Operate and monitor compressor systems 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 PMAOPS304B, 'Operate and monitor compressor systems and equipment'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
Reference books for 'Operate and monitor compressor systems and equipment' on fishpond.com.au. This online store has a huge range of books, pretty reasonable prices, free delivery in Australia *and* they give a small commission to ntisthis.com for every purchase, so go nuts :)

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Prepare for work.

1.1. Identify work requirements

1.2. Identify and control hazards

1.3. Coordinate with appropriate personnel

2. Start up compressor systems/ equipment.

2.1. Perform pre-start-up checks

2.2. Check the status of the system/equipment prior to commencing start-up process

2.3. Check all required auxiliary systems, including oil and water, to confirm their operational condition

2.4. Start up individual items of equipment and the entire compressor system as required

2.5. Bring the system to required operating conditions.

3. Control and monitor the compressor system.

3.1. Initiate load-up through the selection of appropriate speed or cycle

3.2. Monitor and adjust downstream equipment as required

3.3. Monitor the operational condition and safety status of the unit/system and take appropriate action

3.4. Adjust operational speeds and operating cycles as required

3.5. Monitor or activate safety systems to ensure that any system shutdowns are controlled and conducted safely and effectively.

4. Shut down compressor systems/equipment.

4.1. Confirm shutdown cause with other personnel and plant operators before commencing to isolate or shut down the equipment/system

4.2. Implement control measures to minimise damage and hazards

4.3. Shut down system according to procedures

4.4. Inspect the system/equipment as required by procedures

4.5. Isolate and purge systems/equipment and prepare plant for maintenance as required.

5. Maintain plant effectiveness.

5.1. Frequently and critically monitor all plant throughout shift

5.2. Use measured/indicated data and smell, sight, sound and feel as appropriate to monitor plant

5.3. Identify critical equipment/processes and tune their performance

5.4. Identify issues likely to impact on plant performance and take appropriate action

5.5. Predict impact of a change in one unit/area on other plant units/areas and communicate this to relevant people

5.6. Test trips and alarms as required

Qualifications and Skillsets

PMAOPS304B appears in the following qualifications:

  • PMA30108 - Certificate III in Process Plant Operations
  • PMA40108 - Certificate IV in Process Plant Technology