This unit of competency has been developed for Engineering Tradesperson - Fabrication apprenticeship training and recognition of trade-level skills in the assembly of general fabricated components in plate, pipe and section or sheet in typical applications either on-site or in a fabrication workplace.

Skills covered by this unit are generally applied in occupational and work situations associated with steel fabrication, boilermaking or sheet metal work.

Work may be undertaken individually or as part of a team.

Where assembly involves using pre-constructed jigs unitMEM03001 Perform manual production assembly and unit MEM03003 Perform sheet and plate assembly, should also be selected as appropriate.

Where skills for the assembly of fabricated engineering components are required unit MEM18006 Perform precision fitting of engineering components should also be selected.

Where welds are required to meet legislative or regulatory requirements, then appropriate welding units should also be selected.

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:


MEM05005 - Carry out mechanical cutting

MEM05007 - Perform manual heating and thermal cutting

MEM05051 - Select welding processes

MEM05052 - Apply safe welding practices

MEM09002 - Interpret technical drawing

MEM11011 - Undertake manual handling

MEM12023 - Perform engineering measurements

MEM12024 - Perform computations

MEM13015 - Work safely and effectively in manufacturing and engineering

MEM14006 - Plan work activities

MEM16006 - Organise and communicate information

MEM18001 - Use hand tools

MEM18002 - Use power tools/hand held operations

MEM05015 - Weld using manual metal arc welding process or

MEM05017 - Weld using gas metal arc welding process or

MEM05019 - Weld using gas tungsten arc welding process or

MEM05055 - Weld using oxy fuel gas welding process


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; - constructing necessary jigs; - planning fabricated component assembly tasks and sequences efficiently and effectively; - aligning material in jigs and using fixtures, tools and equipment as necessary to check the position of all assembled components visually and dimensionally; - marking datum lines in an appropriate manner; - positioning and assembling general fabricated components in accordance with drawing/specifications using accepted engineering trade techniques, practices, processes and workplace procedures either on-site or in a fabrication workshop, and; - applying appropriate distortion control techniques and checking to ensure compliance of the final assembly with specifications.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - safe work practices and procedures and use of personal protective equipment (PPE); - methods and techniques for assembly of fabricated components; - jig construction; - effects of distortion of fabricated components and distortion prevention techniques; - uses and interpretation of drawings, specifications and material lists; - characteristics of relevant tools and equipment for determining squareness, level and alignment - function and determination of datum lines; - fixing/joining techniques, including welding, adhesives, fasteners, rivets, and; - defects associated with the assembly of fabricated components and methods of rectification of defects by rework or adjustment.

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As part of a course

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