Dams

The following units relate to dam operations and can be undertaken individually or as a package to suit your needs. Please contact us if you would like to discuss this further.


NWP207A Work effectively in the water industry

This unit is designed to introduce new starters to the water industry.of competency describes the outcomes required to working effectively in the water industry. The unit provides an overview of the industry and how their organisation fits in and links to the community.

NWP208A Perform basic wastewater tests

This unit is designed to provide the skills and knowledge for operators working at wastewater treatment plants to conduct the routine tests required of new starters

NWP209B Use maps, plans, drawings and specifications

This unit is designed to provide the skills and knowledge for operators to read and interpret maps, plans, drawings and specifications that relate to their workplace.

NWP211B Use computerised systems

This unit is designed to provide the skill and knowldge for operators to utilise the computer systems of their organisation. The unit focus on the intranet, SCADA, maintenance systems and basic word processing and spreadsheets.

NWP218B Perform sampling

This unit is designed to provide the skills and knowledge required of new operators to collect, store and send off routine water samples. The unit can be used for people who work in urban and irrigation systems as well as dams.

NWP227B Control vegetation on the organisation’s site

This unit is designed to provide the skills and knowledge required to control vegetation on the organisation’s site by inspection, identification and treatment of weeds, plants and shrubs. The ability to safely plan and undertake the work, including the safe handling of chemicals and equipment, is vital to successful performance.

NWP240B Inspect and report catchment and surrounding areas

This unit is designed to provide the skills and knowledge required to inspect and report on surface catchment areas and associated rivers, lakes, water bodies, dams, water storages and groundwater areas to identify potential risks to the water quality, the environment and the public. The ability to apply organisational procedures identifies and record unusual activities or events, apply relevant control measures and report outcomes are required skills.

NWP241B Inspect and maintain basic dams and water storages
This unit of competency describes the outcomes required to undertake basic inspection of dams and water storages and to conduct routine maintenance according to organisational maintenance plans and manufacturer specifications.

NWP247A Maintain catchment and surrounding areas

This unit is designed to provide the skills and knowledge required to maintain surface catchment areas and associated rivers, lakes, water bodies, dams, water storages and groundwater areas in a manner that meets organisational standards and contributes to the maintenance of water quality, the protection of the environment and the public. The ability to apply organisational procedures, apply procedures to maintain environmental conditions, undertake maintenance and report outcomes are required skills.

NWP259B Operate, monitor and conduct minor maintenance on pump stations

This unit is designed to provide the skills and knowledge required to operate and maintain pump stations in water and wastewater systems, according to organisational operating procedures. This unit supports field staff with a specific responsibility for ensuring that pump stations operate according to organisational requirements. This may include minor maintenance tasks such as gland adjustment, packing replacement and the replacement of some fittings.

NWP300B Provide and promote customer service

This unit is designed to provide the skills and knowledge required for members of the workforce to respond effectively to the needs of internal and external customers by the application of the organisation’s standards and processes. The ability to solve problems, communicate effectively and seek opportunities to improve service to customers are essential to performance.

NWP319A Monitor and Control Dam Operations

This unit is designed to provide the skills and knowledge required to monitor and control major dams operations including regulation of water through the dam. This unit supports field and operational staff with a specific responsibility for the operation of dams and other water storage assets without gated spillways

NWP320B Monitor and implement dam maintenance

This unit is designed to provide the skills and knowledge required to conduct inspections of dams and implement dam maintenance programs, including maintenance of dam safety mechanisms. The ability to interpret technical documentation, investigate and resolve maintenance problems and to collect and analyse technical information are essential to performance. This unit supports field and operational staff with a specific responsibility for the maintenance of (ungated) dams.

NWP323B Monitor and coordinate catchment operations

This unit is designed to provide the skills and knowledge required to inspect and monitor catchment areas, monitor flows and coordinate catchment processes. The ability to collect data and samples, monitor and adjust regulatory systems, identify and investigate catchment problems and produce technical reports are are essential to performance. This unit supports field staff with a specific responsibility for monitoring and coordinating catchment operations. The level of responsibility may vary according to the size and complexity of the catchment area.

NWP327A Inspect and report on concrete dam safety

This unit is designed to provide the skills and knowledge required to plan, implement and report on concrete and masonry dam safety inspection. This requires the operator to conduct routine visual inspection, capture and report dam condition and faults in dams. Dam safety operators should be aware of the damage potential of the dam and be able to recognise and report deficiencies, or adverse trends that could lead to failure. This unit supports operators with responsibility for the inspection of concrete dams and reporting of faults or trends.

NWP328A Inspect and report on embankment dam safety

This unit is designed to provide the skills and knowledge required to plan, implement and report on embankment dam safety inspection. This requires the operator to conduct routine visual inspection, capture and report dam condition and faults in dams constructed primarily from earth and rock materials. Dam safety operators should be aware of the damage potential of the dam and be able to recognise and report deficiencies, or adverse trends that could lead to failure. This unit supports operators with responsibility for the inspection of embankment dams and reporting of faults or trends.

NWP416B Coordinate and monitor water storage catchment activities

This unit is designed to provide the skills and knowledge required for the coordination and monitoring of activities in water storage catchments that impact on water yield and/or quality. This unit supports staff with a specific responsibility for ensuring that storage catchment activities comply with organisational and statutory requirements. The level of responsibility may vary according to the size, scope and complexity of the catchment area system.

NWP419B Coordinate and monitor river system usage

This unit is designed to provide the skills and knowledge required to monitor and coordinate the operation of river systems and measure and report on river flows, including flood plains and the river environment.  This unit supports staff with a specific responsibility for ensuring that river system usage complies with organisational and statutory requirements.

NWP432A Contribute to continuous improvement of quality systems

This unit is designed to provide the skills and knowledge required to understand tand implement quality systems in the water industry and to identify opportunites for improvement in quality outcomes for the organisation. The unit supports water industry technicians or supervisors with a responsibility for the implementation of quality systems.