PMA40108 - Certificate IV in Process Plant Technology
Certificate IV in Process Plant Technology
The Certificate IV in Process Plant Technology has been developed as a technical qualification for use in the Chemical, Hydrocarbons and Refining Training Package (PMA08).
Job roles/employment outcomes
The Certificate IV in Process Plant Technology is intended for plant technicians.
The technician will typically be involved in solving complex problems which require theoretical knowledge, combined with an understanding of the production process and equipment across the plant.
This qualification is typically used to develop employees performing a technical role that includes an ability to work independently and conduct technical problem solving according to the needs of the work in the manufactured mineral products industries.
Non-technical team leaders, coordinators and supervisors may be better served by a qualification in competitive manufacturing. The Certificate IV in Competitive Manufacturing MCM40104 is available for team leaders at this level where the job requires sophisticated manufacturing practice skills rather than technical skills.
People with this qualification may be expected to work in one of the following sectors:
other related areas.
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 IV in Process Plant Technology competency must be achieved in twenty six (26) units of competency:
five (5) core units of competency
twenty one (21) elective units of competency hosen as specified below.
Where prerequisite units apply, these must be considered in the total number of units chosen.
This qualification may be accessed by direct entry. Credit may be granted towards this qualification by those who have completed PMA30110 Certificate III in Process Plant Operation, MSA30107 Certificate III in Process Manufacturing, MSA30208 Certificate III in Manufacturing Technology 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 PMA50110 Diploma of Process Plant Technology, MSA51108 Diploma of Competitive Manufacturing, MSA50108 Diploma of Manufacturing Technology or other relevant qualifications, including appropriate vocational graduate qualifications.
Additional qualification advice
MSA41108 Certificate IV in Competitive Manufacturing is available for team leaders 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
communicate technical information
update workplace documentation
maintain workplace records
identify and describe own role and role of other
assist others identify role
lead team teams either formally or on an ad hoc basis
resolve conflicts between teams
recognise persistent problems or those not definable by direct observation.
determine problems needing priority action.
investigate and analyse problems and potential solutions.
work with technical experts to define problems and develop possible solutions
apply appropriate theory base for problem
follow through items initiated until final resolution has occurred.
identify and isolate faults in entire plant
use a range of formal problem solving techniques
Initiative and enterprise
proactive in fine tuning of entire plant
seeks out areas requiring improvement
anticipate the impact of the process on customers and value chain members
Planning and organising
prioritise actions to achieve required outcomes for plant
plan work requirements for plant
plan plant maintenance or shutdowns/turnarounds
identify tasks to achieve plant goals.
monitor completion of allocated tasks
develop and adjust schedules
plan own work requirements from plant requirements
operate within appropriate time constraints and work standards
select and use appropriate techniques
identify resource requirements, document and monitor
recognise limitations and seek timely advice
maintain and develop own competency
assist others to develop their required competencies
lead improvement procedures/strategies
improvements to and fine tuning of entire process
start up and shut down planning and coordinating a shut down/start up of plant
solving of problems not directly observable
monitor product/process quality
function and operating principles of unit, system or plant area