Hire Equipment Service Technician (HEST) - electrical testing of plant and hire equipment


Overview
The purpose of this standard is to give the Hire Service technician the required skills and knowledge to safely complete inspections of specified equipment, identify specific faults and record findings.

Title 

Hire Equipment Service Technician (HEST) - Electrical testing of plant and hire equipment 

Duration 

Minimum 1 day of 6 learning hours  

Purpose/ 
scope 

The purpose of this standard is to give the Hire Service technician the required skills and knowledge to safely complete inspections of specified equipment, identify specific faults and record findings. 

Section 6 of the Health and Safety at Work Act - hire companies have broad responsibilities for the safety of the products they hire out. This includes (so far as reasonably practicable) pre-hire testing and inspection to ensure continued safety, and the provision of information 

Scope:  

  • Understand Electricity: terminology, Ohms Law and basic calculations PLUS be able to calculate watts, amps and kVA for typical hire equipment 
  • Understand Motor theory – brush and brushless motors and be able to operate training motors, strip double insulated machine and identify components 
  • Understand the best/safest means of testing power supplies, plugs, cables, switches and motors and be able to use a multimeter for a variety of tasks including: self-check, continuity testing and voltage testing 
  • Understand relevant legislation, the purpose and significance of: 
  • risk assessments;  
  • test bays; 
  • Visual Inspections,  
  • Test procedures,  
  • Operational checks  

and be able to: 

  • use Clare B255 or equivalent machine;   
  • Identify different machine classifications  
  • complete tests A, B, C and D  
  • use Kewtech KT56 to complete RCD tests 
  • Review service check-list by product and product group and be able to: 
  •  complete inspections of specified equipment 
  • identify specific faults  
  • record findings (e.g. anti-scald on wallpaper strippers) 

Occupational relevance 

Training delivered against this standard would be relevant to the following occupational group(s): 

  • operative and craft 
  • supervision 

Candidate 
pre-requisites 

There are no candidate pre-requisites as part of this standard. However, a basic knowledge of terminology and techniques would be beneficial. 

Instruction/ supervision 

As a minimum, course instructors must be able to demonstrate that, in relation to this standard, they have: 

  • a qualified trainer 
  • be a qualified plant mechanic (VQ level 2) 
  • a verifiable CV 

Delivery 

Delivery will be in an off the job environment. 

All materials and equipment must be of a suitable quality and quantity for candidates to achieve learning outcomes and must comply with relevant legislation. 

The class size and candidate/instructor ratio must allow training to be delivered in a safe manner and enable candidates to achieve the learning outcomes. 

The following delivery methods may be used in the delivery of this standard: 

  • a blend of classroom and e-learning 

This standard is considered to contain 51% or more theoretical learning.  

This standard is considered to be set at an intermediate level. 

Assessment 

For the successful completion of training, the trainer must be satisfied that the candidate has achieved all of the learning outcomes. 

Quality assurance 

Assured 

Quality assurance against this standard will require initial approval of the training organisation and their content mapped to the standard.  

CITB will also conduct an approval intervention, either desk-based or centre visit, to ensure the training organisation can meet the requirements of the training standard.  

Approved training organisations (ATOs) will be required to present information on records of training and assessment upon request to CITB for desk based analysis. They will also be visited annually by the CITB quality assurance team. 

Renewal 

Non-mandatory refresher every 3 years  

Approval date 

March 2020 

Review cycle 

Either on request or 3 years from approval date 

Learning outcomes

The candidate will be able to: 

Additional guidance to support learning outcome  

 

Understand Electricity 

Understand Motor theory 

 

 

Understand the best/safest means of testing power 

 

Understand relevant legislation 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Use relevant test equipment 

 

 

 

 

Review service check-list by product and product group and be able to: 

Calculate watts, amps and kVA for typical hire equipment 

Operate training motors, strip double insulated machine and identify components - supplies, plugs, cables, switches and motors 

 Use a multimeter for a variety of tasks including: self-check, continuity testing and voltage testing 

 

The purpose and significance of: 

  • risk assessments;  
  • test bays; 
  • Visual Inspections,  
  • Test procedures,  
  • Operational checks  

 

Clare B255 or equivalent machine;   

Identify different machine classifications  

Complete tests A, B, C and D  

Kewtech KT56 to complete RCD tests 

 

Complete inspections of specified equipment 

Identify specific faults  

Record findings (e.g. anti-scald on wallpaper strippers) 

Legislation 

Describe employer’s duty under Section 6 of the Health and Safety at Work Act  

Useful guidance available in HAE Safety Guidance notes - 

1000   Portable appliance testing - guidance 

1001   Cable reels - extension cables 

1002   Transformers - site - 3phase & single 

1003   Transformers - portable 230v 

1004   RCD - residual current devices 

1013   Generator - Petrol 

1014   Generator - Diesel 

1015   Generators - small 230v systems  

1021   Lighting - festoon & flood - 110/230v