Metal Fabrication


All apprentices are required to adhere to standard safety dress standards when attending their blocks. No thongs or singlets may be worn.

It is compulsory that students supply their own Welding Helmet, Gloves and Oxy Welding Shields and clear safety glasses.If part of your off-the-job training at CQUniversity includes a Welding or Fabrication Module, then the following items will be required:

  • Welding helmet
  • Ear protection
  • Safety glasses (clear only)
  • Long leather welding gloves
  • Overalls/ long sleeve, cotton drill work shirt
  • Cotton drill trousers
  • Oxy shields (shade 5)
  • Welding cap (100 percent cotton)

Failure to wear correct safety clothing and footwear will result in refusal to workshops.

The dress standards listed represent the minimum standard which will provide adequate protection against certain hazards in the working environment. In addition to these standards regulations 61 - 71 of the Workplace Health and Safety Act, in part VII, "Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment" apply.

Jewellery and watches shall be removed during practical work in metal machining, or while undertaking any activity which may result in injury as a result of jewellery becoming caught or entangled.

All safety shoes shall conform to AS 2210 (all safety footwear shall incorporate protective steel toecaps complying with the relevant requirements of this standard). Protective shoes shall have covered uppers and non-slip soles for the working environment.

Sunscreen shall be used to provide protection for exposed skin in outdoor activities.

Clothing worn by persons who may come in contact with fire, heat and molten metal shall be manufactured from a fire resistant material such as 100% cotton drill.

Equipment and Resource Material

Apprentices are required to bring along the the following equipment to their blocks:

  • Compass - 130mm spring with bow type 150 radius with extension arm
  • Set square - 45 degrees (300 mm)
  • Set Square - 60/30 degrees (300 mm)
  • 300 mm plastic ruler
  • Eraser (soft pencil)
  • Drawing clips
  • Pencils - H, 2H, 3H and 4H
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Sandpaper pad
  • Scientific calculator
  • Flexicurve or french curves (advantageous but non-essential)


Limited copies of recommended textbooks are available from the library depending on availability. Borrowed books must be returned prior to completion of block.

It is advisable to have the following reading materials:

  • A W Boundy Engineering Drawing, 5th Edition
  • Marking off Techniques for Metal Fabrication

Personal Protective Equipment

Eye protection in the form of safety spectacles or safety clip-ons (if you wear non-safety prescription spectacles) is to be provided by each apprentice. It must carry the Australian Standards Approval for the Code AS1337 "Industrial Eye Protection". If there is any doubt you will be required to obtain a pair that does comply with code.

If wearing prescription spectacles then safety clip-ons must be worn, unless the lenses are industrially hardened or made of CR39. Your optometrist will be able to advise you on this. However, if there is doubt then you will be required to obtain and wear a pair of safety clip-ons.

Hair protection shall be worn, when working around moving machinery and/or when a designated area is in operation. The hair protection should be in form of a peak cap especially designed for industrial use. It should also come with a snood capable of fully containing the hair. A cap of fire resistant material shall be worn when working in the various welding areas. You will be responsible for providing this protection.

Ear protection will be provided by the campus. If you wish to purchase your own, please ensure that it carries the Australian Standard Approval.


Use of mobile and electrical devices

Please be aware that the use of mobile phones, iPods, MP3 players and other electrical devices is not permitted in the classroom at any time. The only exception is if a student has sought special permission from the teacher prior to class due to an emergency situation. The use of a mobile phone as a calculator is also not acceptable.

This regulation has been implemented by all teaching staff and management of CQUniversity. The directive is in line with industry standards and clause 8.15 Student Responsibilities and Obligations in the CQUniversity Student Rules Policy (TAFE). Regulations will be monitored by teaching staff.

Signs have been posted in all classrooms and workshops to remind students of this regulation. Any student failing to abide by this directive will be referred to the Manager – Vocational Training.

Conditions and behaviour while on campus

Conditions and behaviour in campus workplaces are governed by the Workplace Health and Safety Act 2011 and the provisions of this Act will be strictly applied.

Section 28 of this Act states: While at work, a worker must—

  • Take reasonable care for his or her own health and safety; and
  • Take reasonable care that his or her acts or omissions do not adversely affect the health and safety of other persons; and
  • Comply, so far as the worker is reasonably able, with any reasonable instruction that is given by the person conducting the business or undertaking to allow the person to comply with this Act; and
  • Co-operate with any reasonable policy or procedure of the person conducting the business or undertaking.


Staying on campus at the Student Residence will assist significantly with your cost of living as you will not bear the costs that go with a rental property such as electricity and a bond.

You will also be able to access Broadband internet facilities in your room for no additional cost.

For more information, visit our CQUniversityStudent Residences page.