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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Repair mechanised coal mining equipment 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
253379  Repair mechanised coal mining equipment 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Generic Manufacturing, Engineering, Technology 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Fabrication and Extraction 
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 
This unit standard will be useful for persons who are required to repair mechanised coal mining equipment. Persons credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Explain the factors critical to repairing mechanised coal mining equipment.
  • Prepare to repair mechanised coal mining equipment.
  • Repair mechanised coal mining equipment.
  • Test the components on mechanised coal mining equipment and prepare for operation and/or production.

    The skills, knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this unit standard are essential for social and economic transformation and contribute to upliftment and economic growth.

    This unit standard is intended to promote general skills, knowledge and understanding of how to repair mechanised coal mining equipment in the mining and minerals sector in order to ensure knowledgeable and informed workers. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that persons starting to learn towards this unit standard have the ability to:
  • Use relevant hand tools.
  • Use relevant lifting equipment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Mechanised coal mining equipment must include:
  • Continuous miner.
  • Face drill rig.
  • Roof bolter.
  • Breaker feeder.
  • Coal cutter.
  • Gathering arm loader.
  • Roof support system.
  • Coal shearer.

    Specific range statements are provided in the body of the unit standard where they apply to particular specific outcomes or assessment criteria. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain the factors critical to repairing mechanised coal mining equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The explanation of the principle of operation and function of the mechanised coal mining equipment is in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The explanation of the importance of repairing mechanised coal mining equipment to achieve healthy, safe production requirements is in accordance with specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The explanation must include:
  • Injury to persons.
  • Damage to equipment.
  • Loss of production time through incorrect repairs.
  • Increased costs.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The explanation lists the possible critical workplace hazards that may be encountered while repairing mechanised coal mining equipment in a particular context. The explanation also describes the risks associated with and the factors contributing to each workplace hazard. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The explanation lists the possible critical work related hazards that may be encountered while repairing mechanised coal mining equipment in a particular context. The explanation also describes the risks associated with and the factors contributing to each work-related hazard. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare to repair mechanised coal mining equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Permission to repair mechanised coal mining equipment is obtained in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The required personal protective equipment is selected, examined and used in a way that is consistent with its purpose, design and specified requirements. Personal protective equipment is used to ensure the safety of persons and equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Tools, material and equipment are selected, examined and transported in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The workplace is examined in accordance with specified requirements. Workplace hazards are dealt with in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The identification of mechanised coal mining equipment components to be replaced is in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The relevant mechanised coal mining equipment and related equipment is locked out and made safe in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The consequences for health, safety and production of not preparing to repair mechanised coal mining equipment in line with specified requirements, and current legislation are explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Specified requirements and current legislation must include:
  • Permission.
  • Personal protective equipment.
  • Tools, material and equipment.
  • Workplace examination.
  • Workplace hazards.
  • Identifying the mechanised coal mining equipment.
  • Locking out and making safe.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Repair the mechanised coal mining equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The required personal protective equipment is used in a way that is consistent with its purpose, design and specified requirements. Personal protective equipment is used to ensure the safety of persons and equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Work related hazards are dealt with in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The removal of the relevant component is performed in line with sequence and manufacturers specification. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The installation of the relevant component is performed in line with sequence, tolerances, lubrication and manufacturers specification. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Interpersonal interaction is positive, consistent with specified requirements, promotes effective teamwork, and avoids dysfunctional conflict. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The tools and equipment are used in accordance with manufacturers' design and without injury to self and others. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The consequences for health, safety and production of not repairing mechanised coal mining equipment in line with specified requirements, and current legislation are explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Specified requirements and current legislation must include:
  • Personal protective equipment.
  • Work related hazards.
  • Removal of components.
  • Installation components.
  • Interpersonal interaction.
  • Use of tools and equipment.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Test the mechanised coal mining equipment and prepare for operation and/or production. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The mechanised coal mining equipment, on which the component was replaced, is prepared for testing purposes in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The mechanised coal mining equipment is test run to determine if it is functioning in accordance with specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Testing the equipment must include:
  • Correct operation.
  • Noise.
  • Heat.
  • Vibration.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Tools, material and equipment selected are dealt with in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The workplace is cleaned and free from hazards in accordance with specified requirements and housekeeping practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The report on work performed complies with specified requirements for format, content, accuracy and distribution. The report is delivered within the agreed time. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The consequences for health, safety and production of not testing mechanised coal mining equipment in line with specified requirements, and current legislation are explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Specified requirements and current legislation must include:
  • Preparation for testing.
  • Testing.
  • Tools, material and equipment.
  • Good housekeeping.
  • Reporting.
     


  • UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a leaner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with relevant ETQA, according to ETQA's policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise.
  • Anyone wishing to be assessed against this unit standard may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that is accredited by the relevant ETQA. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The following embedded knowledge is addressed in an integrated way in the unit standard:
  • Report writing.
  • Health and safety knowledge.
  • Legal and site-specific requirements. 

  • 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 identify hazards and risks, sub standard conditions, process problems and to rectify these, illustrates his/her capability to solve problems. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as members of a team, group, organisation or community.

    Note: The ability of the candidate to communicate effectively and to maintain optimum production illustrates his/her capability to work effectively with others. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively.

    Note: The ability of the candidate to maintain optimum production whilst adhering to safety procedures, illustrates his/her capability to organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information.

    Note: The ability of the candidate to implement corrective actions illustrates his/her capability to collect, organise and critically evaluate information. 

    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 maintain optimum production through effective communication and his/her ability to adhere to reporting requirements illustrates his/her capability to communicate effectively. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.

    Note: The use of science and technology is not relevant for this unit standard. 

    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 explain the importance of the process in terms of achieving production and up and down stream requirements illustrates his/her understanding of the world as a set of related systems. 

    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:

    Specified Requirements:

    Specified requirements include legal and site-specific requirements and are contained in one or more of the following documents:

    Legal:
  • Relevant Acts: e.g. Mine Health & Safety Act and Regulations, 1996 (Act 29/1996), and Minerals Act and Regulations, 1991 (Act 50/1991).
  • Mandatory Codes of Practice.
  • SANS and other relevant Standards.
  • Chief Inspector of Mines' Directives/Instructions.
  • Guidelines issued by the Chief Inspector of Mines.

    Site-specific:
  • Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments (HIRA).
  • Occupational Health and Safety Risk Management Programme.
  • Managerial Instructions.
  • Mine Standard Procedures.
  • List of Recorded OH&S Risks.
  • Working Guides.
  • Equipment and Materials Specifications.

    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.

    Unit Standard Justification:

    Level:

    Attribute, Level, Justification:
  • Skills, Level 2, The skills required have some variety but are still fairly simple. There will probably be an application of sequence of simple skills.
  • Procedure, Level 2, Procedure known and familiar.
  • Context, Level 2, Contexts are repeatedly applicable and known.
  • Knowledge, Level 3, Relevant theoretical knowledge is required to be fully competent.
  • Information processing, Level 3, The information is available but interpretation as opposed to basic processing thereof is required.
  • Problem solving, Level 3, A range of known responses to familiar problems, based on limited discretion and judgement.
  • Orientation of activity, Level 3, Decisions are taken but require supervision.
  • Application of responsibility, Level 3, Output is quality checked randomly.
  • Orientation of scope of responsibility, Level 3, Responsible for completion (quantity) and function (quality).

    Average Level = 2.67.
    Actual Level Assigned = 3.

    Credits:

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

    Activity: Hours:
  • Training Centre: 32 Hours.
  • On the job training: 60 Hours.
  • Other (specify): 0 Hours.

    Total: 92 Hours.

    Credits Achieved = 92/10 = 9.2.
    Credits Assigned = 9. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  59669   National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Fitting  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


    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. Coastal Kzn F.E.T. College - Swinton Road Campus 
    2. Customised Training Specialists Trust T/A CTS (PINETOWN) (TP) 
    3. Eastcape Midlands Public FET College - Uitenhage (High Street)Campus 
    4. Enstra Learning and Development Centre (Pty) Ltd (SPRINGS) (TP) 
    5. Gijima AST Holdings (Pty) Ltd T/A Fundi Training Centre (BENONI) (TP) 
    6. Majuba FET College - Newcastle Technology Centre 
    7. SEDIBENG TRAINING CENTRE 



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