|SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY|
|REGISTERED QUALIFICATION THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE:|
|Occupational Certificate: Mining Operator (Hauling Equipment Operator: Underground Coal)|
|SAQA QUAL ID||QUALIFICATION TITLE|
|99702||Occupational Certificate: Mining Operator (Hauling Equipment Operator: Underground Coal)|
|Development Quality Partner - MQA|
|PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY||NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK|
|-||OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework|
|Occupational Certificate||Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology||Fabrication and Extraction|
|ABET BAND||MINIMUM CREDITS||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||QUAL CLASS|
|Undefined||66||Not Applicable||NQF Level 02||Regular-ELOAC|
|REGISTRATION STATUS||SAQA DECISION NUMBER||REGISTRATION START DATE||REGISTRATION END DATE|
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered"
|LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT||LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT|
|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 qualification does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification.
|PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION|
The purpose of this qualification is to prepare a learner to operate as a Hauling Equipment Operator: Underground Coal.
A Hauling Equipment Operator: Underground Coal operates coal hauling equipment in underground coal mines.
A qualified learner will be able to:
The Mining Operator works in underground Coal Mines where they have to operate a range of equipment specifically designated for executing specialised mining operations in underground coal mines. These operations include:
In terms of the Mines Health and Safety Act, employees operating the equipment described above must be found competent against standards approved by the Mining Qualifications Authority. Operators will then be licensed to operate the equipment by the respective mines. The licenses must be periodically renewed as it expires if the person does not operate the equipment for a prescribed period of time.
However, each of the above mentioned specialisation areas cannot be covered in this qualification as different people operate all the equipment and it is not practical or feasible to expect a learner to master the skills required for operating all the equipment.
The underground coal mining environment is also significantly different from the hard rock environments and the knowledge and skills required to operate in a coal mine is significantly different from operators in hard rock mines. This qualification is one of a series of six qualifications for Mining Operators in underground coal mines. The qualifications are structured to ensure that they meet the legal requirements for competency and will enable individual mines to then, based on the required work exposure, issue and maintain the legally required operator license.
The qualifications will provide a national standard and it will facilitate mobility and open up possible career opportunities. This qualification will provide a possible career path for Mining Support Workers. With this qualification employees will be able to progress to Production Operations Supervisor positions and it will enable employees to articulate to the relevant occupational qualifications for those occupations.
|LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING|
|Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):
RPL for access to the external integrated summative assessment: Accredited providers and approved workplaces must apply the internal assessment criteria specified in the related curriculum document to establish and confirm prior learning. Accredited providers and workplaces must confirm prior learning by issuing a statement of result or certifying a work experience record.
RPL for access to the qualification: Accredited providers and approved workplaces may recognise prior learning against the relevant access requirements.
|RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING?|
|This qualification is made up of the following compulsory Knowledge and Practical Skill Modules:
Total number of credits for Knowledge Modules: 17.
Practical Skill Modules:
Total number of credits for Practical Skill Modules: 29.
This qualification also requires the following Work Experience Modules:
Total number of credits for Work Experience Modules: 20.
|EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES|
|1. Identify and take appropriate corrective actions related to unsafe strata conditions.
2. Identify hazardous occupational environmental elements that could impact negatively on the work of a Mining Operator in an underground Coal Mine and take the appropriate actions to resolve the issues.
3. Describe the purpose and process of risk assessments.
4. Identify the hazards associated with the man machine and machine/machine interfaces in an underground coal mine.
5. Describe the principles and processes of the lock out procedures for equipment and machines operated by the Mining Operator in an underground coal mine.
6. Describe the actions required to deal with changing conditions in the work environment whilst operating equipment in an underground coal mine.
7. Describe the processes for preparing and executing the key tasks associated with the hauling underground coal machine.
8. Describe the various capacities and performance targets for each of the activities executed with the hauling underground coal machine.
|ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA|
|Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 4:
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 5:
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 6:
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 7:
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 8:
Integrated Formative Assessment:
The skills development provider will use the curriculum to guide them on the stipulated internal assessment criteria and weighting. They will also apply the scope of practical skills and applied knowledge as stipulated by the internal assessment criteria. This formative assessment leads to entrance into the integrated external summative assessment.
Integrated Summative Assessment:
An external integrated summative assessment, conducted through the relevant Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) Assessment Quality Partner is required for the issuing of this qualification. The external integrated summative assessment will focus on the Exit Level Outcomes and Associated Assessment Criteria.
|A review was done of qualifications and training practices in the United States of America (USA) and Sweden. The common international practice is to train equipment operators on the job.
Where there are official qualifications they present themselves in the form of apprenticeship programmes where the learners gain the competencies to not only operate the equipment but also to maintain the equipment or to perform the related mining activities like blasting. An example of this is the Heavy Equipment Operator Trade Programme presented by the Heavy Equipment Operator Trade School in Orlando, Florida. This programme is conducted over four years. The curriculum covers safe and efficient work practices and heavy equipment maintenance, and learners are exposed to a combination of classroom training and on-the-job experience. Learners who complete the apprenticeship program advance to journeymen status.
In Sweden Sandvik Mining and Construction offers the world's widest range of equipment for rock drilling, rock excavation, processing, demolition and bulk-materials handling. The training focuses on enabling the operators to understand their role as Hauling Equipment Operator within the excavation process. It enables operators to manage even the most difficult rock conditions. Virtual training on a hauling underground coal machine plays a key role in the operator training. It successfully combines theoretical knowledge with the wisdom of experienced Hauling Equipment Operators. It is a forgiving learning tool, allowing easy and safe practice. It also supplies an efficient way of learning the hauling underground coal machine system and user interface. The training includes theory, simulator exercises, real machine exercises and practical exam.
The qualification compares with the cited in terms of main focus. Learners will gain a basic understanding of the mechanical and electrical operation of the equipment.
|Horizontal articulation is possible to the following Mining Operator qualifications currently being developed:
Vertical articulation is possible to the following qualification currently being developed:
|CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS|
|Qualifying for external assessment:
In order to qualify for the external assessment, learners must provide proof of completion of all required modules by means of statements of results and work experience.
Additional legal or physical entry requirements:
Learners must meet the occupational health requirements to work in an underground coal mine.
Criteria for the accreditation of providers:
Accreditation of providers will be done against the criteria as reflected in the relevant curriculum on the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) website.
The curriculum title and code is: 711101006: Hauling Equipment Operator Underground Coal.
This qualification encompasses the following trades as recorded on the NLRD:
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