Unit 44: Plant Maintenance and Decommissioning



Unit 44:

Plant Maintenance and

 

 

Decommissioning


Unit code:
H/601/1439

QCF level:
4


Credit value:
15






Aim

This unit will develop learners’ understanding of the types and need for maintenance of engineering plant and the skills needed to prepare maintenance procedures and evaluate decommissioning procedures.

Unit abstract

This unit will examine a number of recognised engineering maintenance procedures which can be adapted to any engineering plant equipment environment.

Based on an understanding of maintenance procedures and policies, learners will be expected to identify good practice. They should then be able to devise a maintenance procedure and a management strategy for engineering plant and equipment in the workplace.

Within the chemical, oil, gas, nuclear and allied industries the need to undertake decommissioning of plant is increasingly important and the final learning outcome of this unit is designed to evaluate the decommissioning procedure.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit a learner will:

1      Understand the need for and types of maintenance associated with engineering plant and equipment

2      Be able to prepare and evaluate maintenance procedures and related documentation for engineering plant

3      Be able to identify and evaluate decommissioning procedures for engineering plant.


Unit content



1      Understand the need for and types of maintenance associated with engineering plant and equipment

Need for maintenance: efficiency; extended operating life; uptime, downtime, mean time between failure; legal requirements

Type of maintenance: planned; preventative; predictive; scheduled; unscheduled; corrective; emergency; requirements for monitoring eg use of training manuals, schedules

Health and safety: national regulations and standards; safety and environmental requirements in relation to maintenance operations

2      Be able to prepare and evaluate maintenance procedures and related documentation for engineering plant

Maintenance procedures: type; company and industry standards and practices; activities

Management strategies: identification and management of resource requirements eg personnel, supporting equipment, facilities, materials; costs and maintenance documentation eg communicating information, plans and schedules; evaluation criteria


3      Be able to identify and evaluate decommissioning procedures for engineering plant

Decommissioning: equipment identification; complete or part decommission; disposal; decommissioning requirements eg health and safety, environmental; plans and schedules; resources; evaluation criteria

Information and recording: resource planning; programming and sequencing; regulations compliance; recording maintenance processes; safety; sustainability and environmental issues; evaluation criteria





Learning outcomes and assessment criteria


Learning outcomes
Assessment criteria for pass


On successful completion of
The learner can:


this unit a learner will:










LO1 Understand the need for and

1.1
explain need for maintenance of plant in an engineering


types of maintenance


environment


associated with engineering

1.2
describe the types of maintenance associated with


plant and equipment





engineering plant and equipment









1.3
determine and explain the requirements for monitoring





of maintenance procedures




1.4
specify the health and safety requirements in relation to





maintenance








LO2 Be able to prepare and

2.1
justify and prepare maintenance procedures for a given


evaluate maintenance


plant engineering situation


procedures and related

2.2
determine resource requirements, identify costs and


documentation for





prepare maintenance documentation


engineering plant











2.3
evaluate maintenance procedures against relevant





criteria







LO3 Be able to identify and

3.1
identify the appropriate decommissioning requirements


evaluate decommissioning


and procedures


procedures for engineering

3.2
ensure compliance of all information and recording


plant





processes









3.3
determine appropriate criteria for evaluating both





procedures




3.4
evaluate decommissioning procedures against relevant





criteria.









Guidance

Links

The unit can stand alone but may be linked with other units including Unit 7: Business Management Techniques for Engineers and Unit 45: Plant Operations and Performance.

The unit can also be linked to the SEMTA National Occupational Standards in Engineering Management, particularly Unit 4.24: Propose Decommissioning of Engineering Equipment, Processes or Facilities.

Essential requirements

Centres delivering this unit will need access to industrial-standard software packages incorporating systems for maintenance management.

Employer engagement and vocational contexts

Liaison with plant engineering and process companies would be useful to give learners the opportunity to witness actual maintenance activities first hand.








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