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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Perform routine maintenance and inspections on diesel engines used for emergency plant operations 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
253357  Perform routine maintenance and inspections on diesel engines used for emergency plant operations 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Generic Manufacturing, Engineering, Technology 
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 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 will be useful to people who are required to perform general maintenance and inspections on a diesel engine used for emergency plant operations.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Explain the principles of operation and factors critical to maintaining a diesel engine.
  • Prepare to perform routine maintenance and inspection on a diesel engine.
  • Perform routine maintenance on a diesel engine.
  • Perform start-up and run-down inspections and monitor operation.
  • Care for tools and equipment and record information on work done. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The credits allocated to this unit standard assume that learners are already competent in terms of the following outcomes or areas of learning when starting to learn towards this unit standard:
  • Lift and move loads.
  • Use relevant tools.
  • Use test instruments.
  • Use measuring instruments.

    Credits may be obtained by applying to an accredited/approved training provider/institution in order to have prior learning recognised in lieu of past work experience. Past experience must relate to the specific outcomes contained within this unit standard. The ensuing assessment of candidates seeking recognition of prior learning should not be so onerous as to deter them from doing so. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Specific range statements are provided in the body of the unit standard where they apply to particular specific outcomes or assessment criteria.

    Environment contexts include but are not limited to:
  • Manufacturing and engineering sector.
  • Power generation sector.
  • Chemical industry.
  • Mining industry.
  • Food and beverage.
  • Waste and waste water.

    The learner should be able to work autonomously with minimal supervision and according to worksite and manufacturer specifications and occupational safety, health and environmental legislation.

    Work is generally, but not exclusively, carried out in a team environment. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain the principles of operation and factors critical to maintaining a diesel engine. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The explanation of the principle of operation and function of a diesel engine is in accordance with specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Operation principles of a 4-stroke engine.
  • Direct and Indirect cooling systems.
  • Fuel system.
  • Lubrication system.
  • Forced Induction systems.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The explanation of the importance of maintaining a diesel engine shows a clear understanding of the impact to self and the business. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Injury to persons.
  • Damage to equipment.
  • Loss of reliability.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The explanation lists the possible critical workplace hazards that may be encountered while maintaining a diesel engine in a particular context. The explanation also describes the risks associated with and the factors contributing to each workplace hazard. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The explanation lists the possible critical work related hazards that may be encountered while maintaining a diesel engine in a particular context. The explanation also describes the risks associated with and the factors contributing to each work-related hazard. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare to perform routine maintenance and inspection on a diesel engine. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Permission to enter the workplace is obtained in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The appropriate personal protective equipment is selected, examined and used in a way that is consistent with its purpose, design and specified requirements. Personal protective equipment is used to ensure the safety of personnel and equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Tools, material and equipment required are selected, examined and transported in accordance with workplace requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The workplace is examined in accordance with specified requirements. Hazardous and sub-standard conditions are dealt with in accordance with workplace requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The diesel engine to be maintained and inspected is identified, in accordance with job requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The equipment is isolated and made safe in accordance with workplace requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The consequences to health, safety and production for not preparing to maintain a diesel engine in line with specified requirements and current legislation are explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Permit system.
  • Personal protective equipment.
  • Tools, material and equipment.
  • Workplace examination.
  • Hazardous and sub-standard conditions.
  • Identification of equipment.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Perform routine maintenance on a diesel engine. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The required personal protective equipment is used in a way that is consistent with its purpose, design and specified requirements. Personal protective equipment is used to ensure the safety of persons and equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Work related hazards are dealt with in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The diesel engine is maintained in line with specified requirements and according to sequence and tolerances and is consistent with manufacturer specifications. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Fuel system.
  • Cooling system.
  • Lubrication system.
  • Induction system.
  • Belts and couplings.
  • Clearances and tolerances.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Interpersonal interaction is positive, consistent with specified requirements, promotes effective teamwork and avoids dysfunctional conflict. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The tools and equipment are used in accordance with manufacturer specifications and without injury to self, others or damage to equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The consequences for health, safety and production if not maintaining the diesel engine in line with specified requirements and current legislation are explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Personal protective equipment.
  • Work-related hazards.
  • Loss of reliability.
  • Use of tools and equipment.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Perform start-up and run-down inspections and monitor operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The diesel engine is prepared for testing in accordance with specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Permit system.
  • Start-up procedures.
  • Safety requirements.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The diesel engine is tested to determine if it is functioning in accordance with specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Test procedures.
  • Pressure readings.
  • Temperature readings.
  • Visual inspections for leaks and defects.
  • Interpretation of information.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The diesel engine testing is concluded in accordance with specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Run-down procedures.
  • Fluid samples.
  • Temperature readings.
  • Fluid levels.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The consequences for health, safety and production of not testing the diesel engine in line with specified requirements and current legislation are explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Test results.
  • Tools, equipment and materials.
  • Safety requirements.
  • Good housekeeping practices.
  • Reporting and record keeping.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Care for tools and equipment and record information on work done. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Tools, material and equipment used are dealt with in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The workplace is cleaned and free from hazards in accordance with specified requirements and good housekeeping practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The information on work done is recorded and complies with specified requirements for format, content, accuracy and distribution. Documentation is submitted within specified time frames. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Tools, equipment and materials.
  • Safety requirements.
  • Good housekeeping practices.
  • Reporting and record keeping.
     


  • UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA by SAQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Essential embedded knowledge will be assessed through assessment of the specific outcomes in terms of the stipulated assessment criteria. Candidates are unlikely to achieve all the specific outcomes, to the standards described in the assessment criteria, without knowledge of the listed embedded knowledge. This means that for the most part, the possession or lack of the knowledge can be directly inferred from the quality of the candidate's performance. Where direct assessment of knowledge is required, assessment criteria have been included in the body of the unit standard.

    The following embedded knowledge is addressed in an integrated way in the unit standard:
  • Health and safety knowledge.
  • Report writing.
  • Legal and site-specific requirements. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems and make decisions using critical and creative thinking.
  • Note: The ability of the candidate to identify sub-standard and hazardous conditions, assess and take appropriate action. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as members of a team, group, organisation or community.
  • Note: The ability and willingness of the candidate to accept and interpret work instructions correctly. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively.
  • Note: The ability of the candidate to indicate what methods, tools and personal protective equipment is required and communicate to fellow workers his/her intentions and assistance required. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information.
  • Note: The ability of the candidate to reconcile the information from visual and physical examinations and constantly evaluate the changing situation. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively, using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/written presentations.
  • Note: The appropriate communication with the relevant personnel with regard to the reporting of hazards and sub-standard conditions will indicate his/her proficiency in effective communication. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.
  • Note: The use of science and technology is not relevant for this unit standard. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation.
  • Note: The ability of the candidate to identify and refer anomalous behaviour to a specialist confirms understanding that a specific observation, inference, action or decision can have a devastating effect. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    Assessors should keep the following principles in mind when designing and conducting assessments against this unit standard:
  • Focus the assessment activities on gathering evidence in terms of the main outcome expressed in the title to ensure assessment is integrated rather than fragmented. Remember we want to declare the person competent in terms of the title. Where assessment at title level is unmanageable, then focus assessment around each specific outcome, or groups of specific outcomes.
  • Make sure evidence is gathered across the entire range, wherever it applies. Assessment activities should be as close to the real performance as possible, and where simulations or role-plays are used, there should be supporting evidence to show the candidate is able to perform in the real situation.
  • Do not focus the assessment activities on each assessment criterion. Rather make sure the assessment activities focus on outcomes and are sufficient to enable evidence to be gathered around all the assessment criteria.
  • The assessment criteria provide the specifications against which assessment judgements should be made. In most cases, knowledge can be inferred from the quality of the performances, but in other cases, knowledge and understanding will have to be tested through questioning techniques. Where this is required, there will be assessment criteria to specify the standard required.
  • The task of the assessor is to gather sufficient evidence, of the prescribed type and quality, as specified in this unit standard, that the candidate can achieve the outcomes again and again and again. This means assessors will have to judge how many repeat performances are required before they believe the performance is reproducible.
  • All assessments should be conducted in line with the following well documented principles of assessment: appropriateness, fairness, manageability, integration into work or learning, validity, direct, authentic, sufficient, systematic, open and consistent. 

  • 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  66009   National Certificate: Diesel Electric and Electric Fitting  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  59709   Further Education and Training Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Fitting  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


    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. ArcelorMittal South Africa Ltd (VANDERBIJLPARK) (TP) 
    2. Blue Horison Properties 53 (Pty) Ltd T/A Durnacol Skills Innovation Hu 
    3. Coastal Kzn F.E.T. College - Swinton Road Campus 
    4. Customised Training Specialists Trust T/A CTS (PINETOWN) (TP) 
    5. Eastcape Midlands Public FET College - Uitenhage (High Street)Campus 
    6. Eastcape Training Centre 
    7. Enstra Learning and Development Centre (Pty) Ltd (SPRINGS) (TP) 
    8. False Bay Public FET College - Westlake Campus 
    9. Gijima AST Holdings (Pty) Ltd T/A Fundi Training Centre (BENONI) (TP) 
    10. Izizwe Training Centre (Pty) Ltd T/A Simtech Training (NORTHDENE) (TP) 
    11. Majuba FET College - Newcastle Technology Centre 
    12. MSC Artisan Academy (Pty) Ltd T/A Master Artisan Academy SA (EAST LOND 
    13. Mthetana Trading & Construction T/A Multi Skill Training Centre (DURBA 
    14. Northlink College - Wingfield Campus 
    15. Scaw Metals Group (Pty) Ltd T/A Scaw Metals (DINWIDDIE) (TP) 
    16. SEDIBENG TRAINING CENTRE 
    17. Shine The Way 281 cc T/A Industrial Training Centre (NEW GERMANY) (TP) 
    18. Shukela Training Centre 
    19. Tekmation (Pty) Ltd T/A Tekmation Training Institute (DURBAN) (TP) 
    20. THE SAJ COMPETENCY TRAINING INSTITUTE CC 
    21. Toyota Academy Toyota SA Motors (Pty) Ltd (ISIPINGO) (TP) 
    22. Umfolozi FET College 
    23. Umfolozi FET College - Mandeni Campus 
    24. World Focus 382 cc T/A Richards Bay Technical Training & Assessment Centre (ZCBF) (RICHARDS BAY) (TP) 



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