Use basic construction in engineering


This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to apply engineering construction terms, structural components, component elements and material types to the construction of low-rise buildings.

The unit of competency is applied by drafting personnel in a civil and structural engineering environment for basic construction specification.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.


Elements describe the essential outcomes.


Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1.    Apply the relevant Australian standards, codes and regulations required for the design and construction of low-rise buildings.

1.1.      Identify the codes, standards and regulations relating to the design and construction sequence of low-rise construction.

1.2.      Summarise the requirements of the relevant codes, standards and regulations for low rise construction

2.    Describe the relevant authorities involved in the approval for low-rise construction.

2.1.      Identify the authorities involved in the approval of design and construction of low-rise buildings.

2.2.      Describe each building services function within the authorities that are involved in the approval of design and construction of low-rise buildings.

2.3.      Explain the role of the authorities for each stage of the design and construction.

3.    Identify the site characteristics of a building allotment for the design and construction of low-rise buildings.

3.1.      Describe the desirable and un-desirable site characteristics of an allotment selection

3.2.      Identify the characteristics of an allotment and their likely effects on the design and construction of a structure.

4.    Describe structural components and their elements and functions in low-rise buildings.

4.1.      Outline the construction sequence for the standard structural components of low-rise buildings.

4.2.       Describe the characteristics and functions of the standard structural components of low-rise buildings.

4.3.       Outline common variations or alternatives of elements of the structural components.

5.    Identify engineering materials for construction of low-rise buildings.

5.1.       Outline commonly used engineering materials for low rise construction.

5.2.       Describe the characteristics of common materials used in low rise construction

5.3.       Describe the expected quality and durability of each material.

5.4.       Compare the application for common materials and their alternatives.

6.    Outline the relevant Occupational Health and Safety rules and regulations

6.1.       Identify relevant sources of occupational health and safety rules and regulations

6.2.       Explain legal and effective processes for identification, assessment and modification of hazardous situations during the on-site stages of construction for low rise buildings


Foundation skills essential to performance are explicit in the performance criteria of this unit of competency.


41972 Use basic construction in engineering is equivalent



Assessment requirements for DCSCON605 Use basic construction in engineering


To achieve competency in this unit a person must satisfy the requirements of the elements and performance criteria, foundation skills and range of conditions included in the unit.

The person must also:

  • Use an example to create one construction summary that includes the construction stages, types of building materials and structural components of a low-rise construction using appropriate terminology.
  • Prepare relevant documentation

Note: If a specific volume or frequency is not stated, then evidence must be provided at least once for each criterion.


To achieve competency in this unit a person must demonstrate knowledge of:

  • building codes, materials and local government bylaws
  • building materials selection and suitability for design and construction purposes
  • structural components and materials used for a sample low rise building
  • terminology for design and construction of low-rise buildings


Assessment conditions:

All assessment must be completed in accordance with work health and safety standards.

When assessments are conducted remotely, invigilation software must be used to ensure authenticity of work completed.

Model answers or marking guides must be provided for all assessments to ensure reliability of assessment judgements when marking is undertaken by different assessors.

The candidate must have access to all tools, equipment, materials and documentation required.

Assessor Requirements:

Assessors must satisfy the assessor requirements in the standards for registered training organisation (RTOs) current at the time of assessment.

Assessors must also hold a tertiary qualification in engineering or related field.

Assessors must have worked for at least 3 years in industry where they have applied the skills and knowledge covered in this unit of competency.

The RTO must also ensure that trainers and assessors keep their industry knowledge up to date through ongoing professional development.

The RTO must take appropriate steps, as an ongoing procedure, to verify information about trainer and assessor’s qualifications, vocational competencies and current industry skills


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