Course Title: Operate wet cleaning machines

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2017

Course Code: MANU7427C

Course Title: Operate wet cleaning machines

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C3395 - Certificate III in Dry Cleaning Operations

Course Contact: Peter Bonnell

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99259171

Course Contact Email:

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Nominal Hours: 60

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

In this course you will acquire the skills and knowledge required to load articles into water-based cleaning machines, monitor procedures and process to specifications and quality requirements.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSTDC2005 Operate wet cleaning machines


1 Determine job requirements

Performance Criteria:


Follow standard operating procedures (SOPs)


Comply with work health and safety (WHS) requirements at all times


Use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) in accordance with SOPs


Identify job requirements from specifications, drawings, job sheets or work instructions


2 Prepare for wet cleaning

Performance Criteria:


Identify production schedule and work load priorities to plan work


Determine machine and equipment loads by weight or classification


Determine size of load by weighing and reading indicator scales


Follow wet cleaning machine operator instructions and schedules for a given process or article


Complete records according to workplace procedures and instructions


3 Operate wet cleaning machine

Performance Criteria:


Load machine with correct weight for machine according to product classification manufacturer specifications, workplace procedures and WHS practices


Determine wet cleaning program for type of wash


Select water levels and temperature for load type


Add appropriate additives to machine


Operate machine in accordance with operating instructions


Prepare additives and dosing system and monitor for correct operation and report faults


Unload articles using correct manual handling techniques


Complete records


4 Finalise and review wet cleaning

Performance Criteria:


Check machine operation for correct water, temperature and additives levels, and program operation


Report washing machine operational faults


Monitor discharge from washing machine to optimise environmental protection and waste disposal


Hang articles or sort and inspect for stains or further treatment, according to finishing requirements and quality standards


Direct articles to correct area for finishing, drying or further processing

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements. 

Details of Learning Activities

In general your training is contextualised according to the company’s production processes undertaken as a part of the trainees normal work duties.

Your tasks are selected for training and explanation of the task to be undertaken is given by the trainer and the correct procedure discussed. The task is demonstrated by the trainer and underpinning skills and knowledge are developed.

When the trainer is confident you are capable of undertaking the task safely you will then do the task. During this time your work would be monitored by the trainer and questioning and further instruction given.

You will also be given workplace based tasks and activities to complete and practice between visits. Any activities and work performed between visits are reviewed and further training is undertaken accordingly.

RMIT University learning resources are used to support your training

Teaching Schedule

In general you will be taught by 6 means within a workplace training context as follows:

1. Introduction and overview of course. Basics of skills required and course content 2 hours
2. Use of learning resources and basic skills development 2 hours
3. Workshop 6 hours
4. Complete manuals 4 hours
5. Supervised skill development to competency 44 hours
6. Consolidation of skills and assessment 2 hours

You will practice skills and understanding as a part of your workplace duties between sessions. Activities and work performed between visits are reviewed in the following session and further training is undertaken accordingly.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the course and will include activities to show theoretical understanding, practical demonstration and questioning. Full assessment briefs will be provided.

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Assessment Tasks

You will be assessed by observation as you demonstrate your ability to prepare for wet cleaning, operate and monitor a wet cleaning machine plus sort and inspect articles (you can check the performance criteria above for more details of these skills). You will be questioned for for underpinning knowledge.

Assessment Matrix

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