Course Title: Prepare, load and unload product on and off machine

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C3178

Course Title: Prepare, load and unload product on and off machine

Portfolio: DSC

Nominal Hours: 30.0

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.

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Brunswick Campus


320T Design (TAFE)

Face-to-Face or Workplace

Term2 2008

Course Contact: Paul Ross

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9422

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit covers the handling, loading and unloading of product on and off machines used in the printing industry.  It deals with safe handling practices, correctly identifying printing substrates, assessing the suitability of the substrate for processing, preparing the substrate and maintaining the supply of the substrate to the process.

It will also cover the correct set-up of feeder and delivery sections of a machine and the correct handling procedures for removing the product from the process.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

There are no pre-requisites for this unit, however, it is an integral part of a machine operator’s role and is delivered together with other units such as:

ICPSU203A Prepare and maintain the work area

ICPSU207A Prepare Machine for operation (basic) and

ICPSU208A Operate and monitor machines

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

ICPSU202A Prepare, load and unload product on and off machine


1. Prepare product

2. Load product onto machine

3. Unload product off machine

Learning Outcomes

Product can be identified correctly, assessed for suitability and loaded accurately onto the machine.  The addition of the product to the process is maintained to ensure efficient running at sustained production speeds.  The feeder and delivery sections of the machine are set and adjusted to ensure register, delivery and/or correct stacking of the product while maintaing the quality requirements of the job.

Paper characteristics such as; watermarks, grain direction, gsm and absorbency are identified and taken into account to meet requirements of the job.

The skills acquired on one machine should be transferable to another.  The OH&S aspects of the task such as lifting and carrying are followed accurately.

Overview of Assessment

Evidence for assessment may be gathered from assessment of the unit of competency alone or through an integrated assessment activity.

The assessment methods include:

  • practical tasks performed on a machine
  • completion of theoretical response sheets
  • correctly interpreting a work ticket as it relates to the task
  • performing calculations related to the amount of material required