VU23319 - Apply masonry blockwork techniques

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Unit code: VU23319 | Study level: TAFE


This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to apply masonry blockwork techniques to basic masonry blockwork construction. It does not include the construction of the brickwork or block base.
This unit applies to pre-apprentices who under close supervision and guidance, develop a defined and limited range of skills and knowledge in preparing them for entering the working environment within the bricklaying industry. They use little judgement and follow instructions specified by the supervisor. On entering the industry, it is intended that further training will be required for this specific skill to ensure trade level standard.


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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce & extend knowledge and skill competence within set & controlled parameters in accordance with each units learning outcomes & 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:
• set out and lay at least two masonry blockwork walls, one with internal corner wall using 200 mm series with a length of 1990 mm and an internal
return of 800 mm and one with external corner using 150 mm series with a length of 1940 mm and an external return of 740 mm to a line and gauge. Both walls must be a minimum of 4 courses high and include two stopped ends.
In completing the above, there must also be evidence that the learner has:
• complied with relevant safety regulations, codes of practice and work plans
• applied safety and sustainable work practices
• communicated and worked effectively with others
• selected and used the required materials, tools and equipment for construction processes
• mixed the mortar batch to specifications
• set out and lay out masonry blockwork to a line, square and gauge.
• cleaned up and stored tools and equipment after blockwork construction.

Required reading

The qualified trainer and assessor will provide teaching and learning materials as required in the form of workbooks produced by the VU Polytechnic and/or via the Victoria University Polytechnic e-Learning system.

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