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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Maintain low voltage switchgear 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
13818  Maintain low voltage switchgear 
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 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 
This unit standard is for persons in the Electrical Engineering; Generation; Distribution; Transmission, Construction and Renewable Energy Sector.

A person credited with this unit standard will be capable of:
  • Planning and preparing to maintain and restore low voltage switchgear for servicing

    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 engineering and construction environment. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The following knowledge, skills attitude and/or equivalent:
  • Introduction to industry (work environment)
  • Statutory requirements
  • Use of relevant testing and measuring equipment and hand tools
  • Basic safety procedure relating to tools, electricity and cleaning solvents
  • Isolating procedure
  • Dismantling and installation procedure
  • Names and functions of switchgear and components
  • Safety procedures
  • Electrical drawings 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Isolating procedures according to SABS 0142/0108
  • All work to be carried out under direct supervision
  • Statutory Requirements definition: Statutory requirements may include but are not limited to OHS Act, SABS Regulations, Mineral Act, Local Authority requirements, Manufacturers specifications and Worksite procedures
  • Permit system include isolations, permits, lockout systems and workmans register
  • Maintenance of low voltage switchgear is limited to 1000 volts within industry
  • LV Switchgear consists of: cubicle, breakers and busbar housing
  • Arc quenching Mechanism overhauled consists of: disassemble, repair, replace and assemble
  • Pre-maintenance test consist of: moveable mechanism speeds, insulation and induction tests
  • Switchgear maintenance consists of: contacts, moveable parts, bushes, rollers and springs 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Plan to maintain low voltage switchgear. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Planning is done in conjunction with outage scheduling. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Planning is arranged according to manufacturers specifications requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Planning is integrated with other disciplines and associated equipment. Protection testing and monitoring, engineering, operating and control centres. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Planning is arranged according to equipment operating history reports and failure rate. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Planning is aligned with maintenance programs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Planning is arranged according to plant availability and customer requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare for planned maintenance of low voltage switchgear. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Authorisation is obtained according to the plant permit system. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Low voltage switchgear is isolated and made safe to work on according to OHS Act and industry specific regulations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Equipment, test instruments, tools and personal protective equipment needed for maintenance is selected, inspected and checked for functionality and safety prior to commencement of tasks. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Low voltage switchgear is identified and required tools, equipment, components and personal protective equipment are obtained prior to maintenance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. LV switchgear maintenance equipment and cleaning materials are selected and made available for task. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Task instructions, process or procedures are obtained and correctly interpreted. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    7. The OHS Act and environmental requirement pertaining to maintenance tasks are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    8. Worksite safety hazards are identified and appropriate corrective action is taken in line with worksite procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    9. Maintenance task instructions are interpreted and sequence of operations is determined and communicated to work team members. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Maintain LV switchgear. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Personal protective equipment is used and site safety procedures are adhered to throughout maintenance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The correct site approved cleaning materials and solvents are utilised during maintenance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Arc quenching mechanism and all removable and replaceable components are removed according to manufacturer's specifications and maintenance standard procedures. Control circuit components e.g.: switches, contactors, relays, indication lamps and measuring instruments. Equipment components e.g.: contacts, CT's, VT's and coils. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Switchgear and control mechanisms are cleaned according to site standards and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Task instructions, process or procedures are followed correctly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Maintenance reporting sheet and processes are documented and incorporated in reports. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Restore maintained LV switchgear. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Recommissioning quality checks are conducted after maintenance and necessary corrective action is taken. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Maintained switchgear is tested according to manufacturer's specifications or site specific requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Switchgear is restored for service in line with manufacturer's specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Post maintenance clean up process is completed according to industry safety standards and environmental requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Complete work task. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Work area is cleaned after completion of task to housekeeping standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Waste materials are disposed of according to site specific standards and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Recommissioning quality checks are conducted after maintenance and necessary corrective action is taken. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Tools and equipment are cleaned and returned for safekeeping in line with housekeeping requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Reports/documentation and drawings are updated and returned according to statutory requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Completion of job is reported according to statutory requirements. 


    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 provider offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA.
  • 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 
  • Prescribed isolating procedures
  • Identification and functions of relevant components
  • Correct application of relevant hand tools
  • Proper usage of relevant testing and measuring equipment
  • Names, locations and functions of appropriate tools
  • Safety related to each tool
  • Care and storage of tools 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems in isolating, maintaining, repairing and doing fault finding. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others during the isolating, maintaining, repairing and fault finding process. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself in planning the work and determining a sequence of operation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information obtained during isolating, maintaining, repairing and fault finding processes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate with fellow workers and involved parties, the interpretation and reporting processes. 

    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 
    This Unit Standard was originally registered on level 3 on 14 August 2002 under SAQA decision number 0743/02. It has been re-registered on level 4 on 11 February 2004 under SAQA 2552/04.

    Supplementary information:

    Specified requirements:
  • SABS
  • OHS Act 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  66009   National Certificate: Diesel Electric and Electric Fitting  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Core  58270   Further Education and Training Certificate: Electro-Mechanics  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  58288   National Certificate: Electro-Mechanics  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  72052   Further Education and Training Certificate: Electrical Engineering  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2024-12-05  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  48474   National Certificate: Electrical Engineering  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 


    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. Blue Horison Properties 53 (Pty) Ltd T/A Durnacol Skills Innovation Hu 
    2. CIRCLEWAY TRAINING (PTY) LTD 
    3. DEVOLTAGE TRAINING CENTRE 
    4. DINALEDI MANAGEMENT AND SERVICES 
    5. Enstra Learning and Development Centre (Pty) Ltd (SPRINGS) (TP) 
    6. False Bay College - Westlake Campus 



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