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  • PMA40116

Certificate IV in Process Plant Technology

At a glance

At a glance

Develop specialised skills in process plant problem solving with this technical qualification. This course is perfect for advanced operators and technicians wanting to become a qualified process plant technician.

JOB PROSPECTS
  • Plant Technician (Emergency Response)
  • Oil Refinery Plant Technician
  • LPG Plant Technician
  • Hydrocarbons Plant Technician
  • Chemical Plant Technician
  • Process Plant Technician
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PMA40116 Certificate IV in Process Plant Technology

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Course overview

Course overview

Develop specialised skills in process plant problem solving with this technical qualification. This course is perfect for advanced operators and technicians wanting to become a qualified process plant technician.

Demand for process plant operators in Australia remains steady with up to 10,000 job openings expected over the next five years. Opportunities continue as companies require workers with the technical skills to operate CSG, LNG, and hydrocarbons plant and equipment.

Depending on your electives, this course will teach you how to manage plant shutdown and restart, control minor incidents, interpret process plant schematics, and participate in continuous improvement. You may also gain specialist skills in well management, gas turbines, electrical power, and pumping, valve, pipeline, and compressor systems. Our industry experienced teachers will provide you with the one-on-one support you need to succeed.

Complete this course to open up a range of possibilities in chemical, emergency support, CSG, hydrocarbons extraction, hydrocarbons transmission, and LNG as a qualified plant technician. You can also take your understanding and skills to the next level with further studies in this area.

Units

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 21 elective units from the list below.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
MSMENV272
Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
MSMSUP100
Apply workplace context to own job
MSMSUP102
Communicate in the workplace
MSMWHS110
Follow emergency response procedures
MSMWHS200
Work safely

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
MEM18011C
Shut down and isolate machines/equipment
MSL952001
Collect routine site samples
MSMOPS212
Use organisation computers or data systems
MSMOPS400
Optimise process/plant area
MSMPER200
Work in accordance with an issued permit
MSMPER201
Monitor and control work permits
MSMPER205
Enter confined space
MSMPER300
Issue work permits
MSMPER400
Coordinate permit process
MSMSUP200
Achieve work outcomes
MSMSUP210
Process and record information
MSMSUP240
Undertake minor maintenance
MSMSUP291
Participate in continuous improvement
MSMSUP300
Identify and apply process improvements
MSMSUP310
Contribute to the development of workplace documentation
MSMSUP382
Provide coaching/mentoring in the workplace
MSMSUP390
Use structured problem-solving tools
MSMWHS205
Control minor incidents
MSMWHS212
Undertake first response to fire incidents
MSMWHS216
Operate breathing apparatus
MSMWHS217
Gas test atmospheres
MSMWHS300
Facilitate the implementation of WHS for a work group
PMAOPS101
Read dials and indicators
PMAOPS201
Operate fluid flow equipment
PMAOPS205
Operate heat exchangers
PMAOPS208
Operate chemical separation equipment
PMAOPS216
Operate local control system
PMAOPS221
Operate and monitor prime movers
PMAOPS222
Operate and monitor pumping systems and equipment
PMAOPS223
Operate and monitor valve systems
PMAOPS224
Provide fluids for utilities and support
PMAOPS226
Monitor and operate flare systems
PMAOPS230
Monitor, operate and maintain pipeline stations and equipment
PMAOPS233
Monitor wells and gathering systems
PMAOPS234
Monitor and operate low pressure compressors
PMAOPS240
Store fluids in bulk
PMAOPS241
Operate Joule-Thomson effect device
PMAOPS246
Operate separation equipment
PMAOPS280
Interpret process plant schematics
PMAOPS300
Operate a production unit
PMAOPS302
Operate reactors and reaction equipment
PMAOPS303
Operate furnaces to induce reaction
PMAOPS304
Operate and monitor compressor systems and equipment
PMAOPS305
Operate process control systems
PMAOPS307
Transfer bulk fluids into/out of storage facility
PMAOPS320
Conduct artificial lift
PMAOPS321
Undertake well management
PMAOPS324
Operate a gas turbine
PMAOPS325
Generate electrical power
PMAOPS326
Operate gas absorption unit
PMAOPS333
Operate wells and gathering systems
PMAOPS335
Conduct pipeline pigging
PMAOPS402
Respond to abnormal process situations
PMAOPS405
Operate complex control systems
PMAOPS410
Operate remote production facilities
PMAOPS411
Manage plant shutdown and restart
PMAOPS433
Manage wells and gathering systems
PMAOPS434
Commission wells and gathering systems
PMASUP236
Operate vehicles in the field
PMASUP241
Maintain pipeline easements
PMASUP242
Monitor pipeline civil works
PMASUP244
Prepare and isolate plant
PMASUP341
Monitor and maintain instrument and control systems
PMASUP346
Control corrosion
PMASUP410
Develop plant documentation
PMASUP440
Commission/recommission plant
PMAWHS213
Undertake fire control and emergency rescue
TAEASS401
Plan assessment activities and processes
TAEASS402
Assess competence
TAEASS403
Participate in assessment validation
TAEDEL301
Provide work skill instruction

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

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Ways to study

Ways to study

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University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas will give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

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  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland
Payment options

Payment options

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Important Information
Important Information

Important Information


Entry requirements

This qualification is intended for plant technicians who are employed in the chemical and oil refining industry as operators and have access to relevant plant equipment.

Resources required

No specific resources are required to successfully complete this course.

It is recommended that you have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

Need to know

TAFE Queensland SkillsTech can assist you with undertaking any other units listed on Training.gov.au, please contact 1800 647 447 for further support.

Assessment Methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.

Disclaimer

All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolments.

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How to apply

How to apply

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfers


Fast track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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If you have read and understood the student rules, refund policy, understand your fees and payment options, have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) and checked you meet the entry requirements and selection criteria for this course, you're ready to get started.

University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas will give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about university pathways
  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland