RIICCM208E - Carry out basic levelling

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Unit code: RIICCM208E | Study level: TAFE


This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to carry out basic levelling in civil construction, including establishing offsets to plans and drawings and setting up and using a levelling device.It applies to those working in operational roles. They generally work under supervision to undertake a prescribed range of functions involving known routines and procedures and take some responsibility for the quality of work outcomes.


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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce & extend knowledge and skill competence within set & controlled parameters in accordance with each unit’s learning outcomes & performance criteria requirements, incl 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:
*carry out basic levelling on at least two occasions, including:

  • using an automatic level on at least one occasion
  • using closed traverse which utilises either the height of instrument or rise and fall method of reduction on at least one occasion
  • conducting a peg test with an automatic level to confirm instrument meets manufacturer tolerances
  • recording results of each levelling procedure according to organisational requirements.

During the above, the candidate must:
*locate and apply required legislation, documentation, policies and procedures
*identify, report and record hazards and risks
*implement the requirements, procedures and techniques for basic levelling including:

  • selecting and using required tools and equipment
  • carrying out basic levelling mathematics
  • following basic civil construction processes
    *work with others to complete basic levelling that meets required outcomes, including:
  • communicating with others to receive and clarify work instructions
  • using communication techniques and equipment to convey information to others, including signage to advise others of work activity and exclusion zones
  • complying with reporting requirements and procedures.

Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge:
*legislation required to carry out basic levelling
*policies, procedures and documentation required to carry out basic levelling, including those relating to:

  • hazard and risk management
  • work health and safety
  • emergency response
  • site and equipment safety
  • environmental protection waste management
  • communication techniques and equipment
  • workplace recording and reporting
  • site isolation and traffic control responsibilities
  • operational, maintenance and basic diagnostic procedures
  • project quality requirements
  • job plans and specifications
    *housekeeping activities, including:
  • cleaning up work area
  • cleaning and maintaining condition of equipment
  • waste management
  • processing records
    *principles and techniques required to carry out basic levelling, including those related to:
  • organising work activities
  • levelling tasks
    *tolerance checks, including:
  • two peg test for automatic level
  • reverse readings for spirit level
  • reading and applying civil construction plans
  • basic symbols
    *levelling procedures, including:
  • open or close traverse utilising height of instrument
  • rise and fall methods of reduction
    *types, characteristics, technical capabilities and limitations of plant and equipment required to carry out basic levelling, including:
  • spirit levels
  • wooded or steel pegs
  • straight edges
  • hammers
  • chalk lines
    *materials safety data sheet (SDS) compliance processes
    *components of job safety analyses (JSAs), job safety environmental analyses (JSEAs), and safe work method statements (SWMs)
    *civil construction terminology related to carrying out basic levelling.

Required reading

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

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