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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Sustain plant operability of a gas turbine power generating unit 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116462  Sustain plant operability of a gas turbine power generating unit 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Power Plant Operations 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Manufacturing and Assembly 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
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 is for a person who sustains the operability of a gas turbine power-generating unit.

A learner credited with this unit standard is able to:

1. Perform Service Routines on available and running plant
2. Monitor Plant operating conditions
3. Maintain Raw Material Inventory 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
1. Communication ability sufficient to listen, question, observe, describe accurately and align with the senders needs.
2. The ability to recognise, analyse problems, evaluate options and decide on the most appropriate action.
3. An understanding of the energy conversion process.
4. A technical understanding at N3 level of mathematics, engineering science, power plant theory electrical trade theory or electro technology.
5. A basic understanding of production process chemicals, their use and dangers.
6. Safety equipment use.
7. General safety and regulatory requirements 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
Includes the following activities:
  • Housekeeping.
  • Work orders.
  • Testing operational equipment.
  • Formal and informal monitoring.
  • Primary fuel procurement.
  • Inventory Control. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Perform service routines on available and running plant. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Service notifications are carried out according to procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Operational tests are carried out according to procedure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Housekeeping activities performed according to organisational safety standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Service routine activities communicated according to organisational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Safety regulatory requirements adhered to. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Monitor plant operating conditions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Plant operating conditions are monitored according to organisational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Out of Normal conditions are identified and reacted upon according to organisational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Out of normal conditions communicated are followed up according to operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Plant operating conditions are communicated according to operational requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Maintain raw material inventory. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Inventory levels monitored as and when required. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Inventory requirements are determined within demand and supply constraints. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Inventory maintained according to organisational procurement processes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Raw material is offloaded according to operational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Inventory activities are communicated according to organisational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Safety and housekeeping standards are adhered to. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Demonstrate knowledge and understanding to sustain the operability of a gas turbine power-generating unit. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Knowledge and understanding with regard to the following are demonstrated:
    1. Communication structures, procedures and requirements.
    2. Service routine processes and procedures.
    3. Operating parameters and technical specifications.
    4. Monitoring procedures and requirements.
    5. Inventory requirements and possible constraints.
    6. Procurement processes and procedures w.r.t. raw material.
    7. Safety and Regulatory requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Knowledge and understanding with regard to the following are demonstrated:
  • Anticipation of the direct impact of decisions and actions on plant in the direct working environment.
  • Key conversion process concepts.
  • The theory of application on mechanical and electrical plant components and their interrelation to the plant.
  • Binary and analogue control and instrumentation systems, their integration and schematic diagrams as well as the interface between the different control systems.
  • Process plant operation.
  • Plant incidents and trends related to sustaining gas turbine operability.
  • Use plant process control computer. 


  • UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    1. Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
    2. Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA.
    3. Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures.

    The assessment of qualifying learners against this standard should meet the requirements of established principles. Practical assessment activities will be used, which are appropriate to the contents in which qualifying learners are working. These activities will include an appropriate combination of self and peer assessment, practical and oral assessments, observations etc.

    The assessment should ensure that all the specific outcomes, critical cross-field outcomes and essential embedded knowledge be assessed. The specific outcomes must be assessed in its own right, through oral and practical evidence. It cannot be assessed by observation only.

    The specific outcomes and essential knowledge must be assessed in relation to each other. If a qualifying learner is able to explain the essential embedded knowledge, but is unable to perform the specific outcomes, then they should not be assessed as competent. Similarly, if a learner is able to perform specific outcomes, but is unable to explain or justify their performance in terms of the essential embedded knowledge, they should not be assessed as competent.

    Evidence of the specified critical cross-field outcomes should be found, both in performance and in the essential embedded knowledge.

    Performance of specific outcomes must actively affirm target groups of qualifying learners, not unfairly discriminate against them. Qualifying learners should be able to justify their performance in terms of these values. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems

    Assessment Criteria reference
  • Out of Normal conditions are identified and reacted upon according to organisational requirements.
  • Inventory requirements are determined within demand and supply constraints
  • Knowledge and understanding with regard to the following are demonstrated:
    1. Communication structures, procedures and requirements.
    2. Service routine processes and procedures.
    3. Operating parameters and technical specifications.
    4. Monitoring procedures and requirements.
    5. Inventory requirements and possible constraints.
    6. Procurement processes and procedures w.r.t. raw material.
    7. Safety and Regulatory requirements 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others

    Assessment Criteria reference
  • Service Notifications are carried out according to procedures.
  • Operational Tests are carried out according to procedure.
  • Housekeeping activities performed according to organisational safety standards.
  • Service routine activities communicated according to organisational requirements.
  • Out of normal conditions communicated are followed up according to operational requirements.
  • Plant operating conditions are communicated according to operational requirements
  • Inventory activities are communicated according to organisational requirements
  • Knowledge and understanding with regard to the following are demonstrated:
    1. Communication structures, procedures and requirements.
    2. Service routine processes and procedures.
    3. Operating parameters and technical specifications.
    4. Monitoring procedures and requirements.
    5. Inventory requirements and possible constraints.
    6. Procurement processes and procedures w.r.t. raw material.
    7. Safety and Regulatory requirements 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage myself and my activities

