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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

Further Education Training Certificate: Diesel Electric and Electric Fitting 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
66049  Further Education Training Certificate: Diesel Electric and Electric Fitting 
ORIGINATOR
Task Team - Maintenance 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
The individual Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary for each Learning Programme recorded against this qualification is shown in the table at the end of this report.  SFAP - Sub-framework Assignment Pending 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
Further Ed and Training Cert  Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology  Engineering and Related Design 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  143  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Reregistered  SAQA 06120/18  2018-07-01  2021-06-30 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2022-06-30   2025-06-30  

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 qualification does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification. 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
Purpose:

The purpose of this Qualification is to provide learners, education and training providers and employers with the standards and the range of learning required to work effectively within various industries which use and maintain diesel and electric machines such as locomotives and motor coaches, making use of mechanical and electrical knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of such an environment.

Qualifying learners will also be able to relate their learning to scientific and technological principles and concepts. They will also be able to maintain and support the various policies and procedures related to the safety, health, environment and quality systems that govern their workplace. This Qualification will enable the learner to find employment as a skilled worker to perform Artisan duties in the diesel electric and diesel electrical field.

A learner acquiring this Qualification will be able to:
  • Demonstrate the skills and ability to overhaul, install and commission complex mechanical and electrical assemblies and systems.
  • Plan and schedule work according to machine or system production and maintenance requirements.
  • Solve a variety of problems, both familiar and unfamiliar in terms of advanced mechanical and electrical theory and practice.
  • Demonstrate leadership through effective interaction and communication with clients, peers and supervisors and management.

    The Further Education Training Certificate: Diesel Electrical Fitting and Electrical Fitting (NQF Level 4) is the culmination of a learning path spanning three Qualifications and is intended to produce a highly competent person who will be able to meet the challenges of a competitive and demanding environment.

    The successful completion of the three Diesel Electrical Fitting (NQF Levels 2, 3 and 4) will permit the learner to apply to undergo a trade test (assessed as an artisan).

    Rationale:

    This is the third of a three-level Qualification series that reflect the workplace-based needs of the diesel electrical and electrical field that is expressed by employers and employees, both now and for the future. This Diesel Electrical Fitting and Electrical Fitting Qualification provides, the advanced competencies required to work on integrated mechanical and electrical systems and installations. This Qualification provides the learner with accessibility to be employed within the diesel electric fitting and electrical fitting fields and provides the flexibility to pursue different careers across various industry sectors and articulate within the rail transport industry.

    This Qualification will enhance the status and productivity of the learner as well as contribute to improved quality, production rate and growth within the diesel electric fitting and electrical fitting sector. The range of typical learners at this level could include individuals preparing to qualify as Diesel Electrical Fitters or Electrical Fitters. Qualifying learners will obtain a Further Education Certificate as Diesel Electrical Fitting and Electrical Fitting which places the learner in a position to investigate requirements for advancement to qualified artisan status. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 3.
  • Communication at NQF Level 3.
  • Learners must first complete the National Certificate: Diesel Electrical Fitter at NQF Level 3 before accessing this Qualification.

    Recognition of Prior Learning:

    The Qualification can be achieved in whole or part through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Learners obtaining the whole Qualification through RPL and wishing to be declared competent are required to complete a practical assessment component for the purpose of such recognition. This implies that the Qualification may be granted to learners who have acquired the skills and knowledge without attending formal courses, providing they can demonstrate competence in the outcomes of the individual Unit Standards as required by the Fundamental, Core and Elective components stipulated in the Qualification and by the Exit Level Outcomes.

    Learners submitting themselves for RPL should be thoroughly briefed prior to the assessment, and may be required to submit a Portfolio of Evidence (POE) in the prescribed format and/or undergo a workplace assessment to be assessed for formal recognition. While this is primarily a workplace-based Qualification, evidence from other areas of endeavour may be introduced if pertinent to any of the Exit Level Outcomes.

