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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate understanding of gas piping, fittings and valves 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
246571  Demonstrate understanding of gas piping, fittings and valves 
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 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 
Learners who demonstrate competence as described in the outcomes of this unit standard will be able to explain gas piping, fittings and valves.

The qualifying learner is able to:
  • Explain the application of piping and fittings in process applications.
  • Describe pipe coverings.
  • Identify valve components and explain valve functioning in a process system.
  • Trace and analyse pipe networks. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners accessing this unit standard will have demonstrated competence against literacy and mathematical literacy at ABET Level 4, NQF Level 1 or equivalent.

    The successful completion of the Unit Standard "Read, interpret and make freehand drawings related to gas installations" is a prerequisite for this Unit Standard. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The typical context of this unit standard assumes an existing or new domestic or commercial gas installation site.

    Range statements, which are applicable to the unit standard titles, specific outcomes and assessment criteria are found beneath the applicable assessment criteria. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an understanding of piping and fittings in gas applications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The purpose of piping and fittings are described in accordance with workplace requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Fittings includes but is not limited to tees, elbows, flanges, blinds, bends, long bends, reducers, traps, unions, caps and expansion bellows.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Standard pipe sizes are listed in terms of the gas industry. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Standard fittings are identified in terms of the gas industry. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The purpose and applications for different piping materials are described according to workplace procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Materials includes but is not limited to PVC, steel, copper and stainless steel.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate an understanding of pipe coverings. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Key colour-coding for pipes are identified and the purpose is described in accordance with accepted industry use. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The purpose and applications for thermal insulation on pipes are explained in accordance with accepted industry use. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The purpose and applications for heat tracing on pipes are explained in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Gas applications where thermal insulation and heat tracing are used are identified on the site. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The purpose and applications for different piping materials are described in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Identify valve components and explain valve functioning in a process system. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Valves are identified and the purpose of using valves is described in accordance with workplace procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The range of valves includes but is not limited to butterfly-, gate-, globe-, plug-, ball-, diaphragm-, non-return (check), safety- (SV) and relief valves (RV).
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The advantages and disadvantages of using different valve types are explained in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Valve components are identified and their functions described in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Basic working principles of the different valve types are described with the assistance of freehand drawings. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Valve and control valve positions are recognised as open, partially open or closed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Indicators and reasons for non-optimal performance of valves are identified and described in accordance with workplace procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The range of reasons may include but are not limited to corrosion, exposure to high temperature, poor lubrication, mechanical obstructions and leaking seals.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Reasons for using control valves are explained in accordance with specified requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Trace and analyse pipe networks. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A freehand drawing is made of a pipe system by tracing the system through the building. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Flows are indicated in a freehand drawing of a piping system by interpreting open and closed valves, control valves, check valves and pumping direction. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The impact of opening and closing certain valves in the system is explained in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Reasons for piping and valve configurations are explained in accordance with workplace procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The range of configurations includes but is not limited to placement of flanges, valves, expansion bellows, use of surface and elevated pipe racks and bypass configurations.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Valve adjustments are made under supervision. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Adjustments include opening, closing, partially opening and -closing valves.
     


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An assessor, accredited with a relevant NQF Level 2 or higher qualification, will assess the learner's competency.
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this Qualification must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Direct observation in simulated or actual work conditions is required. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The qualifying learner understands and is able to:
  • Explain the application of piping and fittings in process applications.
  • Describe pipe coverings.
  • Identify valve components and explain valve functioning in a process system.
  • Trace and analyse pipe networks. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    The learner is able to identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions, using critical and creative thinking, have been made by:
  • Identifying open or closed valve and control valve positions and gas/liquid flow direction.
  • Applying knowledge of the key colour coding of pipes to identify various types of gases or liquids.
  • Making valve adjustments under supervision.
  • Identifying the reasons for poor equipment performance in terms of valves.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome/s:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of pipe coverings.
  • Identify valve components and explain valve functioning in a process system.
  • Trace and analyse pipe networks. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community by:
  • Maintaining sound relations with co-workers/learners.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The learner is able to organise and manage himself and his activities responsibly and effectively by:
  • Applying knowledge of special pipe features.
  • Understanding the application of valves in process applications.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome/s:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of pipe coverings.
  • Identify valve components and explain valve functioning in a process system. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information when:
  • Evident in all Specific Outcomes.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively by using mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentations by:
  • Describing piping and fittings in process applications.
  • Understanding the key colour coding of pipes
  • Making freehand drawings to explain the basic working principles of valves.
  • Making freehand drawings of a pipe system by following the system through the plant.
  • Making freehand drawings of a piping system by interpreting open and closed valves, control valves, check valves and pumping direction.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome/s:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of piping and fittings in gas applications.
  • Identify valve components and explain valve functioning in a process system.
  • Trace and analyse pipe networks. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others:
  • Evident in all Specific Outcomes.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by:
  • Understanding the reasons for poor equipment performance.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome/s:
  • Trace and analyse pipe networks. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of the society at large by:
  • Understanding that poor equipment performance has a direct influence on the economic growth of the organisation.
  • Understanding the role of piping and fittings in gas installations and the effect it has on the growth and development of the organisation, its customers and employees.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome/s:
  • Trace and analyse pipe networks. 

  • 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  59015   National Certificate: Gas Installations  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CHIETA 


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