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|SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY|
|National Certificate: Diesel Electric and Electric Fitting|
|SAQA QUAL ID||QUALIFICATION TITLE|
|66009||National Certificate: Diesel Electric and Electric Fitting|
|Task Team - Maintenance|
|PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY||NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK|
|The individual Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary for each Learning Programme recorded against this qualification is shown in the table at the end of this report.||SFAP - Sub-framework Assignment Pending|
|National Certificate||Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology||Engineering and Related Design|
|ABET BAND||MINIMUM CREDITS||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||QUAL CLASS|
|Undefined||124||Level 3||NQF Level 03||Regular-Unit Stds Based|
|REGISTRATION STATUS||SAQA DECISION NUMBER||REGISTRATION START DATE||REGISTRATION END DATE|
|LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT||LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT|
|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 qualification does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification.
|PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION|
The purpose of this Qualification is to equip learners with the standards and learning required to continue working and developing in various industries which use and maintain Diesel and Electric machines such as locomotives and motor coaches. It will also enable the further development of learners within this environment by providing articulation with higher level learning in this dynamic changing and challenging environment.
Qualifying learners will also be able to relate their learning to scientific and technological principles and concepts. They will also be able to maintain and support the various policies and procedures related to the safety, health, environment and quality systems that govern their workplace.
A learner acquiring this Qualification will be able to:
The status and relevance of this Qualification will attract and retain quality learners and employees, and is the second step along a recognised and meaningful career path. Qualifying learners will be able to relate the tasks and processes to scientific and technological principles and concepts. They will also be able to maintain and support the various policies and procedures integral to safety, health and the environment. Learner achievements in this Qualification will also serve as a basis for further learning to engage in more complex installation and maintenance activities and processes in the Diesel and Electric machines environment.
This is the second of a three-level Qualification series that reflect the workplace-based needs of the diesel electrical and electrical fitting sectors such as Locomotive and Motor Coach repair and maintenance, Millwrighting, etc. that is expressed by employers and employees. This Diesel Electrical Fitting and Electrical Fitting Qualification, provides the intermediate competencies required to work on both diesel electric and electric machines. This Qualification provides the learner with accessibility to be employed within various industries and provides the flexibility to pursue different careers across various industry sectors.
This Qualification provides learners with opportunities for professional development and career advancement within the diesel electrical and electrical fitting sectors such as Locomotive and Motor Coach repair and maintenance, Millwrighting, etc. Learners will be able to provide better and more efficient repair and maintenance services to their particular sector. It develops the fundamental competencies required by workers at an intermediate level. Qualifications at higher levels are designed to develop learners into fully fledged artisans, and are based on the learning in this Qualification.
The competencies in this Qualification are applicable to a wide range of industries. This Qualification is the second in a series for learners who want to follow a career in the field of diesel, diesel electric and electrical fitting. This Qualification focuses on developing the knowledge and skills and attitudes necessary to function at an intermediate level and also offers the opportunity for learners to apply what they have learnt in a range of specialised areas.
|LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING|
Recognition of Prior Learning:
The Qualification can be achieved in whole or part through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Learners obtaining the whole Qualification through RPL and wishing to be declared competent are required to complete a practical assessment component for the purpose of such recognition. This implies that the Qualification may be granted to learners who have acquired the skills and knowledge without attending formal courses, providing they can demonstrate competence in the outcomes of the individual Unit Standards as required by the Fundamental, Core and Elective components stipulated in the Qualification and by the Exit Level Outcomes.
Learners submitting themselves for RPL should be thoroughly briefed prior to the assessment, and may be required to submit a Portfolio of Evidence (POE) in the prescribed format and/or undergo a workplace assessment to be assessed for formal recognition. While this is primarily a workplace-based Qualification, evidence from other areas of endeavour may be introduced if pertinent to any of the Exit Level Outcomes.
