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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Solve operating problems using process chemistry and related technology 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
14801  Solve operating problems using process chemistry and related technology 
ORIGINATOR
Chemical Industries SGB 
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 3  NQF Level 03  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 
This standard is aimed at people who work or intend to work within a large process operation in the chemical or similar industry, and seek recognition for skills essential for operating within a chemical system.

Those learners who acquire the outcomes of this standard will know about and be able to solve operating problems using process chemistry and related technology, pertaining to the (chemical) industry.

The qualifying learner is able to:
  • Identify and quantify the process variables deviating from the standard during process operation
  • Establish and execute the optimum action to be taken
  • Select solutions
  • Implement solutions and carryout follow-up activities 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners accessing this unit standard will have demonstrated competence in the following or the equivalent:
  • Identification of technology used in (the chemical) industry
  • Application process chemistry and related technology in the chemical industry
  • Operating equipment (establish start up conditions, start up and shut down equipment and contribute to maintenance of equipment
  • Maintaining health, hygiene and safety in a chemical environment 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Deviations are variations from the specified value or range of values that do not change during normal/stable operation.
  • Trends are changes of values that occur over time (short or long duration)
  • Process and operating specifications are the measurements and indications of all variables monitored during operations including temperatures, pressures flow rates, power consumption, noise, vibration and visual inspection
  • Changes are measurements and indications that may occur suddenly or over a period of time including changes within and beyond the limits specified in the (standard) operating instructions
  • Changes exclude major changes that must be addressed in terms of (standard operating instructions or emergency drills)
  • Quantifying deviations include amount of change and rates of change of the variable(s)
  • Factors influence the deviation are included in the equipment/system or process operation are included in specific operating instructions and training
  • Investigation includes indication of how factors change to influence results
  • Explanation of probable causes includes the relationship between the technical causes indicated from investigating the factors and the deviations quantified
  • Explanations include the changes to the variables that are expected to result from changing the factor(s) based on knowledge of process chemistry assumed to be in place 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify and quantify the process variables deviating from the standard during process operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Potential deviations from process and or operating specifications are noted 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Trends (changes) of process and operating conditions are monitored and recorded 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Extent of deviations are quantified 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Establish and execute the optimum action to be taken. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Factors that influence the deviating variable(s) are identified 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Factors are investigated to establish deviation from operating 'norms' 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. (Probable) cause(s) of deviations are explained in terms of deviation from the norms of factors 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Select solutions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Possible actions to rectify deviations from 'norms' are explained 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Expected result from each possible action are explained on the basis of applied process chemistry and experience of the operation 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Appropriate actions are chosen from the possible actions 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Chosen actions are checked for compliance with the (standard operating) instructions 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Implement solutions and carryout follow-up activities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Chosen actions are applied 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Changes of variables monitored are noted 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Changes are evaluated against the expected results 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Appropriate action is taken 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    The Educational Training Quality Assurance Body (ETQA), for the Chemical Industry in consultation with GEN/FETQA will accredit providers offering learning towards this standard and will register assessors. They will also appoint the internal and external moderators. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Chemistry and process technology related to the chemical process
  • Purpose and application of equipment used in the process
  • Operation of the process and equipment 


  • Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made towards ensuring process operation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team and organisation to avoid hazardous and emergency situations occurring and efficient process operation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one`s activities responsibly and effectively. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion as part of the problem solving process. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others by addressing problems before they become hazardous or cause emergency situations. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrating and understanding the chemical process as a set or related systems. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    In order to contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of society at large, it must be the intention underlying any programme of learning to make an individual aware of the importance of identifying deviations from good practice and address this timeously. 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  57879   National Certificate: Manufacturing of Surface Coatings  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CHIETA 
    Core  49555   National Certificate: Operation of Mobile Explosives Manufacturing Units  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CHIETA 
    Elective  58975   National Certificate: Automated Packaging Operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  22867   National Certificate: Chemical Systems Operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2005-10-09  Was CHIETA until Last Date for Achievement 


    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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