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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate an understanding of basic contract planning functions workshop and site procedures for structural steel projects 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
114221  Demonstrate an understanding of basic contract planning functions workshop and site procedures for structural steel projects 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Civil Engineering Construction 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction Civil Engineering Construction 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
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 
A person credited with this unit standard will be able to:

Identify and describe the functions of the contracts planning department, describe workshop layout and explain workshop planning and procurement procedures as well as the procedures for handling and preparing steel through the preparation bay. Learners will be able to describe layout, dimensional checks and final assembly operations carried out by workshops responsible for the fabrication of structural steelwork assemblies. In addition, learners will be able to explain construction site procedures for the erection of steel structures.

The contribution to The National Skills Development Strategy is the key developmental interface between learners and new competencies to be achieved. Learners who master the applied competence described in this unit standard will be able to apply their knowledge and understanding of basic contract planning functions, workshop and site procedures for structural steel projects to programme planning and communication processes between drawing office and client thereby ensuring that the time and cost implication associated with the repeated revision of drawings is minimised. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
The following knowledge, skills, attitude and/or equivalent:
  • Mathematical numeracy (geometry and trigonometry) at NQF Level 4 or equivalent.
  • Draughting skills (freehand and 3-dimensional).
  • Communication (written and verbal) at NQF Level 4 or equivalent.
  • Basic computer literacy - NQF Level 3.
  • The learner will have mastered the applied competence of designing a range of load bearing elements for steel structures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Range of transport requirements and limitations include but are not limited to:
    Normal loads, abnormal loads, and loads requiring official escorts.
  • Range of lifting aids includes but is not limited to:
    lifting lugs, spreader beams, strong-backs, lifting rigs. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify and describe the functions of the contracts planning department. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. A basic company organisational chart is prepared and the relationships between the Contracts Planning Department, Drawing Office, Fabricating Workshop and Construction Sites are identified and described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The principle functions of the Contracts Planning Department are identified and described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The influence of available company resources on contracts planning is identified and described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. The impact of revisions on contracts planning are identified and described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. The effects of sub-letting of work to achieve contract planning programmes in relation to drawing office, workshop and site are identified and described. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Describe workshop layout and explain workshop planning and procurement procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Typical layout of a structural steel workshop is prepared and described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Workshop planning process for undertaking multiple contracts in accordance with programme requirements in relation to available workshop facilities and manpower is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Procedures for receiving, handling and stacking steel in the stockyard are explained. Control of different grades of steel, cast marks and certification are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Procedures for requisitioning materials from stockyard into the workshop are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Workshop procedures for the control of bought out items are explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Explain procedures for handling and preparing steel through the preparation bay. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Techniques for the preparation of templates and the use of templates is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Methods of cutting steel, notching steel and preparing edges for welding are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Methods of drilling and punching holes in steel are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Methods of machining steel for structural purposes are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Methods for pressing and bending steel for structural components are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Methods of marking steel components for identification and control purposes are described. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Describe layout, dimensional checks and final assembly operations in the workshop. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Describe layout, dimensional checks and final assembly operations in the workshop for fabricating structural steelwork assemblies. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Procedures for the layout, pre-assembly and dimensional checks of components for structural steelwork assemblies are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The use of jigs for repetitive assemblies is described and illustrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Procedures for completion of assemblies (final assembly) and final inspection in accordance with the requirements of detail drawings and contract specification are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. The need for inspection in accordance with quality plans for structural steelwork assemblies is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. The procedures for handling non-conformances in accordance with the quality plan are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Procedures for issuing clearance certificates in accordance with the quality plan are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    7. Procedures for surface preparation and corrosion protection of completed assemblies in accordance with contract requirements are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    8. Procedures for the despatch and delivery of structural steel assemblies in accordance with transport requirements and limitations are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    9. Methods for loading structural steel assemblies on transport vehicles in accordance with legal requirements are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
    10. The cost implications associated with transport logistics in relation to the design of structural steel assemblies are discussed. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Explain construction site procedures for the erection of steel structures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Requirements for planning and resourcing a construction site are explained and illustrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Procedures for planning the erection sequence and implementing quality plans in accordance with the project requirements and programme are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Procedures for checking grid lines, levels and holding down bolt positions are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Procedures for receiving, off-loading, checking and repairing (if necessary) of steelwork is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Benefits of pre-assembling small items into larger assemblies with regard to cranage and access are discussed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Importance of safe rigging practises and use of lifting aids for the erection of steel assemblies is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    7. Safety requirements for accessing elevated steel for the purposes of erecting and site painting steelwork are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    8. Procedures for recording drawing and manufacturing errors and site modifications are described. The need to update and correct detail drawings is discussed. 


