Qualification Overview

Qualification Title New Zealand Certificate in Dairy Systems (Engineering) (Level 4) with strands in Milking Systems, and Pumping Systems
Qualification Type Certificate
Level 4
Credits 210
Subject Area
  • Engineering and Related Technologies » Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and Technology » Mechanical Engineering
Strategic Purpose Statement
The purpose of this qualification is to provide the agricultural industry with tradespeople who have the multi-disciplinary knowledge and skills required to independently plan and specify, install, perform diagnostics on, and maintain milk harvesting and/or water and effluent systems.
Graduates will work in accordance with New Zealand industry standards and the relevant legislation, including those relating to health and safety, and the environment.
Whilst largely engineering-based, this qualification crosses over multiple disciplines to meet the needs of this unique niche industry.
It will typically be achieved in a workplace environment as a New Zealand apprenticeship.
Graduate profile
Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

- Apply knowledge of engineering equipment, metals and materials to perform mechanical engineering fabrication and welding tasks when installing, servicing, repairing and maintaining milk harvesting and/or water and effluent systems.
- Apply knowledge of hydraulic and pneumatic principles and components, and the relative merits of each, when working with plant and equipment associated with milk harvesting and/or water and effluent systems.
- Apply knowledge of relevant legislation, New Zealand industry standards, and requirements of the Electrical Workers Registration Board, supported by knowledge of workplace health and safety requirements, when carrying out all aspects of dairy engineering work.

Graduates of the Milking Systems strand will also be able to:
- Apply knowledge of the design, planning, installation, diagnostics, repair, servicing and maintenance of milk harvesting systems to inform and guide all aspects of dairy engineering work.
- Apply knowledge of the impacts of design and operation of milk harvesting systems dairy animal behaviour, health and wellbeing, when carrying out dairy engineering work.
- Apply knowledge of the principles and importance of cooling, cleaning, water quality and the transporting of milk from teat to point of collection, when carrying out dairy engineering work.
- Install a milk harvesting system, test it to current regulatory standards, commission it and complete the handover to the customer.
- Carry out diagnostic, repair, servicing, testing and maintenance work, including planning, specifying, assembling and disassembling components.
- Carry out advanced trouble shooting and diagnostics on milk quality and harvesting systems and provide advice to the customer on solutions.

Graduates of the Pumping Systems strand will also be able to:
- Assess water sources and calculate water requirements for stock water, dairy shed consumption and irrigation.
- Apply knowledge of pipe hydraulics, the design, operation and maintenance of rural water and dairy effluent systems, including complex branched systems, to the selection, layout design and installation of pipes.
- Install a farm water reticulation or effluent system, test it to current accepted industry standards, commission it and complete the handover to the customer.
- Assemble and disassemble pumping, water reticulation and dairy effluent systems as part of fault finding, repair, service and maintenance work.
- Apply knowledge of the causes and risks of backflow when installing an effective backflow prevention device.
- Evaluate the requirements for the treatment of various natural water sources and determine appropriate treatment options to meet both health and legislative requirements.
- Identify hazards and safety requirements when dealing with both water reticulation and dairy effluent systems, particularly around sumps and ponds.
Education pathways
This is a standalone qualification.
The New Zealand Milking and Pumping Trade Association (NZMPTA) offer short courses for those wanting to attain further advancement.
Employment pathways
Graduates of the Milking Systems Strand will be equipped to work as a milking systems technician, planning and specifying, installing, repairing and maintaining milk harvesting systems in the dairy sector.
Graduates of the Pumping Systems Strand will be equipped to work as a pumping systems technician, designing, installing, repairing and maintaining water reticulation systems, water and farm dairy effluent systems, irrigation systems and pumping systems in the agricultural industry.
Graduates may also be able to work in other sectors that are seeking to employ technicians with the multi-disciplined skills acquired in this qualification, however they are excluded from:
- carrying out work requiring a registered electrician
- sanitary plumbing or drainlaying work that is required to be undertaken by a registered plumber/drainlayer.
With further development of management, business administration and project management competencies, graduates may have the business skills to enable them to operate their own business within the industry.To find out more about employment opportunities click on the CareersNZ logo, then the provider who offers this qualification.
Entry Requirements
N/A
Education Organisation Competenz
Developed By Competenz
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 2561
Status Current
Created November 2014
Next Review December 2024
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