You will learn how to:
- maintain personal safety, contribute to the safety of others, and comply with the health and safety requirements of an operator in an energy or chemical plant context
- comply with standard operating procedures in an energy and chemical plant
- operate and monitor the performance of a basic range of plant and equipment used in energy.
Energy Skills Aotearoa
This programme has been developed with support from Energy Skills Aotearoa representing the energy industry. Energy Skills is committed to attracting, promoting and developing talent for the New Zealand Energy industry.
Programme Specific Information
Develop the skills and abilities to the level required by the energy industry for entry-level employment as process operators.
When you graduate you will be able to operate plant and machinery within an energy or chemical plant context, under limited supervision. You may also be able to apply these skills under limited supervision in roles across a wide range of manufacturing fields.
This programme is delivered in partnership with Energy Skills NZ and industry and offers work placement-based training in a range of energy-related industries.
- NCEA Level 2 which must include 12 or more credits from the science domain and NCEA Level 1 Literacy and Numeracy requirements, or
- Equivalent knowledge, skills, work experience or study.
Special entry criteria
Additional to academic entry requirements applicants will also be required to provide two written referee reports, medical conditions disclosure and a criminal check. If shortlisted applicants will also be required to attend an industry interview and provide a drug free test. Drug free tests are at the cost of the student.
Graduates of this programme may gain employment as entry-level operators in an energy or chemical plant and graduates can pathway to the New Zealand Certificate in Energy and Chemical Operations (Boiler Operation) (Level 3) and/or the New Zealand Certificate in Energy and Chemical Field Operations (Level 4) with strands in Process Plant Equipment, Steam Plant, Geothermal Operation, Petrochemical Operation and Petrochemical Transfer and Storage.
Ballance Process Operator Melanie has just bought her first house at 25 years of age, thanks in part to her step into an operator role in the energy industry three years ago.
Initially, Melanie capitalised on her interest in science and began her career in the laboratory at Ballance Kapuni. She became interested in what changes influenced the results she saw in the lab, so she spent time learning from operators on the plant about the process and their responsibilities. This led her back to the classroom to complete the process operator training programme at WITT Te Pūkenga in 2019.
Melanie’s first role as an operator took her north to Whangarei where she worked for Refining NZ after having done a work placement there as part of the course. Changes at Refining NZ’s operation, brought Melanie back home and back to Ballance, but this time in an operator role.
Certificate in Energy Process Operations (Level 3)
Further Study Options
- New Zealand Certificate in Workplace Health and Safety Practice (Level 4).
- New Zealand Certificate in Energy and Chemical Operations (Boiler Operation) (Level 3) and/or the New Zealand Certificate in Energy and Chemical Field Operations (Level 4) with strands in Process Plant Equipment, Steam Plant, Geothermal Operation, Petrochemical Operation and Petrochemical Transfer and Storage.
Assorted stationery, pens, paper, calculator and ring binder to the value of $40.
Learners will also be required to purchase their own boots to a specific standard (approximate cost $300), which will be advised in the second week of the course. All other PPE gear required will be provided.