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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Maintain the electrical system of a surface mining production machine 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
259057  Maintain the electrical system of a surface mining production machine 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Electrical Engineering & Construction 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction Electrical Infrastructure Construction 
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 will be useful for persons who will be involved in the maintenance and repair of electrical equipment in the mining industry and specifically to maintaining the electrical system of a surface mining production machine.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Explain the factors critical to maintaining the electrical system of a surface mining production machine.
  • Prepare to maintain the electrical system of a surface mining production machine.
  • Maintain the electrical system of a surface mining production machine.
  • Test the electrical system of a surface mining production machine.

    The skills, knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this unit standard are essential for social and economic transformation and contribute to the upliftment and economic growth of the mining and minerals sector.

    This unit standard is intended to promote general skills, knowledge and understanding of maintaining electrical systems of a surface mining production machines in the mining and minerals sector in order to ensure knowledgeable and informed workers. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are already competent in:
  • Read and interpret electrical diagrams at NQF Level 2.
  • Use hand held electrical test instruments at NQF Level 2.
  • Understand the function and operation of electrical components at NQF Level 2.
  • Use relevant hand tools NQF at Level 2.
  • Understand the dangers associated with working in close proximity of electricity at NQF Level 2.
  • Treatment for electrical shock at NQF Level 2.
  • Conduct electrical tests at NQF Level 2. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The following context applies to the whole unit standard:
  • Diesel electric powered hauling machines.
  • Electrical operated face shovel.
  • Electrical operated excavator.
  • Electrical operated front-end-loader.
  • Electrical powered drill rigs or diesel electric powered drill rigs.

    Maintenance must include but is not limited to:
  • Inspection and testing of safety devices and systems.
  • External inspection of electrical components and rectification of defects.
  • Identifying and repairing those defects, for example, loose terminations, which will only be apparent by de-energising the equipment and opening up enclosures, or using, where necessary, tools or test equipment (or both). 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain the factors critical to maintaining the electrical system of a surface mining machine. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The explanation of the method to safely maintaining the electrical system of a surface mining production machine is explained with reference to electrical standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The specifications pertaining to maintain the electrical system of a surface mining production machine are explained with reference to specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include but is not limited to:
  • Cleanliness.
  • Application of suitable cleaning agents.
  • Testing the machine.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The function and use of the relevant test instruments are explained with reference to maintaining the electrical system of a surface mining production machine. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare to maintain the electrical system of a surface mining production machine. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Permission is obtained in accordance with company procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The required personal protective equipment is selected, examined and used in a manner that protects the individual from injury. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Tools, material and test equipment required are selected, examined and transported in accordance with laid down procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Information required maintaining the electrical system of a surface mining production machine is obtained and used in accordance with the task requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The surface mining production machine to be maintained is identified in accordance with company identification procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Workplace-based hazards and associated significant occupational health and safety-related risks are identified and dealt with in accordance with hazard identification procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The consequences of not preparing to maintain the electrical system of a surface mining production machine in line with company procedures and manufacturer's specifications are explained in terms of potential effect on the environment, occupational health, safety and production. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Consequences must include those relating to:
  • Permission.
  • Personal protective equipment.
  • Tools, material and test equipment.
  • Obtaining and using information to maintain the electrical system.
  • Workplace hazard identification, awareness and control.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Maintain the electrical system of a surface mining production machine. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Hazards and associated significant risks directly related to maintain the electrical system of a surface mining production machine are identified and addressed in accordance with hazard identification procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The power is switched off and lockout procedures are adhered to in accordance with company electrical procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The electrical system of the surface mining machine is maintained in accordance with company and manufacturer's procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Personal protective equipment is used in a manner that protects the individual from injury. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Tools and test equipment are used in accordance with laid down procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Interpersonal interaction is positive, consistent with company policies and promotes effective teamwork. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The consequences of not maintaining the electrical system of a surface mining production machine in line with company and manufacturer's procedures are explained in terms of potential effect on the environment, occupational health, safety and production. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Consequences must include those relating to:
  • Work related hazards and associated risks.
  • Switching off the power and adhering to lock out procedures.
  • Maintaining the electrical system of a surface mining production machine.
  • Use of personal protective equipment.
  • Use of tools and test equipment.
  • Interpersonal interaction.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Test the electrical system of a surface mining production machine and prepare for operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The surface mining production machine is prepared and tested for production in accordance with company and manufacturer's procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Preparing the surface mining production machine for production must include:
  • Coupling of Trailing cable to supply system.
  • Energize the surface mining production machine.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The surface mining production machine is monitored to determine if it is functioning in accordance with manufacturer's operating manual. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The workplace is cleaned to comply with specified housekeeping practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Tools, material and test equipment selected are dealt with in accordance with laid down procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The report on work performed complies with company procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The consequences of not testing the surface mining production machine and not preparing for operation in line with the manufacturer's operating manual are explained in terms of potential effect on the environment, occupational health, safety and production. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Consequences must include those relating to:
  • Preparing the surface mining production machine for production.
  • Monitoring the surface mining production machine.
  • Housekeeping.
  • Tools, material and equipment.
  • Reporting.
     


  • 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 maintaining the electrical system of a surface mining production machine:
  • Purpose.
  • Tools, materials and equipment.
  • Methods.
  • Fault finding principles.
  • Principle of operation and function of surface mining production machines.
  • Electrical components of surface mining production machines and their function.
  • Risk assessments and how to use risk assessment documentation.

    Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Issues:
  • Significant hazards and risks related to maintaining the electrical system of a surface mining production machine, 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 carrying out basic surveying and calculations.

    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 
    Work effectively with others as members of a team, group, organisation or community.

    Note: The learner demonstrates the understanding that in an engineering environment affective teamwork is of utmost importance in working safely and productively. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively.

    Note: The learner demonstrates understanding that activities, tools and equipment have to be managed effectively in order to ensure safe and efficient engineering activities. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively, using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentations.

    Note: The learner demonstrates the ability to communicate effectively with co-workers in the engineering environment, in which team members interact with each other and with those of other teams. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.

    Note: The learner demonstrates an understanding of and ability to use advanced engineering techniques, technology, materials and equipment. 

    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.

    Note: The learner demonstrates understanding that various systems contribute to the overall safety and productivity of an engineering environment, and that it is as important to contribute to the efficiency of those systems as to be supported by them. 

    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 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 learner 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 learner 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, direct, authentic, sufficient, systematic, open and consistent.

    Specified Requirements:

    Specified 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 & Safety Act, 1996 (Act 29/1996), and Minerals Act, Regulations, 1991 (Act 50/1991).
  • Mandatory Codes of Practice.
  • SANS and other relevant Standards.
  • Chief Inspector of Mines' Directives and instructions.
  • Guidelines issued by the Chief Inspector of Mines.
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act (Act 85/1993).

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

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  72051   National Certificate: Electrical Engineering  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2013-11-07  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


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