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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Use and maintain fluid power instrumentation 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
244683  Use and maintain fluid power instrumentation 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Manufacturing and Assembly Processes 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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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 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 skills, values and knowledge reflected in this unit standard are required by people in the field of Fluid Power Engineering who are required to use and maintain fluid power instrumentation to ensure correct usage without injury to persons and without damage to instruments and equipment. The learning outcomes in this unit standard contribute to the exit level outcomes required for a NQF Level 3 Qualification.

Persons credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of fluid power instrumentation.
  • Use fluid power instrumentation.
  • Maintain fluid power instrumentation. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The credit calculation is based on an assumption that a person is already competent in terms of the following outcomes when starting to learn towards this unit standard:
  • Install, test, maintain and commission basic electrical circuits at NQF Level 2.
  • Select, use and care for basic engineering measuring equipment at NQF Level 2. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The following scope and context applies to the whole unit standard:
  • This unit standard refers to all instruments for measuring pressure (absolute, positive and negative gauge pressures), flow, temperature, fluid levels and rotational speeds in revs per minute. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an understanding of fluid power instrumentation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The method of operation of each type of fluid power instrument is explained in relation to the type of measurement performed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The units of measurements are explained in accordance with the SI measurement system. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Units of measure are converted between imperial, metric and SI systems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Calibration of instruments is explained in terms of comparison to a national standard. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The consequences of using a non-calibrated instrument are explained in terms of accuracy of result. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Use fluid power instrumentation. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Type of instruments includes mechanical, electrical, analogue and digital. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Measuring equipment selected is appropriate to the measurement required. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Selection criteria include measuring range, maximum allowable pressure, accuracy class, and the output required.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Equipment is confirmed to be suitable for use in terms of calibration and general condition. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Measuring equipment is installed and connected in accordance with manufacturer's specifications and circuit requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Readings taken are accurate and recorded in accordance with workplace requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Measurements include pressure, temperature, flow, revolutions per minute (RPM), level and force.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Work is conducted in accordance with workplace safety requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Maintain fluid power instrumentation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Each instrument is maintained in accordance with workplace standards and manufacturer's instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The instruments are inspected for proper operation before and after use. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Instruments to be checked for any damaged or worn components.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Instruments are stored in accordance with workplace requirements. 


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

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Essential embedded knowledge will be assessed through assessment of the specific outcomes in terms of the stipulated assessment criteria. Candidates are unlikely to achieve all the specific outcomes, to the standards described in the assessment criteria, without knowledge of the listed embedded knowledge. This means that for the most part, the possession or lack of the knowledge can be directly inferred from the quality of the candidate's performance. Where direct assessment of knowledge is required, assessment criteria have been included in the body of the unit standard.

    The following embedded knowledge is addressed in an integrated way in the unit standard:
  • Use of measuring instruments.
  • Keeping equipment neat and tidy and in good order.
  • Reading and interpreting operating instructions.
  • Understanding of measurement systems. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems and make decisions using critical and creative thinking.
  • Note: The ability of the candidate to select the correct instruments. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as members of a team, group, organisation or community.
  • Note: The ability of the candidate to work as a team member. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively.
  • Note: The ability of the candidate to use the correct work methods when using fluid power instrumentation. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information.
  • Note: The ability of the candidate to determine the condition of the fluid power instruments. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively, using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentations.
  • Note: The ability of the candidate to report communicate results of readings and maintenance schedules. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.
  • Note: The ability of the candidate to use fluid power instruments. 

  • 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.
  • Note: The ability of the candidate to select appropriate measuring equipment for a particular job. 

  • 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 
    Terminology:
  • SI = System International method of measurement.

    Notes to Assessors:

    Assessors should keep the following principles in mind when designing and conducting assessments against this unit standard:
  • Focus the assessment activities on gathering evidence in terms of the main outcome expressed in the title to ensure assessment is integrated rather than fragmented. Remember we want to declare the person competent in terms of the title. Where assessment at title level is unmanageable, then focus assessment around each specific outcome, or groups of specific outcomes.
  • Make sure evidence is gathered across the entire range, wherever it applies. Assessment activities should be as close to the real performance as possible, and where simulations or role-plays are used, there should be supporting evidence to show the candidate is able to perform in the real situation.
  • Do not focus the assessment activities on each assessment criterion. Rather make sure the assessment activities focus on outcomes and are sufficient to enable evidence to be gathered around all the assessment criteria.
  • The assessment criteria provide the specifications against which assessment judgements should be made. In most cases, knowledge can be inferred from the quality of the performances, but in other cases, knowledge and understanding will have to be tested through questioning techniques. Where this is required, there will be assessment criteria to specify the standard required.
  • The task of the assessor is to gather sufficient evidence, of the prescribed type and quality, as specified in this unit standard, that the candidate can achieve the outcomes again and again and again. This means assessors will have to judge how many repeat performances are required before they believe the performance is reproducible.
  • All assessments should be conducted in line with the following well documented principles of assessment: appropriateness, fairness, manageability, integration into work or learning, validity, direct, authentic, sufficient, systematic, open and consistent. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  58882   National Certificate: Fluid Power  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 


    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.
     
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