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Coordinate plant shut down
|Unit Descriptor||This unit of competence applies to a plant technician who is performing the plant shutdown coordinator role as their primary activity. This is for a planned plant shutdown for maintenance or process activities. The technician will be implementing/executing the shutdown plan rather than developing the shutdown plan This technician would be part of a team working with technical experts, maintenance experts, contractor representatives, process/production teams and management.|
|1 . Identify shutdown work scope||
|2 . Plan and schedule resources||
|3 . Co-ordinate plant/ equipment shutdown sequence||
|4 . Handover plant/ equipment to relevant work party||
|5 . Communicate with all relevant stakeholders||
|6 . Return plant to service||
|Key Competency||Examples of Application||Performance|
|How can information be collected, analysed and organised?|
|How are ideas and information communicated within this competency?|
|How are activities planned and organised?|
|How are problem solving skills applied?|
|How are mathematical ideas and techniques used?|
|How is use of technology applied?|
|How is team work used within this competency?|
Codes of practice/ standards
Where reference is made to industry codes of practice, and/or Australian/international standards, the latest version must be used.
This unit of competency includes all such items of equipment and unit operations, which are covered by the shutdown. Where only a plant area is being shut (or one plant in an integrated complex), it also includes the impact of the shut on those areas still operating.
Reason for shut down
The reason for plant shut down may include:
planned shutdown for regulatory vessel inspections
catalyst or column regeneration/repacking
other activities requiring plant shutdown to access
Organisation systems applications/data bases may include:
MAXIMO/SAP or other relevant work management tool as appropriate for area of responsibility
Scheduling tools such as MS Project, Excel, Gant Chart, Primavera or similar
other electronic recording / reporting software systems
paper based reports/record systems
Hazard identification tools
Hazard Identification tools may include but not be limited to:
hazard and operability studies (HAZOP)
hazard analysis studies (HAZAN)
job hazard/safety analysis (JHA/JSA)
safe work method statements (SWMS)
Activities intended for shutdown
Activities intended for shutdown may come from:
Resources required for task
Resources required for task include:
Resource requirements may include but not limited to:
utility services such as steam, nitrogen, power, water, chemicals
workforce such as operators, maintenance, contractors, engineers, laboratory staff, safety observer, standby rescue crew
mobile equipment such as elevated work platforms, Hiab, vacuum trucks, drip trays
other equipment such as hoses, plugs and caps, scaffold, extra fire protection equipment
Shut down documentation
Shut down documentation include:
Equipment preparation includes:
Health Safety and Environment (HSE)
All operations to which this unit applies are subject to stringent health, safety and environment requirements, which may be imposed through State or Federal legislation, and these must not be compromised at any time. Where there is an apparent conflict between Performance Criteria and HSE requirements, the HSE requirements take precedence.
Overview of assessment
Assessment of this unit should include demonstrated competence on actual plant and equipment in a work environment. The unit will be assessed in as holistic a manner as is practical and may be integrated with the assessment of other relevant units of competency.
Typically this unit will be assessed by a shutdown planning project. As shutdowns may not occur with sufficient frequency or planning to allow for assessment of all elements, performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, simulation may be required to assess some aspects of this competency.
This unit of competency requires a significant body of knowledge, which will be assessed through questioning and the use of what if scenarios both on the plant (during demonstration of normal operations and walk throughs of abnormal operations) and off the plant.
Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit
Competence must be demonstrated in the ability to undertake a structured analysis of the activities to be completed during the shutdown and then undertaking the coordination in a systematic manner.
Consistent performance should be demonstrated, in the following:
in-depth analysis of all proposed shut down activities to eliminate conflicts and minimise the shutdown critical path
resource management maximises pre shutdown preparations to minimise interruptions to the critical path
coordinate shutdown team to ensure safe and efficient plant shutdown and preparation per procedures without incident.
coordinate track shutdown activities to ensure critical path milestones are reached per plan
contingencies are developed to overcome unforseen barriers to plan
record and report all aspects of shutdown activities to stakeholders per enterprise protocol
Context of and specific resources for assessment
Assessment will require access to an operating plant over an extended period of time, or a suitable method of gathering evidence of operating ability over a range of situations. A bank of scenarios/case studies/what-ifs will be required as will a bank of questions, which will be used to probe the reasoning behind the observable actions
Method of assessment
Typically this unit will be assessed by performing a shutdown coordination project. Assessment should be evidence based through direct observation and the compilation of an evidence portfolio to support the Elements, Performance Criteria, Skills and Knowledge requirements of this competency
It may be appropriate to assess this unit concurrently with other relevant units
Guidance information for assessment
Assessment processes and techniques must be culturally appropriate and appropriate to the oracy, language and literacy capacity of the assessee and the work being performed.