TAFE NSW

Certificate IV in Polymer Technology - PMB40116

TAFE NSW

Type of institution: TAFE Institute
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00591E

The PMB40116 Certificate IV in Polymer Technology is intended for senior operators and polymer technicians The senior operator/technician may be process-based and directly involved in production or they may be based elsewhere, for example, in a laboratory, although they will typically still have functions on the production floor. The senior operator/technician will be able to apply specialised theoretical and technical knowledge and well developed operations skills in situations that require autonomy, discretion and judgement, such as product and process improvements and trialling.The senior operator/technician will be able to solve complex problems which require in depth theoretical knowledge combined with an understanding of the production process and equipment.This qualification applies to the production of a wide range of polymer products and components ranging from consumer products to components to be included in other commercial, industrial or consumer products. Products may be made from a wide range of natural and synthetic polymers covering thermoplastics as well as thermosetting polymers. Production may be long runs of standard products, short runs or \u2018one offs\u2019 of specialised products. For people who require a more generalist qualification covering the application of good manufacturing practice and lean principles see MSS40316 Certificate IV in Competitive Systems and Practices.There are no specific licences that relate to this qualification. However, units of competency in this qualification may provide the underpinning knowledge and skills required for licences in some jurisdictions. Local regulations should be checked for details.

Structure

  • 28 units: 4 core
  • 24 elective.

