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Produce barrels using non-fired processes

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Version 1.0
Issue Date: April 2019

This unit supports the attainment of skills and knowledge required for competent workplace performance of the fundamentals of coopering operations. This unit generally applies to a factory or plant environment and involves application of skills and knowledge at a production worker level. These skills and knowledge are to be used within the scope of the individual's job and authority.

This unit specifies the outcomes required for the production of barrels or other coopering products, and includes the preparation, machining, assembly and finishing of the products.

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Employability Skills

This unit contains employability skills.

Evidence Required

List the assessment methods to be used and the context and resources required for assessment. Copy and paste the relevant sections from the evidence guide below and then re-write these in plain English.

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.

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

Read and interpret a work/job specification

Complete a minimum of two non-fired and fully finished barrel or equivalent products to specification

Effectively conduct operator maintenance on tools and equipment

Comply with legislation, regulations, standards, codes of practice and established safe practices and procedures for coopering operations

Communicate effectively and work safely with others in the work area

Context of, and specific resources for assessment

The application of competency is to be assessed in the workplace or realistically simulated workplace

Assessment is to occur under standard and authorised work practices, safety requirements and environmental constraints

Assessment of essential underpinning knowledge, other than confirmatory questions, will usually be conducted in an off-site context

Assessment is to comply with relevant regulatory or Australian Standards requirements

The following resources should be made available:

workplace location or simulated workplace

materials and equipment relevant to producing a coopering product

specifications and work instructions

Method of assessment

Assessment must satisfy the endorsed assessment guidelines of the Furnishing Industry Training Package

Assessment methods must confirm consistency and accuracy of performance (over time and in a range of workplace relevant contexts) together with application of underpinning knowledge

Assessment methods must be by direct observation of tasks and include questioning on underpinning knowledge to ensure its correct interpretation and application

Assessment may be applied under project related conditions (real or simulated) and require evidence of process

Assessment must confirm a reasonable inference that competency is able not only to be satisfied under the particular circumstance, but is able to be transferred to other circumstances

Assessment may be in conjunction with assessment of other units of competency

Submission Requirements

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Assessment Tasks

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Required skills

collect, organise and understand information related to work orders, basic plans and safety procedures

communicate ideas and information to enable confirmation of work requirements and specifications, coordination of work with site supervisor, other workers and customers, and the reporting of work outcomes and problems

work with others and in a team by recognising dependencies and using co-operative approaches to optimise work flow and productivity

use checking and inspection techniques to ensure barrels comply with specifications and that instances of non-compliance are remedied

recognise and respond to circumstances outside instructions or personal competence

plan and organise activities including the preparation and layout of own worksite and the obtaining and use of tools and materials to avoid any backtracking, work flow interruptions or wastage during the production cycle

use mathematical ideas and techniques to correctly complete measurements, calculate area and volume, and estimate other material requirements

clarify and confirm work instructions

plan own work within the given task parameters

accept responsibility for given tasks

set, monitor and satisfy personal work goals

satisfy the competency requirements for the job

maintain current knowledge of tools and barrel production materials

maintain current knowledge of barrel production techniques

seek learning opportunities

use the workplace technology related to the production of barrels including hand and power tools, calculators and measuring devices

Required knowledge

State or Territory OH&S legislation, regulations, standards and codes of practice relevant to the full range of processes for coopering operation

basic barrel construction terminology and techniques

basic barrel repair terminology and techniques

organisational and site standards, requirements, policies and procedures for coopering

types of coopering tools and equipment and procedures for their safe use, operation and maintenance

characteristics of timber, timber products and defects

coopering components standard shapes and forms

environmental protection requirements relating to the disposal of waste material

established communication channels and protocols

problem identification and resolution

set up and operation of machining equipment

cutting patterns and sequences

cutting tool condition assessment

storage systems and labelling

procedures for the recording, reporting and maintenance of workplace records and information

appropriate mathematical procedures for estimation and measurement

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.

