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Set up, operate and maintain CNC cutting machines

Unit Descriptor This unit covers the competency to set up and operate CNC machines to cut material for upholstering furniture.

1 . Prepare for work
  1. Work instructions are used to determine job requirements including design, quality, materials, equipment and quantities

  2. Workplace health and safety requirements, including personal protection needs, are observed throughout the work

  3. Determine appropriate CNC cutting program and settings

  4. Material for cutting is selected and inspected for appropriate quality

  5. Machines, cutting tools and jigs are checked for safe and effective operation

  6. Procedures are determined for minimising waste material and for maximising energy efficiency while completing the job

  7. Safety equipment, including emergency stops, gauges, guards and controls are checked

2 . Set up machines
  1. CNC cutting program is set to job requirements

  2. Machine settings and adjustments are made in accordance with job requirements and machine and tool manufacturers' instructions

  3. Trial runs are conducted to check machine operation and quality of finished work

  4. Final adjustments are made to CNC programs and equipment according to workplace procedures

3 . Operate CNC cutting machine
  1. Machines are operated and monitored to ensure product quality and output

  2. Waste quantities are checked and minimised

  3. Problems with the required work, including machine operation/production, are identified and reported in accordance with workplace procedures

  4. Any authorised changes in working procedures are followed

  5. Daily routine lubrication and adjustments for the equipment are completed

4 . Complete work and maintain equipment
  1. Items that do not meet quality requirements are repaired, recycled or discarded according to workplace procedures

  2. Material that can be reused is collected and stored

  3. Waste and scrap are removed following workplace procedures

  4. Equipment and work area are cleaned and inspected for serviceable condition in accordance with workplace procedures

  5. Unserviceable equipment is tagged and faults identified in accordance with workplace procedures

  6. Operator maintenance is performed on equipment and tooling is maintained in accordance with workplace procedures

Key CompetencyExamples of ApplicationPerformance
How can information be collected, analysed and organised?2
How are ideas and information communicated within this competency?2
How are activities planned and organised?2
How are problem solving skills applied?2
How are mathematical ideas and techniques used?2
How is use of technology applied?2
How is team work used within this competency?2

Range Statement

CNC cutting machines

Unit context

CNC machines used in the cutting of upholstery materials include, but are not limited to:

Upholstery materials may include but are not limited to:

Personal protective equipment is to include that prescribed under legislation, regulations and enterprise policies and practices. It may include:

Information and procedures

Evidence Guide

Critical Aspects of Evidence

Underpinning Knowledge

Underpinning Skills

Resource Implications

CNC cutting machines, standard operating procedures, unprocessed materials and appropriate work area.

Method of Assessment

Assessment methods must confirm consistency of performance over time and in a range of workplace relevant contexts.

Assessment should be by direct observation of tasks and questioning on underpinning knowledge.

Assessment should be conducted over time and generally be in conjunction with assessment of other units of competency which together form a part of the job role.

Context of Assessment

Assessment may occur on the job or in a workplace simulated facility with relevant CNC equipment, materials, work instructions and deadlines.