Forest Harvesting Optimisation Project

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Case for change

This project will look at updating units of competency in line with current forest harvesting optimisation technology and the impact on processes.

Training Package Projects are established only when a Case For Change has been approved by the Australian Industry Skills Committee (AISC), in line with the National Schedule. Following this approval, Skills Impact and the IRC take the Training Package Project through a process that adheres to the 2012 Standards for Training Package Development.

Download the case for change

Project overview

Project Scope

The project involves the following two components:

  1. Modifications to 13 relevant harvesting units of competency from the FWP – Forest and Wood Products Training Package to incorporate best practice principles in forest harvest operations.
  2. Development of a new unit of competency in the FWP Forest and Wood Products Training Package covering the use and application of on board optimisation systems and computers in mechanical harvesting.

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Timeline

Jan-Feb 2017
Undertake desktop analysis to identify possible gaps in relevant training package components

Apr-May 2017
Undertake 1st stage of consultation with Technical Advisory Committee; Update / develop draft training package components; Undertake 2nd stage of consultation with Technical Advisory Committee; Brief Industry Reference Committee on the draft components

Jul 2017
Undertake consultation with broader stakeholder group; Obtain sign-off from Industry Reference Committee

Aug-Sep 2017
Prepare draft Case for Endorsement; Update Implementation Guide; Undertake editorial and equity report; Undertake QA process; Circulate to State Training Authorities

Oct 2017
Submit to AISC for endorsement

Nov 2017
Upload to training.gov.au

 

Methodology
  1. Expertise input and consultation
  2. Training Package component drafting
  3. Industry validation
  4. Independent quality assurance and access and equity review
  5. Industry Reference Committee (IRC) Sign-off
  6. Submission for endorsement to the AISC

 

Project Team

Georgiana Daian, Research and Project Manager, Skills Impact gdaian@skillsimpact.com.au

Antoinette Hewitt, Training Package Project Manager, Skills Impact

Ruth Geldard, Training Package Specialist, ForestWorks

Helen Foote, Training Package Development Manager, Skills Impact

 

Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Membership
Adan Taylor GMT Logging
Andrew Sanderson Forestry Corporation of NSW
Chris Phillips Hancock Victorian Plantations
Colin McCulloch ARBRE training hub / Kevin Morgan Group
Damian Walsh Margules Groom Consulting
Gavin Dohnt LV Dohnt
Ian Reid Austimber
Martin Crevatin PF Olsen (Australia)
Wayne Miller Plantation Harvesting

Development

Thank you to those who provided feedback on the draft units of competency and skill sets. The drafts were made available on the Skills Impact website from 2 June – 30 July.

The feedback will inform the work on the final drafts which will be available for industry validation late July.

The draft units and skill sets that are under review are listed below.

Feedback was sought on the content of 10 proposed new units, 12 improved existing units and the structure of 2 new skill sets, to ensure they reflect the current occupational skills needs of industry.

 

 

Based on recommendations by the TAC, new units of competency are being developed to provide an integrated approach to training machine operators for efficiency in saw log production. These include:

  • 8 new machine operator units, which also cover process optimisation and productivity for saw log production. New skill requirements include approaches to minimise log damage, use of GPS systems, segregation and stacking, product identification, presentation of logs and knowledge of log quality characteristics.
  • 2 new units for the use of on-board computers for single grip harvester and forwarder.
FWPHAR3XXX Operate feller buncher for optimised saw log production processes
FWPHAR3XXX Operate single grip harvester for optimised saw log production processes
FWPHAR3XXX Operate forwarder for optimised saw log production processes
FWPHAR3XXX Operate crawler tractor for optimised saw log production processes
FWPHAR3XXX Operate skidder for optimised saw log production processes
FWPHAR3XXX Operate yarder for optimised saw log production processes
FWPHAR3XXX Operate excavator with log grapple for optimised saw log production processes
FWPHAR3XXX Operate loader for optimised saw log production processes
FWPHARXXXX Use on-board computer systems for single grip harvester
FWPHARXXXX Use on-board computer systems for forwarder

 

FWPHAR3207 Operate feller buncher
FWPHAR3214 Operate single grip harvester
FWPHAR3206 Operate forwarder
FWPHAR3216 Operate crawler tractor
FWPHAR3217 Operate skidder
FWPHAR3211 Operate yarder
FWPHAR3219 Operate excavator with log grapple
FWPHAR3218 Operate loader
FWPCOT2223 Segregate and sort logs
FWPCOT3223 Grade and mark logs
FWPHAR3210 Conduct mechanical processor operations
FWPCOT2226 Debark logs mechanically

 

The following new skills sets have been recommended.

