Course Title: Cut and penetrate building materials and structures

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: BUIL6130

Course Title: Cut and penetrate building materials and structures

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


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 identify the properties of building materials and structures to facilitate cutting and penetration where required to fulfil job tasks.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU20533 Cut and penetrate building materials and structures


1. Plan to cut or penetrate building materials

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Building structures are discussed to determine composition and method of construction.
1.2 Types and properties of building materials are discussed to determine appropriate tools to make cuts or penetrations.
1.3 Safety (OHS) and environmental requirements to safely cut or penetrate building materials are discussed to identify potential hazards.
1.4 Correct terminology is used when discussing building materials, structures and cutting and penetrating techniques.
1.5 Quality assurance requirements are identified and adhered to in accordance with workplace requirements.
1.6 Principles of sustainability are applied to work preparation and plumbing application.


2. Prepare to cut or penetrate building materials or structures

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Appropriate tools are selected to perform cuts or penetrations on building materials or building structures.
2.2 Plans and specifications for the job are discussed with the supervisor to determine the sequence of tasks.
2.3 Mark outs are assessed and checked for obstructions or hazards prior to making cuts or penetrations.
2.4 Personal protective equipment (PPE) relevant to the specific tool, material and task is selected and PPE is fitted correctly.


3. Perform cuts or penetrations to building materials or structures

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Safety (OHS) and environmental requirements associated with the cutting or penetrating of building materials or structures are adhered to and provide a safe workplace environment.
3.2 Materials are appropriately secured to perform cuts or penetrations.
3.3 Cutting or penetrating tools and equipment are used following manufacturers’ recommendations to complete job task.
3.4 Cuts and penetrations are executed to materials and structures to fulfil job task.


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.principals

Teaching Schedule


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

RMIT workbook , cut & penetrate building materials & structures


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


Assessment Matrix


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