Maintain instruments and equipment

Formats and tools

Unit Description
Reconstruct the unit from the xml and display it as an HTML page.
Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver MSL935004A, 'Maintain instruments and equipment'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Perform serviceability checks

1.1. Perform pre-/after-use checks in accordance with appropriate enterprise and manufacturer's procedures

1.2. Identify faulty or unsafe components and equipment

1.3. Troubleshoot basic faults or report the need for major maintenance and/or repairs

1.4. Complete instrument/equipment logbooks to enterprise requirements

2. Conduct routine maintenance safely

2.1. Identify maintenance procedures, records and safety requirements

2.2. Plan/adjust maintenance schedules in accordance with operational requirements

2.3. Identify and replace or repair damaged/worn/spent components or items

2.4. Clean equipment and instruments using recommended cleaning agents and techniques

2.5. Store equipment and instruments in accordance with enterprise/manufacturer's requirements

2.6. Update maintenance records in accordance with enterprise procedures

2.7. Arrange for reordering of consumable stocks and equipment components as necessary

3. Perform calibration/ qualification checks

3.1. Operate equipment/instrument in accordance with enterprise/manufacturer's procedures

3.2. Check calibration/qualification using specified standards and/or procedures

3.3. Record all calibration/qualification data accurately and legibly

3.4. Document calibration status and report out of calibration equipment/instruments

3.5. Quarantine out of calibration items

4. Arrange instrument servicing where appropriate

4.1. Assess instrument repair status, and determine if local repair/maintenance is possible and economical

4.2. Contact and arrange repair/maintenance of equipment from accredited service agent or other appropriate personnel in accordance with enterprise procedures

Qualifications and Skillsets

MSL935004A appears in the following qualifications:

  • MSS40211 - Certificate IV in Environmental Monitoring and Technology
  • MSS50211 - Diploma of Environmental Monitoring and Technology
  • MSL50109 - Diploma of Laboratory Technology
  • MSL40109 - Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques
  • MSL60109 - Advanced Diploma of Laboratory Operations