This unit of competency describes the knowledge and skills required to produce drawings for structural steel elements, in accordance with accepted practice and Australian Standards.  The unit includes interpreting and applying relevant sections of the Australian Standard, and Australian Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) handbook, making calculations, setting up drafting equipment and preparing the drawing/s in line with job specifications.

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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: - consulting and communicating with other project personnel; - identifying and following relevant OHS/WHS procedures; - reading and interpreting AS4100, ASIC Handbook, relevant building codes; - specify requirements; - preforming calculations to determine span, channel and beam sizes etc; - producing technical structural drawings in accordance to AS 1100 using manual or computer aided drafting equipment, and; - preparing and updating supporting documentation.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - steel sections handbooks in the identification of steel members and derivation of dimensions; - relevant data from Steel Structures Code AS4100; - relevant data from AISC Standardised Structural Steel Connections Handbook; - structural steel line diagrams; - basic design information to correctly draw, label and dimension structural steel connections; - relevant: symbols; terminology; linework; lettering; - detailing: base plates; column/bearer and beam/bearer joints; trusses; gusset plates; girts, purlins and bracing; - application of: centre of gravity lines; gauge lines; edge distances; bolt pitches; hole sizes; - detailing weld types and requirements for field and site welding; - specifications of appropriate protective coatings; - member lengths, and; - member marker system.

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