Course Title: Use basic power tools

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: BUIL6124

Course Title: Use basic power tools

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 the construction industry

Course Description

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to identify, select, use and store basic power tools associated with simple plumbing tasks.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU20527 Use basic power tools


1. Identify basic power tools

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Safety (OHS) requirements associated with the use of power tools, and workplace environmental requirements, are determined to provide a safe workplace environment.

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

1.3 Basic power tool types and their functions are discussed and specified for designated plumbing tasks.

1.4 Appropriate power sources are identified to determine that outlets and cables match tool specifications.

1.5 Information is accessed and documentation completed in  accordance with workshop procedures.



2. Prepare to use basic power tools

Performance Criteria:


2.1 Power tools are selected consistent with the requirements

of the task, job requirements and manufacturers’ specifications.

2.2 Correct terminology related to basic power tools is used when undertaking designated plumbing tasks.

2.3 Personal protective equipment (PPE) is selected, applied and maintained, relevant to the specific tool.

2.4 Equipment to support, brace, hold and position materials is correctly selected and set up to avoid hazard and injury.

2.5 Principles of sustainability are applied to work 

preparation and plumbing application.




3. Apply basic power tools

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Materials are cut and drilled according to the designated plumbing task and job specifications.

3.2 Power tools are switched off and are safely positioned when not in immediate use during the 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. principles

Teaching Schedule


Session Number Topic                                                                 






 Session  1 Theory lesson Theory using pearsons workbook 1.1 - 4.3 . 
 Session 2 Teacher , practical demonstration of Safe operation of tools listed,  including selection of appropriate PPE , Anchorage Method , Power Source  & .Theory assessment

Spot Welder

Powered Threading Machine

Magnetic Folder

Powered Screwdriver

Battery Impact Driver

Battery Drill / Screwdriver

 1.1 , 4.3 .  Assessment 1 Theory
 Session 3Student demonstrate safe usage of tools listed , including appropriate selection of PPE , anchorage method & power source .

 Spot Welder

Magnetic Folder

Battery Drill / Screwdriver

1.1 , 1.2.   1.4-4.3 . Assessment 2
 Session 4Student demonstrate safe usage of tools listed , including appropriate selection of PPE , anchorage method & power source .

Powered Screwdriver

Battery Impact Driver

1.1 , 1.2. 1.4-4.3 . Assessment 3
 Session 5Student demonstrate safe usage of tools listed , including appropriate selection of PPE , anchorage method & power source .Powered Threading Machine1.1 , 1.2. 1.4-4.3 . Assessment 4


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

There are no prescribed textbooks. ‘Pearsons Basic Plumbing Service Skills 2nd edition’
will be provided to all students enrolled in this unit.  


Other Resources

Manufacturers operating instructions Web research

Electrical safety  , tools  Web research

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 two different types of assessment tasks , 4 in total
1. Assessment 1 -Completion of underpinning questions  (25% weighing)
2. Assessment 2 - Practical student demonstration (weighing 25%)

3. Assessment 3 - Practical student demonstration (weighing 25%)

4. Assessment 4- Practical student demonstration (weighing 25%)
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                       (weighing 25%)                       
Assessment 2                     -     Practical student demonstration                          (weighing 25%)                              

Assessment 3                     -     Practical student demonstration                          (weighing 25%)

Assessment 4                     -     Practical student demonstration                          (weighing 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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