Operate vehicles in the field

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 PMASUP236B, 'Operate vehicles in the field'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
Reference books for 'Operate vehicles in the field' 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 vehicle and secure load.

1.1. Conduct vehicle familiarisation checks before starting journey

1.2. Note and rectify any defects where possible or report vehicle for further attention/repair

1.3. Ascertain that all required fuel, water and other supplies required for the journey are available and in useable order

1.4. Inspect all ancillary equipment and operational accessories to ensure they have been attached or secured in a safe and agreed manner

1.5. Secure load including external loads, rear tray, roof racks, and any loads within the vehicle, using appropriate securing equipment.

2. Undertake journey

2.1. Familiarise oneself with the route to ensure that an appropriate route has been determined

2.2. Interpret access manuals and topographical maps in order to obtain required information for journey

2.3. Obtain relevant authorisations/notifications and accesses before starting the journey

2.4. Confirm and/or clarify or communicate journey details with relevant company personnel

2.5. Monitor driving conditions and requirements constantly, to meet any changes in terrain, weather conditions and road conditions and requirements

2.6. Monitor and maintain fluid levels and air pressures to ensure safe and efficient vehicle operations

2.7. Monitor vehicle constantly for any malfunctions or factors that may affect vehicle performance

2.8. Maintain vehicle speeds within all stated limits and road condition limitations to minimise the risk of personal injury, environmental damage and load damage

2.9. Maintain communication as required with the relevant company personnel to advise of progress and journey status.

2.10. Ensure seatbelts are worn by all personnel while the vehicle is in motion.

3. Operate vehicle

3.1. Apply knowledge of vehicle differences to the driving requirements of four wheel drive and conventional vehicles

3.2. Adhere to general principles of four wheel driving in negotiating a variety of terrains and driving conditions

3.3. Use defensive driving techniques

3.4. Observe additional precautions for night driving

3.5. Drive to suit road conditions

3.6. Observe rules prohibiting driving under the influence of alcohol and other performance inhibiting substances.

4. Finalise journey

4.1. Communicate and confirm termination of journey with the relevant company personnel

4.2. Visually inspect the vehicle to ensure that vehicle is in good repair and order

4.3. Unsecure trailer loads and prepare for unloading utilising the agreed uncoupling process

4.4. Report faults or damage to vehicle to appropriate personnel.

5. Recover vehicle

5.1. Identify and assess options for recovery of an immobilised vehicle

5.2. Operate recovery equipment safely

5.3. Perform a battery 'jump start' safely

5.4. Observe safety precautions when rigging cables and chains

5.5. Demonstrate various methods of vehicle recovery

5.6. Change a wheel on a properly jacked vehicle.

6. Maintain vehicle safety

6.1. Observe appropriate speeds for the road conditions

6.2. Ensure all personnel use a seat belt

6.3. Observe site specific vehicle entry restrictions

6.4. Follow appropriate search and rescue notification procedures

6.5. Follow appropriate procedures for passing large or heavy vehicles.

Qualifications and Skillsets

PMASUP236B appears in the following qualifications:

  • PMA20108 - Certificate II in Process Plant Operations
  • PMA30108 - Certificate III in Process Plant Operations
  • PMA40108 - Certificate IV in Process Plant Technology