MECH303 – Mechanical Engineering Trade Skills

Module code
Module title
Mechanical Engineering Trade Skills
To enable students to develop and apply basic trade-related numeracy, literacy and visualisation skills to successfully perform engineering tasks.
  • TC1701
NZQA Level
Level 3
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Enhanced
Learning hours
Directed hours
Self directed hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
Produce and interpret basic engineering sketches under supervision.
Perform basic mathematical and trigonometric calculations, and transpose formulas to find an unknown value in an engineering environment.
Demonstrate and apply knowledge of the International System of Units (Systme international d'units, SI) system of measurement when performing engineering tasks.
Produce simple engineering component drawings using CAD software.
-Trade-related terminology
-Scale drawings
-First and third angle projection
-Oblique and isometric drawings
-Lines, sections and symbols
-Dimensioning methods - datum, arrowed
-Practical uses of arithmetic
-SI Metric/Imperial conversions
-Units of measurement
-Area and volume calculations
-Practical applications of trigonometry
-CAD software simplistic component drawings
-Working to specifications
-Communication skills - with stakeholders, managers, peers
-Time management and quality control
Teaching and Learning Strategy
The primary method of delivering the learning material is Project-based Learning. The teaching and learning material may incorporate workshop activities, laboratory tasks, lectures, online research, training videos, tutor directed learning, student managed learning, individual and group work.

Assessments will be a mix of formal and informal, conducted in group and individual settings. Observational assessments will also be used where appropriate.

Regular feedback to students will be provided including assessment results.

Over the course of a series of projects, it is anticipated that students will develop the skills and knowledge to meet or exceed the learning outcomes. These projects will provide the students with the opportunity to progressively develop their confidence and proficiency.
Assessment Criteria
Portfolio of evidence100
Assessment in this module is mixed mode. The portfolio is comprised of multiple components. To pass this module, the student must complete and submit all components and gain a mark of at least 50 for each achievement-based component within the portfolio. Students must also meet all of the requirements of the competency-based tasks to be eligible for a final grade for this module. The final grade will be based on the marks achieved in the achievement-based tasks.
Learning and Teaching Resource
Relevant topics from the following resources:
-SAA/SNZ HB1: 1994 Technical Drawing for students
-The International System of Units (SI brochure (EN)): 8th edition, 2006
-Mathematics for Machine Technology by John C. Peterson, Robert D. Smith

An extended reading list will be supplied by the tutor at the commencement of the module. This will be updated annually.