Prefabricated Building Systems Project

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Case for change

The skills to implement and manage prefabrication processes and technology for panelised timber building systems was identified as a priority skill area in the 2017 Forest and Wood Products IRC Skills Forecast (see page 47). Skills Impact and the Timber Building Solutions Industry Reference Committee (IRC) will take this project through a process that adheres to the 2012 Standards for Training Package Development.

Download the IRC Skills Forecast (see page 47)

Project Plan

Project Scope

This project will review and update units of competency for timber truss and frame design and manufacture, to reflect emerging industry skill requirements, including prefabrication of panelised building systems, so that all job functions are accurately described.

Scroll down to view the list of units that will be reviewed in this project, and the various skilled activities they cover. New units will also be developed as identified through industry consultation.

The increased development of panelised building systems and changing manufacturing processes, driven by the strong demand in building construction, has resulted in the demand for specific skills to operate Computer Numerical Control (CNC) equipment, use of tools for on-site product installation, management of prefabrication processes and providing advice for regarding product conformance.

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Relevant Occupations

Production supervisors and fabricators in the frame and truss manufacturing sector.

 

Key Deliverables
  1. The review and improvement of three (3) units of competency from the timber truss and frame design and manufacture qualifications to update specific skills and aspects guided by industry consultation.
  2. Development of new units of competency in the FWP Forest and Wood Products Training Package to incorporate skills for using tools, operating technology and implementing processes for prefabricated panelised timber building systems and to conduct on-site installation. The new units will include the use of knowledge to communicate product conformance and solutions for panelised timber building systems.

 

Timeline

November 2017
Initial scoping

December 2017 – January 2018
Development of draft materials

February 2018
Industry consultation of draft materials

March 2018
Industry validation of final drafts

April 2018
Finalisation of training package components

April – May 2018
Independent quality assurance, and edit and equity review of training package components

June 2018
IRC consideration for sign-off and submission for endorsement

Units that will be will be reviewed

Below is a list of the current units that will be reviewed as part of this project. Click on the unit name to view the components on training.gov.au.

New units will also be developed for prefabrication of panelised building systems, as identified through industry consultation.

 

Project Team
Georgiana Daian Project Manager, ForestWorks gdaian@forestworks.com.au
Michelle Clayton Training Package Specialist, ForestWorks mclayton@forestworks.com.au
Appointed as required Skills Development Specialist

 

Technical Experts

A Technical Advisory Committee will be established to provide technical input to the review and development of units, skill sets and qualifications.

If you are interested in applying to be a technical expert and are able to volunteer your time to this project, please email details of your expertise to gdaian@forestworks.com.au

Development

Initial consultation with a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) was conducted to define the scope of the project. Following this feedback, work has begun on the development of units of competency to address skill needs and gaps that relate to:

  • Design of panelised and/or modular prefabricated timber building systems to meet compliance, off-site prefabrication and on-site installation requirements. The main job outcomes will include detailed and integrated design solutions for prefabricated timber building systems that meet structural and safety compliance and provide specifications for all stages of the system’s life cycle (off-site prefabrication, transportation and on-site installation).

  • Prefabrication of timber building systems off-site to cover the application of higher level production skills including the planning and lean production of assembly work and quality management.
  • Installation of prefabricated timber building systems to address key competencies in relation to safe work practices and use of tools and equipment to accurately position and fix prefabricated timber building systems. Activities require the ability to read and apply detailed design specifications and apply knowledge of materials, prefabrication processes and installation techniques to identify and rectify problems during the on-site installation of prefabricated timber building systems.

The project has discovered that the job roles in the prefabrication of timber building systems are not new, but highly defined as trade and non-trade occupations. Many of the skills and knowledge required in this industry sector for design, prefabrication and installation are already covered by existing units of competency from a range of training packages including property services, furnishing, manufacturing and engineering, forest and wood products and construction (carpentry). However, there are some skills gaps that relate to specific competencies (as outlined above) that enable people to define their capabilities in the prefabrication of timber building systems or perform tasks within the scope of prefabrication processes.

The Timber Building Solutions Industry Reference Committee is awaiting a determination of a request for extension for this project to ensure that emerging technology is included.

 

Technical Experts

A Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) has been established and includes the following members.

Name Organisation
Abdul Rauf Box Hill Institute of TAFE
Adam Strong Strongbuild
Alastair Woodard TPC Solutions
Anita Day Multinail
Gregory Nolan University of Tasmania
Hans Porada TAFE NSW Albury
Jason Reints Bliss & Reels
Mihai Daian Margules Groome Consulting
Philip Alviano Master Builders Victoria
Stephen Burchard Multinail
Stuart Hoxley Chisholm Institute
Stewart Humphreys-Grey Box Hill Institute of TAFE
Stuart Maxwell CFMEU

 

Additional subject matter experts are welcome and invited. If you would like to contribute technical expertise to the project, please email gdaian@forestworks.com.au

 

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