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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Test and maintain electrical mini substations 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
259117  Test and maintain electrical mini substations 
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 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 
The skills, knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this unit standard are essential for social and economic transformation and contribute to the upliftment and economic growth of the mining and minerals sector.

This unit standard is intended to promote general skills, knowledge and understanding of how to carry out a detailed electrical inspection on a mini substation in the mining and minerals sector in order to ensure knowledgeable and informed workers.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Explain the factors critical to a detailed electrical inspection on a mini substation.
  • Prepare to do a detailed electrical inspection on the mini substation.
  • Inspect the mini substation.
  • Test the mini substation and prepare for operation. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learning Assumed to be in Place and Recognition of Prior Learning:

    The credit calculation is based on the assumption that learners are already competent in terms of the following outcomes or areas of learning when starting to learn towards this unit standard:
  • Use hand held test instruments.
  • Use relevant hand tools.
  • Read and interpret electrical diagrams.
  • Understand the dangers associated with working in close proximity of electricity treatment for electrical shock. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Mini and/or mobile substations.

    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 
    Explain the factors critical to carry out a detailed electrical inspection on a mini substation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The purpose of carrying out a detailed electrical inspection on a mini substation is explained in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The factors critical to carry out a detailed electrical inspection on a mini substation are explained with reference to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Lockout procedures applicable to the mini substation are explained with reference to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The methods of checking and setting electrical protection and limits where applicable, on a mini substation, are explained in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The explanation of the risk assessment documentation related to inspecting an mini substation, shows a clear understanding of the possible critical workplace and work related hazards. The explanation also describes the recommended controls to deal with the risks associated with each hazard. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare to inspect a mini substation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Permission is obtained in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Personal protective equipment is examined and used in a manner that protects the individual in accordance with specified requirements. 

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

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Workplace hazards and associated risks are identified and dealt with in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The mini substation to be inspected is identified and prepared for the inspection in accordance with specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Preparing the mini substation for inspection must include:
  • Applying lockout procedures.
  • Cleanliness.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The inspection schedule is obtained and used in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The consequences of inadequate preparation are explained in terms of potential effect on the environment, occupational health, safety and production. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Consequences must include:
  • Permission.
  • Personal protective equipment.
  • Tools, material and equipment.
  • Workplace hazard identification, awareness and control.
  • Identifying and preparing the mini substation for inspection.
  • Obtaining and use of inspection schedule.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Inspect the mini substation. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    A detailed electrical inspection must include but is not limited to:
  • External cleaning.
  • Inspection and rectification of external defects.
  • Testing and adjusting of safety and protection devices.
  • Identification and rectification of defects, for example, loose terminations and defective components which will only be apparent by de-energising the equipment and opening up enclosures, or using, where necessary, tools or test equipment (or both).
  • Check and restore operational parameters of the electrical equipment.
  • Replace defective electrical components.
  • Rectifying defects found. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Hazards and associated risks directly related to the inspection of the mini substation are identified and addressed in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Personal protective equipment is used in a manner that protects the individual in accordance with specified requirements. 

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

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The mini substation is inspected in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Defects identified are dealt with in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Interpersonal interaction is positive, consistent with specified requirements and promotes effective teamwork. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The consequences of not inspecting the mini substation in line with specified requirements are explained in terms of potential effect on the environment, occupational health, safety and production. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Consequences must include:
  • Work related hazards and associated risks.
  • Use of personal protective equipment.
  • Use of tools, material and equipment.
  • Inspecting the mini substation.
  • Dealing with the identified defects.
  • Interpersonal interaction.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Test the mini substation and prepare for operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The power is switched on in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The mini substation is tested to determine if it is functioning in accordance with specified requirement. 

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

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The workplace is cleaned to comply with specified housekeeping practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The report on work performed complies with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The consequences of not testing the mini substation and not preparing for operation in line with specified requirements are explained in terms of potential effect on the environment, occupational health, safety and production. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Consequences must include:
  • Switching on the power.
  • Testing the mini substation.
  • Tools, material and equipment.
  • Housekeeping.
  • Reporting.
     


  • 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 institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA by SAQA.
  • 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 
    The following embedded knowledge is addressed in an integrated way in the unit standard:
  • 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 
    The ability of the candidate to identify sub-standard and hazardous conditions, assess and take appropriate action. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The ability of the candidate to reconcile the information from visual and physical examinations and constantly evaluate the changing situation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    The appropriate communication with the relevant personnel with regard to the reporting of hazards and sub-standard conditions will indicate his/her proficiency in effective communication. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    The ability of the candidate to use tools and adheres to safety. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    The ability of the candidate to identify and refer anomalous behaviour to a specialist confirms understanding that a specific observation, inference, action or decision can have a devastating effect. 

    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 
    Supplementary Information:

    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 and Safety Act, 1996 (Act no 29/1996), and Minerals Act, Regulations, 1991 (Act no 50/1991).
  • Mandatory Codes of Practice.
  • SANS and other relevant Standards.
  • Chief Inspector of Mines' Directives and instructions.
  • Guidelines issued by the Chief Inspector of Mines.

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

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  72051   National Certificate: Electrical Engineering  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2024-12-05  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


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