Subjects

  • Monitor and control work permits
  • Trial a new die/tool
  • Produce composite sheet products
  • Wind products onto drums
  • Hand mix materials
  • Produce foam injected mouldings
  • Provide coaching/mentoring in the workplace
  • Build reinforced conveyor belts
  • Use structured problem-solving tools
  • Operate steel cutting equipment
  • Perform basic tests
  • Produce welded plastics materials
  • Pick and process order
  • Identify and minimise environmental hazards
  • Control minor incidents
  • Undertake process capability improvements
  • Ensure process improvements are sustained
  • Follow emergency response procedures
  • Operate injection blow moulding equipment
  • Facilitate a Just in Time system
  • Operate calender
  • Trial new process or product
  • Repair heavy off-the-road tyres
  • Follow WHS procedures
  • Operate computer controlled equipment
  • Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Splice solid woven conveyor belts
  • Produce calendered products
  • Apply quality standards
  • Operate filament winding equipment
  • Prepare materials to formulae
  • Contribute to WHS management system
  • Undertake first response to fire incidents
  • Sample and test materials and product
  • Assess competence
  • Apply workplace context to own job
  • Convert plastic film
  • Operate multi-axis router
  • Plan assessment activities and processes
  • Gas test atmospheres
  • Develop patterns
  • Inspect tyres
  • Identify and apply process improvements
  • Operate polystyrene shape moulding equipment
  • Identify faults in electronic control
  • Work with others in a manufacturing, engineering or related environment
  • Produce injection moulded products
  • Lay out and cut materials
  • Bond polymers to surfaces
  • Design PVC plastic pressure pipelines
  • Organise and communicate information
  • Splice fabric ply conveyor belts
  • Sustain process improvements
  • Perform inspection
  • Facilitate and improve implementation of 5S
  • Transfer loads
  • Prepare moulds for composites production
  • Cure heavy off-the-road tyre repairs
  • Use organisation computers or data systems
  • Perform manual production assembly
  • Use power tools/hand held operations
  • Operate a forklift
  • Process and record information
  • Monitor process operations
  • Produce liquid surface coated products
  • Communicate in the workplace
  • Electrofusion weld polyethylene pipelines
  • Lay on tyre retreads
  • Butt weld polyethylene plastic pipelines
  • Operate mixing equipment
  • Modify existing compounds
  • Operate equipment using pre-preg material
  • Install high temperature plastic pressure pipelines
  • Operate printing equipment
  • Operate open flame moulding equipment
  • Set up and prepare for production
  • Compound materials using an open mill blender
  • Undertake minor maintenance
  • Produce composites using pre-pregs
  • Use hand tools
  • Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Make pattern/plug for composites moulds
  • Produce polystyrene shape moulded products
  • Operate portable vulcanising equipment
  • Perform tasks to support production
  • Operate blown film equipment
  • Perform production packaging
  • Pack products or materials
  • Change extrusion die and setup
  • Set up equipment for continuous operation
  • Produce composites using moulding compounds
  • Operate film conversion equipment
  • Set advanced or complex dies
  • Operate continuous vulcanising equipment
  • Operate centrifugal casting equipment
  • Assemble mould
  • Set a die
  • Operate retread curing equipment
  • Operate tyre curing equipment
  • Produce composites using hand lamination
  • Design polyethylene (non-pressure) drainage pipelines
  • Apply Just in Time procedures
  • Administer inventory procedures
  • Repair conveyor belt carcass
  • Identify equipment faults
  • Operate pultrusion equipment
  • Operate rotational moulding equipment
  • Produce rotational moulded products
  • Set assembly stations
  • Operate hand held air/power equipment for production processes
  • Vulcanise products using an autoclave
  • Hand decorate products
  • Produce electroplated products
  • Operate resin transfer moulding equipment
  • Monitor process capability
  • Weld plastic using extrusion techniques
  • Predict polymer properties and characteristics
  • Repair conveyor belt covers
  • Repair product imperfections
  • Use improvement processes in team activities
  • Weld plastics materials
  • Install polyethylene plastic pressure pipelines
  • Inspect tyres for retreading
  • Produce compounded materials
  • Operate an open mill blender
  • Operate composite sheeting equipment
  • Repair damaged fibre-composites structures
  • Facilitate a team
  • Produce products
  • Mistake proof an operational process
  • Coordinate work of team or section
  • Draw optical fibre
  • Hand lay up composites
  • Conduct specialised forklift operations
  • Produce composites using filament winding
  • Maintain and organise workplace records
  • Make minor modifications to products
  • Finish products and components
  • Interact with computing technology
  • Provide work skill instruction
  • Produce continuous thermoforming products
  • Use equipment
  • Install PVC plastic pressure pipelines
  • Operate bead coiling equipment
  • Produce composites using vacuum bagging
  • Produce composites using resin transfer moulding
  • Apply quick changeover procedures
  • Demould product
  • Produce composites using centrifugal casting
  • Splice cables
  • Prepare surfaces for coating
  • Apply liquid surface coatings
  • Produce products using twin screw extruders
  • Work in a team
  • Use material and process knowledge to solve problems
  • Remove and replace conveyor belts
  • Test fibre-composites materials and laminates
  • Lay up and tape cables
  • Operate thermoforming equipment
  • Compound materials using an internal mill blender
  • Draw wire
  • Develop and adjust a production schedule
  • Fit attachments to products
  • Operate breathing apparatus
  • Work safely
  • Prepare tyre casings for retreading
  • Coordinate maintenance
  • Finish composite products
  • Produce powder coated products
  • Produce centrifugally cast polyurethane products
  • Shut down plant area
  • Shift materials safely by hand
  • Trial a new, advanced or complex mould
  • Perform basic statistical quality control
  • Conduct local risk control
  • Assemble materials and equipment for production
  • Produce composites using pultrusion
  • Operate resin-glass depositor equipment
  • Program computer controlled equipment
  • Apply gel coat or other polymer surface finish
  • Lay up rubber lining or lag pulleys
  • Enter confined space
  • Coordinate waste disposal
  • Produce blow moulded products
  • Work safely with industrial chemicals and materials
  • Produce gravity cast polyurethane products
  • Produce fibre optic preforms
  • Apply 5S procedures
  • Handle goods
  • Organise on-site work
  • Make moulds for formed products
  • Facilitate change in an organisation implementing competitive systems and practices
  • Operate blow moulding equipment
  • Splice steel cord conveyor belts
  • Issue work permits
  • Produce sheet feed vacuum forming products
  • Construct moulds for composite products
  • Achieve work outcomes
  • Perform creel rack operations
  • Operate vacuum bagging equipment
  • Use planning software systems in operations
  • Construct jigs and fixtures
  • Mould chemical resistant and/or fire retardant fibre-composites
  • Design high temperature plastic pressure pipelines
  • Install polyethylene (non-pressure) drainage pipelines
  • Produce composites using chopper gun/depositor
  • Undertake root cause analysis
  • Use materials and process knowledge to complete work operations
  • Make measurements
  • Contribute to the development of workplace documentation
  • Print and decorate rigid products
  • Produce blown film
  • Inspect heavy off-the-road tyres
  • Work in accordance with an issued permit
  • Operate injection moulding equipment
  • Build up rollers
  • Prepare and start equipment for production
  • Optimise process/plant area
  • Bunch and strand wire
  • Operate equipment
  • Produce compression moulded products
  • Provide first aid
  • Produce injection blow moulded products
  • Diagnose production equipment problems
  • Clean workplace or equipment
  • Interpret technical drawing
  • Produce reinforced conveyor belts
  • Operate compounding equipment
  • Identify problems in fluid power system
  • Manage conflict at work
  • Develop and monitor quality systems
  • Perform chemical tests and procedures
  • Collect waste for recycling or safe disposal
  • Facilitate the implementation of WHS for a work group
  • Operate granulating equipment
  • Participate in continuous improvement
  • Produce polyurethane foam
  • Take a machine out of production
  • Operate resin infusion moulding equipment
  • Store products
  • Operate extruders
  • Cut materials with a hand-held chainsaw
  • Produce composites using resin infusion
  • Participate in assessment validation
  • Colour optical fibre
  • Fabricate materials
  • Produce extruded products
  • Operate equipment using moulding compounds
  • Operate cable winding equipment
  • Prepare basic engineering drawing
  • Prepare heavy off-the-road tyres for repair
  • Perform engineering measurements
  • Apply statistics to operational processes
  • Cut materials
  • Operate an internal mill blender
  • Undertake first response to non-fire incidents
  • Apply cost factors to work practices
  • Produce thermally bent products
  • Contribute to assessment
  • Design polyethylene plastic pressure pipelines
  • Finish heavy off-the-road tyre repairs
  • Operate ancillary equipment
  • Assess risk
  • Produce printed and decorated film
  • Apply HACCP to the workplace

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Lidcombe College Domestic: $13,700
No
  • Part-time : 2 years

Fee comments

Campuses: Lidcombe College.

This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply. If you are a registered apprentice, you may be eligible for a Fee Free Apprenticeship, which will be verified at enrolment.The fee category that will apply to you depends on your eligibility and your individual circumstances. Your fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process.For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit https://smartandskilled.nsw.gov.au/are-you-eligiblePAYMENT OPTIONS AND ASSISTANCEFees: https://www.tafensw.edu.au/enrol/feesPayment - funding: https://www.tafensw.edu.au/enrol/payment-fundingADDITIONAL RESOURCESYou will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study:- PPE approximately $100.00RECOGNITIONRecognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.Find out more about recognition: https://www.tafensw.edu.au/enrol/recognition-credit-transfers

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