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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Operate diesel electric locomotive class GM/GE including all upgrades 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
230407  Operate diesel electric locomotive class GM/GE including all upgrades 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Transport and Logistics Operations 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 11 - Services Transport, Operations and Logistics 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  24 
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 
A learner credited with this unit standard will be able to operate a diesel electric locomotive class GM/GE including upgrades by understanding the layout of the locomotive, identifying failures, resetting and isolating of the locomotive equipment and contribute to the safe movement on rail. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • FETC NQF level 4 or at least Mathematics and/or Science at NQF Level 4
  • Standard: Sign on and off for locomotive crew
  • Standard: Apply first aid protocols
  • Standard: Identify, report and react to hazardous material sub-standard conditions
  • Standard: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of HIV/AIDS in a workplace and its effects on a business sub-sector, own organization and a specific workplace
  • Standard: Compile Trains 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The level assigned to this unit standard is appropriate because performance must be carried out:
  • In different weather conditions.
  • During day and night time.
  • In different yard layouts/mainline/siding.
  • Within a specific time span.
  • Under hazardous conditions.

    This unit standard is inclusive of the vacuum - and direct release air brake system.

    This unit standard is exclusive of the following types of locomotives:
  • Funkey; Hudson; Ajax; Canadian; Porter; Track Mobile.
  • Diesel hydraulic.
  • Motor coaches train set series 5M2A, 8M, 10M.
  • Steam.
  • Direct current locomotives 5E1, series 6E and all upgrades.
  • AC locomotives 7E, 9E, 11 E.
  • Direct current locomotives 8E, 10E (chopper control).
  • AC/DC 14E.
  • Electric/diesel (class 38)(direct current).
  • Diesel electric locomotives class GM/GE.

    This unit standard is inclusive of the following diesel electric locomotives, class GM/GE:
  • 33 200
  • 34 600
  • 34 200
  • 34 800
  • 35 200
  • 35 600
  • 36 200
  • 37 000
  • 31 000
  • 32 000
  • 33 000
  • 34 000
  • 34 900
  • 34 400
  • 35 000
  • 35 400
  • 35 451
  • 36 000
  • 36 100
  • 91 000 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describe, identify and understand the purpose and layout of the overhead equipment in accordance with company specific safety instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The overhead equipment is correctly identified in accordance with company specific safety instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The dangers of the overhead equipment are described and explained in accordance with company specific safety instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The purpose of the overhead equipment is described and explained in accordance with company specific safety instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The layout of the overhead equipment is described and explained in accordance with company specific safety instructions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Describe, identify and understand the purpose and layout of the external equipment of the specific locomotive in accordance with company specific instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The external equipment on the roof, body, and bogie layout of the specific locomotive is correctly identified in accordance with company specific instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The purpose of the external equipment on the roof, body, and bogie layout of the specific locomotive is described and explained in accordance with company specific instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The function of the external equipment on the roof, body, and bogie layout of the specific locomotive is described and explained in accordance with company specific instructions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Describe, identify and understand the purpose and layout of the internal equipment of the specific locomotive in accordance with company specific instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The internal equipment layout in the driving compartments, running board, high and low tension compartments of the specific locomotive is correctly identified in accordance with company specific instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The purpose of the internal equipment layout in the driving compartments, running board, high and low tension compartments of the specific locomotive is described and explained in accordance with company specific instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The function of the internal equipment layout in the driving compartments, running board, high and low tension compartments of the specific locomotive is described and explained in accordance with company specific instructions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Describe, identify and understand the purpose and working of the auxiliary equipment of the specific locomotive in accordance with company specific instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The auxiliary equipment of the specific locomotive is correctly identified in accordance with company specific instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The purpose of the auxiliary equipment of the specific locomotive is described and explained in accordance with company specific instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The function of the auxiliary equipment of the specific locomotive is described and explained in accordance with company specific instructions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Describe, identify and understand the purpose and layout of the high tension equipment in accordance with company specific instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The high-tension equipment of the specific locomotive is correctly identified in accordance with company specific instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The layout and purpose of the high-tension equipment of the specific locomotive is described and explained in accordance with company specific instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The high tension equipment of a defective locomotive is reset or isolate in accordance with company specific procedures/manufacturer's specifications. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Describe, identify and understand the purpose, working and failure of the related brake
    valves/system in accordance with company specific instructions/manufacturer's specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The brake valve system is correctly identified and demonstrated in accordance with company specific procedures/manufacturer's specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The working and failure of the brake valve system is described and understood in accordance with company specific procedures/manufacturer's specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The purpose of the brake valve system is described and understood in accordance with company specific procedures/manufacturer's specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The function of the brake valve system is described and understood in accordance with company specific procedures/manufacturer's specifications. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Method of assessment:
  • Written tests/case studies.
  • Oral/on-the-job.
  • In situ (on-the-job) observations.
  • Simulation.
  • Role-play/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 three of those detailed above) in order to give the assessor reliable and valid proof of competence and evidence of required attitudes.