    Access to the Qualification:

    Access is open to all learners. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    The Qualification is made up of a combination of learning outcomes from Fundamental, Core and Elective components, totalling a minimum of 143 Credits.

    Fundamental component:

    All unit standards to the value of 56 credits are compulsory.

    Core component:

    All unit standards to the value of 50 credits are compulsory.

    Elective component:

    The Elective component consists of a number of Unit Standards from which learners are required to choose a combination totalling a minimum of 37 credits. However, learners wishing to qualify in a Diesel Electric or Electrical Fitting trade in the Locomotive sector are required to complete one of the following sets of Elective Unit Standards.

    Specialization area - Diesel Electric Fitting (Learning Programme ID 73232) (37 credits):
  • ID 259200: Design, construct and commission three phase control gear (10 credits).
  • ID 244119: Assemble an engine sub assembly (10 credits).
  • ID 244046: Demonstrate knowledge of mechanical fuel injection systems (5 credits).
  • ID 244121: Diagnose, service and repair forced induction systems (4 credits).
  • ID 244051: Test and repair an engine cooling system (4 credits).
  • ID 244057: Test and repair an engine lubrication system (4 credits).

    Thus 143 credits in total.

    Specialization area - Electrical Fitting (Learning Programme ID 73233) (37 credits):
  • ID 259200: Design, construct and commission three phase control gear (10 credits).
  • ID 259198: Inspect, test and maintain 3kV DC busbar chamber and associated equipment in traction substations (8 credits).
  • ID 259199: Inspect, test and maintain earthing and negative return systems on 3kV DC traction substations (7 credits).
  • ID 259202: Inspect, test and maintain high voltage isolators (12 credits).

    Thus 143 credits in total.

    Additional specialisations for other sectors in which Diesel, Diesel Electric and Electric Fitting that are applicable will be added to this Qualification once they are finalised. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    On achieving this Qualification, the learner will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate the skills and ability to overhaul, install and commission complex mechanical and electrical assemblies and systems.

    2. Plan and schedule work according to machine or system production and maintenance requirements.

    3. Solve a variety of problems, both familiar and unfamiliar in terms of advanced mechanical and electrical theory and practice.

    4. Demonstrate leadership through effective interaction and communication with clients, peers and supervisors and management. 

    ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:

    1.1 Diesel electric and diesel electrical system operation, overhaul, recondition and commissioning procedures are explained and demonstrated in terms of worksite practice and manufacturers` prescribed guidelines and specifications.
    1.2 Solutions to problems are demonstrated during the commissioning process and are based on a clear analysis of information gathered through the use of diagnostic procedures.
    1.3 Inspection and testing is conducted to ensure that the machine, equipment and systems have been restored and the cause of the problem rectified.
    1.4 Procedures are modified to respond to specific environmental conditions, where appropriate.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:

    2.1 Planning and scheduling of own work is demonstrated in terms of productivity, safety, health and the environment.
    2.2 Work flow is explained and demonstrated, based on job information, in terms of standard worksite practices and the demonstration of the ability to read and interpret detailed engineering drawings.
    2.3 Production and maintenance personnel are consulted and machine downtime is minimised.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:

    3.1 Mechanical and electrical principles are applied to establish the cause of machine, equipment and/or system malfunction and faultfinding techniques are used to understand and rectify related problems.
    3.2 Solutions to maintenance or production problems are based on a clear analysis of information gathered through diagnostic procedures.
    3.3 Procedures are modified in order to respond to unfamiliar problems by demonstrating the ability to discuss and record alternative solutions to familiar and unfamiliar problems.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 4:

    4.1 Relationships with peers, supervisors and management are established and leadership is demonstrated by assertive communication and behaviour within the workplace.
    4.2 Technical writing skills are applied in recording information, in order to understand, evaluate and report on machine and system faults and problems.
    4.3 Learning opportunities and preparation requirements are identified and a learning plan is developed in terms of vertical articulation and the range of choices available. 

    INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    The purpose of this International Comparability exercise is to facilitate the development of a meaningful learning path and its associated curriculum incorporating both theoretical and practical vocational skills which will ensure compatibility, comparability and compliance with existing international Qualification specifications and regulations.

    This Further Education Training Certificate was compared with equivalent courses/Qualifications from a range of countries. However, Canada is the best country for comparison as their railway industry uses the same type/make of diesel electric and electrical machines as South Africa. However, other countries were selected because they offer education and training that is also considered international best practice in terms of diesel electric fitting and electric fitting' for diesel electric and electrical machines. These countries are Australia, United States of America and New Zealand.

    It must be noted that in South Africa we have opted for individual Qualifications each of a year in duration. This has been made possible because of the fact that South Africa are using Unit Standards for the development of the Qualifications and this allows for the progression and difficulty to be built in to each individual Unit Standard.

    Below are the Qualifications/programmes that were used:

    Canada:

    Railway Association of Canada (RAC) - Career On Track.

    Course Title: Railway Car Technician (3 year duration):
  • Interpret engineering drawing to plan maintenance.
  • Perform calculations and measurements.
  • Using manuals.
  • Completing required administration.
  • Using hand, power, pneumatic and hydraulic tools and equipment.
  • Welding techniques.
  • Benchworking practices.
  • Methods and procedures for services and inspecting rail vehicles.
  • Occupational health and safety practices.

    Course Title: Diesel Mechanic (3 year duration):
  • Understanding mechanics.
  • Diesel engine technology.
  • Diagnose malfunctions using testing equipment.
  • Computer diagnostic tools.
  • Determining repair required.
  • Repairing and replacing defective parts, components using hand and power tools.
  • Testing repaired equipment.
  • Performing maintenance work.

    Course Title: Industrial Electrician (4 year duration):
  • Read and interpret drawings, blueprints, schematics and code specifications.
  • Determine layout of industrial electrical installations.
  • Install, examine, replace and repair electrical components.
  • Test electrical and electronic equipments and components.
  • Maintain, repair, install and test a variety of components.
  • Troubleshoot, maintain and repair electrical and electronic control systems.
  • Conduct preventative maintenance.

    Course Title: Industrial machinist (4 year duration):
  • Read and interpret engineering drawings, blueprints, charts and tables.
  • Set-up, operate and maintain a variety of machine tools.
  • Make or modify parts and products with precise dimensions.
  • Fit and assemble machined metal parts and subassemblies using hand and power tools.
  • Using precision measuring instruments.
  • Reporting deviations from specifications and tolerances.
  • Completing administration and reports.

    Course Title: Sheet Metal Worker (3 year duration):
  • Read and interpret engineering and architectural drawings.
  • Develop patterns for sheet metal using CAD software.
  • Measure and mark sheet metal.
  • Operate light metalworking machines.
  • Operate computerised or plasma cutting equipment.
  • Install and use rigging and hoisting equipment.
  • Fit and join metal parts using specialised equipment.
  • Fabricate, assemble, install and repair sheet metal products.
  • Inspect product quality.
  • Inspect installation.

    Course Title: Pipe Fitter (4 year duration):
  • Read and interpret drawings, blueprints and code specifications.
  • Determine type of pipe and tools use.
  • Lay-out and plan sequence of tasks.
  • Cut openings for pipe using hand and power tools and machines.
  • Measure, cut, bend and thread pipe using hand and power tools.
  • Join sections of piping system using a variety of methods.
  • Install supports, valves, piping and control systems.
  • Use testing equipment.
  • Clean and maintain pipe units.
  • Replace worn components in pipe units.

    The above courses are far more compatible with the South African Qualification however they cover far more than just diesel electric and electrical repair and maintenance of the diesel electric machines. Their modules however are much broader than ours by offering far more comprehensive issues, and are run over three to four years each, which are be covered in some form or other in our level 2 and level 3 Qualifications.

