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Unit of competency details

MEM05017D - Weld using gas metal arc welding process (Release 1)

Summary

Usage recommendation:
Superseded
Mapping:
MappingNotesDate
Is superseded by and equivalent to MEM05017 - Weld using gas metal arc welding processSupersedes and is equivalent to MEM05017D Weld using gas metal arc welding process 25/Jun/2019
Supersedes and is equivalent to MEM05017C - Weld using gas metal arc welding processWeld using gas metal arc welding process 22/Jun/2011

Release Status:
Current
Releases:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 01/Dec/2005

Accredited courses that have this unit in the completion mapping

Training packages that include this unit

CodeTitleSort Table listing Training packages that include this unit by the Title columnRelease
UEP12 - Electricity Supply Industry - Generation Sector Training PackageElectricity Supply Industry - Generation Sector Training Package 1.0-2.1 
UEP - Electricity Supply Industry - Generation Sector Training PackageElectricity Supply Industry - Generation Sector Training Package 1.0 
MEM05 - Metal and Engineering Training PackageMetal and Engineering Training Package 3.0-11.1 
MEA11 - Aeroskills Training PackageAeroskills Training Package 1.0-2.0 
MEA - Aeroskills Training PackageAeroskills Training Package 1.1-4.0 
AUR05 - Automotive Industry Retail, Service and Repair Training PackageAutomotive Industry Retail, Service and Repair Training Package 3.0-4.0 
AHC10 - Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land ManagementAgriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management 2.0-8.0 
AHC - Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training PackageAgriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package 1.0-3.0 

Qualifications that include this unit

CodeTitleSort Table listing Qualifications that include this unit by the Title columnRelease
UEP50318 - Diploma of ESI Generation (Maintenance)Diploma of ESI Generation (Maintenance) 
UEP50312 - Diploma of ESI Generation (Maintenance)Diploma of ESI Generation (Maintenance) 1-3 
UEP40418 - Certificate IV in ESI Generation Maintenance (Fabrication)Certificate IV in ESI Generation Maintenance (Fabrication) 
UEP40412 - Certificate IV in ESI Generation Maintenance (Fabrication)Certificate IV in ESI Generation Maintenance (Fabrication) 1-3 
MEM50105 - Diploma of Engineering - Advanced TradeDiploma of Engineering - Advanced Trade 1-5 
MEM40105 - Certificate IV in EngineeringCertificate IV in Engineering 1-4 
MEM30305 - Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication TradeCertificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade 1-4 
MEM30105 - Certificate III in Engineering - Production SystemsCertificate III in Engineering - Production Systems 1-8 
MEM20205 - Certificate II in Engineering - Production TechnologyCertificate II in Engineering - Production Technology 1-6 
AUR40208 - Certificate IV in Automotive TechnologyCertificate IV in Automotive Technology 1-2 
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Skill sets that include this unit

CodeTitleSort Table listing Skill sets that include this unit by the Title columnRelease
MEASS00373 - MTA026 Aircraft welding using the gas metal arc welding process - titanium alloysMTA026 Aircraft welding using the gas metal arc welding process - titanium alloys 1-2 
MEASS00372 - MTA025 Aircraft welding using the gas metal arc welding process - copper based alloysMTA025 Aircraft welding using the gas metal arc welding process - copper based alloys 1-2 
MEASS00371 - MTA024 Aircraft welding using the gas metal arc welding process - nickel alloysMTA024 Aircraft welding using the gas metal arc welding process - nickel alloys 1-2 
MEASS00370 - MTA023 Aircraft welding using the gas metal arc welding process - corrosion and heat resisting steelMTA023 Aircraft welding using the gas metal arc welding process - corrosion and heat resisting steel 1-2 
MEASS00369 - MTA022 Aircraft welding using the gas metal arc welding process - carbon and low alloy steelsMTA022 Aircraft welding using the gas metal arc welding process - carbon and low alloy steels 1-2 
MEASS00368 - MTA021 Aircraft welding using the gas metal arc welding process - magnesium alloysMTA021 Aircraft welding using the gas metal arc welding process - magnesium alloys 1-2 
MEASS00367 - MTA020 Aircraft welding using the gas metal arc welding process - aluminium alloysMTA020 Aircraft welding using the gas metal arc welding process - aluminium alloys 1-2 
MEASS00100 - Aircraft welding using the gas metal arc welding process - titanium alloysAircraft welding using the gas metal arc welding process - titanium alloys 
MEASS00099 - Aircraft welding using the gas metal arc welding process - nickel alloysAircraft welding using the gas metal arc welding process - nickel alloys 
MEASS00098 - Aircraft welding using the gas metal arc welding process - magnesium alloysAircraft welding using the gas metal arc welding process - magnesium alloys 
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Classifications

SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 030711 Boilermaking And Welding  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 030711 Boilermaking And Welding  02/Aug/2010 
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Modification History

Not Applicable

Unit Descriptor

Unit descriptor 

This unit of competency covers the preparation, positioning, fixing, and manual welding techniques associated with general trade level welding using gas metal arc welding (GMAW) equipment including the selection and set up of the equipment appropriate to both the material and the weld to be performed, carrying out the GMAW to prescribed standards, and examining for and correcting defects, in a range of welded fabrications.

Application of the Unit

Application of the unit 

This unit of competency applies to welds associated with heavy or light metal fabrications. Welds are fillet and butt welds in all positions on a range of ferrous and non-ferrous materials that may include carbon steel or stainless steel. Weld quality would conform to Australian Standard 1554 General Purpose, American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) or equivalent.

This unit has been primarily developed for Engineering Tradesperson - Fabrication apprenticeship training and the recognition of trade level skills in GMAW. It may also apply to other trade occupations requiring higher level GMAW welding skills.

Where manual thermal processes associated with preparation, pre-heat and/or post-heat are required, MEM05007C Perform manual heating and thermal cutting and/or MEM05008C Perform advanced manual thermal cutting, gouging and shaping should be considered for selection.

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Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not Applicable

Pre-Requisites

Prerequisite units 

Path 1 

MEM05050B

Perform routine gas metal arc welding

MEM05051A

Select welding processes

MEM05052A

Apply safe welding practices

MEM12023A

Perform engineering measurements

MEM18001C

Use hand tools

MEM18002B

Use power tools/hand held operations

Employability Skills Information

Employability skills 

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the required skills and knowledge section and the range statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.

Elements and Performance Criteria

ELEMENT 

PERFORMANCE CRITERIA 

1. Prepare materials for gas metal arc welding (GMAW)

1.1. Weld requirements are identified from specifications and/or drawings

1.2. Material is correctly prepared

1.3. Materials are assembled/aligned to specification where required

2. Select welding components and consumables

2.1. Welding machine settings, accessories and consumables are identified and selected

3. Assemble and set up welding equipment

3.1. Welding equipment is assembled and set up

4. Minimise and rectify distortion

4.1. Appropriate distortion prevention measures are selected and applied

4.2. Distortion is rectified

5. Weld to job specification using GMAW

5.1. Weld deposit is to specifications

5.2. Joints are cleaned to specifications

6. Ensure weld conformance

6.1. Weld joints are visually inspected for conformance to specifications

6.2. Defects are removed with minimum loss of sound metal using correct and appropriate techniques and tools

7. Maintain weld records as required

7.1. Weld records are completed correctly

Required Skills and Knowledge

REQUIRED SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE 

This section describes the skills and knowledge required for this unit.

Required skills 

Required skills include:

  • identifying and interpreting welding specifications including appropriate standards e.g. Australian Standard 1554 General Purpose, American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) or equivalent
  • selecting and using appropriate tools and equipment
  • using a variety of welding machines and electrodes
  • identifying and rectifying weld defects
  • applying techniques for distortion prevention and rectification
  • cleaning welds
  • reading and interpreting information on sketches, written job instructions, specifications, standard operating procedures and engineering drawings
  • recording routine information including routine weld records related to GMAW onto proformas and standard workplace forms
  • following oral instructions
  • measurement skills relating to joint preparation and GMAW

Required knowledge 

Required knowledge includes:

