This unit describes a participant's skills and knowledge required to conduct earthworks in Civil Construction. This unit is appropriate for those working in operational roles.

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Unit details

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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 applicable documentation, policies and procedures; - implements the requirements, procedures and techniques for the safe, effective and efficient completion of earthworks; - works effectively with others to undertake and complete the conduct of earthworks that meets all requirements including: - preparing for and organising work activities to meet all task requirements; - communicating clearly and concisely with others to receive and clarify work instructions; - using a range of communication techniques and aids to advise others of work activity and exclusion zones, and; - monitoring movements and hazards and identifying and communicating changes to the work environment during the work process; - demonstrates completion of conducting earthworks that safely, effectively and efficiently meets all of the required outcomes on more than one (1) occasion including: - setting out sub-grade to plan; - forming earthworks by informing plant operators of job requirements; - assessing earthworks in progress; - monitoring thickness and moisture content; - monitoring stabilisation of existing material; - removing surface area protrusions and placing geo-synthetic material; - placing and compacting sub-grade replacement materials correctly; - clearing work area and disposing of, recycling or storing materials; - cleaning, checking, maintaining and storing plant, tools and equipment, and; - carry out specified earthworks to required procedures and standards.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - accessing, interpreting and applying organisation and site requirements and procedures for: - identifying and managing risks; - identifying, addressing and reporting environmental issues; - setting up work activity; - site isolation, signage, erecting barriers and traffic control; - work health and safety; - managing waste; - selecting and checking for faults, tools and equipment to carry out tasks; - compaction standards and testing requirements; - general plant operations and capabilities; - carrying out work to specifications, and; - applying effective techniques for conducting earthworks.

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