Course Title: Select and test mechanical engineering materials

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: MIET6315C

Course Title: Select and test mechanical engineering materials

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6114 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Mr. George Zouev

Mechanical Engineering

Level 5, Bldg 57


Tel: 9925 4935


Dr. Frank (Yanan) Wang

Mechanical Engineering

Level 5, Bldg 57


Tel: 9925 4310

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


Course Description

This unit covers selecting appropriate materials and material and component tests for mechanical and manufacturing engineering applications.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MEM23061A Select and test mechanical engineering materials


1. Identify classes of materials, based on properties and materials tests relevant to mechanical and manufacturing engineering.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Relate material properties to common mechanical and manufacturing engineering methods and processes
1.2 Identify common characteristics, faults or flaws in materials, components and product
1.3 Identify engineering-related test methods for materials and components or product properties
1.4 Identify common industrial test standards/codes, calibration requirements, regulations and authorities relevant to selection of materials and products for mechanical and manufacturing engineering applications


2. Identify and use sources of information on engineering materials, materials tests and test equipment including manufacturers' catalogues and websites.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Review design information for material specifications and required material tests
2.2 Identify and use appropriate sources of information on materials, material tests and test calibration
2.3 Identify and use appropriate sources of information on methods of testing of properties of materials
2.4 Investigate and report on relevant standards and codes
2.5 Identify and use appropriate sources of information on materials safety data sheets (MSDS)
2.6 Establish availability of technical and professional assistance


3. Specify and implement methods used to test or obtain the properties of engineering materials.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Specify required materials tests and manage implementation of tests to ensure quality, safety and suitability for applications
3.2 Ensure traceability of measurement standard
3.3 Obtain test sheets/certificates for appropriate materials for applications in accordance with organisational procedures and/or codes and regulations
3.4 Obtain appropriate MSDS for applications in accordance with organisational procedures and/or codes and regulations


4. Select and implement materials for mechanical/manufacturing.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Select materials for use in given mechanical or manufacturing engineering applications based on relevant test information
4.2 Incorporate materials and components into mechanical and manufacturing processes in accordance with design functional requirements


5. Report on and record materials design data and methods and results of materials tests.

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Report and record materials selections against design functional requirements in accordance with organisational procedures, codes and regulations
5.2 Undertake any required environmental impact and sustainability assessment
5.3 Report and record materials tests and test sheets or certificates in accordance with organisational procedures, codes and regulations, including appropriate calibration and traceability
5.4 Report and record appropriate MSDS for applications in accordance with organisational procedures, codes and regulations

Learning Outcomes


Details of Learning Activities

Students will participate in a variety of teaching methods including: lectures, tutorials,practicals, class discussion, group/individual work on projects, 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

Week 2: Ferrous metals

Week 3: Polymers engineering

Week 4: Polymers engineering and ceramic materials

Week 5: ceramic materials,

Week 6: composite materials

Week 6: Composite materials

Week 7: Composite Materials Prac

Week 8: Failure mechanism

Week 9: Machining processes

Week 10: Abrasive machining

Week 11: Non traditional manufacturing

Week 12: Competitive manufacturing

Week 13: Review of the subject

Week 14: Final test

Week 15: Feedback and preparation of resit of final test

Week 16: Resit of final test

Week 17: Summary

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Lecture notes are available on Blackboard.

Overview of Assessment

A person who demonstrates competency in this unit must be able to select and test mechanical engineering materials.

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 section of Course Guide Part B.

Assessment Tasks

There are two assessment tasks that you have to achive competency:

Task 1: Lab Report, 30%

Task 2: Final test, 70%

Please note: only if you have achieved competency in all the assessments then you will be given the following gradings:

CHD Competent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CAG Competency Achieved – Graded

Otherwises NYC or DNS will be entered as your final results:

NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for assessment

Assessment Matrix

Task 1Elements: 1,2,3,4,530%
Task 2Elements: 1,2,3,4,570%

Other Information

Study and learning Support:

Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to you.
Services offered by SLC to support your numeracy and literacy skills are:

assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice
maths and science developmental support and advice
English language development

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Disability Liaison Unit:

If you are suffering from long-term medical condition or disability, you should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and
support to complete your studies.

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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.

Special consideration:

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Other Information:

All email communications will be sent to your RMIT email address and you must regularly check your RMIT emails.

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