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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate knowledge of switchgear assembly components and their representation on drawings 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
265034  Demonstrate knowledge of switchgear assembly components and their representation on drawings 
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 
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 is for people engaged in the manufacture of switchgear assemblies, and covers a general knowledge of components and how they are represented on drawings.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Describe and identify switchgear components, cable types, and busbars.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of electric switchgear assembly drawings.
  • Interpret switchgear symbols and variables. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The following competencies are assumed:
  • Communication and Literacy at NQF Level 2.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 2.

    In addition, learners are assumed to have basic hand tools skills.

    This assumption forms the basis for the allocation of credits for this unit standard. If a learner does not have such experience or qualifications, the learning time will be increased. The allocation of credits is also based on the assumption that the learner will be following a learning programme which integrates the required unit standards. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • All practical work must meet documented organisational procedures for personal, product, and work site safety requirements.
  • For the purpose of this unit standard, the term switchgear assembly refers to low and medium voltage switchgear and controlgear assemblies, of rated voltage up to and including 32 000 V.
  • The term assemble refers to the mechanical assembly of the switchgear assembly, including the mounting of all switchgear and controlgear components and cable ducts, and includes the installation and termination of cables and wires.
  • Legislation, codes of practice, and standards relevant to this unit standard may include (depending on the industry product specialization) but is not limited to the following:
    > South African National Standards (SANS) 60439-1 Low-voltage switchgear and controlgear assemblies, Part 1 Type-tested and partially type-tested assemblies.
    > SANS 10142: Code of Practice for the wiring of premises Part 1 Low voltage installations.
    > SANS 60529: Enclosures for Electrical Equipment classified by IP Code.
    > SABS 1473-1,1996: Low-voltage switchgear and controlgear assemblies, Part 1 Type-tested and partially type-tested assemblies.
    > Occupational Health and Safety Act, Act 85 of 1993.
    > Minerals Act and Regulations Act, Act 50 of 1991.
    > Mine, Health and Safety Act, Act 29 of 1996.
    > The National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act 103 of 1998.
    > Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act, Act 130 of 1994.
    > The term regulations refer to the legislation, codes of practice and standards listed above. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describe and identify switchgear components. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    A minimum of 20 components including but not limited to:
  • Control gear and switchgear excluding cables and busbars. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Components are identified by name, and their function on a switchgear assembly assembly is stated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Possible variations for components are stated with reference to the unique component identification list. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Special mounting provisions are identified on the components. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Circuit connection points on components are located with an explanation of any required polarities. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Describe and identify cable types. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Cables include but is not limited to cable types; Flexible, conduit, PVC, Silicon, insulated, cross linked, mineral insulated, screened and aluminium communication cables. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Cable types and sizes are identified on sight. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Typical uses for cable types are described with reference to typical applications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Colour coding is explained according to current industry standards and codes. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Describe and identify busbars and busbar coatings. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Busbars are identified by size, rating, and shape to match job specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Busbar coatings are identified on sight. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Coatings; Uncoated, electro-tin and PVC.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A typical use of each type of coating is stated according to industry practice and application. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Demonstrate knowledge of switchgear assembly drawings. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The unique features and purpose of each type of diagram is explained by reference to a particular application. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Diagrams, General Assembly (GA), schematic, single line and busbar layout.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Specific details are identified in each of a set of diagrams for a particular switchgear assembly. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Set of diagrams; General assembly (GA), schematic, single line, detail, at least five component details, each of which is shown on each of the diagrams.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Interpret switchgear symbols and variables. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Symbols; Minimum of 20 commonly used symbols selected by the assessor.
  • Variables; Typically include rating, capacity, number of poles. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Switchgear components and variables are uniquely identified from their symbolic representation according to relevant specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Symbols are sketched for switchgear components, in a manner that enables clear recognition and provides details. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Assessment will be governed by the policies and guidelines of a relevant Education and Training Quality Assurance body (ETQA), which has jurisdiction over this field of learning. The policies and procedures of the relevant ETQA will also determine:
    > How the assessment is moderated.
    > How a learner can appeal against the outcome of the assessment.
  • Any institution or company which offers learning to achieve the purpose of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA.
    The integrated assessment should be based on a summative assessment guide. The guide will specify how the assessor will assess different aspects of the performance and will include:
    > Evaluating evidence in a portfolio of evidence, particularly projects which integrate various aspects of the unit standard and which demonstrate the integration of knowledge, skills and values, and the development of the critical outcomes.
    > Observing and listening to the learner at work, both in primary activities as well as in other interactions, or in relevant simulations.
    > Asking questions and initiating short discussions to test understanding and to verify other evidence.
    > Looking at records and reports.
    > Formative assessment.
  • Assessment of competence for this unit standard is based on experience acquired by the learner in the workplace, within the particular switchgear assembly manufacturing environment. The assessment process should cover the explicit tasks required for the unit standard as well as the understanding of the concepts and principles that underpin the manufacturing process. The assessment process should also establish how the learning process has advanced the Critical Cross-field Outcomes.
  • The learner may choose in which language he/she wants to be assessed. This should be established as part of a process of preparing the learner for assessment and familiarizing the learner with the approach being taken.
  • Assessors should also evaluate evidence that the learner has been performing consistently over a period of time.
  • Assessment criteria of the type results achieved are critical to this unit standard and must be achieved.
  • The assessment for this unit standard can be done in conjunction with the assessment of other unit standards related to a qualification, and in conjunction with the assessment for the qualification as a whole. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The following items reflect the type of knowledge that the assessor will evaluate.

