This is an introductory qualification for people wishing to pursue a career in welding. It is aimed at preparing candidates to be productive in the use of basic welding techniques in industry.
The underpinning knowledge and skills covered in this qualification include welding safety; measurement; use of hand and power tools; sketching and reading drawings; welding theory for steel, stainless steel and aluminium; and weld quality assurance.
The practical welding skills in this qualification cover joining of steel, stainless steel, and aluminium, employing the following techniques:
. manual metal arc welding (MMAW);
. gas metal arc welding (GMAW or MIG);
. gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW or TIG); and
. cutting using manual processes.
The skills and knowledge recognised by this qualification relate to welding in downhand positions. More complex skills relating to welding using other hand positions are covered in the National Certificate in Welding (Level 4) [Ref: 1616] (see below).
All of the standards in this qualification are compulsory as they cover essential skills and knowledge required for basic welding. People that have completed this qualification will have the opportunity to specialise by undertaking the National Certificate in Welding (Level 4) [Ref: 1616], which includes a flexible elective section that can be tailored to individual preference and different work contexts.
Achievement of this qualification will prepare candidates for industry certifications to the following standards: AS/NZS 1554.1 (GP), AS/NZS 1554.6 (Class B), and AS/NZS 1665 (Category B).
This qualification shares credits in common with National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Level 2) [Ref: 1220]. This qualification leads to the National Certificate in Welding (Level 4) [Ref: 1616], which covers more complex welding in all positions; and pipe welding, and may also lead to the National Certificate in Engineering - Fabrication (Level 4) with strands in Heavy Fabrication, Light Fabrication, and Steel Construction [Ref: 0122].