Qualification details

PMB30107 - Certificate III in Polymer Processing (Release 2)

Summary

Releases:
ReleaseStatusRelease date
2 (this release)Current 06/Jul/2013
(View details for release 1) Replaced01/May/2011

Usage recommendation:
Superseded
Mapping:
MappingNotesDate
Supersedes and is equivalent to PMB30101 - Certificate III in Plastics 30/Apr/2011
Is superseded by and equivalent to PMB30116 - Certificate III in Polymer ProcessingSupersedes and is equivalent to PMB30107 Certificate III in Polymer Processing. 21/Jun/2016

Training packages that include this qualification

Units of competency

CodeSort Table listing Units of Competency by the Code columnTitleSort Table listing Units of Competency by the Title columnEssential
FPICOT2206B - Cross cut materials with a hand-held chainsawCross cut materials with a hand-held chainsaw N/A
LMTGN2008B - Coordinate work of team or sectionCoordinate work of team or section N/A
MEM03001B - Perform manual production assemblyPerform manual production assembly N/A
MEM03006B - Set assembly stationsSet assembly stations N/A
MEM09002B - Interpret technical drawingInterpret technical drawing N/A
MEM09003B - Prepare basic engineering drawingPrepare basic engineering drawing N/A
MEM11005B - Pick and process orderPick and process order N/A
MEM11006B - Perform production packagingPerform production packaging N/A
MEM11007B - Administer inventory proceduresAdminister inventory procedures N/A
MEM12023A - Perform engineering measurementsPerform engineering measurements N/A
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Classifications

SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 711514 Plastics Production MacHine Operator (General) 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 7291-11 General Plastics Production MacHine Operator 
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 Plastics, Polymers and Rubber 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Extrusion Operator,Composites Operator,Belt Installation and Repair Operator,Die Setter,Reinforced Hose Maker,Tyre Builder,Tyre Retreading Operator,Blow Moulding Operator,Rubber Roll Builder,Rubber Production Operator,Injection Moulding Operator,Cablemaker,Plastics Production Operator,Fabrication Operator (Plastics),Rotational Moulding Operator,Rubber Moulding Machine Operator 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 711514 Plastics Production MacHine Operator (General) 01/May/2011 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 7291-11 General Plastics Production MacHine Operator 01/May/2011 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0303 Process And Resources Engineering 01/May/2011 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 514 Certificate III 01/May/2011 
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Modification History

Release 2 - Addition of five new electives for rubber/tyre sector in Group A. Imported units updated to current version. Equivalent.

Release 1 - Initial release.

Description

Job roles /employment outcomes 

The Certificate III in Polymer Processing is intended for advanced operators who use production equipment to directly produce products. They would undertake more advanced operations, typically including start-up and shutdown 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.

Certificate III also contains units of competency which are the beginning of the polymer technician stream and which contribute to a deeper knowledge of polymers and processes.

For people working in the industry in production support roles, MSA30107 Certificate III in Process Manufacturing would be appropriate. This Certificate is available in MSA07 Manufacturing Training Package. The relevant MSA units of competency for this Certificate are available as electives in PMB07.

Application 

This industry manufactures a wide range of polymer products and components ranging from consumer products to components to be included in other commercial, industrial or consumer products. Much of it is long runs of standard products, but equally it may be short runs/one offs of specialised products. It uses a wide range of natural and synthetic polymers covering thermoplastics as well as thermosetting polymers.

The products from this industry may be components in automobiles, aeroplanes and marine craft as well as domestic appliances and industrial and commercial plant and equipment. It may also be electrical or data cabling. They may equally be consumer products such as paint brushes, tooth brushes, lunch boxes or carry bags.

People with this qualification may be expected to operate and problem solve production equipment and perform a range of support functions

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 into the qualification 

This qualification may be accessed by direct entry, or entry may also be gained through PMB20107 Certificate II in Polymer Processing.

Units of competency contained within this qualification may be common with other manufacturing qualifications and credit should be granted towards this qualification where competency has already been achieved. Credit should also be granted towards this qualification where competency has been achieved in units of competency contained within relevant skill sets.

The units of competency in this qualification reflect competencies which are practiced within the industry and recognition of prior learning (RPL) should be granted where there is sufficient evidence of competency from work-based experience.

Pathways from the qualification 

Further qualification pathways from this qualification include PMB40107 Certificate IV in Polymer Technology

Additional qualification advice 

MSA31108 Certificate III in Competitive Manufacturing and MSA30107 Certificate III in Process Manufacturing are available for those who need a more generalist qualification covering the application of good manufacturing practice and lean principles.

Licensing considerations 

There are no specific licences that relate to this qualification. However, units of competency in this qualification may provide the underpinning knowledge and skills required for various licences. Local regulations should be checked for details.

