Unit of competency details

MSMSUP303 - Identify equipment faults (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes and is equivalent to MSAPMSUP303A - Identify equipment faultsSupersedes and is equivalent to MSAPMSUP303A Identify equipment faults 01/Jun/2016

Release Status:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 02/Jun/2016

Training packages that include this unit

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PMA - Chemical, Hydrocarbons and RefiningChemical, Hydrocarbons and Refining 1.0-2.3 
PMB - Plastics, Rubber and CablemakingPlastics, Rubber and Cablemaking 1.0,2.0-2.1 
UEG - Gas Industry Training PackageGas Industry Training Package 1.0,2.0-4.0 
MSM - Manufacturing Training PackageManufacturing Training Package 2.0-8.0 
FBP - Food, Beverage and PharmaceuticalFood, Beverage and Pharmaceutical 1.0-8.0 
FWP - Forest and Wood Products Training PackageForest and Wood Products Training Package 8.0-8.1 
PMC - Manufactured Mineral ProductsManufactured Mineral Products 1.0 
AMP - Australian Meat Processing Training PackageAustralian Meat Processing Training Package 2.0-8.0 

Qualifications that include this unit

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PMB30121 - Certificate III in Polymer ProcessingCertificate III in Polymer ProcessingCurrent
PMA30116 - Certificate III in Process Plant OperationsCertificate III in Process Plant OperationsSuperseded
MSM30216 - Certificate III in Surface Preparation and Coating ApplicationCertificate III in Surface Preparation and Coating ApplicationCurrent1-4 
FBP30818 - Certificate III in Pharmaceutical ManufacturingCertificate III in Pharmaceutical ManufacturingSuperseded
FBP30717 - Certificate III in Rice ProcessingCertificate III in Rice ProcessingSuperseded
UEG40220 - Certificate IV in Gas Supply Industry OperationsCertificate IV in Gas Supply Industry OperationsSuperseded1-2 
PMC40116 - Certificate IV in Manufactured Mineral ProductsCertificate IV in Manufactured Mineral ProductsDeleted
MSM40116 - Certificate IV in Process ManufacturingCertificate IV in Process ManufacturingCurrent1-7 
UEG30118 - Certificate III in Gas Supply Industry OperationsCertificate III in Gas Supply Industry OperationsSuperseded
UEG40118 - Certificate IV in Gas Supply Industry OperationsCertificate IV in Gas Supply Industry OperationsSuperseded
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 030717 Plant And Machine Operations  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 030717 Plant And Machine Operations  14/Oct/2016 
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Unit of competency

Modification History

Release 1. Supersedes and is equivalent to MSAPMSUP303A Identify equipment faults


This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to plan and carry out checks to identify and deal with equipment faults and to determine solutions.

This unit of competency applies to experienced personnel, such as experienced operators, team leaders or supervisors, who are required to apply knowledge of materials, product purpose and processes to identify and deal with routine and non-routine faults in equipment, propose solutions, carry out solutions within scope of authority and competence and complete logs and reports.

This unit of competency applies to an individual working alone or as part of a team or group and working in liaison with other shift team members and the control room operator, as appropriate.

This unit of competency applies to all work environments and sectors within the industry. It does not include maintenance that would require trade-level skills. It is not intended that this competency would cover maintenance that is carried out in a workshop.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

Pre-requisite Unit


Competency Field


Unit Sector

Elements and Performance Criteria

Elements describe the essential outcomes

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element


Identify scope of operational check


Identify and classify equipment components and operating systems


Match appropriate checks and procedures to the equipment operating systems


Identify special checking procedures and parameters in manufacturer specifications and procedures


Identify sources of information and data relevant to key variables


Identify and control hazards


Observe and undertake checks on the physical condition of equipment in accordance with procedures


Record preliminary observations


Discuss checking procedures with appropriate personnel and obtain necessary permission where required


Plan operational checks


Check specifications and notes from preliminary observations and identify areas to be clarified


Plan sequence for checks, noting areas where results and observations should be recorded


Ensure area is safe for operational check


Make arrangements for any additional resources, including other employees


Check unit through full operational range


Undertake operational checks observing relevant safety and operational requirements


Confirm results and findings


Identify faults to be dealt with


Identify faults and formulate recommendations


Identify impact of faults on work schedule


Record proposals for equipment repair based on faults found, cost/time implications and workplace approval systems


Explain proposals to relevant workplace personnel, including any options and recommendations


Take appropriate action to return equipment to full operation in accordance with procedures

Foundation Skills

This section describes those language, literacy, numeracy and employment skills that are essential to performance.

Foundation skills essential to performance are explicit in the performance criteria of this unit of competency.

Range of Conditions

This field allows for different work environments and conditions that may affect performance. Essential operating conditions that may be present (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) are included.

Regulatory framework 

The latest version of all legislation, regulations, industry codes of practice and Australian/international standards, or the version specified by the local regulatory authority, must be used, and include one or more of the following:

  • legislative requirements, including work health and safety (WHS)
  • industry codes of practice and guidelines
  • environmental regulations and guidelines
  • Australian and other standards
  • licence and certification requirements


All operations must be performed in accordance with relevant procedures.

