Course Title: Fabricate simple plumbing pipe systems

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: BUIL6129

Course Title: Fabricate simple plumbing pipe systems

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: 30

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 distinguish, select and fabricate drainage, water and gas tubing and pipes for a range of simple plumbing related tasks.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU20532 Fabricate simple plumbing pipe systems


1. Plan to assemble pipes and tubing

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Safety (OHS) requirements associated with the use of welding equipment and workplace environmental requirements are adhered to and provide a safe workplace environment.
1.2 Quality assurance requirements are identified and adhered to in accordance with workplace requirements.
1.3 Terminology related to the fabrication and assembly of pipes and tubes is correctly and accurately used in all plumbing related tasks.
1.4 Plans and specifications for the job are discussed with the supervisor to determine the sequence of tasks.


2. Prepare to assemble pipes and tubing

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Properties and characteristics of tubes and pipes are reviewed to determine they meet Australian Standards and quality assurances.
2.2 Tube and pipe installations in plumbing applications are reviewed to determine their function and compliance with plumbing regulations.
2.3 Tools and equipment for fabrication and assembly are selected according to the job requirements.


3. Join and bend pipes and tubing

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Personal protective equipment (PPE) relevant to the joining and bending pipes and tubing is selected correctly fitted and maintained.
3.2 Appropriate fabrication and assembly techniques for specified task are applied according to job specifications.
3.3 Testing procedures on fabricated tasks are applied to determine if completed work is within predetermined tolerances.


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 design, size and documentation to relevant industry standards to include sustainability and OHS

Teaching Schedule


Session Number  Topic                                                                 






Session  1 Theory of fabricating simple plumbing pipe systems PTMGA VU20532 Learner Guide, Web sites of manufacturers of materials approved for use in Australia for Water & Gas  1.1 - 4.3 Learner Guide Worksheets
Session 2 SWMS, underpinning knowledge, Student recording book, Underpinning Questions  1.1 - 3.3

Learner Guide Worksheets

Task 16 B Underpinning questions

Session 3 Practical tasks Student practical task book  1.1 - 4.3 Tasks 16 C , D , E , Bench tasks tested to 1500 Kpa for 5 min
Session 4 Practical Task Student practical task book  1.1 - 4.3 Task 16 F Mild steel pipe & gal fittings tested using manometer to 7 Kpa for 5 Min
Session 5 Practical Task Student practical task book  1.1 - 4.3 Task 16 G Board Task incorporating , Warm Water Rehau , Cold Water Sharkbite ,Tested 1500Kpa , Gas Copper Tested 7 Kpa , Appliance connected operating pressure , to Continous flow HWS , including a Tempering Valve . Rough in to WC - SHR - Bsn .


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

There are no prescribed textbooks.Student workbook will be provided to all students enrolled in this unit.  


Other Resources

Internet access to Pipe Manufacturer websites.

Appropriate Materials required for tasks

Appropriate PPE required to complete 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                                                        (weighing 10%)
2. Assessment 2 - Completion of underpinning questions.16 B                                                                                (weighing 20%)
3. Assessment 3 - Satisfactory completion of all practical tasks in student workbook. Tasks 16 C , D , E , F , G     (weighting 70%)

To successfully complete this unit, a student needs to be deemed competent (CA grade) in all 3 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          Element  1.1 - 4.3                                         10%
Assessment 2                     - Underpinning questions   Elements 1.1 - 3.3                                          20% 
Assessment 3                     - Practical tasks                 Elements  1.1 - 4.3                                         70%

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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