Perform fire pouring techniques

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Assessment Template
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Assessment Matrix
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Evidence Guide
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Self Assessment Survey
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Moodle Outcomes
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Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver MSL973011A, 'Perform fire pouring techniques'.
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Plan work for shift

1.1. Review job requests to identify the samples, preparation methods required for each and shift priorities

1.2. Identify hazards, safety equipment/procedures associated with samples, preparation methods, reagents and equipment

1.3. Plan parallel work sequences to optimise the throughput of multiple sets of samples during shift

1.4. Assemble all required equipment, materials, reagents and check they are fit for purpose

1.5. Check pots/cupels and discard those with faults and/or a record of high gold values

1.6. Check that fusion and muffle furnaces are operating at the specified temperatures

2. Prepare sample racks for fusion

2.1. Check samples against accompanying documentation and record/report any discrepancies

2.2. Conduct simple visual/chemical tests for each sample to assess the adequacy of prior sample preparation and possible presence of sulphides or other mineralogy

2.3. Weigh out the recommended amount of sample and add specified identifier to maintain orientation, as necessary

2.4. Weigh out flux components, mix thoroughly with the sample charge and transfer to recommended type/size of pot without loss of material

2.5. Place pots in racks

2.6. Record all required details of sample preparation to ensure traceability of samples

2.7. Seek advice to deal with any situation beyond scope of responsibility or knowledge

3. Obtain acceptable buttons and prills

3.1. Maintain sequencing in order to track samples, buttons and prills throughout the recovery process

3.2. Monitor furnace temperature/time to ensure complete sample fusion

3.3. Remove fused samples from furnace and pour into moulds with minimal loss of material

3.4. Recognise the need for repeat firings due to lead shotting and/or poor fusions

3.5. Separate slag and button with minimal loss of collector

3.6. Inspect buttons for matte, brittleness, size and malformed shape

3.7. Place acceptable buttons in muffle furnace using cupels that have been previously loaded and preheated

3.8. Regularly monitor furnace temperature/time/air flow to ensure efficient cupellation

3.9. Recover prills, check identifiers and inspect for contamination, losses and evidence of other precious metals

3.10. Complete and collate sample records before presenting prills for analysis

4. Troubleshoot and correct common recovery failures

4.1. Monitor all stages of recovery for indicators of potential loss

4.2. Recognise undesirable recovery conditions and decide whether the process requires correction

4.3. Apply an established corrective action and restart the process

4.4. Document any adjustments made to standard methods and re-sequencing of samples

4.5. Seek advice when problems are beyond scope of responsibility or knowledge

5. Perform daily maintenance of assay equipment

5.1. Grade and inspect pots using established criteria prior to storage for re-use

5.2. Report defective equipment and consumable requirements to appropriate personnel

6. Maintain a safe work environment

6.1. Use safe work procedures and protective equipment to ensure personal safety and that of others

6.2. Minimise the release of collectors to the work environment

6.3. Segregate and dispose of wastes in accordance with enterprise requirements

Qualifications and Skillsets

MSL973011A appears in the following qualifications:

  • MSL50109 - Diploma of Laboratory Technology
  • MSL20109 - Certificate II in Sampling and Measurement
  • MSL30109 - Certificate III in Laboratory Skills
  • MSL40109 - Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques
  • MSL60109 - Advanced Diploma of Laboratory Operations