Course Title: Perform basic magnetic particle testing

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2011

Course Code: PROC5254C

Course Title: Perform basic magnetic particle testing

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


Dr. Frank (Yanan) Wang
+61 3 9925 4310

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

Path 1
MEM18001C Use hand tools

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.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MEM24003B Perform basic magnetic particle testing


1. Prepare inspection areas for basic magnetic particle testing

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Inspection areas are cleaned and prepared for testing using appropriate procedures and materials.
1.2. Preparation processes are carried out in accordance with the relevant specifications and OH&S requirements.
1.3. Inspection areas are visually assessed and obvious discontinuities are identified.


2. Perform basic magnetic particle testing

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Nominated 'yoke' or 'bench' magnetic particle testing procedure is identified from standard operating procedures.
2.2. Test equipment is prepared in accordance with relevant standards and/or procedures.
2.3. Magnetic particle test is carried out in accordance with relevant work instructions and OHS requirements.
2.4. Magnetic particle testing equipment is maintained and stored in accordance with standard operating procedures and OH&S requirements.


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

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Basic indications are checked and defects are identified in accordance with enterprise standards and/or procedures.
3.2. Basic indications are confirmed in accordance with enterprise standards and/or procedures.
3.3. Test results are reported in accordance with enterprise standards and/or procedures.

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

Details of Learning Activities

You will learn the basic magnetic particle testing techniques in this subject including the background principles, bench techniques and portable processes, which will be delivered in the forms of lecture, classroom practice, video and discussion, lab practices etc.

Teaching Schedule

Week 1: Magnetism, basic electrical circuit, magnetic fields.
Week 2: Magnetic hysteresis, magnetic materials.
Week 3: First closed book test.
Week 4: The principles of magnetic particle testing.
Week 5: Bench magnetization techniques.
Week 6: Portable electromagnetic yoke testing.
Week 7:Lab practices.
Week 8: Final closed book test.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Student S drive:
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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.

Assessment Tasks

1* Lab practice.
2* Closed book tests.

Assessment Matrix

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