PMA20116 Certificate II in Process Plant Operations

  • National code: PMA20116
  • Mining and Energy

The PMA20116 Certificate II in Process Plant Operations has been developed as a technical qualification for use in the PMA08 Chemical, Hydrocarbons and Refining Training Package.

Job roles/employment outcomes

The PMA20116 Certificate II in Process Plant Operations is intended for competent operators who operate production equipment or undertake similar roles directly producing products. The operator would apply a breadth and depth of knowledge to a defined range of situations and would be expected to apply this knowledge to solve a defined range of problems by applying known solutions to a limited range of predictable problems.

Training and assessment in this qualification requires access to facilities and equipment in a relevant workplace environment. Students are therefore required to be currently employed in such an environment, with access available for training and assessment to be conducted at the workplace.

Duration: 6-12 months*

*Duration may vary depending on learner's circumstances and previous experience.

5 Core Units + 11 Elective Units

Qld Certificate 3 Guarantee: Co-contribution Fee Table 

QLD User Choice: Prices will be subject to the nominal hours of the units of competency selected.

Employability Skill Industry /enterprise requirements for this qualification include :
Communication+ complete logs and reports
+ use technical information and manufacturer's information
+ collect, analyse and organise information
+ communicate ideas and information
+ effective use of workplace documentation
+ maintain workplace records
Teamwork+ identify and describe own role and role of other
+ work within a team
+ resolve conflicts between team members
+ teamwork strategies
Problem-solving+ recognise a problem or a potential problem related to a plant item
+ determine problems needing priority action
+ refer problems outside area of responsibility to appropriate person, with possible causes
+ seek information and assistance as required to solve problems
+ solve problems within area of responsibility related to plant items
+ follow through items initiated until final resolution has occurred
+ identify and isolate faults in equipment
+ use a range of formal problem solving techniques
Initiative and enterprise+ identify the most appropriate equipment/plant item
+ make adjustments to improve equipment/item performance
+ anticipate the impact of the process on the product
+ determine problems needing action
+ recommend required action
+ report problems outside area of responsibility
+ distinguish between causes of faults
Planning and organising+ plan own work requirements
+ plan scope of equipment/plant item checks
+ plan and organise activities
+ identify tasks to achieve team goals
+ organise allocation of tasks
+ monitor completion of allocated tasks
+ organise work according to a production schedule
Self-management+ plan own work requirements from production requests
+ operate within appropriate time constraints and work standards
+ select and use appropriate equipment, materials, processes and procedures
+ plan to ensure effective production
+ apply workplace procedures
+ identify resource requirements, document and monitor
+ recognise limitations and seek timely advice
Learning+ ask questions to gain information
+ identify sources of information to expand knowledge and understanding
+ participate in improvement procedures
+ participate in development of continuous improvement strategies
Technology+ operation and adjustment of processes
+ start up and shut down equipment/plant items
+ set up equipment/plant items
+ monitor product/process quality
+ function and operating principles of equipment, machine components
+ maintain workplace records

Career Pathways:

  • Chemical Process Operator

Further Training Pathways:

  • PMA30116 Certificate III in Process Plant Operations

  • MSA30107 Certificate III in Process Manufacturing

  • MSA31108 Certificate III in Competitive Manufacturing

  • MSA30208 Certificate III in Manufacturing Technology

  • Any Other relevant qualifications

This qualification is typically used to prepare new employees or develop existing workers performing an operational role in the chemical, hydrocarbons or refining sectors.

Operators may specialise in one of the following sectors:

  • fine chemicals
  • heavy chemicals
  • petrochemicals
  • polymer manufacture
  • hydrocarbon extraction
  • hydrocarbon transmission
  • hydrocarbon processing/refining
  • minerals processing/refining
  • metalliferous processing/refining
  • metals smelting/processing
  • other related areas.

RPL may be available for candidates with previous industry experience.