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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Install and commission direct current (DC) machines 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
259188  Install and commission direct current (DC) machines 
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 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
13657  Install and commission direct current (DC) machines  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is for persons in the Electrical Engineering; Generation; Distribution; Transmission, Construction and Renewable Energy Sector.

A person credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Plan task and select DC machines.
  • Install DC machines.
  • Connect DC machines.
  • Commission and test DC machines.

    This unit standard will contribute to the full development of the learner within the electrical engineering and construction environment by providing recognition, further mobility and transportability within the field of Physical Planning and Construction. The skills, knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this unit standard are essential for social and economic transformation and upliftment within the electrical engineering and construction environment. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The following knowledge, skills, attitude and/or equivalent:
  • Introduction to industry (work environment).
  • Use of relevant testing and measuring equipment and hand tools/power tools.
  • Safe working procedures.
  • Electrical drawings.
  • Wiring of circuits.
  • Cables and conductors. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    This unit standard applies to persons installing and commissioning DC machines under supervision.

    DC machines include but are not limited to:
  • Shunt-, series- and compound motors.
  • Shunt-, series- and compound generators.

    Testing and measuring equipment may include but are not limited to:
  • Multimeters.
  • Insulation tester.
  • Line tester.
  • Clamp meter.
  • Polarizer.
  • Variable DC supply. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Plan task and select DC machines. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An action plan is determined and a sequence of operation is planned according to instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Appropriate test and measuring equipment and hand tools are selected to meet the job requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Test and measuring equipment is used according to work site procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    DC machines are selected and tested according to work site procedures and statutory requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The test results are recorded and interpreted according to work site procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Safety and good housekeeping practices are followed according to work site procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Install DC machines. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Appropriate tools and personal protective equipment are selected and used according to job instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    DC machines are installed according to work site procedures and statutory requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Machine mountings are secured according to work site procedures and statutory requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Safety, good housekeeping and correct environmental practices are followed according to work site procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Connect DC machines. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Appropriate tools are selected to meet the job requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Terminations are prepared according to job instructions and statutory requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Connections are made to ensure that they are mechanical sound and electrically continuous. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Safety, good housekeeping and correct environmental practices are followed according to work site procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Commission DC machines. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Appropriate test, measuring equipment and hand tools are selected to meet the job requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Measuring equipment, testing equipment and hand tools selected are used according to work site procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Tests are carried out according to work site procedures and statutory requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Tests are recorded and reported according to work site procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Faultfinding and rectifying procedures are carried out where applicable according to work site procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Final testing and commissioning is carried out and documentation completed according to work site 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 as a provider through the relevant ETQA by SAQA.
  • 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 
    Knowledge that will help me understand and that I will be able to explain:
  • Names, locations and functions of DC machines.
  • Basic safety procedures related to testing and measuring equipment and hand tools.
  • Worksite procedures.
  • Installation, connection, commission, test and measuring techniques.
  • SHEQ statuary requirements for activity.
  • Applicable work site procedures.
  • Applicable manufacturers` specifications.
  • Documentation required for the activity.
  • Communication and teamwork principles.
  • Reporting systems.
  • Fault finding principles.
  • Working principles of DC machines and DC machine equipment are theoretically and practically explained as well as scientifically and mathematically proven. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems (identification of defects). 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others (during the installation commissioning and testing of motor control gear). 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself (identification and selection of motor control gear). 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate (reporting of defects). 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology (environmental and personal safety). 

    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 13657, "Install and commission direct current (DC) machines", Level 4, 8 credits.

    Supplementary Information:

    Specified Requirements:

    Specified requirements include legal and legislative specific requirements and are contained in one or more of the following documents:

    Glossary of terms:

    Statutory requirements may include but are not limited to:
  • OHS Act.
  • SANS 10142-1.
  • Local Authority requirements.

    Work site procedures may include but are not limited to Company`s:
  • Safety procedures as given in safety manuals.
  • Policy procedures as given in policy manuals.
  • Installing procedures as given in manufacturers` and company maintenance manuals.
  • Maintaining procedure given in Manufacturers` and Company maintenance manuals.

    Manufacturers` specifications may include but are not limited to:
  • Dimensions of components.
  • Weight of components.
  • Type of material from which components were manufactured as given in:
    > Manufacturers` maintenance manuals.
    > Manufacturer catalogues.
    > Company maintenance manuals.

    Commissioning may include but is not limited to:
  • Visual inspection.
  • Continuity test.
  • Earth continuity test.
  • Insulation resistance test.
  • Polarity test (direction of rotation).

    Context specific:
  • User manuals supplied manufacturers.
  • Specifications, agreements and policies and procedures. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  66009   National Certificate: Diesel Electric and Electric Fitting  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  72052   Further Education and Training Certificate: Electrical Engineering  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2013-11-07  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. CIRCLEWAY TRAINING (PTY) LTD 
    2. College of Cape Town - Pinelands Campus 
    3. ESKOM KOEBERG - RADIATION PROTECTION 
    4. False Bay College - Westlake Campus 
    5. MOVING AHEAD DEVELOPMENT AGENCY 
    6. PHAKGAMANG MATSIANA BUSINESS ENTERPRISE 
    7. The Water Training Institute of South Africa 



    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.