This unit of competency sets out the knowledge and skills required to perform: basic welding using manual metal arc welding (MMAW) basic welding using gas metal arc welding (GMAW) basic thermal cutting using fuel gas equipment
This involves identifying the welding/cutting requirements, preparing materials and equipment, welding and cutting components. Welding is routine and where the welding quality is not required to meet an Australian Standard or equivalent. Fillet and butt welds would typically be performed on low carbon/mild steels. Thermal cutting is manual straight line cutting.
License to practice
The skills and knowledge described in this unit do not require a licence to practice in the workplace. However, practice in this unit is subject to regulations directly related to occupational health and safety and where applicable contracts of training such as apprenticeships and traineeships.

Unit details

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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A person who demonstrates competency in this unit must be able to fabricate engineering structures using basic welding and thermal cutting processes. Competency in this unit cannot be claimed until all prerequisites have been satisfied. Assessors should gather a range of evidence that is valid, sufficient, current and authentic. Assessors must be satisfied that the candidate can competently and consistently perform all elements of the unit as specified by the criteria, including required knowledge, and to be capable of applying the competency in new and different situations and contexts within the timeframes typically expected of the discipline, work function and industrial environment. In particular this shall incorporate evidence that shows a candidate is able to: Implement Occupational Health and Safety workplace procedures and practices including the use of risk control measures as specified in the performance criteria and range; and Demonstrate essential knowledge and associated skills of this unit; and Demonstrate an appropriate level of skills enabling employment

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