Unit of competency details

MEMPE004A - Use fabrication equipment (Release 1)


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Release Status:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 15/Dec/2013


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  05/Mar/2014 
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Modification History

New unit - Release 1

Unit Descriptor

This unit of competency involves setting up and using fabrication equipment to make engineered components.

Application of the Unit

This unit is designed for use in a pre-employment skills introduction program and is suitable for use in institutional-based vocational programs. Skills development will take place under direct supervision.

This unit is not to be used in a traineeship or apprenticeship training program or associated qualifications. It is only to be used in pre-employment programs and carries no credit towards apprenticeship/trade and other qualification types in manufacturing and engineering.

This unit should be integrated with the work in the project unit, MEMPE006AUndertake a basic engineering project, and skills developed when required by the project.

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


Prepare a job plan


Identify job requirements from drawings and other relevant documents  in consultation with an instructor/teacher/trainer


Identify appropriate machines/equipment in accordance with job requirements


Prepare a job/project plan showing machines, tooling, cutting speeds and feeds and an appropriate sequence of operations


Confirm plan with instructor


Fabricate components as required


Use and wear appropriate personal protective equipment


Perform marking out and measuring as required


Use fabrication machinery  to bend, roll or shape material to requirements


Check/measure work for conformance to requirements at each stage


Store completed work in a manner which will prevent/minimise potential damage


Work safely


Complete work requirements


Clear work area of waste and clean according to requirements


Maintain and/or store machines, tools and equipment according to instructions

Required Skills and Knowledge

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

Required skills  

Required skills include:

  • preparing materials, including marking out, as required
  • setting fabrication equipment according to given instructions
  • using fabrication equipment to bend, roll and shape metal
  • reading and interpreting routine information on written job instructions
  • using measuring skills as required
  • applying safe working practices
  • using and applying personal protective equipment

Required knowledge  

Required knowledge includes:

  • safe operation of machines/equipment
  • material and equipment preparation
  • basic marking out techniques
  • measuring tools
  • machine types for bending, rolling and shaping
  • work and tool holding methods for each machine
  • safe working practices
  • use and application of personal protective equipment

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 prepare materials, set up and use fabrication machinery to make engineering components.

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

Assessors must be satisfied that the candidate can:

  • work safely
  • prepare materials including any required marking out
  • set fabrication equipment according to given instructions
  • use fabrication equipment to bend, roll and shape metal
  • read and interpret routine information on written job instructions
  • use measuring equipment as required
  • clean and store equipment as instructed.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

  • This unit must be assessed in a learning institution.
  • Assessment must cover the successful use of fabrication equipment.
  • The skills covered by this unit would be demonstrated by an individual working alone under direct supervision.
  • The assessment environment should not disadvantage the candidate.
  • This unit may be assessed in conjunction with any other units addressing the safety, quality, communication, hand tools, machine operation, recording and reporting associated with using fabrication equipment.

Method of assessment 

  • Assessment must satisfy the endorsed Assessment Guidelines of the MEM05 Metal and Engineering Training Package.
  • Assessment methods must be by direct observation of tasks and include questioning on underpinning knowledge to ensure correct interpretation and application.
  • 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 should be in conjunction with assessment of the project unit and other units integrated into the project.

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.

Other relevant materials 

Other relevant materials may include but are not limited to:

  • drawings
  • sketches
  • job instructions
  • schematics
  • diagrams
  • technical manuals

Fabrication machinery 

Fabrication machinery may include but is not limited to:

  • shapers
  • benders
  • rollers
  • cut off machines
  • guillotines

Measuring equipment  

Measuring equipment may include but is not limited to:

  • tape measures
  • vernier scaled measuring devices
  • rules
  • gauges

Unit Sector(s)

Competency field 


Unit sector 

Custom Content Section

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