This competency covers the operation of the range of pumps and valves typically encountered in the fluid flow system of a processing plant. It includes identifying, operating, monitoring and troubleshooting these items.

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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: - efficient and effective operation of plant/equipment; - hazard analysis; - completing plant records; - communication, and; - problem solving.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - principles of operation of plant/equipment; - physics and chemistry relevant to the process unit; - process parameters and limits eg temperature, pressure, flow, pH; - duty of care obligations; - hierarchy of control; - communication protocols eg radio, phone, computer, paper, permissions/authorities; - routine problems, faults and their resolution; - relevant alarms and actions; - plant process idiosyncrasies; - all items on a schematic of the fluid flow system and the function of each; - correct methods of starting, stopping, operating and controlling flow; - causes of head loss in piping systems (including comparison of fittings using Le/d concept, fluid and pipe material properties, flow geometry, etc); - corrective action appropriate to the problem cause; - function and troubleshooting of major internal components and their problems (such as impellors, seals or bearings), and; - types and causes of fluid flow problems within operator's scope of skill level and responsibility.

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