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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Butt-weld a pipe in position 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
115745  Butt-weld a pipe in position 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Mining and Minerals 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Fabrication and Extraction 
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 will be useful to people who are required to butt-weld pipes in position.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Explain the factors critical to butt-welding pipes in position;
  • Prepare to butt-weld the pipe in position;
  • Butt-weld the pipe in position; and
  • Complete the arc welding process and prepare for operation and/or production.

    The skills, knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this unit standard are essential for social and economic transformation and contribute to the upliftment and economic growth of the mining and minerals sector.

    This unit standard is intended to promote general skills, knowledge and understanding to butt-weld a pipe in position in the mining and minerals sector in order to ensure knowledgeable and informed workers. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The credit calculation is based on the assumption that learners are already competent in terms of the following outcomes or areas of learning when starting to learn towards this unit standard:
  • Use relevant hand tools
  • Use a arc welder
  • Do a butt-weld
  • Mark off and prepare metals for arc welding
  • Identify metals and select appropriate electrode for application
  • Read and interpret engineering drawings and welding symbols 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Specific range statements are provided in the body of the unit standard where they apply to particular specific outcomes or assessment criteria. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain the factors critical to butt-welding pipes in position. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The explanation of the process of butt-welding pipes in position and application of equipment is in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The explanation of the importance of the process of butt-welding pipes in position, to achieve healthy and safe production requirements is in accordance with specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The explanation must include:
  • Injury to persons
  • Damage to equipment
  • Loss of production time through breakdowns
  • Increased costs
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The explanation lists the possible critical workplace hazards that may be encountered while butt-welding pipes in position in a particular context. The explanation also describes the risks associated with and the factors contributing to each workplace hazard. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The explanation lists the possible critical work related hazards that may be encountered while butt-welding pipes in position in a particular context. The explanation also describes the risks associated with and the factors contributing to each work-related hazard. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare to butt-weld a pipe in position. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Permission is obtained in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The required personal protective equipment is selected, examined and used in a way that is consistent with its purpose, design and specified requirements. Personal protective equipment is used to ensure the safety of persons and equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The tools, material, machinery and equipment required are selected, examined and transported in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The workplace is examined in accordance with specified requirement. Workplace hazards are dealt with in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Where applicable, test for the presence of flammable gas is conducted in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The consequences for health, safety and production of not preparing to butt-weld the pipe in position in line with specified requirements are explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Permission
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Tools, material, machinery and equipment
  • Workplace examination
  • Workplace hazards
  • Where applicable gas test
  • Check for flammable material
  • Ensure adequate ventilation
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Butt-weld the pipe in position. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The required personal protective equipment is used in a way that is consistent with its purpose, design and specified requirements. Personal protective equipment is used to ensure the safety of persons and equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Work related hazards and associated risks are dealt with in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The pipes are butt-welded in position accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Interpersonal interaction is positive, consistent with specified requirements, promotes effective teamwork. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The tools, machinery and equipment are used in accordance with manufacturers' design and without injury to self and others. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The consequences for health, safety and production of not butt-welding pipes in position in line with specified requirements are explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Use of personal protective equipment
  • Work related hazards
  • Butt-welding pipes in position
  • Interpersonal interaction
  • Use of tools, machinery and equipment
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Complete the arc welding process and prepare for operation and/or production. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Tools, material, machinery and equipment selected are dealt with in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The workplace is cleaned and free from hazards in accordance with specified requirements and good housekeeping practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The report on work performed complies with specified requirements for format, content, accuracy and distribution. The report is submitted within the agreed time. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The consequences for health, safety and production of not completing the butt-welding process in line with specified requirements are explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Tools, material, machinery and equipment
  • Housekeeping practices
  • Reporting
     


  • 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 and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The following embedded knowledge is addressed in an integrated way in the unit standard:
  • Health and safety knowledge
  • Report writing
  • Legal and site-specific requirements 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems and make decisions using critical and creative thinking.
    Note: The ability of the candidate to identify sub-standard and hazardous conditions, assess and take appropriate action. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as members of a team, group, organisation or community.
    Note: The ability and willingness of the candidate to accept and interpret work instructions correctly. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively.
    Note: The ability of the candidate to indicate what methods, tools and personal protective equipment is required and communicate to fellow workers his/her intentions and assistance required. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information.
    Note: The ability of the candidate to reconcile the information from visual and physical examinations and constantly evaluate the process. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively, using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentations.
    Note: The appropriate communication with the relevant personnel with regard to the reporting of hazards and sub-standard conditions will indicate his/her proficiency in effective communication. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.
    Note: The use of science and technology is not relevant for this unit standard. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation.
    Note: The ability of the candidate to identify and refer anomalous behaviour to a specialist confirms understanding that a specific observation, inference, action or decision can have a devastating effect. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    Notes to assessors:

