Conduct basic shaping activities by material removal using hand tools

Business Sectors (Suites): Supporting Activities in Engineering Construction
Developed by: ECITB
Approved on: 02 Mar 2021


​This standard is for those that are supporting activities in engineering construction.

You will need to be able to conduct basic shaping activities on materials using the appropriate hand tools and techniques to meet the specification by material removal using hand tools in engineering construction.  You must check that the material has been shaped to specification whilst adhering to health, safety and environmental legislation, regulations and safe working practices.

In the context of this standard, your responsibility is limited to working within clearly defined procedures and following instructions from trade/craft personnel.  In some cases, you may still be expected to refer to others for final authorisations, even though you remain responsible for identifying and implementing decisions within the limits of your responsibility.

This standard is for

**This standard is for those that are supporting activities in engineering construction.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

  1. ​work safely at all times, complying with health, safety environmental and other relevant legislation, regulations, guidelines and local rules or procedures
  2. ensure that the work environment, material, tools and equipment are suitably prepared for the activities to be undertaken
  3. confirm requirements for the component to be produced
  4. follow the appropriate engineering drawing(s) and related specification(s) and quality standard(s) for the component to be produced
  5. obtain and check the specified materials for quantity and quality
  6. conduct basic shaping of the materials using the correct techniques
  7. check that the shaped component meets the specification
  8. seek confirmation that the component is completed to the required drawing(s) and specification
  9. undertake foreign material exclusion as appropriate
  10. reinstate the work area
  11. deal promptly and effectively with problems within your control and report those that have been and those that cannot be solved

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

  1. ​relevant legislative, regulatory and local requirements or procedures and safe working practices including your responsibilities with regards to reporting lines and procedures
  2. preparation and reinstatement requirements in respect of the work area, materials, tools and equipment, and the possible consequences of incorrect actions in these areas
  3. the equipment, methods and techniques used to shape components by material removal using hand tools
  4. types and application of hand tools
  5. appropriate quality checks and the possible consequences of incorrect actions in these areas
  6. tool and equipment control: the correct use of relevant tools and equipment and your individual responsibility for the use, care and security of those you use


Typical work environments could include:

  • engineering construction sites
  • controlled operations
  • offshore installations
  • maintenance sites
  • nuclear sites
  • repair sites

Work environments may be open or restricted spaces:

  • at height
  • confined spaces
  • control rooms
  • designated work areas
  • explosive atmospheres
  • existing plants and structures
  • fabrication workshops
  • in plant rooms
  • inside structures, system and plant
  • on access structures (scaffold)
  • on open structures
  • onshore and offshore installations
  • shafts
  • shipyards
  • tunnels

Scope Performance

Scope Knowledge






In the context of this function, materials, includes the widely available types such as low carbon steels (LCS), aluminium, copper and stainless steels in forms such as sheet, hot and cold rolled sections and coated steels to protect from surface corrosion.

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Indicative Review Date

07 Apr 2025





Originating Organisation

Engineering Construction Industry Training Board

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Engineering; supporting; read; extract; specifications; drawings; requirements; materials; sections; component; handling; transportation; hand tools; powered tools; equipment; defects; securing; dimensions; marking; quantity; quality; conventions;