This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to coordinate continuous improvement and ongoing technical development activities for engineering-related operations or projects. It includes feasibility studies, proposals for the introduction of technology or process change and development of implementation strategy, costing and budgets relating to proposals

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - identifying current objectives and performance measures; - identifying change and development opportunities; - evaluating technologies, plant and other assets, hardware and software used by current operations and projects; - identifying skills, knowledge and techniques for operations or projects; - completing feasibility analyses on options and developing of proposals; - maintaining relevant records of plans, priorities, schedules and progress, legislative compliance, personal and team skills development, and sources of technical information and resources; - setting and coordinating priorities, strategy and schedule for changes, including introduction of new technology and continuous improvement operational changes; - problem solving and decision making, systems thinking, constraints and contingency management, short-term planning adjustments, and rescheduling physical and financial resources and budget within delegation; - communicating and negotiating with stakeholders, team members, support function groups, expert technical and professional assistance, customers and suppliers; - monitoring change and technological development for compliance with regulatory requirements, and; - reporting and documenting progress and results, data and analysis in accordance with procedures.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - project management techniques; - modern production management techniques; - context of operations, such as competitive pressures or markets, customer-supplier relationships, regulatory and industrial environment, environmental and sustainability, and resourcing and labour issues; - operations or project management structure, functional team relationships, responsibilities and delegations across the organisation, available technical and professional support services, communications and reporting lines; - procedures for audit of technologies, skills, knowledge and techniques, plant and other assets, including hardware and software used by current operations and projects; - feasibility analysis or 'trade-off' methods to assist selection from among options; - accountability and record keeping requirements in accordance with organisational procedures; - tendering and contract requirements and processes and their effect on continuous improvement, including agreement on design and specification, negotiations and optimisations, provisions for variations, delays and penalties; - change and technological development implications for WHS requirements, codes of practice, regulations, standards and regulatory requirements related to proposed changes and technologies; - sustainability issues related to continuous improvement of engineering-related projects and operations; - typical software for program management and budget control, use and validation options; - implementation plan, strategic and prioritised objectives and budgets; - procedures for reporting and recording of progress and records of legislative compliance in accordance with procedures for accountability against objectives, schedule and budget, and; - requirements for and functions of technical documentation, graphics and specifications and records of meetings, communications and agreements with stakeholders.

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