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.

Register your interest in the project

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

 

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

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

A feedback form for each draft unit can be found below. Please provide feedback before 5pm Friday 30 June.

New units of competency are being developed to provide an integrated approach to training machine operators for efficiency in saw log production, based on recommendations by the TAC.

Existing units are being reviewed and improved to reflect the current skill needs of industry and to remove barriers for assessment.

Two new skills sets have also been recommended.

Deletion of one existing unit has been proposed as the technology is no longer used in Australia.

How to Provide Feedback

For the draft units, please download the individual feedback form for each draft unit that you would like to review. Content from the draft unit is included in these forms, along with some specific questions for your feedback.

After you have read the draft content, provided your feedback via track-changes and/or answered specific questions, please save the document and email it to gdaian@forestworks.com.au

For the draft skill sets, please submit any feedback or comments about the structure of these draft skill sets to this same email address.

You are welcome to provide feedback on as many of the units and skill sets you would like. Please also feel free to share these drafts with colleagues who may be interested in providing feedback.

The feedback will inform the work on the final draft units and skill sets which will be available for industry validation in late July.

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 Download feedback form
FWPHAR3XXX Operate single grip harvester for optimised saw log production processes Download feedback form
FWPHAR3XXX Operate forwarder for optimised saw log production processes Download feedback form
FWPHAR3XXX Operate crawler tractor for optimised saw log production processes Download feedback form
FWPHAR3XXX Operate skidder for optimised saw log production processes Download feedback form
FWPHAR3XXX Operate yarder for optimised saw log production processes Download feedback form
FWPHAR3XXX Operate excavator with log grapple for optimised saw log production processes Download feedback form
FWPHAR3XXX Operate loader for optimised saw log production processes Download feedback form
FWPHARXXXX Use on-board computer systems for single grip harvester Download feedback form
FWPHARXXXX Use on-board computer systems for forwarder Download feedback form

*Please contact us if you are having any problems accessing or using the feedback form.

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

*Please contact us if you are having any problems accessing or using the feedback form.

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

If you would like to provide comment or feedback about the structure of these skill sets please contact Georgiana Daian, Research and Project Manager, gdaian@forestworks.com.au; 03 9321 3526.

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

If you would like to provide comment or feedback about this please contact Georgiana Daian, Research and Project Manager, gdaian@forestworks.com.au; 03 9321 3526.

 

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

 

Register your interest in the project

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

Validation

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Finalisation

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Release

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