This unit of competency defines the skills and knowledge required to carry out advanced welding using manual metal arc welding (MMAW).

Welds are associated with a range of structural sections and/or plate and/or pipe for general fabrication. Weld quality would typically conform to AS 1554 Structural Purpose or equivalent.

Where advanced manual thermal cutting, gouging and shaping is required unit MEM05008 Perform advanced manual thermal cutting, gouging and shaping 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:


MEM05007 - Perform manual heating and thermal cutting

MEM05012 - Perform routine manual metal arc welding

MEM05015 - Weld using manual metal arc welding process

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


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; - identifying and interpreting specifications from drawings, sketches and verbal or written job instructions for performing advanced welding using manual metal arc welding process (MMAW) to Australian Standard 1554 Structural Purpose; - selecting appropriate weld and joint preparation methods; - consistently weld materials to AS 1554 Structural Purpose or equivalent using AC or DC welding machines and electrodes while preventing distortion; - rectifying any defects, and; - completing and maintaining weld records related to MMAW Structural Purpose onto standard workplace forms.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - safe welding practices and procedures and use of personal protective equipment (PPE); - properties and characteristics of low carbon, stainless and low alloy steel; - requirements to conform to AS 1554 Structural Purpose or equivalent; - weld specifications and requirements, and; - different welder identification systems, including numbering, bar coding, paint coding and letter stamps.

Where to next?

As part of a course

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