This unit of competency defines the skills and knowledge required to perform manual heating, thermal cutting and gouging including the assembly and disassembly and operation of the equipment on a range of materials.

Where the selection and use of tools is required unit MEM18001 Use hand tools and unit MEM18002 Use power tools/hand held operations, should also be selected as appropriate.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
Unit code:


MEM09002 - Interpret technical drawing

MEM11011 - Undertake manual handling

MEM12023 - Perform engineering measurements

MEM13015 - Work safely and effectively in manufacturing and engineering

MEM16006 - Organise and communicate information


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: - following work instructions, standard operating procedures (SOPs) and safe work practices; - selecting equipment appropriate to the material; - checking condition of equipment; - setting up gas cylinders, hoses, blowpipes, tips and nozzles, regulators and flashback arrestors; - operating equipment to cut materials making appropriate cutting allowances to ensure material is used in most economical way; - identifying defects and taking appropriate remedial action; - heating material to specification, and; - checking final product for compliance with specifications.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - safe work practices and procedures and use of personal protective equipment (PPE); - cutting processes appropriate to various materials; - heating and cutting specifications; - purpose of, and setting up requirements, of gas cylinders, hoses, blowpipes, tips and nozzles, regulators and flashback arrestors; - tools, equipment, techniques and procedures for heating and cutting; - potential equipment faults; - assembling procedures for equipment and accessories; - equipment pre-checks and operation; - procedures for adjusting heating and cutting equipment; - cutting allowances and reasons for applying them; - procedures and reasons for minimising waste material, and; - cutting defects and their causes and tools, equipment and techniques required to correct defects.

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