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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Perform and support maintenance functions 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
244094  Perform and support maintenance functions 
ORIGINATOR
Chemical Industries SGB 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Manufacturing and Assembly 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
Learners who demonstrate competence as described in the outcomes of this unit standard will be able to contribute to and support the performance of maintenance functions in a chemical processing plant.

A person credited with this unit standard is able to:
  • Understand planned maintenance, scheduled (statutory) and breakdown maintenance.
  • Communicate maintenance requirements.
  • Prepare equipment for maintenance.
  • Perform post maintenance tasks.

    This will ensure that the maintenance support functions in a processing operation is performed in accordance with procedures and accepted work practices. This competence will enhance the learner's employability and career options in all occupations where knowledge of support of maintenance in a process environment is needed. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Description of required skills:
  • National Certificate Chemical Operations NQF Level 2 or equivalent, including communication and mathematical literacy, NQF Level 2. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The context of this unit standard includes a complete process, from the point of receiving a commodity raw material to the point of supplying a commercially saleable product.
    The level assigned to this unit standard is appropriate because the process requires a wide range of cognitive skills and offers a considerable choice of solutions. A broad knowledge base incorporating some theoretical concepts, analytical interpretation of information, informed judgement and a range of sometime innovative responses to concrete but often unfamiliar problems are employed. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Understand planned maintenance, scheduled (statutory) and breakdown maintenance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The differences between planned maintenance, scheduled (statutory) maintenance and breakdown maintenance are explained in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A detailed plant inspection is performed in accordance with workplace procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The inspection includes but is not limited to identifying worn parts and maintenance tasks and listing all maintenance issues.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Historical production information is collected as required. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Historical production information is collected by discussions with colleagues and other plant operators, checking production logs and identifying high risk areas from production trends.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Historical maintenance information is collected as required. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Historical maintenance information is collected by studying the shutdown log, drawing records and checking performance, checking maintenance records and identifying high risk areas.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Communicate maintenance requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The job card is completed in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Work permit is obtained in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Pre-warning of maintenance work is given to affected area. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Feedback is obtained in terms of planned maintenance work. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Requests for special requirements and equipment are made in accordance with workplace procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Special requirements and equipment may include cranes, scaffolds, safety equipment, air blowers, harnesses and air masks.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Prepare equipment for maintenance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Mechanical isolation of equipment is demonstrated in accordance with workplace procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Mechanical isolation includes but is not limited to arranging to remove and install end blanks; swing segregation plates (figure 8s) and remove spool piece, tagging and double block and vent/bleed/flare.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Equipment is made safe in accordance with workplace procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The process of making equipment safe includes but is not limited to purging, depressurising, draining, installing temporary hoses and instrument gauges.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Electrical isolation of equipment is demonstrated in accordance with workplace procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The electrical isolation of equipment includes but is not limited to lock out, substation, disconnect cables and tagging.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Area is made safe in accordance with workplace procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Making the area safe includes but is not limited to demarcating area, informing people in the area, removing hazards, gas testing and covering drains.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Access is provided to maintenance area. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Providing access includes but is not limited to scaffolding, ladders and identification.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Perform post maintenance tasks. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Post maintenance area inspection is performed in accordance with standard workplace instructions. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The inspection includes but is not limited to checking mechanical integrity-equipment is boxed up, parts, alignment, flange alignment and housekeeping (waste, clean area).
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Ensure that the work permit is signed off. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Equipment is prepared for operation. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The preparation includes but is not limited to completing a checklist containing procedures and obtaining clearance for operation.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Shutdown report is completed in accordance with workplace procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The report includes but is not limited to communicating the situation during shift handover.
     


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An assessor, accredited with a relevant NQF Level 3 or higher qualification, will assess the learner's competency.
  • Only an assessor with at least three years experience in a process operation will assess the learner's competency.
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this Qualification must be registered as an Assessor with the relevant ETQA. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The qualifying learner understands and is able to:
  • Explain planned maintenance, scheduled (statutory) and breakdown maintenance.
  • Communicate maintenance requirements.
  • Prepare equipment for maintenance.
  • Perform post maintenance tasks. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems in which response displays that responsible decisions, using critical and creative thinking, have been made.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcomes:
  • Understand planned maintenance, scheduled (statutory) and breakdown maintenance.
  • Prepare equipment for maintenance.
  • Perform post maintenance tasks. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcomes:
  • Understand planned maintenance, scheduled (statutory) and breakdown maintenance.
  • Communicate maintenance requirements.
  • Perform post maintenance tasks. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively by using mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentations.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem solving contexts do not exist in isolation.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of the society at large.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Supplementary Information:

    Terms and definitions:
  • Standard operating procedures: The documented practice(s) defining the who, what, and when of quality activities. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  58955   National Certificate: Chemical Manufacturing  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CHIETA 
    Elective  78528   National Certificate: Chemical Operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  58537   National Certificate: Chemical Operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2009-06-17  Was CHIETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  63349   National Certificate: Molten Glass Production  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CHIETA 
    Elective  61971   National Certificate: Pulp and Paper Operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  FPMSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. Ehlanzeni TVET College 
    2. MPACT 
    3. VEB CELE & Associates (Pty) Ltd 



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