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Qualification details

PMB40107 - Certificate IV in Polymer Technology (Release 2)

Summary

Usage recommendation:
Superseded
Mapping:
MappingNotesDate
Supersedes and is equivalent to PMB40101 - Certificate IV in Polymer Technology 30/Apr/2011
Is superseded by and equivalent to PMB40116 - Certificate IV in Polymer TechnologySupersedes and is equivalent to PMB40107 Certificate IV in Polymer Technology. 21/Jun/2016

Release Status:
Current
Releases:
ReleaseRelease date
2 (this release) 06/Jul/2013
(View details for release 1) 01/May/2011

Units of competency

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PMBPROD397B - Produce composites using moulding compoundsProduce composites using moulding compoundsN/A
PMBPROD378A - Splice solid woven conveyor beltsSplice solid woven conveyor beltsN/A
MSAPMOHS110A - Follow emergency response proceduresFollow emergency response proceduresN/A
PMBPROD360B - Produce centrifugally cast polyurethane productsProduce centrifugally cast polyurethane productsN/A
MSAPMOHS401A - Assess riskAssess riskN/A
MSAPMOHS216A - Operate breathing apparatusOperate breathing apparatusN/A
PMBPROD283B - Demould productDemould productN/A
PMBPREP206C - Prepare materials to formulaePrepare materials to formulaeN/A
MSAPMSUP205A - Transfer loadsTransfer loadsN/A
PMBPROD207B - Operate calenderOperate calenderN/A
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Classifications

SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 399916 Plastics Technician 
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 511 Certificate IV 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Plastics, Polymers and Rubber,Manufacturing Technology 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Polymer Technician,Plastics Technician,Rubber Production Senior Operator,Senior Cablemaker,Polymer Senior Operator,Belt Installation and Repair Technician,Die Trialler 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 399916 Plastics Technician 01/May/2011 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 4987 Chemical, Petroleum And Gas Plant Operators 01/May/2011 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0303 Process And Resources Engineering 01/May/2011 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 511 Certificate IV 01/May/2011 
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Modification History

Release 2 - Addition of five new elective units for rubber/tyre sector. Imported units updated to latest versions. Equivalent.

Release 1 - Initial release.

Description

Job roles /employment outcomes 

The Certificate IV in Polymer Technology is intended for senior operators and polymer technicians. These technicians may be process-based and directly involved in production, or they may be based elsewhere, e.g. in a laboratory, although they will typically still have functions on the production floor.

The technician will typically be involved in trialling and solving more complex problems which require greater theoretical knowledge, combined with an understanding of the production process and equipment.

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 undertake a technician role on the shop floor, from a base in a laboratory or office. They will be competent to operate production equipment and perform a range of support functions and will also undertake advanced problem solving and will participate in product or process improvement.

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 PMB30107 Certificate III 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 PMB50107 Diploma of Polymer Technology

Additional qualification advice 

MSA41108 Certificate IV in Competitive Manufacturing is 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
  • document and record information
  • identify and maintain documentation
  • consult with key personnel
  • develop system for communicating
  • maintain document control system
  • record and report test results

Teamwork

  • work as part of a team
  • identify own role and responsibility within a team
  • contribute to development of team work plans
  • provide support to others in the work area
  • undertake appropriate and effective communication with team members

Problem solving

  • recognise and diagnose problems
  • implement appropriate corrective action
  • rectify equipment and quality problems
  • diagnose production equipment problems
  • apply knowledge of materials, product purpose and processes
  • check performance of equipment and make approved adjustments
  • make adjustments to remedy faults and non-conformity
  • use material and process knowledge to solve problems

Initiative and enterprise

  • develop policies
  • make adjustments to improve equipment performance
  • anticipate the impact of the process on the product
  • determine problems needing action
  • suggest options for improvement
  • recommend corrective and/or optimisation actions
  • monitor and adjust schedules in response to operational variations

Planning and organising

  • plan work
  • organise materials, consumables and personnel
  • develop work plans
  • schedule activities
  • determine resources required
  • determine urgency and timeliness factors in planning
  • prepare for trial
  • organise polymer tests

Self-management

  • operate within appropriate time constraints and work standards
  • select and use appropriate equipment, materials, processes and procedures
  • demonstrate consistent performance
  • locate, interpret and apply relevant information

Learning

  • identify sources of information to expand knowledge and understanding
  • recognise limits of own professional expertise and consult specialists as necessary
  • participate in improvement procedures
  • participate in development of continuous improvement strategies
  • consult with appropriate personnel to refine performance
  • access manufacturer manuals/specifications to expand knowledge

Technology

  • interpret data and information on equipment
  • identify characteristics and capabilities of equipment
  • trial equipment, process and product
  • interpret polymer morphology and phase diagrams
  • interpret polymer tests
  • perform material and product tests

Packaging Rules

Packaging Rules 

To be awarded the Certificate IV in Polymer Technology competency must be achieved in twenty eight  (28 ) units of competency.

