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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Perform first line maintenance on equipment in the metals production process 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
259723  Perform first line maintenance on equipment in the metals production process 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Manufacturing and Assembly Processes 
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 3  NQF Level 03  10 
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 
Learners accredited with this Unit Standard will be able to perform routine first line maintenance on production machinery and equipment which is at the heart of the metal production process during the normal production run. The learner at this level is not a maintenance specialist but is sufficiently familiar with the machinery to apply process agents and replace worn parts where specified. The learner will also be able to assist maintenance specialists with their work during shutdowns.

Learners credited with this standard will be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge relating to process equipment maintenance.
  • Identify process equipment problems during production.
  • Perform first line maintenance as per standard operating procedures. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication at NQF Level 2.
  • Mathematical literacy at NQF Level 2.
  • The Unit Standard entitled 'Select, use and care for engineering hand tools' at NQF Level 2 (ID 119744). 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate knowledge relating to process equipment maintenance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The importance of maintaining process equipment in terms of achieving specified production requirements is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The principal components and the interlock systems of the process equipment are identified and their functions explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The legal and site specific requirements, pertaining to a safe, healthy work environment during process equipment maintenance, and the consequences of not adhering to the above are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Hazards and associated risks, pertaining to process equipment maintenance, identified through specified risk assessment procedures, and the actions to be taken should they be encountered are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Specified lock-out procedures pertaining to process equipment maintenance and the consequences of non-compliance are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The specified actions to be taken, should sub-standard conditions and problems be encountered, are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The specified communication requirements pertaining to process equipment maintenance and the consequences of non-compliance are explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify process equipment problems during production. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Equipment and process operations are observed at regular intervals to ensure efficient operation and checked for consistency in performance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Problems and potential problems are identified and responded to within timeframes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Problems which cannot be remedied are communicated to appropriate production and maintenance personnel. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The difference between first line maintenance and major repair/maintenance requirements is discussed to distinguish between levels of responsibility. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Perform first line maintenance as per standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Supplies for the repairs/maintenance are sourced so that work can be performed at the earliest instance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Process agents are applied according to equipment specifications. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Process agents include but are not limited to lubricants, coolants, oils, greases, heating mediums.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Worn parts are detected and replaced according to company procedures and equipment specifications. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Parts include but are not limited to filters and rollers.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Instruments and tools are used to perform first line maintenance and repairs to ensure the match between the job and the instruments. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Tools include but are not limited to hand and power tools, torque wrench, gauges, straight edge.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Work is performed safely within timeframes and documented. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Equipment that has been repaired/maintained is checked prior to resuming production. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    A description of the maintenance work/repair done is communicated to next shift, team members and supervisors using company procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Major maintenance repairs are referred to maintenance specialists. 


    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 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 
    Names and functions of:
  • Equipment and machinery.
  • Moving and wearing parts.
  • Process agents.
  • Tools and instrument used.

    Attributes, descriptions, characteristics and properties:
  • Indicators/equipment alarms.

    Sensory cues:
  • Visual and sound cues which indicates equipment malfunction.

    Purpose of:
  • First line maintenance.

    Processes, events, causes and effects, implications:
  • Impact of failure to apply process agents and replace worn parts where specified.

    Procedures and techniques:
  • Procedures for performing routine maintenance.
  • Procedures for ensuring safety.
  • Procedures for reporting major problems with machinery and equipment.
  • Documentation procedures.

    Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies, standards:
  • Regulations related to safety and the environment.
  • Basic maintenance standards.

    Theory: rules, principles, laws:
  • Basic mechanical and electrical principles.
  • Basic machine theory, e.g. hydraulics and pneumatics.
  • Basic measurement.

    Relationships, systems:
  • Impact of performing regular first line maintenance on production efficiencies. 

  • 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 when:
  • Referring repairs/maintenance to specialists.
  • Engaging with process-related problems. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation, community to:
  • Ensure that repairs/maintenance is carried out quickly and efficiently. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsively and effectively when:
  • Checking equipment during operation.
  • Repairing/maintaining equipment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information to:
  • Repair equipment.
  • Refer the problem to supervisors. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation to:
  • Prepare reporting documents. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and the health of others by:
  • Repairing/maintaining equipment according to manufacturer's instructions. 

  • 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 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  71989   National Certificate: Automotive Components: Manufacturing and Assembly  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Core  79666   National Certificate: Metal and Engineering Manufacturing Processes  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Core  64190   National Certificate: Metals Production  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2021-06-30  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. ArcelorMittal South Africa Ltd (VANDERBIJLPARK) (TP) 
    2. Aspidus 209 T/A 3D Solutions (UITENHAGE) (TP) 
    3. Bell Equipment Company SA (Pty) Ltd (ALTON) (TP) 
    4. BPC HR Solutions (PRETORIA) (TP) 
    5. Bravospace 139 cc T/A Metro Skills Academy (PORT ELIZABETH) (TP) 
    6. Career Pathing Solutions (Pty) Ltd (KRUGERSDORP) (TP) 
    7. College of Production Technology 
    8. CREATIVE FOUNDATION TRAINING 
    9. Eastcape Midlands Public FET College - Uitenhage (High Street)Campus 
    10. HV Consultants (Pty) Ltd (PORT ELIZABETH) (TP) 
    11. Izizwe Training Centre (Pty) Ltd T/A Simtech Training (NORTHDENE) (TP) 
    12. Mercedes Benz South Africa (Pty) Ltd (EAST LONDON) (TP) 
    13. Nissan SA (Pty) Ltd (ROSSLYN) (TP) 
    14. QTE Training & Consulting cc T/A QTE (GERMISTON) (TP) 
    15. Russ Projects T/A Academy Workplace Development (AWD) (HARRIETDALE) (T 
    16. Samancor Chrome Ltd T/A Khuphuka Training & Development (MIDDELBURG) ( 
    17. SSS Sheet Metal Work cc T/A Sheetech SA (DURBAN) (TP) 
    18. THE NEW RECLAMATION GROUP (PTY) LTD (Prospecton) (TP) 
    19. Toyota Academy Toyota SA Motors (Pty) Ltd (ISIPINGO) (TP) 
    20. Wide Horizon Advanced Training (PORT ELIZABETH) (TP) 
    21. Wilbat Projects 148 (Pty) Ltd (ISIPINGO) (TP) 
    22. WISPECO ALUMINIUM (Alrode)(Project Site NVC)(TP) 



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