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PMA40116 Certificate IV in Process Plant Technology

National ID PMA40116 State ID BAN0
Power your career with process plant problem-solving

Embark on a transformative journey with our nationally recognised qualification, honing your skills in process plant operations.

As an integral part of industries like oil, gas, and manufacturing, process plants are vital in our daily lives. This qualification is tailored to industry needs and opens doors to diverse roles, offering a direct pathway to employment in the dynamic Western Australian resources sector.

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This qualification is directly aligned with priority industry areas where the jobs are today, and into the future. As part of the state government Lower fees, local skills initiative, from 1 January 2020 through to 31 December 2025 you'll only pay half the course fees, capped for each year at $1,200; or $400 (plus resource fee) if you're aged 15—24 or eligible for a concession. Find out more

CampusesMunster.

When Continuous enrolment.

Study Mode Workplace.

Power your career forward with this nationally recognised qualification which will equip you with a specialised skillset in process plant problem solving, helping you move towards a supervisory role.

At the heart of the production industry, process plants are essential to sectors such as such as oil and gas and manufacturing. The skilled teams that run the plants play a key role in providing many of our daily conveniences, such as petrol to fuel our car.

Be guided by our team of lecturers who are industry experts as you take your current knowledge of process plant operations to the next level, gaining a solid understanding of the entire production process and equipment across the plant. You'll sharpen your technical problem solving and troubleshooting skills and devise solutions based on theoretical knowledge, contributing to overall optimisation and improvement of processes.

This qualification is customisable based on your company requirements, and will prepare you for work as a Plant Technician at a wide-range of processing plants. The course offers a direct pathway to employment opportunities across the resources sector in chemical, oil and gas, hydrocarbons and refining fields. WA is home to major petroleum and minerals projects with more than 900 companies servicing this area, making it an exciting industry with high job prospects for those with the right technical skillset!

The course is ideal for advanced operators or technicians who wish to become a qualified Process Plant Technician or advance to positions such as Team Leader. You'll be job ready for roles such as Advanced Process Plant Technician/Operator or Process Plant Supervisor.

Study in specialised facilities

Learn in SM TAFE’s Australian Centre for Energy and Process Training (ACEPT), located at Munster Campus. The Centre offers a world-class, specialist training facility aligned with training requirements of the oil and gas, processing and resources industries, featuring a real-life operating plant, a control room and an office space for industry partners to allow direct participation with students, as well as technical engineering workshop rooms.

SM TAFE works closely with industry partners such as Shell, Chevron and Woodside to ensure our training meets industry practice. Students can gain hands-on experience with advanced technologies and equipment, and be trained in integral skills such as managing plant shutdowns and taking on a leading role in the establishment of systems to prevent or enable responses to incidents or emergencies. Learn about safety case preparation, plant documentation and environmental impacts of the process.

     

    • fine chemicals
    • heavy chemicals
    • petrochemicals
    • hydrocarbon extraction
    • hydrocarbon transmission
    • hydrocarbon processing/refining
    • minerals processing/refining
    • metalliferous processing/refining
    • metals smelting/processing

    Important information

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    All year round

    Details

    When All year round
    Where Munster
    How Workplace

    Units and fees

    Core

    National ID Unit title General fee Concession Resource fee
    MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices $32.40 $9.60 $0.00
    MSMSUP100 Apply workplace context to own job $42.12 $12.48 $0.00
    MSMSUP102 Communicate in the workplace $42.12 $12.48 $0.00
    MSMWHS110 Follow emergency response procedures $42.12 $12.48 $0.00
    MSMWHS200 Work safely $42.12 $12.48 $0.00

    Elective

    Group A Electives

    Select a MINIMUM of ONE (1) unit from this list.

