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Diagnosing Faults in Plant or Machinery Systems or Components in the Workplace

Reference
F/505/0139
Level
Level 3
Credit Value
24
Guided Learning Hours
80
 
Aim
The aim of this unit is to illustrate the skills, knowledge and understanding required to confirm competence in Diagnosing Faults in Plant or Machinery Systems or Components in the Workplace within the relevant sector of industry.


Learning Outcomes Assessment Criteria
The Learner Will The Learner Can
1

Interpret the given information relating to the work and resources when diagnosing faults in plant or machinery systems or components.

  • 1.1 - Interpret and extract relevant information from drawings, specifications, schedules, method statements, risk assessments, workshop manuals, technical service bulletins, parts manuals and manufacturers' information.
  • 1.2 -
    Comply with information and/or instructions derived from risk assessments and method statements.

  • 1.3 -
    Describe the organisational procedures developed to report and rectify inappropriate information and unsuitable resources and how they are implemented.

  • 1.4 -
    Describe different types of information, their source and how they are interpreted in relation to:
    – drawings, specifications, schedules, method statements, risk assessments, manufacturers' information and current regulations associated with diagnosing faults in plant or machinery systems or components.

2

Know how to comply with relevant legislation and official guidance when diagnosing faults in plant or machinery systems or components.

  • 2.1 -
    Describe their responsibilities regarding potential accidents and health hazards, whilst working:
    – in the workplace, below ground level, at height, in confined spaces, with tools and equipment, with materials and substances, with movement/storage of materials and by manual handling and mechanical lifting.

  • 2.2 -
    Describe the organisational security procedures for tools, equipment and personal belongings in relation to site, workplace, company and operative.

  • 2.3 -
    Explain what the accident reporting procedures are and who is responsible for making reports.

3

Maintain safe and healthy working practices when diagnosing faults in plant or machinery systems or components.

  • 3.1 -
    Use health and safety control equipment and access equipment (if applicable) safely to carry out the activity in accordance with current legislation and organisational requirements when diagnosing faults in plant or machinery systems or components.

  • 3.2 -
    Comply with information relating to specific risks to health when diagnosing faults in plant or machinery systems or components.

  • 3.3 -
    Explain why and when health and safety control equipment, identified by the principles of protection, should be used, relating to diagnosing faults in plant or machinery systems or components, and the types, purpose and limitations of each type, the work situation and general work environment, in relation to:
    – collective protective measures
    – personal protective equipment (PPE)
    – respiratory protective equipment (RPE)
    – local exhaust ventilation (LEV).

  • 3.4 -
    Describe how the relevant health and safety control equipment should be used in accordance with the given instructions.

  • 3.5 -
    Describe how emergencies should be responded to in accordance with organisational authorisation and personal skills when involved with fires, spillages, injuries and other task-related hazards.

4

Select the required quantity and quality of resources for the methods of work to diagnose faults in plant or machinery systems or components.

  • 4.1 -
    Select resources associated with own work in relation to materials, components, fixings, tools, equipment and consumables.

  • 4.2 -
    Describe the characteristics, quality, uses, sustainability, limitations and defects associated with the resources in relation to:
    – hand tools, portable powered tools, specialist diagnostic and testing tools and ancillary equipment.

  • 4.3 -
    Describe how the resources should be used correctly and how problems associated with the resources are reported.

  • 4.4 -
    Explain why the organisational procedures have been developed and how they are used for the selection of required resources.

  • 4.5 -
    Describe any potential hazards associated with the resources and methods of work.

  • 4.6 -
    Describe how to calculate quantity, length, area, volume and wastage associated with the method/procedure to diagnose faults in plant and machinery systems and components.

5

Minimise the risk of damage to the work and surrounding area when diagnosing faults in plant or machinery systems or components.

  • 5.1 -
    Protect the work and its surrounding area from damage in accordance with safe working practices and organisational procedures.

  • 5.2 -
    Minimise damage and maintain a clean work space.

