RIICCM206E - Support plant operations

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Unit code: RIICCM206E | Study level: TAFE


This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to support plant operations in civil construction, including locating and marking services and assisting and providing guidance to directing operators.
It applies to those working in an assistant role. They generally work under supervision to undertake a prescribed range of functions involving known routines and procedures and take some responsibility for the quality of work outcomes.


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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce & extend knowledge and skill competence within set & controlled parameters in accordance with each unit’s learning outcomes & performance criteria requirements, incl 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:
*support plant operations on at least two occasions, including:

  • spotting for at least two different activities on each occasion involving excavation, fill, spreading of imported material and trimming
  • locating and marking services on separate projects.
    During the above, the candidate must:
    *locate and apply required legislation, documentation, policies and procedures
    *identify, report and record hazards and risks
    *implement the requirements, procedures and techniques to support plant operations
    *work with others to support plant operations that meets required outcomes, including:
  • communicating to alert and assist operators
  • using communication techniques and equipment to convey information to others, including signage to advise others of work activity and exclusion zones
  • completing reporting requirements and procedures.

Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge:
*legislation required to support plant operations
*policies, procedures and documentation required to support plant operations, including those relating to:

  • hazard and risk management
  • work health and safety
  • emergency response
  • site and equipment safety
  • environmental protection
  • waste management
  • communication techniques and equipment
  • workplace recording and reporting
  • site isolation and traffic control responsibilities
  • operational, maintenance and basic diagnostic procedures
  • project quality requirements
  • job plans and specifications
    *housekeeping activities, including:
  • cleaning work area
  • cleaning and maintaining condition of equipment
  • waste management
  • processing records
  • using required tools and equipment safely
    *principles and techniques required to support plant operations, including those related to:
  • soil technology
    *rock materials, including:
  • metamorphic
  • igneous
  • sedimentary
    *civil works
    *organising work activities
    *types, characteristics, technical capabilities and limitations of plant and equipment required to support plant operations, including:
  • dozers
  • graders
  • excavators
  • front end loaders
  • rollers
  • string lines
  • plumb bob
  • batter boards
  • barriers and barricades
    *materials safety data sheet (SDS) compliance processes
    *components of job safety analyses (JSAs), job safety environmental analyses (JSEAs), and safe work method statements (SWMs)
    *civil construction terminology related to supporting plant operations.

Required reading

The qualified trainer and assessor will provide teaching and learning materials as required in the form of workbooks produced by the Polytechnic and/or via the Polytechnic e-learning system.

As part of a course

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