Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships

Unit Controller (Coal)

Employees may undertake remote operation of network equipment and isolation of plant and equipment for work, cost estimations, and the supervision of others.

Summary of Training

Core Units - all required

  • Implement and monitor energy sector OHS policies and procedures
  • Apply Occupational Health and Safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace
  • Apply Quality Systems to Work
  • Undertake Local Systems Operations
  • Conduct Single Energy Source Isolation Procedures for Permit to Work
  • Maintain Quality Systems within the Team
  • Interpret and Analyse Single Operation Protection Devices
  • Operate and Monitor Supervisory, Control and Data Acquisition Systems
  • Conduct Multiple Energy Source Isolation Procedures for procedures for a Permit to Work
  • Coordinate Permit to Work System
  • Operate and Monitor AC Electrical Systems
  • Operate and Monitor DC Electrical Systems
  • Monitor and Implement Environmental Plans and Procedures
  • Interpret and Analyse Multi-Operation Protection Devices
  • Plan and Organise Work
  • Coordinate Team Activities
  • Coordinate Response to Critical Incidents

Elective Units - total value of 760 weighting points

  • Develop teams and individuals
  • Implement operational plan
  • Implement continuous improvement
  • Establish effective workplace relationships
  • Promote team effectiveness
  • Make and Spread a Stockpile
  • Operate & Monitor Briquette Coal Cooling Plant
  • Operate & Monitor Briquette Coal Drying Plant
  • Operate & Monitor Briquette Coal Press Plant
  • Perform Briquette Laboratory Tests
  • Operate Bulk Coal Handling Plant
  • Undertake dam safety surveillance procedures
  • Operate and Monitor Water Treatment Plant
  • Operate and Monitor Water Quality Control Systems
  • Conduct Water Conveyance and Control
  • Start up a boiler unit
  • Shut down a boiler unit
  • Undertake Operations Commissioning/Decommissioning
  • Co-ordinate Operational Strategies for Power Production
  • Perform Risk Analysis of Generation Plant
  • Monitor the Implementation of the Enterprise's Production/Maintenance Quality Control Procedures

Please note that this Job & Training Description provides an example of the selection of non-core units. Alternative combinations of units may be selected and in some cases prerequisite units may need to be completed. For advice contact Apprenticeship Network providers or an approved Registered Training Organisation.

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This occupation fits generally with these groupings

Industry Group
Electrical, Electronics & Utilities

Work Type
Analytic & Scientific
Practical & Manual

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Employment and wage data for this industry

Commencements Change

The change in Australian Apprenticeships commencements in this overall industry in the past two years. Commencements in 19/20: 4

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 18/09/2020. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Employment

Australian Apprentice graduates from this overall industry in employment (in any industry).

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2019, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Wage

Average wage of Australian Apprentice graduates from this overall industry employed full-time after training.

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2019, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Industry Growth

Growth in employment in this overall industry in the past 5 years. *Pre COVID-19 data

Source: Department of Education, Skills and Employment, 2019. AATIS analysis.

Industry Size

The number of employees in this overall industry compared with other Australian industries. *Pre COVID-19 data

Source: Department of Education, Skills and Employment, 2019. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

Average wage of employees in this overall industry. *Pre COVID-19 data

Source: Department of Education, Skills and Employment, 2019. AATIS analysis.

Availability Information and More Details

Unit Controller (Coal) - UEP40212
Full Time

(Nominal Duration)

48 mths
Part Time
Commencements 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Classification * T
Availability of Australian Apprenticeships and Nominal Duration (in months)

A = identified by the State or Territory as an Apprenticeship

T = identified by the State or Territory as a Traineeship

* = An approved qualification in Tasmania is available as an Apprenticeship/Traineeship.

A Qualification registered by a State or Territory as available as an Australian Apprenticeship may not be eligible for public funding support, check with the relevant State or Territory Training Authority.

Nominal durations listed are for full time occupations, stated in months. In some cases nominal durations provided may not include the completion of pre-requisites. This data is sourced from State and Territory Training Authorities and is provided for information only and must be confirmed with these authorities.


Commencement data source: National Apprentices and Trainees collection, VOCSTATS, extracted 17/09/2020, rounded estimates for Apr 2019 to Mar 2020. This data is for general information purposes only.

Australian School-based Apprenticeships (ASbA)

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ANZSCO Classification: 399213

Note: This is an indicative Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) classification for this occupation, provided as a guide only. Apprenticeship Network providers should refer to DET guidelines regarding ANZSCO codes.

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