This unit describes a participant s skills and knowledge required to apply the principles for the installation of underground service using open excavation in Civil construction. This unit is appropriate for those working in supervisory or technical specialist roles.

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

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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 relevant legislation, documentation, policies and procedures; - implements appropriate procedures and techniques for the safe, effective and efficient supervision of installation of underground service using open excavation tasks including identifying and interpreting relevant information and data; - calculating quantities for the execution of tasks, including: volumes, grades, percentages, areas and resource consumption figures, including required supply rates; - works effectively with others to plan, prepare and conduct for the installation of underground service using open excavation tasks including providing clear and timely instruction and supervision using a range of communication techniques to those involved, preparing for and conducting briefings, toolbox and site meeting and maintaining clear and legible written records and reporting systems, and; - demonstrates completion of the principles for the installation of underground service using open excavation that safely, effectively and efficiently meets all of the required outcomes on more than one (1) occasion including supervising others in the installation of underground service using open excavation tasks, organising availability of necessary resources, monitoring required outcomes and identifying performance gaps and recommending changes to improve the execution of tasks.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - applying organisation, site requirements and procedures for: risk assessment and management, statutory compliance, work health and safety, environmental management, shoring and slope management, quality management, work zone traffic management, and contract management; - managing open excavation underground service installation; - plant and equipment capabilities and application; - implementing plant, equipment and tools maintenance requirements and procedures; - assessing operational techniques; - assessing resource requirements and procedures; - scheduling tasks/activities; - scheduling materials delivery requirements and procedures; - implementing workplace relationship requirements and procedures; - managing client and site operational requirements; - identifying relationship between various areas of civil works; - using team leadership techniques; - using works planning techniques; - identifying engineering survey principles; - using estimating principles; - using civil works construction sequencing and terminology, and; - identifying related underground services and utilities.

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