Unit of competency details

UEPOPS525A - Coordinate and direct switching program (Release 2)

Summary

Releases:
ReleaseStatusRelease date
2 (this release)Current 07/Sep/2013
(View details for release 1) Replaced25/Jul/2012

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Classifications

SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 031301 Electrical Engineering  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 031301 Electrical Engineering  01/Nov/2012 
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Modification History

Release

Action

Core/Elective

Details

Points

2

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Remove UEPOPS429B from pre-requisites as no unit with this code exists

Unit Descriptor

Unit Descriptor 

1) Scope: 

1.1) Descriptor 

This unit deals with the skills and knowledge required to coordinate and direct resources for a switching program.

Application of the Unit

Application of the Unit 

2) 

This unit is intended to augment formally acquired competencies. It is suitable for employment-based programs under an approved contract of training.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

License to practice 

3)  

The skills and knowledge described in this unit do not require a licence to practise in the workplace. However, practice in this unit is subject to regulations directly related to Occupational Health and Safety and where applicable contracts of training such as apprenticeships and the like.

Pre-Requisites

Prerequisite Unit(s) 

4)  

Competencies 

4.1) 

Granting of competency in this unit shall be made only after competency in the following unit(s) has/have been confirmed.

Where pre-requisite pathways have been identified. All competencies in the Common Unit Group must be have been completed.

Common Unit Group

Unit Code

Unit Title

UEPOPS456A

Perform switching to a switching program

Literacy and numeracy skills 

4.2)  

Participants are best equipped to achieve this unit if they have reading, writing and numeracy skills indicated by the following levels. A description of what each level entails is provided in Section 2.3.1 Language, Literacy and Numeracy.

Reading

5

Writing

5

Numeracy

5

Employability Skills Information

Employability Skills 

5)  

The required outcomes described in this unit of competency contain applicable facets of Employability Skills. The Employability Skills Summary of the qualification in which this unit of competency is packaged will assist in identifying Employability Skill requirements.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

6)  Elements describe the essential outcomes of a competency standard unit

Performance Criteria describe the required performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the Evidence Guide.

Elements and Performance Criteria

ELEMENT 

PERFORMANCE CRITERIA 

1

Prepare for switching program

1.1

Qualifications/authorisations of personnel performing switching operations are established

1.2

Occupational health & safety standards, statutory/enterprise regulations, codes of practice and environmental requirements are identified, applied and monitored throughout the program

1.3

Contingency plans are evaluated and discussed with appropriate stakeholders and, where necessary, amendments are relayed to all relevant parties

1.4

Permits and access requirements are established prior to program commencement

1.5

Documentation is distributed to relevant parties prior to program commencement

1.6

Where appropriate, the teams and individuals roles and responsibilities within the team are identified and, where required, assist in the provision of the on-the-job training

2

Direct switching program

2.1

All parties involved in switching program are advised and directed to locations

2.2

Communication is established with all involved parties and maintained throughout duration of program

2.3

System schematic diagram or equivalent is updated as program proceeds

2.4

Access to plant is controlled in accordance with enterprise/site policy

2.5

Work groups are coordinated and directed in accordance with enterprise procedures

2.6

Permits issued are monitored and recorded in accordance with enterprise procedures

2.7

Switching program is controlled to ensure outage coincides with planned timetable

3

Maintain dynamic integrity of system

3.1

Switching program steps are verified before and after each operation

3.2

Steps are logged upon successful completion of each operation

3.3

System conditions/stability is constantly monitored in accordance with system requirements

3.4

Alternative program steps are quickly and accurately developed if/when unexpected problems occur

4

Complete documentation

4.1

Documentation is updated and equipment problems, abnormalities and status are reported and logged in accordance with enterprise/site procedures

Required Skills and Knowledge

REQUIRED SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE 

8)  This describes the essential skills and knowledge and their level, required for this unit.

Evidence shall show that knowledge has been acquired co-ordinating and directing switching programs.

The extent of the Essential Knowledge and Associated Skills required follows:

KS01-PO525A Switching program

T1 Evidence shall show that knowledge has been acquired for safe working practices of:

  • Relevant environmental, occupational health and safety legislation and regulations
  • Enterprise procedures
  • Plant drawings and manufacturers manuals
  • Introduction to and typical arrangements of power production plant
  • Relevant plant and equipment, its location and operating parameters
  • Relevant state and territory regulations
  • Switchgear types and characteristics
  • Electrical protection types and characteristics
  • Electrical principles
  • a.c. generators types and characteristics
  • Transformers types and characteristics
  • Risk management
  • Leadership techniques
  • Plant status
  • Enterprise recording procedures
  • Switching operations and procedures
  • System diagrams
  • Systems (network)
  • Computers and software

T2 Specific skills needed to achieve the Performance Criteria:

  • Interpret plant drawings and manufacturers manuals
  • Apply relevant state and territory regulations
  • Apply enterprise recording procedures
  • Identify plant status
  • Communicate effectively
  • Acquire and analyse information relevant to system operation
  • Recognise abnormal plant/system operating conditions
  • Determine appropriate corrective actions required
  • Plan and prioritise work
  • Acquire and analyse information relevant to system operation
  • Recognise abnormal plant/system operating conditions
  • Apply leadership techniques
  • Determine appropriate corrective actions required.

Evidence Guide

EVIDENCE GUIDE 

9)  This provides essential advice for assessment of the competency standard unit and must be read in conjunction with the Performance Criteria and the Range Statement of the unit and the Training Package Assessment Guidelines.

The Evidence Guide forms an integral part of this competency standard unit and shall be used in conjunction with all components parts of this unit and, performed in accordance with the Assessment Guidelines of this Training Package.