    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 CETA - ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the CETA - ETQA.
  • CETA - ETQA or other ETQA`s, who have a Memorandum of Understanding in place with CETA-ETQA, would be responsible for moderation of learner achievements of learners who meet the requirements of this qualification. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Understanding functions of contracts planning department.
  • Workshop layout, workshop planning and procurement procedures.
  • Procedures for handling and preparing steel through the preparation bay.
  • Layout, dimensional checks and final assembly operations in the workshop for fabricating structural steelwork assemblies.
  • Construction site procedures for the erection of steel structures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Employ self management. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Manage information

    Specific Outcome 1
    Identify and describe the functions of the contracts planning department.

    Assessment Criteria:

    1.1 A basic company organisational chart is prepared and the relationships between the Contracts Planning Department, Drawing Office, Fabricating Workshop and Construction Sites are identified and described.
    1.2 Principle functions of the Contracts Planning Department are identified and described.
    1.3 Influence of available company resources on contracts planning is identified and described.
    1.4 The impact of revisions on contracts planning are identified and described.
    1.5 The effects of sub-letting of work to achieve contract planning programmes in relation to drawing office, workshop and site are identified and described.

    Specific Outcome 2
    Describe workshop layout and explain workshop planning and procurement procedures.

    Assessment Criteria:

    2.1 Typical layout of a structural steel workshop is prepared and described.
    2.2 Workshop planning process for undertaking multiple contracts in accordance with programme requirements in relation to available workshop facilities and manpower is described.
    2.3 Procedures for receiving, handling and stacking steel in the stockyard are explained. Control of different grades of steel, cast marks and certification are explained.
    2.4 Procedures for requisitioning materials from stockyard into the workshop are explained.
    2.5 Workshop procedures for the control of bought out items are explained.

    Specific Outcome 3

    Explain procedures for handling and preparing steel through the preparation bay.

    Assessment Criteria:

    3.1 Techniques for the preparation of templates and the use of templates is described.
    3.2 Methods of cutting steel, notching steel and preparing edges for welding are described.
    3.3 Methods of drilling and punching holes in steel are described.
    3.4 Methods of machining steel for structural purposes are described.
    3.5 Methods for pressing and bending steel for structural components are described.
    3.6 Methods of marking steel components for identification and control purposes are described.

    Specific Outcome 4

    Describe layout, dimensional checks and final assembly operations in the workshop for fabricating structural steelwork assemblies.

    Assessment Criteria:

    4.1 Procedures for the layout, pre-assembly and dimensional checks of components for structural steelwork assemblies are described.
    4.2 The use of jigs for repetitive assemblies is described and illustrated.
    4.3 Procedures for completion of assemblies (final assembly) and final inspection in accordance with the requirements of detail drawings and contract specification are explained.
    4.4 The need for inspection in accordance with quality plans for structural steelwork assemblies is explained.
    4.5 The procedures for handling non-conformances in accordance with the quality plan are explained.
    4.7 Procedures for surface preparation and corrosion protection of completed assemblies in accordance with contract requirements are explained.
    4.8 Procedures for the despatch and delivery of structural steel assemblies in accordance with transport requirements and limitations are explained.
    4.9 Methods for loading structural steel assemblies on transport vehicles in accordance with legal requirements are explained.
    4.10 The cost implications associated with transport logistics in relation to the design of structural steel assemblies are discussed.

    Specific Outcome 5
    Explain construction site procedures for the erection of steel structures.

    Assessment Criteria:

    5.1 Requirements for planning and resourcing a construction site are explained and illustrated.
    5.2 Procedures for planning the erection sequence and implementing quality plans in accordance with the project requirements and programme are explained.
    5.3 Procedures for checking grid lines, levels and holding down bolt positions are explained.
    5.4 Procedures for receiving, off-loading, checking and repairing (if necessary) of steelwork is described.
    5.5 Benefits of pre-assembling small items into larger assemblies with regard to cranage and access are discussed.
    5.6 Importance of safe rigging practises and use of lifting aids for the erection of steel assemblies is explained.
    5.7 Safety requirements for accessing elevated steel for the purposes of erecting and site painting steelwork are explained.
    5.8 Procedures for recording drawing and manufacturing errors and site modifications are described. The need to update and correct detail drawings is discussed. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Demonstrate scientific and technological competence. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Understand contextual world systems.

