This unit is appropriate for those working in an assistant role at worksites within:
Elements and Performance Criteria
1. Plan for dispatch operations
1.1. Access, interpret and apply compliance documentation relevant to the work activity
1.2. Receive, interpret and confirm dispatch requirements.
1.3. Inspect and test run rail dispatch systems components to ensure they are safe and functioning.
1.4. Coordinate issues with others involved in or affected by the operations.
1.5. Transfer to or confirm as being present the required quantity and quality of coal product in the bulk loader/bin.
1.6. Prepare documentation and records for the dispatch operation in accordance with site/rail/port authority procedures
2. Load and dispatch coal
2.1. Confirm train identification and identify specific loading requirements and patterns.
2.2. Establish communications with the train operator and supporting plant/equipment operators prior to commencement of loading.
2.3. Access and apply safety information and procedures throughout the operations.
2.4. Direct train movement and positioning for bulk loader.
2.5. Load train to specification.
2.6. Complete and process loading records in accordance with site/rail authority requirements
Specific skills are required to achieve the Performance Criteria of this unit, particularly for its application in the various circumstances in which this unit may be used. This includes the ability to carry out the following, as required to conducting rail dispatch operations:
apply legislative, organisation and site requirements and procedures for conducting rail dispatch operations
apply operational safety requirements
access, interpret and apply technical information
apply communication skills (oral and written)
use communications equipment
calculate dispatch details
operate loading systems
prepare and maintain documentation and records
comply with site/rail environmental requirements and constraints
Specific knowledge is required to achieve the Performance Criteria of this unit, particularly for its application in the various circumstances in which this unit may be used. This includes knowledge of the following, as required to conduct rail dispatch operations:
conditions agreed with the rail authority
site and equipment safety requirements
coal product quality procedures
stockpile and dispatch management systems and procedures
coal dispatch systems components, their characteristics, functions and limitations
freight rail operational procedures
freight rail/customer communication systems
rail dispatch documentation and recording systems
coal and rail industry environmental requirements and constraints
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
The evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit must be relevant to worksite operations and satisfy all of the requirements of the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge and the range statement of this unit and include evidence of the following:
knowledge of the requirements, procedures and instructions for conducting rail dispatch operations
implementation of requirements, procedures and techniques for the safe, effective and efficient completion of rail dispatch operations
working with others to undertake and complete the rail dispatch operations in a way that meets all of the required outcomes
consistent timely completion of rail dispatch operations that safely, effectively and efficiently meets the required outcomes
Context of and specific resources for assessment
This unit must be assessed in the context of the work environment. Where personal safety or environmental damage are limiting factors, assessment may occur in a simulated environment provided it is realistic and sufficiently rigorous to cover all aspects of workplace performance, including task skills, task management skills, contingency management skills and job role environment skills.
Assessment of this competency requires typical resources normally used in a resources and infrastructure sector environment. Selection and use of resources for particular worksites may differ due to the site circumstances.
The assessment environment should not disadvantage the participant. For example, language, literacy and numeracy demands of assessment should not be greater than those required on the job.
Customisation of assessment and delivery environment to sensitively accommodate cultural diversity.
Aboriginal people and other people from a non English speaking background may have second language issues.
Where applicable, physical resources should include equipment modified for people with disabilities. Access must be provided to appropriate learning and/or assessment support when required.
Method of assessment
This unit may be assessed in a holistic way with other units of competency. The assessment strategy for this unit must verify required knowledge and skill and practical application using more than one of the following assessment methods:
written and/or oral assessment of the candidate's required knowledge
observed, documented and/or first hand testimonial evidence of the candidate's:
implementation of appropriate requirement, procedures and techniques for the safe, effective and efficient achievement of required outcomes
consistent achievement of required outcomes
first hand testimonial evidence of the candidate's:
working with others to undertake and complete the rail dispatch operations
Guidance information for assessment
Consult the SkillsDMC User Guide for further information on assessment including access and equity issues.
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.
Relevant compliance documentation may include:
legislative, organisational and site requirements and procedures
manufacturer's guidelines and specifications
Employment and workplace relations legislation
Equal Employment Opportunity and Disability Discrimination legislation
Dispatch requirements may include the:
quantity, quality and stockpile source of coal
Dispatch systems components for inspection/test run may include:
Documentation may include:
others agreed with the rail and port/receiving authority
Safety information and procedures may be contained in:
legislation and regulations
relevant Australian standards
code of practice
safe working procedures (or equivalent)
Coordination with others may include:
servicing rail authority
discharge port samplers and plant/equipment operators such as dozers and reclaimers
Completion of records may include the:
placement of tickets on train
recording of load and train details
recording of arrival, loading and departure times
Coal Mining (Coal Preparation)
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This unit contains employability skills.
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