This unit describes a participant's skills and knowledge required to read and interpret plans and specifications in Civil Construction. This unit is appropriate for those working in operational roles.

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Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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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: - locates and applies applicable documentation, policies and procedures; - implements the requirements, procedures and techniques for the safe, effective and efficient completion of the reading and interpreting of plans and specifications; - works effectively with others to undertake and complete the reading and interpreting of plans and specifications that meet all of the required outcomes, and; - demonstrates completion of reading and interpreting plans and specifications that safely, effectively and efficiently meets all required outcomes on more than one (1) occasion.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - accessing, interpreting and applying the organisation and site requirements and procedures; - planning and organising work activities; - working with civil construction terminology; - identifying types of services/utilities and providers; - using construction principles; - carrying out basic calculations of heights, areas, volumes and grades; - interpreting features of plans and elevations including direction, scale, key, contours, symbols and abbreviations; - interpreting commonly used civil construction symbols and abbreviations; - application of scales in plan preparation and interpretation; - identifying key features of formal job specifications, and; - complying with drawing conventions.

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