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Course Number: MSL40116-01V01
This qualification covers the skills and knowledge required to perform a range of laboratory techniques to conduct tests and sampling in a variety of industry sectors. Employment outcomes targeted by this qualification include technical assistants, technicians, instrument operators and similar personnel. Technical assistants undertake a wide range of sampling and testing that requires the application of a broad range of technical skills and some scientific knowledge. Although technical assistants generally work in a laboratory, they often work closely with other personnel throughout the workplace and with suppliers. They may assist other personnel to solve technical problems and to adjust formulations and production mixes. They may also train them to collect samples and conduct basic tests reliably. The work of technical assistants involves similar tasks within one scientific discipline with occasional peak periods and some interruptions. They: - work according to established procedures in a structured environment - collect and prepare samples - conduct a wide range of basic tests and a limited range of specialised tests and measurements using manual, semi-automated and fully automated techniques - define and solve problems of limited complexity where the information available is less obvious, but not contradictory, and can be determined by direct reasoning - work under the direction and regular supervision of senior technical staff, laboratory or quality managers, or scientific/medical personnel. The work of technical assistants is normally subject to frequent progress and quality checks - generally work in a team and may have responsibility for their own work outputs. No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication. This qualification is suitable for an Australian traineeship pathway.
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North Coast TAFE wants you to know that while this qualification has no formal entry requirements, we do want you to succeed, so we are providing information about the skills and knowledge that would help you perform this qualification. You do need to have, or be able to attain, a level of literacy and numeracy that will help you complete your course and ultimately to work in your chosen field. Students who complete this qualification level will have a broad range of skills and knowledge that can be applied to specialised and/or skilled work areas. They will be able to identify, analyse, compare and act on information from a range of sources and have a limited responsibility for the organisation of others.North Coast TAFE can provide support for reading, writing, maths and English Language. If you would like to know more about our support options please contact us.
This qualification can lead you to study in the Diploma of Laboratory Technology.
A TAFE NSW Certificate IV or Diploma could give you up 6 to 12 months advanced standing in a university degree and some Advanced Diplomas offer even more credit.
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