    Names and functions of:
  • Main parts and functions of switchgear assembly.
  • Accessories.
  • Work-holding fixtures.
  • Electrical measuring equipment.
  • Personal protective equipment.
  • Common defects on parts and components.
  • Productivity measures.
  • Various kinds of graphs.

    Purpose of:
  • Switchgear Assembly Parts and components.
  • Quality procedures and processes.
  • Housekeeping.
  • Safety procedures.
  • Productivity.
  • Technical reports.
  • Related industry documentation (organisational and legislative).

    Descriptions, characteristics and properties of:
  • Busbars.
  • Cabling.
  • Components.
  • Materials used in the manufacturing process.

    Causes and effects, implications of:
  • Effects of variation on final product.
  • Implication of unsafe and non compliant behaviour.
  • Production implications of not following Procedures and standards.
  • Policies for reporting incidents and malfunctions.

    Sensory cues:
  • Sense deviations in noise, smell and appearance.
  • Feel for the limits of force applied to materials or components.
  • Distinguish colour with good eyesight.

    Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies and standards.
  • Applicable safety, health and environmental protection legislation and standards.
  • Applicable quality standards and specifications.
  • Workplace policies and rules.

    Theory; rules, principles and laws:
  • Measurements, logic, co-ordinate geometry, specifications and standards.
  • Fundamentals of Electricity.

    Relationships and systems:
  • Ergonomics.
  • Relationship of switchgear assembly (product) to client/customer requirements and specifications. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems:
  • Deviations of switchgear components specified by the specification and drawing is identified and corrected. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage myself and my activities by:
  • Correctly identifying and locating components for switchgear assembly in accordance with job requirements. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information by:
  • Comparing switchgear assembly diagrams with specifications associated with design requirements. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively by:
  • Reporting incidents and conditions.
  • Responding to questions or requests for more detail using appropriate terminology. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically:
  • Understand and explain the representation of switchgear assembly components and their representation in different types of diagrams. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems:
  • The purpose of switchgear in industry.
  • The switchgear assembly in relation to the electrical reticulation system.
  • The product specification, its end-use and the value to the customer. 

  • 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
    Elective  73313   National Certificate: Electrical Engineering  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2013-11-07  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    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 
    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.
     
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    16. KGOLO INSTITUTE 
    17. Learn A Trade 
    18. MOVING AHEAD DEVELOPMENT AGENCY 
    19. MSC ARTISAN ACADEMY 
    20. OSHIKATI 
    21. P AND T TECHNOLOGY (PTY) LTD 
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