Course Title: Perform basic oxy-acetylene welding and cutting

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Teaching Period: VE 2018

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Course Code: BUIL6378

Course Title: Perform basic oxy-acetylene welding and cutting

School: 174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Campus: City Campus

Program: C2222 - Certificate II in Plumbing (Pre-apprenticeship)

Course Contact: Warren James

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

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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 specifies the competency required to use oxy-acetylene equipment to make welds and cuts, and to rectify any defects and distortions as part of a variety of plumbing jobs and in accordance with job, organisational and legal requirements.

Registration and/or licensing requirements are applicable to undertake tasks associated with this unit. A person who carries out plumbing work in Victoria must be registered or licensed with the Victorian Building Authority (or working under supervision).

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU21793 Perform basic oxy-acetylene welding and cutting


1. Plan to weld and cut

Performance Criteria:

1.1      Correct terminology is used when discussing basic oxy-acetylene welding and cutting.

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

1.3      Plans and specifications 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 their 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.

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


2. Prepare materials and equipment for welding and cutting

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


3. Weld and cut materials

Performance Criteria:

3.1      Welds and cuts are performed in accordance with the work plan 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.


4. Clean up the work area

Performance Criteria:

4.1      The work area is cleaned in accordance with workplace procedures, legislation and regulations.

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

4.3  Materials and waste are disposed of, recycled or stored in accordance with workplace procedures, legislation and regulations

Learning Outcomes

Refer to Elements

Details of Learning Activities

Ref Workbook

Teaching Schedule

As per timetable

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Students will be able to access course information and learning materials through CANVAS.

CANVAS is an online resource with the lesson plans for each unit. Within CANVAS are the session plans, assessments, resources and other materials required for completion of each unit of competency.

Additional materials maybe provided in class and lists of relevant reference books, resources in the library and accessible Internet sites will be provided where possible. During the course, you will be directed to websites to enhance your knowledge and understanding of difficult concepts.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment Tasks

Students must pass each of the following assessment tasks to demonstrate competent


Task 1

Assessment 1  - Workbook Activities

Task 2

Assessment 2   -  Practical assessments  1-3

Task 3

Assessment 3   -  Practical assessments  4-6

These tasks assesses the following Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):

Assessment Mapping Matrix 


Performance Criteria Covered

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To be deemed competent you must demonstrate an understanding of all aspects required of the competency. Assessment methods have been designed to measure your achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over multiple tasks.

Assessment Tasks

As Above

Assessment Matrix

As Above

Other Information

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  • Relevant
  • Current
  • Satisfies the learning/competency outcomes of the course

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