This unit supports the attainment of skills and knowledge required for staff responsible for the effective and accurate operation of water metering equipment as a vital component of service delivery and compliance reporting.
Elements and Performance Criteria
1Plan and prepare to install or replace basic volumetric metering equipment.
1.1 Determine work requirements and work site boundaries from specifications or instructions.
1.2 Plan work according to job and safety requirements using relevant plans, drawings, standards and technical data.
1.3 Select and use electrical safety equipment according to legislative and organisational requirements.
1.4 Check coordination issues, including permission to access third-party sites, isolations and permits to work with relevant personnel.
1.5 Identify, check and prepare materials, equipment and resources required to satisfy job plan according to organisational requirements.
1.6 Identify basic metering equipment and recognise specifications for operation.
1.7 Select, fit and use personal protective equipment.
2Read metering equipment.
2.1 Read meters according to the organisation's operational requirements.
2.2 Report readings outside normal parameters and faulty meters and apply organisational procedures for estimating consumption.
2.3 Collect and report information on performance metering equipment according to organisational requirements.
3Finalise work and complete documentation.
3.1 Check, maintain and store equipment, tools and materials according to manufacturer guidelines and organisational requirements.
3.2 Restore work site to meet environmental and organisational requirements.
3.3 Maintain compliance reports and relevant workplace records as required.
This describes the essential skills and knowledge and their level, required for this unit.
identify and respond to operational problems
produce reports and logs
operate communications equipment
give and receive instructions
follow plans, charts and instructions
perform work-related calculations
use safety equipment and personal protective equipment
communicate with customers and other employees
work effectively as part of a team
use literacy skills in regard to verbal and written communication in the workplace
secure metering devices
relevant utilities and service bodies
organisation's communication systems
environmental, landscape and ground structure of water and wastewater systems
risk factors and potential hazards involved with water systems
equipment operation, capacity and limitations
effects of weather and conditions on site
equipment placement and operation
metering measurement procedures
data collection and recording system
lock-out procedures for mechanical and electrical installations
The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, the range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.
Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit
The candidate should demonstrate the ability to install and replace basic volumetric metering equipment for domestic, industrial and commercial premises including:
planning and preparing for installation or replacement of basic volumetric metering equipment
installing or replacing meters
reading meters and report faults
Context of and specific resources for assessment
Access to the workplace and resources including:
documentation that should normally be available in a water industry organisation
relevant codes, standards and government regulations
Where applicable, physical resources should include equipment modified for people with disabilities.
Access must be provided to appropriate learning and assessment support when required.
Assessment processes and techniques must be culturally appropriate, and appropriate to the language and literacy capacity of the candidate and the work being performed.
Validity and sufficiency of evidence requires that:
competency will need to be demonstrated over a period of time reflecting the scope of the role and the practical requirements of the workplace
where the assessment is part of a structured learning experience the evidence collected must relate to a number of performances assessed at different points in time and separated by further learning and practice
the assessor has complete confidence in the person's competence over time and in various contexts
all assessment that is part of a structured learning experience must include a combination of direct, indirect and supplementary evidence
where assessment is for the purpose of recognition (RCC/RPL), the evidence provided will need to be authenticated and show that it represents competency demonstrated over a period of time
assessment can be through simulated project-based activity and must include evidence relating to each of the elements in this unit
In all cases where practical assessment is used it will be combined with targeted questioning to assess the underpinning knowledge. Questioning will be undertaken in a manner appropriate to the skill levels of the operator and cultural issues that may affect responses to the questions, and will reflect the requirements of the competency and the work being performed.
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. Add any 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.
Safety requirements to be considered in planning work include:
where relevant, meeting requirements to work in confined spaces and at heights
use of appropriate personal protective equipment
organisational electrical safety procedures
adherence to OHS policies, and statutory and regulatory requirements
Legislative and organisational requirements may include:
relevant federal and state or territory legislation and regulations
codes of practice, associated standards and guidance material
documented organisational policies, manuals and induction programs
relevant community planning and development agreements, such as land care agreements
Basic metering equipment may include:
volumetric metering equipment
Collection and distribution.
This unit of competency contains employability skills.