Access to the Qualification:
Access is open to all learners.
|RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING?|
|The Qualification is made up of a combination of learning outcomes from Fundamental, Core and Elective components, totalling a minimum of 124 Credits.
Specialisation Area - Electrical Fitting (Learning Programme ID 73230) (38 credits):
Thus 133 credits in total.
Specialisation Area: Diesel Electrical Fitting (Learning Programme ID 73231) (29 credits):
Thus 124 credits in total.
Additional specialisations for other sectors in which diesel, diesel electrical and electrical fitting that are applicable will be added to this Qualification once they are finalised.
|EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES|
|On achieving this Qualification, the learner will be able to:
1. Install and commission electrical equipment in a variety of diesel and electric machinery.
2. Demonstrate the ability to test, fault find and maintain diesel and electric machinery.
3. Demonstrate operational knowledge of mathematical, technological and theoretical concepts during the execution of tasks.
4. Apply health, safety and environmental procedures in order to comply with worksite and regulatory requirements.
5. Demonstrate the ability to gather and interpret information from a range of sources and apply solutions to familiar problems related to working in the diesel and electric machinery environment with some scope for personal decision-making and responsibility.
|ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA|
|Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:
1.1 Components and equipment relating to the installation of a variety of diesel and electric machinery are identified and installed according to specifications.
1.2 Components and equipment in a variety of diesel and electric machinery are connected according to diagrams.
1.3 Relevant control/protection devices are selected and applied according to safe operating parameters.
1.4 A variety of diesel and electric machinery installations are commissioned according to worksite and statutory requirements.
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:
2.1 Diesel and electric machinery to be worked on is isolated and secured according to worksite procedures.
2.2 Diesel and electric machine components are inspected for non-conformance according to worksite procedures.
2.3 Correct operation of equipment in diesel and electric machinery is tested and verified according to requirements.
2.4 Faults are identified and faulty equipment in diesel and electric machinery is maintained or replaced according to work procedures.
2.5 Diesel and electric machinery and installations are maintained and repaired according to work procedures.
2.6 Conditions in diesel and electric machinery are monitored and recorded according to work procedures.
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:
3.1 Principles of mechanical and electrical engineering are applied in the interpretation and problem solving of integrated electrical circuit drawings and diagrams.
3.2 The principles and operation of protection in mechanical and electric machinery are demonstrated in accordance with circuit and equipment specifications.
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 4:
4.1 Oral and written instructions are interpreted and carried out as required by relevant health, safety, environmental and electrical procedures.
4.2 Communication with superiors, peers and clients is conducted effectively according to industry procedures.
4.3 Knowledge of statutory requirements pertaining to the safe operation of diesel and electrical machinery is applied in accordance with relevant codes.
4.4 Relevant on-site health, safety and environmental requirements are demonstrated as required.
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 5:
5.1 Known solutions to familiar and simple unfamiliar problems within the diesel and electric machinery and maintenance environment are identified and applied according to standard practices.
5.2 Energy efficiency and related environmental issues that enable the learner to resolve problems in the work environment are identified and discussed.
5.3 Reports on basic problems and hazards are drafted and communicated according to worksite procedures.
|The purpose of this International Comparability study is to facilitate the development of a meaningful learning path and its associated curriculum incorporating both theoretical and practical vocational skills which will ensure compatibility, comparability and compliance with existing international Qualification specifications and regulations.
This National Certificate was compared with equivalent courses/Qualifications from a range of countries. However, Canada is the best country for comparison as their railway industry uses the same type/make of diesel and electric machines as South Africa. However, other countries were selected because they offer education and training that is also considered international best practice in terms of diesel electric fitting and electric fitting' for diesel and electric machines. These countries are Australia, United States of America and New Zealand.
It must be noted that in South Africa we have opted for individual Qualifications each of a year in duration. This has been made possible because of the fact that South Africa are using Unit Standards for the development of the Qualifications and this allows for the progression and difficulty to be built in to each individual Unit Standard.
