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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Perform minor maintenance on pipeline operations equipment 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
117783  Perform minor maintenance on pipeline operations equipment 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Rail and Pipeline Operations 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 11 - Services Transport, Operations and Logistics 
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 
The learner credited with this unit standard will be able to perform minor maintenance tasks on pipeline operations equipment and updating the maintenance management systems, thereby ensuring the timeous, safe and continuous operation of the pipeline network by transporting petroleum products efficiently, thus contributing positively to the Southern African economy.

This unit standard will contribute to the full development of the learner within the pipeline operations.

The skills, knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this unit standard are essential for social and economic transformation and upliftment within the Pipeline Transport environment. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication (English) NQF L2
  • Electrical Safety Certification (Entering of HT Substations and Switching)
  • Computer literacy: Company software
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the pipeline industry
  • Prepare for the movement of product in, through and out of pipeline depots via pipeline routes
  • Perform a product movement start-up at a pipeline depot
  • Perform product metering
  • Perform the shut-down of product movement at a pipeline depot
  • Implement risk control 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Performance must be carried out:
  • In a controlled and safe environment.
  • Within a specific time limit.
  • Under actual operating conditions.
  • During day and night time.
  • In all weather conditions.
  • During emergency situations.

    When entrance is required to HT substations, the learner must have a valid electrical safety certificate.

    For the purpose of this unit standard, minor maintenance may include, but is not limited to the following tasks:

    Valves:
  • Test critical valves for leaks.
  • Test fourway valve for functionality.
  • Lubricate valves.

    Receivers and launchers:
  • Lubricate, check and/or replace door o-rings.
  • Check and/or replace dowdry seal.

    Provers:
  • Check lining.
  • Lubricate, check and/or replace door o-rings.

    Spheres (mainline and prover):
  • Inflate.
  • Size.
  • Check condition.

    Standby plant and fire suppression system:
  • Test-run standby plant and fire suppression system.
  • Check oil and fuel levels of standby plant and fire suppression system.

    Pumps and motors:
  • Top up bearing oil levels.
  • Check bearing seals for leaks.
  • Check lube pump resevoir oil levels.
  • Top up lube oil.
  • Drain water from lube pump resevoir.

    Strainers:
  • Remove, clean and replace strainer baskets at Intake Depots.
  • Lubricate o-ring/gasket on strainer lid.

    Coalleasor filter:
  • Replace coalleasor filters.

    Office equipment (e.g. fax machines, photocopiers, printers, etc.):
  • Change rolls on fax machines.
  • Load photocopiers and printers with paper.
  • Change cartridges of photocopiers and printers.

    Tanks (intermixture, accumulator):
  • Drain water. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Communicate all relevant information on the minor maintenance tasks with all relevant role players. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Reporting is performed correctly and timeously as per company-specific procedures, policies and instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Minor maintenance status is confirmed with relevant role players as per company-specific procedures, policies and instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Substandard conditions are reported and recorded timeously to relevant role players using available systems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Relevant documentation is interpreted and completed accurately and timeously as per company-specific procedures, policies and instructions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Plan and perform unscheduled minor maintenance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Unscheduled minor maintenance tasks are planned and performed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Equipment is tested according to company-specific policies, procedures and instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Sub standard conditions are identified, recorded and reported timeously to relevant role players using available systems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Correct tools and lubricants for the specific operation are selected and used correctly. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Plan and perform scheduled minor maintenance tasks. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Scheduled minor maintenance tasks are planned and performed according to company-specific policies, procedures and instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Equipment is tested according to company-specific policies, procedures and instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Sub standard conditions are identified, recorded and reported timeously to relevant role players using available systems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Correct tools and lubricants for the specific operation are selected and used correctly. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Extract and capture information on applicable information system relevant to scheduled and unscheduled minor maintenance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Applicable information system is identified and logged on correctly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Specific information system is utilised effectively to extract and capture relevant information. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Extracted and captured information is verified for accuracy and validity. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Utilisation of specific information system is correctly prioritised in accordance with company-specific policies, procedures and instructions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Identify, select and use functional personal protective clothing and equipment for the specific operation and assess immediate surroundings within the prevailing environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Immediate surroundings are assessed for substandard conditions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Substandard conditions are identified, recorded and reported timeously to relevant role players using available systems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The correct personal protective clothing and equipment is utilised according to company-specific policies procedures and instructions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Utilise company operating systems and software to control pipeline equipment for minor maintenance (e.g. isolation, testing and draining purposes). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Applicable operating system is identified and logged on correctly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Operating system is utilised effectively to control pipeline equipment for isolation, testing and draining purposes in accordance with company-specific policies, procedures and instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Displayed information is verified for accuracy and validity in accordance with company-specific policies, procedures 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 scheduled and unscheduled minor maintenance:
  • Depot layout
  • Operating of specific computer systems and software
  • Operations notices
  • Operation of pipeline equipment
  • Operation and testing of company communications systems
  • Communication protocols
  • Minor maintenance company-specific procedures, policies and instructions
  • Sub standard condition identification
  • Sub standard reporting procedure
  • Depot contingency plans
  • Company specific policies, procedures and instructions
  • Relevant extracts from:
    - OHS Act and regulations
    - Environmental Act 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    Learner and societal development.

