Operate a gas turbine

Formats and tools

Unit Description
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Assessment Tool
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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 PMAOPS324A, 'Operate a gas turbine'.
Google Links
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Prepare equipment for operation.

1.1. Check that the turbine is not subject to maintenance or that other permitted activities are not taking place near the equipment

1.2. Check the control panel to ensure that all indications support the safe starting of the turbine

1.3. Conduct required safety checks and pre-starts to determine or verify the operational condition of the equipment.

2. Start the gas turbine.

2.1. Commission turbine protection devices prior to the start-up of equipment

2.2. Achieve operational flows and temperatures of ancillary equipment before bringing the system on line for use

2.3. Start the gas turbine according to procedures.

3. Monitor and assess gas turbine systems.

3.1. Check operation and function of the gas turbine by applying principles of operation and procedures

3.2. Monitor and correct fuel and energy systems and flows to ensure that the system provides the proper operational mixture for turbine use

3.3. Ensure adequate supplies of clean air at the stated rate or temperature are delivered to the turbine to allow for successful operation to be achieved

3.4. Check exhaust gas and turbine operating temperatures to ensure correct temperature gradients in the turbine

3.5. Monitor lubrication systems to verify that operational parts are functioning efficiently and effectively, and to ensure that all moving parts are operating in a friction free and clean environment

3.6. Monitor and adjust cooling systems to allow for the most efficient operating temperature to be maintained throughout all operating conditions

3.7. Monitor governing systems to allow correct operational speeds of equipment to be maintained and regulated.

4. Conduct operational maintenance.

4.1. Conduct routine inspections and checks to ensure normal or stated turbine operation is maintained

4.2. Identify equipment faults through observation of the operational equipment and periodic sampling and testing

4.3. Determine action and communicate maintenance requirements to appropriate personnel

4.4. Record operational data to provide a historical record of the operating condition of equipment.

5. Prepare equipment for maintenance.

5.1. Shut down gas turbine in line with procedures

5.2. Isolate turbine for maintenance in accordance with procedures

6. Control hazards.

6.1. Identify hazards in the work area

6.2. Assess the risks arising from those hazards

6.3. Implement measures to control those risks in line with procedures and duty of care.

7. Respond to gas turbine problems.

7.1. Monitor plant frequently and critically throughout shift using measured/indicated data and senses (sight, hearing, etc) as appropriate

7.2. Recognise turbine operational problems

7.3. Analyse cause of operational problems within scope of skill level

7.4. Take timely and appropriate action to solve operational problems.

Qualifications and Skillsets

PMAOPS324A appears in the following qualifications:

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