    Specific Outcome 1
    Identify and describe the functions of the contracts planning department.

    Assessment Criteria:

    1.1 A basic company organisational chart is prepared and the relationships between the Contracts Planning Department, Drawing Office, Fabricating Workshop and Construction Sites are identified and described.
    1.2 Principle functions of the Contracts Planning Department are identified and described.
    1.3 Influence of available company resources on contracts planning is identified and described.
    1.4 The impact of revisions on contracts planning are identified and described.
    1.5 The effects of sub-letting of work to achieve contract planning programmes in relation to drawing office, workshop and site are identified and described.

    Specific Outcome 2
    Describe workshop layout and explain workshop planning and procurement procedures.

    Assessment Criteria:

    2.1 Typical layout of a structural steel workshop is prepared and described.
    2.2 Workshop planning process for undertaking multiple contracts in accordance with programme requirements in relation to available workshop facilities and manpower is described.
    2.3 Procedures for receiving, handling and stacking steel in the stockyard are explained. Control of different grades of steel, cast marks and certification are explained.
    2.4 Procedures for requisitioning materials from stockyard into the workshop are explained.
    2.5 Workshop procedures for the control of bought out items are explained.

    Specific outcome 3
    Describe layout, dimensional checks and final assembly operations in the workshop for fabricating structural steelwork assemblies.

    Assessment Criteria:

    3.1 Procedures for the layout, pre-assembly and dimensional checks of components for structural steelwork assemblies are described.
    3.2 The use of jigs for repetitive assemblies is described and illustrated.
    3.3 Procedures for completion of assemblies (final assembly) and final inspection in accordance with the requirements of detail drawings and contract specification are explained.
    3.4 The need for inspection in accordance with quality plans for structural steelwork assemblies is explained.
    3.5 The procedures for handling non-conformances in accordance with the quality plan are explained.
    3.6 Procedures for issuing clearance certificates in accordance with the quality plan are explained.
    3.7 Procedures for surface preparation and corrosion protection of completed assemblies in accordance with contract requirements are explained.
    3.8 Procedures for the despatch and delivery of structural steel assemblies in accordance with transport requirements and limitations are explained.
    3.9 Methods for loading structural steel assemblies on transport vehicles in accordance with legal requirements are explained.

    Specific Outcome 4
    Explain construction site procedures for the erection of steel structures.

    Assessment Criteria:

    4.1 Explain construction site procedures for the erection of steel structures.
    4.2 Requirements for planning and resourcing a construction site are explained and illustrated.
    4.3 Procedures for planning the erection sequence and implementing quality plans in accordance with the project requirements and programme are explained.
    4.5 Procedures for receiving, off-loading, checking and repairing (if necessary) of steelwork is described.
    4.6 Benefits of pre-assembling small items into larger assemblies with regard to cranage and access are discussed.
    4.7 Importance of safe rigging practises and use of lifting aids for the erection of steel assemblies is explained.
    4.8 Safety requirements for accessing elevated steel for the purposes of erecting and site painting steelwork are explained.
    4.9 Procedures for recording drawing and manufacturing errors and site modifications are described. The need to update and correct detail drawings is discussed. 

    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 
    Specified requirements:

    Credit
    Total hours required by the learner to achieve the required outcomes:
    ACTIVITY HOURS
    Classroom learning 30
    On-the-job-learning
    Self-directed learning
    Coaching required
    Other - Visits to a construction site and workshop 20
    Total 50 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  48636   National Diploma: Structural Steelwork Detailing  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Elective  50018   Further Education and Training Certificate: Computer Aided Drawing Office Practice  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2009-02-09  Was CETA 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.
     
    1. Academic Institute of Excellence 
    2. AFRICAN ACAD.FOR COM.ASSIS.ENGINEERING 
    3. African Academey for the Built Environment NPC 
    4. centurion akademie 
    5. SAISC/DSE School of Draughting 



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