Course Title: Perform basic magnetic particle testing

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

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

Mechanical Engineering, Level 5, Bldg 57.

Phone: +61 3 9925 4310

Nominal Hours: 40

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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

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

Students will participate in a variety of teaching methods including: lectures, tutorials,practicals, class discussion, group/individual work, and interaction with
individuals and groups as required.

Teaching Schedule

Please note: while your teacher will cover all the materials in the schedule, the weekly teaching and assessment order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of resources.Students are required to self study the learning materials for the hours not scheduled in teaching schedule.

Week 1: Introduction, Magnetism, basic electrical circuit, magnetic fields.
Week 2: Magnetic hysteresis, magnetic materials, principles of magnetic particle testing.
Week 3: Bench magnetization techniques.
Week 4: Portable electromagnetic yoke testing.
Week 5: Lab practices.

Week 6: Tutorial and Review.

Week 7: Final closed book test.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Student S drive and Blackboard:
S:\Mechanical & Manufacturing Students\PROC5254C-Perform Basic Magnetic Particle Testing-1245 Dr. Frank Wang

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

You are required to complete all the following two assessment tasks:

1. Lab practice and test record -Session 5
2. Final closed book test- Session 7

Assessment Matrix

Assessment Task                            Element 

1. Lab practice and test record          Element 1, 2, 3
2. Final closed book test                     Element 1,2,3

Other Information

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Late submission:

If you require an Extension of Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) for 7 calendar days or less
(from the original due date) and have valid reasons, you 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. You will be notified within
no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgment as to whether the extension has been granted.

If you seek an Extension of Submittable Work for 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.

Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) submitted late without approval of an extension will not
be accepted or marked.

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