    Learners can understand the importance of:
  • Safety in the workplace as well as in the whole environment.
  • Being a team player in the work environment and in society.
  • Communicating effectively in the work environment and in society.
  • Their responsibility for the safety and well-being of fellow workers and society at large.
  • The impact of petroleum product spillages on the environment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Problem-solving.

    Learners can solve problems with regard to:
  • Substandard conditions related to equipment.
  • Scheduled and unscheduled minor maintenance. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Team work.

    Learners can work effectively in teams when:
  • Implementing safe working procedures.
  • Performing scheduled and unscheduled minor maintenance tasks.
  • Sharing and communicating information related to minor maintenance. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Self-organisation and self-management.

    A learner can organise and manage himself by:
  • Executing the minor maintenance task(s) responsibly.
  • Maintaining a high level of discipline and flexibility.
  • Adhering to time frames and prioritisation.
  • Adhering to safety and company-specific policies, procedures and instructions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication.

    Learners can communicate information effectively with relevant role-players by utilising various communication systems related to:
  • The reporting of substandard conditions.
  • Sharing of information related to minor maintenance. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use of science and technology.

    Learners can use science and technology by using:
  • Computer systems.
  • Automated equipment.
  • Communication media. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Inter-relatedness of systems.
    Learners can understand the importance fof minor maintenance in the operating environment of the pipeline system. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Information evaluation.

    Learners can interpret and evaluate information with regard to:
  • Operations notices.
  • Policies, procedures and instructions related to the minor maintenance.
  • Operating/information systems displays.
  • Log sheets, handover books.
  • Job cards.
  • Work permits.
  • Equipment operating manuals.
  • Lubrication specifications.
  • Policies, procedures and instructions related to the operation of equipment. 

  • 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

    1. Written tests.
    2. Practical tests.
    3. Oral/on-the-job.
    4. In situ (on-the-job) observations.
    5. Structured classroom discussions and oral tests.

    These methods must be carefully selected 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 two of those detailed above) in order to give the assessor reliable and valid proof of competence and evidence of required attitudes.

    2. The following tools 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:

    1. Written statements from persons (e.g. current and / or previous employer/s, colleagues, peers, managers, external customers) confirming competence of the learner.
    2. Relevant certificates or awards.
    3. Previous assessment records.
    4. Logbook or registers stating evidence of performance.

    Values

    In addition, the following values should be demonstrated:
  • Decisiveness
  • Trustworthiness
  • Safety consciousness
  • Accuracy
  • Responsibility
  • Comprehensiveness
  • Neatness
  • Accountability
  • Integrity
  • Pro-activeness
  • Quality consciousness
  • Time consciousness
  • Flexibility
  • Sobriety
  • Patience
  • Attentiveness
  • Understanding
  • Self-discipline
  • Environmental awareness

    Supplementary information

    Terminology

    Operations notice refers to a job instruction which stipulates product movement.

    Operations systems refers to a Supervisory, Control and Data Acquisition System (SCADA)

    Information systems refers to the company's specific computer operation management systems e.g. System Application Processes (SAP), Operation Management Systems (OMS), Metering Data System (MDS), etc.

    Substandard refers to the deviation from specifications and/or standards.

    Reporting includes relaying of information.

    Communication protocol can include, but is not limited to:
  • Personnel structures, e.g. managers, supervisors, subordinates and clients
  • Verification of messages/instructions

    Communication systems can include but is not limited to:
  • Two-way radios
  • Cellular phones
  • Hand-held emergency telephones
  • Telephones
  • E-mail
  • Facsimile
  • Operations Management System (OMS) & SAP (plant maintenance)
  • Radio links

    Logbook refers to evidence of training and job performance.

    HT refers to electrical high-tension.

    Certification
    The learner will be certified as competent when he/she is able to perform minor maintenance at a depot correctly according to company-specific policies, procedures and instructions.

    Credits

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

    Activity
  • Theory-2 Hours
  • Self-directed learning-2 Hours
  • On-the-job learning-24 Hours
  • Assessment-6 Hours
    Total-34 Hours

    Credits achieved: 3 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  49216   National Certificate: Pipeline Operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  TETA 


    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. Transnet School of Pipelines 



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