Use steelfixing tools and equipment

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to use steelfixing tools, plant and equipment.It includes identification, selection and safe use of a range of commonly used steelfixing tools, plant and equipment; and storage and user maintenance of these.


This unit supports the attainment of skills and knowledge to safely and effectively use a range of tools and equipment used in steelfixing on construction projects, which includes working with others and as a member of a team.



Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Plan and prepare.

1.1. Work instructions, including plans, specifications, quality requirements and operational details are obtained from relevant information, confirmed and applied to the scope of work performed.

1.2. Safety (OHS) requirements are followed in accordance with safety plans and policies.

1.3. Signage and barricade requirements are identified and implemented.

1.4. Materials quantity requirements are calculated in accordance with plans, specifications.

1.5. Materials appropriate to the work application are identified, obtained, prepared, safely handled and located ready for use.

1.6. Environmental requirements are identified for the project in accordance with environmental plans and statutory and legislative authority obligations and applied.

2. Identify hand and power tools.

2.1. Hand and power tools and their functions, operations and limitations are identified.

2.2. OHS requirements for using hand tools are recognised and adhered to.

2.3. OHS requirements for using power tools are recognised and adhered to.

3. Select tools for project.

3.1. Tools and equipment are selected consistent with job requirements.

3.2. Tools, including leads and hoses, are checked for tags, serviceability and safety, and any faults are rectified or reported.

3.3. Power tools guards, retaining bolts, couplings, gauges and controls are checked and maintained in accordance with manufacturer recommendations.

3.4. Equipment to hold or support material during operation is selected.

3.5. Pre-operational checks, including lubricants, hydraulic fluid and water, are completed according to manufacturer recommendations.

4. Use tools.

4.1. Power and compressed air supply are connected to work area.

4.2. Start-up and shut-down procedures are followed.

4.3. Tools are safely and effectively used according to manufacturer recommendations and OHS requirements.

4.4. Tools are safely located when not in immediate use.

5. Select plant and equipment.

5.1. Function and limitations of plant and equipment used in steelfixing are identified.

5.2. Plant and equipment are selected consistent with hazard minimisation and needs of job.

5.3. Method of operation of plant and equipment is identified.

5.4. OHS requirements for operating and using plant and equipment are recognised and adhered to.

5.5. Plant and equipment are checked for safety and faults are rectified or reported.

6. Use plant and equipment.

6.1. Plant and equipment are safely and effectively used.

6.2. Plant and equipment are safely located when not in immediate use.

6.3. Plant and equipment are cleaned, maintained and stored after use.

7. Clean up.

7.1. Work area is cleared and materials disposed of, reused or recycled in accordance with legislation, regulations, codes of practice and job specification.

7.2. Machinery, tools and equipment are cleaned, checked, maintained and stored in accordance with manufacturer recommendations and standard work practices.

Required Skills

Required skills

Required skills for this unit are:

communication skills to:

determine requirements

follow instructions

read and interpret:

documentation from a variety of sources

drawings and specifications

report faults

use language and concepts appropriate to cultural differences

use and interpret non-verbal communication, such as hand signals

identifying and accurately reporting to appropriate personnel any faults in tools, equipment or materials

mathematical and numeracy skills to apply measurements and calculations

organisational skills, including the ability to plan and set out work

teamwork skills to work with others to action tasks and relate to people from a range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds and with varying physical and mental abilities

technological skills to:

use a range of mobile technology, such as two-way radio and mobile phones

voice and hand signals to access and understand site-specific instructions.

Required knowledge

Required knowledge for this unit is:

job safety analysis (JSA) and safe work method statements

material safety data sheets (MSDS)

materials storage and environmentally friendly waste management

plans, drawings and specifications

processes for the calculation of material requirements

quality requirements

steelfixing industry terminology

systems and techniques for safe handling of materials

types, characteristics, uses and limitations of:

steelfixing hand tools

steelfixing power tools

steelfixing plant and equipment

steelfixing materials

workplace and equipment safety requirements.

Evidence Required

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

This unit of competency could be assessed in the workplace or a close simulation of the workplace environment, provided that simulated or project-based assessment techniques fully replicate construction workplace conditions, materials, activities, responsibilities and procedures.

