Certificate II in Manufacturing Technology

This qualification applies to a learning and assessment environment where access to normal production operations is not available. A typical environment will be for application in a VET in Schools delivery environment or other simulated or trial manufacturing environment where a high degree of supervision exists. The units are suitable for delivery in a school environment and for schools to contextualize the units to local manufacturing industry activities.


Packaging Rules

To be awarded a Certificate II in Manufacturing Technology, competency must be achieved in ten (10) units of competency:

five (5) core units of competency

five (5) elective units of competency, chosen as described below.

Core units

All five of the following units must be completed:

Unit code

Unit title

add topic MSACMS200A

Apply competitive manufacturing practices

add topic MSACMT251A

Apply quality standards

add topic MSACMT271A

Use sustainable environmental practices

add topic MSACMT280A

Undertake root cause analysis

add topic MSAPMOHS200A

Work safely

Elective units

Select five (5) elective units from Groups A, B and C, as described below.

Group A - Manufacturing practice

At least one of the following units must be completed but up to four may be selected.

Unit code

Unit title

add topic MSACMS201A

Sustain process improvements

add topic MSACMC210A

Manage the impact of change on own work

add topic MSACMT231A

Interpret product costs in terms of customer requirements

add topic MSACMT250A

Monitor process capability

add topic MSACMT270A

Use sustainable energy practices

add topic MSAENV272B

Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

Group B - Manufacturing Technology*

At least one of the following units must be completed but up to four may be selected.

Unit code

Unit title

add topic MSAPCII295A

Operate manufacturing equipment

add topic MSAPCII296A

Make a small furniture item from timber

add topic MSAPCII297A

Make an object from cloth using an existing pattern

add topic MSAPCII298A

Make an object from metal

add topic MSAPCII299A

Make an object from plastic

Group C

Up to two (2) elective units can be chosen from other qualifications in this Training Package, other endorsed Training Packages and accredited courses where those units are available at Certificate I or II.


    Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills


MSA20208 Certificate II in Manufacturing Technology

The following table contains a summary of the employability skills as identified by industry for this qualification. This table should be interpreted in conjunction with the detailed requirements of each unit of competency packaged in this qualification. The outcomes described here are broad industry requirements that reflect skill requirements for this level.

Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


Access and interpret standardised documentation

Complete all reporting as required

Ask questions to increase understanding about workplace procedures

Read and interpret instructions

Respond to information

Access and use communication tools and equipment

Apply numeracy skills to work procedures


Work effectively with others

Share information with peers

Understand role of individual within team process

Seek assistance with work operations as required


Recognise common problems and report inconsistencies

Monitor the job and make improvements

Respond to routine problems

Recommend improvements

Initiative and enterprise

Take correct action and follow procedures

Recommend changes and improvements

Take action to make improvements

Adopt changes in accordance with procedures

Planning and organising

Plan own work

Organise processes, tools and materials

Monitor own work outcomes

Organise and plan activities

Collect and organise information for work activity


Conduct all activities according to safety standards

Maintain housekeeping standards

Achieve planned outcomes within time constraints

Monitor own work performance

Assess own work

Seek assistance where appropriate


Ask questions to aid learning

Identify own skill requirements

Ask questions to ensure understanding of own work requirements


Use equipment and/or or information technology

Identify equipment appropriate for job

Use simple measuring devices

Collect and apply data and information from technology