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Qualification details

PMA30108 - Certificate III in Process Plant Operations (Release 3)

Summary

Usage recommendation:
Superseded
Mapping:
MappingNotesDate
Supersedes and is equivalent to PMA30102 - Certificate III in Process Plant Operations 10/Nov/2010
Is superseded by and equivalent to PMA30113 - Certificate III in Process Plant OperationsNew pathway for metalliferous processing/refining included. All other sector pathways remain equivalent. 23/Jun/2013

Release Status:
Current
Releases:
ReleaseRelease date
3 (this release) 26/Jul/2012
(View details for release 2) 11/Nov/2011
(View details for release 1) 11/Nov/2010

Units of competency

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PMAOHS214B - Undertake helicopter safety and escapeUndertake helicopter safety and escapeN/A
MEM07033B - Operate and monitor basic boilerOperate and monitor basic boilerN/A
PMASUP241B - Maintain pipeline easementsMaintain pipeline easementsN/A
PMAOPS327B - Produce product using fixed bed dehydrationProduce product using fixed bed dehydrationN/A
MSACMT280A - Undertake root cause analysisUndertake root cause analysisN/A
MSAPMOHS110A - Follow emergency response proceduresFollow emergency response proceduresN/A
MSAPMOHS216A - Operate breathing apparatusOperate breathing apparatusN/A
MSAPMSUP205A - Transfer loadsTransfer loadsN/A
MSAPMPER202A - Observe permit workObserve permit workN/A
PMASUP237B - Undertake crane, dogging and load transfer operationsUndertake crane, dogging and load transfer operationsN/A
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Classifications

SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 399211 Chemical Plant Operator 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 4987 Chemical, Petroleum And Gas Plant Operators 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0303 Process And Resources Engineering 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 514 Certificate III 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Chemical, Hydrocarbon and Oil Refining 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Service Unit Operator (Oil, Gas, and Mining),Refining Senior Process Plant Technician,Petroleum Refinery and Control Panel Operator,Hydrocarbons Transmission Senior Process Plant Operator,Hydrocarbons Extraction Senior Process Plant Operator,Gas Processing Plant Operator 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 399211 Chemical Plant Operator 25/Jun/2009 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 4987 Chemical, Petroleum And Gas Plant Operators 25/Jun/2009 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0303 Process And Resources Engineering 25/Jun/2009 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 514 Certificate III 11/Nov/2010 
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Modification History

Release 3 - MEM elective unit code corrected: MEM11011B

Release 2 - Addition of new electives: PMASUP244A, NWP357B

Description

The Certificate III in Process Plant Operations has been developed as a technical qualification for use in the Chemical, Hydrocarbons and Refining Training Package (PMA08).

Job roles/employment outcomes 

The Certificate III in Process Plant Operation is intended for advanced operators and operations technicians who use production equipment to directly produce products. At this level, operators/technicians would undertake more advanced operations, typically of integrated plant units in accordance with the operating procedures, and would apply their knowledge to anticipate problems. They would be expected to solve a range of foreseen and unforeseen problems, using product and process knowledge to develop solutions to problems which do not have a known solution, or a solution recorded in the procedures.

The Certificate III in Process Manufacturing MSA30107 is available for production support employees at this level and should be used where the job requirements do not allow for the development of competency in sufficient technical units of competency. The Certificate III in Competitive Manufacturing MCM30104 is available for employees at this level where the job requires sophisticated manufacturing practice skills rather than technical skills.

Application 

This qualification is typically used to develop employees performing an advanced operational role that includes an ability to work independently and conduct technical problem solving according to the needs of the work in the chemical, hydrocarbons or refining sectors.

Operators may specialise in one of the following areas:

  • fine chemicals
  • heavy chemicals
  • petrochemicals
  • polymer manufacture
  • hydrocarbon extraction
  • hydrocarbon transmission
  • hydrocarbon processing/refining
  • minerals processing/refining
  • metals smelting/processing
  • other related areas.

Specialisations must be reflected by the selection of units identified for specialised streams.

Training programs for this qualification are suitable to be undertaken as part of a formal training contract with an employer under an Australian Traineeship or Apprenticeship arrangement.

Pathways Information

Pathways into the qualification 

This qualification may be accessed by direct entry. Credit may be granted towards this qualification by those who have completed MSA20107 Certificate II in Process Manufacturing, PMA20110 Certificate II in Process Plant Operation or other relevant qualifications. Credit for this qualification may also include units contained within relevant skill sets.

Pathways from the qualification 

Further training pathways from this qualification include PMA40110 Certificate IV in Process Plant Technology, MSA41108 Certificate IV in Competitive Manufacturing or MSA40108 Certificate IV in Manufacturing Technology or other relevant qualifications.

