This unit covers performing manual heating, thermal cutting and gouging including the assembly and disassembly and operation of the equipment on a range of materials (ferrous, non-ferrous and non-metallic) using a variety of methods.

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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: - performing pre-start checks; - safely starting equipment; - following standard operating procedures; - adjusting equipment to operating specifications; - making cutting allowances; - economising material and minimising wastage; - identifying cutting defects and taking corrective action; - heating and cutting materials to specifications; - reading and interpreting routine information on written job instructions, specifications and standard operating procedures. May include drawings; - following oral instructions; - performing measurements needed to meet the requirements of this unit, and; - entering routine and familiar information onto proformas and standard workplace forms.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - cutting processes appropriate to various materials; - heating and cutting specifications; - procedures for heating and cutting; - the tools, equipment and techniques for heating and cutting; - assembling procedures for equipment and accessories; - hazards and control measures associated with manual heating and thermal cutting; - use and application of personal protective clothing and equipment; - equipment pre-checks and operation; - procedures for adjusting heating and cutting equipment; - cutting allowances and reasons for applying them; - procedures for minimising waste material; - reasons for minimising waste material; - cutting defects and their causes; - procedures for correcting cutting defects; - tools, equipment and techniques required to correct cutting defects; - use and application of personal protective equipment, and; - safe work practices and procedures.

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