SAQA All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.
SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Install and maintain trackside rail lubricators 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
119975  Install and maintain trackside rail lubricators 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Civil Engineering Construction 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction Civil Engineering Construction 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
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 is capable of:
  • Understanding the purpose and application of rail lubrication, as well as installing, inspecting, filling and maintaining trackside rail lubricators, in order to ensure optimal functioning of trackside rail lubricator.
  • The learner will also be able to appreciate the possible environmental impact of rail lubrication activities.
  • This Unit Standard will contribute to the full development of a professional community of Rail Construction and Maintenance workers.
  • The skills, knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this unit standard are essential for social and economic transformation and upliftment within the Rail Construction and Maintenance environment. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are already competent in the following:
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF level 1
  • NQF Level 1 Language and Communication
  • And are in possession of an Educational and Competency Certificate in overhead track equipment 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The typical scope of this Unit Standard:

    Competency must be demonstrated
  • In different weather and environmental conditions.
  • Preferably in daytime.
  • In different yard layouts/mainline/sidings/private sidings/shed/workshop (might or might not include overhead traction and Railway signalling).
  • Within a specific time span.
  • Different site conditions, e.g. cuttings, embankments, multiple lines, tunnels, sites with restricted accessibility etc.

    Lubricators include, but are not limited to:
  • Porter and Moore type lubricators.
  • Moore and Steele type lubricators.

    Lubricator defects could include:
  • Worn, broken or incorrect components.
  • Leakages and other environmental threats.
  • Component adjustment defect.
  • Insufficient lubricant levels.
  • Incorrect lubricants. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an understanding of trackside rail lubricators. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The purpose of rail lubrication is explained with examples of consequences of non-lubrication. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Different types and models of lubricators are identified and their usage explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Components of lubricators are identified correctly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The functioning of lubricators is described with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Typical problems experienced with lubricators are explained in service, in relation to breakages, leakages and incorrect application. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Environmental impact of lubrication spillages, leakages and misuses are explained with examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare to install trackside rail lubricators. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Instruction is received and execution of installation is verified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Quantities are calculated and obtained accurately and accordingly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A work plan detailing time frames and resources is compiled. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Material, tools and equipment are obtained and verified for correctness. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Relevant role-payers including team members are informed and made available. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Relevant personal protective equipment is identified and applied correctly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Appropriate protection is afforded in accordance with procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Correct position for installation is identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    Work environment is safe guarded in accordance with regulations and procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Install trackside rail lubricators. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Obstructions that could influence lubricator installation are identified and reacted to. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Correct components are identified, selected and utilised. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Lubricator components are assembled and installed correctly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Lubricator is filled using the correct filling method and appropriate lubricant. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Appropriate components (e.g. plunger and lubricator plates) are adjusted. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Functioning of lubricator by means of observation and evaluation is correct. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Safe working methods and procedures are applied. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Inspect, fill and maintain trackside rail lubricators. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Defects are identified correctly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Check Lubricator components is checked regularly for any damages. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Lubricant level is replenished using the correct lubricant and filling method. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Components are checked and adjusted (plunger and grease plate) to ensure optimal functioning. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Lubricant (grease) output is checked and adjusted to ensure optimal supply. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Excess material is removed in accordance with instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Defects are recorded and reported appropriately. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Environmental regulations are adhere to. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Complete post installation and maintenance operations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Quality of completed work is verified and appropriate corrective action is taken where required. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Work site is restored and cleared as per instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Protection is withdrawn in accordance with procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Relevant documentation and reports are completed accurately and legibly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Role-players including team members are informed. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this Unit Standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • The relevant ETQA would be responsible for moderation of learner achievements of learners who meet the requirements of this Unit Standard. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Code of Practice 29
  • The purpose of rail lubrication
  • Different types and models of track side lubricators
  • Components of lubricators and their function
  • Typical problems experienced with lubricators in service
  • Environmental impact of lubrication spillages, leakages and misuses
  • Quantity calculation of materials required for lubricator maintenance/installation
  • The properties of different lubricants, as well as filling methods used
  • Rail types, rail wear and sizes
  • Track standards and specifications with regard to off-sets
  • Relevant environmental regulations and legislation
  • Health, Safety and Housekeeping procedures and regulations
  • Reporting and documentation requirements and procedures 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    Learners can understand the importance of:
  • Safety in the workplace
  • Being a team player in the work environment, organisation and in society
  • Economic impact of rail track operations 

  • UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Learners can solve problems with regard to:
  • The correctness, quantity and quality of tools, equipment and materials
  • Failure of equipment
  • Availability of resources
  • Non-availability of other departments
  • Lubricator defects and typical problems experienced with lubricators in service
  • Obstructions that could influence lubricator installation
  • Positioning of lubricator 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Learners can work effectively with others and in teams when:
  • Relevant role-players are informed and available
  • Defects are appropriately reported 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Learners can organise and manage one self:
  • By observing and assessing work area to determine if work can proceed
  • When informing team members of hazards in the work area
  • When calculating material quantities
  • When preparing to install lubricators 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Learners can collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information by:
  • Determining the correct position for lubricator installation
  • Defects are accurately identified
  • Identifying and reacting to obstructions that could influence lubricator installation
  • Determining what type of lubricator to install in relation to its purpose in the track 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Learners can communicate effectively by:
  • Completing relevant documentation
  • Communicating with relevant parties for example, subordinates, technical personnel, etc
  • Recording and reporting defects 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Learners can use science and technology by:
  • Identifying, selecting and utilizing the correct components
  • Installing the lubricator correctly
  • Ensuring the correct functioning of the lubricator 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Learners can understand:
  • Causes of lubricator defects
  • The purpose of rail lubrication and the effect on rail life
  • The impact of rail lubrication on traction efficiency
  • The environmental impact of lubrication spillages, leakages and misuses 

  • 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
    Elective  49795   National Certificate: Rail Construction and Maintenance  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  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. R and H Rail (Pty) Ltd 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.