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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Contribute to maintenance of equipment 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
14788  Contribute to maintenance of equipment 
ORIGINATOR
Chemical Industries SGB 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Engineering and Related Design 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 2  NQF Level 02  18 
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 standard is aimed at people who work or intend to work within a large process operation in the chemical or similar industry or environment, and seek recognition for skills essential for operating equipment used in such processes.

Those learners who acquire the outcomes of this standard will know about and be able to contribute to the maintenance of equipment, pertaining to the chemical industry. The selection of the equipment ensures that the recipient can:
  • Operate equipment in a large processing operation.
  • Or will be able to operate such equipment after minimal training.

    For the purpose of this standard the following is understood as equipment:
  • A machine or apparatus that which delivers a result or achieves a function in a chemical process.
  • A machine that is operated independently or in combination with other units in a chemical process.
  • Equipment is generally operated in the field but remote control may be used.

    The qualifying learner is able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the processes and procedures for equipment maintenance
  • Prepare equipment for maintenance purposes
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the preparation of a work area for maintenance
  • Prepare the work area for maintenance
  • Receive equipment back after maintenance is completed. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Learners accessing this standard will have demonstrated competence against the unit standards or the equivalent; Maintain health, hygiene and safety in a chemical environment, Describe chemical process operations and related process chemistry used in the chemical industry and Demonstrate an understanding of quality principles used in the chemical industry.
  • Learners working towards the full qualification will have demonstrated competence against the unit standards in the National Certificate in Chemical Operations - NQF Level 1 or equivalent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Range statements, which are applicable to the unit standard titles, specific outcomes and assessment criteria.

    The following range statements are general to the qualification.
  • Checks and tests may include visual inspection and equipment integrity test
  • Remedial action may include valve isolation, line clearance, draining, purging and cleaning
  • Communication may include face to face, telephone, radio and written
  • Site records may include blind lists, logs, trip sheets and line up drawings
  • Corrective action may include valve isolation, line clearance, draining, purging and cleaning
  • Measurement instruments includes pressure measurement, level measurement, flow measurement, temperature measurement and remote measurement
  • Process-variables include pressure measurement, volumetric level measurement, flow measurement and temperature measurement
  • Measurement instruments includes pressure measurement, level measurement, flow measurement, temperature measurement and remote measurement. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the processes and procedures for equipment maintenance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The importance of standard operating procedures being implemented during maintenance is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Isolation procedures for all pertinent items of equipment for maintenance are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The "permit to work" procedures are followed and recommendations for permits to be cancelled are made. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Equipment for maintenance is located and shown to maintenance personnel. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Standard operating procedures will include site operating instructions, instructions, orders, guidelines, policies, procedures and systems
  • This unit standard is limited to a minimum of 6 pieces of equipment listed: dryers, strippers, cooling towers, mixers, fans, conveying equipment, positive displacement pumps, centrifugal pumps, positive displacement compressors, filters, vessels, heat exchangers; Site procedures: permit to work procedures, isolating procedures, draining, venting, purging and flushing procedures; Site check tests: visual inspection, equipment integrity test and line up.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare equipment for maintenance purpose. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The state / type of maintenance to be conducted is identified and explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The effect of conditions on the equipment preparation is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Appropriate personnel are notified of unforeseen problems in preparation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Correct items of equipment are isolated from process and energy source. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Preparation of equipment is completed within defined time scales. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Further information is provided to maintenance personnel as requested. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    7. Abnormal occurrences during isolation, venting, purging, draining or flushing are identified and described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    8. Equipment is drained, flushed, purged, vented and then isolated, according to procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    9. Abnormal occurrences are identified and promptly reported or corrected 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Abnormalities may include electrical, line obstruction, permit conditions not met, leaks, mechanical, incompleteness and incorrect line up.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the preparation of a work area for maintenance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The implications of commencing work in an area that is not prepared are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Reasons people need to be informed of work about to commence are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The types of hazardous conditions that can arise in previously cleared and prepared area are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. The work area is prepared as specified by the permit to work procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Appropriate personnel are informed of work area preparation and promptly advised of significant delays. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Recommendations are made to have permits cancelled. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    7. Further information is provided to maintenance personnel as requested. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    8. Work areas identified as hazardous are cordoned off when work presents a hazard to others and when required by procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Prepare the work area for maintenance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. How work area can be designated and prepared for work is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Reasons why controlled entry to work area is required are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Types of hazardous materials which would need to be removed are identified and described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Work areas are cleared of obstructions according to requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Hazardous materials are removed from the area. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Any equipment that could be adversely affected by maintenance activities is securely shielded. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    7. Work area prepared is confirmed as complete within agreed time frame. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Receive equipment back after maintenance is completed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Reasons work must be handed back in accordance with the permit conditions is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Implications of accepting back incomplete equipment are identified and described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Equipment is checked to confirm integrity before accepting back. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Outstanding faults are remedied and reported to appropriate personnel within specified time frames. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Area is checked to ensure that all maintenance equipment is removed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Permit to work conditions are fully met. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    7. Reasons why permits associated with the activity have to be completed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    8. Area is checked to ensure that debris is removed. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    The relevant Educational Training Quality Assurance Body (ETQA), will accredit providers offering learning towards this standard and will register assessors. They will also appoint the internal and external moderators. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Terminology and use of instrumentation.
  • Instrument processes and procedures used
  • Instrument diagrams and symbols
  • Measurement, instrumentation and equipment used
  • Fault finding and problem solving methods and techniques
  • Chemicals
  • Policies and operating procedures
  • An in depth understanding of terminology associated with appropriate equipment
  • A comprehensive understanding of operating principles of appropriate equipment
  • An in depth understanding of working principles of appropriate equipment
  • A comprehensive understanding of place or position (layout) of the plant equipment and utilities
  • An all rounded understanding of first line maintenance procedures and problem solving
  • A comprehensive understanding of fault diagnostics and team work (who is responsible for what)
  • An in depth understanding of organogram results of non-conformance
  • Names, characteristics and chemical reactions of materials to be processed
  • Rules, laws, regulations and statutory requirements
  • Procedures and quality measurement instruments relating to Quality Assurance. 


  • Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made towards the contribution of equipment maintenance. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team and organisation to conduct, communicate and respond to plant activities during the contribution of equipment maintenance. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one`s activities responsibly and effectively, while contributing to equipment maintenance. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion, with regards to reporting and recording of information and contributing to maintenance of equipment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others contributing to equipment maintenance. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrating and understanding the chemical process as a set or related systems by identifying the impact of abnormalities in one part of the system. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    In order to contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of society at large, it must be the intention underlying any programme of learning to make an individual aware of the importance of reflecting on and exploring a variety of strategies to learn more effectively. 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  22866   National Certificate: Chemical Equipment Operations  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2005-10-09  Was CHIETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  62869   National Certificate: Rockbreaking: Surface Excavations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MQA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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