    National ID Unit title General fee Concession Resource fee
    Optimise process/plant area
    $97.20 $28.80 $0.00
    Trial new process or product
    $42.12 $12.48 $0.00
    Operate complex control systems
    $129.60 $38.40 $0.00
    Operate remote production facilities
    $64.80 $19.20 $0.00
    Manage plant shutdown and restart
    $64.80 $19.20 $0.00
    Manage wells and gathering systems
    $81.00 $24.00 $0.00
    Commission wells and gathering systems
    $64.80 $19.20 $0.00
    Monitor and operate tailings management facilities
    $72.90 $21.60 $0.00

    Group B Electives

    Remaining units MAY BE selected from this elective list.

    National ID Unit title General fee Concession Resource fee
    Obtain representative samples in accordance with sampling plan
    $64.80 $19.20 $0.00
    Coordinate maintenance
    $42.12 $12.48 $0.00
    Contribute to WHS management system
    $97.20 $28.80 $0.00
    Assess risk
    $97.20 $28.80 $0.00
    Coordinate incident response
    $64.80 $19.20 $0.00
    Develop plant documentation
    $48.60 $14.40 $0.00
    Commission/recommission plant
    $64.80 $19.20 $0.00
    Decommission plant
    $32.40 $9.60 $0.00
    Plan plant preparation and isolation
    $81.00 $24.00 $0.00
    Plan assessment activities and processes
    $56.70 $16.80 $0.00
    Assess competence
    $24.30 $7.20 $0.00
    Participate in assessment validation
    $48.60 $14.40 $0.00
    Design and develop assessment tools
    $48.60 $14.40 $0.00

    Group C Electives

    Select a MAXIMUM of EIGHTEEN (18) units from this list.

