Course Title: Apply principles of metrology in manufacturing

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C6069 Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology

Course Title: Apply principles of metrology in manufacturing

Portfolio: SEH Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 60

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


130T Vocational Engineering

Face-to-Face or Workplace

Term2 2010,
Term1 2011,
Term1 2012,
Term1 2013

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4668

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit of competency sets out the knowledge and skills required to apply basic principles of metrology to the manufacture of products during and after fabrication.

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

The unit applies to manufacturing processes in engineering. The metrology task is carried out by measuring part quality characteristics and comparing them with design specifications. It includes the control of tolerances in mechanical parts, methods of measurement, selection of  measurement instrument and the application of statistics to the measurement process.

This unit of competency is intended for courses at diploma or higher levels.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

No pre-requisites

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

VBQU263 Apply principles of metrology in manufacturing


1. Set up metrology process

2. Apply advanced metrology process

3. Evaluate advanced metrology process for quality control

Learning Outcomes


This describes the essential skills and knowledge and their level, required for this unit

Required skills:

  • reading and interpreting texts, drawings, specifications, standards and other applicable reference documents
  • analysing job requirements
  • selecting appropriate metrology processes
  • checking and controlling environmental conditions for metrology
  • solving problems that arise from unexpected situations
  • calibrating measuring equipment
  • storing and handling metrology equipment correctly
  • recording results
  • making correct entries into a metrology journal
  • filling out a certificate of calibration
  • calculating statistics and uncertainties of measurements
  • using metrology to improve quality of production
  • communicating verbally and in writing effectively
  • working effectively with others
  Required knowledge:
  • measurement systems
  • international and Australia’s measurement systems
  • standards
  • calibration
  • accuracy, precision, error
  • distribution statistics
  • calculation of uncertainties
  • tolerances and specifications
  • measurement equipment
  • measurement of:
    •   straightness and flatness
    •   squareness
    •   roundness and concentricity
    •   taper
    •   surface texture
  •   limit gauging systems

Overview of Assessment

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

  • demonstrate essential knowledge and skills as described in this unit;
  • demonstrate a representative body of performance criteria within a timeframe typically expected of the discipline, work function and industrial environment;
  • demonstrate a range of metrology processes on more than one occasion and in different contexts.
This includes a final report that describes the processes used in detail, the assumptions made, control and environmental measures taken,
the assessment of results obtained, all necessary statistical and error calculations, and recommendations with respect to inspected manufacturing process.

Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including written/oral activities and demonstration of practical skills to the relevant industry standards. Participants are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment acitvities to their teacher/assessor. Feedback will be provided throughout this course. Evidence of the student’s competance can be gathered through a variety of methods, including:

  • observation of processes and procedures
  • oral and/or written questioning on required knowledge and skills
  • testomony from supervisors, clients and/or other appropriate personnel
  • inspection of the final product or outcome
  • a portfolio of documentary evidence
Graded assessment out of 100 marks will be based on practical activities, asssignments, reports, tests and/or written/oral examinations

Candidates must gain a pass in all the components of the assessment/s in order to pass this competency.