Pathways Information

Not applicable.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Employability Skills Summary

EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS QUALIFICATION SUMMARY 

Employability Skill 

Industry /enterprise requirements for this qualification include :

Communication

  • complete logs and reports
  • use technical information and manufacturer information
  • collect, analyse and organise information
  • communicate ideas and information
  • use workplace documentation effectively
  • maintain workplace records

Teamwork

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

Problem solving

  • recognise a problem or a potential problem
  • determine problems needing priority action
  • refer problems outside area of responsibility to appropriate person, with possible causes
  • seek information and assistance, as required, to solve problems
  • solve problems within area of responsibility
  • 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 equipment
  • make adjustments to improve equipment performance
  • anticipate the impact of the process on the product
  • determine problems needing action
  • recommend required action
  • report problems outside area of responsibility
  • distinguish between causes of faults

Planning and organising

  • plan own work requirements
  • plan scope of equipment 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, document and monitor resource requirements
  • 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

Technology

  • operate and adjust processes
  • start up and shut down equipment
  • set up equipment
  • monitor product/process quality
  • maintain function and operating principles of equipment and machine components
  • maintain workplace records

Packaging Rules

Packaging Rules 

To be awarded the Certificate III in Polymer Processing competency must be achieved in twenty one  (21 ) units of competency.

  • four  (4 ) core units of competency
  • seventeen  (17 ) elective units of competency, as specified below.

Note : Where prerequisite units apply, these must be considered in the total number of units chosen. Please refer to individual units for details.

Core units of competency 

Unit code 

Unit title 

Prerequisites 

MSS402051A

Apply quality standards

MSAENV272B

Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

MSAPMOHS200A

Work safely

MSAPMSUP210A

Process and record information

Elective units of competency 

Select seventeen  (17 ) units of competency, as specified below:

  • a minimum of four  (4 ) units from Group A
  • a minimum of one  (1 ) unit from Group B
  • the remainder of units may be chosen from Groups A, B and C, to bring the total number of electives to seventeen  (17 ).

Note : Up to six  (6 ) of the elective units of competency 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 