    National ID Unit title General fee Concession Resource fee
    Provide First Aid
    $29.16 $8.64 $0.00
    Interpret technical drawing
    $58.32 $17.28 $0.00
    Undertake manual handling
    $29.16 $8.64 $0.00
    Shut down and isolate machines/equipment
    $29.16 $8.64 $0.00
    Collect routine site samples
    $32.40 $9.60 $0.00
    Perform basic tests
    $129.60 $38.40 $0.00
    Licence to operate a standard boiler
    $64.80 $19.20 $0.00
    Licence to operate an advanced boiler
    $97.20 $28.80 $0.00
    Use equipment
    $48.60 $14.40 $0.00
    Perform tasks to support production
    $48.60 $14.40 $0.00
    Operate equipment
    $64.80 $19.20 $0.00
    Use organisation computers or data systems
    $42.12 $12.48 $0.00
    Work in accordance with an issued permit
    $32.40 $9.60 $0.00
    Monitor and control work permits
    $32.40 $9.60 $0.00
    Observe permit work
    $32.40 $9.60 $0.00
    Clean workplace or equipment
    $42.12 $12.48 $0.00
    Work in a team
    $42.12 $12.48 $0.00
    Achieve work outcomes
    $84.24 $24.96 $0.00
    Process and record information
    $21.06 $6.24 $0.00
    Undertake minor maintenance
    $42.12 $12.48 $0.00
    Sample and test materials and product
    $64.80 $19.20 $0.00
    Identify equipment faults
    $42.12 $12.48 $0.00
    Contribute to the development of workplace documentation
    $48.60 $14.40 $0.00
    Use structured problem-solving tools
    $64.80 $19.20 $0.00
    Follow WHS procedures
    $42.12 $12.48 $0.00
    Conduct hazard analysis
    $32.40 $9.60 $0.00
    Control minor incidents
    $42.12 $12.48 $0.00
    Undertake first response to non-fire incidents
    $42.12 $12.48 $0.00
    Undertake first response to fire incidents
    $42.12 $12.48 $0.00
    Operate breathing apparatus
    $32.40 $9.60 $0.00
    Gas test atmospheres
    $48.60 $14.40 $0.00
    Control evacuation to muster point
    $32.40 $9.60 $0.00
    Respond to a helideck incident
    $48.60 $14.40 $0.00
    Manage incident response information
    $64.80 $19.20 $0.00
    Read dials and indicators
    $24.30 $7.20 $0.00
    Operate fluid flow equipment
    $97.20 $28.80 $0.00
    Operate fluid mixing equipment
    $32.40 $9.60 $0.00
    Select and use utilities and services
    $64.80 $19.20 $0.00
    Operate heat exchangers
    $64.80 $19.20 $0.00
    Operate chemical separation equipment
    $32.40 $9.60 $0.00
    Operate local control system
    $64.80 $19.20 $0.00
    Operate wet milling equipment
    $64.80 $19.20 $0.00
    Monitor chemical reactions in the process
    $48.60 $14.40 $0.00
    Operate and monitor prime movers
    $64.80 $19.20 $0.00
    Operate and monitor valve systems
    $32.40 $9.60 $0.00
    Provide fluids for utilities and support
    $48.60 $14.40 $0.00
    Monitor and operate flare systems
    $42.12 $12.48 $0.00
    Operate filtration equipment
    $64.80 $19.20 $0.00
    Monitor continuous process plant
    $56.70 $16.80 $0.00
    Store fluids in bulk
    $48.60 $14.40 $0.00
    Operate separation equipment
    $24.30 $7.20 $0.00
    Interpret process plant schematics
    $32.40 $9.60 $0.00
    Operate and troubleshoot production unit
    $64.80 $19.20 $0.00
    Operate and troubleshoot distillation system
    $64.80 $19.20 $0.00
    Operate and troubleshoot reactors and reaction equipment
    $64.80 $19.20 $0.00
    Operate and troubleshoot compressor systems
    $48.60 $14.40 $0.00
    Operate and troubleshoot process control systems
    $97.20 $28.80 $0.00
    Undertake ship transfer operations
    $64.80 $19.20 $0.00
    Conduct artificial lift
    $32.40 $9.60 $0.00
    Undertake well management
    $64.80 $19.20 $0.00
    Operate and troubleshoot gas turbine system
    $81.00 $24.00 $0.00
    Generate electrical power
    $48.60 $14.40 $0.00
    Operate and troubleshoot gas absorption system
    $64.80 $19.20 $0.00
    Operate and troubleshoot fixed-bed adsorption system
    $64.80 $19.20 $0.00
    Communicate and monitor pipeline activities
    $64.80 $19.20 $0.00
    Operate and troubleshoot wells and gathering systems
    $64.80 $19.20 $0.00
    Operate and troubleshoot cryogenic processes
    $64.80 $19.20 $0.00
    Conduct pipeline pigging
    $32.40 $9.60 $0.00
    Transfer bulk fluids into/out of storage facility
    $81.00 $24.00 $0.00
    Operate vehicles in the field
    $32.40 $9.60 $0.00
    Undertake crane, dogging and load transfer operations
    $64.80 $19.20 $0.00
    Prepare and isolate plant
    $48.60 $14.40 $0.00
    Break and make flanged joints using hand tools
    $40.50 $12.00 $0.00
    Prepare equipment for emergency response
    $32.40 $9.60 $0.00
    Undertake fire control and emergency rescue
    $24.30 $7.20 $0.00
    Undertake helicopter safety and escape
    $48.60 $14.40 $0.00
    Apply offshore facility abandonment and sea survival procedures and practices
    $32.40 $9.60 $0.00
    Investigate incidents
    $48.60 $14.40 $0.00
    Lead emergency teams
    $32.40 $9.60 $0.00
    Command the operation of survival craft
    $64.80 $19.20 $0.00
    Contribute to assessment
    $16.20 $4.80 $0.00
    Provide work skill instruction
    $64.80 $19.20 $0.00
    Operate a forklift
    $64.80 $19.20 $0.00
    Licence to operate a steam turbine
    $87.48 $25.92 $0.00
    Operate and monitor gas production plant
    $43.74 $12.96 $0.00

    Indicative fees and charges 

    The fees quoted are estimates only and are for all units in the course for students enrolling on a full-time basis. If you're a student that has successfully completed a lower-level qualification that is a prerequisite for this course, you'll only pay for the units that you need to enrol in to complete this course. Please view the full list of fee disclaimers. 

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