Skills set name Units within skill set
FWPSSXXXXX Skill set for saw log production optimisation using a single grip harvester
  • FWPHAR3XXX Operate single grip harvester for optimised saw log production processes
  • FWPHAR3XXX Use on-board computer for single grip harvester
FWPSSXXXXX Skill set saw log production optimisation using a forwarder
  • FWPHAR3XXX Operate forwarder for optimised saw log production processes
  • FWPHAR3XXX Use on-board computer for forwarder

Existing unit, FWPHAR3208 Conduct boom delimber operations, has been proposed for deletion as the technology is no longer used in Australia.

 

Potential New Project

Please note that the need to develop the following new units and skill sets was identified during the development phase of this project. This additional work has been documented in the Issues Register and will be considered by the Industry Reference Committee to become a potential new project in the future.

  • 3 new units for wood chipping operations
    • Operate excavator with log grapples for feeding logs into mobile chipper
    • Operate a heavy production flail and chipper combination
    • Operate a flail debarker
  • 1 new skill set for in-field chipping
  • 1 new skill set for cable logging

 

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By registering your interest, you will be informed of project updates and when draft materials are available for feedback.

Validation

Thank you to those who participated in the validation process for the final draft units of competency. The consultation period for this validation stage of the project is now closed.

The final drafts have been forwarded to the Forest Management and Harvesting Industry Reference Committee (IRC) for sign off. After final quality assurance of the drafts, they will be submitted to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) to consider and approve for publication on training.gov.au

Validation means checking and confirming that the units are logical and factually accurate. Industry views were sought on whether the final draft units of competency reflected the current occupational skill standards and needs of industry. The final draft units that were available for industry validation are listed below. A summary of the feedback that was received during the consultation period between 2 June – 30 July and a description of its consideration and application in the final drafts can also downloaded below, along with a summary of the changes that have been made to existing units of competency.

The 2 new units below cover skills required for the use of on-board computers for single grip harvester and forwarder.

Feedback from industry was that there was no need to have separate units for operating harvesting machines for saw log and pulp log production. Machine operator units were updated to cover the various skills in optimisation, which include approaches to minimise log damage, segregation and stacking, product identification, presentation of logs and knowledge of log quality characteristics. The Technical Advisory Committee agreed and supported the solution to describe optimisation requirements in terms of meeting ‘production plan requirements’ or ‘production systems’, whether it is for sawlog or pulp log production.

FWPHAR3223 Use on-board computer systems for single grip harvester Download final draft unit
FWPHAR3222 Use on-board computer systems for forwarder Download final draft unit

 

FWPHAR3226 Operate feller buncher Download final draft unit
FWPHAR3229 Operate single grip harvester Download final draft unit
FWPHAR3227 Operate forwarder Download final draft unit
FWPHAR3224 Operate crawler tractor Download final draft unit
FWPHAR3230 Operate skidder Download final draft unit
FWPHAR3231 Operate yarder Download final draft unit
FWPHAR3225 Operate excavator with log grapple Download final draft unit
FWPHAR3228 Operate loader Download final draft unit
FWPCOT2223 Segregate and sort logs Download final draft unit
FWPCOT3223 Grade and mark logs Download final draft unit
FWPHAR3210 Conduct mechanical processor operations Download final draft unit
FWPCOT2226 Debark logs mechanically Download final draft unit

 

Feedback from industry during the development stage has been that there is no longer a need for new skill sets, because it would be a duplication of the existing FWPSS00019 Skill set for a single grip harvester operator and FWPSS00013 Skill set for a forwarder operator. The two existing skill sets will be updated with the revised machine operator units.

 

Existing unit, FWPHAR3208 Conduct boom delimber operations, has been proposed for deletion as the technology is no longer used in Australia.

 

 

 

Register your interest in the project

By registering your interest, you will be informed of project updates.

 

Potential New Project

Please note that the need to develop the following new units and skill sets was identified during the development phase of this project. This additional work has been documented in the Issues Register and will be considered by the Industry Reference Committee to become a potential new project in the future.

  • 1 new unit for technicians programming the cutting instruction files
  • 1 new unit for operating an excavator with log grapple for debarking
  • 3 new units for wood chipping operations
    • Operate excavator with log grapples for feeding logs into mobile chipper
    • Operate a heavy production flail and chipper combination
    • Operate a flail debarker
  • 1 new skill set for in-field chipping
  • 1 new skill set for cable logging
  • new units for fatigue management (fit for work) in forestry and harvesting operations.

 

Finalisation

This stage has not yet commenced

Release

This stage has not yet commenced