Unit code 

Unit title 

Prerequisites 

MEM09002B

Interpret technical drawing

MEM09003B

Prepare basic engineering drawing

*

MSAPMOPS363A

Organise on site work

PMBPREP301C

Set up and prepare for production

PMBPREP303C

Set up equipment for continuous operation

PMBPREP304C

Set a die

PMBPREP305B

Change extrusion die and setup

PMBPROD300B

Produce products

PMBPROD301C

Draw wire

PMBPROD302C

Bunch and strand wire

PMBPROD303C

Lay up and tape cables

PMBPROD304C

Wind products onto drums

PMBPROD305C

Colour optical fibre

PMBPROD306B

Prepare and start equipment for production

PMBPROD307C

Produce calendered products

*

PMBPROD308B

Take a machine out of production

PMBPROD309C

Produce electroplated products

PMBPROD310C

Produce injection moulded products

*

PMBPROD311C

Produce blow moulded products

*

PMBPROD312C

Produce continuous thermoforming products

*

PMBPROD313C

Produce extruded products

*

PMBPROD314C

Produce compression moulded products

PMBPROD315C

Produce polyurethane foam

PMBPROD316C

Produce blown film

*

PMBPROD317C

Print and decorate rigid products

*

PMBPROD318C

Build first stage tyres

PMBPROD319C

Build up rollers

PMBPROD320C

Produce foam injected mouldings

PMBPROD321B

Produce rotational moulded products

*

PMBPROD323C

Produce powder coated products

PMBPROD324B

Inspect tyres for retreading

PMBPROD325B

Lay on tyre retreads

PMBPROD326B

Inspect tyres

PMBPROD327B

Produce finished tyres

PMBPROD328C

Produce sheet feed vacuum forming products

PMBPROD329C

Produce polystyrene shape moulded products

*

PMBPROD330A

Make moulds for formed products

PMBPROD331C

Produce printed and decorated film

PMBPROD332C

Produce thermally bent products

PMBPROD333B

Convert plastic film

*

PMBPROD334A

Produce products using twin screw extruders

PMBPROD335C

Build second stage tyres

PMBPROD336A

Inspect heavy off-the-road tyres

PMBPROD337A

Prepare heavy off-the-road tyres for repair

PMBPROD338A

Repair heavy off-the-road tyres

PMBPROD339A

Produce reinforced conveyor belts

*

PMBPROD340A

Cure heavy off-the-road tyre repairs

PMBPROD341A

Finish heavy off-the-road tyre repairs

PMBPROD343C

Shut down plant area

PMBPROD347B

Produce composites using hand lamination

*

PMBPROD349B

Produce liquid surface coated products

*

PMBPROD352A

Produce compounded materials

*

PMBPROD353B

Compound materials using an internal mill blender

*

PMBPROD354B

Compound materials using an open mill blender

*

PMBPROD355B

Make pattern/plug for composites moulds

*

PMBPROD356C

Construct moulds for composite products

*

PMBPROD357C

Construct jigs and fixtures

PMBPROD358C

Develop patterns

*

PMBPROD360B

Produce centrifugally cast polyurethane products

*

PMBPROD362B

Produce gravity cast polyurethane products

*

PMBPROD367B

Remove and replace conveyor belts

PMBPROD368B

Repair conveyor belt carcass

*

PMBPROD369B

Repair conveyor belt covers

*

PMBPROD370B

Produce injection blow moulded products

*

PMBPROD372B

Produce fibre optic preforms

PMBPROD373B

Draw optical fibre

PMBPROD375B

Vulcanise products using an autoclave

PMBPROD376A

Splice steel cord conveyor belts

*

PMBPROD377A

Splice fabric ply conveyor belts

*

PMBPROD378A

Splice solid woven conveyor belts

*

PMBPROD380B

Produce composites using chopper gun/depositor

*

PMBPROD384A

Operate multi-axis router

PMBPROD385A

Program computer controlled equipment

PMBPROD387B

Produce welded plastics materials

*

PMBPROD390B

Produce composites using filament winding

*

PMBPROD391B

Produce composites using resin infusion

*

PMBPROD392B

Produce composites using pultrusion

*

PMBPROD393B

Produce composites using vacuum bagging

*

PMBPROD394B

Produce composites using resin transfer moulding

*

PMBPROD395B

Produce composite sheet products

*

PMBPROD396B

Produce composites using centrifugal casting

*

PMBPROD397B

Produce composites using moulding compounds

*

PMBPROD398B

Produce composites using pre-pregs

*

PMBTECH301B

Use material and process knowledge to solve problems

PMBTECH302A

Modify existing compounds

PMBTECH303A

Make minor modifications to products

TLID3011A

Conduct specialised forklift operation

A maximum of two  (2 ) units of competency may be chosen from the units in Groups A and B of PMB40107 Certificate IV in Polymer Technology (at least one of which must be from Group A).

Group B 

Unit code 

Unit title 

Prerequisite 

MEM03001B

Perform manual production assembly

MEM03006B

Set assembly stations

*

MEM11005B

Pick and process order

MEM11006B

Perform production packaging

MEM11007B

Administer inventory procedures

MEM12023A

Perform engineering measurements

MEM15001B

Perform basic statistical quality control

MEM15003B

Use improvement processes in team activities

*

MEM15004B

Perform inspection

MSS402002A

Sustain process improvements

MSS402020A

Apply quick changeover procedures

MSS402050A

Monitor process capability

MSS402060A

Use planning software systems in operations

MSS402080A

Undertake root cause analysis

MSAPMOHS300A

Facilitate the implementation of OHS for a work group

*

MSAPMPER300C

Issue work permits

*

MSAPMSUP300A

Identify and implement opportunities to maximise production efficiencies

*

MSAPMSUP301A

Apply HACCP to the workplace

MSAPMSUP303A

Identify equipment faults

MSAPMSUP309A

Maintain and organise workplace records

MSAPMSUP310A

Contribute to the 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

PMBWASTE302C

Coordinate waste disposal

PMBWELD301B

Butt weld polyethylene plastic pipelines

PMBWELD302B

Electrofusion weld polyethylene pipelines

PMBWELD303B

Install polyethylene (non-pressure) drainage pipelines

PMBWELD304B

Design polyethylene (non-pressure) drainage pipelines

*

PMBWELD305B

Install polyethylene plastic pressure pipelines

PMBWELD306B

Design polyethylene plastic pressure pipelines

*

PMBWELD307B

Install high temperature plastic pressure pipelines

PMBWELD308B

Install PVC plastic pressure pipelines

PMBWELD309B

Weld plastic using extrusion techniques

PMBWELD310B

Design PVC plastic pressure pipelines

*

PMBWELD311B

Design high temperature plastic pressure pipelines

*

MSL973001A

Perform basic tests

TAEDEL301A

Provide work skill instruction

Up to two  (2 ) relevant units may be chosen from this Training Package, other endorsed Training Packages and accredited courses, where those units are available for inclusion at Certificate III.

