Course Title: Apply principles of metrology in manufacturing

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: MIET7505

Course Title: Apply principles of 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 4668

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

George Zouev

+61 3 9925 4935

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.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

No pre-requisites

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.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VBQU263 Apply principles of metrology in manufacturing


1. Set up 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 metrology task is determined from documentation or reports and discussed with appropriate  personnel.
1.5 Appropriate 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 advanced metrology process

Performance Criteria:

2.1 OH&S requirements for carrying out the work are followed.
2.2 Environmental conditions for the metrology process are checked and controlled.
2.3 Measurements are conducted to the accuracy required using appropriate techniques and results recorded.
2.4 Uncertainty of 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 advanced metrology process for quality control

Performance Criteria:

3.1 OH&S requirements for completing the work are followed.
3.2 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 Metrology journal entries are made covering equipment, method, set up in accordance with enterprise procedures.
3.5 Recommendations are made with respect to inspected production process.
3.6 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 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

Details of Learning Activities

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

Students will participate in a variety of learning methods including: lectures, tutorials,practicals, class discussion, group/individual work on projects, audio-visual presentations, and interaction with individuals and groups as required.

Teaching Schedule

SessionTopic Content Delivery
Including Learning activities
Performance CriteriaAssessment
1 Introduction to Metrology 1, 2, 3 Practicals and final test
2 Linear Standards in Measurement 1, 2, 3 Practicals and final test
3 Specifying Tolerance and Allowances 1, 2, 3  Practicals and final test
4 Geometric Tolerances, Methods for Measurement
 1, 2, 3 Practicals and final test
5 Laboratory practical’s Session:1 1, 2, 3 Report
6 Statistics and Metrology
 1, 2, 3 Practicals and final test
7 Angles Measurements, Gauges, Surface Texture
 1, 2, 3 Practicals and final test
8 Calibration 1, 2, 3 Practicals and final test
9 Laboratory practical’s Session: 2 1, 2, 3 Report
10 Uncertainty in Measurement 1, 2, 3 Practicals and final test
11 Laboratory practical’s Session: 3 1, 2, 3 Report
12 Reference Planes, Optical Metrology
 1, 2, 3 Practicals and final test
13 Laboratory practical’s Session: 4
 1, 2, 3 Report
14 Angle Measurement 1, 2, 3 Practicals and final test
15 Measurement by Comparison 1, 2, 3 Practicals and final test
16 Final competency test 1, 2, 3 Final Test

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

MIET7505 Apply Basic 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\MIET7505 (VBQU263) Apply Basic Principles of Metrology in Manufacturing\George Zouev\MIET7505 Basic 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 – Laboratory Practical’s x 4

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

The practical’s 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 report.

These practical’s 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 a 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.

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

Other Information

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

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Students with disability or long-term medical condition should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and support to
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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 lodgment as to whether the extension has been granted.

Students seeking an extension of more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) must lodge an Application for Special
Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days
after the official due date.

Assignments submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.

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