Unit of competency details

MEM23064A - Select and test mechatronic engineering materials (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes MEM23062A - Select and test mechatronic engineering materialsReplaces MEM23062A, but not equivalent 19/Dec/2012

Release Status:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 20/Dec/2012


SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 030101 Manufacturing Engineering  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 030101 Manufacturing Engineering  06/May/2013 
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Modification History

Release 1 - New unit. Replaces MEM23062A, but not equivalent.

Unit Descriptor

This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge needed to interpret design information for material and material test requirements, select appropriate tests and use results in the selection of appropriate materials for mechatronic engineering-related applications.

Application of the Unit

This unit applies to the selection and implementation of materials and material tests relevant to mechatronic, maintenance, electronic, electrical, instrumentation and control engineering, including identifying sources of information on engineering materials, tests and test equipment. It also applies to reporting and documenting materials test and design data according to procedures.

Activities may be performed as a member of a design and development team.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.



Apply technical mathematics


Apply engineering mechanic principles

Employability Skills Information

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.

Elements and Performance Criteria


Identify classes and types of materials and test equipment relevant to mechatronic engineering applications


Relate material properties to common mechatronic-related methods and processes


Identify common characteristics, faults or flaws in materials, components and product in particular engineering applications


Identify engineering-related test methods for materials and components or product properties


Identify specific industrial test standards/codes, calibration requirements, regulations and authorities related to selection of materials and products for mechatronic engineering applications


Identify and use sources of information on engineering materials, materials tests and test equipment


Review design information for material specifications and required material tests


Identify and use appropriate sources of information on materials, materials tests and test calibration


Identify and use appropriate sources of information on methods of testing of properties of materials


Investigate and report on the use of relevant standards and codes


Identify and use appropriate sources of information on material safety data sheets (MSDS)


Specify and implement methods used to test or obtain the properties of engineering materials


Specify required materials tests and manage implementation of tests to ensure quality, safety and suitability for applications


Ensure traceability of measurement standard


Obtain test sheets or certificates for appropriate materials for applications in accordance with organisational procedures and/or codes and regulations


Obtain appropriate MSDS for applications in accordance with organisational procedures and/or codes and regulations


Select and implement materials and components for mechatronic engineering applications


Select materials for use in given mechatronic engineering applications based on relevant test information


Incorporate materials and components into mechatronic processes in accordance with design functional requirements


Report on and record materials design data and methods and results of materials tests


Report and record materials selections against design functional requirements in accordance with organisational procedures, codes and regulations


Include environmental impact and sustainability assessment


Report and record materials tests and test sheets/certificates in accordance with organisational procedures, codes and regulations, including appropriate calibration and traceability


Report and record appropriate MSDS for applications in accordance with organisational procedures, codes and regulations

Required Skills and Knowledge

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

Required skills 

Required skills include:

  • selecting class of materials suitable for mechatronic applications based on comparison of material properties
  • identifying for common characteristics, faults or flaws in materials
  • identifying test methods for properties of, and faults and flaws in, materials and components
  • identifying specific industrial test standards and regulations for materials and particular engineering applications
  • selecting the most appropriate tests from a range of possible tests
  • identifying and applying standards and regulations for materials and components
  • sourcing and using materials test sheets and certificates
  • sourcing and implementing MSDS
  • implementing tests correctly for materials and component properties and faults
  • interpreting design documentation for materials and materials testing requirements
  • addressing environmental and sustainability requirements related to material selection
  • reporting, recording and filing test reports and documentation
  • implementing materials tests and test sheets/certificates, test calibration and traceability

Required knowledge 

Required knowledge includes:

  • properties of materials classes
  • the effect of material properties, faults and flaws on mechatronic engineering methods and processes
  • test methods and procedures for materials and components, including specific industrial test standards, regulations and authorities related to particular engineering applications
  • sources and uses of information on materials and materials tests, including test certificates, regulations, standards, regulatory bodies and industrial authorities
  • methods of accessing MSDS
  • significance of test sheets/certificates to applications
  • significance of MSDS and relevance of procedures
  • materials selections in relation to design functional requirements
  • environmental impact and sustainability assessment
  • significance of test procedures, reports and documentation to applications, including the need for obtaining and filing test sheets and certificates
  • significance of test calibration and traceability

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.

Overview of assessment 

A person who demonstrates competency in this unit must be able to select and test mechatronic engineering materials.

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

Assessors must be satisfied that the candidate can competently and consistently:

  • review mechatronic design information for materials and materials test requirements
  • select classes of materials relevant to design for further research, testing and evaluation
  • identify mechatronic engineering-related standards, codes and regulatory requirements relevant to materials testing and application
  • specify appropriate tests and interpret test results for material selection
  • select materials consistent with test results and design and regulatory requirements
  • ensure traceability in material selection process
  • correctly document all results and tests.

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 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 selecting and testing mechatronic engineering materials or other units requiring the exercise of the skills and knowledge covered by this unit.

Method of assessment 

  • Assessment must satisfy the endorsed Assessment Guidelines of the MEM05 Metal and Engineering 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 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 not only able 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 where required.

Guidance information for assessment 

Assessment processes and techniques must be culturally appropriate and appropriate to the language and literacy capacity of the candidate and the work being performed.

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.

Classes and types of materials 

Classes and types of materials include:

  • non-ferrous metals and alloys
  • ferrous metals
  • non-metals (e.g. timber, concrete, ceramics, polymers and fabrics, adhesives, fibres and lubricants)
  • thermal and electrical conductors and insulators
  • semiconductors
  • substrates
  • cables and cable supports
  • fluids and lubricants

Properties and characteristics of materials 

  • Properties and characteristics of materials may include:
  • physical properties (e.g. strength, elasticity, plasticity, malleability, hardness, toughness, brittleness, fatigue endurance, mouldability, weldability, machinability, formability, resistance to creep and stress relaxation, resistance to degradation – use of plastic fillers to enhance UV resistance – and adhesion)
  • electrical related properties (e.g. resistivity, conductivity, electro-magnetic, i.e. permeability, permittivity and electro-static susceptibility)
  • thermal, chemical and optical
  • material structure and effect on properties
  • susceptibility to corrosion
  • effects of manufacturing and construction processes on material properties

Mechatronic engineering 

Mechatronics is usually defined as the integration of mechanical, electronics, programming, electrical and fluid power in an engineering product. The skills and underpinning knowledge of mechatronics are common with general automation of processes, systems and services. The definition of mechatronics is here broadened to include general automation.

Sources of information 

Sources of information may include:

  • standards and codes
  • MSDS
  • reference texts
  • manufacturer catalogues and other published information
  • regulatory bodies
  • technical, professional and industrial associations and societies

Standards and codes 

Standards and codes refer to all relevant Australian and international standards and codes applicable to the mechatronic engineering analysis task

Tests of materials 

Tests of materials include:

  • destructive, including tensile, compression, impact, hardness, fatigue, corrosion, stress relaxation and creep, fatigue and peel resistance (adhesives)
  • non-destructive, including hardness, ultrasonics, X-ray, die penetrant, eddy current, surface friction, conductivity, heat expansion, photo-elastic, heat capacity refractive index and magnetic hysteresis loop
  • electrical-related testing (e.g. conductivity, insulation, earthing resistance and safety)


Test calibrations can be traced back to the relevant base unit in the relevant measurement system

Unit Sector(s)

Competency field 

Unit sector 

Engineering science

Custom Content Section

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