Course Title: Use hand tools

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2019

Course Code: MIET5872C

Course Title: Use hand tools

School: 174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6132 - 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


Mr W.R. (Bill) Harding
Phone: 9925 4443


Dr. Amita Iyer
Program Manager
Ph: +61 3 9925 8311 
Email: amita.iyer@rmit,edu,au 


Nominal Hours: 20

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 covers using a range of hand tools for a variety of general engineering applications.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MEM18001C Use hand tools


1. Use hand tools

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Hand tools are selected appropriate to the task requirements.
1.2. Hand tools are used to produce desired outcomes to job specifications which may include finish, tension, size or shape.
1.3. All safety requirements are adhered to before, during and after use.
1.4. Unsafe or faulty tools are identified and marked for repair according to designated procedures before, during and after use.
1.5. Routine maintenance of tools, including hand sharpening is undertaken according to standard operational procedures, principles and techniques.
1.6. Hand tools are stored safely in appropriate location according to standard operational procedures and manufacturers' recommendations.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to Elements

Details of Learning Activities

You will be involved in the following learning activities to meet requirements for the competency and stage 1 competencies for Engineering Associates:

• Lectures
• Tutorials
• Practicals
• Review questions
• Case projects

Cluster Information:

This course is delivered in a cluster (Workshop and OH&S) in conjunction with MEM13014A (OHTH5438C) and VU20912 (MIET7533). You must enrol in these three courses delivered in this cluster. All the learning and assessment activities will include the components of all competencies of MEM18001C, MEM13014A, VU20912.

Elements and Performance Criteria for MEM13014A (OHTH5438C) Apply principles of occupational health and safety in the work environment

1 Follow safe work practices

1.1 Work is carried out safely and in accordance with company policy and procedures and legislative requirements.
1.2 Housekeeping is undertaken in accordance with company procedures.
1.3 Responsibilities and duties of employees are understood and demonstrated in day-to-day actions.
1.4 Personal protective equipment is worn and stored according to company procedures.
1.5 All safety equipment and devices are used according to legislative requirements and company/manufacturers’ procedures.
1.6 Safety signs/symbols are identified and followed as per instruction.
1.7 All manual handling is carried out in accordance with legal requirements, company procedures and National Occupational Health & Safety Commission guidelines.
1.8 Emergency equipment is identified and appropriate use is demonstrated.

2 Report workplace hazards and accidents

2.1 Actual and foreseeable workplace hazards are identified during course of work and reported to appropriate person according to standard operating procedures.
2.2 Accidents and incidents are reported according to workplace procedures.

3 Follow emergency procedures

3.1 Appropriate personnel and emergency services and means of contacting them in the event of an incident can be identified.
3.2 Emergency and evacuation procedures are understood and carried out where required.
3.3 Company evacuation procedures are followed in case of an emergency.

Elements and Performance Criteria for VU20912 (MIET7533) Perform basic machining processes
1 Plan and set up machining operations.

1.1 The machining work is determined through request, work orders or equivalent and clarified with the appropriate personnel.
1.2 Occupational health & safety requirements, relevant Australian standards, codes of practice, manufacturers specifications, environmental requirements and enterprise procedures are identified and adhered to.
1.3 Resources required are identified, obtained and checked as fit for purpose.
1.4 Relevant plans, drawings and instructions are identified, interpreted and understood.
1.5 A work plan is prepared showing the correct sequence of operation.
1.6 Machining operation is set up by selecting appropriately sharpened tools for the task required.

2 Conduct machining operations

2.1 Basic marking out techniques are used where required.
2.2 Machining equipment is used in a manner that optimises tool life.
2.3 Work is held or clamped correctly throughout the entire machining operation.
2.4 Specific safety requirements are met throughout the task and can be explained
2.5 Machine feeds and speeds are selected correctly throughout the machining operation
2.6 Correct cutting lubricant is selected and used correctly throughout the machining operation
2.7 Completed work piece is inspected for compliance with specifications and requirements.
2.8 Unexpected situations are dealt with safely and reported to the appropriate personnel.

