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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Read and interpret working piping drawings 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
253556  Read and interpret working piping drawings 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Generic Manufacturing, Engineering, Technology 
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 
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 provides a broad introduction to the understanding of working piping drawings. It is the starting point for a learner in this sector. The focus is knowledge, skills, values and attitudes in relation to the learner's own context and experience of the world of work.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Demonstrating an understanding of piping draughting.
  • Read and interpret schematic drawings.
  • Read and interpret isometric layouts and flow diagrams.

    The learning outcomes in this unit standard are also able to contribute to the exit level outcomes required for this and any qualification at NQF Level 3 and may also be used as an individual learning unit where the implied competency is required. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners accessing this unit standard will have demonstrated competence in mathematics, engineering science and engineering drawing at NQF Level 2 or equivalent. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Piping components will include reducers, tees, caps, couplings, plugs, swages, unions, elbows, flanges, valves, pumps and vessels.
  • Flow diagrams of systems will include process flow diagrams, mechanical flow diagrams, utility flow diagrams, mark numbers and flow arrow-types. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an understanding of piping draughting. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Terminology as applicable to piping draughting is explained and its uses described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The history of conveying fluids, materials of construction, size, types of manufacturing of pipes and connections are explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Read and interpret schematic drawings. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Piping components are identified and described in accordance with accepted definitions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A schematic view of piping layouts is read and interpreted to scale. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    An isometric drawing is interpreted within agreed timeframes. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Identify and describe isometric layouts and flow diagrams. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An ISO layout of piping installations is read and interpreted within agreed timeframes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Process, mechanical and utility flow diagrams are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Mark numbers, flow arrows, line size and dimensions are read and interpreted as they are inserted into the drawing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Flow sheet symbols and diagrams applicable to instrumentation are interpreted within agreed time frames. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    The relevant Education, Training, Quality Assurance Body (ETQA) will accredit providers offering learning towards this standard, and register assessors. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • A broad understanding of the function of piping drawings in the engineering industry.
  • A general understanding of the history of conveying fluids.
  • A comprehensive understanding of symbols of fitting for layouts in piping drawings.
  • A broad understanding and interpretation of isometric layouts and flow diagrams.
  • A general understanding of the application of instrumentation within pipe drawings. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems pertaining to piping drawings, schematic drawings, isometric layouts and flow diagrams during pipe and flow systems on a shutdown or pipe installation project. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a pipe-fitting work team. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information pertaining to piping installations. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understand the world as a set of related systems by recognising that correct piping drawings improve the general understanding of pipe and flow systems on a shutdown or pipe installation project. 

    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 
    Notes to Assessors:

    Assessors should keep the following general 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 assessments at title level are unmanageable, focus the 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, directness, authenticity, sufficiency, openness and consistency. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  59750   National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Pipe-Fitting  Level 3  NQF Level 03  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. Belique Training Centre cc (ALBERTON) (TP) 
    2. Jericho Safety Consultants (Pty) Ltd (TP) 
    3. S & S Training & Construction (SPRINGS) (TP) 
    4. Wilbat Projects 148 (Pty) Ltd (ISIPINGO) (TP) 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.