    Assessment Criteria reference
  • Service notifications are carried out according to procedures.
  • Operational tests are carried out according to procedure.
  • Housekeeping activities performed according to organisational safety standards.
  • Service routine activities communicated according to organisational requirements.
  • Safety regulatory requirements adhered to
  • Plant operating conditions are monitored according to organisational requirements.
  • Out of Normal conditions are identified and reacted upon according to organisational requirements.
  • Out of normal conditions communicated are followed up according to operational requirements.
  • Plant operating conditions are communicated according to operational requirements
  • Inventory levels monitored as and when required.
  • Inventory requirements are determined within demand and supply constraints.
  • Inventory maintained according to organisational procurement processes.
  • Raw material is offloaded according to operational procedures.
  • Inventory activities are communicated according to organisational requirements.
  • Safety and housekeeping standards are adhered to.
  • Knowledge and understanding with regard to the following are demonstrated:
    1. Communication structures, procedures and requirements.
    2. Service routine processes and procedures.
    3. Operating parameters and technical specifications.
    4. Monitoring procedures and requirements.
    5. Inventory requirements and possible constraints.
    6. Procurement processes and procedures w.r.t. raw material.
    7. Safety and Regulatory requirements 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information

    Assessment Criteria reference
  • Plant operating conditions are monitored according to organisational requirements.
  • Out of Normal conditions are identified and reacted upon according to organisational requirements.
  • Out of normal conditions communicated are followed up according to operational requirements.
  • Plant operating conditions are communicated according to operational requirements.
  • Inventory levels monitored as and when required.
  • Inventory requirements are determined within demand and supply constraints.
  • Inventory maintained according to organisational procurement processes.
  • Inventory activities are communicated according to organisational requirements.
  • Knowledge and understanding with regard to the following are demonstrated:
    1. Communication structures, procedures and requirements.
    2. Service routine processes and procedures.
    3. Operating parameters and technical specifications.
    4. Monitoring procedures and requirements.
    5. Inventory requirements and possible constraints.
    6. Procurement processes and procedures w.r.t. raw material.
    7. Safety and Regulatory requirements 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively

    Assessment Criteria reference
  • Service routine activities communicated according to organisational requirements.
  • Out of Normal conditions are identified and reacted upon according to organisational requirements.
  • Out of normal conditions communicated are followed up according to operational requirements.
  • Plant operating conditions are communicated according to operational requirements.
  • Inventory maintained according to organisational procurement processes.
  • Inventory activities are communicated according to organisational requirements.
  • Knowledge and understanding with regard to the following are demonstrated:
    1. Communication structures, procedures and requirements.
    2. Service routine processes and procedures.
    3. Operating parameters and technical specifications.
    4. Monitoring procedures and requirements.
    5. Inventory requirements and possible constraints.
    6. Procurement processes and procedures w.r.t. raw material.
    7. Safety and Regulatory requirements 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically

    Assessment Criteria reference
  • Plant operating conditions are monitored according to organisational requirements.
  • Out of Normal conditions are identified and reacted upon according to organisational requirements
  • Inventory requirements are determined within demand and supply constraints
  • Knowledge and understanding with regard to the following are demonstrated:
    1. Communication structures, procedures and requirements.
    2. Service routine processes and procedures.
    3. Operating parameters and technical specifications.
    4. Monitoring procedures and requirements.
    5. Inventory requirements and possible constraints.
    6. Procurement processes and procedures w.r.t. raw material.
    7. Safety and Regulatory requirements 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as set of related systems

    Assessment Criteria reference
  • Service notifications are carried out according to procedures.
  • Operational tests are carried out according to procedure.
  • Safety regulatory requirements adhered to.
  • Plant operating conditions are monitored according to organisational requirements.
  • Out of normal conditions are identified and reacted upon according to organisational requirements.
  • Inventory requirements are determined within demand and supply constraints.
  • Inventory maintained according to organisational procurement processes.
  • Safety and housekeeping standards are adhered to.
  • Knowledge and understanding with regard to the following are demonstrated:
    1. Communication structures, procedures and requirements.
    2. Service routine processes and procedures.
    3. Operating parameters and technical specifications.
    4. Monitoring procedures and requirements.
    5. Inventory requirements and possible constraints.
    6. Procurement processes and procedures w.r.t. raw material.
    7. Safety and Regulatory requirements 

  • 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 
    1. Service notifications and routine operational tests.
    2. Monitoring of plant operating conditions.
    3. Determination and replenishment of inventory materials.
    4. Receiving and off loading of raw materials.
    5. Demonstrate knowledge to sustain the operation of a gas turbine unit. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  48978   Further Education and Training Certificate: Electrical Network Control  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  EWSETA 


    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. ESKOM DUVHA POWER STATION - OPERATIONS 
    2. ESKOM KRIEL POWER STATION OPERATIONS TRAINING 
    3. ESKOM MEDUPI POWER STATION OPERATIONS TRAINING 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.