Perform tests to determine the properties of construction materials

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Assessment Tool
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Assessment Template
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Assessment Matrix
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Wiki Markup
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Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
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Observation Checklist
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Self Assessment Survey
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Moodle Outcomes
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Registered Training Organisations
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Interpret and schedule test requirements

1.1. Access relevant job instructions from laboratory information management system (LIMS)

1.2. Interpret test request to confirm samples to be tested, the test method and equipment involved

1.3. Identify hazards and enterprise controls associated with the sample, preparation methods, reagents and/or equipment

1.4. Assemble all required equipment and materials

1.5. Plan work sequences for optimum efficiency and/or throughput of multiple samples

2. Prepare samples or test pieces

2.1. Retrieve samples and/or test pieces from storage and record their general appearance

2.2. Check the accuracy and completeness of accompanying labels and documentation to ensure traceability

2.3. Check that the storage/curing conditions of samples and/or test pieces were appropriate

2.4. Compare samples and/or test pieces with test specifications, record observations and report discrepancies

2.5. Prepare samples and/or test pieces in accordance with appropriate test method

2.6. Conduct preliminary measurements to establish initial dimensions and test conditions as necessary

3. Check test equipment before use

3.1. Set up test equipment/instruments in accordance with test method

3.2. Perform pre-use and safety checks in accordance with enterprise procedures

3.3. Identify faulty or unsafe equipment/instruments and report to appropriate personnel

3.4. Check calibration status of instruments and report any out of calibration items to appropriate personnel

4. Conduct test to determine sample properties

4.1. Perform each treatment/measurement stage of the test method precisely and in the correct sequence

4.2. Record all data, observations and any factors that may impact on the quality of results

4.3. Recognise obvious errors or atypical data and take appropriate corrective actions

4.4. Seek advice to deal with any situation beyond own technical competence

4.5. Shut down test equipment/instruments in accordance with enterprise procedures

5. Process and interpret data

5.1. Check data for accuracy and completeness

5.2. Perform required calculations and ensure results are consistent with expected values for the sample type

5.3. Record and report results with the appropriate accuracy, precision and units

5.4. Interpret trends in data and/or results and report out of specification or unexpected results promptly to appropriate personnel

5.5. Determine if obvious procedure or equipment problems have led to unexpected data or results

6. Maintain laboratory records

6.1. Enter approved data and test results into LIMS

6.2. Maintain confidentiality and security of enterprise information and test results

6.3. Maintain technical/administrative records and test reports in accordance with enterprise procedures

7. Maintain a safe work environment

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

7.2. Minimise generation of wastes and environmental impacts of testing

7.3. Collect and/or dispose of all waste in accordance with environmental/quarantine requirements and enterprise procedures

7.4. Care for and store equipment, used test pieces and back-up samples in accordance with enterprise procedures

Qualifications and Skillsets

MSL974012A appears in the following qualifications:

  • MSL50109 - Diploma of Laboratory Technology
  • MSL30109 - Certificate III in Laboratory Skills
  • MSL40109 - Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques
  • MSL60109 - Advanced Diploma of Laboratory Operations