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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Construct, maintain and dismantle Low Voltage overhead networks 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
258936  Construct, maintain and dismantle Low Voltage overhead networks 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Electrical Engineering & Construction 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction Electrical Infrastructure Construction 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 2  NQF Level 02  10 
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 
This unit standard is for persons in the electrical Low Voltage reticulation environment.

A person credited with this unit standard will be able to do the following on Low Voltage reticulation networks:
  • Construct overhead lines.
  • Visual inspection to identify defects in support of pre-commissioning and maintenance.
  • Carry out routine maintenance.
  • Carry out repairs during normal and faulty conditions.
  • Safe dismantling of overhead lines and equipment.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of relevant construction and maintenance procedures.

    This unit standard will contribute to the full development of the learner within the electrical engineering and construction environment by providing recognition, further mobility and transportability within the field of Physical Planning and Construction. The skills, knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this unit standard are essential for social and economic transformation and upliftment within the electrical construction- and distribution environment. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learning assumed to be in place and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):

    The following knowledge, skills attitude and/or equivalent:
  • Apply and adhere to electrical safety.
  • Read & interpret electrical/network diagrams.
  • Use and care for hand tools. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Overhead line structures may include but are not limited to steel/wood/concrete poles.
  • Relevant equipment may include, but are not limited to Low Voltage pole mounted fuses, circuit breakers, surge arrestors and metering equipment.
  • Hardware may include, but are not limited to cables, bare conductors, covered conductors, service cables, airdac, aerial bundle conductors, stays & struts, insulators, clamps, ferrules, lugs, bolts and pre-formed products.
  • Construction and commissioning include, but are not limited to building the line and carrying out pre-commission inspections and hand-over procedures.
  • Maintaining includes but is not limited to inspecting/repairing/replacing of hardware and equipment.
  • Conditions include but are not limited to routine maintenance and breakdown repairs during day time, night time and all weather conditions. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Plan and prepare to construct, maintain and dismantle Low Voltage networks. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Job instructions are obtained and the section of electrical network to be constructed/maintained/dismantled is identified according to geographical/electrical network diagrams. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The scope of work is interpreted and a sequence of operation is planned according to construction, maintenance and dismantling procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Isolation and earthing of the affected section of the network is arranged and work permits received according to operating regulations, job instructions/maintenance schedules or breakdown reports where applicable. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Appropriate tools, material and equipment are identified, selected and checked for functionality to meet the requirements of the task and according to job and statutory requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Construct Low Voltage networks. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Job instructions are received for the construction of the relevant new section of the network according to construction regulations, standards and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The required electrical hardware and equipment is checked for availability and conformance to job specifications, requirements and quality standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The electrical hardware and equipment is constructed according to applicable procedures or manufacturer's specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The newly constructed electrical installation is inspected and tested to ensure that it is operational according to pre-commissioning requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The necessary documentation is completed and submitted according to the pre-commissioning and hand-over procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Inspect, maintain and repair Low Voltage networks. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Ensure that the affected section of the electrical reticulation network was isolated, earthed and work permit/worker's register was received for the affected section of the network according to operating procedures where necessary. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The work site conditions and affected electrical hardware/equipment are assessed for possible safety risks and preventative measures implemented according to safety risk assessment procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The affected section of the electrical reticulation network is visually inspected prior to maintenance and repairs according to prescribed fault finding procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The electrical hardware and equipment is maintained, repaired or replaced according to applicable maintenance procedures or manufacturer's specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The maintained or replaced electrical hardware and equipment is inspected and tested to ensure that it is operational according to manufacturer's requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Safety precautions/procedures are followed before, during and after inspection and maintenance of the overhead line or equipment. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Dismantle Low Voltage networks. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Job instructions are received for the dismantling of the relevant section of the network according to relevant standards and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The work site conditions and affected electrical hardware/equipment are assessed for possible safety risks and preventative measures implemented prior to dismantling according to safety risk assessment procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The electrical hardware and equipment is dismantled according to applicable procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The necessary documentation was completed and submitted according to the dismantling procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Complete the work task. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Work area is restored to serviceable condition according to statutory requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Completion of job is communicated, permit/worker's register cleared where necessary according to local reporting and operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Ensure that the replaced, dismantled or excess hardware and equipment has been returned to the stores. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Appropriate tools and safety equipment are cleaned and stored according to statutory requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Documentation is completed accurately according to work site procedures. 


    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 with the relevant ETQA and SAQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • A comprehensive understanding of Low Voltage reticulation network hardware and equipment.
  • A basic understanding of LV insulation coordination.
  • A good understanding of construction, faultfinding, maintenance and dismantling related Standards, Procedures, Specifications and Guidelines.
  • Use tools safely, according to statutory requirements.
  • Apply basic safety procedures related to the type of work and location. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identifying and solving problems in which responsible decisions have been made regarding the maintenance/replacement of electrical line hardware/equipment action. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as members of a team, group, organisation or community:
  • Working effectively with others as a member of the electrical maintenance team. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively:
  • Organising and managing oneself and one's activities, responsibly and effectively. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information:
  • The ability of the candidate to reconcile the information from visual and physical examinations and constantly evaluate the changing situation. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively:
  • The appropriate communication with the relevant personnel with regard to the reporting of hazards and sub-standard conditions will indicate his/her proficiency in effective communication. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems:
  • The ability of the candidate to identify and refer anomalous behaviour to a specialist confirms understanding that a specific observation, inference, action or decision can have a devastating effect. 

  • 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 
    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  73313   National Certificate: Electrical Engineering  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2024-12-05  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


    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.
     
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