This unit involves the skills and knowledge required to explain basic marine electrotechnology principles and to perform basic electrical calculations.
This unit applies to the work of Marine Engineering Watchkeepers on commercial vessels greater than 750 kW.
This unit forms part of the requirements for the Certificate of Competency Marine Engineer Watchkeeper issued by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).
Elements and Performance Criteria
Elements describe the essential outcomes.
Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.
Explain how material properties affect resistance of electrical conductors
Terms and symbols used in the formula for resistivity are used correctly
How resistance varies with changes in conductor length and cross sectional area is outlined
How resistance varies with temperature is outlined
Calculations are performed that illustrate how material properties affect resistance of electrical conductors
Apply Ohmâ€™s Law to electrical circuits
Main sources of EMF are identified
Terms and symbols used in Ohmâ€™s Law are used correctly
Calculations are performed using Ohmâ€™s Law to solve problems involving internal, external and variable resistances in both series and parallel circuits
Calculations are performed to determine power required and /or energy expended by electrical devices
Circuits for a wheatstone bridge and a slide wire bridge are sketched and their application on a ship is outlined
Calculations are performed dealing with resistances, currents and voltage drops in bridge circuits under null or balanced conditions
Apply principles of electrolytic action to electrical cells
How the theory of electrolytic disassociation when applied to common electrolytic solutions and electrode materials explains the generation of EMF from chemical sources, is outlined
Primary cells are distinguished from secondary cells
Calculations are performed to solve problems involving currents, voltage drops and terminal potential difference of cells connected to form batteries in series and in parallel
How capacity of a battery is measured is explained
Construction of typical batteries used in marine environments is outlined
Apply principles of electromagnetism to EMF generation
Form and properties of the magnetic fields surrounding single conductor and multi-turn solenoid coils when carrying an electrical current are compared and contrasted
Terms and symbols used in Faradayâ€™s and Lenzâ€™s laws of electromagnetic induction are used correctly
Calculations are performed using Faradayâ€™s and Lenzâ€™s laws of electromagnetic induction to solve problems related to electromagnetism and EMF generation
Flemingâ€™s Right Hand Rule is outlined
Explain operation of direct current rotating machinery
Construction and methods of maintaining and repairing typical direct current (DC) machines are illustrated
Principle wiring arrangements used with DC machines are outlined
Action of the commutator in DC generators is outlined
Significance of Back EMF (Eb) in the operation of DC motors is outlined
Mathematical formula are applied to show relationships between operational parameters of DC motors
Calculations are performed to solve simple problems relating to power output and efficiency in DC motors
Explain operation of AC rotating machinery
How three-phase AC may be developed out of simple single phase AC is explained
Difference between Star and Delta connections is outlined
How a three-phase supply can generate a rotating magnetic field is explained
Construction of an AC synchronous generator is outlined
Construction of an AC induction motor is outlined
Calculations are performed to show how driving torque is produced in an induction motor
Explain parallel operation and load sharing of generator
Load/voltage curves of AC and DC generators are compared
Main requirements for satisfactory power sharing between both AC and DC generators are outlined
Sequences that occur when load changes on two DC generators working in parallel without an equaliser connection are outlined
Effect of varying power factors on the load/voltage curve of an AC generator is outlined
Evidence of Performance
Evidence required to demonstrate competence in this unit must be relevant to and satisfy all of the requirements of the elements, performance criteria and range of conditions on at least one occasion and include:
applying relevant work health and safety/occupational health and safety (WHS/OHS) requirements and work practices
assessing own work outcomes and maintaining knowledge of current codes, standards, regulations and industry practices
identifying and applying relevant mathematical formulas and techniques to solve basic problems related to marine electrotechnology
identifying and interpreting numerical and graphical information, and performing mathematical calculations such as resistance of electrical conductors, power output and efficiency in DC motors, and driving torque in induction motors
identifying, collating and processing information required to perform basic calculations related to marine electrotechnology
performing accurate and reliable calculations
reading and interpreting written information needed to perform basic electrical calculations
solving problems using appropriate laws and principles.
Evidence of Knowledge
Evidence required to demonstrate competence in this unit must be relevant to and satisfy all of the requirements of the elements, performance criteria and range of conditions and include knowledge of:
basic electrical circuits
basic principles of marine electrotechnology
difference between AC and DC
units of measurement
effective verbal, written and visual communication techniques
principles of electromagnetism and electrolytic action
WHS/OHS requirements and work practices.
Assessors must satisfy National Vocational Education and Training Regulator (NVR)/Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF) assessor requirements.
Assessment must satisfy the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator (NVR)/Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF) standards.
Assessment processes and techniques must be appropriate to the language, literacy and numeracy requirements of the work being performed and the needs of the candidate.
Assessment must occur in workplace operational situations or where these are not available, in simulated workplace operational situations or an industry-approved marine operations site that replicates workplace conditions where basic principles of marine electrotechnology can be applied.
Resources for assessment include access to:
electrical diagrams, specifications and other information required for performing basic electrical calculations
relevant and appropriate tools, equipment and personal protective equipment currently used in industry
relevant documentation including workplace procedures, regulations, codes of practice and operation manuals
technical reference library with current publications on basic marine electrotechnology.
Performance should be demonstrated consistently over time and in a suitable range of contexts.
Foundation skills essential to performance are explicit in the performance criteria of this unit of competency.
Range is restricted to essential operating conditions and any other variables essential to the work environment.
Operational parameters of DC motors must include:
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