PMA40116 Certificate IV in Process Plant Technology

  • National code: PMA40116
  • Mining and Energy
  • WORKPLACE TRAINING

The PMA40116 Certificate IV in Process Plant Technology has been developed as a technical qualification for use in the PMA08 Chemical, Hydrocarbons and Refining Training Package.

Job roles/employment outcomes

The PMA40116 Certificate IV in Process Plant Technology is intended for plant technicians.

The technician will typically be involved in solving complex problems which require theoretical knowledge, combined with an understanding of the production process and equipment across the plant

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 - 24 months*

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

5 Core Units + 21 Elective Units

Employability Skill Industry /enterprise requirements for this qualification include :
Communication+ Maintain communication about multiple subjects and with multiple audiences
+ Complete incident and other reports
+ Communicate technical information
+ Update workplace documentation
+ Maintain workplace records
Teamwork+ Identify and describe own role and role of other
+ Assist others identify role
+ Lead team teams either formally or on an ad hoc basis
+ Resolve conflicts between teams
Problem-solving+ Recognise persistent problems or those not definable by direct observation
+ Determine problems needing priority action
+ Investigate and analyse problems and potential solutions
+ Work with technical experts to define problems and develop possible solutions
+ Apply appropriate theory base for problem
+ Follow through items initiated until final resolution has occurred
+ Identify and isolate faults in entire plant
+ Use a range of formal problem solving techniques
Initiative and enterprise+ Proactive in fine tuning of entire plant
+ Seeks out areas requiring improvement
+ Anticipate the impact of the process on customers and value chain members
Planning and organising+ Prioritise actions to achieve required outcomes for plant
+ Plan work requirements for plant
+ Plan plant maintenance or shutdowns/turnarounds
+ Identify tasks to achieve plant goals
+ Allocate tasks
+ Monitor completion of allocated tasks
+ Develop and adjust schedules
Self-management+ Plan own work requirements from plant requirements
+ Operate within appropriate time constraints and work standards
+ Select and use appropriate techniques
+ Identify resource requirements, document and monitor
+ Recognise limitations and seek timely advice
Learning+ Maintain and develop own competency
+ Assist others to develop their required competencies
+ Lead improvement procedures/strategies
Technology+ Improvements to and fine tuning of entire process
+ Start-up and shut down planning and coordinating a shut down/start-up of plant
+ Solving of problems not directly observable
+ Monitor product/process quality
+ Function and operating principles of unit, system or plant area
+ Maintain workplace records

Career Pathways:

  • Chemical Technician
  • Hydrocarbons Technician
  • Refinery Plant Technician

Further Training Pathways:

  • PMA50110 Diploma of Process Plant Technology
  • MSA51108 Diploma of Competitive Manufacturing
  • MSA50108 Diploma of Manufacturing Technology
  • Other relevant qualifications, including appropriate vocational graduate qualifications

Additional Qualification Advice

MSA41108 Certificate IV in Competitive Manufacturing is available for team leaders at this level who already possess technical skills and who require additional manufacturing practice skills above those available in this qualification.

This qualification is typically used to develop employees performing a technical role that includes an ability to work independently and conduct technical problem solving according to the needs of the work in the manufactured mineral products industries.

Non-technical team leaders, coordinators and supervisors may be better served by a qualification in competitive manufacturing. The MSA41108 Certificate IV in Competitive Manufacturing is available for team leaders at this level where the job requires sophisticated manufacturing practice skills rather than technical skills.

People with this qualification may be expected to work 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.