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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate basic knowledge of pneumatic components 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
244691  Demonstrate basic knowledge of pneumatic components 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Generic Manufacturing, Engineering, Technology 
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 2  NQF Level 02 
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 
The skills, values and knowledge reflected in this unit standard are required by people in the field of fluid power engineering who are required to understand the operation of basic pneumatic components and be able to relate the operation in a pneumatic system. The learning outcomes in this unit standard contribute to the exit level outcomes required for an NQF Level 2 Qualification.

Persons credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Explain the operation of basic air service components.
  • Explain the operation of pneumatic valves.
  • Explain the operation of pneumatic actuators.
  • Explain the operation of pneumatic accessories. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The credit calculation is based on the assumption that a person is already competent in terms of the following outcomes when starting to learn toward this unit standard.
  • Assemble mechanical components.
  • Read and interpret engineering drawings. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Specific range statements are provided in the body of the unit standard where they apply to particular specific outcomes or assessment criteria. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain the operation of basic air service components. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Basic air service components includes filters, regulators and lubricators (FRL). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Component symbols are identified from a circuit diagram in accordance with ISO 1219. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Components are identified based on physical characteristics and appearance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Graphical representation of symbols is explained in terms of the relationship to the component. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Port numbering, flow direction and function.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The functionality of components is explained in terms of their operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The operation of the components is explained in relation to the function they perform in the system. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Explain the operation of pneumatic valves. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Valve types (glandless, soft seal, poppet), In-line & sub-base mounted, valve configuration (2/2, 3/2, 5/2, 5/3), valve operators (pilot, solenoid, mechanical & manual). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Component symbols are identified from a circuit diagram in accordance with ISO 1219. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Representation of symbols is explained in terms of the relationship to the component. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Port numbering, flow direction, actuation and function.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The functionality of components is explained in terms of their operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The operation of the components is explained in relation to the function they perform in the system. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Mechanical mounting interfaces of valves are recognised in terms of international standards. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Explain the operation of pneumatic actuators. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Actuator types include rotary, linear, compact, rod-less, guided, grippers. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Component symbols are identified from a circuit diagram in accordance with ISO 1219. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Representation of symbols is explained in terms of the relationship to the component. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Port numbering, flow direction and function.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The functionality of components is explained in terms of their operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The operation of the components is explained in relation to the function they perform in the system. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Mechanical mounting interfaces of actuators are recognised in terms of international standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The forces produced by an actuator are calculated in accordance with fluid physics. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Explain the operation of pneumatic accessories. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    These include quick exhaust valves, flow controls, check & pilot operated check valves, function valves ("OR", "AND", "NOT") soft start valves, lock out valves, velocity fuses and fittings (push-on, push-in and compres. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Component symbols are identified from a circuit diagram in accordance with ISO 1219. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Representation of symbols is explained in terms of the relationship to the component. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The functionality of components is explained in terms of their operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The operation of the components is explained in relation to the function they perform in the system. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA by SAQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Essential embedded knowledge will be assessed through assessment of the specific outcomes in terms of the stipulated assessment criteria. Candidates are unlikely to achieve all the specific outcomes, to the standards described in the assessment criteria, without knowledge of the listed embedded knowledge. This means that for the most part, the possession or lack of the knowledge can be directly inferred from the quality of the candidate's performance. Where direct assessment of knowledge is required, assessment criteria have been included in the body of the unit standard.

    The following embedded knowledge is addressed in an integrated way in the unit standard:
  • Understanding and interpreting the operation and use for pneumatic components.
  • The selection and integration of components to form control circuits.
  • The relationship between the various components in a system.
  • How to identify pneumatic components based on their physical appearance and their graphical symbol to ISO 1219.
  • Safe use of pneumatic components. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems and make decisions using critical and creative thinking.

    Note:
  • This outcome is not met in this unit standard. 

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

    Note:
  • This outcome is not met in this unit standard. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively.

    Note:
  • The ability to research, store and retrieve product information. 

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

    Note:
  • This outcome is not met in this unit standard. 

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

    Note:
  • Use visual aids and written descriptions to explain the operation of components. 

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

    Note:
  • This outcome is not met in this unit standard. 

  • 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.

    Note:
  • The ability of the candidate to integrate the various inputs into an operational system. 

  • 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 
    Terminology:

    The terminology used in this unit standard is in accordance with general engineering practices.

    Notes to Assessors

    Assessors should keep the following principles in mind when designing and conducting assessments against this unit standard:
  • Focus the assessment activities on gathering evidence in terms of the main outcome expressed in the title to ensure assessment is integrated rather than fragmented. Remember we want to declare the person competent in terms of the title. Where assessment at title level is unmanageable, then focus assessment around each specific outcome, or groups of specific outcomes.
  • Make sure evidence is gathered across the entire range, wherever it applies. Assessment activities should be as close to the real performance as possible, and where simulations or role-plays are used, there should be supporting evidence to show the candidate is able to perform in the real situation.
  • Do not focus the assessment activities on each assessment criterion. Rather make sure the assessment activities focus on outcomes and are sufficient to enable evidence to be gathered around all the assessment criteria.
  • The assessment criteria provide the specifications against which assessment judgements should be made. In most cases, knowledge can be inferred from the quality of the performances, but in other cases, knowledge and understanding will have to be tested through questioning techniques. Where this is required, there will be assessment criteria to specify the standard required.
  • The task of the assessor is to gather sufficient evidence, of the prescribed type and quality, as specified in this unit standard, that the candidate can achieve the outcomes again and again and again. This means assessors will have to judge how many repeat performances are required before they believe the performance is reproducible.
  • All assessments should be conducted in line with the following well documented principles of assessment: appropriateness, fairness, manageability, integration into work or learning, validity, direct, authentic, sufficient, systematic, open and consistent. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  78523   National Certificate: Automotive Repair and Maintenance  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  59689   National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  49795   National Certificate: Rail Construction and Maintenance  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  TETA 


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