    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:
  • Written statements from persons (e.g. current and/or previous employer, colleague, peer, manager, external customers) confirming competence of the learner.
  • Relevant certificates or awards.
  • Previous assessment records.
  • Journal (Logbook).

    Assessment mechanisms:
  • 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 ETQA for Transport and Logistic Operations.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the ETQA for Transport and Logistic Operations.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be registered and accredited as a provider with ETQA for Transport and Logistic Operations.
  • Moderation of assessment will be done by the ETQA for Transport and Logistic Operations as prescribed.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be trained, qualified, certified and re-certified (in accordance with validation regulations relevant to the specific unit standard) in this specific unit standard and registered with the ETQA for Transport and Logistic Operations. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Learners can understand and explain:
  • Company specific rules, instructions regarding the layout of the equipment of the GM/GE diesel electric locomotive series.
  • Safety rules and regulations related to the diesel electric locomotive class GM/GE.
  • Safe work procedures.
  • Existing communication and reporting lines.
  • Diagnostic and analytical evaluation methods to interpret audible and visual indications from the diesel electric locomotive class GM/GE classes gauges and/indicators.
  • Diesel electric locomotive class GM/GE care techniques to rectify sub-standard conditions.
  • Purpose/function/resetting of auxiliary equipment.
  • The GE diesel electric locomotive series care techniques to rectify sub-standard conditions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    Learner and societal development
  • Learners have acquired the generic ability to assess risks and take the corrective action to reduce/remove risks within the rail and surrounding environment.

    The learner gained the understanding of the use of communication protocol to impart clear and concise information. 

  • UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Problem solving
  • Learners have acquired the generic ability to identify hazards within the rail environment (main line, sidings, sheds, etc.) in accordance with company specific procedures, take remedial action to reduce/eliminate hazards and take the necessary corrective action to rectify sub-standard conditions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Self organisation and - management

    Learner has acquired the generic ability to:
  • Do a diagnostic analysis by means of visual and audible indicators to identify defects according to company specific procedures.
  • Implement company procedures to deal with abnormal conditions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Information evaluation

    Learners have acquired the generic ability to:
  • Interpret information from gauges and warning systems to assess the correct operation of the locomotive.
  • Evaluate company procedures related to the working environment to ensure all work performed adheres to company standards. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Learners have acquired the generic ability to utilise and respond to communication systems and the use of active sentences to impart clear and concise information to another party. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Inter relatedness of systems
  • The learner has knowledge of testing, communication systems as well as the generic ability to identify hazardous and sub-standard conditions, which would have an impact on the safe movement of the locomotive/s. 

  • 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 
    Values:

    In addition, the following values should be demonstrated:
  • Time consciousness
  • Safety consciousness
  • Self respect
  • Honesty
  • Sobriety
  • Self discipline

    Supplementary information:
  • Auxiliary equipment: Refers to compressors, exhausters, blowers, batteries, alternators, low-tension voltage regulators, vigilance control system.
  • Locomotive: In this unit standard refers to a vehicle powered by diesel-electric used for hauling trains.
  • External equipment: In this unit standard refers to roof-, body-, and bogie equipment.
  • Internal equipment: In this unit standard refers to driving compartment, machine compartment, low tension and high tension compartments, brake valves, air rack and all auxiliary equipment.
  • Sub-standard: Refers to any condition that deviates from company specific standards and instructions.

    Where learners have been assessed and been found competent to operate and regulate the movement of a locomotive, each learner will be issued with a certificate clearly stating the class/model/type of locomotive for which the learner has achieved the required standard in accordance with legislative/company requirements. The certificate will further state the operation area/company for which the certificate has been issued. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  57407   National Diploma: Train Driving (Mainline Operations)  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  TETA 
    Elective  61849   Further Education and Training Certificate: Train Driving  Level 4  NQF Level 04  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. African Rail And Traction Services 
    2. R and H Rail (Pty) Ltd 
    3. SAFLog Train Services 
    4. School of Rail: Kimberly 
    5. School of Rail: Parkhill 
    6. School of Rail: Port Elizabeth 
    7. Sheltam Proprietary Limited - Randfontein 



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