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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Inspect, test, maintain and repair Low / Medium voltage overhead networks 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
113866  Inspect, test, maintain and repair Low / Medium voltage overhead networks 
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 is for persons in the electrical low / medium voltage reticulation environment.

A person credited with this unit standard will be able to do the following on low / medium voltage reticulation networks:
  • Visual / routine inspection and report defects.
  • Carry out routine maintenance.
  • Carry out repairs during normal and faulty conditions.
  • Carry out faultfinding / tests during faulty conditions.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of low / medium voltage network maintenance procedures.

    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 construction- and distribution environment. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The following knowledge, skills attitude and / or equivalent:
  • Apply and adhere to electrical safety.
  • Read & interpret station electric / network diagrams.
  • Jointing and faultfinding on low voltage cables.
  • Select, use and care for electrical measuring instruments.
  • Use and care for hand tools. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Overhead lines include but are not limited to steel/ wood/ concrete poles, stays, bare conductors, covered conductors, aerial bundle conductors, and insulators.
  • Equipment will include, but are not limited to Low / Medium Voltage pole mounted isolators, breakers, sectionalisers, transformers, reclosers, surge arrestors.
  • Hardware will include, but are not limited to Low / Medium Voltage wood / steel / concrete pole structures, cables, conductors, stays & struts, insulators, clamps, bolts and pre-formed products.
  • Maintaining & repairing include but are not limited to repairing / replacing of hardware and equipment.
  • Conditions include but are not limited to routine maintenance and breakdown repairs during day / night times and all weather conditions. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Plan and prepare to inspect, test and maintain / repair Low / Medium Voltage overhead networks. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Job instructions are obtained and the section of electrical network to be inspected / maintained / repaired is identified according to geographical / electrical network diagrams. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Task instructions are interpreted and a sequence of operation is planned according to maintenance procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Isolation of the affected section of the network is arranged according to job instructions / maintenance schedules or breakdown reports where necessary. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Appropriate tools are identified and selected to meet the requirements of the task and according to job requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Tools, materials, transport / rigging and safety equipment required for installing the unit are selected and checked for functionality according to statutory requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Inspect and test for defects on Low / Medium Voltage overhead networks. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Conditions are assessed and safety measures implemented according to safe work procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The affected section of the electrical reticulation network is visually inspected from ground level prior to testing / maintenance / repairs according to prescribed routine inspection sheets or fault finding procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Ensure that the affected section of the electrical reticulation network is isolated and prepared for testing according to faultfinding / operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. The applicable test instruments are selected and testing carried out according to specific task requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Safety precautions / procedures are followed before, during and after inspection and testing installation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Maintain / repair Low / Medium Voltage overhead networks. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Handout of the affected section of the network is received according to job instructions or breakdown reports where necessary. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The affected electrical hardware and equipment is assessed for possible safety risks and preventative measures implemented according to safety risk assessment procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The electrical hardware and equipment is maintained, repaired or replaced according to applicable maintenance procedures or manufacturer`s specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. The maintained or replaced electrical hardware and equipment is inspected and tested to ensure that it is operational according to manufacturer`s requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Complete the work task. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Work area is restored to serviceable condition according to statutory requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Completion of job is communicated according to local reporting procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Ensure that the replaced hardware and equipment has been returned to the stores as per local asset management procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Appropriate tools and safety equipment are cared for and stored according to statutory requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Documentation is 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 provider offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA.
  • 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:
  • A comprehensive understanding of Low / Medium Voltage reticulation network hardware and equipment.
  • A good understanding of faultfinding procedure on Low / Medium Voltage networks.
  • Use tools safely, according to statutory requirements.
  • Apply basic safety procedures related to the type of work and location. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identifying and solving problems in which responsible decisions have been made regarding the maintenance / replacement of electrical line hardware / equipment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others as a member of the electrical maintenance team. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organising and managing oneself and one`s activities, responsibly and effectively. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collecting, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicating effectively, using visual and / or language skills by means of oral / written reports. 

    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  20419   National Certificate: Electrical Engineering  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2004-02-10  Was EWSETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  48475   National Certificate: Electrical Engineering  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2009-02-18  Was EWSETA until Last Date for Achievement 


    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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