Operate and monitor heating furnace

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 PMAOPS323A, 'Operate and monitor heating furnace'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
Reference books for 'Operate and monitor heating furnace' 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 furnace.

2.1. Perform pre-start-up checks

2.2. Start up individual items of equipment and the entire furnace system

2.3. Start up from standby and after maintenance

2.4. Increase temperature steadily with no surges or lulls

2.5. Stabilise furnace to produce required heat within required time.

3. Monitor and control the heating furnace.

3.1. Complete routine checks, logs and paperwork

3.2. Recognise the signs of potential and actual problems

3.3. Take appropriate action to minimise the impact of potential and actual problems

3.4. Monitor condition of heat transfer components (if any) and take appropriate action

3.5. Monitor fuel/air supplies and ratios and take appropriate action

3.6. Trim furnace as required.

4. Change heating rates.

4.1. Predict from rates and schedule when a transition will be required

4.2. Give advanced notice of transition to work team

4.3. Trim plant in a manner which prepares it for the change

4.4. Manage changes smoothly and in a timely manner

5. Maintain furnace 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 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

6. Shut down furnace.

6.1. Determine type of shut down required

6.2. Give advance warning of shut down where possible

6.3. Change over individual items of equipment

6.4. Shut down individual items of equipment and the entire furnace system

6.5. Shut down to a stand-by condition if required

6.6. Shut down in an emergency when required

7. Isolate and de-isolate furnace system and individual items.

7.1. Isolate plant

7.2. Make safe for required work

7.3. Check plant is ready to be returned to service

7.4. Prepare plant for return to service.

Qualifications and Skillsets

PMAOPS323A appears in the following qualifications:

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