Below are the Qualifications/programmes that were used:
Railway Association of Canada (RAC) - Career On Track:
Course Title: Railway Car Technician (3 year duration):
Course Title: Diesel Mechanic (3 year duration):
Course Title: Industrial Electrician (4 year duration):
Course Title: Industrial machinist (4 year duration):
Course Title: Sheet Metal Worker (3 year duration):
Course Title: Pipe Fitter (4 year duration):
The above courses are compatible with the South African Qualification however they cover far more than just diesel and diesel electrical repair and maintenance of the diesel electric machines. Their modules however are much broader than ours by offering far more comprehensive issues, and are run over three to four years each, which are be covered in some form or other in our level 2 and/or higher (next) level Qualifications.
Fitzpatrick Rail Services:
Course Title: Locomotive Familiarisation:
> Cooling fan.
> Expansion tank and sight glass.
> Oil filter housing.
> Fuel pumps and filters.
> Air compressor and governor.
> Engine protective devices.
> Diesel engine.
> Coupler and draft gear.
> Brakes and rigging.
> Fuel tank.
> Main reservoirs.
> Load meter.
> Automatic brake.
> Independent brake.
> Air gages and switches.
> Warning lights.
The above course only covers a small section of our level 3 Qualification in that some of its content is covered in some of the Unit Standards (Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria) in the South African one.
United States of America:
National Academy of Railroad Sciences (NARS):
Course Title: Locomotive Engineer:
This course does not compare well with the South African one as it covers more issues around the operating skills and the driving of locomotives as opposed to their repair and maintenance. Only the sections on the diesel power plant and air brakes involve some form of repair and maintenance to Diesel Electric and Electrical fitting.
Course Title: Mechanical:
The above course is far more compatible with the South African Qualifications as its focus is more on the repair and maintenance of the locomotive. Their modules however are much broader than ours by offering far more comprehensive issues, which are also covered in our higher (next) level 4 Qualification. They also offer some learning on the operation of the locomotive and motor coach which we do not offer in ours.
Okefenokee Technical College - Georgia:
Course Title: Locomotive Electrical Systems:
Course Title: Locomotive Mechanical Systems:
Keeping Track - Railroad Consulting and Training - Texas:
Course Title: Re-Certification for Locomotive Engineers:
Course Title: Re-Certification for Locomotive Engineers Currently Working as an Engineer:
Course Title: Operating Supervisors: VP, GM, Ex Railroad Professionals:
Course Title: Machinery:
Course Title: Air Brakes:
Course Title: Diesel Mechanic (Mechanical: Locomotive):
The above journeyman programmes do not compare well with this level three Qualification as it covers the whole diesel electric mechanic apprenticeship and the issues around the skills of inspection, repair and maintenance of the engine and mechanical components on diesel electric locomotives and motor coaches. All of these subject are however be covered over the three Qualifications, at levels 2, 3 and 4 if learners select the specialisations on Diesel Electric Fitting or Electrical Fitting.
Course Title: Diesel Electrician (Electrical: Locomotive):
The above journeyman programme does not compare well with the level three Qualification as it covers the whole diesel electrician apprenticeship and the issues around the skills of inspection, repair and maintenance of the electrical components on diesel electric machines. Most of these subjects are however be covered over the three South African Qualifications at levels 2, 3 and 4 depending on the specialisation chosen by the learner.
New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA):
Course Title: National Certificate in Rail Operations (Locomotive Engineer) - Level 3 or 4:
The above standards compare fairly well with all three Qualifications at levels 2, 3 and 4 as they covers the whole process of Diesel Electric Fitting or Electric Fitting on diesel electric locomotives and motor coaches. Many of these standards are however covered over the three Qualifications, at levels 2, 3 and 4 if learners select the specialisations. The exception is those standards which cover the driving of the locomotives or motor coaches.