Procedures are written, verbal, visual, computer-based or in some other form, and include one or more of the following:

  • emergency procedures
  • work instructions
  • standard operating procedures (SOPs)
  • safe work method statements (SWMS)
  • formulas/recipes
  • batch sheets
  • temporary instructions
  • plant description manuals
  • manufacturer instructions and specifications
  • service manuals
  • machine circuit diagrams for hydraulic/pneumatic and electrical/electronic circuits
  • any similar instructions provided for the smooth running of the plant

Tools and equipment 

Tools and equipment include one or more of the following:

  • hand tools specific for the task
  • product testing equipment (e.g. flowmeter, scales, tape measure, micrometer, calliper and ultrasonic thickness)
  • equipment checking equipment (e.g. vibration meter, tachometer, current tester, thermal imaging and temperature gauge)


Hazards include one or more of the following:

  • rotating and moving machinery
  • process materials, solids, fluids and gases under pressure or flowing
  • temporary connections or by-passes
  • electrical, hydraulic or pneumatic energy sources
  • out-of-specification operation
  • smoke, darkness and heat
  • heat, smoke, dust or other atmospheric hazards
  • electricity
  • gas
  • gases and liquids under pressure
  • structural hazards
  • structural collapse
  • equipment failures
  • industrial (machinery, equipment and product)
  • equipment or product mass
  • noise, rotational equipment or vibration
  • limited head spaces or overhangs
  • working at heights, in restricted or confined spaces, or in environments subjected to heat, noise, dusts or vapours
  • fire and explosion
  • flammability and explosivity
  • hazardous products and materials
  • unauthorised personnel
  • sharp edges, protrusions or obstructions
  • slippery surfaces, spills or leaks
  • extreme weather
  • other hazards that might arise


Faults may arise from routine and non-routine causes and must be resolved by applying operational knowledge to apply existing, or develop new solutions, either individually or in collaboration with relevant experts to:

  • determine faults needing action
  • determine possible fault causes
  • develop solutions to faults which do not have a known solution
  • follow through items initiated until final resolution has occurred
  • report faults outside area of responsibility/expertise to designated person

Non-routine faults are unexpected faults, or variations of previous faults and are associated with one or more of the following:

  • out-of-specification product or variations
  • response of equipment to materials variations
  • new or changed materials
  • changed equipment settings (e.g. higher speed or throughput)
  • equipment breakdown or in need of maintenance

Operational knowledge includes one or more of the following:

  • procedures
  • training
  • technical information such as journals, engineering specifications
  • remembered experience
  • relevant knowledge obtained from appropriate people


Key variables to be monitored include one or more of the following:

  • equipment performance (e.g. speed, output and variations)
  • equipment component performance
  • sequences and timing of operations
  • materials changes (desired and not desired)

Sources of information and data 

Sources of information and data include one or more of the following:

  • plant data
  • log sheets
  • operational and performance reports
  • physical aspects, such as noise, smell, feel and pressure condition monitoring information
  • planned maintenance schedules
  • procedures

Unit Mapping Information

Release 1. Supersedes and is equivalent to MSAPMSUP303A Identify equipment faults


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Assessment requirements

Modification History

Release 1. Supersedes and is equivalent to MSAPMSUP303A Identify equipment faults

Performance Evidence

Evidence required to demonstrate competence in this unit must be relevant to and satisfy the requirements of the elements and performance criteria and must include the ability to:

  • check and identify a fault within an item of equipment/plant
  • ensure workplace is safe for checking and maintenance of equipment
  • communicate effectively with personnel and all levels
  • evaluate the impact of fault in terms of work schedule, cost/time and approvals needed and make recommendations for repairs
  • apply operational knowledge to non-routine problems
  • take appropriate action within scope of authority in accordance with procedures.

Knowledge Evidence

Evidence must be provided that demonstrates knowledge of:

  • organisation procedures, including:
  • work permit systems
  • safety, emergency and hazard control
  • standard operating procedures (SOPs)
  • hazards that may arise in the job/work environment, including:
  • their possible causes
  • potential consequences
  • appropriate risk controls/ hierarchy of control
  • principles of the operation of the equipment to be maintained:
  • operating principles for mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic and electrical/electronic systems
  • functions and troubleshooting of internal components and their problems
  • routine and non-routine causes of equipment failures and the service conditions which may increase maintenance
  • types and application of testing procedures and equipment.

Assessment Conditions

  • The unit should be assessed holistically and the judgement of competence based on a holistic assessment of the evidence.
  • The collection of performance evidence:
  • should occur over a range of situations which include typical disruptions to normal, smooth operations
  • will typically include a supervisor/third-party report focusing on consistent performance and problem recognition and solving. A supervisor/third-party report must be prepared by someone who has a direct, relevant, current relationship with the person being assessed and who is in a position to form a judgement on workplace performance relevant to the unit of competency
  • must include the use of appropriate tools, equipment and safety gear requiring demonstration of preparation, operation, completion and responding to problems
  • may use industry-based simulation for all or part of the unit particularly where safety, lack of opportunity or significant cost is an issue.
  • Assessment should occur in operational workplace situations. Where this is not possible, or where personal safety or environmental damage are limiting factors, assessment must occur in a sufficiently rigorous simulated environment reflecting realistic operational workplace conditions. This must cover all aspects of workplace performance, including environment, task skills, task management skills, contingency management skills and job role environment skills.
  • Assessment in a simulated environment should use evidence collected from one or more of:
  • walk-throughs
  • pilot plant operation
  • demonstration of skills
  • industry-based case studies/scenarios
  • ‘what ifs’.
  • Knowledge evidence may be collected concurrently with performance evidence (provided a record is kept) or through an independent process, such as workbooks, written assessments or interviews (provided a record is kept).
  • Assessment processes and techniques must be appropriate to the language, literacy and numeracy requirements of the work being performed and the needs of the candidate.
  • Conditions for assessment must include access to all tools, equipment, materials and documentation required, including relevant workplace procedures, product and manufacturing specifications associated with this unit.
  • The regulatory framework will be reflected in workplace policies and procedures and is not required to be independently assessed.
  • Foundation skills are integral to competent performance of the unit and should not be assessed separately.
  • As a minimum, assessors must satisfy the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015 assessor requirements.


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