3 Complete work requirements

3.1 Completed work is reported to appropriate personal according with enterprise procedures.
3.2 Work area is cleared of waste, cleaned and secured following.
3.3 Machines, tools and equipment are maintained and/or stored following enterprise procedures. 

Engineers Australia Mapping Information:

This course is mapped against stage 1 competencies for Engineering Associates developed by Engineers Australia as detailed below:

EA 1. Knowledge and Skill Base

EA1.1. Descriptive, formula-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the practice area.
EA 1.2. Procedural-level understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the practice area.
EA 1.3. In depth practical knowledge and skills within specialist sub-disciplines of the practice area.
EA 1.4. Discernment of engineering developments within the practice area.
EA 1.5. Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the practice area.
EA 1.6. Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the area of practice.

EA 2. Engineering Application Ability

EA 2.1. Application of established technical and practical methods to the solution of well-defined engineering problems.
EA 2.2. Application of technical and practical techniques, tools and resources to well defined engineering problems.
EA 2.3. Application of systematic synthesis and design processes to well defined engineering problems.
EA 2.4. Application of systematic project management processes.

EA 3. Professional and Personal Attributes

EA 3.1. Ethical conduct and professional accountability.
EA 3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
EA 3.3. Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.
EA 3.4. Professional use and management of information.
EA 3.5. Orderly management of self, and professional conduct.
EA 3.6. Effective team membership and team leadership.

Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies are mapped with cluster of competencies MEM18001C, MEM13014A, VU20912 in the Assessment Matrix.

Teaching Schedule

The proposed teaching schedule for the 3 clustered competencies (MEM18001C, MEM13014A, VU20912) is detailed below:

Week   Topics Delivered  Elements/Performance  Criteria                          

 Introduction to Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S)
  • Introduction to Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S)
  • Safe practices in the workshop
  • Australian legal framework on OH&S
 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.6, 1.8

 OH&S risk management system
  • OH&S risk management system
  • Housekeeping
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Safety signs and symbols (AS 1319-1994)
  • Safety equipment and devices
  • Manual handling
  • RMIT OH&S policies and procedures


 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 2.1


 Incident reporting and emergency procedures 

  • Hazard identification and reporting
  • Incident reporting following RMIT policies
  • Emergency equipment
  • Emergency and evacuation procedure
 OH&S issues in the construction industry  

  • Case study on incident reporting and emergency procedures following RMIT policies
 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 2.1


  • Audit of a laboratory/workshop
  • Identification of hazard and assessment of associated risks
  • Preparation of risk management plan
  • Proper documentation following RMIT policies 
 1.8, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3


 Hand Tools

 Introduction to hand tools

  • General OH&S issues with the use of hand tools
  • Measuring and marking tools
  • Importance of measurement
  • Importance of using correct units
  • Use of different measuring tools (e.g., rule, tape, framing square, try square, combination square, speed square, levels etc.)


  • Introducing different hand tools in the workshop


  • Case study and exercise on OH&S issues relevant to use of hand tools
  • Marking shapes, performing measurements and calculating quantities etc.
 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4

 Hand Tools
  •  Vise
    - Description of different parts of a vise
    - Different types of vises and their usage
    - Correct method of using vise
    - OH&S issues with the use of vise
    - Identifying faults with vise
  • Hammer
    - Description of different parts of a hammer
    - Different types of hammers and their usage
    - Correct method of using hammer
    - OH&S issues with the use of hammers
    - Identifying faults with hammer
  • Chisel
    - Description of different parts of a chisel
    - Different types of chisels and their usage
    - Correct method of using chisel
    - OH&S issues with the use of chisels
    - Identifying faults with chisel
  • File
    - Description of different parts of files
    - Different types of file cuts
    - Different shapes of files and use of files of different shapes
    - Classification of files
    - Care of files
    - OH&S issues with the use of files
    - Identifying faults with files
  • Cutting different materials into desired shapes using cutting hand tools and smoothing out the rough edges using file.
 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6

