Renewable Energy Workshop Assistants
This Skills Programme is accredited by the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) and covers unit standards at NQF Level 4 with 24 credits
A Renewable Energy Workshop Assistant will be able to identify, select, use, care for, hand and power tools within a Renewable Energy environment. The qualifying learner will know the functioning and operating requirements for hand and power tools, to monitor quality conformance; including health, safety and environmental requirements.
The typical learners for the skills programme are employed and unemployed South Africans, including those employed or previously employed in low-skilled occupations.
A consortium of sector organisations, including Green Cape, Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies and South African Wind Energy Association, conducted and supported earlier studies by identifying the need for training in the Renewable Energy sector in South Africa.
Minimum entry requirements: NQF Level 1.
- Get you a job in the renewable energy sector: solar farm, solar installation companies, wind farms, etc.
- Develop you into a skilled renewable energy workshop assistant
- You will learn how to use hand-, power- and measuring tools to install, maintain and repair renewable energy installations
- Work safely with due care for yourself, others, equipment, materials and the environment
- Access further learning to qualify as a certified service technician in Renewable Energy occupations (see below).
This skills programme is related to the following full qualifications:
- Occupational Certificate: Solar Photovoltaic Service Technician
- Occupational Certificate: Hot Water System Installer (Solar Water Installer)
- Occupational Certificate: Wind Turbine Service Technician
Topic 1: Introduction to Renewable Energy
Topic 2: Overview of Renewable Energy
Topic 3: Legal and economic frameworks
Topic 4: Legislation and regulations for workplace safety pertaining to Renewable Energy
Topic 5: Occupational health and safety legislation
Topic 6: Safety precautions and safe practices for working within industry and PV sites (including electrical burns)
Topic 7: Personal protective equipment
Topic 8: Safety symbols and colour coding
Topic 9: Fundamentals of isolating and locking out equipment and processes
Topic 10: Fundamentals of securing worksites
Topic 11: Protection devices
Topic 12: Causes, prevention and control of fires
Topic 13: Hazard identification and risk principles
Topic 14: Environmental protection and pollution concepts
Topic 15: Incident reporting
Topic 16: Evacuation procedures
Topic 17: Company or worksite safety procedures
Topic 18: Prolonged exposure to radiation (PPE)
Topic 19: Fundamentals of electricity
Topic 20: International System of Units (SI) symbols, atomic structure and electronic terms
Topic 21: Hand tools and power tools
Topic 22: Marking-off equipment
Topic 23: Lifting equipment
Topic 24: Soldering equipment and wiring techniques
Topic 25: Equipment for riveting
Topic 1: Mitigate and respond to hazards
Topic 2: Select, use and care of engineering hand tools
Topic 3: Select, use and care of power tools and equipment
Topic 4: Perform marking-off activities
Topic 5: Select, use and care of mechanical instruments
Topic 6: Rivet materials together
Topic 7: Perform soft soldering activities
Topic 8: Lift loads