SAQA 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.
SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Supervise advanced mobile crane operations 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
253660  Supervise advanced mobile crane operations 
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 4  NQF Level 04  20 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2015-07-01  2018-06-30  SAQA 10105/14 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2019-06-30   2022-06-30  

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 replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
116978  Conduct advanced mobile crane operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  20  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The learner will achieve competence in demonstrating knowledge of a wide variety of mechanical handling scenarios and an understanding of the functions of mobile cranes and their attachments; planning and preparing for on-site operations; supervising the movement and control of mobile cranes and the duties of the lifting team; ensuring that frequent checks and servicing are carried out before and after mobile crane operations.

The contribution to The National Skills Development Strategy is the key developmental interface between learners and new competencies to be achieved.

Learners who master the applied competence described in this unit standard will contribute to the development of a professional community of mechanical handling specialists who are able to competently use science and technology when applying operation techniques.

The contribution to socio-economic transformation is that learners will be able to undergo RPL-assessment and thereby receive recognition for previous learning and experience. This in turn will enhance the employability and career prospects of learners employed in this sector. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
NQF Level 2 Mathematics, Literacy and Communication. An added competency in "Direct a crane to lift and move a load" is recommended. 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
Preparation of worksite includes but is not limited to:
  • Levelling ground, checking soil conditions, establishing positions of existing services.
    In the range of a rated capacity in excess of 50 Tons.

    Factors influencing safety and suitability of a crane:
  • Stability.
  • Suitability.
  • State of repair.
  • Proximity of other machines and workers.

    Environment contexts include but are not limited to:
  • Manufacturing and Engineering (Metals, Plastics, Tyre and Rubber, Electrical Power Generation, Automotive Manufacturing).
  • Chemical and Petrochemical.
  • Mining.
  • Transport (Maritime, Road, Rail and Aviation).
  • Civil Engineering and Construction.
  • Food and Beverages.
  • Other engineering-related industry sectors.

    The learner should be able to:
  • Work autonomously within a supervisory capacity according to worksite and manufacturer specifications and occupational safety, health and environmental legislation.
  • Be aware of the safety risks associated with a variety of work environments and may include an industrial plant, factory, onshore/offshore workspace, mine or construction site.
  • Be in charge of a work team.

    Reference to legislative requirements cover a broad context, and may include Occupational, Health and Safety Act; Driven Machinery Act; Mine Health and Safety Act; The Maritime Occupational Safety Regulations, 1994.

    Safe control and storage, includes maintaining a record of usage, cleaning and general storage methods.

    Learning context:
  • Formal, informal learning and RPL can be obtained for this unit standard.
  • The learner should be assessed under supervision.

    Level:

    Level (for level 4):

    A learning programme leading to the awarding of this unit standard at Level 4 should develop learners who demonstrate with regard to applied competence:
  • A fundamental knowledge base of the most important areas of one or more fields or disciplines, in addition to the fundamental areas of study.
  • An informed understanding of the key terms, rules, concepts, established principles and theories in one or more fields or disciplines.
  • An understanding of the organisation or operating environment as a system within a wider context.
  • An ability to apply essential methods, procedures and techniques of the field or discipline.
  • An ability to apply and carry out actions by interpreting information from text and operational symbols or representations.
  • An ability to use their knowledge to solve common problems within a familiar context.
  • An ability to adjust an application of a common solution within relevant parameters to meet the needs of small changes in the problem or operating context.
  • An ability to motivate the change using relevant evidence.
  • A basic ability in gathering relevant information, analysis and evaluation skills.
  • An ability to communicate and present information reliably and accurately in writing and verbally. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Plan work activity. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The lifting task is evaluated and a sequence of operations is determined according to worksite procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Worksite procedures include but are not limited to manufacturer's procedures, Crane operation manuals and site operational requirements.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Plans are developed to eliminate, avoid/neutralise all identified risks in accordance with safety regulations, legislation and site specific instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    All tools and attachments required for the work activity are selected and checked to be functional and ready for use according to job requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Crane attachments include all permanent and removable standard components.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Alternative or complementary equipment is identified in terms of the required task. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Alternative/complimentary equipment includes all equipment that could be used to perform the same or similar tasks.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The rigging team and other affected parties are informed and liaised with according to worksite procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The consequences of not liaising with the appropriate parties are explained in terms of disruption to work. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare work area. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Work area is inspected and prepared according to worksite procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Worksite procedures include but are not limited to manufacturer's procedures, operators manuals and site operational requirements.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Reasons for inspections and preparation are defined in terms of safety and work flow. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Safety of working area is ensured according to statutory requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Statutory requirements include but are not limited to:
  • OHS Act.
  • Environmental legislation.
  • Local Provincial authority requirements.
  • Code of Practice.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Descriptions of the procedures to be followed to ensure the safety of the work area are described in terms of the elimination of potential hazards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Personal Protective Equipment is used according to statutory requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The consequences of not correctly using Personal Protective Equipment are explained in terms of potential danger to self and others. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Supervise advanced mobile crane operations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Crane is placed in the optimal position to lift and place loads in accordance with company procedures and crane manufacturer's recommendations. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Within convenient reach of load, sound solid ground - wheels, outriggers; blocking, pads, clear slewing area with load, work area cordoned off.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Consequences of incorrectly positioning the mobile crane and not following correct sequences are explained in terms of potential damage to machine and safety hazards to self and others. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Personnel assisting with the lift are in their respective positions ready to conduct their tasks in accordance with company procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Personnel include the rigging or lifting team (Riggers, slingers and the crane operator/driver).
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The load is confirmed to be correctly attached, the weight is taken by the crane, and the load is lifted and placed according to the crane manufacturer's instructions and company procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Unexpected circumstances are dealt with according to worksite procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Unexpected circumstances are when the specific crane is no longer suitable for the required task or can no longer operate efficiently and safely.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Safe working procedures are followed according to statutory requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Statutory requirements include but are not limited to:
  • OHS Act.
  • Environmental legislation.
  • Local Provincial authority requirements.
  • Code of Practice.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Consequences of unsafe acts are explained in terms of the potential effect on the safety of self and others and penalties imposed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    The rigging team is briefed and individual tasks are assigned by conducting a meeting related to the lifting task, using standard procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Carry out documentation, required checks and servicing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Documentation is completed in accordance with company procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Includes but is not limited to - log books, records, job sheets, crane equipment inventories, maintenance requests.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Daily crane checks and servicing are carried out in accordance with equipment manufacturers` recommendations and company procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Weekly crane checks and servicing are carried out in accordance with equipment manufacturers` recommendations and company procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Move mobile crane from site to site. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Customer and/or company liaison and on site assessment are carried out according to company procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Personnel involved and/or affected by the move are notified in accordance with company procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Nature and type of load, site conditions, access arrangements, hazards, types of applicable statutory regulations, people inside and outside the organisation who may be involved or have an influence.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Site is prepared to allow assembly and appropriate positioning in accordance with company procedures, equipment manufacturers` requirements, and Occupational, Health and Safety Act and relevant Code of Practice. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Access, site plan, levelling, obstructions, effective crane radius.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Crane components and equipment identified for the task are prepared and transported to site in accordance with equipment manufacturers` requirements and company procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Handling, dun age, storage, load security, pilot requirements.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Hazards are identified in accordance with company risk assessment procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Statutory requirements, local body regulations, and any other special requirements are identified and actions initiated to deal with them following company procedures. 