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:

locate, interpret and apply of relevant information, standards and specifications

comply with site safety plan and OHS legislation, regulations and codes of practice applicable to workplace operations

comply with organisational policies and procedures, including quality requirements

communicate and work effectively and safely with others

select, use and maintain the hand and power tools and equipment listed in the range statement

select, use and provide operator maintenance for the equipment items listed in the range statement.

Context of and specific resources for assessment

This competency is to be assessed using standard and authorised work practices, safety requirements and environmental constraints.

Assessment of essential underpinning knowledge will usually be conducted in an off-site context.

Assessment is to comply with relevant regulatory or Australian standards' requirements.

Resource implications for assessment include:

an induction procedure and requirement

realistic tasks or simulated tasks covering the mandatory task requirements

relevant specifications and work instructions

tools and equipment appropriate to applying safe work practices

support materials appropriate to activity

workplace instructions relating to safe work practices and addressing hazards and emergencies

material safety data sheets

research resources, including industry related systems information.

Reasonable adjustments for people with disabilities must be made to assessment processes where required. This could include access to modified equipment and other physical resources, and the provision of appropriate assessment support.

Method of assessment

Assessment methods must:

satisfy the endorsed Assessment Guidelines of the Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Package

include direct observation of tasks in real or simulated work conditions, with questioning to confirm the ability to consistently identify and correctly interpret the essential underpinning knowledge required for practical application

reinforce the integration of employability skills with workplace tasks and job roles

confirm that competency is verified and able to be transferred to other circumstances and environments.

Validity and sufficiency of evidence requires that:

competency will need to be demonstrated over a period of time reflecting the scope of the role and the practical requirements of the workplace

where the assessment is part of a structured learning experience the evidence collected must relate to a number of performances assessed at different points in time and separated by further learning and practice, with a decision on competency only taken at the point when the assessor has complete confidence in the person's demonstrated ability and applied knowledge

all assessment that is part of a structured learning experience must include a combination of direct, indirect and supplementary evidence.

Assessment processes and techniques should as far as is practical take into account the language, literacy and numeracy capacity of the candidate in relation to the competency being assessed.

Supplementary evidence of competency may be obtained from relevant authenticated documentation from third parties, such as existing supervisors, team leaders or specialist training staff.

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.

Quality requirements include relevant regulations, including:

Australian standards

internal company quality policy and standards

manufacturer specifications

workplace operations and procedures.

Information includes:

diagrams or sketches

instructions issued by authorised organisational or external personnel

manufacturer specifications and instructions, where specified



regulatory and legislative requirements pertaining to the use of steelfixing tools and equipment

relevant Australian standards

safe work procedures relating to steelfixing tools and equipment


verbal, written and graphical instructions

work bulletins

work schedules, plans and specifications.

Scope of work:

may involve reinforcement for foundations, pits and slabs, columns, walls, stairs, plinths, kerbs, gutters, pathways and hard standings.

Safety (OHS) is to be in accordance with state and territory legislation and regulations and project safety plan and may include:

emergency procedures, including extinguishing fires, organisational first aid requirements and evacuation

handling activities that may require the assistance of others or the use of manual or mechanical lifting devices where size, weight or other issues, such as a disability are a factor

hazard control

hazardous materials and substances, including cement and curing agents

organisational first aid

PPE prescribed under legislation, regulations and workplace policies and practices

safe operating procedures, including the conduct of operational risk assessment and treatments associated with:

cutting, grinding and welding equipment


power equipment

power leads and sources

trip hazards

work site visitors and the public

working in confined spaces

working in proximity to others

working with metals under stress

use of firefighting equipment

use of tools and equipment

workplace environmental requirements and safety.



deformed bars

ligatures and spacer/spreader assemblies

mesh sheets of deformed bars

mesh sheets of plain bars

plain rods

wire ties

may include:

pipe sections

scaffolding components

structural steel sections.

Environmental requirements include:

clean-up management

dust and noise

waste management.

Statutory and regulatory authorities include:

federal, state and local authorities administering the applicable Acts, regulations and codes of practice.

Tools and equipment:


bolt cutters

wire nippers

tie wire reels

angle grinders

measuring tapes and rules

mesh guillotines

cutting attachments

may include:

general and hand power tools

generators for angle grinders

reinforcement benders

welding sets.


Unit sector


Employability Skills

This unit contains employability skills.

Licensing Information

Not Applicable