Group C 

Unit code 

Unit title 

Prerequisite 

FPICOT2206B

Cross cut materials with a hand-held chainsaw

LMTGN2008B

Coordinate work of team/section

MEM13003B

Work safely with industrial chemicals

MEM16006A

Organise and communicate information

MEM16007A

Work with others in a manufacturing, engineering or related environment

MEM16008A

Interact with computer technology

MEM18001C

Use hand tools

MEM18002B

Use power tools/hand held operations

MSS402021A

Apply Just in Time procedures

MSS402030A

Apply cost factors to work practices

MSS402040A

Apply 5S procedures

MSAPMOHS100A

Follow OHS procedures

MSAPMOHS110A

Follow emergency response 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

MSAPMOPS101A

Make measurements

MSAPMOPS102A

Perform tasks to support production

MSAPMOPS200A

Operate equipment

MSAPMOPS212A

Use enterprise computers or data systems

MSAPMOPS244A

Layout and cut materials

MSAPMPER200A

Work in accordance with an issued permit

MSAPMPER201A

Monitor and control work permits

MSAPMPER205A

Enter confined space

MSAPMSUP100A

Apply workplace procedures

MSAPMSUP101A

Clean workplace or equipment

MSAPMSUP102A

Communicate in the workplace

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

MSAPMSUP230A

Monitor process operations

MSAPMSUP240A

Undertake minor maintenance

MSAPMSUP273A

Handle goods

MSAPMSUP280A

Manage conflict at work

MSAPMSUP291A

Participate in continuous improvement

MSAPMSUP292A

Sample and test materials and product

PMBFIN201C

Finish products and components

PMBFIN202C

Fit attachments to products

PMBFIN203C

Repair product imperfections

PMBFIN205C

Hand decorate products

PMBHAN103C

Shift materials safely by hand

PMBHAN208C

Store products

PMBPREP201B

Prepare moulds for composites production

PMBPREP205C

Assemble materials and equipment for production

PMBPREP206C

Prepare materials to formulae

PMBPROD206B

Operate ancillary equipment

PMBPROD207B

Operate calender

PMBPROD209C

Operate cable winding equipment

PMBPROD210B

Operate injection moulding equipment

PMBPROD211B

Operate blow moulding equipment

PMBPROD212B

Operate thermoforming equipment

PMBPROD213B

Operate extruders

PMBPROD216B

Operate blown film equipment

PMBPROD217B

Operate printing equipment

PMBPROD221B

Operate rotational moulding equipment

PMBPROD229B

Operate polystyrene shape moulding equipment

PMBPROD233B

Operate film conversion equipment

PMBPROD235C

Use materials and process knowledge to complete work operations

PMBPROD236C

Operate hand held air/power equipment for production processes

PMBPROD237C

Splice cables

PMBPROD238A

Perform creel rack operations

PMBPROD239A

Build reinforced conveyor belts

PMBPROD240C

Cut materials

PMBPROD241C

Lay up rubber lining or lag pulleys

PMBPROD242A

Bond polymers to surfaces

PMBPROD245C

Fabricate materials

PMBPROD246C

Hand mix materials

PMBPROD247C

Hand lay up composites

PMBPROD248C

Prepare surfaces for coating

PMBPROD249B

Apply liquid surface coatings

PMBPROD251B

Apply gel coat or other polymer surface finish

PMBPROD252C

Operate compounding equipment

PMBPROD253C

Operate an internal mill blender

PMBPROD254C

Operate an open mill blender

PMBPROD255C

Operate mixing equipment

PMBPROD259C

Operate granulating equipment

PMBPROD261B

Operate continuous vulcanising equipment

PMBPROD262B

Operate tyre curing equipment

PMBPROD263B

Operate retread curing equipment

PMBPROD264C

Check recycle wash process

PMBPROD265C

Operate portable vulcanising equipment

PMBPROD266B

Prepare tyre casings for retreading

PMBPROD267B

Operate steel cutting equipment

PMBPROD268B

Operate bead coiling equipment

PMBPROD270B

Operate injection blow moulding equipment

PMBPROD280B

Operate resin-glass depositor equipment

PMBPROD281B

Finish composite products

PMBPROD282B

Assemble mould

PMBPROD283B

Demould product

PMBPROD284B

Operate open flame moulding equipment

PMBPROD285A

Operate computer controlled equipment

PMBPROD287B

Weld plastics materials

PMBPROD290B

Operate filament winding equipment

PMBPROD291B

Operate resin infusion moulding equipment

PMBPROD292B

Operate pultrusion equipment

PMBPROD293B

Operate vacuum bagging equipment

PMBPROD294B

Operate resin transfer moulding equipment

PMBPROD295B

Operate composite sheeting equipment

PMBPROD296B

Operate centrifugal casting equipment

PMBPROD297B

Operate equipment using moulding compounds

PMBPROD298B

Operate equipment using pre-preg material

PMBWASTE101C

Collect waste for recycling or safe disposal

RIIRIS201B

Conduct local risk control

TLID2010A

Operate a forklift

Up to four  (4 ) relevant units of competency may be chosen from this Training Package, other endorsed Training Packages and accredited courses, where those units are available for inclusion at Certificates II or III.

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