ROCK BREAKER COURSE

National Certificate: Mining Operations Underground Hard Rock

(Rock Breaker Certificate: Saqa Id: 58739 and 58760)

Learners acquiring this qualification will have an improved understanding of their role and will acquire the applied competencies to consistently and effectively execute their duties by contributing to the mining process and adhering to quality, occupational safety and legislative requirements.

Qualifying learners will obtain the National Certificate in Rockbreaking Underground Hard rock NQF Level 3 which will enable them to conduct blasting operations in an underground mine and direct the supervision of the production teams involved in the safe breaking, removal and support of rock or mineral.

Course Content:

Module 1:  Introduction

244403: Analyse and solve problems

14656: Demonstrate an understanding of sexuality and sexually transmitted infections including HIV/AIDS

244431: Demonstrate an understanding of typical basic underground hard rock mining services, processes and layouts

110417:  Demonstrate an understanding of typical basic underground hard rock mining processes and layouts

244448: Extinguish a fire by means of a portable fire extinguisher

244458: Demonstrate an understanding of legal terms and requirements related to rockbreaking operations

119567: Perform basic life support and first aid procedures

Module 2: Health and Safety

244445: Follow basic health and safety practices underground

244449: Plan, organise, lead and control activities

115087: Conduct a preliminary incident investigation into workplace health, safety and environmental incidents

244383: Conduct continuous hazard identification and risk assessment within a workplace

244383: Conduct an issue-based risk assessment within an underground workplace

 

Module 3: Surface to Waiting Place

Office Duty

Change house Duty

Lamp room duty

Shaft on surface duty

Shaft underground duty

From shaft to waiting place

Waiting place procedure

 

Module 4: Entry examination

244416: Make safe a workplace by means of barring

244422: Demonstrate knowledge of the most common harmful gases and vapours

244433: Test for flammable gas in a mining environment by means of a hand held electronic instrument and take appropriate action.

244405: Determine environment thermal conditions in an underground workplace by means of a whirling hygrometer and take appropriate action

244368: Determine velocity of air in a workplace by means of the tape method and take appropriate action.

Module 5: Face Preparation

115750: Demonstrate a basic understanding of the causes of falls of ground

244453: Demonstrate an understanding of the identification of and dealing with rock strata conditions

244486: Identify and deal with rock strata conditions pertaining to daily mining operations within an underground-working place

257059: Prepare and mark off work area for drilling.

 

Module 6: Marking

244461: Mark shot and pilot holes in an underground mine

244361: Mark service holes underground

244479: Mark shot holes for secondary blasting

 

Module 7: Support

244385: Support an underground working place by means of elongated support units that are hydraulically stressed

244450: Support an underground working place by means of anchors placed into drilled holes

244370: Support an underground working place by means of area coverage of the rock surface

253014: Achieve and maintain mining excavation stability with tendon support installation

244380: Support an underground working place by means of temporary support units

244420: Support an underground working place by means of packs.

 

Module 8: Drilling

257023: Co-ordinate drilling and blasting operations

244415: Drill holes underground by means of a hand-held rock drill

244470: Demonstrate understanding of the principles of blasting operations and rock breaking techniques in an underground hard rock environment.

 

Module 9: Explosives

244378: Receive, handle, store and issue explosives and accessories at a workplace

244429: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of blasting products and their usage in an underground hard rock environment

257022: Make up primer and charge holes.

 

Module 10:  Charging up procedure

10550:  Charge shot holes with bulk explosives

244488: Time, connect and initiate a blast of a development end using shock tube

244487: Break rocks by means of blasting

244483: Remove hazardous ground and installed support by means of blasting

244443: Charge shot holes with primed explosives

244401: Charge shot holes with propellant based cartridges and accessories

244424: Time a blasting round or circuit on a face where electric/electronic delay detonators are used

244421: Time a blasting round or circuit on a face where conventional fuses are used

244457:  Time connect and initiate a blast of a stope face using fuses and igniter cord

244489: Time connect and initiate a blast of a stope face using electric/electronic delay detonators

244457: Time connect and initiate a blast of a development end using fuses and igniter cord

244489: Time connect and initiate a blast of a development end using elctric/electronic delay detonators

244384: Time a blasting round or circuit on a face where shock tubes are used

244465: Blast a misfire in a development end during the shift

244463: Connect and initiate a blast of a stope face using shock tube

244460: Install an initiating system used in blasting operations underground

244473: Remove an obstruction from an orepass by means of blasting

244464:  Destroy old explosives in the workplace.

 

Module 11: Cleaning Procedures

244417: Assemble and maintain scraper cleaning equipment and rigging

244360: Remove broken rock by means of a scraper winch in an underground workplace

244444: Remove broken rock by means of a track-bound mechanical loader

254577: Take charge of and drive a trackless mobile machine in an underground mine

244399: Transport broken rock by means of a diesel-powered dump truck in an underground mine

10636: Transfer broken rock by means of a diesel-powered Load Haul Dumper (LHD) in an underground mine

 

Module 12: General construction Pipes and Tracks

244408: Install and remove pipes and accessories

244405: Determine environment thermal conditions in an underground workplace by means of a whirling hygrometer and take appropriate action

244368: Determine velocity of air in a workplace by means of the tape method and take appropriate action

244434: Install and remove ventilation columns and accessories

244390: Install and remove ventilation columns, service columns and accessories by utilizing a scissor lift

244425: Install underground workplace ventilation controls

10741: Replace an in-line ventilation fan in an underground environment

244398: Install a set of rails in an underground workplace

244379: Install a rail turn-out in an underground workplace

 

Module 13: General Construction

244386: Transport material and equipment by means of a mono rope system

244430: Install a stope grizzly

244426: Install a stope box front and chute

244398: Install a set of rails in an underground workplace

244379: Install a rail turn-out in an underground workplace

244363: Install a mono rope system

244410: Construct and install platform

244411: Construct an underground ladder-way.

Module 14: Measuring and End of shift procedure

244432: Measure, plot and interpret area measurements within an underground workplace

End of shift duties at waiting Place and Office.

 

Scheduled course dates

COURSE SCHEDULE ROCK BREAKER 2015 to 2016

Course Nomination

Course Nomination Form Geostrat

Cost

Training cost per learner: R300.00 per day per learner excluding Vat (14%)

 

Assessment Process

Following successful completion of the knowledge, practical and work experience components, assessment is then conducted as a separate exercise and additional cost.  Past work experience can be taken into account. Assessment is site specific and up to 3 candidates at the same level for assessment on the same site, can be assessed at the same time.  The assessment charges vary due to time taken, travel, accommodation, etc., but the estimated costs could be around R19750 + VAT + travel/accommodation if the whole Rockbreaking qualification is assessed together (takes about 5 working days)

As this is assessment against a qualification, there would need to be a Service Level Agreement with the employer as well as a Learning Programme Agreement in order to register the candidate’s achievements with the MQA. The Rockbreaking Qualification is also registered as a Learnership and discretionary grants are available from MQA relating to the Rockbreaking qualification, as well as tax benefits available from SARS for the Employer relating to Learnerships – further information concerning the Non-Artisan Learnership grants can be obtained from the MQA website:    www.mqa.org.za. It is essential that your employer is aware of what you intend to do, please discuss your intentions with your supervisor/training/HR department.

 

All interested parties to send an email to info@geostrat.co.za / ian@geostrat.co.za requesting all the necessary documentation to register on the course