This competency standard shall apply to any basic and safe work site where Gas Industry operations occur. It could also apply, where applicable to other workplaces in the electricity supply industry (transmission and distribution and generation), the electrotechnology industry and the water industry, subject to all Occupational Health and Safety and duty of care requirements being met for the workplace.
Granting of competency in this unit shall be made only after competency in the following unit(s) has/have been confirmed:
Literacy and numeracy skills
Participants are best equipped to achieve this unit if they have reading, writing and numeracy skills indicated by the following scales. Description of each scale is given in Volume 2, Part 3 'Literacy and Numeracy'
Elements and Performance Criteria
Prepare for the coordination of repair of pipelines, facilities and equipment
Work schedule(s), including drawings, plans, requirements, established procedures and material lists are received, analysed and confirmed if necessary by site inspection
Relevant requirements and established procedures for the work are communicated to all persons and identified for all work sites
OHS, environmental and sustainable energy policies and procedures related to the coordination of repair of pipelines, facilities and equipment are obtained and confirmed for the purposes of the work performed and communicated
Work is prioritised and sequenced following consultation with others for completion within acceptable timeframes and in accordance with established procedures
Hazards are identified, OHS risks assessed and control measures are prioritised, implemented and monitored including emergency exits kept clear according to established procedures
Relevant work permits are obtained to access and perform work according to requirements and established procedures
Resources including persons, equipment, tools and personal protective equipment required for the job are identified, scheduled and obtained and confirmed to be in working order
Relevant persons at work site are confirmed to be current in First Aid and other related work procedures according to requirements
Liaison and communication issues with authorised persons, authorities, clients and land owners are resolved to carry out work where necessary
Site is prepared according to the work schedule and to minimise risk and damage to property, commerce and individuals in accordance with established procedures
Persons participating in the work, including plant operators and contractors are fully briefed and respective responsibilities confirmed where applicable in accordance with established procedures
Road signs, barriers and warning devices are positioned in accordance with requirements
Coordinate repair of pipeline, facilities and equipment
OHS policies and procedures and safe work practices are followed to eliminate or minimise incidents and hazards
Lifting, climbing, working in confined spaces or aloft, and use of power tools, techniques and practices are safely followed and currency according to requirements confirmed
Essential Knowledge and Associated Skills are applied for coordinating the repair of pipelines, facilities and equipment to ensure completion in an agreed timeframe and to quality standards with a minimum of waste according to requirements
Performing the coordinating the repair of pipelines, facilities and equipment is carried out in accordance with the work schedule and to requirements and established procedures
Pipeline facilities/equipment and conditions and all environment hazards, safety risks and control measures are monitored and preventative action taken and referred to appropriate authorities in accordance with requirements and established procedures
Unplanned events in coordinating the repair of pipelines, facilities and equipment are undertaken within the scope of established procedures
Known solutions to a variety of problems are applied using acquired Essential Knowledge and Associated Skills
Ongoing checks of quality of the work are undertaken in accordance with given instructions and established procedures
Recommission systems and equipment
Repaired/installed equipment is brought back on line at the desired operational parameters and work undertaken is checked against works schedule for conformance with requirements and in accordance with established procedures
Accidents and injuries are reported in accordance with requirements and established procedures where applicable
Work site is rehabilitated, cleaned up and made safe in accordance with given instructions and established procedures
Tools, equipment and any surplus resources and materials are, where appropriate, cleaned, checked and returned to storage in accordance with established procedures
Relevant work permit(s) are signed off and equipment is returned to service in accordance with requirements
Work completion records, reports and documentation and information is finalised and processed and appropriate persons notified
8) This describes the essential skills and knowledge and their level, required for this unit.
Evidence shall show that knowledge has been acquired of safe working practices for the coordination and repair of pipeline, facilities and equipment.
All knowledge and skills detailed in this unit should be contextualised to current industry practices and technologies.
Pipeline, facilities and equipment repairs
Plan and prepare coordination of repair of pipelines, facilities and equipment
Evidence shall show an understanding of the requirements to plan and prepare coordination of repairs to pipelines, facilities and equipment on a Gas Industry pipelines (Distribution), indicated by the following:
identification of the types of problems and faults that may require repair
obtaining, interpreting and using relevant technical drawings, plans or specifications during preparation and planning of repair work
identification of hazards (including confined spaces) and explanation of ohs, procedures and environmental requirements that require implementation prior to and during repair work
identification of procedures, persons, equipment and processes required for the repair work and plan the coordination of resources
required work permits
locating and securing of emergency equipment and ensuring all persons are familiar with emergency plans.
Secure work area and equipment prior to repair
Evidence shall show an understanding of the requirements to secure work area and equipment prior to repair on a Gas Industry pipeline (Distribution), indicated by the following:
discuss the requirements for and use of work permits, safety plans, non-routine procedures and safety checks
implementation and adherence to procedures, ohs and environmental requirements to ensure a safe worksite is established and maintained
equipment for repair work is depressurised, tagged and locked out
routine checks and documentation of facilities/equipment and overall repair process
verification that facilities/equipment are safe for repair work to commence by ensuring that all procedures have been followed and requirements met.
