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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE: 

Operate pumps 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
12133  Operate pumps 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Water Sector 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction Civil Engineering Construction 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered" 
2005-02-09  2007-11-28  SAQA 1058/05 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2008-11-28   2011-11-28  

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 is replaced by: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
246442  Operate pumps  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The qualifying learner achieving this unit standard in combination with context expertise standard(s) will be able to explain the working principles of pumps and operate and maintain pumps used in the water sector. This competence will assist in the operation of water systems. In acquiring this competence the qualifying learner will lay a good foundation for future learning and action, and better understand the broader context of own work. Achieving this unit standard will enhance the employability of the qualifying learner in the water sector and other related sectors. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
Literacy NQF level 1, Numeracy NQF level 1, Apply Personal Safety Practices NQF level 2 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
Pumps: Diaphragm, centrifugal, reciprocating, screw cylinder/piston, and turbo.

Servicing pumps: Cleaning filters, packing glands, lubrication.

Drive-units for pumps: Water, Hand, wind, solar, electric, and mechanical.

Components of pumps: Impeller, diaphragm, piston, casing, filter, packing, nipples, shafts, universal joints/couplings, bleed-off points, gaskets, gauges.

Elements of pumps: Drive end, non-drive end, suction, delivery, operating stages.

Indications of malfunctions: Excessive vibration, excessive noise, gland water (too much or too little) water leaks, temperature, odour, and non-delivery of water. 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Explain working principles of pumps. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Types of pumps are identified and the principles of their operation are explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Appropriate applications of different pump types are explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. The elements and components of pumps are identified and named. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Operate pumping system in accordance with work policies and procedures. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Pumping system is explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Pre-start inspection is carried out. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. On-and-off procedures are carried out in accordance with work policies and procedures. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Pump is operated safely and monitored. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. Indications of malfunctions are identified and appropriate action is explained. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Provide basic maintenance for pumps in accordance with work policies and procedures. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Principles of servicing pumps are described in terms of code of practice. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Cleaning of filters is demonstrated. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Packing of glands is demonstrated. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Lubrication procedures are demonstrated. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. Problems are identified and appropriate action is explained. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
Service drive-units of pumps in accordance with work policies and procedures. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Drive-units of pumps are identified and explained 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Service Drive-units are serviced in terms of code of practice. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Safety requirements are applied in accordance with OHS Act. 


UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
1. Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
2. Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
3. Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the ETQA policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation.
4. Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments at exit points of the qualification, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described both in individual unit standards as well as the integrated competence described in the qualification. 

UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
Learners should have a knowledge and understanding of:
1 Lubricating and refuelling diesel drive-unit.
2 Bleeding diesel fuel lines.
3 Importance of safety precautions when working with or near electricity.
4 Importance of servicing pumps and drive-units.
5 The variations of pumps within types.
6 The difference between positive displacement pumps and centrifugal pumps.
7 The principles of submersible pumps. 


Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
Identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made. This relates to:
  • Operate pumping system in accordance with work policies and procedures.
  • Provide basic maintenance for pumps in accordance with work policies and procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation, and community. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Plan, organise and manage oneself and one`s activities responsibly and effectively. This relates to:
  • Operate pumping system in accordance with work policies and procedures.
  • Provide basic maintenance for pumps in accordance with work policies and procedures.
  • Service drive-units of pumps in accordance with work policies and procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information. This relates to:
  • Operate pumping system in accordance with work policies and procedures.
  • Provide basic maintenance for pumps in accordance with work policies and procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the form of oral and/or written presentation. This relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others. This relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard has been replaced by unit standard 246442, which is "Operate pumps", Level 2, 5 credits.

    INTEGRATED ASSESSMENT
    When conducting assessments, assessors must ensure that they are familiar with the full text of the unit standards being assessed. Assessors must ensure that the assessment covers the specific outcomes, critical cross-field outcomes and essential embedded knowledge by developing assessment activities and tools, which are appropriate to the contexts in which the learners are working. These activities and tools may include self-assessment, peer assessment, formative and summative assessment. It may be more effective and efficient to assess a number of unit standards together in an integrated way, thus reducing the overall number of assessments and ensuring that commonalities that exist between a number of unit standards are captured in a way that makes sense for assessment.

    ASSESSMENT OPTION
    Learners could be assessed using the following methods:
    Oral or written questions
    Observation
    Simulation 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  35941   National Certificate: Pulp and paper Manufacturing  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2007-02-11  Was FPMSETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Core  24193   National Certificate: Water Purification Process Operations  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2007-11-28  Was EWSETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  23475   National Certificate: Water Reticulation Services  Level 2  NQF Level 02  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. 4CUS TRADING AND PROJECTS 
    2. ARBINET TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT 
    3. AZIFANI PROJECTS AND TRANSPORT (PTY) LTD 
    4. BALOMAT SKILLS TRAINING ACADEMY 
    5. D&D Lwazi Development Institute 
    6. DONNYBROOK EDUCATION AND TRAINING COLLEGE 
    7. HIZONEX PTY LTD 
    8. INFRASTRUCTURE CONSULTING ENGINEERS CC 
    9. KAREUBO MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS 
    10. MONDI GTU 
    11. MOTHEO SKILLS ENTITY ( PTY) LLTD 
    12. NTLEMO PROJECTS 
    13. PRAXIS TRAINING AND CONSULTANCY (PTY) LTD 
    14. SOUTH AFRICA ADVANCED SKILLS INSTITUTE 
    15. UGUDA TRAINING SERVICES 
    16. WARTHOG ENGINEERING PROJECTS 



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