Unit of competency details

MEM26013A - Select and use composite processes or systems appropriate for product (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to MEM26013 - Select and use composite processes or systems appropriate for productSupersedes and is equivalent to MEM26013A Select and use composite process or systems appropriate for product 25/Jun/2019

ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 16/Mar/2012


SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 030305 Materials Engineering  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 030305 Materials Engineering  07/Aug/2012 
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Modification History

Release 1

New unit

Unit Descriptor

This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to select the one most appropriate process for a job from all common composite processes.

Application of the Unit

This unit covers the selection of processes or systems for the redesign of an existing product (e.g. using a different process) or the design of a new product similar to an existing product.

This unit does not include the selection of suitable materials. Where materials also need to be chosen refer to MEM26011A Determine materials and techniques for a composite component or product.

Process/system selection may typically be undertaken by an individual in liaison with relevant stakeholders or it may undertaken by a team. Selection may be undertaken in an office environment or at the worksite.

Use of the process/system will be part of a fabrication and may be undertaken by an individual or a team. It may be undertaken in a workshop or factory environment or in the field and may be used to manufacture new products, prototypes and samples, or to make repairs.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.


Not applicable.

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. 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


Identify process requirements of product


Determine physical characteristics of product


Determine chemical characteristics of product


Determine aesthetic characteristics of product


Determine production volume and delivery schedule


Determine regulatory requirements


Select most appropriate process/system


Identify processes which can deliver requirements of product


Determine the capability of the organisation to meet the requirements and use the processes


Evaluate each process against the requirements


Select most appropriate process


Fabricate a sample using most appropriate process


Conduct/organise for relevant tests


Evaluate process evaluation test (PET) results


Review match of PET results with product and sustainability requirements


Review selected fabrication process


Make any required changes to process


Use process to make product


Identify and control hazards


Fabricate product using selected process


Minimise waste


Review product compared to requirements


Review fabrication process


Identify areas for improvement and take corrective actions


Complete any required documentation/reporting

Required Skills and Knowledge

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

Required skills 

Required skills include:

  • communicating technical information
  • making decisions
  • identifying product characteristics
  • using relevant equipment

Required knowledge 

Required knowledge includes:

  • cost analysis for each process to select best process
  • technical standards/suitability
  • mechanical stresses
  • life cycle assessment for each process
  • ease of manufacture
  • testing criteria
  • failure modes effects analysis (FMEA)
  • typical applications of each major type of process, strengths and weaknesses
  • grid analysis

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 

It is essential that the process and equipment be understood and that the importance of critical material properties, settings and readings is known. Competence must be demonstrated in the ability to recognise and analyse potential situations requiring action and then in implementing appropriate corrective action.

Consistent performance should be demonstrated. In particular look to see that:

  • all reasonably available processes have been considered
  • an appropriate process has been selected
  • the reasons for choosing the process are sound
  • the product meets its required performance.

Competence must be demonstrated in the operation of all ancillary equipment to the level required for this unit of competency.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Assessment will require the selection and use of appropriate composite processes or making the required products or components.

Assessment will occur over a range of situations which will include disruptions to normal, smooth operation.

Method of assessment 

A single assessment event is not appropriate. On-the-job assessment should be included as part of the assessment process wherever possible. Where assessment occurs off the job, judgement must consider evidence of the candidate's performance in a productive work environment that includes a sufficient range of appropriate tasks and materials to cover the scope of application for this unit.

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 techniques should not require language, literacy and numeracy skills beyond those required in this unit of competency.

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 

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.


Procedures may be written, verbal, computer-based or in some other form. They include:

  • all work instructions
  • standard operating procedures
  • formulas/recipes
  • batch sheets
  • temporary instructions
  • any similar instructions provided for the smooth running of the plant
  • good operating practice as may be defined by industry codes of practice (e.g. Responsible Care) and government regulations


Sustainability incorporates the three aspects of:

  • survival of the ecology/physical environment – which means that an enterprise needs to manage the impact of the business to ensure the survival of the physical environment
  • economic viability – efficiency, cost and waste reduction and competitiveness to support survival of the business
  • social sustainability – an enterprise needs to manage the impact of the business to ensure its continued survival within the community and the survival of the community, including occupational health and safety (OHS)

Physical characteristics of product 

Physical characteristics of product include:

  • size
  • shape
  • weight
  • requiring one/two part mould
  • light weight
  • high strength
  • erosion resistant

Chemical characteristics of product 

Chemical characteristics of product include:

  • corrosion resistant
  • fire retardant
  • ultraviolet (UV) resistant

Aesthetic characteristics of product 

Aesthetic characteristics of product include:

  • finish (e.g. gloss, buffed and matt)
  • colour

Regulatory requirements 

Regulatory requirements include:

  • dangerous goods
  • OHS
  • environment protection agency (EPA)


Appropriate includes:

  • technical
  • practical
  • cost
  • sustainability criteria

Logs and reports 

Logs and reports may include:

  • paper or electronic based
  • verbal reports
  • items found which require action

Appropriate action 

Appropriate action includes:

  • determining problems needing action
  • determining possible fault causes
  • rectifying problem using appropriate solution within area of responsibility
  • following through items initiated until final resolution has occurred
  • reporting problems outside area of responsibility to designated person

Typical problems 

Typical problems may include:

  • cost/benefit of different processes
  • selecting a process suited to the customer needs
  • selecting a process within the organisation capability
  • maximising sustainability

Health, safety and environment (HSE) 

All operations to which this unit applies are subject to stringent HSE requirements, which may be imposed through state/territory or federal legislation, and these must not be compromised at any time. Where there is an apparent conflict between Performance Criteria and HSE requirements, the HSE requirements take precedence

Unit Sector(s)


Custom Content Section

Not applicable.