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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Monitor and control a metallurgical plant from a control room 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
11105  Monitor and control a metallurgical plant from a control room 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Mining and Minerals 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
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 4  NQF Level 04  20 
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 responsible for monitoring and controlling a metallurgical plant from a control room. A person credited with this unit standard can:-
  • Demonstrate knowledge relating to the monitoring and controlling of a metallurgical plant
  • Start the metallurgical plant.
  • Monitor and control a metallurgical plant
  • Complete the duties pertaining to the monitoring and controlling of a metallurgical plant 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Literacy and numeracy at Grade 12 or equivalent
    Competence in the following:
  • Operation of applicable process equipment
  • Handling of applicable hazardous substances
  • Use of applicable equipment
  • Interpretation of assaying results
  • Operation of plant sections and interlock systems.
  • Principles of computer operations 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate knowledge relating to the monitoring and controlling of a metallurgical plant 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The legal and specified requirements pertaining to the monitoring and controlling of a metallurgical plant and the consequences of not adhering to the above are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The importance of the monitoring and controlling of a metallurgical plant in terms of achieving specified production and up- and down stream operational requirements are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The specified security requirements pertaining to the metallurgical plant is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. The specified communication requirements pertaining to the monitoring and controlling of a metallurgical plant and the consequences of non-compliance are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. The process flow and interlock systems of the metallurgical plant are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. The specified operating procedures of the metallurgical plant are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    7. The specified operating parameters, control methods and the factors affecting the metallurgical process are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    8. The specified actions to be taken, should sub-standard conditions and problems be encountered, are explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Start the metallurgical plant 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The process equipment is operable and meets the plant specific requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Clearance to start the process equipment is obtained in accordance to plant specific requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The process equipment is started in accordance with the plant start-up procedures, practises and requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. The process settings are adjusted within specified tolerances in accordance with specific requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. The start-up process is monitored and sub-standard conditions and problems are dealt with. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Monitor and control a metallurgical plant 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The feed is started and flow rates are adjusted to maintain specified quality and quantity requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Problems encountered are dealt with in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Control room instruments are monitored in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Processing conditions are optimised to meet production in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Data is interpreted and compared with pre-determined outcomes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Production output is correctly routed to designated locations in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    7. Data and processing conditions are accurately recorded in a required format. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    8. Safe and optimum production is maintained through effective communication. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    9. Specified security requirements of the process are met and security breaches are dealt with in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
    10. Safety and health precautions towards self and others are maintained in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 11 
    11. Plant operations are consistent with environmental policies and other specified requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Complete the duties pertaining to the monitoring and controlling of a metallurgical plant 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The feed is stopped in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The plant is stopped in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Good housekeeping practices are maintained in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Specified reporting requirements are met. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Planning for maintenance is in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Safety and health procedures towards self and others are maintained in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    7. Preparation for maintenance is in accordance with specified requirements. Specified lock-out procedures are adhered to. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    1. Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
    2. Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA by SAQA.
    3. 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 
    Embedded knowledge is addressed in specific outcome 1, as well as other assessment criteria throughout the unit standard. 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Solve problems.
  • The ability of the candidate to identify hazards and risks, sub standard conditions, process problems and to rectify these, illustrates his capability to solve problems. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team/ group/ organisation/ community.
  • The ability of the candidate to communicate effectively and to maintain optimum production illustrates his capability to work effectively with others. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one`s activities responsibly and effectively.
  • The ability of the candidate to maintain optimum production whilst adhering to safety procedures, illustrates his capability to organise and manage himself and his activities responsibly and effectively. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, organise and critically evaluate information.
  • The ability of the candidate to implement corrective actions, illustrates his capability to collect, organise and critically evaluate information. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematics and language skills in the modes of oral and written presentations.
  • The ability of the candidate to maintain optimum production through effective communication and his ability to adhere to reporting requirements illustrates his capability to communicate effectively. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically (showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others).
  • The ability of the candidate to adhere to safety, health and environmental requirements, illustrates his capability to use science and technology effectively. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems.
  • The ability of the candidate to explain the importance of the process in terms of achieving production and up and down stream requirements illustrates his understanding of the world as a set of related systems. 

  • 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, 1996 (Act no 29/1996), and Minerals Act and Regulations, 1991 (Act no 50/1991).
  • Mandatory Codes of Practice
  • SABS and other relevant Standards
  • Chief Inspector of Mines` Directives

    SITE SPECIFIC
  • Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments (HIRA)
  • Occupational Health and Safety Risk Management Programme
  • Managerial Instructions
  • Mine Standard Procedures
  • List of Recorded OH&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
    Core  49049   Further Education and Training Certificate: Lump Ore Beneficiation  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2009-02-18  Was MQA 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. ANGLOGOLD ASHANTI LTD (V/R) 
    2. ERGO BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY NPC 
    3. FINSCH DIAMOND MINE(PTY) LTD 
    4. FOSKOR (PTY) LTD 
    5. HARMONY GOLD MINING CO LTD 
    6. METSKILL PTY LTD 
    7. Nokaneng Environmental Management Consulting 
    8. THUSANG METALLURGICAL ENGINEERING TRAINING AND CONSULTING CC 



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