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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Operate Fossil Fired Steam Generator Spray Water System 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
14903  Operate Fossil Fired Steam Generator Spray Water System 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Power Plant Operations 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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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 4  NQF Level 04 
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 a person who operates spray water system on steam generator. The plant operator credited with this unit standard is able to operate the above systems by preparing the plant for service, monitor the startup conditions, monitor and sustain plant and or equipment operability, stabilize transient conditions, isolate shutdown plant, preserve plant and maintain regulatory requirements. This unit standard applies to fossil fired steam generators spray water systems, excluding any control by means of interrelated or integrated control systems. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
1. The person has the ability to listen, question, observe and describe accurately and align with the senders need.
2. The person understands and respects peoples values and beliefs, as well as those of the organisation and can manage his/her actions in line with it.
3. The person understands his/her own development requirements.
4. The person knows the concepts, terms and theory of the specified technical field covering maths and engineering science and electrical trade theory and power plant theory.
5. The person understand the company`s vision and manage his/her actions in line with it.
6. The person understands the overall energy conversion process.
7. The person have the ability to recognise and analyse problems, evaluate options and decide on the most appropriate action. 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
Supply and distribution of spray water to attemperators from supply point up to attemperators. 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Prepare plant for service and monitor start up conditions. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Legitimacy of instruction to prepare plant for service is confirmed according to administrative requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Plant is prepared for service according to procedures. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Plant status is communicated according to administrative requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Spray water system startup conditions are monitored according to monitoring requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. Regulatory requirements relevant to the operation of the steam generator equipment and work related environment are adhered to according to organisation safety standards. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
6. Personal protective equipment required is used as stipulated by the organisation safety standards. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
7. Safety hazards are communicated according to organisation safety standards and administrative requirements. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Monitor and sustain plant and or equipment operability during normal running conditions. 
OUTCOME RANGE 
Including but is not limited to routine tests, service notifications and work orders. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Out of normal conditions are identified and acted upon according to relevant operating procedures. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Monitored conditions are communicated according to administrative requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Out of normal conditions communicated are followed up according to specific requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. House keeping standards in the direct working environment are maintained according to specific standards. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. Plant lubricated according to technical specifications and operating procedures. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
6. Work orders performed according to preventative maintenance procedures. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
7. Plant monitoring performed according procedural requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
8. Regulatory requirements relevant to the operation of the steam generator equipment and work related environment are adhered to, according to organisation safety standards. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
9. Personal protective equipment required is used as stipulated by the organisation safety standards. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
10. Safety hazards are communicated according to organisational safety standards and administrative requirements. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Stabilise transient conditions. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Transient conditions are recognised and acknowledged by comparing current conditions with required conditions. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Transient conditions analysed, actions planned and implemented according to procedural requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Transient conditions and actions implemented are communicated according to administrative requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Regulatory requirements relevant to the operation of the steam generator equipment and work related environment are adhered to according to organisation safety standards. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. Personal protective equipment required is used as stipulated by the organisation safety standards. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
6. Safety hazards are communicated according to organisation safety standards and administrative requirements. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
Isolate shutdown plant. 
OUTCOME RANGE 
Excluding electrical isolations 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Legitimacy of instruction to isolate plant is confirmed according to administrative requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Spray water system is mechanically isolated according to standard isolation procedure. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Isolated plant and or equipment status communicated according to administrative requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Regulatory requirements relevant to the isolation of the steam generator equipment and work related environment are adhered to according to organisation safety standards. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. Personal protective equipment required is used as stipulated by the organisation safety standards. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
6. Safety hazards are communicated according to organisation safety standards and administrative requirements. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
Preserve plant for storage. 
OUTCOME RANGE 
Preservation of plant and or equipment under special operating requirements and or conditions to ensure long term plant health. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Spray water system is prepared for preservation according to preservation requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Spray water system preserved state monitored and maintained according applicable procedures. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Spray water system prepared for recommissioning according to applicable procedure. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Preserved state conditions communicated according to administrative requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. Regulatory requirements relevant to the operation of the steam generator equipment and work related environment are adhered to according to organisation safety standards. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
6. Personal protective equipment required are used as stipulated by the organisation safety standards. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
7. Safety hazards are communicated according to organisation safety standards and administrative requirements. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Procedural comprehension. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Includes operating philosophy.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Communication process and practices are known and understood. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Plant configuration explained. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Includes equipment understanding.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Process integration is comprehended. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. Regulatory requirements are known and understood. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Environment, permit to work, personal protective equipment, housekeeping.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
6. Out of normal emergency conditions are comprehended. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
7. Routine activities comprehended. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
8. Terminology, concepts, definitions and abbreviations associated with this specific plant are known and understood. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
9. Plant/process identification codes interpreted. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
10. Trends/incidents/operation history recalled. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 11 
11. Field instrumentation application explained (includes steam production). 


UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
According to SAQA requirements

Moderation: Standard Generating Group Fossil Power Plant Operations. 

UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
1. The person understands the impact his/her specific plant has on the energy conversion process.
2. The persons understand how to set priorities for themselves and their own job requirements and can obtain the necessary tools and or equipment to execute the job.
3. The person is aware of and concerned with the impact his/her actions have on the environment.
4. The person knows and understands the theory of application of mechanical plant components and it`s interrelation to the plant.
5. The person understands electrical and instrumentation components within his/her plant area.
6. The person is aware of and understands the regulatory requirements relevant to his/her plant area.
7. The person understands the dangers of chemicals used in his/her direct work environment.
8. The person understands the lessons learned from trends/incidents related to his/her specific plant.
9. The person understands the direct impact of decisions and actions and anticipate effects on plant and people in the direct working environment.
10.The person knows and understands what is happening in and across situations with people, plant and materials. (Big Picture Thinking)
11.The person has the knowledge to operate interrelated plant processes and safety equipment safely and efficiently. 

UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
N/A 

UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
N/A 


Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
Identifying & 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 
Occupational Role: Fossil Power Plant Operator

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

1.
(i) Valves, pipework and equipment.
(ii) Temperature and pressure relationship.
(iii) Layout and configuration.
(iv) Monitor through out of normal identification and responses, trend identification and analysis.
(v) Production capabilities and design specifications.
(vi) Specific procedure knowledge.
(vii) Safety and regulatory requirements.
(viii) Isolation requirements.
(ix) Tests, routines, service notifications and work orders.

2.
(i) Mechanical, electrical and instrumentation equipment understanding.
(ii) Knowledge of regualtory requirements.
(iii) Process chemical understanding.
(iv) Incident understanding.
(v) Energy conversion process understanding.
(vi) Operating philosophy understanding.

Terminology used in this unit standard is consistent with the following:
  • Electricity Supply Industry in South Africa
  • 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. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  23678   National Certificate: Fossil Power Plant Operation  Level 4  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L4  Reregistered  2023-06-30  EWSETA 
    Elective  61569   Further Education and Training Certificate: Power Plant Operations  Level 4  NQF Level 04  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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