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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Monitor and sustain plant operability on a fossil fired power generating unit from a control room 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
255894  Monitor and sustain plant operability on a fossil fired power generating unit from a control room 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Power Plant Operations 
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 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  16 
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 people involved in monitoring and sustaining plant operability of a fossil fired power generation unit from a control room. A person credited with this unit standard can control and perform service activities on a power generation system, monitor interrelated processes, and communicate system status. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • The person is able to listen, question, observe, describe accurately and align with the sender's need.
  • The person is able to understand and respect peoples values and beliefs, as well as those of the organisation and manage his/her actions in line with the above.
  • The person is able to understand his/her own development requirements.
  • The person knows the concept, terms and theory of the specified technical field covering maths, engineering science, electrical trade theory, power plant theory or electro technology.
  • The person is able to understand the company's vision and manage his/her actions in line with it.
  • Specific organisation safety standards.
  • Basic first aid.
  • Fire fighting.
  • Specific emergency preparedness.
  • Communication.
  • Problem solving and decision making.
  • Environmental awareness.
  • Organisation understanding. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • All routine tests and service activities be carried out on a fossil fired power generation.
  • Formal and informal monitoring. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Control service activities on integrated plant systems. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    This include but is not limited to routine tests, service notifications and work orders. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Legitimacy of service activity is confirmed according to the planned schedules of the specific plant. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Plant conditions and/or sources are assessed to verify capability to perform service activities according to plant schedules. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Tasks are assigned and/or performed according to specific plant service notification and or requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Service activity outcomes evaluated, assessed and acted upon where required according to specific plant operating requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Safety and regulatory requirements are adhered to. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Monitor interrelated plant conditions from a central control room. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Information is collected using relevant sources according to specific plant administrative requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Information and data integrity are validated against relevant sources. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Validated data is analysed by comparing current plant conditions with desired performance conditions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Deviations identified are acted upon and followed up according to acceptable specific plant requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Safety and regulatory requirements are adhered to. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Record and report data. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Operational data is recorded according to specific plant administrative requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Recorded data is processed according to specific plant administrative requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Data is reported according to specific plant administrative requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Safety and regulatory requirements are adhere to. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of fossil fired power generator units monitoring and service activities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Priority setting during service and monitoring activities is understood. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Impact of monitoring and service activities on the environment are known and understood according to the organisational environmental policies. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Mechanical and electrical and instrumentation components relevant to monitoring and service activities and their interrelation to the plant processes are known and understood according to their operating philosophies and design theories. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Regulatory requirements relevant to monitoring and service activities are known and understood. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Incidents related to service activities are known and understood. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Philosophies pertaining to monitoring and service procedures are known and understood. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Accreditation:
  • Evaluation of documentation and registration thereof according to SAQA requirements.

    Moderation:
  • Standard generating group Fossil Power Plant Operations. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Objectively recognise what is happening in or across situations with people, plant and materials.
  • The direct impact of decisions and actions is recognised and the effects on plant and people in the direct work environment are anticipated.
  • The most appropriate action is decided upon after problems were recognised, analised and the options evaluated.
  • The person can listen, question, observe, describe accurately and align with the senders needs.
  • The person can order resources, ideas, events, people and plant to enable required events to realise at organisation and system level.
  • The energy flow through the conversion process is known and the key conversion process concepts are understood.
  • The theory of application of mechanical, electrical and instrumentation plant components and their interrelation to the plant are known and understood.
  • Interrelated plant processes and safety equipment are operated and controlled safely and efficiently.
  • Relevant documentation is completed accurately and processed correctly according to operating procedures, service notifications and authorisation requirements.
  • The trends/incidents related to the specific plant are understood.
  • The concepts, terms and theory of the specified technical field as for the prescribed subjects are known.
  • Operation of the plant is controlled to stay within the set limits for environmental impact.
  • Process chemistry fundamentals applicable to process plant and the implications of operating outside of chemical specifications are known and understood.
  • The relevant regulatory requirements are known, understood and complied with, and subordinates are trained and controlled in their adherence to the Regulations.
  • The Organisation's purpose, values it subscribes to and it's vision are known and staff are led in accordance with this.
  • The computer is utilised to manage/control the plant processes and analise plant and conditions.
  • Production targets are met by planning, organising, leading and controlling of staff, and effective working relationships are created by motivating and influencing their behaviour. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identifying and 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:
  • Reflecting on and exploring a variety of strategies to learn more effectively.
  • Participating as responsible citizens in the life of local, national and global communities.
  • Being culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts.
  • Exploring education and career opportunities.
  • 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 
    The following references to assessments to be made through out this unit standard:

    1.
  • Lubrication of plant.
  • Changing of plant auxiliaries.
  • Protection verification test.
  • Consumption tests.
  • Specific procedure knowledge.
  • Service requirements and conditions.
  • Safety and regulatory adherence.
  • Out of normal conditions identified and followed up.
  • Data input and reporting.
  • Monitoring through alarm identification and responses, trend identification and analysis. Big picture understanding, out of normal conditions identification and follow-up actions, data recording and reporting.
  • Inventory requirements understanding.

    2.
  • Priority setting for plant service.
  • Environmental polution understanding and control.
  • Mechanical, electrical and instrumentation equipment understanding.
  • Process chemicals understanding.
  • Incidents understanding.
  • Operating philosophy understanding.
  • Safety and regulatory 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 on any criteria of this unit standard.

    Occupational Role:
  • Power Plant Controller. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  61570   National Diploma: Power Plant Process Control Operations  Level 5  NQF Level 05  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.
     
    1. ESKOM DRANKENSBURG PUMP STORAGE (PEAKING) 
    2. ESKOM DUVHA POWER STATION - OPERATIONS 
    3. ESKOM INGULA PUMP STORAGE SCHEME (PEAKING) 
    4. ESKOM KOEBERG - RADIATION PROTECTION 
    5. ESKOM KRIEL POWER STATION OPERATIONS TRAINING 
    6. Kelvin Power (Pty) Ltd 



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