This unit of competency describes the outcomes required to operate process control equipment in a pulp or paper manufacturing facility.
The unit applies to production operators and technicians who access, monitor and control and process control equipment including responding to process variations and problems. This work is typically undertaken within an operating environment with complex integrated equipment and continuous operations
No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
Elements and Performance Criteria
Elements describe the essential outcomes.
Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the range of conditions.
1. Access and navigate control system
1.1. Identify control systems
1.2. Access control systems as required
1.3. Navigate control systems to meet job requirements
2. Monitor and control process
2.1. Monitor key variables using control screen/s to check process status
2.2 Make equipment adjustments using process control systems in line with work health and safety (WHS) and safe work practices
3. Respond to process variations and problems
3.1. Identify process variations
3.2. Adjust equipment in response to process variations and alarms
3.3. Report process variations according to site procedures
Evidence of Performance
A person demonstrating competency in this unit must satisfy all of the elements, performance criteria and foundation skills of this unit, and must be able to provide evidence of the ability to:
operate process control equipment, at least twice in line with required enterprise intervals, associated with integrated systems selected from the following list:
primary resources processes
waste paper handling processes
waste paper operations processes
chemical recovery systems
stock preparation systems
wet end processes
dry end processes
finishing and converting processes
warehousing and dispatch process
water services processes
coated paper processes
steam generation processes
electrical power generation processes
monitor key variables during the operation of process control equipment including:
product integrity and general conformance to specification
access and navigate control systems
make process adjustments using the control system
use electronic and other control systems to control equipment.
Evidence of Knowledge
A person competent in this unit must be able to demonstrate knowledge of:
procedures, regulations and workplace requirements relevant to operating process control equipment including WHS, SOP, isolation procedures, safe working requirements and housekeeping
materials, equipment and process sufficient to recognise material and equipment conditions which may lead to out of specification production
effect of adjustments on part or product specifications
risk management using the hierarchy of controls applied to the operation of computer controlled machines/processes
approved hazard control, safety procedures and the use of PPE in relation to handling materials, equipment operation and clean up
symbols used in process controls
computer-controlled machine operating procedures
procedures for identifying and reporting equipment malfunctions, and product or part deviations.
The following resources must be made available:
fully automated, semi-automated, manually operated plant and equipment appropriate to process control equipment in a pulp or paper manufacturing facility including:
electronic screens and alarms
process control equipment and systems
analogue and digital instrumentation
relevant personnel for the purposes of communicating information
personal protective equipment required for operating process control equipment.
Competency is to be assessed in the workplace or in a productive environment that accurately reflects performance in a workplace.
hold the appropriate assessor competency standards as outlined in regulations; and
be able to demonstrate vocational competencies at least to the level being assessed; and
be able to demonstrate how they are continuing to develop their VET knowledge and skills as well as maintaining their industry currency and assessor competence.
This section describes those core and employment skills that are essential to performance and are not explicit in the performance criteria
Numeracy skills to:
interpret instruments and gauges
interpret symbols used in process controls.
Communication skills to:
respond to non-verbal signals including hand signals and alarms.
Reading skills to:
interpret documentation including standard operating procedures, operation manuals, checklists, drawings and signage
interpret symbols used in process controls.
Writing skills to:
record shift data using log books or computer systems
record equipment malfunctions and product or part deviations.
Problem solving skills to:
maintain situational awareness in the work area
interpret sensory information that indicates a deviation from standard operating parameters.
Technology skills to:
use electronic and other control systems to control equipment and processes.
Pulp and Paper Manufacturing