Certificate II in Process Plant Operations - PMA20116

South Metropolitan TAFE, TAFE WA

Type of institution: TAFE Institute
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00020G

The PMA20116 Certificate II in Process Plant Operations is a technical qualification for operators in the hydrocarbons, petrochemical, chemical, metal/ore processing and related process manufacturing industry sectors. It 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.Other non-technical Certificate II qualifications are available for production support employees at this level, such as MSM20116 Certificate II in Process Manufacturing.


  • 16 units: 5 core
  • 11 elective


  • Monitor and operate low pressure compressors
  • Monitor and control work permits
  • Operate grinding equipment
  • Disconnect and reconnect non-flared tube fitting joints
  • Operate fluid flow equipment
  • Operate and monitor prime movers
  • Operate chemical separation equipment
  • Identify and minimise environmental hazards
  • Control the risks of falls
  • Control gas odourisation
  • Control minor incidents
  • Operate Joule-Thomson effect device
  • Conduct hazard analysis
  • Follow emergency response procedures
  • Interpret product costs in terms of customer requirements
  • Follow WHS procedures
  • Sustain process improvements
  • Monitor and maintain pipeline coatings
  • Operate a gas turbine
  • Undertake first response to fire incidents
  • Sample and test materials and product
  • Operate solids handling equipment
  • Apply workplace context to own job
  • Monitor and operate flare systems
  • Gas test atmospheres
  • Operate manufacturing extrusion systems
  • Operate leaching equipment
  • Operate filtration equipment
  • Monitor, operate and maintain pipeline stations and equipment
  • Transfer loads
  • Bake carbon anodes
  • Store fluids in bulk
  • Use organisation computers or data systems
  • Operate a forklift
  • Process and record information
  • Communicate in the workplace
  • Undertake helicopter safety and escape
  • Monitor continuous process plant
  • Prepare and isolate plant
  • Deliver molten metal
  • Operate digestion equipment
  • Operate reduction cells
  • Select and prepare materials
  • Undertake minor maintenance
  • Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Monitor process capability
  • Use planning software systems in operations
  • Perform tasks to support production
  • Operate melting furnaces
  • Pack products or materials
  • Apply Good Manufacturing Practice procedures
  • Collect routine site samples
  • Operate powered separation equipment
  • Conduct screening operations
  • Operate separation equipment
  • Cast ingots
  • Form carbon anodes
  • Maintain first aid resources and records
  • Control evacuation to muster point
  • Clean and strip anode rods
  • Start up reduction cells
  • Select and use utilities and services
  • Use equipment
  • Supply product from reduction cells
  • Undertake fire control and emergency rescue
  • Read dials and indicators
  • Observe permit work
  • Move materials
  • Work in a team
  • Interpret process plant schematics
  • Operate solvent extraction equipment
  • Monitor pipeline civil works
  • Operate breathing apparatus
  • Work safely
  • Undertake root cause analysis
  • Spray carbon anodes
  • Enter confined space
  • Operate and monitor gas production plant
  • Provide fluids for utilities and support
  • Handle goods
  • Undertake manual handling
  • Moor ships for transfer of bulk processed particulates or fluids
  • Apply offshore facility abandonment and sea survival procedures and practices
  • Operate wet milling equipment
  • Apply 5S procedures
  • Achieve work outcomes
  • Undertake crane, dogging and load transfer operations
  • Operate and monitor pumping systems and equipment
  • Operate vehicles in the field
  • Operate magnetic/electrical separation equipment
  • Follow work procedures to maintain Good Manufacturing Practice
  • Monitor chemical reactions in the process
  • Monitor wells and gathering systems
  • Operate equipment to blend/mix materials
  • Work in accordance with an issued permit
  • Operate equipment
  • Operate cell tending equipment
  • Provide first aid
  • Clean workplace or equipment
  • Package product/material
  • Apply cost factors to work practices
  • Operate fluid mixing equipment
  • Interpret technical drawing
  • Operate crushing equipment
  • Manage conflict at work
  • Operate heat exchangers
  • Operate vertical direct casting process
  • Participate in continuous improvement
  • Operate bulk solids loading equipment
  • Operate a biotreater
  • Contribute to the application of a proactive maintenance strategy
  • Maintain pipeline easements
  • Operate and monitor valve systems
  • Operate as a team member to conduct manufacturing, engineering or related activities
  • Prepare equipment for emergency response
  • Undertake first response to non-fire incidents
  • Operate local control system
  • Apply quality standards
  • Perform routine manual metal arc welding
  • Break and make flanged joints using hand tools

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