Course Title: Apply principles of advanced metrology in manufacturing

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2011

Course Code: MIET7500

Course Title: Apply principles of advanced metrology in manufacturing

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

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Nominal Hours: 60

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

It is recommended the the learners attempting this unit have the required knowledge and skill as described in:

VBQU263 Apply principles of metrology in manufacturing

Course Description

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

This includes process variability for large-scale production runs, effects and control of temperature, precise angular measurements and measurements of complex forms, such as screw threads, gears and cams.

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 complex mechanical parts, methods of advanced measurement techniques, selection of sophisticated measurement instrument and the application of statistics to the measurement and production process.

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

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VBQU264 Apply principles of advanced metrology in manufacturing


1. Set up advanced metrology process

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 The advanced metrology task is determined from documentation or reports and discussed with appropriate personnel.
1.5 Appropriate advanced metrology technique, measuring equipment and process is selected according to requirements and enterprise procedures.
1.6 Appropriate personnel are consulted to ensure that the work is co-ordinated effectively with others involved at the work site.
1.7 Resources for metrology process are obtained in accordance with enterprise procedures.
1.8 Equipment is checked for correct operation, safety and calibrated, where required.


2. Apply metrology process

Performance Criteria:

2.1 OH&S requirements for carrying out the work are followed.
2.2 Environmental conditions for the advanced metrology process are checked and controlled.
2.3 Dimensional effects of non-standard temperature are calculated and taken into consideration.
2.3 Complex Measurements are conducted to the accuracy required using appropriate techniques and results recorded.
2.4 Uncertainty of complex measurements are assessed and recorded
2.5 Decisions on dealing with unexpected situations are made from discussions with appropriate personnel, job specifications and enterprise procedures.
2.6 Methods of dealing with unexpected situations are selected on the basis of safety and specified work outcomes.


3. Evaluate metrology process for quality control

Performance Criteria:

3.1 OH&S requirements for completing the work are followed.
3.2 Complex measurement results are analysed, interpreted and assessed against specifications and/or standards.
3.3 Statistical and uncertainty calculations are carried out, where required.
3.4 Process production viability is determined from the data obtained.
3.5 Metrology journal entries are made covering equipment, method, set up in accordance with enterprise procedures.
3.6 Recommendations are made with respect to inspected production process.
3.7 Advanced Metrology process is documented and appropriate personnel are notified in accordance with enterprise procedures

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 advanced metrology processes
  • checking and controlling environmental conditions for advanced metrology
  • solving problems that arise from unexpected situations
  • calibrating and setting up complex 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
  • determining viability of process
  • using advanced metrology techniques to improve quality of production
  • communicating verbally and in writing effectively
  • working effectively with others
Required knowledge:
  • standards and their traceability
  • calibration
  • accuracy, precision, error
  • minimising errors
  • distribution statistics
  • calculation of uncertainties
  • tolerances and specifications
  • complex measurement equipment
  • precise measurement of:
    • angles
    • gauges
    • diameter and length
    • screw threads
    • gears
    • cams

Details of Learning Activities

The total number of scheduled hours of teaching, learning and assessment involved in this course includes all planned activities

Teaching Schedule

SessionTopic Content Delivery Including Learning activities
 Performance Criteria Assessment Task
1 Introduction to the Metrology of complex shapes 1, 2, 3 Practicals and final test
2 Review Standards in Measurement 1, 2, 3 Practicals and final test
3 Review Conversions Metric-Imperial 1, 2, 3 Practicals and final test
4 Calculations of Complex Forms – Screw Threads 1 1, 2, 3 Practicals and final test
5 Laboratory practical 1 1, 2, 3 Report
6 Calculations of Complex Forms – Screw Threads 2  1, 2, 3 Practicals and final test
7 Laboratory practical 2 1, 2, 3 Report
8 Calculations of Complex Forms – Cams, Gauges 1, 2, 3 Practicals and final test
9 Laboratory practical 3 1, 2, 3 Report
10 Calculations of Complex Forms – Gears and Racks 1 1, 2, 3 Practicals and final test
11 Calculations of Complex Forms – Gears and Racks 2 1, 2, 3 Practicals and final test
12 Laboratory practical 4 1, 2, 3 Report
13 Quality Control – Uncertainty  1, 2, 3 Practicals and final test
14 Calibration, Review of Quality Control Techniques 1, 2, 3 Practicals and final test
15 Advanced Calibration Techniques 1, 2, 3 Practicals and final test
16 Unit competency test 1, 2, 3 Final closed book test

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

MIET7505 Apply Advanced Principles of Metrology in Manufacturing – Course notes, available from RMIT Bookshop


Where necessary, supplied by RMIT

Other Resources

Student ’S’ Network Drive:

S:\Mechanical & Manufacturing Students\MIET7500 (VBQU264) Apply Advanced Principles of Metrology in Manufacturing\George Zouev\MIET7500 Advanced Metrology

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1 – Practicals x 4

To be competent in this unit the candidate must be able to set up an advanced metrology process, apply a metrology process and evaluate a metrology process for quality control.

The practicals involve analysis and implementation of the elements in this competency. You will be setting up various gauges, supports and fixtures. You will then take precision measurements using appropriate measuring instruments and taking readings. Then you will calculate and interpret the data to make a determination if the item being tested meets specifications. You will then be required to present these results in a technical report.

These practicals will have a combined weighting of 40% of the final overall assessment mark.

Assessment 2 – Final Test (Closed Book)

This assessment will focus on your ability to plan and set up an advanced metrology process, apply a metrology process and evaluate a metrology process for quality control. It will require you utilise statistics as applied to measurement and inspection. You will be required to identify appropriate gauges, measuring tools and fixtures to demonstrate this competency’s elements.

The test consists of multi-choice and short answer questions and complex calculations.

This test will have a weighting of 60% of the final overall assessment mark.

Assessment Matrix

Competency / ModuleAssessment 1
Assessment 2
Final Test
Performance Criteria 1YesYes
Performance Criteria 2YesYes
Performance Criteria 3YesYes

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