OH&S requirements

are to be in accordance with Commonwealth, State or Territory legislation and regulations, organisational safety policies and procedures. Requirements may include but not be limited to the use of personal protective equipment and clothing, fire fighting equipment, first aid equipment, hazard and risk control and elimination of hazardous materials and substances, manual handling including lifting and carrying

Legislative requirements

are to be in accordance with applicable legislation from all levels of government that affect organisational operation. Requirements may include but not be limited to award and enterprise agreements, industrial relations, Australian Standards, confidentiality and privacy, OH&S, the environment, equal opportunity, anti-discrimination, relevant industry codes of practice, duty of care and heritage

Organisational requirements

may include but not be limited to legal, organisational and site guidelines, policies and procedures relating to own role and responsibility, quality assurance, procedural manuals, quality and continuous improvement processes and standards, OH&S, emergency and evacuation, ethical standards, recording and reporting, access and equity principles and practices, equipment use, maintenance and storage, environmental management (waste disposal, recycling and re-use guidelines)

Work order

is used to determine job requirements including design, tolerances, process, materials, finish and quantity

Appropriate personnel

may include but not be limited to supervisors, suppliers, clients, colleagues and managers


at this level may refer to the traditional barrel or equivalent products such as vats, casks, tubs, bars or baths

Production sequence

includes docking and grading staves, dressing staves, jointing staves, rising or assembling barrel, bending the barrel, crozing, making heads, cutting the head, fitting the head, finishing the barrel, fitting final hoops and testing

Tools and equipment

hand tools for coopering are to include, but not be limited to hand plane, chisels, hand saws, spokeshave, hammer, mallet, auger, croze, driver, knives (belly, crum, heading, hollow), cooper's hammer, maul, adze(s), hollowing knives, shaves (hoop, inside, heading), swift, marking-out tools, files, rasps, scraper, screwdrivers and hand drill

power tools for coopering are to include, but not be limited to bench grinder, drop saw, circular power saw, planer, drill, jig saw, router, trimmer, biscuit machine, brad/nail and staple gun, and sanders


may include solid timber, caulking cotton, wedges, workhole pegs, tooth picks and metal wedges


may include but not be limited to shaped templates for routing

Coopering Components

are to include heads, staves and hoops and may include decorative features or fittings in steel, stainless steel or copper


is to cover:


correct number and fitting of staves

hoop and hardware, fittings and attachments, and

conformity to work instruction and quality requirements


may include plastics, foil and sealing coating


is to include standard hot water leakage testing

Repair of leakage faults

may include plugging, caulking or re-machining

Decorative features or fittings

may include final hoops and taps which may be steel, stainless steel or copper


may include paint, lacquer, polyurethane and varnish


must ensure that there is no obstruction of traffic, components and products are not damaged in storage and products are accessible for further distribution/despatch


may include but not be limited to off-cuts, shavings and sawdust

Records and reports

may include but not be limited to the machining method, product type, size, inspection, grading and labelling outcomes, storage locations, quality outcomes, hazards, incidents or equipment malfunctions

Copy and paste from the following performance criteria to create an observation checklist for each task. When you have finished writing your assessment tool every one of these must have been addressed, preferably several times in a variety of contexts. To ensure this occurs download the assessment matrix for the unit; enter each assessment task as a column header and place check marks against each performance criteria that task addresses.

Observation Checklist

Tasks to be observed according to workplace/college/TAFE policy and procedures, relevant legislation and Codes of Practice Yes No Comments/feedback
Applicable OH&S, legislative and organisational requirements relevant to coopering operations are verified and complied with 
Work order is reviewed, confirmed and clarified with appropriate personnel 
Barrelproduction sequence is planned 
Procedures are determined for checking quality at each stage of the process 
Suitable work area is selected for the task 
Tools and equipment suitable for the work are selected and checked for safe operation 
Materials, hardware, fittings and attachments are collected 
Fixing and joining devices are selected in line with work instructions and type of materials to be joined 
Jigs are selected and checked for suitability of purpose 
Components, including staves and heads are machined and prepared to specification 
Components are laid out and joined using jigs, appropriate fastenings and clamping devices 
Hand and/or power tools, equipment are used as required 
Assembled components are checked for compliance with specifications 
Components are prepared, assembled, fitted and checked as per specification 
Product is lined in accordance with specification 
Product is tested for leakage and faults are repaired 
Decorative features or fittings are fitted and secured to specification 
Product is sanded and prepared for coating 
Product is coated in accordance with specification and intended commercial application 
Faulty and/or defective equipment is tagged and reported in accordance with workplace procedures 
Finished products are organised and stored in holding area 
Waste and scrap is removed following workplace procedures 
Tools and equipment used is cleaned; inspected for serviceable condition and stored appropriately in accordance with workplace procedures 
Equipment and work area clean-up is maintained in accordance with workplace procedures 
Records and reports are completed to workplace requirements 


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