    Australia:

    Fitzpatrick Rail Services:

    Course Title: Locomotive Familiarisation:
  • Major Components - Above Deck:
    > Cooling fan.
    > Radiators.
    > Shutters.
    > Expansion tank and sight glass.
    > Oil filter housing.
    > Fuel pumps and filters.
    > Air compressor and governor.
    > Engine protective devices.
    > Diesel engine.
    > Generator.
  • Major Components - Below Deck:
    > Coupler and draft gear.
    > Trucks.
    > Sanders.
    > Brakes and rigging.
    > Fuel tank.
    > Main reservoirs.
    > Radio.
  • Understanding the Cab:
    > Throttle.
    > Reverser.
    > Load meter.
    > Automatic brake.
    > Independent brake.
    > Air gages and switches.
    > Warning lights.

    The above course only covers a small section of our Qualification in that some of its content is covered in a single Unit Standard in the South African ones.

    United States of America:

    National Academy of Railroad Sciences (NARS):

    Course Title: Locomotive Engineer:
  • Safety and general operating skills.
  • Locomotive diesel power plants.
  • Air brake and locomotive electrical equipment.
  • On-board computerised systems.
  • Train handling rules.
  • Unusual events.
  • Hazardous materials transport.

    This course does not compare well with the South African one as it covers more issues around the operating skills and the driving of locomotives as opposed to their repair and maintenance. Only the sections on the diesel power plant and air brakes involve some form of repair and maintenance.

    Course Title: Mechanical:
  • Air brake operations, testing and repair.
  • Freight car inspection, testing and repair.
  • Electrical system design, diagnostics and repair on most models of locomotives.
  • Operation, maintenance and repair of diesel engines.
  • Remote control operations, diagnostics and repair.
  • Federal Railway Administration Regulations.

    The above course is far more compatible with the South African Qualifications as its focus is more on the repair and maintenance of the locomotive. Their modules however are much broader than ours by offering far more comprehensive issues, which are covered in our lower level Qualifications. They also offer some learning on the operation of the locomotive which we do not.

    Okefenokee Technical College - Georgia:

    Course Title: Locomotive Electrical Systems:
  • MAT 103 Algebraic concepts.
  • SCT 100 Introduction to microcomputers.
  • IFC 100 Industrial safety procedures.
  • IFC 101 Direct current circuits I.
  • IFC 102 Alternating current I.
  • IDS 103 Industrial wiring.
  • ADM 103 Basic engine theory.
  • IFC 103 Solid state devices I.
  • ELC 110 Alternating current II.
  • IDS 105 DC and AC motors.
  • IDS 110 Fundamentals of motor control.
  • IDS 113 Magnetic starters and braking.
  • RRI 101 Introduction to the rail industry.
  • RRE 101 Locomotive electrical systems.

    Course Title: Locomotive Mechanical Systems:
  • MAT 101 General math.
  • SCT 100 Introduction to microcomputers.
  • ADM 103 Basic engine theory.
  • ELC 152 Prep electronics training I.
  • IFC 100 Industrial safety procedures.
  • IDS 215 Industrial mechanics.
  • IDS 221 Industrial fluid power.
  • IDS 231 Pumps and piping systems.
  • WLD 103 Blueprint reading for welders I.
  • WLD 108 Blueprint f or readers II.
  • WLD 133 Metal welding and cutting techniques.
  • RRI101 Introduction to the rail industry.
  • RRE 101 Locomotive electric systems.

    Keeping Track - Railroad Consulting and Training - Texas:

    Course Title: Re-Certification for Locomotive Engineers:
  • Operating rules, drugs and alcohol in the workplace.
  • Your operating rules, safety rules, FRA rules.
  • The locomotive: mechanical, electrical.
  • The locomotive: air brake and operation.
  • Tests evaluations, train handling.

