This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to design, size and document the layout of heating and cooling systems for multi-floor structures.  It covers preparing for the work, identifying and confirming system specifications and requirements, designing system layout, and work finalisation processes, including records and documentation.

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - communication skills to: access information; enable clear and direct communication, using questioning to identify and confirm requirements, share information, listen and understand; follow instructions; identify requirements, including system requirements; - report faults; - use language and concepts appropriate to cultural differences; - use and interpret non-verbal communication, such as hand signals; - literacy skills to: complete written workplace documentation; - read and interpret: documentation from a variety of sources; regulations, standards, plans, specifications and drawings; numeracy skills to apply measurements and calculations; - planning and organising skills to: plan and sequence tasks with others; plan and set out work; - teamwork skills to work with others to action tasks and relate to people from a range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds and with varying physical and mental abilities; - technical skills to: identify and accurately report to appropriate personnel any faults in tools, equipment or materials; interpret plans and specifications to design, size and document the layout of heating and cooling systems for multi-floor buildings up to a height of six floors, and; - access and understand site-specific instructions in a variety of media; use mobile communication technology.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - characteristics and application of different fixing and joining techniques and methods; - characteristics and application of pipe and ducting systems, including their fittings and fixture supports and fixing and joining techniques; - design concepts and performance measures for heating and cooling systems; - effective isolation processes and procedures; - electrical and electronic principles and safety requirements; - environmental impact of gases and Environment Protection Authority (EPA) requirements; - job safety analysis (JSA) and safe work method statements (SWMS); - principles, operation and characteristics of heating and cooling systems; - process of designing, sizing and documenting the layout of heating and cooling systems; - properties of water and air, including pressure and flow rates; - relevant information sources for the work activity; - relevant statutory requirements related to designing, sizing and documenting the layout of heating and cooling systems; - SI system of measurements; - standards applicable to heating and cooling systems; - use of computers and relevant computer-aided design (CAD) software, and; - workplace and equipment safety requirements.

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