Course Title: Cut and join sheet metal

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: MANU7364C

Course Title: Cut and join sheet metal

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3307 - Certificate III in Plumbing

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

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

Nominal Hours: 8

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

CPCPCM2043A - Carry out WHS requirements

Course Description

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to cut and join sheet metal associated with the fabrication, installation and repair functions of the plumbing sector.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CPCPCM2048A Cut and join sheet metal


1 Prepare for work.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Plans, drawings and specifications are obtained from supervisor for planned work activity.
1.2 Work health and safety (WHS) and environmental requirements associated with cutting and joining sheet metal are adhered to throughout the work.
1.3 Quality assurance requirements are identified and adhered to according to workplace requirements.
1.4 Tasks are planned and sequenced in conjunction with others involved in or affected by the work.
1.5 Tools and equipment, including personal protective equipment, are selected and checked for serviceability.
1.6 Work area is prepared to support efficient cutting and joining of sheet metal.


2 Identify joining requirements.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Selected sheet metal is checked for compliance with plans and specifications.
2.2 Joining materials are selected to comply with plans and specifications.
2.3 Sealants, fixing materials and sheet metal materials are checked for compatibility and are appropriate for the job.


3 Cut and join sheet metal.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Sheet metal is marked out according to plans and specifications.
3.2 Sheet metal is cut to pattern using appropriate cutting tool.
3.3 Laps are measured and shaped for joining using appropriate tools and equipment according to plans and specifications.
3.4 Surface is prepared and cleaned of grease and other contaminants.
3.5 Sheet metal is joined to comply with plans and specifications, avoiding damage to surrounding surfaces.
3.6 Joins are cleaned and visually inspected ensuring materials are correctly aligned, joined and sealed.
3.7 Sustainability principles and concepts are applied throughout the cutting and joining process.


4 Clean up.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Work area is cleared and materials disposed of, reused or recycled according to legislation, regulations, codes of practice and job specification.
4.2 Tools and equipment are cleaned, checked, maintained and stored according to manufacturer recommendations and workplace procedures.
4.3 Information is accessed and documentation completed according to workplace requirements.

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 WHS principles.

Teaching Schedule

This unit is delivered over 2 session

Session Number                 Topic                                                                                                  Learning Activities/Resources                                                                        Elements/ Performance         criteriaAssessments                                                                                                                                
Session 1

1. Planning and preparation

2. Equipment and tools required

3. Types of sheetmetal

4. Types of seams and joints.

5. Soldering and spot welding,rivetting.

6. Methods of cutting and bending.

7. Sealants.

 Read Basic Plumbing Services Skills  2nd edition chapter 7 pgs 313-363
Complete worksheets 1-3

Complete underpinnings and read SWMNS prior to starting projects

1.1 - 1.6.Ass 1 Complete underpinning question in student recording book
and SWMS

Ass 2 – Practice fabrication made to measure as per drawing & tested to 1500kpa ( A24 )

Session 2Practical Tasks

1. Formative Tasks.

2. Job 3 Joining exercise.

3. Job 4.  Carry all Toolbox

1.1 - 1.6,




Ass 3 – Fabricate flow and return pipes to the header as per job profile drawing ( A25 )

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

There are no prescribed textbooks. Basic Plumbing Services Skills  2nd edition Revised
will be provided to all students enrolled in this unit.  


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
Assessment 1 – Submit workbook underpinning questions and completed SWMS. (Weighting 25%)
Assessment 2 – Practical Task Job 3 Joining exercise (weighting 25%)
Assessment 3 – Practical Task Job 4 Carryall Toolbox (weighting 50%)

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


Assessment Matrix

Assessment Task                                                 Element and PC                                Percentage Weighting
Assessment 1 – Submit workbook underpinning questions and completed SWMS.1.1-1.625%
Assessment 2 – Practical Task Job 3 Joining exercise1.1 - 1.6, 2.1-2.3, 3.1-3.7, 4.1-4.3.
Assessment 3 – Practical Task Job 4 Carryall Toolbox1.1 - 1.6, 2.1-2.3, 3.1-3.7, 4.1-4.3.


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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