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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Maintain programmable field instruments 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
262482  Maintain programmable field instruments 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Generic Manufacturing, Engineering, Technology 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Engineering and Related Design 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03  12 
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
114612  Maintain pressure equipment  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is for persons in the Manufacturing Engineering and Technology field.

A person credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Plan and prepare to isolate and de-isolate programmable field instruments.
  • Isolate and remove programmable field instruments.
  • Calibrate programmable field instruments.
  • Install and commission programmable field instrumentation.
  • Establish normal conditions after maintenance of programmable field instrumentation.

    This unit standard will contribute to the full development of the learner within the Measurement Control and Instrumentation environment by providing recognition, further mobility and transportability within the field of Manufacturing Engineering and Technology. The skills, knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this unit standard are essential for social and economic transformation and upliftment within the Measurement Control and Instrumentation environment. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The following knowledge, skills attitude and/or equivalent:
  • Safety procedures according to statutory and manufacturer requirements.
  • Principles of Pressure measurement.
  • Types of Pressure measurement.
  • Calculations and units of measurement used in Pressure measurement.
  • Physical properties of the product being measured. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    For the purposes of this unit standard:
  • Programmable field instruments refer to Pressure, Level and Flow instrumentation.
  • Maintaining Field Instrumentation includes isolation, removal, calibration, installation and commissioning.
  • The range of pressure equipment includes, but is not limited to any two of pressure gauges, pressure switches and pressure indicators.
  • Principles include, but are not limited to strain gauges and capacitance sensors.
  • Flow measurement principles includes but are not limited to differential pressure, ultrasonic, conductivity, optical, thermal.
  • The range of flow equipment includes but is not limited to two of magflow, flow indicators, variable area and flow integrator.
  • Level measurement principles includes but is not limited to two of pressure, ultrasonic, radar, optical, nuclear.
  • The range of level equipment includes but is not limited to two of level switches, level transmitters, level gauges, level probes.
  • Safety precautions include the use of all personal protective equipment, electrical and fire protection.
  • Statutory requirements include but are not limited to SANS and OSH Act and manufacturer's requirements. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Plan and prepare to isolate and de-isolate programmable field instruments. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Job requirements are correctly interpreted according to instructions and/or instrumentation diagrams. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Tools and equipment are selected according to job requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The location for the isolation of programmable field instruments is identified in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Authorisation for access to restricted areas is obtained from the relevant personnel. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The correct safety equipment and material required is obtained from the appropriate sources. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The working schedule is effectively communicated to all affected parties. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Isolate and remove programmable field instruments. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The area where isolation is to be carried out is prepared for the isolation procedure in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The correct tools are selected and used according to the job requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Programmable Field Instrumentation and electrical equipment is identified and isolated according to organisational isolation procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    All safety precautions are adhered to before, during and after the isolation and removal procedure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The equipment is removed in accordance with manufacturer recommended procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Calibrate programmable field instruments. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Tools, equipment and data required are identified for the calibration procedure in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The correct tools are selected and used according to the job requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The calibration and testing equipment and instrumentation is prepared for the calibration process in accordance with manufacturer specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The programmable field instruments are calibrated within the tolerances specified by the manufacturer's calibration manuals. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The calibration sheets and associated documentation is completed in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Install and commission programmable field instrumentation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The programmable field instruments are installed in the correct location as per Measurement, Control and Instrumentation drawing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The programmable field instruments and electrical equipment are de-isolated and commissioned in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    All safety precautions are adhered to before, during and after the installation, de-isolation and commissioning process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The operation of the programmable field instrumentation is verified to be in accordance with the workplace operating instructions and Instrumentation drawings (sketches and flow diagrams). 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Establish normal conditions after maintenance of programmable field instrumentation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The waste is disposed of according to workplace and manufacturer instructions, taking environmental awareness into account. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    All tools and equipment are checked, cleaned and correctly stored according to workplace and manufacturer procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The workplace is restored to original state according to housekeeping standards and work site procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    All documentation is accurately completed and filed or submitted to the relevant personnel. 


    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 
  • Workshop procedures including house keeping practices according to statutory requirements.
  • Specific work site safety practices relating to the use of pressure equipment including the use of personal protective equipment, electrical and fire protection.
  • Names, locations and functions of Programmable field instrumentation and their accessories.
  • Hazards and preventive precautions associated with Programmable field instrumentation.
  • Company quality standards. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identification and problem solving skills - faulty equipment identified and reported. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others - working under supervision. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication skills - reporting faulty programmable field instrumentation and interpreting job requirements. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others - applied when maintaining programmable field instrumentation. 

    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 114612, "Maintain pressure equipment", Level 3, 7 credits. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  74532   National Certificate: Measurement, Control and Instrumentation  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.
     
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