This unit covers preparing materials, selecting and setting up the welding equipment, carrying out flux core arc welding (FCAW) and inspecting for and correcting defects.

Unit details

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


MEM05050B - Perform routine gas metal arc welding

MEM05051A - Select welding processes

MEM05052A - Apply safe welding practices

MEM12023A - Perform engineering measurements

MEM18001C - Use hand tools

MEM18002B - 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: - identifying and interpreting appropriate standard e.g. Australian Standard 1554 General Purpose, American-Bureau of Shipping (ABS) or equivalent; - depositing welds in accordance with appropriate standards; - following specifications and drawings; - using appropriate tools and techniques to prepare material for welding; - undertaking distortion prevention and rectification; - cleaning the welded joint using appropriate tools and techniques; - removing weld defects to achieve a minimum amount of sound metal with the defect; - reading and interpreting information on written job instructions, specifications, standard operating procedures and drawings; - recording routine information related to FCAW onto proformas and standard workplace forms; - following oral instructions; - using measurement skills relating to joint preparation and FCAW. Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - types of gases and their uses; - the 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 within the scope of this unit; - safe welding practices; - use and application of personal protective equipment for FCAW, and; - hazards and control measures associated with welding, including housekeeping.

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