Unit of competency details

MEM30032A - Produce basic engineering drawings (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to MEM30032 - Produce basic engineering drawings 18/Dec/2022

ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 25/Jun/2012

Training packages that include this unit

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MSA07 - Manufacturing Training PackageManufacturing Training Package 8.2-8.4 
MEM05 - Metal and Engineering Training PackageMetal and Engineering Training Package 8.0-11.1 
FWP - Forest and Wood Products Training PackageForest and Wood Products Training Package 7.0-7.1 
RII - Resources and Infrastructure Industry Training PackageResources and Infrastructure Industry Training Package 6.0-9.0 
MST - Textiles, Clothing and FootwearTextiles, Clothing and Footwear 1.0-4.2 
UEE - Electrotechnology Training PackageElectrotechnology Training Package 2.0-6.0 

Qualifications that include this unit

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MSA30208 - Certificate III in Manufacturing TechnologyCertificate III in Manufacturing TechnologyCurrent
MEM60112 - Advanced Diploma of EngineeringAdvanced Diploma of EngineeringSuperseded1-2 
UEE51120 - Diploma of Engineering Technology - Refrigeration and Air ConditioningDiploma of Engineering Technology - Refrigeration and Air ConditioningCurrent1-3 
FWP31021 - Certificate III in Saw TechnologyCertificate III in Saw TechnologyCurrent
UEE62520 - Advanced Diploma of Air Conditioning and Refrigeration EngineeringAdvanced Diploma of Air Conditioning and Refrigeration EngineeringCurrent1-4 
MEM60111 - Advanced Diploma of EngineeringAdvanced Diploma of EngineeringSuperseded
MEM40412 - Certificate IV in Engineering DraftingCertificate IV in Engineering DraftingSuperseded1-3 
RII40820 - Certificate IV in Civil Construction DesignCertificate IV in Civil Construction DesignCurrent1-2 
MSA50108 - Diploma of Manufacturing TechnologyDiploma of Manufacturing TechnologyCurrent
MEM30505 - Certificate III in Engineering - TechnicalCertificate III in Engineering - TechnicalSuperseded
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 039999 Engineering And Related Technologies, N.e.c.  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 039999 Engineering And Related Technologies, N.e.c.  03/Dec/2012 
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Modification History

Release 1 - New unit of competency

Unit Descriptor

This unit of competency covers producing drawings or similar graphical representations where the critical dimensions and associated tolerances and design specifications are predetermined.

Application of the Unit

This unit applies to any of the full range of engineering disciplines. All work is carried out under supervision and all specifications, dimensions and tolerances are predetermined. The unit covers application of introductory drafting skills to select and apply drawing protocols.

Manual drafting or computer-aided design (CAD) drawing equipment may be used.

If CAD skills are required, MEM30031A Operate computer-aided design (CAD) system to produce basic drawing elements, should be selected.

Drawings are completed to Australian Standard (AS) 1100.101–1992 Technical drawing – General principles.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.


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 drawing requirements


Identify information requirements for work and obtain all relevant job requirements and design specifications in accordance with workplace procedures


Identify, interpret and analyse drawing requirements, specifications and relevant workplace information


Interpret and apply industry terminology for drawing work


Confirm communication practices required during drawing work


Estimate time requirements for completing work


Select drawing features


Set up drawing list or register


Determine level of detail and numbers of drawings required for work


Plan presentation and layout, and determine drawing sheets, text style and size, and scales, appropriate for drawing work


Identify features and applications of line types and thicknesses and select for drawing work


Establish datums and dimensions


Prepare and detail drawings


Prepare drawings in plane orthogonal, isometric projection or equivalent


Detail drawings in third angle projection, including auxiliary views, sections and assemblies


Draw sections through engineering components incorporating correct use of cutting plane symbols and conventions


Include appropriate symbols for limits and fits, surface texture and geometric tolerances


Resolve problems in consultation with a supervisor


Check drawing compliance with work instructions and specifications


Select physical dimensions and produce engineering parts list


Where required, select components and/or materials from supplier/manufacturer catalogues using predetermined design specifications


Produce an engineering parts list in accordance with workplace procedures


Complete drawing documentation


Obtain approval for drawings and/or parts list


Store approved drawings and/or parts lists


Catalogue and issue drawing and documentation in accordance with workplace procedures

Required Skills and Knowledge

Required skills  

Required skills include:

  • correctly using and maintaining equipment, including CAD
  • manual drafting, filing and printing
  • reading and interpreting specifications
  • communicating with supervisor to confirm work requirements and outcomes
  • visualising components
  • preparing a drawing in plane orthogonal, isometric projection or equivalent
  • determining drawing protocols required to complete drawing to industry standard
  • selecting and locating text to support presentation
  • establishing datums and dimensions for drawings
  • drawing sections through an engineering component incorporating correct use of cutting plane symbols and conventions

Required knowledge  

Required knowledge includes:

  • drafting media, including cartridge paper, tracing paper, drafting film and plain printing paper
  • layout conventions
  • effective use of blank space, location of notes and symbols
  • sectioning
  • overview of graphical techniques
  • assembly drawings and explosion drawings
  • schematics/line drawings, graphs and pictorials
  • standard engineering drawing symbols, references and terminology
  • application of surface finish symbols to drawings
  • uses of different scales in industry applications
  • uses and types of line weights
  • uses and types of drawing sheets
  • type of information provided with drawings

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 produce basic engineering drawings to AS 1100.101–1992 Technical drawing – General principles.

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.

Specifically the candidate must be able to:

  • work within typical site/teamwork structures and methods
  • apply worksite communication procedures
  • comply with organisational policies and procedures, including quality requirements
  • participate in work meetings
  • comply with quality requirements
  • use industry terminology
  • apply appropriate safety procedures
  • produce drawings in orthogonal and isometric projection to AS 1100.101–1992 Technical drawing – General principles
  • produce drawings in third angle projection, including auxiliary views, sections and assemblies
  • include all details, symbols and notation.

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 producing basic engineering graphics, 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 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.

Range Statement


Specifications may be obtained from:

  • design information
  • customer
  • ideas
  • concepts/expectations/requirements
  • sketches
  • preliminary layouts


Drawings may include:

  • plans
  • diagrams
  • charts


Consultation may include

  • reference to appropriate personnel, including technical supervisors, manufacturers, suppliers, contractors and customers

Engineering parts list 

Engineering parts list may include:

  • part name
  • description of part
  • material specification or part number
  • quantities
  • other details, as required

Issued drawings 

Issued drawings may include:

  • hard copy
  • photographic, slide or transparency form, including presentation as a single drawing and/or with other drawings
  • support documentation as a package

Unit Sector(s)

Drawing, drafting and design

Custom Content Section

Not applicable.