Coordinate repair of pipelines, facilities and equipment
Evidence shall show an understanding of the requirements to coordinate repairs of pipelines, facilities and equipment on a Gas Industry pipeline (Distribution), indicated by the following:
different types of repair procedures relevant to repairing pipelines, facilities and equipment
management plan and repair procedures relevant to the required work
procedures to monitor systems, equipment and environmental conditions to ensure procedures, OHS and environmental requirements are maintained during repair work
repair work and validate the standard to ensure it meets OHS and environmental and legislative requirements
progress of repair work to evaluate required amendments or modifications and communicate changes to appropriate persons/regulatory authority
completion/adjustment documentation to reflect the repair work carried out.
Recommission systems and equipment
Evidence shall show an understanding of the requirements to recommission systems and equipment on a Gas Industry pipeline (Distribution), indicated by the following:
procedures to recommission repaired systems and equipment
identification of the persons and authorities that need to be notified in relation to the recommissioning of the systems and the procedures to carry out the notification
cancel/sign off of relevant work permits
restoration of sites in compliance with OHS and environmental legislative and operational requirements
completion and filing of records and documentation that accurately indicate extent of work performed, results of repair and completion of work with the appropriate persons and departments.
9) The Evidence Guide forms an integral part of this 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
Longitudinal 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’s 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 in this regard.
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
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 — UEG11’. Evidence shall also comprise:
A representative body of Performance Criteria 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
Apply sustainable energy principles and practices as specified in the Performance Criteria and range
Demonstrate an understanding of the essential knowledge and associated skills as described in this unit to such an extent that the learner’s performance outcome is reported in accordance with the preferred approach; namely a percentile graded result, where required by the regulated environment
Demonstrate an appropriate level of employability skills
Conduct work observing the relevant Anti discrimination legislation, regulations, polices and workplace procedures
Demonstrate performance across a representative range of contexts from the prescribed items below:
Range of tools/equipment/procedures/workplace
The minimum number of items on which skill is to be demonstrated
Interpret technical drawings and symbols
Ensure emergency response procedures are in place
Communicate with other authorities and stakeholders
Communicate schedules /coordinate to persons
Carry out job safety analysis
Obtain work permit
Ensure practical application of AS2865
Use and interpret dial before you dig report
At least 3
At least 3
Nylon (polymide) pipeline laying techniques
Nylon stop off
At least 5
PE pipeline laying techniques
Large diameter PE
PE electro fusion
PE butt fusion
PE stop off
Compression couplings or flanges
Connection of PE to nylon
Practical application of AS3723 Installation and Maintenance of plastic pipe systems
At least 4
UPVC pipeline laying techniques
UPVC solvent cemented joints
UPVC moulded joints
UPVC stop off
UPVC couplings or flanges
Connection of UPVC to steel
Practical application of AS3723 Installation and maintenance of plastic pipe systems
At least 2
Steel pipeline coating repair
Steel pipeline coating testing (Jeeper)
Steel, field joint coating
At least 3
Connection of PE to steel mains
Steel mains welding
Steel mains repair
Hot tap and stopple
At least 2
High pressure stop off
Squash off jacks
Squash off pliers
At least one occasion
Deal with an unplanned event by drawing on essential knowledge and associated skills to provide appropriate solutions incorporated in the holistic assessment with the above listed items
Context of and specific resources for assessment
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.
Appropriate environmental regulation and work practices.
Appropriate organisational requirements.
Appropriate work environment, equipment and tools.
In addition to the resources listed above, in Context of and specific resources for assessment, evidence should show demonstrated competency working in coordinating repair of pipeline, facilities and equipment.
Assessment of this competency must also be undertaken in either an actual workplace or under a simulated work environment. Assessment must also integrate the employability skills.
Method of assessment
This Unit shall be assessed by methods given in Volume 1, Part 3 ‘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 Associated Skills described in this unit.
Concurrent assessment and relationship with other units
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 Units where listed.
Carry out work activities in a utilities industry work environment
Apply Occupational Health and Safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace
Comply with environmental policies and procedures
Establish the work site
Contribute to team effectiveness
Contribute to effective workplace relationships
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.
This Unit shall be demonstrated in relation to coordinating the repair of pipelines, facilities and equipment.
The following constants and variables included in the element/Performance Criteria in this unit are fully described in the Definitions Section of this volume and form an integral part of the Range Statement of this unit:
Types of faults (3)
Facilities and equipment (3)
Record keeping (3)
This unit contains Employability Skills
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.
License to practice
The skills and knowledge described in this unit are not subject to licence regulation other than those directly related to Occupational Health and Safety, gas/electricity/water industry safety and compliance, industrial relations, environmental protection, telecommunications, anti discrimination and training. Commonwealth, State/Territory or Local Government legislation and regulations may exist that limit the age at which a person can operate certain equipment.