    Course Title: Re-Certification for Locomotive Engineers Currently Working as an Engineer:
  • The railroad: what it is and what it does computerised.
  • The role of operating rules for this railroad.
  • The role of operating rules, safety rules, FRA laws.
  • Safety rules, equipment and committee formation.
  • The locomotives on your railroad, construction.
  • Fundamental of locomotive air brakes.
  • Locomotive, diesel engine, governor, lube, fuel oil.
  • Locomotive, electrical, nomenclature, starting.
  • Battery, transition, load regulator, main generator controller and trouble shooting.
  • Final testing, evaluation and train handling.
  • Operation evaluation, safety and rules compliance.

    Course Title: Operating Supervisors: VP, GM, Ex Railroad Professionals:
  • Operating rules for the railroad.
  • Operating rules, safety rules, the safety committee.
  • Adopting and discussing operating and safety rules.
  • Special instructions, employee timetable pro and con.
  • Dispatcher, more than one train out at a time, bulletins, track warrant, operational suggestions, the FRA today.
  • Road trip with instructor to put items discussed into effect as long as it takes.
  • Locomotives of your railroad, construction, trucks, carbody, couplers draft gear mechanical, diesel engine.
  • Fuel, lube oil systems, cooling system, the governor.
  • Locomotive electric's, traction motors, main generator.
  • Aux, gen, batteries, starting, load regulator, contractors relays, the controller and trouble shooting.
  • The locomotive and car air brake, review.
  • AAR interchange rules and car construction.
  • Being a leader-supervising people.
  • The role of the hearing officer.
  • Investigations, discipline and procedures.
  • The union and the local chairman.
  • Locomotive operation and evaluation.
  • Surprise testing and evaluations of your employees, proper equipment.
  • Drug and alcohol testing, tests taken.
  • Testing and evaluation review.

    Course Title: Machinery:
  • General nomenclature of the diesel-electric locomotive, this course is made for the locomotives operated by your railroad or any other builder (Alco, Fairbanks-Morse, EMD, GE, Lima, Baldwin and any others) or models that you specify.
  • The diesel engine and its components: complete cooling, fuel, and lubricating systems.
  • The diesel engine governor (Woodward) and the load regulator.
  • Trucks, wheels, axles and suspension bearings.
  • Couplers and draft gears.
  • Basic electricity.
  • Electrical system: relays, contractors, control air, electromagnetic contractors, ganged control contractors, wiring, main generator, auxiliary generators, alternators, SCRs, controller, dynamic brakes.
  • Radio control of slave units.
  • Cab signals and train control.
  • Passenger: head end power and blended brake.

    Course Title: Air Brakes:
  • History and development of braking systems.
  • Complete computerised air brake course including brake tests and train handling.
  • Locomotive air brakes: number 6, 24RL or 26L, and the independent brake.
  • Freight car air brakes AB, ABD. ABDW, ABDWX.
  • Heavy passenger air brakes UC, 24, 26.
  • Light rail braking.
  • Dynamic braking, extended range.
  • Blended braking and graduated release.
  • The air compressor and its operation.
  • Train control: why you need it and how it works.
  • The different overspeeds and the P2A.
  • Disk and shoe brakes.
  • Car and truck mounted brake rigging and equipment.
  • Alertors and their operation.

