Who is this qualification designed for?
Managers, Engineering Officers and Technical Officers with full or part time responsibility for sustainability strategy, auditing and improvements in an enterprise.
The qualification may also apply to consultants, Environmental Officers, Environmental Protection Officers, Environmental Compliance Officers and others who have responsibility for auditing and improvement of the internal operations of an enterprise.
These personnel are employed by enterprises, governments, consulting and independent auditing organisations. There are some differences in the work of people inside an enterprise and those in external auditing and consulting organisations. Internal sustainability managers are likely to focus on the development of improvement strategies, internal auditing and continuous improvement systems to enhance efficiency and compliance and minimise the environmental impacts of processes.
Like all of the MSA Sustainable Operations qualifications the Diploma provides sustainability related skills and does not supply technical or engineering skills related to an organisation’s operations. It is designed to complement other qualifications that provide the underpinning technician skills. For example, if the organisation is a foundry, the knowledge and skills related to foundry operations would need to be gained through an engineering metallurgy or science qualification.
What fields do they work in?
Sustainable operations personnel work across a number of fields such as:
- Energy/water/waste auditing
- Developing strategies for measuring and minimising use of carbon emissions
- Developing strategies for measuring and minimising use of water
- Developing regulatory reports
- Establishing training and compliance regimes inside an enterprise
- Establishing energy efficiency technologies and services inside an organisation
- Water treatment, storm and wastewater management
- Resources management across the value stream
- Solid and hazardous waste management.
What is their job role?
The Diploma of Sustainable Operations is targeted at people who have responsibility for decision making and data interpretation in regards to the sustainability related performance of the operations inside an enterprise. They would normally act in close consultation with senior management, engineers and scientists and other operational managers. They would be part of the team considering the economic implications of sustainability on current and future operations of the enterprise.
The qualification can be either entry level or follow-on study from another qualification. It is for learners who have sustainability as either their primary work role or where sustainability is a major part of a broader work role. A typical work role would be a technical officer, technologist or similar in an organisation responsible for improvements in efficiency and sustainability or a specialist sustainability manager.
What kinds of work do they do?
Job tasks will vary with the organisation and the type of operations it conducts. Most personnel will use a variety of methods and instrumentation to measure a wide range of parameters such as air, water, energy, noise, material usage and wastes and pollutants. They will also need to be able to handle very large data sets and computer modelling.