VU23315 - Identify and handle bricklaying tools and equipment

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Unit code: VU23315 | Study level: TAFE


This unit specifies the outcomes required to identify and safely handle bricklaying hand and power tools and plant and equipment. It does not include the maintenance of tools and equipment.
It includes the ability to plan for, prepare and handle tools and equipment, clean up after use, and report on faulty tools and equipment.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:
• identify and correctly handle each of the following bricklaying tools and equipment listed below during construction tasks:
o hand and power tools:

  • brushes
  • chisels and bolsters
  • hammers
  • hand saws
  • jointing tools
  • levels (spirit and automatic)
  • marking tools
  • measuring tapes/rulers
  • shovels
  • trowels
    o equipment:
  • brick carrier
  • clamps
  • line block and string line
  • mortarboards
  • profiles
  • scrapers
  • straight edges
    o materials:
  • cement
  • lime
  • sand
    o plant:
  • cement mixer
  • compacter
  • handling and shifting equipment, such as hand trolleys or
    pallet jacks
  • portable mixers
  • safety signage
  • wheelbarrows
  • portable generators
    In completing the above, there must also be evidence that the learner has:
    • complied with relevant safety regulations, codes of practice and work plans
    • participated in sustainable work practices
    • selected and used the required PPE
    • communicated and worked effectively with others, including using appropriate terminology
    • performed checks on tools and equipment, prior and after handling
    • cleaned and stored tools and equipment after use.

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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