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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Operate a steam heating vehicle 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
256197  Operate a steam heating vehicle 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Transport and Logistics Operations 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 11 - Services Transport, Operations and Logistics 
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 
This unit standard will be useful for people starting on a learning pathway in the rail transport industry (train driving), and contributes towards the specialist skills and knowledge they require for specific roles within rail transport. It is intended to describe key skills and knowledge requirements for those drivers or assistants who operate in defined working environments, in compliance with legislative requirements, codes and practices.

This unit standard will recognise the essential knowledge and skills required to run the steam heating vehicle, from pre-start checks through to monitoring and shut down of the vehicle.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Prepare to start the steam heating vehicle.
  • Start and shut down the steam heating vehicle.
  • Monitor the operation of the steam heating vehicle. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are competent in:
  • Communications at NQF Level 2. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Specific range statements are provided in the body of the unit standard where they apply to particular specific outcomes or assessment criteria. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Prepare to start the steam heating vehicle. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The purpose of the steam heating vehicle is explained in accordance with accepted understanding in the sector. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Key components involved in coupling the vehicle to the locomotive are identified and explained with reference to their purpose and function. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Components include:
  • Brake pipes; jumper cable.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The vehicle is coupled to the locomotive in accordance with standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Circuit breakers for both diesel and electric locomotives are identified and closed to complete the control circuit from locomotive to steam heating vehicle, according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Final checks are completed according to the standard checklist. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Checks include:
  • Water level; fuel levels; position of drain cocks and isolating cocks; circuit breakers.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Start and shut down the steam heating vehicle. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Start up of the steam heating vehicle follows the sequence and complies with standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Steam build-up is confirmed to be at the required pressure, in accordance with operating instructions and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The system is drained of excess water as required, and steam train pipe set for the required pressure, as specified in operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The air cock settings are checked to ensure that they are correct and adjusted to avoid excessive pressure and burst pipes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The system is shut down and prepared for start up and/or inactivity, in accordance with standard operating procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Actions include:
  • Drain, fill reservoirs, shut down.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Monitor the operation of the steam heating vehicle. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The steam heating vehicle is monitored against specific criteria during scheduled inspection patrols of the locomotive. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Gauges and other key indicators are located and explained in terms of their purpose and the information they provide. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Indicators include:
  • Pressure gauges; water level indicators; diesel level indicators; diesel engine indicator lights.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Values are noted and recorded for key indicators. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Values outside the acceptable operating range are noted and appropriate action taken in terms of the standard operating procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Values include:
  • Pressure; water levels; diesel levels.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The system is drained as required, according to standard operating procedures, during scheduled inspection patrols. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Providers of learning towards this unit standard will need to meet the accreditation requirements of the relevant ETQA.
  • An individual wishing to be assessed against this unit standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that has been accredited by a relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with a relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be registered and accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.

    Moderation Option:
  • The moderation requirements of the relevant ETQA must be met in order to award credit to learners for this unit standard. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    N/A 

    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.
  • Note: Part of the start up and shut down process. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as members of a team, group, organisation or community.
  • Note: Essential for safe operation within a rail environment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively.
  • Note: Critical in following sequence and procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information.
  • Note: Part of monitoring the start up, running and shut down processes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively, using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentations.
  • Note: Part of monitoring the start up, running and shut down processes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.
  • Note: Part of monitoring the start up, running and shut down processes. 

  • 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.
  • Note: Understanding the relationship between different train systems, and their impact on one another. 

  • 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 
    Notes to Assessors:

    Assessors should keep the following general principles in mind when designing and conducting assessments against this unit standard:
  • Focus the assessment activities on gathering evidence in terms of the main outcome expressed in the title to ensure assessment is integrated rather than fragmented. Remember we want to declare the person competent in terms of the title. Where assessment at title level is unmanageable, then focus assessment around each specific outcome, or groups of specific outcomes.
  • Make sure that evidence is gathered across the entire range, wherever it applies. Assessment activities should be as close to the real performance as possible, and where simulations or role-plays are used, there should be supporting evidence to show the candidate is able to perform in the real situation.
  • Do not focus the assessment activities on each assessment criterion. Rather make sure the assessment activities focus on outcomes and are sufficient to enable evidence to be gathered around all the assessment criteria.
  • The assessment criteria provide the specifications against which assessment judgements should be made. In most cases, knowledge can be inferred from the quality of the performances, but in other cases, knowledge and understanding will have to be tested through questioning techniques. Where this is required, there will be assessment criteria to specify the standard required.
  • The task of the assessor is to gather sufficient evidence, of the prescribed type and quality, as specified in this unit standard, that the candidate can achieve the outcomes again and again and again. This means assessors will have to judge how many repeat performances are required before they believe the performance is reproducible.
  • All assessments should be conducted in line with the following well documented principles of assessment: appropriateness, fairness, manageability, integration into work or learning, validity, direct, authentic, sufficient, systematic, open and consistent.

    The following particular issues should be taken into consideration when assessing against this unit standard:
  • Methods of assessment should include:
    > Written tests/case studies.
    > Oral/on-the-job.
    > In situ (on-the-job) observations.
    > Simulation.
    > Role-play/structured classroom discussions and oral tests.
  • These methods must be carefully selected based on the purpose of the assessment (for example, the written method could be used to assess knowledge or on-the-job demonstration for practical competence). 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  61849   Further Education and Training Certificate: Train Driving  Level 4  NQF Level 04  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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