Course Title: Apply principles of advanced metrology in manufacturing

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C6069 Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology

Course Title: Apply principles of advanced metrology in manufacturing

Portfolio: SEH Portfolio Office

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.

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


130T Vocational Engineering

Face-to-Face or Workplace

Term2 2011,
Term2 2012,
Term2 2013

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

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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.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

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

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

VBQU264 Apply principles of advanced metrology in manufacturing


1. Set up advanced metrology process

2. Apply metrology process

3. Evaluate metrology process for quality control

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

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.