  • types of gases and their uses
  • the relationships between amperage/wire feed, voltage, gas flow, electrode and material
  • the application of weld metal transfer (short arc, spray etc.)
  • correct welding machine, leads, hand pieces and electrodes
  • material preparation
  • joint preparations
  • electrode classification
  • causes of distortion for materials within the scope of this unit
  • safe welding practices
  • use and application of personal protective equipment for GMAW

Evidence Guide

EVIDENCE GUIDE 

The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Overview of assessment 

A person who demonstrates competency in this unit must be able to prepare materials, select and set up the welding equipment, carry out GMAW and examine for and correct defects, in a range of welding activities associated with GMAW. Competency in this unit cannot be awarded until all prerequisites have been satisfied.

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit 

Assessors must be satisfied that the candidate can competently and consistently apply the skills covered in this unit of competency in new and different workplace situations and contexts. Critical aspects of assessment and evidence include:

  • following all safety procedures to protect self, other workers and members of the public
  • identifying and interpreting specifications for GMAW including Australian Standard 1554 General Purpose
  • interpreting welding specifications including standard welding symbols used to show weld procedure
  • selecting appropriate weld preparation methods for material and position of welds.
  • preparing materials, setting up of jigs, fixtures, clamps,etc. and joint preparation including bevelling
  • consistently welding different ferrous and non-ferrous materials to AS 1554 General Purpose or equivalent
  • identifying defects as described in the range statement across a range of welded materials
  • rectifying defects.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Welding to AS 1554 General Purpose or equivalent requires both theoretical knowledge and high level practical skills. The assessment process must be designed to identify consistent performance to the standard and the specifications across a range of materials and positions. The assessment must also identify a level of workplace performance in terms of defect rates and weld failure rates. It is recommended that assessment involve demonstrations of competency under both workshop and site conditions. This means that the ideal assessment environment is either on the job or a combination of both on and off the job.

The competencies covered by this unit may be demonstrated by an individual working alone or as part of a team. The assessment environment should not disadvantage the candidate.

Method of assessment 

Typically an Engineering Tradesperson - Fabrication and other tradespersons engaged in welding are required to exercise GMAW skills and techniques across a range of jobs and specifications.

A single assessment event is not appropriate. On the job assessment should be included as part of the assessment process wherever possible. Where assessment occurs off the job, judgement must consider evidence of the candidate's performance in a productive work environment that includes a sufficient range of appropriate tasks and materials to cover the scope of application for this unit.

Assessors should gather a range of evidence that is valid, sufficient, current and authentic. Evidence can be gathered through a variety of ways including direct observation, supervisor's reports, project work, samples and questioning. Questioning techniques should not require language, literacy and numeracy skills beyond those required in this unit of competency.

The candidate must have access to all tools, equipment, materials and documentation required. The candidate must be permitted to refer to any relevant workplace procedures, product and manufacturing specifications, codes, standards, manuals and reference materials.

Guidance information for assessment 

This unit could be assessed in conjunction with any other units addressing the safety, quality, communication, materials handling, recording and reporting associated with welding using GMAW process or other units requiring the exercise of the skills and knowledge covered by this unit.

Assessors must be satisfied that the candidate can competently and consistently perform all elements of the unit as specified by the criteria, including required knowledge, and be capable of applying the competency in new and different situations and contexts.

Range Statement

RANGE STATEMENT 

The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Weld 

Welds include fillet and butt welds carried out in all positions

Materials 

Materials may include ferrous materials including carbon or stainless steel, as well as non-ferrous metals and alloys suitable for GMAW

Prepared 

Preparation of materials may include:

  • pre-heating
  • setting up of jigs, fixtures and clamps
  • joint preparation (e.g. bevelling)

Equipment 

Equipment may include AC or DC welding machines

Distortion prevention measures 

Distortion prevention measures may include:

  • pre-heating
  • setting up of jigs, fixtures and clamps

Rectified 

Rectified refers to oxy acetylene, air arc equipment and grinding devices

Defects 

Defects may include:

  • porosity
  • slag inclusions
  • discontinuities
  • lack of penetration
  • undercut

Unit Sector(s)

Unit sector 

Co-requisite units

Co-requisite units 

Competency field

Competency field 

Fabrication