    Union Pacific:

    Course Title: Diesel Mechanic (Mechanical: Locomotive):
  • Conduct Inspections of Locomotive Electrical Systems. Perform daily and periodic locomotive and diesel engine inspections in compliance with company, industry and federal standards; inspect various mechanical systems (air brake, fuel, and lubrication) and locomotive components (wheels, trucks, cab, and internal diesel engine parts); inspect for unusual sounds, vibrations, smells, and small changes in the visual appearance of materials or objects.
  • Troubleshoot Malfunctions. Diagnose malfunctions in diesel engine components, air equipment, trucks, and other components; assess nature of problem and determine needed corrective action; make judgments concerning seriousness of defects or damage.
  • Perform Maintenance And Repair. Perform daily and periodic locomotive servicing (grease couplings and fittings, change oil and air filters, replace brake shoes and filters, adjust brake cylinder piston travel); replace locomotive and diesel engine components (wheels on trucks, traction motors); repair locomotive parts (cracked engine blocks, truck frames) requiring use of machine tools and welding equipment; re-bore and hone cylinders and other operations requiring use of lathes, grinders; disassemble engine and other components and clean parts.
  • Work With Shop Machines And Tools. Safely and effectively operate the following: high and low precision measuring instruments (micrometers, tape measures, dial callipers); precision machines (drill and punch presses, bench lathes); electric, pneumatic and hydraulic tools (drills, wrenches, grinders); material handling equipment (fork lifts, cranes, overhead hoists); acetylene torches and electric welders.
  • Practice Safe Work Habits. Follow company and federal safety rules, policy, and procedures; wear prescribed safety apparel; take appropriate action when conditions threaten safety of crew or other personnel; read and comply with train orders, signals, railroad rules, and regulation.

    The above journeyman programme does not compare well with this level four Qualification as it covers the whole diesel mechanic apprenticeship and the issues around the skills of inspection, repair and maintenance of the engine and mechanical components on diesel electric locomotives. All of these subject will however be covered over the three Qualifications, at levels 2, 3 and 4 if learners select the specialisation on diesel electric fitting.

    Course Title: Diesel Electrician (Electrical: Locomotive):
  • Perform, with use of blueprints, schematics, and location circuit plans, scheduled electrical inspections of various components and inspection and test of circuitry.
  • Ensure that all signals, lights, and other safety appliances used for protection are properly displayed and used.
  • Understand and follow company and industry safety rules, practices, and procedures.
  • Diagnose electrical malfunctions in locomotive control circuits and components, assess the nature of problems, and determine corrective action needed.
  • Perform maintenance and repair of electrical components in locomotive cabs or electrical compartments and perform maintenance for miscellaneous equipment using blueprints, schematics, and location circuit plans.
  • Work with shop machines and tools.
  • Plan and coordinate work activities, determine equipment needs, and develop sequences of steps to get work completed.
  • Read, interpret, and understand written or electronic information, maintain the information, and compile reports.
  • Communicate with others, verbally and in writing, technical information, job procedure recommendations, and other work-related information.
  • Detect and interpret visual colour signals and displays at near and far distances, identify alterations of objects (size, shape, temperature), detect unusual sounds and smells during inspections and tests (leaks in air systems), use depth perception to judge speed and distance of locomotives being moved on service area, and listen to detect warning signals.

    The above journeyman programme does not compare well with this level four Qualification as it covers the whole diesel electrician apprenticeship and the issues around the skills of inspection, repair and maintenance of the electrical components on diesel electric machines. All of these subject will however be covered over the three Qualifications at levels 2, 3 and 4 depending on the specialisation chosen by the learner.

    New Zealand:

    New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA):

    Course Title: National Certificate in Rail Operations (Locomotive Engineer) - Level 3 or 4:

