• MEM10010B - Install pipework and pipework assemblies

Install pipework and pipework assemblies

This unit covers planning, preparing and installing pipework and assemblies.


This unit applies to installation of ferrous and non-ferrous pipes and fittings. Where pipework is to be cut by mechanical or thermal methods, or where welding processes are used, the appropriate unit(s) should be selected.

Pipework and installation is performed to established practices and standards.

Where the pipework is to be formed and shaped using mechanical and/or thermal techniques, Unit MEM05010C (Undertake fabrication, forming, bending and shaping), should be selected.

Where pipework and assemblies are to be part of a system/process covered by legislative/regulatory requirements, units relating to the appropriate welding certificates for the pipe material and application must also be selected.

Band: A

Unit Weight: 4

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Plan the installation of pipework and pipework assemblies

1.1. Quantity and type of pipework and pipework assemblies are selected according to specifications.

1.2. The appropriate sequence for the installation of pipework and pipework assemblies is determined according to the installation type and specifications and other applicable factors.

1.3. The work area is prepared for installation of pipework and pipework assemblies.

2. Prepare pipework and pipework assemblies for assembly

2.1. Pipework is cleaned to standard operating procedures.

2.2. Pipework and assemblies are purged to standard operating procedures.

2.3. Pipework and assemblies are capped/sealed.

3. Install pipework and assemblies

3.1. Enclosures/hangers/support systems are installed without damage or distortion to the surrounding environment or other services.

3.2. Pipework and assemblies are installed without damage or distortion to pipework, assemblies or surrounding environment or other services.

3.3. Pipework is leak tested to standard operating procedures.

3.4. All ancillary devices and materials are installed to specification according to standard operating procedures.

Required Skills

Required skills

Look for evidence that confirms skills in:

interpreting and following information on specifications, standard operating procedures and other applicable reference documents

planning and sequencing installation

preparing the site

preparing joining surfaces

purging pipework and assembly

capping and sealing pipework and assembly

installing enclosure/hanging /supporting assemblies

assembling and installing pipework and ancillaries

testing installed pipework and rectifying leaks

Required knowledge

Look for evidence that confirms knowledge of:

installation techniques

site and safety requirements

cleaning procedures and the applications and precautions for using solvents/cleaning material

purging techniques, applications and precautions

capping/sealing pipework and assembly methods

identification of location/layout of pipework and assemblies and application and characteristics of enclosure/hanging/supporting systems

pipework, ancillary installation and joining procedures

leak testing applications and uses

regulations and legislative requirements

hazards and control measures

use and application of personal protective equipment

safe work practices and procedures

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

A person who demonstrates competency in this unit must be able to install pipework and pipework assemblies in accordance with standard operating procedures. Competency in this unit cannot be claimed 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 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.

Context of and specific resources for assessment

This unit may be assessed on the job, off the job or a combination of both on and off the job. Where assessment occurs off the job, that is the candidate is not in productive work, then an appropriate simulation must be used where the range of conditions reflects realistic workplace situations. 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.

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

Method of assessment

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

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.

Pipework and pipework assemblies

Ferrous, non-ferrous, plastic, etc.

Variety of sizes and or wall thickness

Variety of joining systems such as collars, unions, flanges, etc.


Metal and PVC

Hangers and support systems

Pipe/tube bundle support, ties, unistrut, trays, ladder racks, ducts etc.

Leak test

Soapy water, water immersion, compressed air

Ancillary devices and materials

Insulation materials, valve control systems, etc.

Legislation and regulations

Building regulations, gas/fluid pipeline regulations


Unit sector

Competency Field

Installation and commissioning

Employability Skills

This unit contains employability skills.

Licensing Information

Not Applicable