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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Design and apply modifications to existing process control systems 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
119809  Design and apply modifications to existing process control systems 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Measurement, Control and Instrumentation 
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  15 
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 in the Manufacturing Engineering and Technology field.

A person credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Design and apply modifications to existing process control systems within the Measurement, Control and Instrumentation field in accordance with industry norms.

    This unit standard will contribute to the qualitative development of learners by providing progression to this NQF level within the Measurement Control and Instrumentation environment. Recognition, further mobility and transportability within the field of Manufacturing Engineering and Technology is accommodated for. The skills, knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this unit standard are essential for social and economic transformation and development within the economic sector. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The following knowledge, skills attitude and / or equivalent:
  • An understanding of the industrial hierarchical network structure in conjunction with a control system and various communication protocols.
  • An understanding of control theory; and
  • An understanding of the theoretical principles of project management. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Type of process control systems used includes but is not limited to:
    > Analogue and Digital systemsThe range of control networks includes industrial networks e.g ETHERNET, profibus, RS485 and HART.
  • Safety precautions include the use of personal protective equipment, electrical and fire protection, process isolation.
  • Requirements include but are not limited to Statutory requirements, National Standards and manufacturers' specifications. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Design modifications to process control systems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Modifications required are correctly interpreted in accordance with specifications and process requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The existing system is analysed in order to understand the process principles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The modification is designed and modelled in order to fulfil process requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Conceptual design, simulation, testing.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Comply with documentation requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Relevant documentation is identified and retrieved in accordance with design requirements and company policies and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Engineering drawings are understood in accordance with engineering standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Drawings are amended correctly to reflect the design. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The document management system is updated in accordance with company policy and procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Apply modifications to process control systems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The task is planned and prepared according to job requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The modification is physically implemented according to design drawings. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The system is commissioned according to operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The system is monitored to ensure correct operation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Manage the modification of a process control system. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The project plan is developed according to project management principles. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Costing, scheduling, resources, training, procurement, progress monitoring.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The plan is prepared and presented for approval in accordance with company policies and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Modification is executed according to plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A post project report is compiled in detail. 


    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 
  • An understanding of process control systems.
  • An understanding of design principles.
  • Project management principles. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identification and problem solving skills - modification implications identified and addressed in design. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others - working under supervision and coordination of project activities and resources. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
  • Communication skills - reporting on project milestones and interpreting modification requirements.
  • World as a set of related - impact of modification on process efficiency. 

  • 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 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  49746   National Certificate: Measurement, Control and Instrumentation  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  EWSETA 
    Core  79627   National Certificate: Mechatronics  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2015-06-30  MERSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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