This unit of competency defines the skills and knowledge required to perform flux core arc welding (FCAW) on heavy or light metal fabrications.

Weld quality would conform to AS 1554 General Purpose and American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) or equivalent.

Where the interpretation of technical drawings is required unit MEM09002 Interpret technical drawing should also be selected.

Where thermal processes, hand and/or power tools are required the appropriate specialisation 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:


MEM05051 - Select welding processes

MEM05052 - Apply safe welding practices

MEM05056 - Perform routine flux core arc welding

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 sketches and verbal or written job instructions for welding using flux core arc welding process (FCAW) to the specified standard; - selecting appropriate weld and joint preparation methods; - consistently weld materials to the specified standard or equivalent using semi-automatic machines and consumables while preventing distortion; - rectifying any defects, and; - completing weld records related to FCAW 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); - types of gases and their uses; - relationships between amperage/wire feed, voltage, gas flow, electrode, contact tip and material; - material preparation; - polarity; - electrode stickout; - joint preparations; - electrode classification; - causes of distortion for materials when welded; - causes of weld defects and methods of rectification, and; - standards for FCAW, including AS 1554 General Purpose and any other equivalent standards.

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