Dairy Systems

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We can provide training plans, support and qualifications - tailored to your businesses specific needs.

What do we offer?

We partner with members of your industry to help recruit and build talented employees. This support includes promoting careers in your industry, identifying potential learners, and encouraging work placements.

We also ensure your industry’s qualifications continue to meet needs, support industry events like conferences and regularly celebrate your learners’ success.

When apprentices enrol, we assign them a Competenz account manager. Our account managers understand the industry and the skills learners and businesses need to gain.

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    New Zealand Certificates

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Qualifications available

Who this qualification is intended for: learners who want to complete an apprenticeship in Milking Systems

Credits: 211 duration: 36 - 42 months

Graduates will be able to:

  • apply engineering trade skills and knowledge to plan, troubleshoot, recondition, and test when maintaining and servicing a range of milk harvesting plant and equipment and provide advice to the customer on solutions
  • apply engineering trade skills and knowledge to plan, install, and test a range of milk harvesting equipment in accordance with industry and statutory standards, commission it and complete the hand over to the customer
  • apply an understanding of the relevant Health and Safety legislation and workplace safety culture to work safely and meet responsibilities in a commercial environment
  • carry out the electrical work associated with installing, maintaining, servicing and commissioning milk harvesting plant and equipment
  • apply an understanding of how the design and operation of milk harvesting systems impacts on dairy animal behaviour, health and wellbeing
  • use knowledge of engineering equipment, metals and materials to perform mechanical engineering fabrication and welding tasks when installing, servicing, repairing and maintaining milk harvesting systems
  • apply an understanding of the principles and importance of cooling, cleaning, water quality and the transporting of milk from teat to point of collection, when carrying out all aspects of their work

NZQA qualification overview

Who this qualification is intended for: learners who want to complete an apprenticeship in Pumping Systems

Credits: 210 duration: 36 - 42 months

Graduates will be able to:

  • assess water sources and calculate water requirements for stock water, dairy shed consumption and irrigation
  • apply an in-depth understanding 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 hand over to the customer
  • assemble and disassemble pumping, water reticulation and dairy effluent systems as part of fault finding, repair, service and maintenance work
  • apply an understanding 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
  • carry out the electrical work associated with installing, maintaining, servicing and commissioning milk harvesting plant and equipment

NZQA qualification overview