Operate a firing kiln

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Assessment Tool
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Assessment Template
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Assessment Matrix
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Wiki Markup
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Evidence Guide
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Competency Mapping Template
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Observation Checklist
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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
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Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver PMC552030C, 'Operate a firing kiln'.
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Prepare the firing equipment

1.1. Determine the firing requirements from the production program

1.2. Identify and set up the kiln cars or furniture

1.3. Ensure kiln refractories are within specification, including kiln cars, kiln lining and refractories at burners, as appropriate

1.4. Ensure the firing equipment is safe to use

1.5. Check for fuel feed obstructions and clear burner pathways

2. Load kiln

2.1. Ensure products are set or stacked to specification

2.2. Ensure correct stacking pattern is used

2.3. Ensure adequate space is allowed around each item

2.4. Use kiln space effectively

3. Monitor kiln operation

3.1. Monitor kiln firing to ensure temperature rise and fall rate is to specification

3.2. Monitor and record kiln car movement, or kiln contents

3.3. Monitor and adjust kiln heating equipment (elements or burners) and record temperature gradient details

3.4. Monitor the kiln atmosphere

3.5. Monitor for correct operation of kiln

3.6. Move kiln car or kiln contents to the appropriate storage area

3.7. Check and record condition of products leaving the kiln

4. Rectify routine problems

4.1. Identify the range of faults that can occur during the operation

4.2. Determine and rectify fault causes in accordance with procedures/work instructions

4.3. Identify and rectify equipment failure causes in accordance with procedures/work instructions

4.4. Ensure appropriate records and log books of equipment operations are maintained to meet procedures/work instructions

4.5. Identify non-routine problems and report to designated person

5. Control hazards

5.1. Identify hazards in kiln work area

5.2. Assess the risks arising from those hazards

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

Qualifications and Skillsets

PMC552030C appears in the following qualifications:

  • PMC30110 - Certificate III in Manufactured Mineral Products
  • PMC20110 - Certificate II in Manufactured Mineral Products
  • PMC40110 - Certificate IV in Manufactured Mineral Products