Additional qualification advice 

An industry specialisation should include a range of units (typically production or other units relevant to the specialisation) that focus more on the industry speciality than a generic qualification.

MSA30107 Certificate III in Process Manufacturing, in the MSA07 Manufacturing Training Package is available for production support employees at this level and should be used where the job requirements do not allow for the development of competency in sufficient technical units of competency.

MSA31108 Certificate III in Competitive Manufacturing is available for employees at this level who already possess technical skills and who require additional manufacturing practice skills above those available in this qualification.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

There are no specific licences that relate to this qualification. However, in some jurisdictions some units of competency in this qualification may have licensing or regulatory requirements. Local regulations should be checked for details.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Employability Skills Summary

Employability Skill 

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include: 

Communication

  • maintain communication about multiple subjects and with multiple audiences
  • complete incident and other reports
  • use technical information and manufacturer's information
  • collect, analyse & organise information
  • communicate ideas and information
  • use and contribute to workplace documentation
  • maintain workplace records

Teamwork

  • identify and describe own role and role of other
  • work within a team
  • resolve conflicts between team members
  • teamwork strategies

Problem-solving

  • recognise a problem or a potential problem in a plant unit, system or area.
  • determine problems needing priority action.
  • refer problems outside area of responsibility to appropriate person, with possible causes.
  • identify appropriate theory base for problem
  • seek information and assistance as required to solve problems.
  • solve problems within area of responsibility for plant unit, system or area.
  • follow through items initiated until final resolution has occurred.
  • identify and isolate faults in equipment
  • use a range of formal problem solving techniques

Initiative and enterprise

  • identify the most appropriate process conditions for unit, system or area
  • make adjustments to improve performance of unit, system or area
  • anticipate the impact of the process on the product and other process areas
  • determine problems needing action
  • recommend required action
  • report problems outside area of responsibility
  • distinguish between causes of faults

Planning and organising

  • priortise actions to achieve required outcomes for unit, system or area
  • plan own work requirements and assist others to plan theirs
  • plan scope of unit, system or plant area checks
  • plan and organise activities
  • identify tasks to achieve team goals.
  • organise allocation of tasks.
  • monitor completion of allocated tasks
  • develop and adjust a production schedule

Self-management

  • plan own work requirements from production requests
  • operate within appropriate time constraints and work standards
  • select and use appropriate equipment, materials, processes and procedures
  • plan to ensure effective production
  • apply workplace procedures
  • identify resource requirements, document and monitor
  • recognise limitations and seek timely advice

Learning

  • ask questions to gain information
  • identify sources of information to expand knowledge and understanding
  • participate in improvement procedures
  • participate in development of continuous improvement strategies
  • helps others develop competency

Technology

  • operation and adjustment of unit, system or plant area processes
  • start up and shut down unit, system or plant area
  • set up unit, equipment or plant area
  • monitor product/process quality
  • function and operating principles of unit, system or plant area
  • maintain workplace records

Packaging Rules

To be awarded the Certificate III in Process Plant Operations competency must be achieved in twenty one (21)  units of competency chosen:

  • five (5)  core units of competency
  • sixteen (16)  elective units of competency as specified below.

Note 

Where prerequisite units apply, these must be considered in the total number of units chosen.

Core units of competency 

Unit code 

Unit title 

MSAENV272B

Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

MSAPMOHS110A

Follow emergency response procedures

MSAPMOHS200A

Work safely

MSAPMSUP100A

Apply workplace procedures

MSAPMSUP102A

Communicate in the workplace

Elective units of competency 

Select sixteen (16)  units as specified below:

  • A minimum of two (2)  from Group A
  • The remainder may be chosen from Groups A, B and C (with a maximum of twelve (12)  from Group C) to bring the total number of electives to sixteen (16) .

Note  that up to four (4)  of the elective units can be chosen from other qualifications in this Training Package, other endorsed Training Packages and accredited courses, as specified in Groups B and C.

