutter

4.3. Main area is smoothed to the required standard  using the most appropriate available equipment in accordance with the manufacturer specification

4.4. Floor area is cleaned, inspected and reworked as required

5. Clean up work area and tools

5.1. All tools are cleaned, maintained and stored

5.2. Equipment is cleaned, maintained and stored

5.3. Work area is cleared and waste removed

Required Skills and Knowledge


This section describes the skills and knowledge required for this unit.

Required skills 

  • communicate ideas and information to enable confirmation of work requirements and specifications and the reporting of faults and problems
  • collect and understand information related to the use and maintenance of grinding equipment
  • work with others and in a team by recognising dependencies and using cooperative approaches to optimise work flow and productivity
  • use pre-checking and inspection techniques to anticipate grinding problems to avoid rework and wastage
  • recognise and respond to circumstances outside instructions or personal competence
  • plan and organize activities including the preparation and layout of the worksite and the obtaining of tools
  • use mathematical ideas and techniques to correctly complete measurements and estimate other material requirements
  • clarify and confirm work instructions
  • plan work within given task parameters
  • accept responsibility for given tasks
  • set, monitor and satisfy personal work goals
  • satisfy the competency requirements for the job
  • maintain current knowledge of:
  • tools and materials
  • installation techniques
  • seek learning opportunities
  • use workplace technology related to the use and operator maintenance of grinders and associated materials

Required knowledge 

  • State or Territory OHS legislation, regulations, standards and codes of practice relevant to the use of grinding equipment
  • Standards including AS/NZS 2455 and AS 1884 (1985)
  • organisational and site standards, requirements, policies and procedures for the use of grinding equipment
  • types of grinders and procedures for their safe use, operation and maintenance
  • grinder attachments, their uses, limitations and maintenance requirements
  • environmental protection requirements
  • established communication channels and protocols

problem identification and resolution

Evidence Guide


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.

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

  • Comply with legislation, regulations, standards, codes of practice and established safe practices and procedures for operating and maintaining grinding equipment
  • Apply safe handling practices for equipment, products and materials
  • Adopt and carry out correct procedures prior to and during use of the grinding equipment prescribed above in the Range Statement
  • Follow work instructions, operating procedures and inspection practices to:
  • prevent damage to goods, equipment and products
  • maintain required production output and product quality
  • minimise the risk of injury to self and others
  • Smooth a concrete sub-floor using single headed, double headed and planetary action grinders correctly and safely to the relevant Australian Standard
  • Complete operator maintenance on grinding equipment
  • Work effectively with others
  • Modify activities to cater for variations in workplace contexts and environment

Context of , and specific resources for assessment 

  • The application of 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 essential underpinning knowledge, other than confirmatory questions, will usually be conducted in an off-site context
  • Assessment is to comply with relevant regulatory or Australian Standards requirements
  • The following resources should be made available:
  • workplace location or simulated workplace
  • access to single, double and planetary action grinders
  • access to manufacturer/user instructions and/or manuals
  • a realistic smoothing requirement

Method of assessment 

Assessment must satisfy the endorsed assessment guidelines of the Furnishing Industry 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 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

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

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.

Legislative requirements 

  • are to be in accordance with applicable legislation from all levels of government that affect organisational operation. Requirements may include but not be limited to award and enterprise agreements, industrial relations, Australian Standards, confidentiality and privacy, OHS, the environment, equal opportunity, anti-discrimination, relevant industry codes of practice, duty of care and heritage

OHS requirements 

  • are to be in accordance with Commonwealth, State or Territory legislation and regulations, organisational safety policies and procedures. Requirements may include but not be limited to the use of personal protective equipment and clothing, fire fighting equipment, First Aid equipment, hazard and risk control and elimination, control of hazardous materials and substances, manual handling including lifting and carrying

Organisational requirements 

  • may include but not be limited to legal, 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, ethical standards, recording and reporting, access and equity principles and practices, equipment use, maintenance and storage, environmental management (waste disposal, recycling and re-use guidelines)

Types of grinding equipment 

  • are to include single headed, double headed and planetary action grinders


  • Grinder manufacturer specifications and operational procedures
  • Workplace procedures relating to ohs, tool handling and operation, reporting and communication
  • Work instructions, including job sheets, plans, drawings and designs

Sources of power supply 

  • may be single or 3-phase


  • are to include air cleaning/vacuum attachment and carbonumdum stove and diamond stoves

Fault reporting 

  • in the operation of grinding equipment may be verbal or written

Personal protective equipment 

  • is to include that prescribed under legislation, regulation and enterprise policies and practices

Fittings and fixtures 

  • include nails, door stops, gripper strips, metal mouldings and debris

Work sequence 

  • is likely to cover inspect, select equipment and accessories, clean sub-floor, smoothing, cleaning and rework


  • AS/NZS 2455 and AS 1884 (1985)

Unit Sector(s)

Unit sector 

Flooring Technology

Competency field

Competency field 

Floor Preparation

Co-requisite units

Co-requisite units 

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