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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Commission machines and equipment or pilot and test a new technical service 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116790  Commission machines and equipment or pilot and test a new technical service 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Manufacturing and Assembly Processes 
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 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  10 
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 
In order to run a sustainable business, a technically qualified learner will also ensure that machines or equipment are commissioned in such a manner that products or services are consistent, meet customer expectations and conform to any standards required for that product or service. In order to do this effectively, a qualifying learner will be able to:
  • Convert specific instructions/information into actions
  • Develop processes and procedures to ensure the success of the commissioning process
  • Evaluate and apply given instructions/information
  • Measure and evaluate trial run results.

    In doing this, a learner will also know and understand:
  • Concepts and issues relating to the commissioning of machines and equipment
  • Procedures and techniques to test products or services
  • Effective ways of recording and communicating results.

    Learners can be assessed against this unit standard any of the following contexts:
  • A small or micro business
  • A semi-autonomous business unit within a larger organisation.

    The skills, the knowledge and the values reflected in this unit standard form part of the exit level outcomes required for the National Certificate in Master Craftsmanship NQF Level 5. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The credits for this unit standard assume that learners have an NQF Level 4 qualification, as well as experience, in a trade or technical occupation. They also assume that learners are working towards their qualification as part of a learning programme which integrates all the required unit standards.

    Learning time will increase if learners do not have:
  • A relevant NQF Level 4 qualification
  • Experience in a relevant field.

    Learning time will be decreased if they have experience in this field because:
  • Their learning programmes will be adjusted to build on what they already know
  • They can apply to have that prior learning recognised.

    Specifically, learners are assumed to be competent in the following:
  • Principles of quality systems at NQF Level 4
  • Technical processes at NQF Level 4
  • Use of software to manipulate data. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The ranges as indicated under the specific outcomes determine the scope and level of this unit standard.

    This unit standard refers to commissioning of machines and equipment used in: production, maintenance or services. Commissioning represents any processing or conducting trials, testing new products or services, or piloting new technical processes and procedures. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Gather all relevant information for commissioning. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Commissioning in this unit standard represents any process of conducting trials, testing new products or services, or piloting new technical processes and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Commissioning instructions are accurately identified and applied. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Information regarding other services and systems are in place. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Information is effectively communicated to all relevant parties. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Communicated information covers all relevant resources accurately. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Plan to commission machinery or equipment. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Commissioning in this unit standard represents any process of conducting trials, testing new products or services, or piloting new technical processes and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Effective and appropriate commissioning plan is developed (time frames, resources, finances methods and techniques). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Synchronisation and timing are adequately communicated to all relevant role players. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    SHE is effectively addressed (legislature and company safety operation procedures). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Provision for alternative resources and cost is made. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Adequate provision is made to ensure all equipment, tools and materials will be available. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Commission team effectively briefed on process. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Commission machines and equipment. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Commissioning in this unit standard represents any processing or conducting trials, testing new products or services, or piloting new technical processes and procedures.
  • SHE stands for safety, health and the environment. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Software and program is suitably interpreted, where applicable. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Commissioning instructions are carried out successfully. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Trial runs are conducted systematically and the quality of samples is monitored. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    All SHE aspects are adequately addressed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Problems are solved and corrective action is taken (including fault analysis). 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Handover to relevant personnel, and complete all documentation. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Relevant personnel includes anyone who will be part of or influence the running of the new equipment, participate in the new processes or services, be clients or beneficiaries of the new process.
  • Technical documentation includes operating manual, drawings, specifications, etc. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Final documents are completed accurately and handed over according to requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Relevant personnel are able to carry the processes and understand the key requirements. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    The assessment will be governed by the policies and guidelines of a relevant Education and Training Quality Assurance body, which has jurisdiction over this field of learning. The assessor will be accredited and have a Diploma in Master Craftsmanship at NQF Level 5 or an equivalent NQF Level 5 qualification and experience in the running of a small or medium business or autonomous business unit within a larger organisation. Since it is unlikely that there will be sufficient qualified people in the early stages of the life of this qualification, ETQAs should be allowed to make interim arrangements such as:
    1. Assessor panels
    2. People experienced in the field but without formal qualifications, eg current or retired owners of successful businesses or respected managers in organisations.

    Learners can be assessed in the language of their choice although if they have to report incidents or conditions to someone else, they will be assessed on their ability to report in the language commonly used in the working environment.

    They will be assessed in a workplace but can submit documents, projects, test results and assignments that were not produced in the workplace.

    They can be assessed against this unit standard to obtain credits or as part of an integrated assessment for a qualification. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The activities in this unit standard require an extensive practical experience integrated with a thorough knowledge and understanding of theory and the options related to the technical field and to general principles of organising work. It is assumed that the learners being assessed will have participated in formal structured learning processes to acquire the relevant knowledge. What follows are broad guidelines to the kind of content of such structured learning processes.

    1. Concepts, names & functions of:
  • Machines, components or parts
  • Lubricants
  • Products or services
  • Manuals

    2. Purpose of:
  • Machines, components or parts
  • Products or services

    3. Attributes, descriptions, characteristics & properties:
  • Machines, parts or components

    4. Sensory cues:
  • Smells of chemicals or machine parts

    5. Procedures and techniques:
  • Installing and commissioning
  • Start up and shut down procedures

    6. Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies, standards:
  • Safety, Health and Environment

    7. Theory: rules, principles, laws:
  • Standard start up and shut down procedure
  • Relevant maths and science knowledge

    8. Relationships, systems:
  • Industrial communication
  • Suppliers and manufacturers 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems relevant to machines and equipment:
  • Identify potential problems, analyse them and design possible solutions
  • Identify and resolve science and maths related problems 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of the commissioning team:
  • Team members and colleagues are communicated with in a manner that enhances understanding
  • Operators are given initial training
  • Commissioning feedback is given to interested parties 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage myself and my activities:
  • Visualise all required actions and develop a sequence of implementation steps
  • Anticipate and plan for conflicts, overlaps, bottlenecks and delays 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information:
  • In terms of commissioning activities
  • Read and interpret technical manuals
  • Interpret and develop drawing and sketches 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively:
  • Team members' roles are clearly defined
  • Team members carry out instructions
  • Commissioning outcome is communicated to relevant stakeholders 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems:
  • The use of suppliers and manufacturers as resources in establishing requirements, developing processes and solving problems. 

  • 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

    How credits were determined:

    Activity & credits:
  • Classroom learning: 40 hours
  • On-the-job learning: 30 hours
  • Self directed learning: 20 hours (Assignments, projects)
  • Coaching required: 5 hours (One-to-one passing on of tips and expert practice)
  • Other: 5 hours (Preparation of portfolios)
    Total: 100 hours
    Credits: 10 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  58883   National Certificate: Fluid Power  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Core  49061   National Certificate: Master Craftsmanship (Electrical)  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  EWSETA 
    Core  57122   National Certificate: Printing and Manufacture of Packaging  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2015-06-30  FPMSETA 
    Elective  60070   National Certificate: Inspection and Assessment (Non-Metallics)  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 


    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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