    Core Standards:
  • ID 3271: Suppress fire with hand extinguishers and fixed hose reels level 2 - 1 credit.
  • ID 548: Plan to manage personal use of alcohol and other drugs - level 1 - 2 credits.
  • ID 12355: Demonstrate knowledge of stress and ways of dealing with it - level - 2 - 2 credits.
  • ID 4249: Demonstrate care and timeliness as an employee - level 1 - 3 credits.
  • ID 16688: Identify and manage the effects of shift work - level 2 - 2 credits.
  • ID 497: Protect health and safety in the workplace - level 1 - 1 credit.
  • ID 17593: Apply safe work practices in the workplace - level 2 - 4 credits.
  • ID 1277: Communicate information in a specified workplace - level 2 - 3 credits.
  • ID 9705: Give and receive feedback - level 3 - 3 credits.
  • ID 1279: Write in plain English - level 3 - 2 credits.
  • ID 3490: Write an incident report - level 1 - 3 credits.
  • ID 18864: Demonstrate basic knowledge of railway signals - level 2 - 4 credits.
  • ID 19392: Demonstrate knowledge of rail transport in New Zealand - level 2 - 5 credits.
  • ID 19286: Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of railway signals - level 4 -15 credits.
  • ID 19287: Demonstrate knowledge of the Centralised Traffic Control (CTC) system - level 4 - 5 credits.
  • ID 19387: Haul a freight train on a network route using a main line locomotive - level 4 - 25 credits.

    Elective Standards:
  • ID 19394: Demonstrate knowledge of a track warrant control (TWC) system - level 4 - 6 credits.
  • ID 19395: Demonstrate knowledge of a single line automatic signalling system - level 4 - 5 credits.
  • ID 19396: Demonstrate knowledge of double line automatic signalling system - level 4 - 5 credits.
  • ID 6401: Provide first aid - level 2 - 1 credit.
  • ID 6402: Provide resuscitation at level 2 - level 1 - 1 credit.
  • ID 18869: Demonstrate basic knowledge of electric overhead traction systems - level 2 - 2 credits.
  • ID 18863: Service and operate a diesel-electric shunt class locomotive - level 3 - 5 credits.
  • ID 18865: Operate hand points within a railway system - level 2 - 1 credit.
  • ID 18866: Perform manual operation of lever-type motor points - level 2 - 2 credits.
  • ID 18867: Perform manual operation of crank-handle type motor points - level 2 - 2 credits.
  • ID 18868: Operate a two-way radio within a rail system - level 2 - 2 credits.
  • ID 18870: Service and operate a diesel-electric main line locomotive - level 3 - 5 credits.
  • ID 18871: Service and operate a diesel shunt class locomotive - level 3 - 4 credits.
  • ID 18872: Move rail service vehicles using a shunt class or main line locomotive within yard limits - level 3 - 4 credits.
  • ID 18873: Service and operate an electric main line locomotive - level 3 - 5 credits.
  • ID 19281: Perform core stationary shunting duties - level 2 - 2 credits.
  • ID 19282: Perform freight and passenger train shunting duties - level 3 - 8 credits.
  • ID 19283: Perform freight train inspection - level 3 - 10 credits.
  • ID 19288: Demonstrate knowledge of shunting terms, commands, and hand signals - level 2 - 2 credits.
  • ID 19388: Haul a passenger train on a network route using a main line locomotive - level 4 - 15 credits.
  • ID 16802: Protect people in situations of danger - level 3 - 6 credits.
  • ID 19284: Perform passenger train inspection - level 3 - 8 credits.
  • ID 19384: Operate a diesel-mechanical railcar on a main line managed by a network operator - level 4 - 10 credits.
  • ID 19386: Operate an electric multiple-unit on a main line managed by a network operator - level 4 - 10 credits.
  • ID 19390: Operate a diesel-electric railcar on a main line managed by a network operator - level 4 - 10 credits.
  • ID 16802: Protect people in situations of danger - level 3 - 6 credits.

    The above standards compare fairly well with all three Qualifications at levels 2, 3 and 4 as they covers the whole process of Diesel Electric Fitting or Electrical Fitting on diesel electric locomotives and motor coaches. Many of these standards are however covered over the three Qualifications, at levels 2, 3 and 4 if learners select the specialisations. The exception is those standards which cover the driving of the locomotives or motor coaches.

