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

 

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.

 

 

Drafts Available

Thank you to all those who provided feedback on the revised units of competency. The drafts were made available on the Skills Impact website for broad stakeholder review from 6 – 27 August 2018.

Feedback was sought on whether the draft documents reflect current industry skills standards, knowledge and practices and whether all job functions are accurately described. Feedback will inform the work on the final drafts which will be available for industry validation in September 2018.

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.

Summary of consultation

Feedback on the draft documents was collected via the online feedback hub. To view the draft documents, including comments that were made on them from people using the feedback hub, please click on the expandable document menus below.

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.

 

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

 

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
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

 

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

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
FWPCOT4203 Plan and coordinate product assembly View unit
FWPTMM5203 Generate and transfer complex computer-aided drawings and specifications View unit

 

 

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

Thank you to those who participated in the validation process for the final draft units of competency. The final drafts were made available for broad stakeholder validation and comment on this webpage, from 3 – 16 September 2018. The final drafts will shortly progress through to the Finalisation stage of the project, which includes quality assurance of the documents and review and feedback from the State/Territory Training Authorities, before the final drafts are forwarded to the Timber Building Solutions Industry Reference Committee (IRC) for consideration and sign off. They will then be submitted to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) to consider and approve for publication on training.gov.au.

Validation means checking and confirming that the documents are logical and factually accurate.

Summary of consultation

Prior to the Validation period, the draft units of competency were made available on this webpage for broad stakeholder review, from 6 – 27 August 2018, under the ‘Drafts Available’ menu above. Under this menu, you can still view the drafts, including any comments that were made on them from people using the feedback hub. Feedback was also received via other engagement methods. A description of how this feedback was considered and applied in the final drafts can be downloaded via the ‘Download Summary of Feedback, Responses and Actions’ button. 

The units have been developed in consultation with a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), made up of workplace experts and industry, with input from their networks. 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.

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.

Click here to download a zipped folder of all units in this group

Views were sought on the placement of the new units within qualifications from the FWP Forest and Wood Products Training Package. It is proposed that the new units are listed as electives on relevant frame and truss qualifications (see table below).

 

FWPTMM5XXX Design prefabricated timber building systems for compliance, off-site manufacture and on-site installation FWPTMM3XXX Apply critical workplace processes in the off-site manufacture of timber building systems FWPTMM5XXX Verify compliance and conformance of prefabricated timber building systems during off-site manufacture FWPTMM3XXX Install prefabricated timber building systems on-site
FWP50316 Diploma of Timber Truss and Frame Design x
FWP30916 Certificate III in Timber Truss and Frame Design and Manufacture x x
FWP50216 Diploma of Timber Truss and Frame Manufacture x

 

Design

FWPTMM5XXX Design prefabricated 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
Download final draft unit

 

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.
Download final draft unit
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.
Download final draft unit

 

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
Download final draft unit

 

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.

Click here to download a zipped folder of all units in this group

 

FWPCOT2230 Assemble products Download final draft unit
FWPCOT4203 Plan and coordinate product assembly Download final draft unit
FWPTMM5203 Generate and transfer complex computer-aided drawings and specifications Download final draft unit

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Next stage of the project

Once industry has validated all final drafts they will be submitted to the Timber Building Solutions Industry Reference Committee (IRC) for consideration and sign off. After final quality assurance of the drafts, they will be submitted to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) to consider and approve for publication on training.gov.au.

Finalisation

The final draft units of competency are currently undergoing an edit, equity and independent quality assurance process. Part of this process involves the Timber Building Solutions Industry Reference Committee (IRC) providing support for the final documents. Once this process has been completed, the units will be forwarded to the State/Territory Training Authorities (STAs/TTAs) for their consideration and to seek their support for submission to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC).

Comments from the STAs/TTAs will be reviewed before the final drafts are forwarded to the IRC. After consideration and signoff by the IRC, the final drafts will be submitted to the AISC as part of a Case for Endorsement, for their consideration.

The Case for Endorsement will provide information about what changes have been made to the Training Package including, where relevant, information on new or updated units. It will also outline who has been consulted and provided feedback throughout the project, why the changes were made, and what the implications of the changes are.

Companion Volume Implementation Guide is also being produced as part of this project. It will contain key information to help registered training organisations (RTOs) implement the units, skill sets and qualifications, including the key work and training requirements in the industry; regulation and licensing implications for implementation; pathways advice; industry sectors and occupational outcomes of qualification; and advice on workplace health and safety implications.

What is involved in the Edit and Equity and Quality Assurance Process?

The final draft units of competency are reviewed to ensure they are of high quality and comply with the Standards for Training Packages 2012, the Training Package Products Policy and the Training Package Development and endorsement Process Policy. This process ensures that any barriers to training have been identified, acknowledged, addressed and reduced as far as possible, to enable people to gain the skills required to participate in the workforce and society.

This process also ensures the Companion Volume Implementation Guide provides key information to help registered training organisations (RTOs) implement the units, skill sets and qualifications, including the key work and training requirements in the industry; regulation and licensing implications for implementation; pathways advice; industry sectors and occupational outcomes of qualification; and advice on workplace health and safety implications.

Once submitted to the AISC, the final draft documentations will be made available for download below.

Summary of Consultation

The final drafts were made available for broad stakeholder validation and comment on this webpage, from 3 – 16 September 2018, under the ‘Validation’ menu above. Prior to this the draft units of competency underwent broad stakeholder review, from 6 – 27 August 2018, under the ‘Drafts Available’ menu. Under this menu, you can still view the drafts, including any comments that were made on them from people using the feedback hub. Feedback was also received via other engagement methods. A description of how this feedback was considered and applied in the final drafts can be downloaded via the ‘Download Summary of Feedback, Responses and Actions’ button.

The units have been developed in consultation with a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), made up of workplace experts and industry, with input from their networks. 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.