Some of the above Qualifications and learning programmes do not compare well with this level three Qualification, as they cover the whole diesel electric mechanic apprenticeship and the issues around the skills of inspection, repair and maintenance of the engine and mechanical components on diesel electric locomotives. They focus more on the operations of a locomotive as opposed to its repair and maintenance with strands in signalling/track control and railcar operation.
|Horizontal articulation is possible with:
Vertical articulation is possible with:
|CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS|
|For an applicant to register as an assessor, the applicant should:
|As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this qualification was Reregistered in 2012; 2015.|
|ID||UNIT STANDARD TITLE||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||CREDITS|
|Core||259078||Install and commission electrical metering units, measuring instruments and control devices||Level 2||NQF Level 02||8|
|Core||259038||Maintain and repair direct-on-line AC rotating machines and control gear||Level 3||NQF Level 03||8|
|Core||13280||Maintain direct drives||Level 3||NQF Level 03||6|
|Core||258977||Understand basic electronic theory and components||Level 3||NQF Level 03||4|
|Core||259217||Install and commission AC machines and control gear||Level 4||NQF Level 04||8|
|Core||259188||Install and commission direct current (DC) machines||Level 4||NQF Level 04||8|
|Core||259201||Maintain Direct Current machines and control gear||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Core||13818||Maintain low voltage switchgear||Level 4||NQF Level 04||4|
|Core||253361||Maintain pneumatic systems||Level 4||NQF Level 04||8|
|Fundamental||119472||Accommodate audience and context needs in oral/signed communication||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||9010||Demonstrate an understanding of the use of different number bases and measurement units and an awareness of error in the context of relevant calculations||Level 3||NQF Level 03||2|
|Fundamental||9013||Describe, apply, analyse and calculate shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional space in different contexts||Level 3||NQF Level 03||4|
|Fundamental||119457||Interpret and use information from texts||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||9012||Investigate life and work related problems using data and probabilities||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||119467||Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||7456||Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business and national issues||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||119465||Write/present/sign texts for a range of communicative contexts||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Elective||258917||Maintain batteries, battery rooms or tripping units||Level 2||NQF Level 02||7|
|Elective||253537||Overhaul the bogey of rolling stock||Level 2||NQF Level 02||2|
|Elective||119235||Conduct dye penetrant testing||Level 3||NQF Level 03||4|
|Elective||10270||Construct Basic Electronic Circuits||Level 3||NQF Level 03||4|
|Elective||262926||Inspect, remove and install wheel sets on rolling stock||Level 3||NQF Level 03||2|
|Elective||116882||Maintain and repair a bank of batteries as used in railway signalling||Level 3||NQF Level 03||8|
|Elective||10269||Maintain lighting System||Level 3||NQF Level 03||4|
|Elective||253375||Overhaul compressors||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Elective||253386||Overhaul positive displacement pumps||Level 3||NQF Level 03||7|
|Elective||113889||Perform work on energised low voltage networks||Level 3||NQF Level 03||8|
|Elective||253396||Repair a vacuum pump||Level 3||NQF Level 03||3|
|Elective||259187||Install and terminate Medium Voltage cables||Level 4||NQF Level 04||6|
|Elective||253376||Overhaul centrifugal pumps||Level 4||NQF Level 04||7|
|Elective||253357||Perform routine maintenance and inspections on diesel engines used for emergency plant operations||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION:|
|LP ID||Learning Programme Title||Originator||Pre-2009
|NQF Level||Min Credits||Learning Prog End Date||Quality
|73231||National Certificate: Diesel Electric and Electric Fitting: Diesel Electric Fitting||Generic Provider - Field 06||Level 3||NQF Level 03||124||2012-06-30||OQSF|
|73230||National Certificate: Diesel Electric and Electric Fitting: Electric Fitting||Generic Provider - Field 06||Level 3||NQF Level 03||124||2012-06-30||OQSF|
|PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THESE LEARNING PROGRAMMES:|
|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.