This unit of competency defines the skills and knowledge required to identify risks associated with welding operations that would typically conform to AS 1554 General Purpose and American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) or equivalent on all commonly used metals and the implementation of techniques used to reduce or eliminate welding hazards.

This unit can only be selected in conjunction with one or more of the following units:
  • MEM05015 Weld using manual metal arc welding process;
  • MEM05017 Weld using gas metal arc welding process;
  • MEM05019 Weld using gas tungsten arc welding process;
  • MEM05023 Weld using submerged arc welding process;
  • MEM05047 Weld using flux core arc welding process, and;
  • MEM05055 Weld using oxy fuel gas welding process.

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:


MEM13015 - Work safely and effectively in manufacturing and engineering

MEM16006 - Organise and communicate information


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 work health and safety (WHS) information and legislation; - identifying risks and hazards associated with welding; - implementing risk control measures and procedures, including using appropriate manual handling techniques and personal protective equipment (PPE), and; - reporting workplace non-compliances in accordance with workplace procedures.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - safe welding practices and procedures and use of PPE; - characteristics and properties of common metals and welding materials; - effect of gas and electrical welding operations on metals; - effect of various treatments on a range of commonly used metals; - WHS information and sources; - work-related safety information; - pollutants present as a result of welding activities; - all the welding processes, including equipment and material requirements, and; - hazards associated with welding processes and methods to minimise those hazards.

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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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