Overview of Assessment 

9.1) 

Longitude competency development approaches to assessment, such as Profiling, require data to be reliably gathered in a form that can be consistently interpreted over time. This approach is best utilised in Apprenticeship programs and reduces assessment intervention. It is the Industry preferred model for apprenticeships. However, where summative (or final) assessment is used it is to include the application of the competency in the normal work environment or, at a minimum, the application of the competency in a realistically simulated work environment. It is recognised that, in some circumstances, assessment in part or full can occur outside the workplace. However, it must be in accord with Industry and regulatory policy.

Methods chosen for a particular assessment will be influenced by various factors. These include the extent of the assessment, the most effective locations for the assessment activities to take place, access to physical resources, additional safety measures that may be required and the critical nature of the competencies being assessed.

The critical safety nature of working with electricity, electrical equipment, gas or any other hazardous substance/material carries risk in deeming a person competent. Hence, sources of evidence need to be ‘rich’ in nature so as to minimise error in judgment.

Activities associated with normal every day work have a bearing on the decision as to how much and how detailed the data gathered will contribute to its ‘richness’. Some skills are more critical to safety and operational requirements while the same skills may be more or less frequently practised. These points are raised for the assessors to consider when choosing an assessment method and developing assessment instruments. Sample assessment instruments are included in the Assessment Guidelines of this Training Package.

Critical aspects of evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit 

9.2) 

Before the critical aspects of evidence are considered all prerequisites shall be met.

Evidence for competence in this unit shall be considered holistically. Each element and associated Performance Criteria shall be demonstrated on at least two occasions in accordance with the “Assessment Guidelines – UEP12”. Evidence shall also comprise:

  • A representative body of work performance demonstrated within the timeframes typically expected of the discipline, work function and industrial environment. In particular this shall incorporate evidence that shows a candidate is able to:
  • Implement Occupational Health and Safety workplace procedures and practices including the use of risk control measures as specified in the Performance Criteria and Range Statement
  • Apply sustainable energy principles and practices as specified in the Performance Criteria and Range Statement
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the essential knowledge and associated skills as described in 6) Essential Knowledge and Associated Skills of this unit
  • employability skillsConduct work observing the relevant Anti Discrimination legislation, regulations, polices and workplace procedure
  • Demonstrated performance across a representative range of contexts from the prescribed items below:
  • Occupational Health and Safety legislation; Statutory legislation; Enterprise/site safety procedures; Enterprise/site emergency procedures
  • Preparing for switching programs
  • Directing and coordinating switching programs
  • Monitoring system integrity and stability
  • Dealing with an unplanned event by drawing on essential knowledge and skills to provide appropriate solutions incorporated in the holistic assessment with the above listed items.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

9.3) 

This unit should be assessed as it relates to normal work practice using procedures, information and resources typical of a workplace. This should include:

  • OHS policy and work procedures and instructions
  • Suitable work environment, facilities, equipment and materials to undertake actual work as prescribed by this unit.

Competency Standards should be assessed in the workplace or simulated workplace and under the normal range of workplace conditions.

Assessment of this unit will be supported with documentary evidence, by means of endorsement stating type and application of work.

In addition to the resources listed above in Context of assessment’, evidence should show competency working in limited spaces with different types of plant and equipment as well as different structural/construction types and methods and in a variety of environments.

Method of assessment 

9.4) 

This unit shall be assessed by methods given in Section 1.3.00 Assessment Guidelines.

Note:

Competent performance with inherent safe working practices is expected in the Industry to which this unit applies. This requires that the specified essential knowledge and associated skills are assessed in a structured environment which is primarily intended for learning/assessment and incorporates all necessary equipment and facilities for learners to develop and demonstrate the essential knowledge and skills described in this unit.

Concurrent assessment and relationship with other units 

9.5) 

There are no recommended concurrent assessments with this unit, however in some cases efficiencies may be gained in terms of learning and assessment effort being concurrently managed with allied competency standard units where listed.

Nil

Range Statement

RANGE STATEMENT 

10)  This relates to the competency standard unit as a whole, providing the range of contexts and conditions to which the Performance Criteria apply. It allows for different work environments and situations that will affect performance.

Safety standards may include relevant sections of Occupational Health and Safety legislation, enterprise safety rules, relevant State and federal legislation and national standards for plant.

Information and documentation sources may include verbal or written communications; enterprise safety rules documentation; enterprise operating instructions; dedicated computer equipment; enterprise/site standing and operating instructions; enterprise log books; manufacturer’s operation and maintenance manuals; and equipment and alarm manuals.

Technical and operational indicators may include stimuli (audio, smell, touch, visual), local indicators and recorders, computers and alarms (visible and or audible).

Communications may be by means of telephone, two way radio, pager, computer (electronic mail), operating logs (written or verbal), faxes and reports.

Appropriate personnel for consultation, to give or receive direction may include supervisor/team leader or equivalent, power plant operations personnel or equivalent, technical and engineering officers or equivalent, maintenance staff, other operating staff or equivalent, high voltage operators, restricted high voltage operators, testers in charge, testers, recipient in charge, recipients, contractors and system/network operators.

Work parties may include enterprise personnel and contractors.

Operating environment may be remote from plant and equipment being operated (operation is assisted by remote indicators of plant status and other parameters monitored), during inclement or otherwise harsh weather conditions, in wet/ noisy/dusty areas or during night periods.

Generic terms are used throughout this Training Package for vocational standard shall be regarded as part of the Range Statement in which competency is demonstrated. The definition of these and other terms are given in Section 2.1 Preliminary Information and Glossaries

Unit Sector(s)

Not applicable.

Competency Field

Competency Field 

11)  

Operations

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