Unit of competency details

MSFFM3019 - Set up, operate and maintain automated edge banding machines (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes and is equivalent to LMFFM3027B - Set up, operate and maintain automated edge banding machines 09/Dec/2013

Release Status:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 10/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  02/May/2014 
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Unit Of competency

Modification History

Release 1 - New unit of competency


This unit of competency covers setting up, operating and maintaining edge banding machines which use automated processes to apply and finish edge treatments.

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

Pre-requisite Unit

Competency Field

Unit Sector

Furniture Making

Elements and Performance Criteria

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.


Prepare for work


Work instructions are used to determine job requirements, including quality, materials, equipment and quantities


Work health and safety (WHS) requirements, including personal protection needs, are observed throughout the work


Material for processing is selected and inspected for quality


Machines and cutting tools are identified and checked for safe and effective operation


Procedures are determined for minimising waste material


Procedures are identified for maximising energy efficiency while completing the job


Set up machines


Machine settings and adjustments are made in accordance with job requirements and machine and tool manufacturer instructions


Trial runs are conducted to check machine operation, accuracy and quality of finished work


Necessary adjustments are made to machine settings


Operate machines


Machine start-up procedure is carried out in accordance with manufacturer instructions


Material is fed into machine in accordance with manufacturer instructions, tooling requirements, safe handling procedures and standard workplace operating procedures


Machine is operated in accordance with its designed capacity and purpose, and to manufacturer recommendations


Machine operation is monitored to ensure product quality and output


Waste quantities are checked and minimised


Items that do not meet quality requirements are repaired, recycled or discarded according to workplace procedures


Problems with the required work and/or the operation of the machine are identified and reported to appropriate persons


Finalise operation and maintain equipment


Work area is cleaned, hand and/or power tools and equipment are cleaned, maintained and stored in accordance with workplace procedures


Machinery is cleaned and left in a safe mode


Faulty and/or defective equipment is tagged and reported in accordance with workplace practices


Unused hardware is collected and stored for re-use or disposal following workplace procedures


Waste and scrap materials are dealt with following workplace procedures

Foundation Skills

Foundation skills essential to performance are explicit in the performance criteria of this unit of competency. Detail on appropriate performance levels for each furnishing unit of competency in reading, writing, oral communication and numeracy utilising the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) are provided in the Furnishing Training Package Implementation Guide.

Range of Conditions

Specifies different work environments and conditions that may affect performance. Essential operating conditions that may be present (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) are included. Range is restricted to essential operating conditions and any other variables essential to the work environment.

Automated edge banding machines include: 

  • standard automated edger (not fully automatic)
  • soft forming machine

Unit scope includes: 

  • applying and processing an edge trim to solid timber or manufactured board

Unit context includes: 

  • WHS requirements, including legislation, building codes, material safety management systems, hazardous substances and dangerous goods code, and local safe operating procedures
  • work is carried out in accordance with legislative obligations, environmental legislation, relevant health regulations, manual handling procedures and organisation insurance requirements
  • work requires individuals to demonstrate some discretion, judgement and problem solving in the set up and operation of machines
  • competency may be demonstrated in workplaces involved in the manufacture of domestic furniture, commercial furniture, kitchen and bathroom cabinets and/or furniture components

Materials to be processed include: 

  • solid timber
  • manufactured board

Edgings include: 

  • solid timber
  • laminates
  • plastics
  • non-ferrous materials and foils

Operator maintenance includes: 

  • the cleaning and refurbishing of the gluing station

Personal protective equipment includes: 

  • that prescribed under legislation, regulations and enterprise policies and practices

Information and procedures include: 

  • workplace procedures relating to the use of tools and equipment
  • work instructions, including job sheets, cutting lists, plans, drawings and designs
  • workplace procedures relating to reporting and communication
  • manufacturer specifications and operational procedures

Unit Mapping Information

Supersedes and is equivalent to LMFFM3027B Set up, operate and maintain automated edge banding machines.


Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=0601ab95-583a-4e93-b2d4-cfb27b03ed73


Assessment requirements

Modification History

Release 1 - New unit of competency

Performance Evidence

  • Interpret work order and locate and apply relevant information
  • Apply safe handling requirements for equipment, products and materials, including use of personal protective equipment
  • Read and interpret cutting lists and job specifications to prepare for work
  • Identify materials used in the work process
  • Follow work instructions, operating procedures and inspection processes to:
  • minimise the risk of injury to self or others
  • prevent damage to goods, equipment and products
  • maintain required production output and product quality
  • Identify, set up and operate an automated (not fully automatic) edging machine to complete the following:
  • the set up and application of at least three (3) different edge treatment materials
  • the identification and correction of at least two (2) real or simulated machining faults
  • Conduct operator maintenance on the machines and equipment
  • Use mathematical ideas and techniques to correctly complete measurements, calculate area and estimate material requirements
  • Communicate ideas and information to enable confirmation of work requirements and specifications and the reporting of work outcomes and problems, interpret basic plans and follow safety procedures
  • Minimise wastage of resources, including materials, time and money
  • Work with others and in a team by recognising dependencies and using cooperative approaches to optimise work flow and productivity

Knowledge Evidence

  • Types, characteristics, uses and limitations of machines
  • Characteristics, uses and limitations of board products, edging products and adhesives
  • Workplace guidelines regarding acceptable tolerance levels
  • Workplace safety policies and procedures
  • Procedures for reporting machinery faults and material defects

Assessment Conditions

  • Assessors must:
  • hold training and assessment competencies as determined by the National Skills Standards Council (NSSC) or its successors
  • have vocational competency in the furnishing industry at least to the level being assessed with broad industry knowledge and experience, usually combined with a relevant industry qualification
  • be familiar with the current skills and knowledge used and have relevant, current experience in the furnishing industry.
  • Assessment methods must confirm consistency of performance over time rather than a single assessment event and in a range of workplace relevant contexts.
  • Assessment must be by observation of relevant tasks with questioning on underpinning knowledge and, where applicable, multimedia evidence, supervisor’s reports, projects and work samples.
  • Assessment is to be conducted on single units of competency or in conjunction with other related units of competency. Foundation skills are integral to competent performance in the unit and should not be assessed separately.
  • Assessment must occur on the job or in a workplace simulated facility with relevant process, equipment, materials, work instructions and deadlines.
  • Access is required to an automated edge banding machine, standard operating procedures, and unprocessed materials.


Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=0601ab95-583a-4e93-b2d4-cfb27b03ed73