MEM05012 - Perform routine manual metal arc welding

Unit code: MEM05012 | Study level: TAFE
MEM11011 - Undertake manual handling
MEM13015 - Work safely and effectively in manufacturing and engineering
MEM16006 - Organise and communicate information
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


This unit of competency defines the skills and knowledge required to carry out routine manual metal arc welding (MMAW) of low carbon mild steel where the welding is not required to meet an Australian Standard or equivalent.

Where the interpretation of technical drawings is required unit MEM09002 Interpret technical drawing should also be selected.

Where the selection and use of engineering measurement is required unit MEM12023 Perform engineering measurements should also be selected.

Where the selection and use of tools is required unit MEM18001 Use hand tools and unit MEM18002 Use power tools/hand held operations, should also be selected as appropriate.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.


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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:

  • following work instructions, standard operating procedures (SOPs) and safe work practices;
  • identifying and interpreting specifications from drawings, sketches and verbal or written job instructions for performing routine manual metal arc welding (MMAW);
  • cleaning and preparing materials to specifications;
  • setting up welding equipment, selecting appropriate electrodes and adjusting settings to suit application;
  • welding materials to comply with specifications, and;
  • cleaning welds for slag and splatter in accordance with SOPs.

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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