Unit of competency details

PMC552004 - Prepare for production (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to MSMPMC304 - Prepare for production 21/Oct/2018
Supersedes and is equivalent to PMC552004C - Prepare for productionSupersedes and is equivalent to PMC552004C Prepare for production. 21/Jun/2016

ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 22/Jun/2016


SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 030101 Manufacturing Engineering  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 030101 Manufacturing Engineering  14/Oct/2016 
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Unit Of competency

Modification History

Release 1. Supersedes and is equivalent to PMC552004C Prepare for production.


This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to prepare for production within the manufactured mineral products industry.

This unit of competency applies to operators who are required to confirm material requirements, assemble and check materials, control and/or report hazards, perform equipment checks and rectify routine problems.

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 production plan 


Identify the type of product required, time to run and raw/reclaim materials required


Check for quantity and quality required and any special requirements


Check with supervisor/appropriate person if requirements are 'unusual'


Identify hazards 


Identify hazards of materials to be used


Identify hazards in work area


Implement hazard controls according to procedures


Report safety concerns according to procedures


Assemble raw materials 


Order and check quantities of materials required


Sample and test materials as required


Visually check that materials are free from contamination and suitable for production


Report contamination or other non-conformance


Check machinery and equipment 


Check required program


Check machinery/equipment for operation


Correct or report maintenance requirements as appropriate


Check that equipment has been test run


Check that equipment is set and adjusted according to production schedule as required


Rectify routine problems 


Identify the range of faults that can occur during the operation


Determine and rectify fault causes by procedures


Identify and rectify equipment failure causes to procedures


Ensure appropriate records and log books of equipment operations are maintained to meet procedures


Identify non-routine problems and report to designated person

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/territory 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:

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


Routine problems must be resolved by applying known solutions.

Routine problems are predictable and include one or more of:

  • contaminated materials
  • raw material not to specifications
  • material variability within specification
  • equipment malfunctions.

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.

Records and reports 

Records include one or more of:

  • log books/sheets
  • electronic records
  • job/work sheets
  • other records used for the smooth running of the plant.

Reports include one or more of:

  • paper or electronic-based logs and reports
  • verbal/radio reports
  • reporting items found which require action.

Unit Mapping Information

Release 1. Supersedes and is equivalent to PMC552004C Prepare for production.


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Assessment requirements

Modification History

Release 1. Supersedes and is equivalent to PMC552004C Prepare for production.

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:

  • confirm production plan requirements
  • assemble materials and check that they meet specifications
  • check that machinery/equipment is ready for production
  • recognise out-of-specification materials and machinery/equipment
  • recognise conditions which will lead to out-of-specification product
  • recognise routine and non-routine problems
  • identify when the operator is able to rectify problems, when assistance is required and who is the appropriate source for assistance
  • take action to resolve problems or report them to appropriate personnel
  • distinguish between possible causes of routine problems, including:
  • raw material variations
  • process problems
  • mechanical abnormalities
  • electrical/instrument reading variations
  • identify hazards and apply relevant hazard controls
  • apply safety procedures
  • communicate effectively with team/work group and supervisors
  • read and interpret product specifications, job sheets, procedures, material labels and safety information
  • complete workplace records
  • 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:

  • components and functions of the machinery/equipment being used
  • common requirements for equipment preparation, pre-start checks and test runs
  • common indicators of equipment requiring maintenance
  • common indicators of material contamination
  • impact of contamination
  • testing procedures
  • the potential effects of variations in raw materials and equipment settings in relation to quality of product/output
  • factors which may affect product quality or production output and appropriate remedies
  • routine problems, their probable causes and relevant corrective actions
  • start-up and shutdown processes
  • enterprise production schedules
  • 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.
  • 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, focussing 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/s of equipment requiring demonstration of operation, start-up and shutdown 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 (provided a record is kept) or through an independent process such as workbooks, written assessments or interviews (provided a record is kept).
  • 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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