 Hand Tools
  • Hacksaws
    - Description of hacksaw
    - Different types of hacksaws
    - Pitch of the hacksaw teeth
    - Hacksaw frames
    - Correct use of hacksaws
    - OH&S issues with the use of hacksaws
    - Identifying faults with hacksaws
    - Care of hacksaws
  • Snips
    - Description of snips
    - Different types of snips
    - Correct use of snips
    - OH&S issues with the use of snips
    - Identifying faults with the snips
    - Care of snips
  • Clips
    - Description of clips
    - Different types of clips
    - Correct use of clips
    - OH&S issues with the use of clips
    - Identifying faults with clips
    - Care of clips 
  • Punches
    - Description and use of punches
    - Different types of punches
    - Correct use of punches
    - OH&S issues with the use of punches
    - Identifying faults with punches
    - Care of punches


  • Marking and cutting different shapes using hand tools
 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6

 Hand Tools
  • Wrenches
    - Description and use of wrenches
    - Different types of wrenches
    - Correct use of wrenches
    - OH&S issues with the use of wrenches
    - Identifying faults with wrenches
    - Care of wrenches
  • Sockets
    - Description and use of sockets
    - Different types of sockets
    - Correct use of sockets
    - OH&S issues with the use of sockets
    - Identifying faults with sockets
    - Care of sockets
  • Screwdrivers
    - Description and use of screwdrivers
    - Different types of screwdrivers
    - Correct use of screwdrivers
    - OH&S issues with the use of screwdrivers
    - Identifying faults with screwdrivers
    - Care of screwdrivers
  • Pliers
    - Description and use of pliers
    - Different types of pliers
    - Correct use of pliers
    - OH&S issues with the use of pliers
    - Identifying faults with pliers
    - Care of pliers
  • Civil Engineering Hand Tools
  • Tool Storage


  • Selection of appropriate hand tools for specified tasks
  • Performing various tasks with hand tools
 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6

PROJECT 1 - Use Hand Tools (Practical Exercises)

  10 TEST 1 - OH&S  1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6
  • Introduction to machining
  • Operational planning
  • OH&S issues with machining
  • Introducing different machines in the workshop


  • Case study and exercise on OH&S issues relevant to machining
 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5

  • Importance of measurement
  • Measurement and estimation
  • Measurement with different precision measuring tools:
    - Micrometer
    - Vernier callipers
    - Dial gauges

 Marking out

  • Marking out techniques for machining


  • Taking measurement with different precision measuring instruments
  • Calculation of different quantities using the measurements taken
 1.4, 2.1, 2.7, 3.1

 Cut-off machine and bending machine
  • Cut-off machines (e.g., bandsaw/guillotine shear)
  • Sheet metal bender
  • Specific OH&S issues with cut-off machines and sheet metal bender
  • Demonstration on the use of metal cutting using cut-off machines (e.g., bandsaw/guillotine shear) and sheet metal bender
  • Cutting of sheet metal using cut-off machines to create various structural shapes, such as,
    - Gusset plate
    - I section
    - Channel section
    - Various others
  • Smoothing out of cut edges using file
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.6, 2.8, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3

 Drill press

  • Drill press
  • Specific OH&S issues with the use of drill press
  • Demonstration on the use of drill press
  • Marking out and drilling of holes on the structural shapes created in earlier weeks.
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.6, 2.8, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3

  • Introduction to lathe machine
  • Specific OH&S issues with lathe machine
  • Different parts of the lathe machine and their functions
  • Cutting tools
    - Geometry
    - Tool life
  • Machinability of materials
  • Coolants
  • Calculations related to lathe operations
    - Spindle speed
    - Cutting speed
    - Feed rate
    - Material removal rate
    - Power consumption
  • Tutorial session on calculations related to lathe operations
 1.2, 2.2, 2.3, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8

