Certificate III in Sensor Operations

Not applicable.


13 units of competency are required for this qualification including:

5 core units

8 elective units

Choose a minimum of 6 elective units from the Group A (Specialisation) and Group B (General) elective lists below, of which 3 must be taken from Group A.

Choose the remaining 2 elective units from either the elective lists below, or elsewhere within this training package, or another endorsed training package, or accredited course.

Where a pre-requisite unit is attached to an elective unit it is identified by this symbol .

The pre-requisite units attached to any of the elective units must be undertaken and are additional to the number of elective units required for the qualification.

The elective units should be selected from the units that most closely align to an individuals occupational outcomes. Electives selected must not duplicate outcomes of other units.

Elective units selected must not duplicate content already covered by other units in this qualification.


Core Units

add topic DEFCO401C

Maintain security in a Defence communications and information systems environment

add topic DEFCO406A

Transmit and receive messages via voice

add topic DEFSO001C

Operate a radar system

add topic DEFSO007A

Provide general support to combat systems operations

add topic PUATEA004D

Work effectively in a public safety organisation


Elective Units

Group A (specialisation)

add topic DEFSO002C

Operate a sonar system

add topic DEFSO003C

Operate a torpedo fire control system

add topic DEFSO005C

Operate decoy systems

add topic DEFSO006A

Optimise and monitor sensor display

add topic DEFSO008A

Support the compilation of the tactical picture

add topic TDMMH507B

Use radar and other bridge equipment to maintain safe navigation

Group B (general)

add topic BSBADM101A

Use business equipment and resources

add topic BSBINM201A

Process and maintain workplace information

add topic BSBOHS201A

Participate in OHS processes

add topic BSBSUS201A

Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic BSBWRT301A

Write simple documents

add topic DEFCO405C

Conduct operator level maintenance in a Defence environment

add topic DEFEO201C

Respond to fire

add topic DEFEQ001C

Work with equity and diversity

add topic PUAOPE015A

Conduct briefings and debriefings

add topic PUATEA001B

Work in a team

add topic PUATEA002B

Work autonomously

add topic PSPSEC405A

Handle security classified information


    Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills

Employability Skills Summary for DEF32212 Certificate III in Sensor Operations

Employability Skills are part of a unit of competency.

Employability Skills statements from a selection of units of competency from the DEF32212 Certificate III in Sensor Operations have been reproduced in the table below.

This table provides an example of Employability Skills for the qualification because Employability Skills within a qualification will vary depending on the qualification packaging options.

Employability Skill

Employability Skills Statement

Defence qualifications have core units (which must be achieved) and elective units (where there is a choice of units which must be achieved) so different Employability Skills Summaries are possible within the one qualification, depending on the package of core units and chosen elective units.


access, interpret and rehearse fire emergency procedures

adjust own communication styles to reflect equity and diversity principles

ensure that information, knowledge and skills are communicated effectively and shared

apply interpersonal and cross-cultural communication strategies

apply appropriate techniques when providing constructive feedback to other team members, and giving and receiving support to/from team members

discuss concerns about inability to perform allocated work to organisation's standards with relevant personnel

establish internal and external communications

follow directives/instructions and report information

follow legislative and statutory requirements

follow standard procedures, communication procedures, safety procedures, instructions, and organisation policies and guidelines

identify, interpret and apply Defence security procedures

maintain effective communication by using clear and concise procedures

maintain effective reporting procedures

observe and use correct voice procedures

process messages in line with specific workplace requirements

process, transmit and receive messages via voice systems

protect classified and sensitive material when passed over communications paths

provide timely and accurate reports

receive and apply orders and send and receive simple non-verbal signals

report any faults, problems or issues

report breaches of physical security and security violations

report, display and disseminate intercept details

use verbal and non-verbal communication techniques including language style, active listening


assist in the completion of tasks when requested by other team members and is appropriate

contribute to identifying team goals and objectives

encourage and acknowledge participation by team members

monitor the performance of others and take appropriate action through coaching and mentoring

recognise, value and adjust own behaviour to individual differences in the workplace by treating others with respect and dignity

seek support where required to enable identification and implementation of positive alternatives to personal problems

share and communicate effectively between team members, information, knowledge and skills relevant to work

transfer radar system operation to a new operator as required

transfer the following to a new operator (as required): sonar system operation, torpedo fire control panel system operation, electronic support suite operation, decoy system status

understand principles of teamwork and team's aims and objectives

work in an acceptable and non-discriminatory manner while establishing rapport and good working relationships with all colleagues

work with others and make a positive contribution to the effectiveness and efficiency of a team

Problem solving

analyse and collate electromagnetic information to identify and classify electronic support suite intercepts

assess a fire situation and determine an appropriate course of action

calculate range predictions

collate and analyse information to identify and discriminate radar contacts

collate and analyse information to identify sonar contacts

continuously collect, collate and analyse relevant information

detect contacts via electronic means (or sonar where applicable)

effectively react to changes in the operating environment necessitating re-planning of course

extinguish fires

interpret cartographic information, navigation techniques, local and environmental conditions

navigate to destination

respond to threats

understand cryptographic materials

use calculations for oceanographic data interpretation

Initiative and enterprise

use improvised techniques appropriately such as minimising personal signature

Planning and organising

assess and set priorities for work load within allocated timeframes

collect acoustic information from other sensors/sources

collect electromagnetic information using passive electronic support

configure radar system and collect information using radar identification friend from foe (IFF) and other available sensors/sources

configure sonar system and/or electronic support suite system

demonstrate understanding of, and apply throughout operation, occupational health and safety requirements and recognised safety precautions including those contained in the Australian Defence Force procedures

establish torpedo fire control panel

identify impact, assess and take appropriate action on factors affecting work requirements to ensure requirements are met

observe designated dress codes

prepare decoy systems


commit to the jurisdiction's laws and organisation policy, procedures and standards

comply with workplace equity and diversity practices

conduct self in a manner that shows sensitivity to the differences between colleagues

ensure personal preparation is carried out

identify, plan and implement personal development strategies

maintain high standards of performance, ethics and integrity

maintain safety for self and others

monitor and manage personal physical and emotional health

regularly seek formal and informal performance feedback

review, monitor and self-assess own performance


access, interpret and rehearse fire emergency procedures


check, identify, select and use firefighting equipment

confirm serviceability of radar system

confirm serviceability of sonar system

correctly configure communication circuit

correctly prepare communication equipment

ensure all relevant equipment is optimised for operator use

ensure circuit procedures comply with workplace requirements

ensure outside environmental conditions are determined and system is optimised accordingly

operate decoy systems in an operational environment

operate electronic support suite in an operational environment

operate a radar system in an operational environment within a team

operate a sonar system in an operational environment

operate a torpedo fire control panel in an operational environment

process, transmit and receive messages via voice systems

recover, reset, update and service navigational equipment

understand basic principles and characteristics of either anti ship or anti ship missiles

understand radar principles

understand the basic principles and characteristics of radar

use daily system operability tests (DSOTS)

use IFF equipment

use sonar/ torpedo fire control panel equipment