Course Title: Apply computer aided manufacturing (CAM) processes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: MIET7311

Course Title: Apply computer aided manufacturing (CAM) processes

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6069 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Alan Wazir

Tel. No.; +61 3 9925 4153


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.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit of competency sets out the knowledge and skills required to assess a CAM software package, create or recall a CAD/CAM drawing, generate a 2D CAM code file, produce the basic CNC code and produce a work piece on a CNC machine tool.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VBP252 Apply computer aided manufacturing (CAM) processes


Generate basic 2D code files.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 OH&S requirements for carrying out the work are
3.2 Part drawings are created and modified using basic
graphical drawing tools in CAM package.
3.3 Basic 2D machine tool paths are created to machine
specified components for given machine tool.
3.4 Tool movements are graphically displayed and proved on
3.5 Tool path programs are converted to a CNC machine
program using a post processor.
3.6 Decisions for dealing with unexpected situations are made
from discussions with appropriate personnel, and
implementation of risk management and enterprise
3.7 Methods for dealing with unexpected situations are
selected on the basis of safety and specified work


Identify task requirements.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 OH&S and environmental requirements for a given work
area are obtained and understood.
1.2 Established OH&S requirements and risk control
measures and procedures in preparation for the work area
are followed.
1.3 Safety hazards, which have not previously been identified,
are documented and risk control measures devised and
implemented in consultation with appropriate personnel.
1.4 Task outcomes and task requirements are identified and
clarified, if necessary, with appropriate personnel.
1.5 Relevant documentation to plan and carry out the task is
1.6 Appropriate personnel are consulted to ensure the work is
coordinated effectively with others involved at the work
1.7 Resources and equipment needed for the task are obtained
in accordance with enterprise procedures and checked for
correct operation and safety.


Navigate 2D CAM package.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 OH&S requirements for carrying out the work are
2.2 Menus are accessed and customised to create/manipulate
basic 2D geometric shapes.
2.3 System variables and software defaults are customised to
suit required application.
2.4 CAM files in various formats are retrieved and saved.
2.5 Enterprise work procedures are identified and followed
where necessary.


Produce components.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 OH&S requirements for carrying out and completing the
work are followed.
4.2 Files are correctly transferred from computer to CNC
4.3 Part is produced to specification.
4.4 Work site is made safe in accordance with established
safety procedures.
4.5 Work completion is notified in accordance with enterprise

Learning Outcomes

Generate basic 2D code files.

Identify task requirements.

Navigate 2D CAM package.

Produce components

Details of Learning Activities

The learning activities in this class incorporate/comprise of:
Face to face classes where the student is required to take part in the class activities, discussions, tutorials, and lectures;
Homework using the supplied software;
Practical classes (Workshop practice);
Industrial visits;
Online research, and assignments

Teaching Schedule

Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly teaching and assessment order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of resources.

Teaching week 01: OH&S: Safety procedures; Risk assessment and hazard control; PPE, safety devices,
personal responsibilities; Commercial CAM packages used in industry and basic
applications; CAM Terminology, Alternative methods of programming toolpaths. 

Teaching week 02: Advantages of CAM package over manual programming; Applicable drafting
standards;Navigating the Edgecam software: Introduction, minimum requirements,
Installing the software, accessing the menus, setting up/ customising, file types -
opening, saving as, etc; Licensing issues, compatibility between versions, known issues. 

Teaching week 03: MILLING - Creating 2D profiles - Introduction to creating points and lines; Set
exercises. Create set profiles ( follow guided exercises then create set exercises

Teaching week 04: Creating 2D profiles - Introduction to creating points and lines. Set exercises
- Create set profiles ( follow guided exercises then create set exercises independently);
More exercises. 

Teaching week 05: Creating 2D profiles - Introduction to creating arcs. Set exercises; Create set profiles
using points, arcs and lines( follow guided exercises then create set exercises

Teaching week 06: Using Layers, Creating 2D profiles - Set exercises, Create set profiles using points, arcs
and lines independently, More Exercises. 

Teaching week 07: Further drawing Exercises. 

Teaching week 08: Basic setup in EdgeCam, preferences, colours, layers, create set profiles using skills
gained with previous exercises; More set exercises drawn independently. 

Teaching week 09: More basic milling exercises - Drawing.
Using the Manufacturing Mode to create basic turning toolpaths - Facing, roughing,
finishing using selected tools, Simulating the toolpath, generating the NC code. 

Teaching week 10: Set exercises:Facing, profile roughing and finishing using preset tools. Generate NC
code, post processor and its use. Editing codes in the generated code file, saving the NC
code file. 

Teaching week 11: Complete set exercises, generate NC codes. Finish off exercises, save associated files. 

Teaching week 12: Complete set exercises, generate NC codes. Finish off exercises, save associated files.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Engineering tooling catalogues,
Machinery’s Handbook,
Fitting and Machining Handbook,
Engineer’s Black book,
Zeus pocket book.

Overview of Assessment

Various individual written assignments and practical exercises throughput the course 100%

Assessment Tasks

This subject has ongoing assessments for the set work.

Various written assignments, tests, set class work & practical exercises - 100%

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

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Late submission:

Students requiring extensions for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) must complete and lodge an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager. The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. The student will be notified within no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgement as to whether the extension has been granted.

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