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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Operate a direct current winder 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
256603  Operate a direct current winder 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Mining and Minerals 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Fabrication and Extraction 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03  15 
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
110165  Operate a direct current winder  Level 3  NQF Level 03  15  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard will be useful to people who are responsible for operating a direct current winder. People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Explain specific requirements pertaining to the operation of a direct current winder.
  • Prepare to and operate a direct current winder. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are already competent in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 2.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 2. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain specific requirements pertaining to the operation of a direct current winder. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The basic principles of operating a direct current winder are explained in terms of circuits, instrumentation and indications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The reaction time regarding movement signals received, the action to be taken if unable to respond within the prescribed time limit, and the consequences for occupational health and safety, should requirements not be adhered to, are explained in terms of legal, site-specific and operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The requirements regarding logbook entries and special instructions, as well as the consequences for occupational health and safety, should these not be adhered to are explained in terms of legal, site-specific and operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The critical workplace hazards related to the operation of a winder and the risks associated with these hazards are explained in terms the relevant procedure. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Work-place hazards must include the following:
  • Slippery conditions.
  • Inadequate illumination.
  • Excessive noise.
  • Poor housekeeping practices.
  • Poor visibility.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The critical work-related hazards related to the operation of a winder and the risks associated with these hazards, are explained in terms of the relevant procedure. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Work-related hazards must include the following:
  • Radio signal interference.
  • Water in shaft compartments.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The operational problems regarding safety devices, how to deal with them and the consequences to occupational health and safety, should requirements not be adhered to, are explained in terms of legal, site-specific and operational requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare to and operate a direct current winder. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The required personal protective equipment is used in accordance with design, legal, site-specific and operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The workplace is examined and any hazardous and substandard conditions are dealt with in accordance with the relevant procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Workplace hazards must include the following:
  • Slippery conditions.
  • Inadequate illumination.
  • Excessive noise.
  • Poor housekeeping practices.
  • Poor visibility.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The consequences of failure to adhere to occupational health, safety and production specifications requirements whilst preparing to and operating a direct current winder are explained in terms of legal, site-specific and operational requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Consequences must include those for:
  • Operating a direct current winder.
  • Reaction to emergencies.
  • Dealing with critical work-related hazards.
  • Submitting reports.
  • Interpersonal interaction.
  • Using personal protective equipment.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The direct current winder is operated in accordance with legal, site-specific and operational requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Operation requirements must include:
  • The handling of controls.
  • Interpretation and reaction to signals.
  • Observance of rope coiling and indicators.
  • Acceleration and deceleration.
  • Positioning of conveyances.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Emergencies are reacted to in accordance with legal, site-specific and operational requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Emergencies must include the following:
  • Operational failure of electrical equipment.
  • Operational failure of mechanical equipment.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Critical work-related hazards are dealt with in accordance with legal, site-specific and operational requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Work related hazards must include the following:
  • Radio signal interference.
  • Water in shaft compartments.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Reports are completed and submitted to the designated persons, in the correct format and within the time limit in accordance with site-specific and operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Interpersonal interaction is conducted in a positive consistent manner with specified requirements that promotes effective teamwork. 


    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 Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding 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 Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and. moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with 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, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise.
  • Anyone wishing to be assessed against this unit standard may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that is accredited by the relevant ETQA. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The following embedded knowledge is addressed in an integrated way in the unit standard:

    Knowledge relating to operating a direct current winder:
  • Purpose.
  • Tools, materials and equipment.
  • Methods.

    Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Issues:
  • Significant hazards and risks related to operating a direct current winder, their consequences and mitigating actions.
  • PPE requirements and the reason for each.
  • Environmental issues and mitigating actions.
  • Safe working practices.
  • Emergency procedures.

    Applicable statutory requirements:
  • Relevant clauses from applicable acts and regulations.
  • Codes of practice.
  • Competency requirements and restrictions of personnel operating a direct current winder.

    Communication:
  • Reporting requirements and ability.
  • Communicating with relevant personnel.
  • Liaison with associated operations and personnel. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    The learner demonstrates the understanding that in an underground mining environment effective teamwork is of utmost importance when operating a direct current winder. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The learner demonstrates understanding that activities, tools and equipment have to be managed effectively in the shaft and hoist environment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    The learner demonstrates the ability to communicate effectively with co-workers in the shaft and hoist environment, in order to ensure safe and effective hoisting operations. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    The learner demonstrates an understanding of and ability to use advanced mining equipment and technology in terms of operating the hoist, related equipment and communications systems. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    The learner demonstrates understanding that various systems contribute to the overall safety and productivity of an underground working environment, and that it is as important to contribute to the efficiency of those systems as to be supported by them when operating a direct current winder. 

    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 110165, "Operate a direct current winder", Level 3, 15 credits.

    Terminology:

    Specific requirements include legal and site-specific requirements and are contained in one or more of the following documents:

    Legal:
  • Relevant Acts, e.g. Mine Health and Safety Act, and Minerals Act and Regulations.
  • Mandatory Codes of Practice.
  • SABS and other relevant standards.
  • Chief Inspector of Mines' Directives.

    Site-Specific:
  • Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments (HIRA).
  • Occupational Health and Safety Risk Management Programme.
  • Managerial Instructions.
  • Mine Standard Procedures.
  • List of Recorded OH and S Risks.
  • Working Guides.
  • Equipment and Materials Specifications.

    Notes to Assessors:

    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 is able to 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, namely appropriateness, fairness, manageability, integration into work or learning, validity, direct, authentic, sufficient, systematic, open and consistent. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  21841   National Certificate: Winding Engine Driving  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MQA 


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