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Produce composites using resin infusion

Unit Descriptor This competency covers the operation of resin infusion equipment to make composite products and the solving of problems.

1 . Plan own work requirements.

  1. Identify the most appropriate equipment to be used for production and upstream and downstream operations from production plan or request.

  2. Identify and check materials required including additives.

  3. Implement measures to control hazards in line with procedures and duty of care.

  4. Identify requirements for materials, quality, production, and equipment checks.

2 . Start resin infusion moulding process to procedures.

  1. Identify process settings for required product.

  2. Set process to required settings.

  3. Check materials are correct.

  4. Take appropriate action for non-conforming materials.

  5. Set up date, batch and materials markings to specifications, as required.

  6. Complete pre-start checks.

  7. Start up resin infusion moulding process

3 . Operate and make adjustments to the resin infusion process to procedures.

  1. Operate resin infusion equipment, noting key variables.

  2. Monitor controls/displays/terminals for production and process data.

  3. Take samples as required and identify product out of specification.

  4. Monitor product/process quality.

  5. Make adjustments to remedy faults and non-conformity to standard as required.

  6. Establish a stable resin infusion process.

  7. Adjust process to minimise scrap and trim.

  8. Clean, adjust and check equipment damage as required.

4 . Shut down machine to procedures.

  1. Determine type of shut down.

  2. Select appropriate cleaning method.

  3. Clean efficiently and adequately as required.

  4. Leave machine in appropriate condition and with appropriate locks, tags or notices.

  5. Complete relevant documentation.

  6. Ensure area is clean and clear after the shutdown, in readiness for the next start-up.

5 . Anticipate and solve problems.

  1. Recognise a problem or a potential problem.

  2. Determine problems needing priority action.

  3. Refer problems outside area of responsibility to appropriate person, with possible causes.

  4. Seek information and assistance as required to solve problems.

  5. Solve problems within area of responsibility.

  6. Follow through items initiated until final resolution has occurred.

Key CompetencyExamples of ApplicationPerformance
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?

Range Statement


This competency applies to manufacture of composite products using resin infusion equipment within the plastics and rubber industries.

It includes all moulds, pumps and programmable logic controllers (PLCs) if fitted and all relevant ancillary equipment integral to the composites forming process.


All operations are performed in accordance with procedures.

Procedures include all relevant workplace procedures, work instructions, temporary instructions and relevant industry and government codes and standards.

Tools and equipment

This competency includes use of equipment and tools such as:


Typical hazards include:


'Anticipate and solve problems' means resolve a wide variety of routine and non-routine problems, using product and process knowledge to develop solutions to problems which do not have a known solution/ a solution recorded in the procedures.

Typical routine faults may include:

Non-routine faults which may have multiple causes include:

Typical process and product problems may include:

Appropriate action for problems outside of area of responsibility may be reporting to an appropriate person.

Appropriate action for solving problems within area of responsibility includes asking questions and seeking assistance from appropriate persons/sources.


Key variables to be monitored include:

Evidence Guide

Overview of assessment

A holistic approach should be taken to the assessment.

Assessors must be satisfied that the person can consistently perform the unit as a whole, as defined by the Elements, Performance Criteria and skills and knowledge.

Where the assessee does not currently possess evidence of competency in PMBPROD291B Operate resin infusion moulding equipment, it may be co-assessed with this unit.

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit

It is essential that competence is demonstrated in the knowledge and skills defined in this unit. These may include the ability to:

Consistent performance should be demonstrated. For example, look to see that:

Assessment method and context

Assessment will occur on an industrial infusion moulding equipment and will be undertaken in a work-like environment.

Competence in this unit may be assessed:

In all cases it is expected that practical assessment will be combined with targeted questioning to assess the underpinning knowledge and theoretical assessment will be combined with appropriate practical/simulation or similar assessment. Assessors need to be aware of any cultural issues that may affect responses to questions.

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.

Specific resources for assessment

This section should be read in conjunction with the Range Statement for this unit of competency. Resources required include suitable access to an operating plant or equipment that allows for appropriate and realistic simulation. A bank of case studies/scenarios and questions will also be required to the extent that they form part of the assessment method. Questioning may take place either in the workplace, or in an adjacent, quiet facility such as an office or lunchroom. No other special resources are required.

Access must be provided to appropriate learning and/or assessment support when required. Where applicable, physical resources should include equipment modified for people with disabilities.