Operate ancillary equipment

This unit describes the outcomes required to operate ancillary equipment which supports production operations in the pulp and paper industry. It applies to stand-alone items of equipment which require separate operation, knowledge and skills to the operation of the main production unit or machine. The ancillary equipment may be remote from the main production unit or machine, in close proximity or attached (not a part of the main operating production unit or machine)This unit does not apply where the relevant ancillary equipment is minor and is integral to the main unit or machine processGeneral legislation, regulatory, licensing and certification requirements applicable to this unit are detailed in the range statement


This unit applies to operators who prepare, start up, monitor and shut down ancillary equipment in the pulp and paper industry. This work typically involves complex and non-complex equipment which may either operate continuously or operates intermittently

This unit generally applies to those who:

prepare and start up ancillary equipment

monitor and control ancillary equipment, and

shut down ancillary equipment

to meet safety, quality and productivity requirements


Not Applicable

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Prepare and start up ancillary equipment

1.1. Ancillary equipment is prepared and started up within Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) regulations, environmental and safe working requirements/practices, Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), and housekeeping requirements

1.2. Isolations are removed as required

1.3. Ancillary equipment is prepared for startup

1.4. Ancillary equipment is started up as required

2. Monitor and control ancillary equipment

2.1. Ancillary equipment is monitored and controlled within OHS regulations, environmental and safe working requirements/practices, SOP, and housekeeping requirements

2.2. Ancillary equipment is monitored to ensure operations are within parameters as per site requirement

2.3. Variations from operating parameters are identified, rectified and/or reported

2.4. Operator level preventative maintenance is undertaken as required

2.5. Changes to ancillary equipment operations are communicated to relevant personnel as required

3. Shut down ancillary equipment

3.1. Ancillary equipment is shut down within OHS regulations, environmental and safe working requirements/practices, SOP, and housekeeping requirements

3.2. Work area instructions or maintenance schedules are used to co-ordinate a planned shutdown

3.3. Cause of unplanned shutdown is identified and effects are assessed to determine impact on operations and/or facility

3.4. Unplanned shutdown is responded to and rectified

3.5. Unplanned shutdown is communicated as required

3.6. Planned shutdown is implemented

3.7. Isolation requirements are implemented as required

Required Skills

This describes the skills and knowledge required for this unit.

Required skills

Uses required forms of communication in operating ancillary equipment

Reads and interprets required documentation, procedures and reports

Interprets instruments, gauges and data recording equipment

Accesses, navigates and interprets computer-based information

Uses electronic control systems to control equipment and processes as required

Identifies and actions problems within level of responsibility

Identifies and monitors process control points

Plans and organises startup and shutdown

Maintains situational awareness in the work area

Analyses and uses sensory information to adjust process to maintain and co-ordinate safety, quality and productivity

Uses electronic and other control systems to control equipment and processes as required

Required knowledge

Procedures, regulations and legislative requirements relevant to operating ancillary equipment including OHS, environmental including relevant sustainability requirements/practices, SOP, isolation procedures, safe working requirements, risks and hazard identification and housekeeping

Relevant forms of communication

Problem-solving techniques consistent with level of responsibility

Working knowledge of ancillary equipment, processes, layout and associated services sufficient to carry out start up, monitoring and shut down activities within level of responsibility

Required responses to all unplanned shutdowns (e.g. power outage, mechanical breakdown, blockages, jamming, air supply, control system failure) to ensure safety of ancillary equipment

Quality requirements

Sensory information that indicates a deviation from standard operating parameters

Sufficient knowledge of electronic and other control systems, operation and application to make appropriate adjustments to operate ancillary equipment, within level of responsibility

Evidence Required

The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Overview of assessment

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit

Evidence should be relevant to the work. It should satisfy the requirements of the elements and performance criteria and include consideration of:

the required knowledge and skills tailored to the needs of the specific workplace

applicable OHS regulations, environmental and safe working requirements/practices, SOP and housekeeping requirements

applicable aspects of the range statement

practical workplace demonstration of skills in operating ancillary equipment

Context of and specific resources for assessment

A workplace assessment must be used to assess:

the application of required knowledge on the job

the application of skills on the job, over time and under a range of typical conditions that may be experienced in operating ancillary equipment

Access to the full range of equipment involved in integrated continuous manufacturing in a pulp or paper mill is required

Method of assessment

A combination of assessment methods should be used. The following examples are appropriate for this unit:

observation of applied skills and knowledge on the job

workplace demonstrations via a mock-up or simulation that replicate part/s of the job

answers to written or verbal questions about specific skills and knowledge

third-party reports from relevant and skilled personnel

written evidence e.g. log sheet entries, checklist entries, test results

Assessment processes and techniques must be culturally appropriate and in keeping with the language and literacy capacity of the learner and the work being performed. This includes conducting an assessment in a manner that allows thoughts to be conveyed verbally so that the learner can both understand and be understood by the assessor (e.g. use plain English and terminology used on the job)

A holistic assessment with other units relevant to the pulp and paper industry, mill and job role is recommended

Additional information on approaches to assessment for the pulp and paper industry is provided in the Assessment Guidelines for this Training Package

Range Statement

The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Systems and functions may include:

air compressor

air dryer

air make-up units

monitoring systems

air handling units

building ventilation systems

line dust collection systems

dust scrubber systems

heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems

core machine


Materials and supplies may include:


compressed air






ropes and belts

Equipment may include:

fully automated, semi-automated, manually operated ancillary equipment appropriate to site process



hand and power tools

computer systems

electronic screens and alarms

process control systems

computer systems

electronic screens and alarms

process control systems

Electronic control systems may include:

Digital Control System (DCS)

touch screens


Hazards and risks may include:

gas leaks


nip points

compressed air

hot surfaces



slip hazards/falls





confined spaces


Legislation, regulatory, licensing and certification requirements may include:

OHS and environmental requirements (local, state and commonwealth)

Documentation, procedures and reports may include:


site policy and procedures

environmental sustainability requirements/practices

plant manufacturing operating manuals

confined space requirements

vendor documentation

reference manual

product specifications

quality procedures

oil or chemical spills and disposal guidelines

plant isolation documentation


safe work documentation e.g. plant clearance, job safety analysis, permit systems

maintenance logs

job sheets

operating log

production instructions

Materials Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)

process and instrument diagrams

Maintenance may include:

operator level maintenance as per site agreements

operator maintenance schedules

maintenance systems

maintenance suppliers

pro-active maintenance strategies e.g. Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM)

Actions may include:


process adjustments

reporting to authorised person

rectifying problem within level of responsibility

Communications may include

interaction with:

team members

production/service co-ordinators

internal/external customers and suppliers

maintenance services

operational management

statutory authorities

Situational awareness may include

awareness of:



location of equipment




unexpected movement

Sensory information may include:








Forms of communications may include:

written e.g. log books, emails, incident and other reports, run sheets, data entry

reading and interpreting documentation e.g. standard operating procedures, manuals, checklists, drawings

verbal e.g. radio skills, telephone, face to face, handover

non-verbal e.g. hand signals, alarms, observations

signage e.g. safety, access


Not Applicable

Employability Skills

This unit contains employability skills

Licensing Information

Refer to Unit Descriptor