Assemble materials using nail plates

This unit describes the outcomes required to prepare and assemble materials with the installation of nail plates in readiness for transport to a construction siteGeneral workplace legislative and regulatory requirements apply to this unit; however there are no specific licensing or certification requirements at the time of publicationThis unit replaces FPISAW2205A Assemble materials using nail plates


The unit involves assembling materials using nail plates in a forest products factory setting

The skills and knowledge required for competent workplace performance are to be used within the scope of the person's job and authority

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Prepare for assembly

1.1. Applicable Occupational Health and Safety (OHS), environmental, legislative and organisational requirements relevant to assembling materials using nail plates are identified and followed

1.2. Work order and construction plans are reviewed and checked with appropriate personnel

1.3. Type and quantity of material and nail plates to be assembled are collected

1.4. Equipment is selected appropriate to work requirements and checked for operational effectiveness in line with manufacturer's recommendations

1.5. Set-up jigs required for construction are specified and prepared

1.6. Communication with others is established and maintained in line with OHS requirements

2. Assemble materials

2.1. Timber components are selected from pre-cut material in line with the cutting list and design specifications

2.2. Allowable number and position of joins is interpreted from the construction plan

2.3. Components are positioned and clamped in jigs ready for joining with allowable faults, joins and grain in line with construction standards and grading rules

2.4. Defective components are rejected and disposed of in line with site procedures and environmental requirements

2.5. Components are stapled to maintain temporary alignment during assembly

3. Install nail plates

3.1. Nail plates are located and selected in line with the construction plans and standards

3.2. Material and nail plate press are positioned over joints

3.3. Nail plates are positioned on joints and installed in line with the construction plan

3.4. Sub-standard nail plates and nail plates damaged during the process are dealt with in line with site procedures and environmental requirements

3.5. Assembly faults are corrected in line with site procedures

4. Prepare material for despatch and report outcomes

4.1. Finished material is checked and labelled in line with work order

4.2. Components are removed from jigs and safely stacked in a designated location in line with work order requirements

4.3. Finished material is strapped, packed and labelled ready for transportation

4.4. Equipment faults are recognised and reported in line with site procedures

4.5. Records and reports are accurately completed, processed and maintained in line with workplace procedures

Required Skills

This describes the essential skills and knowledge and their level required for this unit

Required skills

Technical skills sufficient to use and maintain relevant tools, machinery and equipment; efficiently and safely assemble materials using nail plates

Communication skills and interpersonal techniques sufficient to interact appropriately with colleagues and others in the workplace

Literacy skills sufficient to accurately locate, record and report information

Numeracy skills sufficient to estimate, measure and calculate time required to complete a task

Problem solving skills sufficient to review and accurately identify work requirements; identify problems and equipment faults and demonstrate appropriate response procedures

Required knowledge

Applicable Commonwealth, State or Territory legislation, regulations, standards, codes of practice and established safe practices relevant to the full range of processes for assembling materials using nail plates

Environmental protection requirements, including the safe disposal of waste material,minimising carbon emissions and the cleaning of plant, tools and equipment

Organisational and site standards, requirements, policies and procedures for assembling materials using nail plates

Environmental risks and hazards

Characteristics of timber and timber defects

Types of materials for assembling with nail plates and their purpose

Assembly sequences and jigs, componentry and construction standards

Industry standard cross-sections and lengths

Established communication channels and protocols

Problem identification and resolution strategies and common fault finding techniques

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

Appropriate mathematical procedures for estimating and measuring, including calculating time to complete tasks

Procedures for recording and reporting workplace information

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 provide evidence that they can safely assemble materials using nail plates within organisational requirements

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

The evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit must be relevant to, and satisfy, all of the requirements of the elements of this unit and include demonstration of:

following applicable Commonwealth, State or Territory legislative and regulatory requirements and codes of practice relevant to assembling materials using nail plates

following organisational policies and procedures relevant to assembling materials using nail plates

assembling materials using nail plates in line with work order and construction plans to follow construction standards

stacking and strapping bundles of completed products in line with organisational requirements and OHS regulations

Context of and specific resources for assessment

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 required knowledge, other than confirmatory questions, will usually be conducted in an off-site context

