Unit of competency details

PMBPROD209 - Operate cable winding equipment (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes and is equivalent to PMBPROD209C - Operate cable winding equipmentSupersedes and is equivalent to PMBPROD209C Operate cable winding equipment 21/Jun/2016

Release Status:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 22/Jun/2016

Training packages that include this unit


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 PMBPROD209C Operate cable winding equipment


This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to operate cable winding equipment and ancillary equipment that is integral to the process. Cable winding equipment is typically used to store cable products or materials on reels ready for production, post-production or despatch.

This unit of competency applies to operators who are required to carry out pre-start checks, check settings and adjustments of preset equipment, monitor and adjust the equipment, and recognise routine and non-routine problems and take appropriate action.

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, team leader and supervisor, as appropriate.

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

Pre-requisite Unit


Competency Field


Unit Sector

Not applicable

Elements and Performance Criteria

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

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


Check work requirements 


Identify work requirements from production plan


Identify product, materials and equipment requirements for job


Identify hazards associated with the job and take appropriate action


Check with supervisor/appropriate person if requirements are not in accordance with usual practice


Conduct pre-start checks as required 


Check safety gates, guards and emergency stops are in position and working


Check raw materials are correct


Undertake other pre-start checks to procedures


Check winding equipment setup 


Observe spool condition and tag and return non-conforming spools to procedures


Check winding equipment settings and adjustments, spool size and length settings to procedures


Ensure product is checked for conformity with quality requirements


Tag and deal with non-conforming product to procedures


Thread product through the equipment and feed on to the spool


Use appropriate fixing devices, methods or materials


Adjust tensions and check laying pattern to procedures


Check emergency cut-off switches and other safety devices to procedures


Operate equipment 


Start machine safely and correctly when required


Check product/process is within required limits


Check product is in specification


Maintain supply of materials as required


Complete logs and records when required


Clean up equipment and work area to procedures


Pause equipment, or stop equipment in an emergency, to procedures


Monitor winding machine operation 


Monitor winding machine equipment operations noting cooling line temperatures, amperages, tensions, colour, thickness and product integrity compared to product specification


Identify sections of product requiring repair and follow procedures to remedy the fault


Make adjustments to remedy faults and non-conformity to specifications where applicable


Collect material for reprocessing and reuse where possible, and deal with waste and scrap to procedures


Complete equipment cleanup, lubrications, adjustments and waste management to procedures


Complete work process 


Cut product and secure free ends


Remove and set down reel using appropriate manual handling techniques


Relocate reel and transport without damage to materials, personnel or equipment


Fit new spool and recommence product winding operations


Respond to routine problems to procedures 


Recognise known faults that occur during the operation


Identify and take action on causes of routine faults


Log problems as required


Identify non-routine process and quality problems and take appropriate action

Foundation Skills

This section describes those required skills (language, literacy and numeracy) 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.

Applicable legislation, regulations, standards and codes of practice include:

  • health, safety and environmental (HSE) legislation, regulations and codes of practice relevant to the workplace, equipment and production processes and hazardous materials
  • Australian/international standards relevant to the materials being used and products being made
  • any relevant licence and certification requirements.

All operations to which this unit applies are subject to stringent HSE requirements, which may be imposed through State or Federal legislation, and these must not be compromised at any time. Where there is an apparent conflict between performance criteria and such requirements the legislative requirements take precedence.


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 any combination of:

  • emergency procedures
  • work instructions
  • standard operating procedures (SOPs)
  • safe work method statements (SWMS)
  • formulae/recipes
  • batch sheets
  • temporary instructions
  • any similar instructions provided for the smooth running of the plant.

Tools and equipment 

Tools and equipment include:

  • cable winding equipment
  • ancillary equipment that is integral to the winding process.

Additional tools and equipment will be selected as required from:

  • reels and spools used in storing cable
  • hand tools used in the process
  • hoists/lifting equipment not requiring any special permits or licences
  • manual handling aids, such as hand carts and trolleys
  • computers
  • traverse controls
  • safety equipment
  • mechanical and computerised measuring devices
  • relevant personal protective equipment
  • other relevant winding/cables/products.


Hazards must be identified and controlled. Identifying hazards requires consideration of:

  • weight, shape, volume of materials to be handled
  • hazardous products and materials
  • sharp edges, protrusions or obstructions
  • slippery surfaces, spills or leaks
  • trip hazards
  • rotational equipment or vibration
  • heat, smoke, dust, vapours or other atmospheric hazards
  • high temperatures
  • electricity
  • gas
  • gases and liquids under pressure
  • structural hazards
  • equipment failures
  • machinery, equipment and product mass
  • other hazards that might arise

Routine problems 

Routine problems must be resolved by applying known solutions.

