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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Maintain and repair broadcast transmission equipment 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
115047  Maintain and repair broadcast transmission equipment 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Audio-visual Media Production 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 04 - Communication Studies and Language Communication Studies 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  20 
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 essential to technically skilled people who work in the broadcasting environment and need to use sophisticated methods and equipment to maintain professional broadcast transmission equipment.
Learners are required to systematically analyse problems of a wide range of factors and should be able to isolate and diagnose causes of problems/situations. Situations are unique because of the wide range and complexities of the broadcast environment

People credited with this standard will be able to:
  • Prepare for maintenance of transmission equipment.
  • Maintain transmission equipment.
  • Diagnose transmission equipment faults.
  • Repair or replace broadcast transmission equipment or components.
  • Comply with workplace health and safety requirements.
  • Provide feedback on work operations.
  • Solve maintenance and repair problems. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The credit value is based on the assumption that people starting to learn towards this unit standard already understands:
  • Audio, video and data principles.
  • Electronic principles.
    and are already competent to:
  • Use test equipment.
  • Conduct transmission measurements using specific devices. 

  • 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 
    Prepare for maintenance of transmission equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Work instructions are interpreted and tasks correctly identified. Any uncertainties about the work instructions are clarified with the relevant person. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The relevant materials, equipment and tools are obtained in accordance with employer's procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The maintenance procedures are explained accurately. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Maintenance activities are negotiated and planned to cause minimum disruption to the workflow. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Maintain transmission equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Equipment is cleaned according to specific applications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Physical inspections confirm operational conditions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Tests are analysed and equipment condition are determined. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The equipment is aligned to satisfactory performance criteria which is confirmed by re-testing. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Diagnose transmission equipment faults. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Tests results are analysed and confirm possible faults. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Fault diagnoses is carried out systematically using the most appropriate diagnostic techniques. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Faults are isolated to specific equipment or parts of equipment to board level using effective fault finding techniques. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Repair or replace broadcast transmission equipment or components. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    All the required components are obtained, are in suitable condition for replacement and meet the required technical specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The replacement procedures are according to company procedures and/or manufacturer's instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Tests verify satisfactory performance of system / equipment against manufacturer's data/specifications, company specific performance criteria and relevant industry standards. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Multimeter, automatic measuring equipment, video waveform monitor, test signal generator, computer, oscilloscope, audio test set, digital analysis equipment or RF measurement test set.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The settings and adjustments to the components ensure correct functioning. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The equipment is fully re-assembled. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The equipment is repaired or replaced in agreed timescales. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Overall visual inspections confirm satisfactory work quality. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Comply with workplace health and safety requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Required health and safety practices are known and adhered to at all times. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Precautions are taken to avoid damage to components, tools and equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Waste and debris are removed from work sites and disposed of in accordance with environmental requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Consumables are safely stored in accordance with worksite practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Tools and equipment are cared for and stored as per worksite practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Potential health hazards are correctly identified and action appropriate for the context is taken. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Action can include removal, reduction and/or reporting.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Provide feedback on work operations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Feedback is given to clients or relevant people on the status of the work completed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Maintenance or repair records are completed accurately, in the approved format and filed in accordance with company requirements and procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Details of activities undertaken, measurements, diagnostic and test results, items repaired, changes to documentation and/or items that need further work, and/or suggestions, health and safety issues noted and reported.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 7 
    Solve maintenance and repair problems. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Technical, work related, tangible or conceptual problems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Potential maintenance and repair problems are identified and evaluated for impact. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Appropriate responses are formulated to deal with potential maintenance and repair problems effectively. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Maintenance and repair problems are identified, diagnosed and solutions formulated that are appropriate and effective. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Tangible and conceptual problems within own area of responsibility, standard or non-standard procedures.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Problems that cannot be resolved are reported to relevant persons. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Providers of learning towards this unit standard will need to meet the accreditation requirements of the relevant ETQA.
    Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.

    Moderation Option:

    The moderation requirements of the relevant SETA's ETQA must be met in order to award credit to learners for this unit standard. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Essential embedded knowledge will be assessed through assessment of the specific outcomes in terms of the stipulated assessment criteria. Candidates are unlikely to achieve all the specific outcomes, to the standards described in the assessment criteria, without knowledge of the listed embedded knowledge. This means that for the most part, the possession or lack of the knowledge can be directly inferred from the quality of the candidate's performance. Where direct assessment of knowledge is required, assessment criteria have been included in the body of the unit standard

    The following embedded knowledge is addressed in an integrated way in the unit standard:
  • Standard health and safety practices in the broadcast environment.
  • Own responsibilities and accountabilities in the workplace.
  • Standards and procedures of the organisation.
  • Communication techniques when dealing with clients and colleagues.
  • Quality assurance of product and service delivery.
  • Documentation requirements and procedures for the organisation.
  • Fault finding techniques and the use of test equipment.
  • Manufacturer's data/specifications, company specific performance criteria and relevant industry standards. 

  • 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 to take remedial action. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others (clients and colleagues) as a member of a team, group, organisation to achieve the required end-result. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves in the work areas and their activities responsibly and effectively to complete tasks within deadlines. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect and analyse computer network information and critically evaluate the effect of it on work performance. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively (with clients and colleagues), using visual and / or language skills. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology (computer network equipment and systems) effectively and critically showing responsibility towards the environment (work areas and venues) and health of others (clients and colleagues). 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding that the world or work is a set of related systems and that problem-solving does not exist in isolation. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    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: appropriate, fair, manageable, integrated into work or learning, valid, 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 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  48792   Certificate: Broadcast Engineering  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MICTS 


    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. Footprint Media academy Pty ltd 
    2. NEMISA 
    3. Three Brother Communication PTY LTD 



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