Diploma of Polymer Technology

PMB50107

Course Overview

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Description

Job roles/employment outcomes

The Diploma of Polymer Technology is intended for technologists/paraprofessionals who may have worked their way up through plastics, rubber and cablemaking qualifications or who have entered the industry at this level, either from another industry, trade occupation or other relevant background.

The technologist will analyse performance and failure in equipment and products and will assist in the development on new/modified products.

Application

This industry manufactures a wide range of polymer products and components ranging from consumer products to components to be included in other commercial, industrial or consumer products. Much of it is long runs of standard products, but equally it may be short runs/one offs of specialised products. It uses a wide range of natural and synthetic polymers covering thermoplastics as well as thermosetting polymers.

The products from this industry may be components in automobiles, aeroplanes and marine craft as well as domestic appliances and industrial and commercial plant and equipment. It may also be electrical or data cabling. They may equally be consumer products such as paint brushes, tooth brushes, lunch boxes or carry bags.

People with this qualification may be expected to undertake a technologist role typically based in a laboratory or office with possibly some work being conducted on or through the shop floor. They may not be competent to operate production equipment but would be expected to understand the principles behind the relevant production and support processes. They will undertake product or process improvement/development and also complex problem solving.

Pathways into the qualification

This qualification may be accessed by direct entry. Credit for relevant units of competency achieved should be granted towards this qualification for those who have completed PMB40107 Certificate IV in Polymer Processing, or other qualifications relevant to polymer technology.

Units of competency contained within this qualification may be common with other manufacturing qualifications and credit should be granted towards this qualification where competency has already been achieved. Credit should also be granted towards this qualification where competency has been achieved in units of competency contained within relevant skill sets and statements of attainment.

The units of competency in this qualification reflect competencies which are practiced within the industry and recognition of prior learning (RPL) should be granted where there is sufficient evidence of competency from work-based experience.

Pathways from the qualification

Further qualification pathways from this qualification include PMB60107 Advanced Diploma of Polymer Technology

Additional qualification advice

MSA51108 Diploma of Competitive Manufacturing is available for those who need a more generalist qualification covering the application of good manufacturing practice and lean principles.

Licensing considerations

There are no specific licences that relate to this qualification. However, units of competency in this qualification may provide the underpinning knowledge and skills required for various licences. Local regulations should be checked for details.

Student Outcomes

Students who graduate from VET courses are surveyed approximately 6 months after they have completed their training. For more information on the statistics provided in this section, including the different levels (course, field of education, all fields of education) of data available please select the Learn more button below.

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Satisfied with Training

Percentage of graduates in the Engineering and Related Technologies field who were satisfied with the training (Diploma).

Improved Work Status

Percentage of graduates in the Engineering and Related Technologies field who started/expanded a business or who have a new job, more highly skilled work, a promotion or higher pay (Diploma).

Salary

The middle of the range of salaries earned by graduates in the Engineering and Related Technologies field starting their first ever full-time job after graduating (Diploma).

Jobs

Graduates of the Engineering and Related Technologies field (Diploma) are most often employed as:

Professionals

35.0%

Professionals
Technicians and Trades Workers

28.9%

Technicians and Trades Workers
Labourers

8.8%

Labourers

Industries

Graduates of the Engineering and Related Technologies field (Diploma) are most often employed in:

Transport, Postal and Warehousing

21.7%

Transport, Postal and Warehousing
Manufacturing

11.7%

Manufacturing
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services

10.6%

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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Unfortunately, no subsidies are currently available for this course.

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.

Australian Apprenticeships


Australian Apprenticeships (also known as apprenticeships and traineeships) combine work with training in a nationally recognised qualification. Australian Apprenticeships are available to anyone of working age and offer opportunities to learn new skills and be paid in over 500 different jobs.

Unfortunately, this qualification is not currently available as an Australian Apprenticeship.


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