Course Title: Perform basic magnetic particle testing

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C6069 Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology

Course Title: Perform basic magnetic particle testing

Portfolio: SEH Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 40

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 2011,
Term2 2012,
Term1 2013

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit covers performing basic magnetic particle testing procedures in a range of industrial applications. It covers the principles of magnetism and the associated application of basic magnetic particle testing techniques in the field of non-destructive testing. Knowledge of metallurgy associated with the level of application in this unit is required.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Path 1
MEM18001C Use hand tools

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

MEM24003B Perform basic magnetic particle testing


1. Prepare inspection areas for basic magnetic particle testing

2. Perform basic magnetic particle testing

3. Report the results of magnetic particle test(s)

Learning Outcomes


Evidence that confirms skills in:

  • interpreting and following procedures
  • identifying inspection areas
  • identifying discontinuities and defects
  • selecting appropriate testing techniques and proceduresassessing risks
  • entering routine and familiar information onto proformas and standard workplace forms
  • locating, reading and interpreting information on written job instructions, specifications, charts, lists and other reference documentation
  • planning, sequencing operations


Evidence that confirms knowledge of:

  • surface preparation
  • procedures and OH&S requirements in relation to the preparation process
  • established assessment procedures and techniques
  • types of discontinuities and their consequences
  • scope and basic principles of magnetic particle testing
  • procedure for carrying out magnetic particle test using either the ‘yoke’ or ‘bench’
  • advantages and limitations of magnetic particle testing hazards and safety precautions associated with magnetic particle testing
  • basic maintenance and storage procedures for testing equipment
  • common basic defects
  • methods/procedures for reporting test results
  • advantages, limitations of various equipment
  • magnetic particle application – methods for wet, dry particles
  • recording and reporting results of simple tests
  • safety precautions in testing
  • use of toxic, flammable materials, electrical hazards
  • use and application of personal protective equipment
  • safe work practices and procedures
  • relevant hazards and control measures related to the competency

Overview of Assessment

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 activities to their teacher/assessor. Feedback will be provided throughout the course.

Evidence of student’s competence can be gathered through a variety of ways including:
• observation of processes and procedures;
• oral and/or written questioning on required knowledge and skills;
• testimony from supervisors, colleagues, clients and/or other appropriate
• inspection of the final product or outcome;
• a portfolio of documentary evidence.

Any Graded Assessment out of 100 Marks will be based on the results obtained for Assignments, Practical Reports & Unit Tests.
Students must gain a pass in ALL forms of assessment in order to gain this competency.