 Different types of lathe operations

  • Facing
  • Turning
    - Diameter
    - Length
    - Taper
  • Drilling
    - Centre drill
    - Countersink
    - Depth
    - Diameter
  • Surface finish
  • Tolerance
  • Video demonstration on lathe operations
 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6,   2.7, 2.8, 3.1
  15  PROJECT 2 – (Practical Exercise) Basic Machining 
  • Facing
  • Turning
  • Drilling
 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3

 TEST 2 - Use Hand Tools

 TEST 3 - Perform Basic Machining

 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3
   18  Course and assessment feedback  

Student directed hours involve completing activities such as reading online resources, assignments, individual student-teacher course-related consultation. Students are required to self-study the learning materials and complete the assigned out of class activities for the scheduled non-teaching hours. The estimated time is minimum 20 hours outside the class time.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

  • Lecture slides, video demonstrations and various other resources provided on Canvas

Overview of Assessment

The assessment is conducted in both theoretical and practical aspects of the course according to the performance criteria set in the National Training Package. 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. To successfully complete this course you will be required to demonstrate competency in each assessment task detailed under Assessment Tasks:

Assessment 1 - Theory test: OH&S and Hand Tools

Assessment 2 - Practical exercise: Use Hand Tools - Fabricate tool box 

Assessment 3 - Practical exercise: Basic Machining - Fabricate Soft Hammer



These tasks assesses the following Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs): 


Assessment Mapping Matrix

Element/Performance Criteria Covered

Assessment 1

Assessment 2

Assessment 3



























Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1 week 4 - Theory test: OH&S and Hand Tools.
Once deemed competent weighting towards final grade (%): 10

Assessment 2 week 9 - Practical exercise: Use Hand Tools - Fabricate tool box 
Once deemed competent weighting towards final grade (%): 40

Assessment 3 week 17 - Practical exercise: Basic Machining - Fabricate Soft Hammer
Once deemed competent weighting towards final grade (%): 50

This course is graded as Competent or Not Yet Competent and subsequently the following course grades are allocated:

CHD - Competent with High Distinction
CDI - Competent with Distinction
CC - Competent with Credit
CAG - Competency Achieved - Graded
NYC - Not Yet Competent
DNS - Did Not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

Assessment vs MEM18001C Elements & Performance Criteria
Use Hand Tools

  MEM18001C Elements & Performance Criteria
Assessments 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6
Project 1 & 2    X    X    X    X    X    X
Test 2    X    X    X    X    X    X

Assessment vs MEM13014A Elements & Performance Criteria
Occupational Health & Safety

  MEM13014A Elements & Performance Criteria
Assessments 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.5 1.7 1.8 2.1 2.2 3.1 3.2 3.3
Project 1 & 2  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X
Test 1  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X

Assessment vs VU20912 Elements & Performance Criteria
Basic Machining Processes

  VU20912 Elements & Performance Criteria
Assessments 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 3.1 3.2 3.3
Project 1 & 2  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X
Test 2  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X

Assessment vs Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies 

   Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies
Assessments EA1.1 EA1.2 EA1.3 EA1.4 EA1.5 EA1.6 EA2.1 EA2.2 EA2.3 EA2.4 EA3.1 EA3.2 EA3.3 EA3.4 EA3.5 EA3.6
Project 1& 2  X X X X X X   X    X X X X  X X X
Test 1 & 2  X   X X X X   X     X X    X    
ALL ASSESSMENTS  MEM18001C  2 1    2  2  2    2    1  2  2  1  2  1  1
 ALL ASSESSMENTS MEM13014A      2  2  2  2    2    1  2  2  1  2  1  1
 ALL ASSESSMENTS VU20912  2  1    2  2  2    2    1  2  2  1  2  1  1
 0 (Blank)  Graduate attribute is not assessed.               
 1  Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one, but less than one-third, of the Element.               
 2  Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one third, but less than two-thirds, of the Element.               
 3  Graduate attribute is assessed in more than two-thirds of the Element.               

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  • Relevant
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    • Satisfies the learning/competency outcomes of the course

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