Certificate IV in Manufacturing Technology – MSA40108

Course Overview

The Certificate IV in Manufacturing Technology (MSA40108) provides the skills needed to improve efficiency in a person’s own work role or the efficiency of a team or work area. It complements but does not duplicate qualifications supplying operational, production, maintenance, logistics, administration or other technical skills to industry.

The skills in this qualification are often known in industry under a variety of titles many of which relate to manufacturing. The most common term is lean manufacturing. However, other names for some of the system skills and techniques include agile manufacturing, lean operations, six sigma and lean six sigma.

Course Outcome

Lead and mentored by group members undertaking a Diploma level qualification, students will assist in scoping business improvement projects and utilising a team of Certificate III participants in implementing change and inspiring a Lean culture within the workplace. Certificate IV level participants will develop an understanding of applying a continuous improvement strategy to achieve operational excellence through Lean Six Sigma. Participants will gain intermediate skills of what Lean Six Sigma principles have on offer. Participants will achieve an understanding in implementing the following Lean Six Sigma concepts:

  • The 8 Wastes
  • Kaizen/Process Improvement
  • Visual Management
  • Standardisation
  • Team Work
  • TAKT Time
  • Problem Solving Tools and Techniques
  • Six-Sigma (Introduction)
  • Root Cause Analysis
  • Waste Reduction
  • 5S
  • Perfect Quality
  • Value Stream Mapping
  • Pull Systems
  • Kanban Systems
  • DMAIC
  • 5 Why/Fishbone Diagrams

Course Progression

Upon completion, Certificate IV participants who fast develop the natural ability in building an internal continuous improvement capability that will foster benefits in the long run may be upskilled to a Diploma of Competitive Systems and Practices and step up to the challenge of leading and planning Lean Six Sigma projects within their organisation.

Course Outline

To be awarded the Certificate IV in Manufacturing Technology (MSA40108), students must demonstrate competency with a minimum successful outcome of sixteen units. Students will work towards achieving tangible outcomes through a series of workplace based activities and assessments in line with participating in group projects aimed to have a significant positive impact on the business and their day-to-day work processes.

Core Units:

  • MEM30012A
    Apply mathematical techniques in a manufacturing, engineering or related environment
  • MSS402051A
    Apply quality standards
  • MEM16008A
    Interact with computing technology
  • MSAENV272B
    Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

Elective Units:

  • MEM16006A
    Organise and communicate information
  • MSS402030A
    Apply Cost Factors to work practices
  • MSS403034
    Organise products into groups
  • MSS403084
    Improve changeovers
  • MSS402001A
    Apply competitive systems and practices
  • MSS403051
    Mistake proof an operational process
  • MEM30015A
    Develop recommendations for basic set up time improvements
  • MEM30016A
    Assist in the analysis of a supply chain
  • MSS402020A
    Apply quick changeover procedures
  • MSS402080A
    Undertake root cause analysis
  • MSS402002A
    Sustain Process Improvements
  • MSS403002A
    Ensure process improvements are sustained
  • MEM30020A
    Develop and manage a plan for a simple manufacturing related project
  • MSS403030A
    Improve Cost Factors in work practices
  • MSS404053
    Use DMAIC techniques
  • MSS402050
    Monitor process capability
  • MEM30024A
    Participate in quality assurance techniques
  • MEM15001B
    Perform basic statistical quality control