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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Construct temporary track support 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
119974  Construct temporary track support 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Civil Engineering Construction 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction Civil Engineering Construction 
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 
The qualifying learner is capable of:

Classifying materials correctly and constructing rail girders and cribs in accordance with specifications and relevant instructions. The learner will also be able to assess the quality of the completed work.

This unit Standard will contribute to the full development of a professional community of Rail Construction and Maintenance workers.

The skills, knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this unit standard are essential for social and economic transformation and upliftment within the Rail Construction and Maintenance environment. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
It is assumed that learners are competent in the following:
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF level 2
  • NQF Level 2 Language and Communication
  • Educational and Competency Certificate in overhead track equipment 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The typical scope of this Unit Standard:

    Competency must be demonstrated
  • In different weather and environmental conditions.
  • Preferably in day-time.
  • In different yard layouts/mainline/sidings/private sidings/shed/workshop (might or might not include overhead traction and Railway signalling.
  • Within a specific time span.· Different site conditions, e.g. cuttings, embankments, multiple lines, tunnels, sites with restricted accessibility etc.

    The learner has to prove competence in the construction of track support of varying complexity.

    Temporary track support includes the following:
  • Rail girders, including top and bottom girder.
  • Sleeper cribs.
  • Bridging cribs

    Cribs should be constructed under supervision of an expert:

    Handling includes:
  • Storage.
  • Loading.
  • Transporting.
  • Off-loading.
  • Stacking.
  • The use of push trolleys and rail transporters to transport permanent way materials. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Prepare to construct temporary track support. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Job instruction is obtained and interpreted from relevant reports. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Quantities are calculated accurately. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A work plan detailing time frames and resources is compiled from the work plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Material, tools and equipment are obtained and verified for correctness. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Relevant role-players including team members are informed and made available. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Relevant personal protective equipment is identified and applied correctly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Appropriate protection is afforded in accordance with procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Occupation is taken correctly in accordance with procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    Work environment is safe guarded in accordance with regulations and procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Construct rail girders. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Materials (sleepers, clamp, rails and u-bolts) are classified correctly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Centre of girder is determined and support points calculated correctly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Existing sleepers are replaced with rail girder sleepers and fastened correctly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Clamps are installed correctly into track. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Rails are placed on sleepers and clamps fastened correctly with clamps. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Ballast are boxed in correctly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Sleepers are tamped correctly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Temporary speed restriction boards are erected according to organisational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    The completed girder is in accordance with company specifications. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Construct cribs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Materials (sleepers, clamp, rails and u-bolts) are classified correctly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Fixed points of damaged area are obtained and points from expert on site are supported. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Height of crisp is determined correctly and the correct type of crib selected according to plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Crib floor is levelled and compacted and first layer of sleepers are placed longitudinal with railway track. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Sleepers are stacked in accordance with crib type. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The completed crib is in accordance with company specifications. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Perform post construction operations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Quality of completed work is verified and appropriate corrective action taken where required. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Work site is restored and cleared as per instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Speed restrictions are placed in accordance with specifications for consolidation of track. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Occupation is cancelled correctly and protection withdrawn in accordance with procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Temporary track support is monitored continuously. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Environmental regulations are adhered to during maintenance process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Relevant documentation and reports are completed accurately and legibly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Role-players including team members are informed. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this Unit Standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • The relevant ETQA would be responsible for moderation of learner achievements of learners who meet the requirements of this qualification. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Code of Practice 29
  • Different types of track support and their applications
  • Classification of materials
  • Rail profiles and classes
  • Safe handling of materials, equipment and tools (storage, stacking, loading, off-loading, transportation)
  • Methods for placing and fastening rails on sleepers
  • Tamping procedures
  • Methods for determining crib height
  • Track standards and specifications
  • Relevant environmental regulations and legislation
  • Health, Safety and Housekeeping procedures and regulations
  • Reporting and documentation requirements and procedures 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    Learner and societal development.

    Learners can understand the importance of:
  • Safety in the workplace.
  • Being a team player in the work environment, organisation and in society.
  • Economic impact of rail track operations. 

  • UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Learners can solve problems with regard to:
  • The correctness, quantity and quality of tools, equipment and materials.
  • Failure of equipment.
  • Availability of resources.
  • Non-availability of other departments.
  • Quality of track support.
  • Levelling and compaction of crib floor. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Learners can work effectively with others and in teams when:
  • Relevant role-players are informed and available·.
  • Allowing other departments to perform their functions.
  • Occupation is taken and cancelled correctly.
  • Transporting materials to site.
  • Applying construction techniques in accordance with expert's instruction. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Learners can organise and manage one self:
  • By observing and assessing work area to determine if work can proceed.
  • When informing team members of hazards in the work area. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Learners can collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information by:
  • Reading, interpreting and applying information in terms of the job instruction .
  • Preparing girders and cribs in accordance with specifications.
  • Calculating support points.
  • Observing the work area. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Learners can communicate effectively by:
  • Completing relevant documentation.
  • Communicating with relevant parties for example, subordinates, technical personnel, etc.
  • Placing speed restriction boards.
  • Affording and cancelling protection. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Learners can use science and technology by:
  • Calculating support points.
  • Using equipment and tools.
  • Studying and constructing the crib type as per expert's instruction. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Inter relatedness of systems.

    Learners can understand:
  • Impact of insufficient quantities or inferior quality of materials on track support.
  • Importance of track support being in accordance with specifications.
  • Impact of track insufficiencies on the infra-structure and broader economy. 

  • 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 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  49795   National Certificate: Rail Construction and Maintenance  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  TETA 


    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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