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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Repair an air compressor 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
243773  Repair an air compressor 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Generic Manufacturing, Engineering, Technology 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Fabrication and Extraction 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
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 will be useful to people who are required to repair an air compressor.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Explain the factors critical to repairing an air compressor.
  • Prepare to repair an air compressor.
  • Repair the air compressor.
  • Test the air compressor and prepare for operation and/or production. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are already competent in:
  • Aligning components at NQF Level 2.
  • Lifting and moving loads at NQF Level 2.
  • Using relevant tools at NQF Level 2.
  • Using measuring instruments at NQF Level 2. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The following range applies to the entire unit standard. Types of compressor to be repaired are:
  • Air compressor.
  • Screw-type air compressor.
  • Vane-type air compressor. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain the factors critical to repairing an air compressor. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The principle of the operation and function of the air compressor is explained in terms of engineering principles and manufacturers specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The importance of repairing an air compressor is explained in terms of a clear understanding of the direct consequences to self and the business. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Injury to persons.
  • Damage to equipment.
  • Loss of production time through breakdowns.
  • Increased costs.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The possible significant hazards and substandard conditions encountered while repairing the air compressor and how to deal with them are explained in terms of engineering principles and manufacturers specifications. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare to repair an air compressor. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Permission to repair the air compressor is obtained in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The required personal protective equipment is selected, examined and used in a way that is consistent with its purpose, design and specified requirements. Personal protective equipment is used to ensure the safety of persons and equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Tools, material and equipment are selected, examined and transported in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The workplace where the air compressor is to be repaired is examined, and any hazardous and substandard conditions are dealt with in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The air compressor to be repaired is identified in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The air compressor to be repaired is locked out and made safe in accordance with the prescribed procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The consequences that inadequate preparation for repairing the air compressor (i.e. not in line with specified requirements and current legislation) may hold for health, safety and production are explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Permission to do work.
  • Personal protective equipment.
  • Tools, material and equipment.
  • Workplace examination.
  • Hazardous and substandard conditions.
  • Identification of the air compressor.
  • Lock-out.
  • Make safe.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Repair the air compressor. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Work-related hazards are dealt with in accordance with specified requirements and the risks associated with overhauling the air compressor are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The air compressor is repaired in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Interpersonal interaction is positive, consistent with specified requirements and promotes effective teamwork. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The tools and equipment are used in accordance with manufacturers' design and without injury to self and others. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The consequences for health, safety and production of not repairing the air compressor adequately are explained in terms of specified requirements and current legislation. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Personal protective equipment.
  • Work related hazards and associated risks.
  • Repair the compressor.
  • Interpersonal interaction.
  • Use of tools and equipment.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Test the air compressor and prepare for operation and/or production. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The air compressor is prepared for testing in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The air compressor is tested to determine whether it is functioning in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The selected tools, material and equipment are dealt with in accordance with the specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The workplace is cleared and cleaned so as to be free from hazards, in accordance with specified requirements and good housekeeping practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The necessary report(s) on the work performed are compiled in compliance with the specified requirements for format, content, accuracy and distribution. The report is submitted within the agreed time. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The consequences for health, safety and production of not testing the air compressor in line with specified requirements and current legislation are explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Testing preparation.
  • Test.
  • Tools, material and equipment.
  • Good housekeeping practices.
  • Reporting.
     


  • 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 Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding 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 Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA, according to the ETQA's policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise.
  • Anyone wishing to be assessed against this unit standard may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that is accredited by the relevant ETQA. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The following embedded knowledge is addressed in an integrated way in the unit standard:
  • Principles of compressor operation.
  • Importance of keeping compressors well maintained and in good repair.
  • Significant hazards and risks pertaining to compressor operation and maintenance.
  • Safe work procedures for the maintenance, repair and operating (testing) of compressors.
  • Selection, testing and use of relevant Personal Protective Equipment.
  • Use of relevant tools and equipment.
  • Testing requirements.
  • Requirements for recording and reporting of maintenance related data.
  • Health and safety knowledge.
  • Legal and site-specific requirements. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems and make decisions using critical and creative thinking.
  • The ability of the learner to identify and solve problems relating to air compressor operation and functioning. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as members of a team, group, organisation or community.
  • The ability of the learner to interact with other parties in the maintenance chain in order to ensure that plant and equipment are functioning effectively. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively.
  • The ability of the learner to plan his work, reasonably anticipate and deal with events. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation.
  • The learner understands the impact of his/her participation in the context of the interaction and interdependence between the operations/production and engineering functions. 

  • 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 
    Terminology:

    Specified Requirements:

    Specified requirements include legal and site-specific requirements and are contained in one or more of the following documents:

    Legal:
  • Relevant Acts: e.g. Mine Health & Safety Act, Minerals Act and Regulations and Occupational Health and Safety Act.
  • Mandatory Codes of Practice.
  • SABS and other relevant Standards.

    Site Specific:
  • Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments (HIRA).
  • Occupational Health and Safety Risk Management Programme.
  • Managerial Instructions.
  • Standard Procedures.
  • List of Recorded OH&S Risks.
  • Working Guides.
  • Equipment and Materials Specifications.

    Unit standard justification:
  • Attribute: Skills.
  • Level: 3.
  • Justification: Skills extend beyond simple range.
  • Attribute: Procedures.
  • Level: 2.
  • Justification: Procedure is known and familiar but not repetitive.
  • Attribute: Context.
  • Level: 3.
  • Justification: Variety and range of context occur.
  • Attribute: Knowledge.
  • Level: 3.
  • Justification: Relevant theoretical knowledge is required to be fully competent.
  • Attribute: Information processing.
  • Level: 3.
  • Justification: Interpretation is available but information is required.
  • Attribute: Problem solving.
  • Level: 3.
  • Justification: Discretion and judgement are required.
  • Attribute: Orientation of activities.
  • Level: 3.
  • Justification: Instructions are to be followed, but own decisions are also to be made.
  • Attribute: Application of responsibility.
  • Level: 3.
  • Justification: Output is checked for quality on a random basis.
  • Attribute: Orientation of scope of responsibility.
  • Level: 2.
  • Justification: Responsible for quality and quantity.

    Average level = 2.78 .
    Actual level assigned = 3.

    Credits:

    Total hours required by the learner to achieve the required outcome:
  • Activity: Classroom Teaching.
  • Hours: 30.
  • Activity: On-The-Job Training.
  • Hours: 70.
  • Activity: Mentoring required.
  • Hours: 0.
  • Activity: Other (Specify).
  • Hours: 0.
  • Activity: Total.
  • Hours: 100.

    Credits achieved: 100/10 = 10.
    Credits assigned = 10. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  58288   National Certificate: Electro-Mechanics  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  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 


    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. Enstra Learning and Development Centre (Pty) Ltd (SPRINGS) (TP) 



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