    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 in terms of the criteria laid down by the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Mobile crane operating procedures and main functions of all major components and systems.
  • The maximum operating capacities of the designed working capabilities.
  • Statutory requirements including the Relevant Code of practice and Safety, Health & Environmental legislation.
  • Recognized hand signals (and other methods of communication) to direct the crane movements.
  • Selection of crane against environmental restraints. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems.

    Specific Outcome:
  • Supervise advanced Mobile Crane Operations.

    Assessment Criteria:
  • Unexpected circumstances are dealt with according to worksite procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others.

    Specific Outcome:
  • Plan Work Activity.

    Assessment Criteria:
  • The consequences of not liaising with the appropriate parties are explained in terms of disruption to work. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Employ self management.

    Specific Outcome:
  • Carry out Documentation, Required Checks and Servicing.

    Assessment Criteria:
  • Documentation is completed in accordance with company procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Manage information.

    Specific Outcome:
  • Plan Work Activity.

    Assessment Criteria:
  • Job instructions are interpreted correctly and a sequence of operations is determined according to worksite procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively.

    Specific Outcome:
  • Plan Work Activity ; conducting a meeting with the rigging team and operator.

    Assessment Criteria:
  • Affected parties are informed and liaised with according to worksite procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Demonstrate scientific and technological competence.

    Specific Outcome:
  • Supervise and conduct advanced mobile crane operations.

    Assessment Criteria:
  • Load is confirmed as correctly attached, crane takes the weight, and then load is lifted and placed using crane manufacturer`s instructions and company procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understand contextual world-systems.

    Specific Outcome:
  • Prepare Work Area.

    Assessment Criteria:
  • Safety of working area is ensured according to statutory requirements. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    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, 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, directness, authenticity, sufficiency, openness and consistency. 

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

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard replaces unit standard 116978, "Conduct advanced mobile crane operations", Level 3, 20 credits.

    This unit standard (SAQA ID: 116978), was previously registered as "Conduct advanced mobile crane operations" by the Civil Engineering and Construction (CEC) SGB.

    Reason for amendment:
  • Reference to a specific industry and ETQA has excluded other industry sectors.

    Recognition of Prior Learning:

    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. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  59731   Further Education and Training Certificate: Mechanical Handling (Rigging)  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2018-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  48794   National Certificate in Quality Checking of Tyres and Tyre Components  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2018-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  71989   National Certificate: Automotive Components: Manufacturing and Assembly  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2018-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  58862   National Certificate: Electro-Mechanical Winding  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2018-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  58720   National Certificate: Engineering Fabrication  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2018-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  64829   National Certificate: Lifting Machine Operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2018-06-30  TETA 
    Elective  23255   National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Fitting and Machining  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2018-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  91926   National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Machining and Tooling  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2018-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  67609   National Certificate: Mechatronics  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2018-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  79666   National Certificate: Metal and Engineering Manufacturing Processes  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2018-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  64190   National Certificate: Metals Production  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2018-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  49449   National Certificate: Plastics Manufacturing  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2018-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  36155   National Certificate: Polymer Composite Fabrication  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2018-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  79407   National Certificate: Polymer Compound Manufacturing  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2018-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  21012   National Certificate: Power and Telecommunication Cable Manufacturing  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2018-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  24217   National Certificate: Thermoplastic Fabrication  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2018-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  48798   National Certificate: Tyre and Tyre Component Manufacturing  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2018-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  48795   National Certificate: Tyre Assembly  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2018-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  57886   National Certificate: Welding Application and Practice  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2018-06-30  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. Gijima AST Holdings (Pty) Ltd T/A Industrial Skills Development (Tlhah 
    2. Gijima Holdings (Pty) Ltd T/A Industrial Skills Development - Middelb 
    3. Matimba Rigging & Training (SECUNDA) (TP) 
    4. RIGGING ACADEMY OF SA (PTY) LTD (Westmead)(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.