Manage utilities

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 PMAOPS520C, 'Manage utilities'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
Reference books for 'Manage utilities' on This online store has a huge range of books, pretty reasonable prices, free delivery in Australia *and* they give a small commission to for every purchase, so go nuts :)

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Identify source and use of all utilities on plant.

1.1. Obtain current services diagram or schematic for plant

1.2. Identify all items of equipment using utilities

1.3. Identify source of each utility

1.4. Identify utility properties (eg pressure, voltage, current) as supplied

1.5. Determine required utility properties(eg from engineering specification) for each item of equipment using each utility.

2. Determine actual consumption of utilities.

2.1. Get information showing consumption of utilities by the plant and plant equipment

2.2. Get information showing actual utility properties as used by each plant item

2.3. Physically check each item of equipment for signs of inefficient utility use, eg faulty steam traps, leaks

2.4. Compile report/database showing actual usage of utilities and observed problems.

3. Determine efficiency of use.

3.1. Determine theoretical consumption of utilities for equipment items from engineering specifications, by calculation or other methods

3.2. Compare actual consumption of utilities with theoretical consumption

3.3. Determine inefficient users of utilities

3.4. Compile report/database showing efficiency of use of utilities.

4. Take required action to improve utility efficiency.

4.1. Rank inefficient users in priority order for remediation based on costs and business requirements

4.2. Investigate and determine cause(s) of inefficiency in the higher ranked users

4.3. Develop plans to remove the causes of inefficiency

4.4. Identify any safety, health and environmental (HSE) implications of planned actions and address prior to any implementation of changes

4.5. Consult with relevant stakeholders regarding HSE implications and the implementation of these plans

4.6. Initiate appropriate action for items within scope of authority

4.7. Follow through on items to facilitate a timely completion

4.8. Report/make recommendations on required improvements which are beyond scope of authority to action.

Qualifications and Skillsets

PMAOPS520C appears in the following qualifications:

  • PMA50108 - Diploma of Process Plant Technology
  • PMA60108 - Advanced Diploma of Process Plant Technology
  • PMA50108 - Diploma of Process Plant Technology
  • PMA60108 - Advanced Diploma of Process Plant Technology
  • PMC60110 - Advanced Diploma of Manufactured Mineral Products
  • PMC50110 - Diploma of Manufactured Mineral Products