Operate process control systems

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 PMAOPS305B, 'Operate process control systems'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
Reference books for 'Operate process control systems' 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. Use operator interface.

2.1. Use keyboards, track ball and monitor and/or stand alone controllers to access control system/panel

2.2. Monitor the process using the operator interfaces

2.3. Select appropriate controller modes

2.4. Access historical data and information

2.5. Acknowledge messages and alarms.

3. Access control information.

3.1. Obtain relevant data and information from the control system by applying systems knowledge

3.2. Identify the status of individual pieces of equipment from the control panel and use information to identify potential faults

3.3. Minimise fluctuations and variations in process through the interpretation of existing trends and control schematics

3.4. Record process variations/irregularities to procedures.

4. Control process variations and monitor operations.

4.1. Use historical data to assist the identification of problems

4.2. Process available information to identify potential faults

4.3. Undertake required set point/output changes to meet plant and process requirements

4.4. Optimise plant operating conditions in accordance with guidelines

4.5. Adjust production in response to test results and control panel information

4.6. Monitor key process and environmental variables and take appropriate action

4.7. Adjust controller settings in accordance with procedures

4.8. Use fine tuning software as appropriate

4.9. Coordinate with up stream and downstream units as appropriate

4.10. Record adjustments and variations to specifications/schedules

4.11. Communicate to appropriate personnel as required.

5. Facilitate planned and unplanned process start-ups and shut-downs.

5.1. Select and apply procedures to planned startup and shutdown processes

5.2. Select and apply procedures to unplanned shutdown processes

5.3. Implement all required emergency responses

5.4. Communicate necessary information to all personnel affected by events

5.5. Log all required information.

6. Respond to alarms or out of specification conditions.

6.1. Identify system(s) affected by the alarm or condition

6.2. Interpret alarms and prioritise actions to be taken

6.3. Take appropriate action to respond to the alarm or incident

6.4. Deal with any out of specification material in accordance with procedures

6.5. Communicate the problem/solution to appropriate personnel

6.6. Record the information as required

6.7. Provide details of the alarm and action taken to the next shift at change over

Qualifications and Skillsets

PMAOPS305B appears in the following qualifications:

  • PUA32310 - Certificate III in Public Safety (Explosive Ordnance Manufacture)
  • PMA30108 - Certificate III in Process Plant Operations
  • PMA40108 - Certificate IV in Process Plant Technology
  • PMC30110 - Certificate III in Manufactured Mineral Products
  • PMC40110 - Certificate IV in Manufactured Mineral Products