Course Title: Operate wet cleaning machines

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2010

Course Code: OHTH5512C

Course Title: Operate wet cleaning machines

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C3220 - Certificate III in Dry Cleaning Operations

Course Contact : Peter Bonnell

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99259171

Course Contact

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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 and process to specifications and quality requirements.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTDC2005A Operate wet cleaning machines


1Prepare for wet cleaning

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Production schedule and work load priorities are correctly
1.2Machine and equipment loads are accurately determined by weight or classification
1.3Weighing machines are operated and size of load is determined by correctly reading indicator scales
1.4Wet cleaning schedules are followed for a given process or article
1.5Machine operator instructions are correctly followed
1.6Records are completed
1.7Workplace procedures and instruction are read and interpreted


2Operate wet cleaning machine

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Machine is loaded with correct weight for machine according
to product classification manufacturers’ specifications,
workplace procedures and OHS practices
2.2Wet cleaning program is correctly determined for type of wash
2.3Water levels and temperature are correctly selected for load type
2.4Appropriate additives are correctly added to machine
2.5Machine is operated in accordance with operating instructions
2.6Additives and dosing system are prepared and monitored for correct operation and faults reported where appropriate
2.7Articles are unloaded using correct manual handling techniques where required
2.8Records are completed
2.9Knowledge of operating processes are applied to perform required tasks


3Monitor wet cleaning machine operation

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Machine operation is checked for correct water, temperature
and additives levels and program operation
3.2Washing machine operational faults are reported
3.3Discharge from washing machine is monitored in accordance with workplace and regulatory requirements


4Sort and inspect articles

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Articles are hung or sorted and inspected for stains, further
work, etc. according to finishing requirements of the workplace
4.2Articles are directed to correct area for finishing, drying or further processing

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course you will be able to prepare for wet cleaning, operate and monitor a wet cleaning machine plus sort and inspect articles.

Details of Learning Activities

In general your training is contextualised according to the company’s production processes undertaken as a part of the trainee's 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

Not Applicable


Not Applicable

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will be in the form of observation and your ability to prepare for wet cleaning, operate and monitor a wet cleaning machine plus sort and inspect articles and by questioning for underpinning knowledge

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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