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MECH3030 – Mechanical Engineering Workshop Skills

Module code
Module title
Mechanical Engineering Workshop Skills
The aim of this course is to develop basic engineering workshop skills in using simple measurement, lifting and moving loads and materials as well as develop knowledge of common engineering materials.
  • NZ2715
NZQA Level
Level 3
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Enhanced
Learning hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
LO 1: Identify and explain the use of engineering materials and metals.

LO2: Select, use and care for engineering hand tools, simple measurement and marking out equipment used in engineering.

LO 3: Identify types and use of engineering fasteners for basic assembly tasks.

LO 4: Lift loads and move materials in mechanical engineering context.
Engineering materials and metals:
- Production, physical characteristics, selection and application of engineering materials
- Engineering metals: types, properties, characteristics; selection, use and processing
- Pure metals/alloys
- Ferrous/non ferrous
- Factors influencing selection of engineering metals
- Basic workshop heat treatment
- Hot working, Cold working
- Corrosive processes and prevention, awareness of relevant standards.
Material handling:
- Basic materials handling and the use of equipment required to handle the materials
- Lifting and slinging equipment.
Simple Measuring equipment:
- Simple measuring devices: selection, use and care
Mechanical servicing and fasteners:
- Fasteners uses, types and range
Mechanical component serviced, tested, tolerances stored
Assessment Criteria
This course is assessed using competency assessment. Aakonga must complete and submit all summative assessments in order to pass and receive credit for this course. The listed unit standards are optional and are not required to pass this course.
Learning and Teaching Resource
- Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Compensation Act 2001, Resource Management Act 1991, Building Act 2004; and other associated Acts and regulations
- Work Safe website:
- Online videos and you tube clips about worksite communication, safety and risk management
- Accident Compensation Corporation and Department of Labour. Metal Industry Guidelines for Safe Work. (Wellington: ACC, 2007). Available from DocName=PRD.
- Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDs)
- Approved Code of Practice for Load-lifting Rigging. Wellington: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, 2012. This publication is available online at
- Approved Code of Practice for Cranes - includes the design, manufacture, supply, safe operation, maintenance and inspection of Cranes. Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, 2009. This publication is available online at
- National and International standards such as:
- American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI)
- ASTM International, British Standards Institution (BSI)
- Standards New Zealand (NZS)
- International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO)
- Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS)
- Standards Australia (AS)
- Deutsches Institut für Normung e. V. (German Institute for Standardisation (DIN)).
Teaching and Learning Strategy
- Learning reflection and process
- Notes
- Drawings
- Sketches
- Technical terminology / jargon with meanings
- Practical Tasks

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