Vocational Graduate Certificate in Refractories Engineering

The Vocational Graduate Certificate in Refractories Engineering has been developed as a technical qualification for people who come to the industry with a relevant qualification, such as a Degree in science or engineering (or equivalent) and need specialist refractory knowledge.

This qualification was developed in response to an industry need for specialist refractories skills which are not provided by existing qualifications. There is no current Australian qualification for this target group. It has strong industry support and the qualification and its units of competency reflect the industry requirements. This qualification was developed in liaison with the Institute of Refractories Engineers Australian Branch.

Job roles/employment outcomes

Typical job roles for these people would be project engineer, maintenance engineer, purchasing engineer, area engineer, section manager, operations manager, project controller or project planner in a refractory area. Typically they will have some management/executive responsibility, but require technical competence in refractory related areas to complete this role.

Graduates from this Vocational Graduate Certificate in Refractories Engineering would be able to:

design new refractory installations

analyse refectory failures

specify refractory repairs

monitor and control new installations and repairs.

This requires knowledge of refractories and also structures.

This qualification applies to recent graduates or graduates with recent refractories experience. It may also be used by those with significant industry experience who wish to upgrade their skills or seek recognition for skills they already possess. Refractories are used by many industry sectors including:

power generation

oil refining

steel making

aluminium smelting


glass making

cement manufacture.


Packaging Rules

To be awarded the Vocational Graduate Certificate in Refractories Engineering competency must be achieved in ten (10) units of competency:

three (3) core units of competency

seven (7) elective units of competency chosen from Groups A and B, as described below.

Note: Prerequisite units are listed and must be considered in the total number of units chosen.

Core units of competency

Select all three (3) units from this list.

Unit code



add topic MSAPMOHS200A

Work safely

add topic PMC557090A

Select refractory materials for an application

add topic PMC557091A

Design a refractory lining

Elective units of competency

Group A - Specialist electives

A minimum of four (4) units must be selected from the list below.

Unit code



add topic PMC557092A

Specify and interpret refractory tests

add topic PMC557093A

Design a refractory/ceramic component

add topic PMC557094A

Investigate refractory failures

add topic PMC557095A

Specify and monitor the installation of monolithic/castable refractories

add topic PMC557096A

Specify and monitor the installation of block/precast refractories

add topic PMC557097A

Specify and monitor repairs to refractory installations

add topic PMC557098A

Specify refractory installation systems

Group B - Other electives

The balance of units, to a maximum of three (3), may be chosen in any combination from:

units not already chosen from Group A above

Group B units listed below

Unit code



add topic MSS407013A

Review continuous improvement processes

add topic MSS407002A

Review operations practice tools and techniques

add topic MSS407007A

Respond to a major non-conformance

add topic MSS407012A

Lead a problem solving process to determine and solve root cause

add topic MSAENV672B

Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability

add topic MSL916005A

Manage complex projects

add topic PMC557001A

Manage trials

Up to two (2) relevant units may be chosen from this Training Package, other endorsed Training Packages and accredited courses where those units are available at Diploma and above.


    Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements

Entrants to the Vocational Graduate Certificate in Refractories Engineering are required to have one of the following:

Bachelor Degree in Engineering or related discipline

Bachelor Degree in Science or related discipline

a relevant Diploma, such as the PMC60110 Advanced Diploma of Manufactured Mineral Products, together with significant relevant vocational practice

relevant extensive vocational practice without formal qualification or with a different qualification to those mentioned above.

For the purposes of this qualification, the term 'vocational practice' is defined as experience of:

designing of new refractory installations and/or repairs

project managing refractory installations

assisting in a significant way with the above.

Licensing Information

Licensing considerations

There are no specific licences that relate to this qualification. However, depending on the jurisdiction, licensing or regulatory requirements may apply to the use of some units of competency in this qualification. Local regulations should be checked for details.

Employability Skills

Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification


communicate technically with both technicians and customers

determine problems/issues

explain requirements and problem solutions

complete all reports

communicate with stakeholders

obtain 'sign off' from all relevant persons

ensure project records are complete


work autonomously or as part of a team

liaise and cooperate with other team members

identify own role and responsibility within a team

undertake appropriate and effective communication with team members

Problem solving

identify and define problems

apply knowledge of materials, product purpose and processes

suggest solutions to problems

clarify and address potential issues

Initiative and enterprise

determine problems needing action

recommend required action

recognise problems in systems and documentation

critically analyse information

develop continuous improvement strategies

investigate, rectify and report non-conformance

use analytical and decision making skills

recommend corrective and/or optimisation actions

Planning and organising

organise and prioritise required work

coordinate actions or various people

plan work activities

identify requirements for resources and organise their availability

analyse surface coating systems


operate within appropriate time constraints and work standards

select and use appropriate equipment, materials, processes and procedures

identify resource requirements, document and monitor


research and evaluate surface coating systems

ask questions to gain information

identify sources of information to expand knowledge and understanding

recognise limits of own professional expertise and consult specialists as necessary

participate in improvement procedures

access technical manuals/specifications to expand knowledge


use testing equipment

determine requirements for activities and projects

interpret test/trial results

interpret procedures and specifications

recommend a modified process