Construction Steel Work Competition

Structural steel construction workers assemble rigging gear to move and position equipment and structural components, erect scaffolding, position and secure steel reinforcing in concrete forms, and erect and dismantle structural steel frames. Construction steel work involves marking out, cutting, assembling, repairing and maintaining steel structures such as buildings and bridges using heavy plant and lifting equipment and a range of welding processes. These professionals must be able to fabricate small to large structures and check them for correct dimensions, square, parallel, and flatness.

YOU SHOULD PURSUE A CAREER IN CONSTRUCTION STEEL WORK IF YOU:

  • Are interested in technical activities
  • Are good with your hands
  • Have strength to handle materials, tools and machines
  • Have good hand-eye coordination
  • Are patient and accurate
  • Are safety conscious

IT ALL BEGINS AT A REGIONAL COMPETITION

The WorldSkills Australia Construction Steel Work Competitions begin at a grass roots level in one of 34 Australian regions. The Construction Steel Work Regional Competitions test the skills and knowledge of 4000+ apprentices, trainees and students, who have the opportunity to win gold, silver and bronze medals and gain the chance to go on to compete at a national level.

WorldSkills Australia competitions operate on a two-year cycle. The next Construction Steel Work Regional Competition rounds are now running across the country. 2018 and 2020 are the next National Championship years.

Register your interest to compete in Construction Steel Work


Training Package Requirements

The WorldSkills Australia Construction Steel Work competitions are aligned to the MEM05 (release 11.1) National Metal and Engineering Training Package.

Regional Competition

Training Package Requirements – Regional Level

The 2018 WorldSkills Australia Regional Construction Steelwork competitions align to the following Units of Competency (Elements of Competency and Performance Criteria) contained in the MEM30305 Qualification – Certificate 3 in Engineering – Fabrication Trade (release 4):

  • MEM13014A – Apply principles of occupational
  • MEM05012C – Perform routine MMAW welding
  • MEM14004A – Plan to undertake a routine task
  • MEM05010C – Undertake fabrication, form & shaping
  • MEM09002B – Interpret technical drawing
  • MEM18001C – Use hand tools
  • MEM12023A – Perform engineering measurements
  • MEM14005A – Plan a complete activity
  • MEM12024A – Perform computations (basic)
  • MEM05007C – Perform manual heating and cutting
  • MEM05005B – Carry out mechanical cutting
  • MEM05050B – Perform routine GMAW welding
  • MEM05011D – Assemble fabricated components
  • MEM15024A – Apply quality procedures
  • MEM18002B – Use power hand tools

Regional Tasks

The project is designed to test competitors’ skills and ability in the following areas related to construction steelwork:

  • Reading and interpreting detailed workshop drawings
  • Planning and organising work
  • Measuring and marking
  • Flame/mechanical cutting to various thicknesses and profiles
  • Drilling accuracy
  • Welding using MMAW, GMAW processes
  • Ensuring dimensional accuracy
  • Fitting and assembling with proper alignment
  • Using tools, plant, and machinery correctly and safely

Regionals Competition Duration

6 hours – 1 day

National Competition

Training Package Requirements – National Level

The 2018 WorldSkills Australia National Construction Steelwork competitions align to the following Units of Competency (Elements of Competency and Performance Criteria) contained in the MEM30305 Qualification – Certificate 3 in Engineering – Fabrication Trade (release 4).

In addition to the Regional requirements, the National also includes:

  • MEM 05049B – Perform routine gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW)
  • MSAENV2728 – Participate in environmentally sustainable workplace

National Tasks

The construction steelwork competition involves the marking out and fabrication of pipe, round bar, plate and sheet. Competitors will be supplied with work sheets consisting of drawing, CIS summary marking scale, material list and fabrication instructions.

Skills required:

  • Reading and interpreting detailed workshop drawings
  • Work planning and organisation
  • Measuring and marking
  • Flame/mechanical cutting to various thicknesses and profiles
  • Drilling accuracy
  • Welding using MMAW, GMAW processes
  • Ensuring dimensional accuracy
  • Fitting and assembling with proper alignment
  • Using tools, plant, and machinery correctly and safely

Nationals Competition Duration

18 hours – 3 days

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