Unit of competency details

MEM18098A - Prepare to perform work associated with fuel system installation and servicing (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to MEM18098 - Prepare to perform work associated with fuel system installation and servicingSupersedes and is equivalent to MEM18098A Prepare to perform work associated with fuel system installation and servicing 25/Jun/2019

Release Status:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 16/Jul/2011

Training packages that include this unit


SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 030503 Vehicle Mechanics  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 030503 Vehicle Mechanics  07/Oct/2011 
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Modification History

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Unit Descriptor

This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to prepare for work associated with fuel system installation and servicing. It complements other relevant general occupational health and safety (OHS) and any required technical units.

Application of the Unit

This unit applies to personnel who install or service fuel systems and equipment. They will typically undertake this in a service station forecourt which may be operational or be shut down for refurbishment or under construction.

Work associated with installation and servicing may be undertaken by a person working autonomously or in a team.

The skills and knowledge needed to undertake the work are covered by relevant technical units of competency.

Band: A

Unit weight: 2

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.



Interpret technical drawing

Employability Skills Information

This unit contains employability skills

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Not applicable.

Elements and Performance Criteria


Plan and prepare for installation or servicing task


Clarify job requirements, as appropriate


Clarify variations to work plan and take appropriate action


Obtain required work permits


Identify and comply with emergency and safety procedures for worksite


Confirm location and nature of key fuel system components


Identify and locate above and below ground storage components


Identify and locate fuel conveying systems


Identify and locate pumps and pump systems


Identify and locate dispensing systems


Confirm location of fuel system components with site plan


Identify and report any hazards and/or inconsistencies with site plan, equipment drawings and regulatory requirements


Assess and manage risks associated with the work


Identify fuels and other hazardous materials on site


Identify other hazards


Identify and confirm shut-off procedures, details of evacuation plan and location of emergency equipment


Assess hazards and determine risks


Determine appropriate control measures to control risks


Select appropriate tools and equipment to be used on the job


Identify nature and location of required isolations


Determine the type of, and appropriate locations for, barriers to prevent unauthorised access to the work location and put them in place before job commencement

Required Skills and Knowledge

Required knowledge includes:

  • types of fuels and their associated hazards
  • fuel delivery systems and associated hazards:
  • pressure
  • suction
  • flammability
  • explosive potential
  • toxicity
  • static electricity
  • dangerous goods classification and labelling
  • storage and handling of dangerous goods
  • suction/pressure systems
  • first stage vapour recovery systems
  • second stage vapour recovery systems
  • pumps and pumping principles and problems
  • fuel dispensing and metering systems
  • interpretation of permits, site maps and hazard maps
  • regulatory requirements, including licensing, OHS and environmental regulations

Required skills include:

  • communicating effectively, including recording, reporting and documenting information
  • identifying and complying with appropriate legislation and regulations
  • identifying hazards
  • assessing hazards and determining risks
  • determining appropriate control measures using the hierarchy of control
  • identifying support and assistance requirements
  • relating to people from a range of social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds and of varying physical and mental abilities
  • selecting and using appropriate personal protection equipment
  • using relevant computer systems

Evidence Guide

Overview of assessment

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

A person who demonstrates competency in this unit must be able to provide evidence of the ability to:

  • determine work requirements
  • identify hazards and risks associated with the worksite
  • establish appropriate plan for the performance of work
  • apply any state/territory licensing, OHS and environmental legislation, standards and industry codes of practice.

Context of and specific resources for assessment

  • The application of competency may be assessed in the workplace or simulated work environment.
  • Assessment may be conducted before a candidate goes to site using appropriate simulations, scenarios and questioning.
  • The competencies covered by this unit would be demonstrated by an individual working alone or as part of a team.
  • The assessment environment should not disadvantage the candidate.
  • Where applicable, reasonable adjustment must be made to work environments and training situations to accommodate ethnicity, age, gender, demographics and disability.
  • Access must be provided to appropriate learning and/or assessment support when required.
  • The following resources should be made available:
  • workplace location or simulated workplace
  • a bank of appropriate scenarios.

Method of assessment

Guidance information for assessment

Assessment processes and techniques must be culturally appropriate and suitable to the language, literacy and numeracy capacity of the candidate and the competency being assessed. In all cases where practical assessment is used, it should be combined with targeted questioning to assess the underpinning knowledge.

Range Statement

Work permits 

Work permits may include, but are not limited to:

  • permits issued by client
  • permits using the Australian Institute of Petroleum (AIP) form
  • other work documents required for the job

Types of permit may include, but are not limited to:

  • hot work
  • cold work
  • confined space
  • excavation
  • working at heights

Emergency and safety procedures for worksite 

Emergency and safety procedures for worksite may include, but are not limited to:

  • specific procedures for that site
  • location of emergency shut-off and procedures for re-setting emergency shut-off
  • dealing with spills or other losses in containment
  • fire response
  • other incident response procedures for that site
  • other site-specific hazards and procedures

Storage components 

Storage components may include, but are not limited to:

  • single wall tanks
  • jacketed steel tanks
  • double-walled tanks (dry and liquid filled interstitial space)
  • fibre composite (FRP) tanks
  • high density polyethylene (HDPE) tanks

Fuel conveying systems 

Fuel conveying systems may include, but are not limited to:

  • steel pipes
  • HDPE pipes
  • vapour recovery systems and pipes
  • pipe joining

Pumps and pump systems 

Pumps and pump systems may include, but are not limited to:

  • centrifugal pumps
  • positive displacement pumps
  • pressure and suction systems
  • pumping problems
  • multiproduct pumps

Dispensing systems 

Dispensing systems may include, but are not limited to:

  • fuel metering
  • hoses and nozzles
  • stage two vapour recovery
  • flow control valves
  • discharge control
  • multiproduct dispensers

Corrosion protection systems and components 

Corrosion protection systems and components may be:

  • cathodic protection:
  • impressed current
  • sacrificial anode
  • wrapping
  • coating


Fuels may include, but are not limited to:

  • petrol
  • ethanol blend fuels (of various concentrations)
  • diesel and biodiesel
  • liquefied petroleum gas (LPG)

Hazardous materials 

Other hazardous materials may include, but are not limited to:

  • ‘solid’ pool chlorine (calcium hypochlorite)
  • ‘liquid’ pool chlorine (sodium hypochlorite solutions)
  • lubricants
  • cleaning agents
  • gas ‘bottles’
  • workshop materials

Appropriate tools 

Appropriate tools may include, but are not limited to tools that are:

  • intrinsically safe
  • ergonomically appropriate to the job
  • safe and in good condition

Required isolations 

Required isolations may include, but are not limited to:

  • lock out/tag out
  • double block and bleed
  • use of blanks, blinds and goggles
  • removal of spool piece
  • removal of mechanical drives


Barriers are methods of excluding unauthorised access from the worksite and may include, but are not limited to:

  • temporary fencing
  • bollards
  • witches hats
  • tapes
  • signage


Typical problems may include, but are not limited to:

  • variations to the work schedule
  • variations to the work scope
  • issues with the public or site personnel
  • failure of equipment
  • inappropriate/incomplete permit or work instructions

Unit Sector(s)

Maintenance and diagnostics

Custom Content Section

Not applicable.