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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Maintain Communications, Navigation and Surveillance (CNS) support equipment 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
230198  Maintain Communications, Navigation and Surveillance (CNS) support equipment 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Aerospace Operations 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 10 - Physical, Mathematical, Computer and Life Sciences Physical Sciences 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  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 
The qualifying learner will be capable of maintaining ground based Communications, Navigation and Surveillance Support Equipment used for aeronautical communication, navigation and surveillance purposes. This unit standard forms part of the Core learning within the specialised area of Communications, Navigation and Surveillance technical support in an air traffic control environment. It will serve to professionalise the community of Air Traffic Management Engineering Technicians who will be able to work productively to enhance the safety and efficiency of the air traffic management.

Qualifying learners will be capable of:
  • Performing corrective maintenance to support equipment.
  • Performing routine preventive maintenance to support equipment.
  • Analysing and measuring equipment performance.
  • Carrying out maintenance support. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that a learner will be competent in:
  • Communication at NQF level 4 or equivalent.
  • Mathematics at NQF level 4 or equivalent.
  • Electronics. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Ground based Communications, Navigation and Surveillance Support Equipment includes but is not limited to:
  • Standby Power Supplies.
  • Uninterrupted Power Supplies (UPS).
  • Batteries.
  • Motor Generators.
  • Power Reticulation Systems.
  • Air-conditioning Units.
  • Fire Protection Systems.
  • Test Equipment.
  • Communication and Data Links.
  • Hand-Tools.
  • Security Protection.
  • Access Control systems.
  • Facilities Management.
  • Surge and Lightning Protection. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Perform corrective maintenance to support equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Equipment failure is verified through contact with customers and monitoring systems according to Organisational Standing Instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Corrective fault diagnosis and faulty modules or components are identified using Test and built in test equipment as per equipment manual instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Faulty modules or components are replaced in accordance with appropriate corrective maintenance procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Corrective equipment adjustments are made in accordance with Communications, Navigation and Surveillance Support Equipment corrective maintenance procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Test equipment is repaired when faulty and calibrated in accordance with Quality Management System procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The functionality of the Communications, Navigation and Surveillance Support Equipment is confirmed, according to equipment manual requirements and communicated to all role players. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The fault finding logic processes employed and the choice of tools and test equipment used, are explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    An understanding of Support Contracts in place, access to contact contractors and the management of contractors is shown using examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    Reports are generated and logs maintained of the corrective maintenance of the Communications, Navigation and Surveillance Support Equipment according to Organisational practice. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Perform routine preventive maintenance to support equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Preventive maintenance is carried out in accordance with routine maintenance schedules and instructions for Communications, Navigation and Surveillance Support Equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The functionality of the Communications, Navigation and Surveillance Support Equipment is confirmed, according to equipment manual requirements and communicated to all role players. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Test equipment is routinely calibrated in accordance with Quality Management Systems procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The implications of failing to carry out preventive maintenance are explained using examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Reports are generated and logs maintained of the status and functionality of the Communications, Navigation and Surveillance Support Equipment according to the organisational maintenance procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Analyse and measure equipment performance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The performance of Communications, Navigation and Surveillance Support Equipment is measured using test equipment as specified in manufacturers Specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Equipment performance measurements are carried out in accordance with technical manual procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Performance figures are evaluated against manufacturers' specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Remedial maintenance is performed as per structured scenarios when deviation from manufacturer specifications are established. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Technical reports are compiled and the status and performance of equipment is accurately recorded according to organisational procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Carry out maintenance support. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Stores work is carried out in accordance with ground based Communications, Navigation and Surveillance Support Equipment support service procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Spares, tools and material are drawn from stores in accordance with stores procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Faulty equipment and modules are returned to stores in accordance with stores procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    All maintenance records, job cards and fault reports are completed in accordance with Communications, Navigation and Surveillance Support Equipment support service requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Where applicable Maintenance Management System is updated with all logistics data in accordance with Communications, Navigation and Surveillance Support Equipment support service procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Housekeeping activities are performed at all Communications, Navigation and Surveillance Support Equipment sites in accordance with procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Housekeeping activities include, but are not limited to:
  • Road maintenance.
  • Site maintenance.
  • Building maintenance.
  • Cleaning.
  • Spares.
  • Record maintenance.
     


  • UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard and the related Exit Level Outcomes of the Qualification must be accredited by the relevant ETQA.
  • External Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA at its discretion.
  • The accredited Training Provider will oversee internal moderation of assessment.
  • Internal and external moderation should encompass achievement of competence described in the specific outcomes of the unit standard as well as the integrated competence described in the purpose of the unit standard. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Service Level Agreement in place between Air Traffic Control and CNS Support equipment -Technical Support personnel.
  • Maintenance theory and the concepts of reliability, availability and maintainability,
  • Infrastructure and the impact of CNS Support Equipment serviceability on the safety of Air Traffic Management operations infrastructure.
  • CNS Support Equipment utilisation procedures and techniques.
  • CNS Support Equipment infrastructure. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems when carrying out fault diagnosis thereby ensuring that appropriate remedial actions are initiated for the effective restoration of failed or defective CNS Support Equipment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Employ self-management when carrying out, on his own, unsupervised maintenance or repair work to CNS Support Equipment at remote locations. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Manage information contained in data specifications for test equipment and diagnostic systems, information supplied in handbooks, maintenance schedules and performance logs to ensure accurate evaluation of CNS Support Equipment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively and accurately the information contained in technical reports and record in a neat and logical format that can be readily accessed and understood by end-users. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Demonstrate scientific and technological competence by applying knowledge and understanding of scientific processes to the correct use of sophisticated, high technology test equipment and diagnostic systems. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that the role of the technician is a vital part of the integrated CNS Support Equipment which have an impact on Air Traffic Control, Airline Pilots and the flying community at large and as such should therefore not be regarded as a role which can be performed in isolation of this network. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
  • Assessors must be registered as assessors with a relevant ETQA or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessors must be in possession of a relevant qualification at a minimum of NQF level 6. 

  • 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

    Routine maintenance schedules have been prepared and are in place for all equipment based on manufacturers' recommendations, operational requirements and support requirements determined from actual experience during the operational life of the equipment.

    International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) publishes recommendations and standards for all communications, navigational and surveillance systems used in aviation. The ICAO Annexes publication includes the recommendations and standards pertaining to CNS Support equipment.

    Corrective Maintenance Procedures

    Corrective maintenance procedures include procedures contained in equipment manufacturer manuals and site-specific maintenance procedures. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  57229   National Certificate: Communications, Navigation and Surveillance Support  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2016-12-31  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.
     
    1. Aviation Training Academy 



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