PMA30108 - Certificate III in Process Plant Operations
Certificate III in Process Plant Operations
The Certificate III in Process Plant Operations has been developed as a technical qualification for use in the Chemical, Hydrocarbons and Refining Training Package (PMA08).
Job roles/employment outcomes
The Certificate III in Process Plant Operation is intended for advanced operators and operations technicians who use production equipment to directly produce products. At this level, operators/technicians would undertake more advanced operations, typically of integrated plant units in accordance with the operating procedures, and would apply their knowledge to anticipate problems. They would be expected to solve a range of foreseen and unforeseen problems, using product and process knowledge to develop solutions to problems which do not have a known solution, or a solution recorded in the procedures.
The Certificate III in Process Manufacturing MSA30107 is available for production support employees at this level and should be used where the job requirements do not allow for the development of competency in sufficient technical units of competency. The Certificate III in Competitive Manufacturing MCM30104 is available for employees at this level where the job requires sophisticated manufacturing practice skills rather than technical skills.
This qualification is typically used to develop employees performing an advanced operational role that includes an ability to work independently and conduct technical problem solving according to the needs of the work in the chemical, hydrocarbons or refining sectors.
Operators may specialise in one of the following areas:
other related areas.
Specialisations must be reflected by the selection of units identified for specialised streams.
Training programs for this qualification are suitable to be undertaken as part of a formal training contract with an employer under an Australian Traineeship or Apprenticeship arrangement.
To be awarded the Certificate III in Process Plant Operations competency must be achieved in twenty one (21) units of competency chosen:
five (5) core units of competency
sixteen (16) elective units of competency as specified below.
Where prerequisite units apply, these must be considered in the total number of units chosen.
The remainder may be chosen from Groups A, B and C (with a maximum of twelve (12) from Group C) to bring the total number of electives to sixteen (16).
Note that up to four (4) of the elective units can be chosen from other qualifications in this Training Package, other endorsed Training Packages and accredited courses, as specified in Groups B and C.
Group A Specialist electives
Monitor the implementation of Good Manufacturing Practice procedures
This qualification may be accessed by direct entry. Credit may be granted towards this qualification by those who have completed MSA20107 Certificate II in Process Manufacturing, PMA20110 Certificate II in Process Plant Operation or other relevant qualifications. Credit for this qualification may also include units contained within relevant skill sets.
Pathways from the qualification
Further training pathways from this qualification include PMA40110 Certificate IV in Process Plant Technology, MSA41108 Certificate IV in Competitive Manufacturing or MSA40108 Certificate IV in Manufacturing Technology or other relevant qualifications.
Additional qualification advice
An industry specialisation should include a range of units (typically production or other units relevant to the specialisation) that focus more on the industry speciality than a generic qualification.
MSA30107 Certificate III in Process Manufacturing, in the MSA07 Manufacturing Training Package is available for production support employees at this level and should be used where the job requirements do not allow for the development of competency in sufficient technical units of competency.
MSA31108 Certificate III in Competitive Manufacturing is available for employees at this level who already possess technical skills and who require additional manufacturing practice skills above those available in this qualification.
There are no specific licences that relate to this qualification. However, in some jurisdictions some units of competency in this qualification may have licensing or regulatory requirements. Local regulations should be checked for details.
Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:
maintain communication about multiple subjects and with multiple audiences
complete incident and other reports
use technical information and manufacturer's information
collect, analyse & organise information
communicate ideas and information
use and contribute to workplace documentation
maintain workplace records
identify and describe own role and role of other
work within a team
resolve conflicts between team members
recognise a problem or a potential problem in a plant unit, system or area.
determine problems needing priority action.
refer problems outside area of responsibility to appropriate person, with possible causes.
identify appropriate theory base for problem
seek information and assistance as required to solve problems.
solve problems within area of responsibility for plant unit, system or area.
follow through items initiated until final resolution has occurred.
identify and isolate faults in equipment
use a range of formal problem solving techniques
Initiative and enterprise
identify the most appropriate process conditions for unit, system or area
make adjustments to improve performance of unit, system or area
anticipate the impact of the process on the product and other process areas
determine problems needing action
recommend required action
report problems outside area of responsibility
distinguish between causes of faults
Planning and organising
priortise actions to achieve required outcomes for unit, system or area
plan own work requirements and assist others to plan theirs
plan scope of unit, system or plant area checks
plan and organise activities
identify tasks to achieve team goals.
organise allocation of tasks.
monitor completion of allocated tasks
develop and adjust a production schedule
plan own work requirements from production requests
operate within appropriate time constraints and work standards
select and use appropriate equipment, materials, processes and procedures
plan to ensure effective production
apply workplace procedures
identify resource requirements, document and monitor
recognise limitations and seek timely advice
ask questions to gain information
identify sources of information to expand knowledge and understanding
participate in improvement procedures
participate in development of continuous improvement strategies
helps others develop competency
operation and adjustment of unit, system or plant area processes
start up and shut down unit, system or plant area
set up unit, equipment or plant area
monitor product/process quality
function and operating principles of unit, system or plant area