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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Maintain associated works 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
120024  Maintain associated works 
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 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 qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Understanding the purpose of and requirements with regards to a range of associated works, as well as being able to inspect and maintain a range of associated works.
  • 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 already competent in the following:
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF level 1.
  • Communication at NQF Level 1.
  • Use of materials and components in rail construction and maintenance. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The typical scope of this unit standard:

    Associated works include, but are not limited to:
  • Beacons
  • Fences
  • Level crossings (Including track sign boards)
  • Cattle guards
  • Rail indicator boards
  • Off-track platforms
  • Weed control
  • Service roads
  • Underground services
  • Fire/fire breaks

    Types of level crossings include:
  • Pedestrian crossings
  • Cattle crossings
  • Obligatory private level crossings
  • Private crossings
  • Public crossings

    Rail indicator boards include:
  • Gradient indicators and kilometre posts
  • Permanent speed restriction boards
  • Temporary speed restriction boards
  • Distance, warning and water boards

    Different types of materials for the construction of level crossings include, but are not limited to:
  • Paving
  • Tar
  • Concrete
  • Concrete blocks
  • All types of sleepers
  • Gravel and grid

    Drainage systems include but are not limited to:
  • Box culverts
  • Pipe culverts
  • Storm water drains
  • Sub surface drains
  • Surface drains 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an understanding of associated works. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The purpose of beacons is identified and explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Requirements pertaining to fencing are explained according to organisational procedure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Level crossings are defined and types of level crossings and related visibility requirements are identified and explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Responsible persons for maintaining different types of level crossings are identified correctly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Different types of materials for constructing level crossings are listed accordingly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The purpose and requirements (e.g. colour, materials used, etc.) for cattle guards are explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The purpose and placement of different rail indicator boards, as well as rules applicable are explained when using rail indicator boards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Precautions to be taken when working in the vicinity of underground services are explained in detail. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    Principles with regard to the maintenance of drainage systems and formation are explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
    An understanding of earthworks specifications is demonstrated with examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare for the maintenance of associated works. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Relevant information pertaining to the type of maintenance work and location is obtained and interpreted from relevant reports. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Material, tools and equipment are obtained and verified for correctness. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Relevant role-players including team members are informed and made available. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Relevant personal protective equipment is identified and applied correctly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Appropriate protection is afforded in accordance with procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Work environment is afforded in accordance with regulations and procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Inspect and maintain associated works. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Minor repairs are made to fencing and access gates and major defects are reported appropriately. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Defects are identified and repaired at different types of crossings including track sign. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Arrangements are made with all the relevant role-players for repair works at different types of crossings. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Condition of cattle guard is determined (safety and rigidity) and repaired where required. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Rail indicator boards are maintained in accordance with specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Fire breaks are created where applicable. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The condition of service roads are monitored and sub-standard conditions are reported appropriately. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Bridges are inspected and defects reported appropriately. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Complete post-maintenance operations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

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

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

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Relevant reports and documentation are completed accurately. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Role-players including team members are informed of their roles and duties. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Protection is withdrawn in accordance with procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Environmental regulations are adhered to in accordance with company specifications. 


    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
  • Track standards and specifications
  • The purpose of and maintenance requirements with regards to the range of associated works
  • Different drainage systems
  • Earthworks 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 completed maintenance work. 

  • 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.
  • Arrangements are made with all the relevant role-players for repair works at different types of crossings. 

  • 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.
  • When preparing to do maintenance work. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Learners can collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information by:
  • Assessing if maintenance work can be done by the learner or if it needs to be reported. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Learners can communicate effectively by:
  • Completing relevant documentation.
  • Communicating with relevant parties for example, subordinates, technical personnel, etc.
  • Reporting sub-standard conditions of service roads. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Learners can use science and technology by:
  • Using equipment and tools correctly. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Learners can understand:
  • The purpose and placement of different rail indicator boards.
  • The consequences of defects at crossings. 

  • 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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