    Conclusion:

    Some of the above Qualifications and learning programmes do not compare well with this level four Qualification, as they cover the whole diesel mechanic apprenticeship and the issues around the skills of inspection, repair and maintenance of the engine and mechanical components on diesel electric locomotives. They focus more on the operations of a locomotive as opposed to its repair and maintenance with strands in signalling/track control and railcar operation. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    Horizontal articulation is possible with:
  • ID 48978: Further Education and Training Certificate: Electrical Network Control at NQF Level 4.
  • ID 58270: Further Education and Training Certificate: Electro-Mechanics at NQF Level 4.
  • ID 58539: Further Education and Training Certificate: Automotive Repair and Maintenance at NQF Level 4.
  • ID 59709: Further Education and Training Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Fitting at NQF Level 4.
  • ID 63889: Further Education and Training Certificate: Electrical Engineering at NQF Level 4.
  • ID 48978: Further Education and Training Certificate: Electronics at NQF Level 4.

    Vertical articulation is possible with:
  • ID 50245: National Diploma: Maintenance Management at NQF Level 5.
  • ID 59201: National Certificate: Generic Management at NQF Level 5.
  • ID 61594: National Certificate: Management at NQF Level 5.
  • ID 49061: National Certificate: Master Craftsmanship (Electrical) at NQF Level 5.
  • ID 60110: National Certificate: Engineering at NQF Level 5. 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this qualification must be accredited as a provider with the relevant Education Training Quality Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant Education Training Quality Assurance (ETQA) Body, or by an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA, according to the ETQA's policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described in the associated unit standards.
  • Anyone wishing to be assessed against this qualification may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that is accredited by the relevant ETQA. 

  • CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    For an applicant to register as an assessor, the applicant should:
  • Be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA and be a qualified artisan in the relevant trade. 

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

    NOTES 
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    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  116046  Fault find and repair Equipment associated with Final Control Elements  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
    Core  10259  Fault find, repair and maintain three phase voltage electrical circuits  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  259177  Maintain, test and repair AC machines and control gear  Level 4  NQF Level 04  12 
    Core  263017  Monitor performance of equipment and machinery on locomotives during operation  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  263025  Test a train equipped with a vacuum and/or air brake system  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  12 
    Fundamental  119472  Accommodate audience and context needs in oral/signed communication  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  119457  Interpret and use information from texts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  119467  Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  119465  Write/present/sign texts for a range of communicative contexts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9015  Apply knowledge of statistics and probability to critically interrogate and effectively communicate findings on life related problems  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  119462  Engage in sustained oral/signed communication and evaluate spoken/signed texts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  119469  Read/view, analyse and respond to a variety of texts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  9016  Represent analyse and calculate shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional space in different contexts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  119471  Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  7468  Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business, national and international issues  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  119459  Write/present/sign for a wide range of contexts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  244046  Demonstrate knowledge of mechanical fuel injection systems  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  244051  Test and repair an engine cooling system  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  244057  Test and repair an engine lubrication system  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  244119  Assemble an engine sub assembly  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
    Elective  259200  Design, construct and commission three phase electrical circuits  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
    Elective  244121  Diagnose, service and repair forced induction systems  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  259198  Inspect, test and maintain 3-kV DC busbar chamber and associated equipment in traction sub-stations  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  259199  Inspect, test and maintain earthing and negative return systems on 3-kV DC traction substations  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  259202  Inspect, test and maintain high voltage isolators  Level 4  NQF Level 04  12 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
     
    LP ID Learning Programme Title Originator Pre-2009
    NQF Level
    NQF Level Min Credits Learning Prog End Date Quality
    Assurance
    Functionary
    NQF Sub-Framework
    73232  Further Education Training Certificate: Diesel Electric and Electric Fitting: Diesel Electric Fitting  Generic Provider - Field 06  Level 4  NQF Level 04  143  2012-06-30    OQSF 
    73233  Further Education Training Certificate: Diesel Electric and Electric Fitting: Electric Fitting  Generic Provider - Field 06  Level 4  NQF Level 04  143  2012-06-30    OQSF 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THESE LEARNING PROGRAMMES: 
    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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