Course Title: Perform basic oxy-acetylene welding and cutting

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: BUIL6125

Course Title: Perform basic oxy-acetylene welding and cutting

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C2214 - Certificate II in Plumbing (Pre-apprenticeship)

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Program Manager - Warren James
Tel: +61 3 9925 4632

Nominal Hours: 20

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

CPCCOHS1001A Work safely in the construction industry

Course Description

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to use oxy-acetylene equipment to perform welding and cutting tasks related to simple plumbing jobs.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU20528 Perform basic oxy-acetylene welding and cutting


1. Plan to weld and cut

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Terminology applied to welding and cutting practices is used throughout the required job task.

 1.2 Quality assurance requirements are identified and adhered to in accordance with workplace requirements.

 1.3 Plans and specifications for the task are obtained from the supervisor to determine the appropriate use of oxy-acetylene to the job task.

1.4 Types of oxy-acetylene welding and cutting techniques are discussed to determine suitability for a range of job tasks.

1.5 Safety (OHS) requirements associated with the use of  oxy-acetylene and workplace environmental requirements are adhered to and provide a safe workplace environment.

 1.6 Principles of sustainability are applied to work preparation and plumbing application.



2. Prepare materials and equipment for welding and cutting

Performance Criteria:


4.1 Work area is cleaned and waste is disposed of or recycled in accordance with the state or territory legislation and workplace procedures.

4.2 Tools and equipment are cleaned, checked for serviceability and stored in accordance with the workplace procedures.

4.3 Materials and waste are disposed, recycled or stored in accordance with the state or territory legislation and workplace procedures.


3. Weld and cut materials

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Personal protective equipment (PPE) is selected, correctly fitted and maintained.

2.2 Materials are selected and securely clamped prior to welding or cutting to avoid hazard and injury.

2.3 Equipment and techniques appropriate to the specification of the job are identified and applied to fulfil the job task

2.4 Oxy-acetylene equipment is commissioned and regulated properly for a specific job and in accordance with manufacturers’ recommendations to avoid misuse.



4. Clean up work area

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Welds and cuts are performed in accordance with the workplan and job task to minimise waste.

3.2 Sustainable work practices ensure waste minimisation.

3.3 Defects and distortions are identified and rectified in accordance with the job task.

3.4 Tools, equipment and materials are used appropriately and in sequence with the job task.

3.5 Welds and cuts are cleaned in accordance with the specification.



Learning Outcomes

Refer to Elements

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities include in class workbook activities and researching industry practices and standards. This may include online learning activities. Students are expected to undertake design, size and documentation to relevant industry standards to include sustainability and WH

Teaching Schedule


Session Number Topic                                                                 






Session  1 Welding using  oxyacetylene equipment

 Pearsons Basic Plumbing Service Skills

Chapter 9 pages 401 - 429 & 436 - 460

Refer Appendix B colour photographs of welding equipment Figure 9.1, 9.7, 9.10 - 9.14, 9.31, 9.14 , 9.34 - 9.36.

Welding types / equipment / Demonstrating safe  setting up / lighting procedures / welding gases and flames / closing down procedure / saftey and personal protection

 1.1 - 4.3

Pearsons Work Sheets  1-3 & worksheet 5 questions 1,3, 4 & 5.

9 A  Underpinning questions

 Session 2 Oxy welding set up lighting , adjusting & turn of , & packing up equipment.

 Pearsons Chapter 9 , pages 412- 417

Welding Equipment , OH&S Equipment


 1.1 , 1.5 , 2.1 , 2.4 , 3.4 , 4.2 .

 Task 9 B


Session 3 Oxy welding procedures

Pearsons Chapter 9 pages 417 - 428

Welding demonstration - plate tacking / puddle runs / run beads

 1.1 - 4.3

 Tasks 9 D , Oxy Puddle run

           E , Oxy run of beads 3 mm plate

           F , Oxy Butt Weld 3 mm plate

 Session 4 Oxy Cutting ProceduresOxy Cutting Demonstration 1.1 - 4.3 Task 9 G Oxy-Acet cutt Straight 100mm in length through 6 mm plate
 Session 5Silver Brazing

Pearsons Chapter 9 pages 428 - 430

Brazing Demonstration

1.1 - 4.3Task 9 C Silver Braze 15-20-40 mm Copper expanded joints .
 Session 6 Silver Brazing Pearsons Chapter 9 Pages 428 - 430 Silver Brazing Copper 1.1 - 4.3 Tasks 16   C , D , E , G , Water test to 1500 Kpa for 5 Min.


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

There are no prescribed textbooks. ‘Pearsons Basic Plumbing Service Skills 2nd edition’
will be provided to all students enrolled in this unit.  


Other Resources

Appropriate material listed against tasks

Appropriate PPE required to complete the listed tasks

Appropriate Tools & Equipment to complete the listed Tasks

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including written/oral activities and demonstration of practical skills to the relevant industry standards.
Participants are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment activities to their teacher/assessor. Feedback will be provided throughout the course.

Assessment Tasks

Students are required to complete three different types of assessment tasks
1. Assessment 1 - Workbook activities as evidence of classroom participation

 2. Assessment 2 - Completion of underpinning questions. Task 9 B

3 Assessment 3 Practical assessments , Tasks 9  C , D , E , F , G . Tasks  16  C , D , E , G .

To successfully complete this unit, a student needs to be deemed competent (CA grade) in all both assessment tasks.
Grading Criteria:
NYC - Not yet competent
CA - Competence Achieved
DNS - Did not submit assessment

Assessment Matrix

Assessment Task                Element/ PC                                                              Percentage Weighting

Assessment 1                     - Workbook Activities & underpinning questions                Element                 1.1 -  4.3                                   20%
Assessment 2                     - Practical assessment 9 B set up , lighting , close down   Elements   1.1 , 1.5 , 2.1 , 2.4 , 3.4 , 4.2 .              40% 
Assessment 3                     -  Practical assements 9 C - 9 G  & 16 C , D , E , G .         Element                 1.1 - 4.3                                   40%

Other Information

Academic Misconduct

Students are reminded that cheating, whether by fabrication, falsification of data, or plagiarism, is an offence subject to University disciplinary procedures. Plagiarism in oral or written presentations is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person, without appropriate referencing, as though it is one’s own. Plagiarism is not acceptable.
The use of another person’s work or ideas must be acknowledged. Failure to do so may result in charges of academic misconduct which carry a range of penalties including cancellation of results and exclusion from your course.
Students are responsible for ensuring that their work is kept in a secure place. It is also a disciplinary offence for students to allow their work to be plagiarized by another student.
Students should be aware of their rights and responsibilities regarding the use of copyright material. It is strongly recommended that students refer to the Guidelines for Students at the RMIT University Homepage.

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