Course Title: Use basic electric welding techniques

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: BUIL6126

Course Title: Use basic electric welding techniques

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 construction industry

Course Description

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to use a range of electric welding tools and techniques.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU20529 Use basic electric welding techniques


1. Plan to weld using an electric welder

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Safety (OHS) and environmental requirements associated with the use of electrical welding equipment, and workplace environmental requirements, are adhered to and provide a safe workplace environment.
1.2 Australian Standards and quality assurances are adhered to ensure organisational and industry procedures.
1.3 Plans and specifications for the task are obtained from the supervisor.
1.4 Equipment is selected appropriate to the job task.
1.5 Principles of sustainability are applied to work preparation and plumbing application.


2. Prepare to weld using an electric welder

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Materials characteristics and properties are discussed.
2.2 Materials are secured and supported to facilitate the job task.
2.3 Equipment is commissioned and controls regulated appropriately for specific tasks and in accordance with manufacturers’ recommendations.

2.4 Correct terminology and procedures are applied when requesting tools, equipment and materials associated with the job task.
2.5 Personal protective equipment (PPE) is selected, fitted and maintained, relevant to the specific tool or piece of equipment used in the job task.


3. Perform a range of electric welding techniques

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Tools, equipment and materials are used in the predetermined sequence according to the job specification.
3.2 Welds are performed in accordance with the workplan and job task to minimise waste.
3.3 Welds are prepared and cleaned in accordance with the job task to facilitate effective outcome.
3.4 Power is switched off and tools and equipment safely protected when not in use.


4. Clean up work area

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.

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 practical tasks and documentation to relevant industry standards to include sustainability and W.H.S

Teaching Schedule


Session Number Topic                                                                 






Session  1 Theory lesson, & underpinning question

 RMIT workbook , complete unit questions,

Underpinning questions

 1.1 - 4.3

 Assessment 1

Underpinning questions

 Session 2 Practical task  Arc Welding Arc Weld a run of beads on 6mm steel plate for 150mm of continues length,6mm penetration, 10% reinforcement without any slag inclusion 6mm width , +- 1mm 1.1-1.5,           2.2-4.3.

 Assessment 2

 Arc Weld Run of beads

 Session 3 Practical task  Arc Welding  Arc Weld a butt weld on  6mm steel plate for 150mm of continues length,6mm penetration, 10% reinforcement without any slag inclusion 6mm width , +- 1mm 1.1-1.5,             2.2-4.3

 Assessment 3

 Arc Weld Butt

 Session 4 Practical task  Spot WeldingSpot Weld 2 piecse of sheet metal together 25mm lap to drawing 1.1-1.5, 2.2-4.3

 Assessment 4

 Spot Weld


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

RMIT workbook VU 20529 Use basic electric welding equipment & techniques


Other Resources

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 - Underpinning questions                                                      ( 25% weighing)
2. Assessment 2 - Practical task , run of beads                                                ( 25% weighing)

3. Assessment 2 - Practical task , Butt weld                                                      ( 25% weighing)

4. Assessment 2 - Practical task , Spot weld                                                     ( 25% weighing)
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                     -  Underpinning questions                     1.1  to  4.3               25%
Assessment 2                     -  Arc weld , run of beads                        1.1  to  4.3               25% 

Assessment 2                     -  Arc weld , butt weld                                1.1 to 4.3                25%

Assessment 2                     -  Spot  weld , Galvanised sheet metal  1.1 to 4.3               25%


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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