Certificate III in Timber and Composites Machining - MSF30313


Type of institution: TAFE Institute
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00591E

This qualification describes the skills and knowledge required to perform timber and composites machining for the manufacture of furniture, cabinetry, windows and doors, and other components utilising a range of specialist machinery, and includes preparing and working from drawings and cutting lists. The skills include static and computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine set up, operation maintenance and basic troubleshooting. There are three possible specialist streams embedded in this qualification:Stream 1 -- Flat Panel MachiningStream 2 \u2013 Solid Timber MachiningStream 3 \u2013 Machining TechnicianUnits may be chosen from the specialist stream elective groups to achieve any of the three specialisations or a broad combination of competencies can be selected from all electives with no identified specialisation.Where specialisation is achieved, RTOs should identify this as follows:MSF30313 Certificate III in Timber and Composites Machining(Flat Panel Machining)orMSF30313 Certificate III in Timber and Composites Machining(Solid Timber Machining)orMSF30313 Certificate III in Timber and Composites Machining(Machining Technician)There are no specific licences that relate to this qualification. However, depending on the jurisdiction, licensing or regulatory requirements may apply to the use of some units in this qualification. Local regulations should be checked for details.


  • 27 units: 11 core
  • 16 elective


  • Apply sheet laminates by hand
  • Produce manual and computer-aided production drawings
  • Troubleshoot microcontroller based hardware systems
  • Set up, operate and maintain joining machines
  • Apply manufactured board conversion techniques
  • Make measurements and calculations
  • Estimate and cost job
  • Fabricate synthetic solid surface products
  • Manage the impact of change on own work
  • Read and interpret work documents
  • Set up, operate and maintain sawing machines
  • Construct jigs and fixtures
  • Undertake basic production scheduling
  • Prepare cutting list from plans and job specifications
  • Perform operational maintenance of machines/equipment
  • Work in a team
  • Set up, operate and maintain computer numerically controlled (CNC) sizing machines
  • Use hand tools
  • Use planning software systems in operations
  • Set up, operate and maintain routing and shaping machines
  • Select timbers for furniture production
  • Produce patterns and templates
  • Communicate in the workplace
  • Set up, operate and maintain automated edge banding machines
  • Install and commission computer numerically controlled (CNC) software
  • Handle dangerous goods/hazardous substances
  • Prepare surfaces for finishing
  • Follow plans to assemble production furniture
  • Apply quick changeover procedures
  • Set up, operate and maintain mechanical wood-turning lathes
  • Operate computer-aided design (CAD) system to produce basic drawing elements
  • Set up, operate and maintain computer numerically controlled (CNC) machining and processing centres
  • Set up, operate and maintain pressure and clamping machines
  • Sample, inspect and test products to specifications
  • Assemble furnishing components
  • Mistake proof an operational process
  • Set up, operate and maintain drilling machines
  • Set up and operate basic static machines
  • Set up, operate and maintain multi-head planing and moulding machines
  • Prepare and apply decorative surfaces for furniture
  • Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Fabricate or machine tooling
  • Apply competitive systems and practices
  • Set up, operate and maintain planing and finishing machines
  • Use furniture making sector hand and power tools
  • Set up, operate and maintain basic static woodworking machines for furniture designs
  • Apply Just in Time procedures
  • Contribute to the application of a proactive maintenance strategy
  • Measure and draw site layout for manufactured furniture products
  • Apply quality standards
  • Work safely
  • Produce and maintain cutting tools
  • Use basic preventative maintenance techniques and tools
  • Join solid timber

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Lidcombe College No
  • Part-time : 3 years
Newcastle Campus No
  • Part-time : 3 years
Newcastle Campus No
  • Part-time : 3 years

Fee comments

Campuses: Lidcombe College.

This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply. If you are a registered apprentice, you may be eligible for a Fee Free Apprenticeship, which will be verified at enrolment.The fee category that will apply to you depends on your eligibility and your individual circumstances. Your fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process.For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit https://smartandskilled.nsw.gov.au/are-you-eligiblePAYMENT OPTIONS AND ASSISTANCEFees: https://www.tafensw.edu.au/enrol/feesPayment - funding: https://www.tafensw.edu.au/enrol/payment-fundingRECOGNITIONRecognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.Find out more about recognition: https://www.tafensw.edu.au/enrol/recognition-credit-transfersThere is a materials cost of $320 per year for the projects you manufacture from the assessments that will be yours to take home on achieving competence

Campuses: Newcastle Campus, Newcastle Campus.

Students are to provide all personal safety equipment for the tasks undertaken during assessment events. This will include the following items:- Safety glasses- Hearing protection – hearing plugs or hearing muffs- Safety footwear

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