This unit of competency defines the skills and knowledge required to prepare materials and carry out routine gas metal arc welding (GMAW) and applies in a maintenance or manufacturing environment where the weld quality is not required to meet an Australian Standard or equivalent.

Where welding is required to meet AS 1554 General Purpose or equivalent codes, work health and safety (WHS) regulations and/or licensing requirements unit MEM05017 Weld using gas metal arc welding process should also be selected.

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

Where the selection and use of engineering measurement is required unit MEM12023 Perform engineering measurements should also be selected.

Where the selection and use of tools is required unit MEM18001 Use hand tools and unit MEM18002 Use power tools/hand held operations, should also be selected as appropriate.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

Unit details

Location:
Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
Unit code:
MEM05050

Prerequisites

MEM11011 - Undertake manual handling

MEM13015 - Work safely and effectively in manufacturing and engineering

MEM16006 - Organise and communicate information

Assessment

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 and safe work practices; - identifying and interpreting specifications from sketches and verbal or written job instructions for performing routine gas metal arc welding (GMAW); - cleaning and preparing materials for welding to specifications; - setting up welding equipment, including selecting settings and consumables to suit application; - consistently welding materials to specifications, and; - cleaning welds in accordance with SOPs.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - safe welding practices and procedures and use of personal protective equipment (PPE); - different current and voltage settings, gas flow rates wire diameters, wire feed speed and other variables to suit typical situations; - material and equipment preparation; - properties and characteristics of materials and consumables; - equipment and equipment settings; - shielding gas properties and applications; - post-welding treatments, and; - weld characteristics.

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As part of a course

This unit is studied as part of the following courses. Refer to the course page for information on how to apply for the course.

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