Produce an Engineering Design for a Reinforced Concrete Structure




Unit Descriptor

This unit of competency sets out the knowledge and skills required to complete an engineering project brief, including the analysis and design of flexural reinforced concrete members from first principles, using appropriate design aids. No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.


Employability Skills

This unit contains employability skills.


Application of the Unit

This unit of competency is intended to apply to any recognized development program that leads to the acquisition of a formal award at AQF level 6 or higher. This applies in a civil engineering environment where design of reinforced concrete structures is undertaken.





Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency. Elements describe actions or outcomes that are demonstrable and assessable.


Performance criteria describe the required performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element – they identify the standard for the element. Where bold / italicized text is used, further information or explanation is detailed in the required skills and knowledge and/or the range statement.

Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.

1. Identify reinforced concrete structure to be designed

1.1         OH&S and environmental requirements for a given work area are obtained and understood.

1.2         Established OH&S requirements and risk control measures and procedures are followed in preparation of the work area.

1.3         Safety hazards which have not previously been identified are documented and risk control measures devised and implemented in consultation with appropriate personnel.

1.4         The design is identified from documentation, work requests or discussions with appropriate personnel.

1.5         Appropriate personnel are consulted to ensure the work is co-ordinated effectively with others involved at the work site.

1.6         Resources and equipment needed for the task are obtained in accordance with enterprise procedures and checked for correct

operation and safety.

1. Plan design approach

2.1         OH&S requirements for carrying out the work are followed.

2.2         Documentation relating to design project is collected and analysed

2.3        Design references and equipment are available to plan the design, to conform with relevant Australian and/or local standards or regulations, in accordance with enterprise procedures.

2. Complete the design

3.1         OH&S requirements for carrying out the work are followed.

3.2         The design is completed to conform with relevant Australian and/or local standards or regulations, in accordance with enterprise procedures.

3.3         Design references and equipment are used according to relevant Australian standards, manufacturer’s manuals and enterprise procedures.

3.4         Results are recorded, analysed, examined and applied according to enterprise procedures.

3.5         Decisions for dealing with unexpected situations are made from discussions with appropriate personnel, job specifications and enterprise procedures.

3.6         Methods for dealing with unexpected situations are selected on the basis of safety and specified work outcomes.

3. Compile, document and present results

4.1         OH&S requirements for completing the work are followed.

4.2         Design references and equipment are maintained and stored in accordance with enterprise procedures.

4.3         Results are recorded, analysed and reported to appropriate personnel in accordance with enterprise procedures.

4.4         Results are stored and archived according to enterprise procedures.

4.5         Work completion is notified to appropriate personnel according to enterprise procedures.




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


Required Skills:

  • Consult and communicate with others
  • Identify and follow relevant OH&S procedures
  • Read and understand documentation and work requests
  • Use design references
  • Prepare a design plan
  • Produce design
  • Prepare and update documentation


Required knowledge:

  • Shear
  • Ultimate strength theory for bending using rectangular stress
  • Moment
  • Rectangular beam design from first
    • Durability, exposure classifications and minimum concrete cover. Design aids for rectangular beam design.
  • Strength equations:
    • for doubly reinforced beams,
    • for T-beams and L-beams.
  • T-beams and L-beams.
  • Length for tension and compression
  • Reinforcement:
    • Hooks and
    • Curtailment of reinforcement.
    • Arrangement of
  • Shear:
    • Shear
    • Design of shear reinforcement.
  • Shear reinforcement and appropriate design




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 in the Performance Criteria is detailed below.


Reinforced concrete structure including:

  • Suspended slabs
  • Beams
  • Columns
  • Footings

OH&S requirements may include, but are not limited to:

  • Legislation
  • Protective equipment
  • Material safety management systems
  • Hazardous substances and dangerous goods
  • Code local safe operation procedures awards
  • Provisions

Environmental requirements may include, but are not limited to:

  • Liquid waste
  • Solid waste
  • Gas, fume, vapour, smoke emissions, including fugitive emissions
  • Excessive energy and water
  • Use excessive noise

Appropriate personnel may include:

  • Supervisor
  • Leading hand
  • Foreman
  • Manager
  • Site engineer
  • Trainer
  • Mentor
  • Teacher
  • Team member

Resources and equipment may include, but are not limited to:

  • Specifications
  • Appropriate Manuals
  • Standards
  • Catalogues
  • Stationary
  • Calculators

Enterprise procedures may include, but are not limited to:

  • The use of tools and equipment
  • Instructions, including job sheets, cutting lists, plans, drawings and designs



  • Reporting and communication
  • Manufacturers' specifications and Operational procedures

Design references and equipment

  • Procedures specifications
  • Manuals
  • Standards
  • CAD / design aid software
  • Tables / graphs / charts





The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the Elements, Performance Criteria, Required Skills and Knowledge, the Range Statement and the Assessment section in Section B of the Accreditation Submission.

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 associated performance criteria, including required skills and knowledge, and to be capable of applying the competency in new and different situations and contexts within the timeframes typically expected of the discipline, work function and industrial environment.


Specifically they must be able to:


·         Implement Occupational Health and Safety workplace procedures and practices including the use of risk control measures as specified in the performance criteria and range

·         Demonstrate the required knowledge and skills as described in this unit;

·         Demonstrate a representative body of performance criteria within a timeframe typically expected of the discipline, work function and industrial environment;

·         Demonstrate the ability to apply principles of design for an engineering sewerage reticulation scheme using appropriate design standards.

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.


Resources required for assessment include:


·         OH&S policy and work procedures and instructions.

·         Access to workplace or work real environment and a variety of conditions

·         Operational access to relevant machines, tools, materials and consumables

·         Access to relevant Australian Standards, plans, drawings and instructions and manufacturer’s specifications / manuals




Methods of assessment

For valid and reliable assessment of this unit, evidence should be gathered through a range of methods to indicate consistent performance.


Evidence must involve demonstration of practical skills and may also include:

·         Observation of processes and procedures

·         Oral and / or written questioning on required knowledge and skills

·         Testimony from supervisors, colleagues, clients and / or other appropriate persons

·         Inspection of the final product or outcome

·         A portfolio of documentary evidence.


Where performance is not directly observed and/or is required to be demonstrated over a period of time and/or in a number of locations, any evidence should be authenticated by colleagues, supervisors, clients or other appropriate persons.


Questioning techniques should not require language, literacy and numeracy skills beyond those required in this unit of competency.


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