Routine problems are predictable and include one or more of:

  • incorrect reel/spool size and winding speed
  • quality problems
  • equipment failure
  • job specifications which are not in accordance with usual practice.

Known solutions are drawn from one or more of:

  • procedures
  • training
  • remembered experience.

Non-routine problems must be reported according to according to relevant procedures.

Unit Mapping Information

Release 1. Supersedes and is equivalent to PMBPROD209C Operate cable winding equipment


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Assessment requirements

Modification History

Release 1. Supersedes and is equivalent to PMBPROD209C Operate cable winding equipment

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 demonstrate the ability to:

  • read and interpret procedures, job specifications, basic machine control panels, material labels and safety data sheets (SDS)
  • select and use tools and equipment to meet job specifications
  • monitor cable winding and ancillary equipment using measured/indicated data and smell, sight, sound and feel as appropriate
  • monitor and interpret key variables, including:
  • differences between actual and set conditions
  • speed
  • temperature
  • tension
  • product colour, uniformity, surface condition and appearance
  • output rate
  • product integrity and general conformance to specification
  • operate and adjust the equipment to meet product quality and production output specifications
  • pause the equipment or shut down equipment in normal and abnormal circumstances
  • identify hazards and apply relevant hazard controls
  • apply safety procedures
  • apply housekeeping procedures
  • apply waste management procedures
  • recognise early warning signs of equipment/processes needing attention or with potential problems
  • recognise routine and non-routine problems
  • identify when the operator is able to rectify faults, when assistance is required and who is the appropriate source for assistance
  • take action to resolve faults or report faults to appropriate personnel
  • distinguish between possible causes of routine faults, including:
  • raw material variations
  • process abnormalities
  • procedural errors
  • mechanical abnormalities
  • communicate effectively with team/work group and supervisors
  • complete workplace records
  • read and interpret basic control panels
  • do basic arithmetical manipulations, including additions, subtractions, divisions, fractions and percentages.

Knowledge Evidence

Must provide evidence that demonstrates knowledge relevant to their job sufficient to operate under routine only supervision and to solve routine problems, including knowledge of:

  • the function of winding equipment, machine components and the materials used
  • principles of operation of the equipment
  • the impact of winding machine cooling temperatures, tension, wind off speed on product quality and product output
  • the effect of unauthorised shutdown of equipment on the winding process
  • production workflow sequences and materials demand
  • factors which may affect product quality or production output and appropriate remedies
  • routine problems, their probable causes and relevant corrective actions
  • organisation procedures relevant to the work environment/job role
  • hierarchy of control
  • hazards that may arise in the job/work environment and:
  • their possible causes
  • potential consequences
  • appropriate risk controls.

Assessment Conditions

  • The unit should be assessed holistically and the judgement of competence shall be based on a holistic assessment of the evidence.
  • In all plants it may be appropriate to assess this unit concurrently with units such as:
  • teamwork
  • communication.
  • The collection of performance evidence:
  • should occur over a range of situations which include typical disruptions to normal, smooth operation of an operating plant
  • will typically include a supervisor/third-party report or other evidence, 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 an appropriate industrial item of equipment requiring demonstration of operation, start and stop procedures 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 that reflects 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 demonstration of skills and one or more of:
  • walk-throughs
  • pilot plant operation
  • industry-based case studies/scenarios
  • ‘what ifs’.
  • Knowledge evidence may be collected concurrently with performance evidence or through an independent process, such as workbooks, written assessments or interviews.
  • 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.
  • Assessors must satisfy the assessor competency requirements that are in place at the time of the assessment as set by the VET regulator.
  • In addition the assessor or anyone acting in subject matter expert role in assessment shall demonstrate both technical competency and currency. If the assessor cannot demonstrate technical competency and currency they shall assess with a subject matter expert who does meet these requirements.
  • Technical competence can be demonstrated through one or more of:
  • relevant VET or other qualification/Statement of Attainment
  • appropriate workplace experience undertaking the type of work being assessed under routine and non-routine conditions
  • appropriate workplace experience supervising/evaluating the type of work being assessed under routine and non-routine conditions
  • Currency can be demonstrated through one or more of:
  • being currently employed undertaking the type of work being assessed
  • being employed by the organisation undertaking the type of work being assessed and having maintained currency in accordance with that organisation’s policies and procedures
  • having consulted/had contact with an organisation undertaking the type of work being assessed within the last twelve months, the consultation/contact being related to assessment
  • conducting on the job training/assessments of the type of work being assessed
  • being an active member of a relevant professional body and participating in activities relevant to the assessment of this type of work.


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