Diploma of Laboratory Technology

MSL50116

Course Overview

Average Course Fee: $8495

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Average Course Duration: 21 Months

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Description

This qualification covers the skills and knowledge required to apply a range of laboratory technologies to conduct scientific-technical tests and sampling in most industry sectors.

Employment outcomes targeted by this qualification include technical officers, laboratory technicians, analysts and similar personnel.

Technical officers conduct a wide range of sampling and testing that requires the application of broad scientific-technical knowledge and skills, with substantial depth in some areas. Although technical officers generally work in a laboratory, they often work closely with personnel in other teams within a section of the workplace.

They may liaise with suppliers to troubleshoot product non-conformance at the direction of laboratory supervisors or managers. They gather information on non-conformance and events that may lead to the modification of workplace procedures. They may also demonstrate methods to others and train them to collect samples and conduct basic tests reliably.

The work of technical officers involves frequent peak periods and interruptions. They:

  • work according to established procedures in a structured environment
  • collect and prepare samples and communicate sample requirements to other personnel
  • conduct a wide range of routine and specialised tests where atypical samples may be involved and the instrumentation used has a wide range of operating variables
  • contribute to the modification of standard operating procedures (SOPs) and enterprise methods when necessary
  • define and solve problems where alternatives are not obvious and where investigations and trials may be required and the implications of various solutions considered
  • work under the direction and supervision of senior technical staff, laboratory or quality managers, or scientific/medical professionals
  • generally work as part of a team and may have a role in the planning of schedules and monitoring of resources in their work area.
  • No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

    Student Outcomes

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    Improved Work Status

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    Salary

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    Jobs

    Graduates of this course are most often employed as:

    Technicians and Trades Workers

    49.3%

    Technicians and Trades Workers
    Labourers

    17.2%

    Labourers
    Sales Workers

    8.6%

    Sales Workers

    Industries

    Graduates of this course are most often employed in:

    Health Care and Social Assistance

    33.1%

    Health Care and Social Assistance
    Manufacturing

    17.1%

    Manufacturing
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services

    12.1%

    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services

    All statistics are supplied by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research.

    Financial Assistance

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    There are programs for all kinds of students; apprentices and trainees, new job starters, those re-entering the workforce, retraining for a new job or upgrading their skills for an existing job.

     


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    Subsidised Training

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    VET Student Loans

    Certain courses are eligible for a VET Student Loan from the Australian Government to assist students with paying tuition fees. The initial debt amount (including the loan fee, if applicable) plus indexation must be paid back once the loan recipient starts earning over a certain amount. The compulsory repayment threshold for the 2019-20 income year is $45,881.

    Apprenticeships and Traineeships


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