Advanced Diploma of Polymer Technology
Job roles/employment outcomes
The Advanced Diploma of Polymer Technology completes the paraprofessional training commenced in the Diploma. The technologist will develop new products and tools and will typically at this level also have some supervisory responsibilities. This qualification, however, is predominantly technical in its application and requires significant depth and breadth of theoretical polymer, product and process knowledge.
This industry manufactures a wide range of polymer products and components ranging from consumer products to components to be included in other commercial, industrial or consumer products. Much of it is long runs of standard products, but equally it may be short runs/one offs of specialised products. It uses a wide range of natural and synthetic polymers covering thermoplastics as well as thermosetting polymers.
The products from this industry may be components in automobiles, aeroplanes and marine craft as well as domestic appliances and industrial and commercial plant and equipment. It may also be electrical or data cabling. They may equally be consumer products such as paint brushes, tooth brushes, lunch boxes or carry bags.
People with this qualification may be expected to undertake a technologist role typically based in a laboratory or office with possibly some work being conducted on or through the shop floor. They may not be competent to operate production equipment but would be expected to understand the principles behind the relevant production and support processes. They will undertake product or process design/development and also complex problem solving and would be expected to have a deeper understanding that a person with the Diploma.
Pathways into the qualification
This qualification may be accessed by direct entry, or entry may also be gained through PMB50107 Diploma of Polymer Technology
This qualification may be accessed by direct entry. Credit for relevant units of competency achieved should be granted towards this qualification for those who have completed PMB50107 Diploma of Polymer Technology, or other qualifications relevant to polymer technology.
Pathways from the qualification
There are currently no further qualifications in polymer technology.
Additional qualification advice
MSA61108 Advanced Diploma of Competitive Manufacturing is available for those who need a more generalist qualification covering the application of good manufacturing practice and lean principles.
There are no specific licences that relate to this qualification. However, units of competency in this qualification may provide the underpinning knowledge and skills required for various licences. Local regulations should be checked for details.