National Occupational Standards

Process Engineering Maintenance (Instrument and Control) Level 3

Revision: May 2010

Aim and objectives:

The Process Engineering Maintenance (Instrument and Control) Level 3 National Occupational Standards (NOS) define the expected level of performance, knowledge, understanding and behaviour an individual must achieve when carrying out instrument and control engineering maintenance in the workplace. The standards will act as benchmarks for assessing and monitoring on the job competence.

Target audience:

This standard has been designed for individuals who currently work within a process engineering environment at technical level and/or for individuals who are participating in a development programme which would lead to the individual becoming an instrument and control maintenance technician.

Qualifications:

The standards form part of Level 3 SVQ/NVQ Process Engineering Maintenance (Electrical).

Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) and National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) provide recognition of an individual’s ability to work in real work conditions. Quality assured certificates of competence for SVQs/NVQs are issued by Awarding Bodies / Organisations.

The SVQ Process Engineering Maintenance (Instrument and Control) Level 3 is jointly awarded by SQA and OPITO. The Process Engineering Maintenance L3 NVQ Certificate (QCF) is awarded by PAA\VQ-SET.

Assessment:

Organisations implementing SVQs/NVQs should refer to the Oil and Gas Industry Competence Assessment and Verification Guidelines. Organisations implementing the SVQ must comply with the OPITO Assessment and Verification Strategy for Upstream Oil and Gas SVQs. Organisations should also refer to the relevant Awarding Body/Organisation guides.

The full standard and mandatory standards/units to be completed are available to view and download.

  • PEM NOS 8 Handover process engineering plant and equipment
  • PEM NOS 9 Reinstate the work area after completing the maintenance of process engineering plant and equipment
  • PEM NOS 10 Minimise risks to life, property and the environment
  • PEM NOS 11 Work safely, minimise risk and comply with emergency procedures
  • PEM NOS 12 Contribute to effective working relationships
  • PEM NOS 43 Carry out planned maintenance procedures on instrument and control systems
  • PEM NOS 44 Deal with variations and defects in instrument and control systems
  • PEM NOS 45 Diagnose and determine the cause of faults in instrument and control systems

Optional A units – two standards/units to be completed:

  • PEM NOS 13 Prepare work areas for engineering activities
  • PEM NOS 46 Prepare equipment required for maintaining instrument control systems
  • PEM NOS 47 Prepare materials required for maintaining instrument control systems
  • PEM NOS 48 Adjust instrument and control systems to meet operational requirements
  • PEM NOS 49 Remove components from instrument and control systems
  • PEM NOS 50 Replace components from instrument and control systems
  • PEM NOS 51 Determine the feasibility of repair of components from instrument and control systems

Optional B standards/units – two units to be completed:

  • PEM NOS 75 Interpret detailed mechanical information from technical sources
  • PEM NOS 76 Read and extract information from mechanical engineering drawings and specifications
  • PEM NOS 52 Interpret detailed instrument and control information and control engineering drawings and specifications
  • PEM NOS 53 Read and extract information from instrument and control engineering drawings and specifications
  • PEM NOS 54 Identify and suggest improvements to working practices and procedures whilst maintaining instrument and control systems
  • PEM NOS 55 Establish than an instrument and control engineering maintenance process has been completed to specification
  • PEM NOS 56 Test the performance and condition of instrument and control systems
  • PEM NOS 57 Monitor the performance and condition of instrument and control systems
  • PEM NOS 58 Assess the performance and condition of instrument and control systems
  • PEM NOS 59 Inspect instrument and control systems

Stay up to date with OPITO news by subscribing to our newsletter

Sign Up