PMA60116 Advanced Diploma of Process Plant Technology

National ID
PMA60116
WA Course Code
BAM9
CRICOS code
092175D
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Why choose this course?

Elevate your career in process plant technology and manufacturing through studying this qualification. This course extends the expertise gained at the diploma level and will further enhance your career prospects.

During your studies you will learn how to analyse plant performance, equipment and product failures, solve complex problems and manage risk and safety.

You will also improve your ability to communicate with various stakeholders and manage processing teams. This course will broaden your existing skills and knowledge so that you can assist in the development of new products and contribute to plant modifications.

On completion of this course, you may be eligible for associate membership to Engineers Australia.

You may also be eligible for advanced standing into relevant courses at university level.

Students are required to undertake approximately one hour per week of supervised work placement during this course. This placement is undertaken on campus in a simulated work environment. The Australian Centre of Energy and Process Training (ACEPT) centre offers an opportunity to learn in a simulated real-life industry environment as it includes a control room, distillation tower and digital resources relevant to process plant and oil and gas industries.

Please note that the next intake for this course will be Semester 2, 2024.

Career opportunities

  • FLNG Operator
  • Joint Venture Coordinator
  • Petroleum Technician
  • Project Close Out Coordinator
  • Technical Assistant

  • An IELTS score (academic) of 5.5 with no band score less than 5.0 or equivalent.

  • Completion of PMA50116 Diploma of Process Plant Technology is required for entry into this course.

Please refer to the Non-Tuition Fees section of your Letter of Offer for any additional requirements where a cost may be incurred.

Your study options

Semester 2, 2024

Duration | 1 semester
When | Semester 2, 2024
Where | South Metropolitan TAFE (52787)
How | On campus and simulated work environment, to a minimum of 20 contact hours per week
Fees (total indicative for course)
  • Tuition fee: $7,500
  • Resources fee: $306
  • Materials fee: $0

Tuition fees are reviewed annually. If tuition fees are increased, you will be required to pay the new fees as they are introduced. You will be provided with an indicative schedule of fees in your Letter of Offer.

Resource fees are for consumables you use in your course e.g. paint, internet etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment. If your course goes longer than one semester, the resource fee may not need to be paid in one amount but may be spaced out over the duration of your course. Your college will advise you of the payment amount each semester.

Material fees are for items that remain your property after the course has been completed e.g. personal protective equipment, tools, text books etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment.

Work placement

Students are required to undertake approximately 1 hour per week of supervised "work on plant" placement during this course. This placement is undertaken on campus in a simulated work environment.  The ACEPT distillation process plant gives you the opportunity to learn in a simulated real-life industry environment as it includes a control room, distillation tower and digital resources relevant to the process plant and oil and gas industries.

PMA60116 Advanced Diploma of Process Plant Technology - BAM9
1 semester

To achieve this qualification, students must demonstrate competency in 15 units. These 15 are comprised of 4 core units and 11 elective units. Elective units listed below have been selected in consultation with industry.

Students who enrol into this qualification will be eligible for credit transfer of the units that they have already achieved. Fees paid by international students are set on a commercial basis and are paid as a whole of course fee - no refund will apply to credit transfers. Please refer to your letter of Offer for detailed duration and costings for your enrolment.

Core units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • MSMSUP200 Achieve work outcomes
  • MSMSUP210 Process and record information
  • MSMWHS200 Work safely
Elective units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • MSMWHS510 Manage risk
  • MSS404054 Apply statistics to operational processes
  • MSS404084 Undertake process capability improvements
  • MSS405054 Determine and improve process capability
  • PMAOPS511 Determine energy transfer loads
  • PMAOPS512 Determine mass transfer loads
  • PMAOPS521 Plan plant shutdown
  • PMAOPS600 Modify plant
  • PMASUP540 Analyse equipment performance
  • PMAWHS502 Contribute to safety case
  • PSPMGT003 Manage change

Assessment methods

The methods of assessment used in this course include practical activities, such as operating the ACEPT distillation plant according to Standard Operating Procedures, recording data and follow-up questions in the assessments, direct observation and filling in operational check lists, industrial/engineering scenarios needing analysis and recorded solutions, formal technical report writing, using software to validate results, direct observation of practical (demonstration) activities and written assessments and portfolios.

These assessment strategies and evidence gathering are in accordance with the relevant training package or accreditation guidelines.  Detailed Information is available in the assessment matrix, learning plans and assessment tools for each of the units of competency.  Assessors use this matrix to ensure assessments, are undertaken across the duration of the course, rather than clustered together at particular times.