    Assessors should keep the following principles in mind when designing and conducting assessments against this unit standard:
  • Focus the assessment activities on gathering evidence in terms of the main outcome expressed in the title to ensure assessment is integrated rather than fragmented. Remember we want to declare the person competent in terms of the title. Where assessment at title level is unmanageable, then focus assessment around each specific outcome, or groups of specific outcomes.
  • Make sure evidence is gathered across the entire range, wherever it applies. Assessment activities should be as close to the real performance as possible, and where simulations or role-plays are used, there should be supporting evidence to show the candidate is able to perform in the real situation.
  • Do not focus the assessment activities on each assessment criterion. Rather make sure the assessment activities focus on outcomes and are sufficient to enable evidence to be gathered around all the assessment criteria.
  • The assessment criteria provide the specifications against which assessment judgements should be made. In most cases, knowledge can be inferred from the quality of the performances, but in other cases, knowledge and understanding will have to be tested through questioning techniques. Where this is required, there will be assessment criteria to specify the standard required.
  • The task of the assessor is to gather sufficient evidence, of the prescribed type and quality, as specified in this unit standard, that the candidate can achieve the outcomes again and again and again. This means assessors will have to judge how many repeat performances are required before they believe the performance is reproducible.
  • All assessments should be conducted in line with the following well documented principles of assessment: appropriateness, fairness, manageability, integration into work or learning, validity, direct, authentic, sufficient, systematic, open and consistent. 

  • REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Terminology

    Specified Requirements:

    Specified requirements include legal and site-specific requirements and are contained in one or more of the following documents:

    Legal:
  • Relevant Acts: e.g. Mine Health & Safety Act, 1996 (Act 29/1996), and Minerals Act, Regulations, 1991 (Act 50/1991)
  • Mandatory Codes of Practice
  • SANS and other relevant Standards
  • Chief Inspector of Mines' Directives and instructions
  • Guidelines issued by the Chief Inspector of Mines

    Site-specific:
  • Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments (HIRA)
  • Occupational Health and Safety Risk Management Programme
  • Managerial Instructions
  • Mine Standard Procedures
  • List of Recorded OH&S Risks
  • Working Guides
  • Equipment and Materials Specifications

    Unit Standard Justification

    Attribute, level & Justification:
  • Skills (Level 4): The skills required are now not operational, but also require scholastic skills, which need to be applied.
  • Procedure (Level 4): Procedure become more extensive but choice and standard will be known.
  • Context (Level 3): A variety and range of contexts occur.
  • Knowledge (Level 4): The theoretical knowledge required is extended to theoretical concepts.
  • Information processing (Level 3): In this case the information is again available but interpretation as opposed to basic processing thereof is required.
  • Problem solving (Level 4): Problem solving has to be in some cases innovative but the problems will be concrete (operational rather than theoretical).
  • Orientation of activity (Level 4): Self directed and give instructions to subordinates.
  • Application of responsibility (Level 3): Output is checked for quality on a random basis.
  • Orientation of scope of responsibility (Level 2): Responsible for completion (quantity) and function (quality).

    Average Level: 3.4
    Actual Level Assigned: 3

    Credits:

    Total hours required by the learner to achieve the required outcome:

    Classroom Teaching: 60 hours
    On-The-Job Training: 30 hours
    Mentoring required: 0 hours
    Other (Specify): 0 hours

    Total: 90 hours

    Credits achieved = 90/10 = 9; Credits assigned = 9 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  58721   Further Education and Training Certificate: Engineering Fabrication  Level 4  NQF Level 04  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. Africa International Training Facilities T/A AITF (BREDELL) (TP) 
    2. Bevline Mechanical Projects (Pty) Ltd (PROSPECTON) (TP) 
    3. Blue Horison Properties 53 (Pty) Ltd T/A Durnacol Skills Innovation Hu 
    4. Coastal Kzn F.E.T. College - Swinton Road Campus 
    5. Eastcape Training Centre 
    6. False Bay Public FET College - Westlake Campus 
    7. Gijima AST Holdings (Pty) Ltd T/A Fundi Training Centre (BENONI) (TP) 
    8. Jericho Safety Consultants (Pty) Ltd (TP) 
    9. Majuba FET College - Newcastle Technology Centre 
    10. Mopani South East FET College - Phalaborwa Campus 
    11. Northlink College - Bellville Campus 
    12. SEDIBENG TRAINING CENTRE 
    13. SSS Sheet Metal Work cc T/A Sheetech SA (DURBAN) (TP) 
    14. Steinmuller Africa (Pty) Ltd T/A Steinmuller Technical Training Academ 
    15. THE SAJ COMPETENCY TRAINING INSTITUTE CC 
    16. Umfolozi FET College - Central Office 
    17. West Coast Public FET College - Vredenburg Campus 
    18. Wilbat Projects 148 (Pty) Ltd (ISIPINGO) (TP) 
    19. World Focus 382 cc T/A Richards Bay Technical Training & Assessment Centre (ZCBF) (RICHARDS BAY) (TP) 



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