  • 5.3 -
    Dispose of waste in accordance with current legislation.

  • 5.4 -
    Describe how to protect work from damage and the purpose of protection in relation to general workplace activities, other occupations and adverse weather conditions.

  • 5.5 -
    Explain why the disposal of waste should be carried out safely in accordance with environmental responsibilities, organisational procedures, manufacturers’ information, statutory regulations and official guidance.

6

Complete the work within the allocated time when diagnosing faults in plant or machinery systems or components.

  • 6.1 -
    Demonstrate completion of the work within the allocated time.

  • 6.2 -
    Describe the purpose of the work programme and explain why deadlines should be kept in relation to:
    – types of progress charts, timetables and estimated times
    – organisational procedures for reporting circumstances which will affect the work programme.

7

Comply with the given contract information to diagnose faults in plant or machinery systems or components to the required specification.

  • 7.1 -
    Demonstrate the following work skills when diagnosing faults in plant or machinery systems or components:
    – selecting, investigating, interrogating, observing, listening, smelling, feeling, applying, identifying, collecting, analysing, interpreting, diagnosing and reporting.

  • 7.2 -
    Identify and diagnose functional and operational faults in plant or machinery, systems or components to given working instructions for four of the following:
    – power unit
    – transmission
    – steering
    – hydraulics
    – pump
    – brakes
    – pneumatics
    – electrical
    – electronic
    – operating ancillaries or attachments.

  • 7.3 -
    Complete functional, operational and safety checks on plant or machinery systems or components, to given working instructions.

  • 7.4 -
    Complete and maintain records when diagnosing faults in plant or machinery systems or components.

  • 7.5 -
    Safely use and handle materials, hand tools, portable power tools, specialist diagnostic and testing tools and ancillary equipment.

  • 7.6 -
    Safely store the materials, tools and equipment used when diagnosing faults in plant or machinery systems or components.

  • 7.7 -
    Describe how to apply safe and healthy work practices, follow procedures, report problems and establish the authority needed to rectify them, to:
    – collect and collate information from operators and users on symptoms and problems
    – consider information from existing records
    – analyse information to define the diagnosis start point
    – investigate and establish the most likely causes of the faults
    – observe the operational functions of plant and machinery components and systems
    – interpret sounds and smells
    – collect and analyse data from diagnostic aids; multi-meters, pressure and flow gauges, computers, test lamps, portable appliance testing equipment and other specialist tools and equipment
    – identify faults and determine the cause
    – determine and suggest repair requirements for faults in power units, transmissions, steering, hydraulic systems, pumps, brakes, pneumatic systems, electrical systems, electronic components and operating ancillaries and attachments
    – categorise faults by type (continual, intermittent or breakdown)
    - apply situational awareness to select routine and non-routine fault diagnosis procedures
    – determine the implications of faults for other work and the operational safety of the plant or machinery
    – report, mark, tag and place notices on plant and machinery systems and components deemed hazardous
    – use hand tools, specialist diagnostic and testing tools, portable power tools and equipment
    – work at height
    – use access equipment
    – complete and maintain records

  • 7.8 -
    Describe the needs of other occupations and how to effectively communicate within a team when diagnosing faults in plant or machinery systems or components.

  • 7.9 -
    Describe how to maintain the tools and equipment used when diagnosing faults in plant or machinery systems or components.

Assessment guidance and/or requirements
This unit must be assessed in a work environment, in accordance with the ConstructionSkills‘ Consolidated Assessment Strategy for Construction and the Built Environment.
Assessors for this unit must have verifiable, current industry experience and a sufficient depth of relevant occupational expertise and knowledge, and must use a combination of assessment methods as defined in the Consolidated Assessment Strategy.
Workplace evidence of skills cannot be simulated.
This unit must be assessed against four of the following endorsements:
– Power unit
– Transmission
– Steering
– Hydraulic
– Pump
– Brake
– Pneumatic
– Electrical
– Electronic
– Operating ancillaries or attachments.

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