Learning resources, facilities and equipment

The following learning resources, facilities and equipment are available at each campus so that you can achieve the skill and knowledge requirements of this course.

Learning resources may include access to training materials, personal protective equipment, learning guides, PowerPoint presentations, videos, handouts, workplace manuals/procedures, workshops and laboratories.

Facilities and equipment may include access to digital resources such as computer hardware and software, laboratory equipment, spill kits, cut out equipment such as pumps and valves, simulation rooms, control room, live distillation unit, live refrigeration unit, general learning rooms, simulation of a distillation tower and safety document systems.

Key dates

Semester and holiday dates are included in your Letter of Offer. View upcoming semester start and end dates.

Semester 1, 2025

Duration | 1 semester
When | Semester 1, 2025
Where | South Metropolitan TAFE (52787)
How | On campus and simulated work environment, to a minimum of 20 contact hours per week
Fees (total indicative for course)
  • Tuition fee: $7,500
  • Resources fee: $306
  • Materials fee: $0

Tuition fees are reviewed annually. If tuition fees are increased, you will be required to pay the new fees as they are introduced. You will be provided with an indicative schedule of fees in your Letter of Offer.

Resource fees are for consumables you use in your course e.g. paint, internet etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment. If your course goes longer than one semester, the resource fee may not need to be paid in one amount but may be spaced out over the duration of your course. Your college will advise you of the payment amount each semester.

Material fees are for items that remain your property after the course has been completed e.g. personal protective equipment, tools, text books etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment.

Work placement

Students are required to undertake approximately 1 hour per week of supervised "work on plant" placement during this course. This placement is undertaken on campus in a simulated work environment.  The ACEPT distillation process plant gives you the opportunity to learn in a simulated real-life industry environment as it includes a control room, distillation tower and digital resources relevant to the process plant and oil and gas industries.

PMA60116 Advanced Diploma of Process Plant Technology - BAM9
1 semester

To achieve this qualification, students must demonstrate competency in 15 units. These 15 are comprised of 4 core units and 11 elective units. Elective units listed below have been selected in consultation with industry.

Students who enrol into this qualification will be eligible for credit transfer of the units that they have already achieved. Fees paid by international students are set on a commercial basis and are paid as a whole of course fee - no refund will apply to credit transfers. Please refer to your letter of Offer for detailed duration and costings for your enrolment.

Core units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • MSMSUP200 Achieve work outcomes
  • MSMSUP210 Process and record information
  • MSMWHS200 Work safely
Elective units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • MSMWHS510 Manage risk
  • MSS404054 Apply statistics to operational processes
  • MSS404084 Undertake process capability improvements
  • MSS405054 Determine and improve process capability
  • PMAOPS511 Determine energy transfer loads
  • PMAOPS512 Determine mass transfer loads
  • PMAOPS521 Plan plant shutdown
  • PMAOPS600 Modify plant
  • PMASUP540 Analyse equipment performance
  • PMAWHS502 Contribute to safety case
  • PSPMGT003 Manage change

Assessment methods

The methods of assessment used in this course include practical activities, such as operating the ACEPT distillation plant according to Standard Operating Procedures, recording data and follow-up questions in the assessments, direct observation and filling in operational check lists, industrial/engineering scenarios needing analysis and recorded solutions, formal technical report writing, using software to validate results, direct observation of practical (demonstration) activities and written assessments and portfolios.

These assessment strategies and evidence gathering are in accordance with the relevant training package or accreditation guidelines.  Detailed Information is available in the assessment matrix, learning plans and assessment tools for each of the units of competency.  Assessors use this matrix to ensure assessments, are undertaken across the duration of the course, rather than clustered together at particular times.

Learning resources, facilities and equipment

The following learning resources, facilities and equipment are available at each campus so that you can achieve the skill and knowledge requirements of this course.

Learning resources may include access to training materials, personal protective equipment, learning guides, PowerPoint presentations, videos, handouts, workplace manuals/procedures, workshops and laboratories.

Facilities and equipment may include access to digital resources such as computer hardware and software, laboratory equipment, spill kits, cut out equipment such as pumps and valves, simulation rooms, control room, live distillation unit, live refrigeration unit, general learning rooms, simulation of a distillation tower and safety document systems.

Key dates

Semester and holiday dates are included in your Letter of Offer. View upcoming semester start and end dates.

There may be further semester intakes available for enrolment. You can view any further intakes when you submit your online application(opens in a new tab).

For information about pathways from TAFE to university, view our Pathways to university page.

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Last updated on November 24, 2022