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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Operate hydro turbine plant governing systems 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
13664  Operate hydro turbine plant governing systems 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Power Plant Operations 
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 4  NQF Level 04 
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 
Persons credited with this unit standard will be able to demonstrate knowledge and skill to operate governing systems according to accepted practices in the following outcomes: prepare governing system for service, startup and monitor startup conditions; shutdown and isolate governing system; service governing system and maintain regulatory requirements; monitor governing system and stabilise transient conditions; control raw material requirements to support
continuous production. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
1. Listens, questions, observes, describes accurately and aligns with the sender`s need.
2. Understands own development requirements.
3. Understands concepts, terms and theory of the specified technical field covering mathematics, science and technology as covered at general education certificate level.
4. Environmental awareness on entry level.
5. Knows and understands process chemicals and the dangers thereof.
6. Understands company vision and manages own actions in line with it. 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
This unit standard includes the following process plant systems without any exemptions:
1. Hydraulic System
2. Compressed Air System
3. Lubrication System 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Prepare governing system for service, startup and monitor start up conditions. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Pre-conditions for plant preparation are met according to the conditions prescribed in the specific procedure. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Plant is prepared for service according to procedures. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Plant documentation completed and processed according to administrative requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Legitimacy for the startup is confirmed. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. Pre-condition requirements for startup are met according to specific startup procedures. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
6. Plant is started according to procedure. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
7. Startup condition is monitored to be within technical specifications. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
8. Startup status is communicated according to administrative requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
9. Safety and regulatory requirements are adhered to. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Shutdown and isolate governing system. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Legitimacy of plant shutdown instruction is confirmed. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Pre-conditions for shutdown are carried out according to procedures. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Legitimacy of the isolation instruction is confirmed. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Pre-conditions and isolations are carried out according to isolation procedure. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. Plant shutdown and isolations are communicated according to administrative requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
6. Safety and regulatory requirements are adhered to. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Service governing system. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Housekeeping is done according to organisational housekeeping standards. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Plant lubrication done according to lubrication specifications. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Work orders performed according to preventative maintenance schedule and operating procedures. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Sampling done according to procedure. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. Regulatory requirements associated with the operation of turbine plant governing system are adhered to and
deviations reported according to administrative requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
6. Service activities communicated according to administrative requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
7. Safety and regulatory requirements are adhered to. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
Monitor governing system and stabilise transient conditions. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Plant operating conditions are monitored according to operating procedures. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Out of normal conditions are identified, reacted upon and followed up according to operating requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Plant operating conditions communicated according to administrative requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Transient and or emergency conditions acknowledged and situation analysed by comparing the actual values against expected requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. Action plan is formulated and executed according to operating procedures. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
6. Results of actions taken evaluated against specifications. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
7. Transient conditions, actions and results are communicated according to administrative requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
8. Safety and regulatory requirements are adhered to. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
Control raw material requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Quantities and specifications of raw material received are verified against the ordering requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Storing and or stacking of raw material are performed according to housekeeping requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Supply of raw material is performed according to procedures. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Inventory is controlled according to supply, demand and administrative requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. Raw material control activities communicated according to administrative requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
6. Safety and regulatory requirements are adhered to. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Hydro Turbine Plant Governing systems operation. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Big picture thinking pertaining to hydro power plant processes, operations, people activities and material used is demonstrated in performing all outcomes. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Impact of decision on plant operations is understood. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Problem solving process understanding during all operating outcomes is demonstrated. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Priority setting is understood during plant operating activites. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. Energy conversion process understanding demonstrated according to hydro power plant operator requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
6. Mechanical plant components application and interrelation to the plant are understood according to application theories. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
7. Electrical plant component application and interrelation to the plant processes are understood. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
8. Functions of instrumentation components in use on specific plant are known and understood. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
9. Operating philosophy pertaining to the operation of the specific plant area is known and understood. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
10. Documentation process knowledge demonstrated according to administrative requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 11 
11. Incidents related to the specific plant area are known and understood. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 12 
12. Knowledge of regulatory requirement applicable to the operation of specific plant is demonstrated. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 13 
13. Impact on environmental factors relevant to the operating of the specific plant area is known and understood. 


UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
Evaluation of documentation by SAQA and registration thereof.

Moderation: Standard Generating Group Hydro Power Plant Operations. 

UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
1. Objectively recognises what is happening in or across situations with people, plant and materials.
2. Recognises the direct impact of decisions and actions and to anticipate effects on plant and people in the direct working environment.
3. Recognises, analyses problems, evaluates options and decides on the appropriate action.
4. Sets priorities for self and own job. Obtains the necessary tools and or equipment to competently execute the job.
5. Understands the overall energy conversion process and the impact the specific plant area has on the process.
6. Knows and understands the theory and application of mechanical plant components and their interrelation to the plant.
7. Knows and understands the theory and application of electrical plant components and their interrelation to the plant.
8. Identifies instrumentation components, and describes their functions within the plant area.
9. Demonstrates knowledge to operate interrelated plant processes and safety equipment.
10. Understand documentation process requirement
11. Understands lessons learnt related to the specific plant
12. Regulatory requirements are known and understood. 

UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
N/A 

UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
N/A 


Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
Identifying & solving problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made. 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organization, and community. 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
Organising and managing oneself and one`s activities responsibly and effectively. 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
Collecting, analysing, organizing and critically evaluating information. 

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

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

UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
Demonstrating an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognizing that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation. 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
Contributing to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of the society at large, by making it the underlying intention of any programme of learning to make an individual aware of the importance of:
a. Reflecting on and exploring a variety of strategies to learn more effectively;
b. Participating as responsible citizens in the life of local, national and global communities;
c. Being culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts;
d. Exploring education and career opportunities;
e. Developing entrepreneurial opportunities. 

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 
Occupational Role: Power Plant Operator

The following references to assessment tools to be made throughout this unit standard:
  • Prepare governing system for startup and monitor startup conditions
  • Shutdown and isolate governing system
  • Service governing systems and maintain regulatory requirements
  • Monitor governing system and stabilise transient conditions
  • Control raw material requirements to support continuous production
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of hydro turbine plant governing system operations.

    Terminology used in this unit standard is consistent with the following standards:
  • Electricity Supply Industry in South Africa
  • Occupational Health and Safety Standards (NOSA)

    A candidate will be regarded not yet competent should the safety of people, plant and materials be jeopardised during any stage of the assessment on any criteria of this unit standard. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  23735   National Certificate: Hydro Power Plant Operation  Level 4  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L4  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2009-02-18  Was EWSETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  61569   Further Education and Training Certificate: Power Plant Operations  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  EWSETA 


    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.
     
    1. ESKOM DRANKENSBURG PUMP STORAGE (PEAKING) 
    2. ESKOM INGULA PUMP STORAGE SCHEME (PEAKING) 
    3. Kelvin Power (Pty) Ltd 
    4. MPUMELELO TRAINING 



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