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Qualification details

PMB50107 - Diploma of Polymer Technology (Release 2)

Summary

Usage recommendation:
Superseded
Mapping:
MappingNotesDate
Supersedes and is equivalent to PMB50101 - Diploma of Polymer Technology 30/Apr/2011
Is superseded by and equivalent to PMB50116 - Diploma of Polymer TechnologySupersedes and is equivalent to PMB50107 Diploma of Polymer Technology. 21/Jun/2016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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MSAPMOHS401A - Assess riskAssess riskN/A
PMBTECH406A - Diagnose production equipment problemsDiagnose production equipment problemsN/A
PMBTECH506B - Analyse the design of products and toolsAnalyse the design of products and toolsN/A
PMBTECH501B - Analyse equipment performanceAnalyse equipment performanceN/A
MSS405031A - Undertake value analysis of product or process costs in terms of customer requirementsUndertake value analysis of product or process costs in terms of customer requirementsN/A
MSS404052A - Apply statistics to operational processesApply statistics to operational processesN/A
MSAPMSUP383A - Facilitate a teamFacilitate a teamN/A
MEM16007A - Work with others in a manufacturing, engineering or related environmentWork with others in a manufacturing, engineering or related environmentN/A
PMBTECH505B - Choose polymer materials for an applicationChoose polymer materials for an applicationN/A
MSL974003A - Perform chemical tests and proceduresPerform chemical tests and proceduresN/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 421 Diploma 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Plastics, Polymers and Rubber,Manufacturing Technology 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Polymer Product Development Technician,Polymer Production Technician 

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 421 Diploma 01/May/2011 
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Modification History

release 2 - Imported units updated to current versions

release 1 - Initial release

Description

Job roles /employment outcomes 

The Diploma of Polymer Technology is intended for technologists/paraprofessionals who may have worked their way up through plastics, rubber and cablemaking qualifications or who have entered the industry at this level, either from another industry, trade occupation or other relevant background.

The technologist will analyse performance and failure in equipment and products and will assist in the development on new/modified products.

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 technologist role typically based in a laboratory or office with possibly some work being conducted on or through the shop floor. They may not be competent to operate production equipment but would be expected to understand the principles behind the relevant production and support processes. They will undertake product or process improvement/development and also complex problem solving.

Pathways into the qualification 

This qualification may be accessed by direct entry. Credit for relevant units of competency achieved should be granted towards this qualification for those who have completed PMB40107 Certificate IV in Polymer Processing, or other qualifications relevant to polymer technology.

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 and statements of attainment.

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 PMB60107 Advanced Diploma of Polymer Technology

Additional qualification advice 

MSA51108 Diploma of 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

  • communicate with stakeholders
  • complete all required reports and records
  • advise stakeholders of the outcome
  • interpret workplace procedures and work instructions
  • communicate information about tasks/processes/events
  • identify and communicate with all relevant personnel
  • communicate with all relevant personnel, management and administration
  • undertake interactive workplace communication
  • undertake verbal and/or written reports where required

Teamwork

  • work with technicians as part of a larger project
  • work autonomously or as part of a team
  • identify own role and responsibility within a team
  • undertake appropriate and effective communication with team members

Problem solving

  • evaluate and modify as required
  • apply knowledge of materials, product purpose and processes
  • check performance of equipment and make approved adjustments
  • make adjustments to remedy faults and non-conformity
  • clarify and address potential issues
  • use material and process knowledge to solve problems

Initiative and enterprise

  • make adjustments to improve equipment performance
  • anticipate the impact of the process on the product
  • determine problems needing action
  • recommend required action
  • recognise problems in systems and documentation
  • critically analyse information
  • develop continuous improvement strategies
  • investigate, rectify and report non-conformances
  • use analytical and decision making skills
  • recommend corrective and/or optimisation actions
  • monitor and adjust schedules in response to operational variations

Planning and organising

  • implement procedures within appropriate time constraints and relevant to the job
  • organise trial
  • develop and monitor quality systems
  • monitor and maintain product quality
  • recognise hazards and follow appropriate hazard control methods
  • identify requirements for materials, quality, production and equipment checks
  • identify most efficient and appropriate equipment
  • analyse equipment performance

