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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Joint electrical railway signalling cables 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116875  Joint electrical railway signalling cables 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Electrical Engineering & Construction 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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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 
A learner credited with this unit standard will be able to joint electrical railway signalling cables according to specifications by applying signal-engineering practice. This will ensure correctly jointed electrical railway signalling cables, which contribute in part to a reliable electrical railway signalling system, safe and efficient train operations and effective rail transportation. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication NQF L2
  • Mathematics NQF L2
  • Knowledge of and ability to use engineering hand and power tools.
  • Knowledge and ability to route and terminate electrical conductors.
  • Knowledge of the principles of electricity.
  • Knowledge of relevant statutory requirements related to the jointing of electrical railway signalling cables. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The credit value assigned to this unit standard is appropriate because performance must be carried out:
    1. In a controlled environment.
    2. Within a specific time.
    3. At a field site or in a workshop.
    4. Under simulated or actual operational conditions.

    This standard includes the jointing of the following indoor and outdoor low-voltage (1kV) electrical railway signalling cables:
  • Armoured and un-armoured cables
  • Single- and multi-core
  • Solid, stranded and multi-stranded core
  • Twisted pair communication cables

    This standard excludes:
  • High-voltage cables
  • Termination of electrical conductors 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Plan and procure the resources required to safely and correctly joint electrical railway signalling cables according to specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The job order is interpreted to establish the relevant resources required to joint electrical railway signalling cables. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The correct resource requirements are determined and obtained to joint electrical railway signalling cables according to specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Resources are verified against material specifications and any sub-standards rectified. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Correctly prepare electrical railway signalling cables for jointing according to company-specific policies and specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A suitable and safe site is prepared and secured according to procedures, policies and instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Tools, equipment and materials are used according to safe working procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The electrical railway-signalling cables are correctly prepared for jointing as per company-specific policies and specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The correct jointing kit/equipment is prepared to joint electrical railway-signalling cables as per company-specific policies, procedures and specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Safe working procedures, policies and instructions are adhered to. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Correctly joint electrical railway signalling cables according to specification within the allocated time at a suitable site. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Tools, equipment and materials are used according to safe working procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The electrical railway-signalling cables are correctly joined as per specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Jointing of electrical railway signalling cables is completed within the allocated time. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Safe working procedures, policies and instructions are adhered to. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Perform quality checks on the jointed electrical railway-signalling cables according to company-specific procedures, policies and instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Relevant quality checks are performed correctly on the jointed electrical railway-signalling cables according to company-specific policies and instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Items of non-conformance identified by quality checks are addressed correctly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Applicable documentation is completed according to company policies and instructions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Restore the site as per company procedures, policies and instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Hazardous and waste material is safely disposed of as per company-procedures, policies and instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Site is restored as per company-specific procedures, policies and instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Material, equipment and tools are returned for storage or repair as per company-specific procedures policies and instructions. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    1. An individual wishing to be assessed against this unit standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that has been accredited by the relevant ETQA.
    2. Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
    3. Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be registered and accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA as prescribed.
    4. Moderation of assessment will be done by the relevant ETQA as prescribed.
    5. Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be certified as competent against this unit standard and registered as an assessor to assess this unit standard. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The learners can understand and explain the following related to the jointing of electrical railway signalling cables:
  • Planning and procurement
  • Cable plan
  • Relevant communication media and protocol
  • Identification of cable types sizes and functions
  • Cable jointing techniques
  • Core identification
  • Function, purpose and safe use of applicable cable crimping tools
  • Function, purpose and safe use of various types of cable jointing kits
  • Safe handling and storage of cables
  • Function, purpose and safe use of applicable cable skinning tools
  • Identification and handling of materials
  • Function, purpose and safe use of applicable electrical test instruments
  • Restoration of site
  • Relevant extracts from:
    HS Act and regulations
    Safe working procedures applicable to the jointing of electrical railway signalling cables
    Company-specific policies, procedures and instructions applicable to the jointing of electrical railway signalling cables 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Problem-solving
    Learners can solve problems with regard to:
  • The correctness, quantity and quality of material, parts and components
  • The suitability and functionality of equipment and tools
  • The jointing of electrical signalling cables 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Team work
    Learners can work effectively in teams when:
  • Handling cables
  • Storing or securing cables
  • Restoring the site 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Self-organisation and self-management
    A learner can organise and manage himself by:
  • Executing the task responsibly
  • Maintaining a high level of discipline
  • Adherence to time frames
  • Adherence to safety and company-specific policies and procedures 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Information evaluation
    Learners can interpret and evaluate the contents of:
  • A wiring plan/diagram
  • A job order 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication
    Learners can communicate effectively with relevant role-players related to the jointing of electrical cables. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use of science and technology
    Learners can use science and technology by using:
  • Cable jointing kits
  • Electrical test instruments
  • Electrical soldering tools 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Inter-relatedness of systems
    Learners can understand the role of the electrical railway signalling cables in a railway signalling system. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Learner and societal development
    Learners can understand the importance of:
  • Safety in the workplace as well as in the whole environment
  • Their responsibility for the safety and well-being of fellow-workers and society at large 

  • 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 
    Assessment process:

    1. Assessment methods:
  • Written tests.
  • Practical test.
  • Oral questioning.
  • Observation of practical task execution.
  • Simulation.
  • Role-play/structured classroom discussions and oral tests.
  • Practical verification against specifications.

    These methods must be selected carefully based on the purpose of the assessment (for example, the written method could be used to assess knowledge or on-the-job demonstration for practical competence). The assessment must integrate a number of different methods (no less than three of those detailed above) in order to give the assessor reliable and valid proof of competence and evidence of required attitudes.

    2. The following may be used to supplement the above minimum assessment methods:

    Valid, reliable and authentic evidence (presented as a portfolio of evidence) from past achievements and experience may serve to supplement the assessment of applied competence. The portfolio should include inter alia:
  • Written statements from persons (e.g. current and/or previous employer, colleague, peer, manager, external customers) confirming competence of the learner.
  • Relevant certificates or awards.
  • Previous assessment records.
  • Logbook or register stating evidence of performance.

    Values:
    In addition, the following values should be demonstrated:
  • Safety consciousness
  • Responsibility
  • Integrity
  • Quality consciousness
  • Time consciousness
  • Sobriety

    Supplementary information:

    Terminology

    Job order refers to:
  • Job card
  • Job instruction
    Plan refers to a drawing or diagram.
    Sub-standard refers to the deviation from specifications and/or standards.
    Site refers to a workshop or field location.
    Secure means to make safe, cover, fasten or tie down.
    Logbook refers to evidence of training and job performance.

    Certification:
    The learner will be certified as competent when an underground outdoor armoured multi-core electrical railway signalling cable with at least 61 cores has been correctly jointed to specification.

    Credits:
    Total hours required by the learner to achieve the required outcomes:

    Activity-Hours
    Theory-12
    Practical-24
    Self-directed learning-4
    On-the-job learning N/A-0
    Assessment-6
    Total-46
    Credits achieved: 5- 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  49066   National Certificate: Railway Signalling: Installation and Scheduled Maintenance of Equipment  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  TETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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