Course Title: Perform lathe operations

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5204 Diploma of Engineering - Advanced Trade

Course Title: Perform lathe operations

Portfolio: SEH Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 40

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Course Contact: Program Manager

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Course Description

This unit applies to the production of components using
centre lathes and lathe accessories, precision measuring
equipment and cutting tools on a range of standard
engineering materials. It does not include taper turning
attachment, copy turning attachment or multi-start threads.
Work is performed to established processes, practices and
specifications. Cutting tools are selected using International
Standard Organisation (I.SO) standards or according to
standard operating procedure as appropriate. Work is
performed to drawings, sketches, specifications and
instructions as appropriate.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Path 1

MEM07005B Perform general machining
MEM09002B Interpret technical drawing
MEM12023A Perform engineering measurements
MEM18001C Use hand tools

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

MEM07006B Perform lathe operations


1 Observe safety
1.1 Correct safety procedures are observed and protective
clothing and safety glasses worn.
2 Determine job
2.1 Drawings are interpreted, sequence of operation is
determined and tooling is selected to produce
component to specification.

3 Mount job 3.1 Job is set up using instruments such as dial test
indicators, and digital read-out equipment.
4 Perform turning
4.1 Speeds and feeds are calculated using appropriate
mathematical techniques and reference material.
4.2 The full range of accessories on a centre lathe are used
including three and four jaw chucks, centres, face plate,

5 Check components for
conformance with
5.1 Components are checked for conformance to
specification using appropriate techniques, tools and

Learning Outcomes

Overview of Assessment

A person who demonstrates competency in this unit must be
able to perform lathe operations. Competency in this unit
cannot be claimed until all prerequisites have been satisfied.