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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Control Load Variations on a Nuclear Steam Supply Plant from a Control Room 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
13816  Control Load Variations on a Nuclear Steam Supply Plant from a Control Room 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Power Plant Operations 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Manufacturing and Assembly 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  11 
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 people involved in control load variation nuclear steam supply plant from a refuelling outage to full power generation. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
1. Listen, question, observe, describe accurately and align with the sender`s need.
2. Understand and respect peoples values and beliefs, as well as those of the organisation and manage own actions in line with the above.
3. Understand own development requirements.
4. Understand concept, terms and theory of the specified technical field covering maths, science, electrical theory and power plant theory at required level.
5. Understands the company`s vision and manage own actions in line with it.
6. Specific organisation safety standards
7. Basic first aid
8. Fire fighting
9. Emergency preparedness
10. Problem solving and decision making
11. Environmental awareness
12. Organisation understanding
13. Competent in performing all relevant operating outcomes on all power plant support systems. 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
1. 2% to 100% reactor power with xenon poisoning
2. 2% to 100% reactor power with xenon poisoning
3. Steam supply plant consist of the following:
  • Primary system
  • Steam generator 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Change unit load. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Legitimacy of load change instruction is confirmed according to administrative requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Plant load conditions are assessed to verify the capability to meet required load change. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Load changes are prepared for according to procedural and regulatory requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Tasks are assigned to applicable staff to perform operations relevant to load change. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Load change is performed in accordance to procedural and regulatory requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Plant loading conditions are monitored and verified to stabilise within normal operating parameters. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    7. Out of normal plant loading conditions are identified and reacted upon. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    8. Load change is communicated according to administrative requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    9. Production capabilities and plant design criteria are maintained during load changes according to technical specification. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
    10. Physical plant conditions are assessed by evaluating feedback information from relevant resources formally and or informally. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 11 
    11. Nuclear reactivity is managed within technical specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 12 
    12. Specific regulatory requirements adhere to according to applicable procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Monitor and control chemical parameters during load variation. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Steam and Water Cycle. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Legitimacy of instruction to control chemical parameters is confirmed according to administrative requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Chemical control operations are performed according to regulatory and procedural requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Task associated with chemical control are assigned to relevant staff. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Plant chemical conditions are assessed by evaluating feedback information from relevant resources formally and or informally. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Out of normal conditions are identified and reacted on according to regulatory and procedural requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Specific regulatory requirements adhered to according to applicable procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    7. Chemical control operations are communicated according to administrative requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Monitor and control inventory parameters during load variations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Material and resources required for load variations verified available according to procedural and or regulatory requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Inventory availability is maintained according to specific requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Tasks are assigned to applicable staff to perform operations relevant to inventory control according to administrative requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Plant inventory conditions are assessed by evaluating information from relevant resources formally and or informally. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Inventory control operations are performed according to regulatory and or procedural requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Inventory status is communicated according to administrative requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    7. Specific regulatory requirements adhere to according to applicable procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Nuclear Plant Operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Priority setting are understood during plant operations and control according to optimisation principles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Impact on environment factor are understood in accordance with organisational environmental policies. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Mechanical plant component application and interrelation to the plant are understood according to relevant theories. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Electrical plant component application and interrelation to the plant process are understood according to relevant design theories. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Process control and protection system application and interrelation to the plant process are understood according to relevant design theories. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Binary and analogue systems.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Regulatory requirements are known and understood. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    7. Dangers of process chemicals in use are known and understood. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    8. Incidents related to specific plant operation are known and understood. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    9. Energy conversion process understanding demonstrated according to specific nuclear operator requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
    10. Thermo dynamic processes understood according to specific theories. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 11 
    11. Nuclear physics theories understood as pertaining to nuclear plant operation. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Steam generator operation.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 12 
    12. Operating philosophy pertaining to plant operating procedure are known and understood. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Accreditation: Evaluation of documentation and registration thereof according to SAQA requirements

    Moderation: Standard Generating Group Nuclear Power Plant Operations 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    1. Understands the overall energy conversion process and the impact the specific plant has on it.
    2. Ability to set priorities for self and own job.
    3. Awareness of and concerned about the impact their actions have on the environment.
    4. Knows and understands the theory of application of mechanical, electrical and instrumentation plant components and it`s interrelation to the plant.
    5. Aware of, understands and adheres to the regulatory requirements relevant to their plant area.
    6. Identify process chemicals in the plant area and know the dangers thereof.
    7. Understands the lessons learned from trends and or incidents related to the specific plant. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identifying and solving problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organization, and community. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organising and managing oneself and one`s activities responsibly and effectively. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collecting, analysing, organizing and critically evaluating information. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrating an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognizing that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Contributing to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of the society at large, by making it the underlying intention of any programme of learning to make an individual aware of the importance of:
    a. reflecting on and exploring a variety of strategies to learn more effectively;
    b. participating as responsible citizens in the life of local, national and global communities;
    c. being culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts;
    d. exploring education and career opportunities;
    e. developing entrepreneurial opportunities. 

    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 
    The following references to assessment tools to be made through out this unit standard

    1. 2% to 100% reactor power with xenon poisoning
    2. 2% to 100% reactor power with xenon poisoning
    3. Steam supply plant consist of the following:
  • Primary system
  • Steam generator

    Terminology used in this unit standard is consistent with the following standards
  • Electricity Supply Industry in South Africa
  • Council for Nuclear Safety
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA)

    A candidate will be regarded not yet competent should the safety of people, plant and materials be jeopardised during any stage of the assessment on any stage of this unit standard. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  23734   National Diploma: Nuclear Power Plant Process Control  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2009-02-18  Was EWSETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  61570   National Diploma: Power Plant Process Control Operations  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  EWSETA 


    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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    2. ESKOM DUVHA POWER STATION - OPERATIONS 
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    4. ESKOM KRIEL POWER STATION OPERATIONS TRAINING 
    5. Kelvin Power (Pty) Ltd 



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