Assessment is to follow relevant regulatory or Australian Standards requirements

The following resources should be made available:

workplace location or simulated workplace

materials and equipment relevant to undertaking work applicable to this unit

specifications and work instructions

Method of assessment

Assessment must satisfy the endorsed Assessment Guidelines of the FPI11 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 required knowledge

Assessment must be by direct observation of tasks, with questioning on required knowledge and it must also reinforce the integration of employability skills

Assessment methods must confirm the ability to access and correctly interpret and apply the required knowledge

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

The assessment environment should not disadvantage the candidate

Assessment practices should take into account any relevant language or cultural issues related to Aboriginality, gender or language backgrounds other than English

Where the participant has a disability, reasonable adjustment may be applied during assessment

Language and literacy demands of the assessment task should not be higher than those of the work role

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.

OHS requirements:

are to be in line with applicable Commonwealth, State or Territory legislation and regulations, and organisational safety policies and procedures, and may include:

personal protective equipment and clothing

safety equipment

first aid equipment

fire fighting equipment

hazard and risk control

fatigue management

elimination of hazardous materials and substances

manual handling including shifting, lifting and carrying

machine isolation and guarding

Environmental requirements may include:


organisational policies and procedures

workplace practices

Legislative requirements:

are to be in line with applicable Commonwealth, State or Territory legislation, regulations, certification requirements and codes of practice and may include:

award and enterprise agreements

industrial relations

Australian Standards

confidentiality and privacy


the environment

equal opportunity


relevant industry codes of practice

duty of care

Organisational requirements may include:


organisational and site guidelines

policies and procedures relating to own role and responsibility

quality assurance

procedural manuals

quality and continuous improvement processes and standards

OHS, emergency and evacuation procedures

ethical standards

recording and reporting requirements

equipment use and maintenance and storage requirements

environmental management requirements (waste minimisation and disposal, recycling and re-use guidelines)

Materials may include:



other solid lengths of timber joined at the ends with the aid of nail plates

Work order is to include:

instructions for the assembly and despatch of materials from the work site

and may include:

construction plans or drawings

type of product




and may also include:

instructions for the environmental monitoring of work and procedures

environmental care requirements relevant to the work

Appropriate personnel may include:






Material may include:

native timber species

imported timber species

dressed timber

in-the-rough timber

stress and non-stress graded timber

preservative treated timber

Nail plates

are (usually) galvanised plates of varying size with a multitude of protruding points (nails) which hold the components together

Equipment may include:

measuring equipment

assembly jigs

nail plate presses

staple guns

nail guns

compressor or compressed air supply

marking equipment

strapping equipment

Set-up jigs may include:

enterprise manufactured templates which assist in the positioning of components during the assembly process

Communication may include:

verbal and non-verbal language

constructive feedback

active listening

questioning to clarify and confirm understanding

use of positive, confident and cooperative language

use of language and concepts appropriate to individual social and cultural differences

control of tone of voice

body language

Timber components

are the sections of timber or timber product which have been pre-cut in readiness for assembly and have been cut to follow the construction plans and cutting list

Defective components may include:

components with an unacceptable level of:





insect defects


resin pockets

Disposing of may include:

recycling defective components

re-using defective components

Dealing with may include:

repairing nail plates damaged during the process

disposing of sub-standard nail plates and nail plates that cannot be repaired

Assembly faults may include:

incorrectly positioned joints

timber splits from nailing

incorrectly positioned nail plates

Stacked may include:

preparing for transport categorising in common size, shape

marking lots in line with work order and site requirements

locating as not to block access or passage

Strapped may include:

securing bundles with metal or plastic strap to prevent slippage without risk of strap breakage or damage to products

tightening and tensioning using hand-held equipment to prevent slippage without risk of strap breakage or damage to products

Equipment faults may include:

damaged equipment components

electrical faults

Records and reports may include:

product type



grading and labelling outcomes

storage locations

quality outcomes



equipment malfunctions

and may be:


using a computer-based system or other appropriate organisational communication system


Unit sector

No sector assigned

Competency Field

Sawmilling and Processing

Employability Skills

This unit contains employability skills

Licensing Information

Refer to Unit Descriptor