Group A – Specialist electives 

Unit code 

Unit title 

Prerequisites 

FDFPHGMP3A

Monitor the implementation of Good Manufacturing Practice procedures

MEM07033B

Operate and monitor basic boiler

MEM07034A

Operate and monitor intermediate class boiler

MEM07033B

MEM18011C

Shutdown and isolate machine

NWP357B

Monitor, operate and control reverse osmosis and nano-filtration processes

PMAOPS300B

Operate a production unit

PMAOPS301B

Produce products by distillation

PMAOPS201B

Co-requisite unit PMAOPS205B

PMAOPS302B

Operate reactors and reaction equipment

PMAOPS303B

Operate furnaces to induce reaction

PMAOPS304B

Operate and monitor compressor systems and equipment

Co-requisite unit

PMAOPS221B

PMAOPS305B

Operate process control systems

PMAOPS307B

Transfer bulk fluids into/out of storage facility

PMAOPS201B

PMAOPS308B

Organise storage and logistics of general materials

PMAOPS309B

Operate particulates handling/ storage equipment

PMAOPS312B

Undertake ship loading/unloading operations

PMAOPS319A

Adjust batch

PMAOPS320B

Conduct artificial lift

PMAOPS321B

Undertake well management

PMAOPS323A

Operate and monitor heating furnace

PMAOPS324A

Operate a gas turbine

PMAOPS325B

Generate electrical power

PMAOPS326B

Produce product using gas absorption

PMAOPS327B

Produce product using fixed bed dehydration

PMAOPS329B

Produce product using liquid extraction

PMAOPS330B

Communicate pipeline control centre operations

PMAOPS333A

Operate wells and gathering systems

PMAOPS335A

Conduct pipeline pigging

PMAOPS340B

Operate cryogenic processes

PMAOPS350B

Match and adjust colour

PMAOPS390B

Operate a biochemical process

UEPOPS340A

Operate and Monitor a Steam Turbine

One (1)  unit may be chosen from Group A in PMA40108 Certificate IV in Process Plant Technology

Group B 

Unit code 

Unit title 

Prerequisites 

MEM09003B

Prepare basic engineering drawing

MEM09002B

MSAPMOHS300A

Facilitate the implementation of OHS for a work group

MSAPMOHS200A

MSAPMPER300C

Issue work permits

RIIRIS201A

MSAPMSUP300A

Identify and implement opportunities to maximise production efficiencies

MSAPMSUP200A

MSAPMSUP301A

Apply HACCP to the workplace

MSAPMSUP303A

Identify equipment faults

MSAPMSUP309A

Maintain and organise workplace records

MSAPMSUP310A

Contribute to development of plant documentation

MSAPMSUP330A

Develop and adjust a production schedule

MSAPMSUP382A

Provide coaching/mentoring in the workplace

MSAPMSUP383A

Facilitate a team

MSAPMSUP390A

Use structured problem solving tools

PMAOHS310B

Investigate incidents

PMAOHS311B

Lead emergency teams

PMAOHS312B

Command the operation of survival craft

MSAPMOHS220A

PMAOHS320C

Provide advanced first aid response

MSAPMOHS220A

PMAOHS321B

Provide first aid response in remote and/or isolated area

MSAPMOHS220A

PMAOMIR301B

Undertake initial rescue

MSAPMOHS216A MSAPMOHS217A MSAPMOHS220A MSAPMPER200C MSAPMPER205C

PMAOMIR302B

Respond to a helideck incident

PMAOMIR317B

Facilitate search and rescue operations

PMAOMIR320B

Manage incident response information

PMAOMIR321B

Manage communication systems during an incident

PMAOMIR346B

Assess and secure an incident site

PMASUP305A

Operate Offshore Cranes

PMASUP311A

Operate communications hub

PMASUP341B

Monitor and maintain instrument and control systems

MSAPMPER300C

PMASUP342B

Monitor and maintain electrical systems

MSAPMPER300C

PMASUP343B

Monitor and maintain cathodic protection systems

PMASUP344B

Monitor and control repairs and modifications on operational pipe

PMASUP345A

Monitor vibration

PMASUP346A

Control corrosion

PMASUP347A

Undertake corrosion inspection in a petrochemical environment

PMLTEST300B

Perform basic tests

PSPGOV308B

Work effectively with diversity

TAEASS301A

Contribute to assessment

TAEDEL301A

Provide work skill instruction

Up to one (1)  relevant unit may be chosen from this Training Package, other endorsed Training Packages and accredited courses where the unit is available at Certificates III or IV.

Group C 

Unit code 

Unit title 

Prerequisites 

FDFPHGMP1A

Follow work procedures to maintain Good Manufacturing Practice

FDFPHGMP2B

Implement Good Manufacturing Practice procedures

MEM05012C

Perform routine manual metal arc welding

MEM09002B

Interpret technical drawing

MEM11011B

Undertake manual handling

MEM16005A

Operate as a team member to conduct manufacturing, engineering or related activities

