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Milking Machines Technicians Course


From Certificate IV in Agriculture - AHC40116

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Milking Machines Technicians Course SA4MMTTC22

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Course Overview

The Milking Machine Technicians Course includes the skills and knowledge required to mechanically test milking machines, to carry out minor service of milking equipment, analyse and interpret data, and complete a milking machine test report using ISO standards.

The course applies to Technicians and Dairy Farm Workers who test, service and repair milking machine components. Milking machines must be well maintained and tested annually in accordance with ISO 6690:2007 by a technician trained in that standard.

The accredited course is a requirement for HACCAP Food safety plans for farm compliance. Successful completion will enable graduates to be registered on Dairy Australia's Countdown website as an accredited Technician.

Course study units:

  • AHCMKH305 Mechanically test milking machines
  • AHCMKH301 Carry out minor service of milking equipment
  • AHCAGB405 Analyse and interpret production data

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

We've had to make adjustments to how our courses are delivered due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19. This means that we're currently offering a combination of delivery modes including online and flexible learning and, where we can, on-campus classes with strict social distancing in place.

Course Dates & Times

Online Campus

Blended - Online - Open from 17th January / 2022

1. Full Fee

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Please note all fees and charges are correct at time of publication for 2021 and may change without notice.

Material fees cover costs associated with the following where applicable, and not limited to:

  • Classroom activity consumables, handouts and booklets
  • E-Learning resources and associated license access fees
  • Excursions

Additionally some courses require students to purchase or supply text books, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session or during the pre-training review Interview.

Further details on fees available

All applicants will be interviewed during a Pre-training Review to ensure the course suits their needs and aspirations, and that they are likely to complete the course successfully. This will include a language, literacy and numeracy evaluation.

Core Units
Analyse and interpret production data
Carry out minor service of milking equipment
Mechanically test milking machines

The learner will require access to the following equipment to undertake practical tasks:

  1. Air Flow Meter. Ideally, the capacity should be at least 3,000L/minF. The meter used for measuring airflow shall be capable of measuring with a maximum error of 5 % of the measured value and a repeatability of 1 % of the measured value or 1 I/min of free air, whichever is the greater, over a vacuum range of 30 kPa to 60 kPa and for atmospheric pressures from 80 kPa to 105 kPa.
  2. Vacuum Gauge. Technicians need an accurate specialised vacuum gauge that is able to measure with an error of less than ± 0.6 kPa and a repeatability within ± 0.2 kPa.
  3. Vacuum Recorder. These are designed specifically to test milking machines to check pulsation characteristics and accurately check and record vacuum levels and vacuum fluctuations in various parts of a milking system. The instrument, including connection tubes, used for measuring pulsation characteristics shall measure with an error of less than ± 1 pulse/min for the pulsation rate and with an error of less than ± 1 unit of percentage for the pulsation phases and the pulsator ratio. Vacuum accuracy is the same as for a vacuum gauge (Point 2)
  4. Teatcup plugs.
  5. Tachometer.
  6. Assorted specialised tubes and fittings such as vacuum tubes, flexible sleeves, plugs, rings, and fittings to suit a range of milking equipment.
  7. Assorted general hand tools

Kirstie Ash

Delivery of training:

  • Theory online with 3 days of practical training
  • For RPL the practical is 1 day.
  • Practical training to be undertaken across Victoria.

It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments the student may need to complete outside their normal training sessions.

Throughout the course, students are expected to complete activities whilst in the workplace under the guidance/supervisor of their supervisor/employer. Students are visited at a worksite by their trainer for face-to-face training and assessment.

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Please note: Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review. This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

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Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification

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