  • four  (4 ) core units of competency
  • twenty four  (24 ) 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 twenty four  (24 ) units of competency, as specified below:

  • a minimum of three  (3 ) units from Group A
  • a minimum of two  (2 ) units from Group B
  • the remainder of units may be chosen from Groups A, B and C, to bring the total number of electives to twenty four  (24 ).

Note : Up to ten  (10 ) of the elective units may 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 

MSAPMOPS400A

Optimise process/plant area

*

MSAPMOPS401A

Trial new process or product

MSAPMOPS404A

Coordinate maintenance

MSAPMOPS405A

Identify problems in fluid power system

MSAPMOPS406A

Identify problems in electronic control systems

PMBPROD430B

Trial a new die/tool

PMBPROD431B

Trial a new, advanced or complex mould

PMBTECH401B

Predict polymer properties and characteristics

*

PMBTECH402B

Set advanced or complex dies

*

PMBTECH403B

Test fibre-composites materials and laminates

PMBTECH404B

Mould chemical resistant and/or fire retardant fibre-composites

*

PMBTECH405B

Repair damaged fibre-composites structures

*

PMBTECH406A

Diagnose production equipment problems

A maximum of two  (2 ) units may be chosen from the units available in Group A of PMB50107 Diploma of Polymer Technology.

Group B 

Unit code 

Unit title 

Prerequisites 

MEM15001B

Perform basic statistical quality control

MSS403010A

Facilitate change in an organisation implementing competitive systems and practices

MSS403002A

Ensure process improvements are sustained

MSS403021A

Facilitate a Just in Time system

MSS403040A

Facilitate and improve implementation of 5S

MSS404050A

Undertake process capability improvements

*

MSS403051A

Mistake proof an operational process

MSS404052A

Apply statistics to operational processes

MSAENV472B

Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

MSAPMOHS300A

Facilitate the implementation of OHS for a work group

*

MSAPMOHS400A

Contribute to OHS management system

*

MSAPMOHS401A

Assess risk

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

MSAPMSUP400A

Develop and monitor quality systems

MSL973001A

Perform basic tests

MSL974003A

Perform chemical tests and procedures

PMBPROD336A

Inspect heavy off-the-road tyres

PRBPROD337A

Prepare heavy off-the-road tyres for repair

PMBPROD338A

Repair heavy off-the-road tyres

PMBPROD340A

Cure heavy off-the-road tyre repairs

PMBPROD341A

Finish heavy off-the-road tyre repairs

TLID3011A

Conduct specialised forklift operation

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 at Certificate IV.

Group C 

Unit code 

Unit title 

Prerequisite 

FPICOT2206B

Cross cut materials with a hand-held chainsaw

LMTGN2008B

Coordinate work of team/section

MEM03001B

Perform manual production assembly

MEM03006B

Set assembly stations

*

MEM09002B

Interpret technical drawing

MEM09003B

Prepare basic engineering drawing

*

MEM11005B

Pick and process order

MEM11006B

Perform production packaging

MEM11007B

Administer inventory procedures

MEM12023A

Perform engineering measurements

MEM13003B

Work safely with industrial chemicals

MEM15001B

Perform basic statistical quality control

MEM15003B

Use improvement processes in team activities

*

MEM15004B

Perform inspection

MEM16006A

Organise and communicate information

MEM16007A

Work with others in a manufacturing, engineering or related environment

MEM16008A

Interact with computing technology

MEM18001C

Use hand tools

MEM18002B

Use power tools/hand held operations

MSS402002A

Sustain process improvements

MSS402020A

Apply quick changeover procedures

MSS402021A

Apply Just in Time procedures

MSS402030A

Apply cost factors to work practices

MSS402040A

Apply 5S procedures

MSS402050A

Monitor process capability

MSS402060A

Use planning software systems in operations

MSS402080A

Undertake root cause analysis

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

MSAPMOPS363A

Organise on site work

MSAPMPER200C

Work in accordance with an issued permit

MSAPMPER201A

Monitor and control work permits

MSAPMPER205C

Enter confined space

*

MSAPMPER300C

Issue work permits

*

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

PMBPREP301C

Set up and prepare for production

PMBPREP303C

Set up equipment for continuous operation

PMBPREP304C

Set a die

PMBPREP305B

Change extrusion die and setup

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

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

PMBPROD339A

Produce reinforced conveyor belts

*

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

PMBWASTE101C

Collect waste for recycling or safe disposal

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

*

RIIRIS201B

Conduct local risk control

TAEASS301B

Contribute to assessment

TAEASS401B

Plan assessment activities and processes

TAEASS402B

Assess competence

TAEASS403B

Participate in assessment validation

TAEDEL301A

Provide work skill instruction

TLID2010A

Operate a forklift

Up to eight  (8 ) 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. (Note that a maximum of four  (4 ) of these units can be available at Certificate II).