MSACMS201A

Sustain process improvements

MSACMT230A

Apply cost factors to work practices

MSACMT231A

Interpret product costs in terms of customer requirements

MSACMT240A

Apply 5S procedures in a manufacturing environment

MSACMT250A

Monitor process capability

MSACMT251A

Apply quality standards

MSACMT260A

Use planning software systems in manufacturing

MSACMT270A

Use sustainable energy practices

MSACMT271A

Use sustainable environmental practices

MSACMT280A

Undertake root cause analysis

MSACMT281A

Contribute to the application of a proactive maintenance strategy

MSAPMOHS100A

Follow OHS procedures

MSAPMOHS205A

Control minor incidents

MSAPMOHS210B

Undertake first response to non-fire incidents

MSAPMOHS212A

Undertake first response to fire incidents

MSAPMOHS216A

Operate breathing apparatus

MSAPMOHS217A

Gas test atmospheres

MSAPMOHS220A

Provide initial first aid response

MSAPMOPS100A

Use equipment

MSAPMOPS102A

Perform tasks to support production

MSAPMOPS200A

Operate equipment

MSAPMOPS212A

Use enterprise computers or data systems

MSAPMPER200C

Work in accordance with an issued permit

MSAPMPER201A

Monitor and control work permits

MSAPMPER202A

Observe permit work

MSAPMPER200C

MSAPMPER205C

Enter confined space

MSAPMPER200C

MSAPMSUP101A

Clean workplace or equipment

MSAPMSUP106A

Work in a team

MSAPMSUP172A

Identify and minimise environmental hazards

MSAPMSUP200A

Achieve work outcomes

MSAPMSUP201A

Receive or despatch goods

MSAPMSUP204A

Pack products or materials

MSAPMSUP205A

Transfer loads

MSAPMSUP210A

Process and record information

MSAPMSUP240A

Undertake minor maintenance

MSAPMSUP280A

Manage conflict at work

MSAPMSUP291A

Participate in continuous improvement

MSAPMSUP292A

Sample and test materials and product

MSL952001A

Collect routine site samples

PMAOHS211B

Prepare equipment for emergency response

PMAOHS213B

Undertake fire control and emergency rescue

PMAOHS214B

Undertake helicopter safety and escape

PMAOHS215B

Apply offshore facility abandonment and sea survival procedures

PMAOHS221B

Maintain first aid supplies and records

PMAOMIR210B

Control evacuation to muster point

PMAOPS101C

Read dials and indicators

PMAOPS105C

Select and prepare materials

PMAOPS201B

Operate fluid flow equipment

PMAOPS202B

Operate fluid mixing equipment

PMAOPS203B

Handle goods

PMAOPS204B

Use utilities and services

PMAOPS205B

Operate heat exchangers

PMAOPS206B

Operate separation equipment

PMAOPS207B

Operate powered separation equipment

PMAOPS208B

Operate chemical separation equipment

PMAOPS210B

Operate particulates handling equipment

PMAOPS211B

Operate manufacturing extruders

PMAOPS213B

Package product/material

PMAOPS216B

Operate local control system

PMAOPS217B

Operate wet milling equipment

PMAOPS220B

Monitor chemical reactions in the process

PMAOPS221B

Operate and monitor prime movers

PMAOPS222B

Operate and monitor pumping systems and equipment

Co-requisite unit

PMAOPS221B

PMAOPS223B

Operate and monitor valve systems

PMAOPS224B

Provide fluids for utilities and support

PMAOPS230B

Monitor, operate and maintain pipeline stations and equipment

PMAOPS231B

Control gas odourisation

PMAOPS232B

Produce product by filtration

PMAOPS233A

Monitor wells and gathering systems

PMAOPS234A

Monitor and operate low pressure compressors

PMAOPS240B

Store liquids in bulk

PMAOPS241A

Operate Joule-Thomson effect device

PMAOPS280B

Interpret process plant schematics

PMAOPS290B

Operate a biotreater

PMASMELT260B

Form carbon anodes

PMASMELT261B

Bake carbon anodes

PMASMELT262B

Clean and strip anode rods

PMASMELT263B

Spray carbon anodes

PMASMELT264B

Start up reduction cells

PMASMELT265B

Operate reduction cells

PMASMELT266B

Deliver molten metal

PMASMELT267B

Cast aluminium ingots

PMASMELT268B

Vertical direct casting

PMASMELT269A

Operate cell tending equipment

PMASMELT270A

Supply product from reduction cells

PMASUP236B

Operate vehicles in the field

PMASUP237B

Undertake crane, dogging and load transfer operations

PMASUP241B

Maintain pipeline easements

PMASUP242B

Monitor pipeline civil works

PMASUP243B

Monitor and maintain pipeline coatings

PMASUP244A

Prepare and isolate plant

RIIOHS204A

Work safely at heights

RIIRIS201A

Conduct local risk control

TLID1007C

Operate a forklift

UEPOPS319A

Operate and Monitor Gas Production Plant

Up to three (3)  relevant units may be chosen from this Training Package, other endorsed Training Packages and accredited courses where those units are available at Certificates II or III.