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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Operate electronic equipment for water and wastewater process control 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
255980  Operate electronic equipment for water and wastewater process control 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Water Sector 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction Civil Engineering Construction 
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 replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
12066  Operate telemetric and electronic equipment and scientific instrumentation  Level 4  NQF Level 04  12  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The qualifying learner will be able to read and interpret data from a range of electronic equipment to measure, relay and record information relating to quality and quantity of water and wastewater. Learners will be able to monitor the status of the water and wastewater treatment process by looking at information on computer screens including warning messages and data logger. This unit standard will benefit learners in that it creates portability to enable the learner to use the skills obtained in the chemical manufacturing and production fields. This will ensure that the work is economically operated and maintained according to work specifications. This competence will equip the learner with skills that are portable into other sectors thus enhancing the employability of the learner in both the water sector and other industry related jobs. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication skills at NQF Level 3.
  • Mathematical literacy at NQF Level 3.
  • Computer literacy at NQF Level 3.

    Learners completing this unit standard are able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the components of an electronic measuring system.
  • Perform basic routine maintenance for electronic equipment according to operating instructions.
  • Interpret readings from electronic equipment.
  • Demonstrate ability to control the process manually using the SCADA system. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Work policies and procedures:
  • Best operating procedures.

    Scientific instrumentation:
  • pH meter, DO meter, temperature meter, laboratory information, management system (LIMS) and residual chlorine meter.

    Electronic equipment:
  • Flow meter, DO meter, temperature probes and CCTV.

    Telemetric equipment:
  • Reservoir level monitoring, valve status, valve control and flow measurement.

    Data loggers:
  • Chart recorders, electronic data logger.

    Reports:
  • Faults, irregularities and maintenance requests. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate knowledge of the components of an electronic measuring system. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Components of the electronic system are identified and explained by means of a block diagram. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Components include but is not limited to sampler, analyser, transmitter, receiver and recorder.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Different uses of electronic measuring and control systems are explained in terms of the location in a water and wastewater treatment works. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Different uses include but is not limited to reservoir levels, flow rates, valves status and actuation and concentration measurements.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Access to the feedback received from electronic instrument is explained in order to provide the full range of information. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Feedback refers to but is not limited to units, digital representation, graphical representation and time series.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Interpret readings from electronic equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Instruments are calibrated and checked to ensure accurate measurement of parameters. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Calibration refers to but is not limited to buffer solutions, standard solutions and establishing set points (maximum and minimum).
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The collection, analysis and interpretation of electronic readings is identified and explained in order to take the necessary action. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Faults are identified in order to determine the necessary corrective action. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Corrective action refers to but is not limited to self-repair/fixing or referral to a qualified technician.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Incorrect readings are identified and recorded for corrective actions and reporting purpose. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Situations when it is necessary to override the automated systems are identified and explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Conversion of feedback units to reporting units is explained with examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Perform basic routine maintenance for electronic equipment according to operating instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Inaccuracy in readings is recognised and recorded in accordance with works procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Demonstrate ability to control the process manually using the SCADA system. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An ability to log on and off on the SCADA system is demonstrate by using the keys and individual password on the system. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Processes that can be controlled via the SCADA system are identified and described in order to demonstrated how processes can be operated from the desk. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    An ability to override the system is demonstrated in order to increase or decrease a parameter. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    An ability to accept the alarm from the system is demonstrated in order to take corrective action. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Corrective action is limited to manually adjusting the process which will allow the alarm to be cancelled and to report the problem to the technician for repair. Troubleshooting in this instance refers to establishing the operational corrective action necessary to deal with the alarm condition.
     


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the ETQA`s policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments at exit points of the qualification, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise.
  • Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described both in individual unit standards as well as the integrated competence described in the qualification. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Learners should have a knowledge and understanding of:
  • Flow diagram of the plant.
  • Principles of operating electronic equipment.
  • Principles of operating scientific instrumentation.
  • The importance of complying with works policies and procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made by responding to alarms on the system and take appropriate corrective action on the system. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team by co-operating with the team in dealing with the problem(s). 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Plan, organise and manage oneself and one`s activities responsibly and effectively by planning his shift as per the tasks assigned. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, and critically evaluate information provided by the system in order to restore control and passing on the information needed for corrective action. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the form of oral and/or written presentation by interpreting readings and provide report information that may require interventions by others. 

    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 in that the system functions in conjunction with other systems to produce water or effluent of the required quality. 

    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 
    This unit standard replaces unit standard 12066, "Operate telemetric and electronic equipment and scientific instrumentation", Level 4, 12 credits.

    Integrated Assessment:

    When conducting assessments, assessors must ensure that they are familiar with the full text of the unit standards being assessed. Assessors must ensure that the assessment covers the specific outcomes, critical cross-field outcomes and essential embedded knowledge by developing assessment activities and tools, which are appropriate to the contexts in which the learners are working. These activities and tools may include self-assessment, peer assessment, formative and summative assessment. It may be more effective and efficient to assess a number of unit standards together in an integrated way, thus reducing the overall number of assessments and ensuring that commonalities that exist between a number of unit standards are captured in a way that makes sense for assessment.

    Assessment Option:

    Learners could be assessed using the following methods:
  • Oral or written questions.
  • Observation.
  • Simulation.
  • Product sample reports. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  61709   Further Education and Training Certificate: Water and Wastewater Treatment Process Control Supervision  Level 4  NQF Level 04  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.
     
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