Self-management

  • operate within appropriate time constraints and work standards
  • select and use appropriate equipment, materials, processes and procedures
  • identify, document and monitor resource requirements
  • demonstrate consistent performance

Learning

  • research and evaluate equipment
  • ask questions to gain information
  • identify sources of information to expand knowledge and understanding
  • recognise limits of own professional expertise and consult specialists as necessary
  • participate in improvement procedures
  • access manufacturer manuals/specifications to expand knowledge

Technology

  • differentiate between products and compounds based on their response to applied stress/strain
  • analyse response to loads
  • apply the results of the analyses to typical applications
  • analyse equipment performance
  • determine theoretical performance
  • determine variation between theoretical and actual performance
  • apply principles to the design and use of equipment

Packaging Rules

Packaging Rules 

To be awarded the Diploma of Polymer Technology, competency must be achieved in seventeen  (17 ) units of competency.

  • four  (4 ) core units of competency
  • thirteen  (13 ) elective units of competency, as specified below.

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

Core units of competency 

Unit code 

Unit title 

Prerequisites 

MSAENV472B

Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

MSAPMOHS200A

Work safely

MSAPMSUP300A

Identify and implement opportunities to maximise production efficiencies

*

MSAPMSUP390A

Use structured problem solving tools

Elective units of competency 

Select thirteen  (13 ) units of competency, as specified below:

  • a minimum of eight  (8 ) units from Group A and B, with a minimum of four  (4 ) units from Group A
  • the remainder of units may be chosen from Groups A, B and C, to bring the total number of electives to thirteen  (13 ).

Note : Up to three  (3 ) of the elective units can be chosen from other qualifications in this Training Package, other endorsed Training Packages and accredited courses, as specified in Group C.

Group A 

Unit code 

Unit title 

Prerequisites 

PMBTECH501B

Analyse equipment performance

*

PMBTECH502B

Review and analyse production trials and specify retrials

*

PMBTECH503B

Determine rheology and output of plastics materials from processing equipment

*

PMBTECH504B

Determine heat transfer loads for processing equipment

PMBTECH505B

Choose polymer materials for an application

*

PMBTECH506B

Analyse the design of products and tools

*

PMBTECH507B

Develop fibre composite products using cored- laminate techniques

*

PMBTECH508A

Develop a new compound

PMBTECH509A

Modify an existing product

PMBTECH510A

Analyse failure in polymeric materials

A maximum of two  (2 ) units may be chosen from the units in Group A of the PMB60107 Advanced Diploma of Polymer Technology.

Group B 

Unit code 

Unit title 

Prerequisites 

MSAPMOHS400A

Contribute to OHS management system

*

MSAPMOHS401A

Assess risk

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

MSL974003A

Perform chemical tests and procedures

MSL974005A

Perform physical tests

MSL974010A

Perform mechanical tests

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

Group C 

Unit code 

Unit title 

Prerequisites 

MEM09003B

Prepare basic engineering drawing

MEM15001B

Perform basic statistical quality control

MEM16006A

Organise and communicate information

MEM16007A

Work with others in a manufacturing, engineering or related environment

MEM16008A

Interact with computing technology

MEM30031A

Operate computer-aided design (CAD) systems to produce basic drawing elements

MEM30033A

Use computer-aided design (CAD) to create and display 3-D models

*

MSS403002A

Ensure process improvements are sustained

MSS404052A

Apply statistics to operational processes

MSS405020A

Develop quick changeover procedures

MSS405021A

Develop a Just in Time system

MSS405030A

Optimise cost of product or service

MSS405031A

Undertake value analysis of product costs in terms of customer requirements

MSS405050A

Determine and improve process capability

*

MSS405070A

Develop and manage sustainable energy practices

MSS015002A

Develop strategies for more sustainable use of resources

MSAPMSUP383A

Facilitate a team

MSAPMSUP400A

Develop and monitor quality systems

PSPPM502B

Manage complex projects

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 for inclusion in a Diploma.