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
Alastair Woodard Wood 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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Subscribe to the Skills Impact newsletter to keep informed about project updates and opportunities to provide input and feedback. Make sure to select ‘Forestry & Timber’ as your industry of interest on the subscription form.

 

 

Drafts Available

Four new units of competency (common to this project and the Cross Laminated Timber Building Systems Project) and three revised units of competency are available for your review and feedback.

We are seeking your feedback on whether these documents reflect current industry skills standards, knowledge and practices and whether all job functions are accurately described.

The new units have been developed in conjunction with the Cross Laminated Timber Building Systems Project in the area of design, manufacture and installation of timber building systems. The three existing units of competency have been revised to meet the skill needs of timber building systems while maintaining their suitability for all other users and timber manufacturing sectors.

The draft units will be available on this webpage for feedback until 24 August 2018.

Your Feedback will inform the work on the final drafts which will be available for industry validation in September 2018.

New feedback hub!

We have launched a new feedback hub to make it easier for you to provide feedback and to facilitate greater transparency around stakeholder feedback.

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Summary of consultation to date

The draft units have been developed in consultation with a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), made up of workplace experts and industry, with input from their networks also. Due to cross over of many of the skills being reviewed, consultation activities for this project have taken place concurrently with the Cross Laminated Timber Building Systems Project. Box Hill Institute has also been consulted, as they are working on a similar project at the State level, funded by the Victorian Government. Collaborative work was undertaken to align the new units with overlaps in the two projects.

 

To provide feedback using the new feedback hub, please follow these steps:

  1. Find and view the draft document(s) you would like to review by clicking on the expandable document menus below.
  2. Click the ‘view and provide feedback’ link next to the relevant qualification, skill set or unit you would like to view and comment on.
  3. You will be asked to register or login (this is a free account), please follow the prompts
  4. Once logged in, you will be able to post feedback directly on the document.
  5. Download user instructions

Please contact us if you require assistance.

 

Provide your feedback via email

Of course, there is always the option to email us your feedback if you prefer. You can attach the qualification, skill set or unit with your track changes as feedback, or to provide general comments about the drafts. There is a link at the bottom of each document group where you can download the Microsoft Word versions of the documents. Please email your feedback to Georgiana Daian gdaian@forestworks.com.au

 

New Units

Four new units have been developed in conjunction with the Cross Laminated Timber Building Systems Project in the area of design, manufacture and installation of prefabricated timber building systems.

Design

FWPTMM5XXX Design timber building systems for compliance, off-site manufacture and on-site installation Job roles targeted:

  • architects, design engineers, draftspersons, structural engineers, building services engineers, architectural technicians, 3D visualisers, Building Information Modelling (BIM) technicians or computer-aided design (CAD) modellers.

Skills and knowledge covered:

  • facilitate collaborative design of prefabricated timber building systems through information exchange across multiple supply chain tiers
  • achieve detailed and integrated design solutions and specifications for multiple stages of the system’s life cycle (off-site prefabrication, transportation and on-site installation) to meet:
    • structural compliance
    • safety compliance
    • services assembly
    • safe and efficient transportation and on-site installation
View unit and provide feedback

 

Off-site manufacture

FWPTMM3XXX Apply critical workplace processes in the off-site manufacture of timber building systems Job roles targeted:

  • operators who conduct production tasks on an assembly line for prefabricated timber building systems

Skills and knowledge covered:

  • apply critical workplace processes including:
    • workplace health and safety practices
    • efficient storage and handling of building materials for major timber building subassemblies
    • quality check requirements at the workstations before and after assembly work
    • control of waste material for disposal.
View unit and provide feedback
FWPTMM5XXX Verify compliance and conformance of prefabricated timber building systems during off-site manufacture Job roles targeted:

  • compliance officers, supervisors or managers who work in a prefabricated timber building systems manufacturing plant

Skills and knowledge covered:

  • verify physical performance and compliance liability of timber building systems and components during off-site manufacturing to ensure that the delivered product matches the design specifications and regulatory obligations.
View unit and provide feedback

 

On-site installation

FWPTMM3XXX Install prefabricated timber building systems on-site Job roles targeted:

  • construction operators, carpenters or joiners and site supervisors who install prefabricated timber building structures

Skills and knowledge covered:

    • apply on-site safety practices
    • plan and prepare for installation
    • protect prefabricated timber building systems while stored on site
    • install prefabricated timber building systems
    • verify compliance of construction position and connect panelised and/or modular prefabricated timber building systems correctly during installation on the construction site, including the following activities:
    • perform project completion operations
View unit and provide feedback

 

Alternatively, you can provide validation by emailing your feedback to gdaian@forestworks.com.au

The draft documents can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here.

Revised Units

Three existing units of competency have been revised to meet the skill needs for prefabrication of timber building systems while maintaining their suitability for all other users and timber manufacturing sectors.

Workplace health and safety requirements have been updated in the performance criteria, the intent of the units and assessment requirements have been clarified and the range of products in some units has been expanded to include cross laminated timber.

FWPCOT2230 Assemble products View unit and provide feedback
FWPCOT4203 Plan and coordinate product assembly View unit and provide feedback
FWPTMM5203 Generate and transfer complex computer-aided drawings and specifications View unit and provide feedback

 

Alternatively, you can provide validation by emailing your feedback to gdaian@forestworks.com.au

The draft documents can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here.

 

 

Register your interest in the project

Subscribe to the Skills Impact newsletter to keep informed about project updates and opportunities to provide input and feedback. Make sure to select ‘Forestry & Timber’ as your industry of interest on the subscription form.

 

Validation

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Finalisation

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