This unit applies to workers on irrigation farms or to irrigation contractors. The work is likely to be carried out under routine supervision within enterprise guidelines.
Elements and Performance Criteria
1. Locate and identify faulty components and blockages
1.1. Irrigation system and component function is determined by reference to system specifications and technical manuals.
1.2. Monitoring and maintenance records are checked and reviewed.
1.3. Operational tests are carried out according to system specifications, technical manuals and Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) requirements.
1.4. Faulty components and blockages are identified and documented according to enterprise policy and procedures.
2. Shut down/isolate component
2.1. Shut own sequence and isolation procedures are applied as required according to system specifications and technical manuals.
2.2. Safe shutdown or isolation is verified.
2.3. Safety/security lock off devices and signage is installed according to enterprise policy and procedures.
3. Replace faulty components and clear blockages
3.1. Access to faulty components and blockages is arranged.
3.2. Faulty components are removed from the system, according to system specifications and technical manuals, and repaired or disposed of in an environmentally responsible way.
3.3. Replaceable components are selected from manufacturer catalogues and procured using enterprise procedures.
3.4. Replacement components are installed to meet system specifications according to technical manuals.
3.5. Replace faulty components and clear blockages are carried out without unnecessary damage to surrounding site and structures.
3.6. Blockages are cleared or blocked sections replaced according to enterprise procedures.
4. Return system to normal operating status
4.1. Isolated or shutdown components are returned to service.
4.2. Operational tests are carried out according to system specifications, technical manuals and OHS requirements.
4.3. System is returned to normal operational set-up.
4.4. Repair activities are reported and recorded according to enterprise policy and procedures.
identify adverse environmental impacts of irrigation activities and appropriate remedial action
operate, maintain and repair irrigation systems
shut down and isolate components
carry out operational tests
implement and follow relevant enterprise OHS and environmental policies and procedures
use literacy skills to read, interpret and follow organisational policies and procedures, follow sequenced written instructions, record information collected accurately and legibly, and select and apply procedures for a range of tasks
use oral communication skills/language competence to fulfil the job role as specified by the organisation, including questioning techniques, active listening, clarifying information and consulting with supervisors as required
use numeracy skills to estimate, calculate and record routine workplace measures
use interpersonal skills to work with and relate to people from a range of cultural, social and religious backgrounds and with a range of physical and mental abilities.
identification, characteristics and operation of replaceable components of irrigation systems
system malfunctions and their likely causes
environmental impacts of irrigation, using water from any ground or underground source
enterprise policies and procedures
irrigation, OHS and environmental guidelines.
The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.
Overview of assessment
Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit
The evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit must be relevant to workplace operations and satisfy holistically all of the requirements of the performance criteria and required skills and knowledge and include achievement of the following:
read and apply system specifications, technical manuals and supply/spare parts inventories
locate and identify faulty components and blockages
apply shutdown sequence and isolation procedures
remove faulty components from the system and install replacements
clear blockages or replace blocked sections
return isolated or shutdown components to service.
Context of and specific resources for assessment
Competency requires the application of work practices under work conditions. Selection and use of resources for some worksites may differ due to the regional or enterprise circumstances.
The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole.
System may include:
pressurised irrigation systems, such as micro-irrigation, spray irrigation or gravity-fed irrigation systems.
This unit contains employability skills.