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TQ SPSP Academic Skills Training Program

Overview of the Year One Program

This covers courses in English Language, Mathematics, and Health and Safety.

Pattern A: Level Two entry

IH

Level Two English

Level Three English

Level Four English

7

6

5

4

3

2

Technical Mathematics 1

Technical Mathematics 2

Technical Mathematics 3

1

Health and Safety [one trimester only]

 

70 days

70 days

70 days

Pattern B: Level Three entry

IH

Level Three English

Level Four English

Level 5 English

7

6

5

4

3

2

Technical Mathematics 1

Technical Mathematics 2

Technical Mathematics 3

1

Health and Safety [one trimester only]

 

70 days

70 days

70 days

Overview of the year Two and Year Three TQ SPSP Technical Skills Program

 

Year Two

 

Year Three

 

PEO

Crafts [Speciality Awards]

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Sponsoring companies

on-job training

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Performing Engineering Operations

Welding

Electrical

Mechanical

Drilling

Pipe-fitting

Operators

Welding

Electrical

Mechanical

Drilling

Pipe-fitting

Operators

6

5

4

3

2

1

 

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NVQ Level 2

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City and Guilds International Level 3 Award

 

 

 

70 days

70 days

70 days

 

 


Part 1 Summary of the TQ SPSP English Language Program

English Language Program Level 2

This is the entry level to the program [there is no Level 1]

Sub-Program Title

English Language Level 2

Target Level Descriptor

English in a Technical Context: Elementary to low Pre-Intermediate [CEFR A1]

Program Length

Normally 420 hours total [350 when Health and Safety course is taken]

Program Components

Classwork and Computer Assisted Language Learning [CALL]

CALL

70 hours

Core Text

Tech Talk Elementary [V Hollett] Oxford University Press [2003]

Supplementary Texts

Tech Talk Elementary Workbook [J Sydes and B Cross] Oxford University Press [2003]

Keep Writing 1 [R Harrison] Pearson Longman [1989]

Keep Writing 2 [R Harrison] Pearson Longman [1992]

CALL Materials

Longman Interactive

Oxford Essential Dictionary

Entry Criteria

Normally a target score of 40 to 55% against SPSP entry assessment criteria [based on High School results, GIAS assessment, and SPSP English Language and Mathematics entry assessments]

Progress Assessment

Mid-course assessment [including continuous assessment] in four skills [245 IH]

Exit Program Assessment

End of course assessment [including continuous assessment] in four skills [245 IH]

Exit Criteria

Minimum 70% scored across mid-trimester and end of trimester assessments.


English Language Program Level 3

Sub-Program Title

English Language Level 3

Target Level Descriptor

English in a Technical Context: Pre-Intermediate to Intermediate [CEFR A2]

Program Length

Normally 420 hours total [350 when Health and Safety course is taken]

Program Components

Classwork and Computer Assisted Language Learning [CALL]

CALL

70 hours

Core Text

Tech Talk Pre-Intermediate [V Hollett and J Sydes] Oxford University Press [2005]

Supplementary Texts

Tech Talk Pre-Intermediate Workbook [J Sydes] Oxford University Press [2005]

Technical English: Level 1 [D Bonamy] Pearson Longman [2008]

Keep Writing 2 [R Harrison] Pearson Longman [1992]

CALL Materials

Longman Interactive

Oxford Essential Dictionary

Entry Criteria

Successful completion of SPSP Level 2 English Program [pass mark 70%]

Progress Assessment

Mid-course assessment [including continuous assessment] in four skills [245 IH]

Exit Program Assessment

End of course assessment [including continuous assessment] in four skills [245 IH]

Exit Criteria

Minimum 70% scored across mid-trimester and end of trimester assessments.

 

English Language Program Level 4

This is the target exit level for the program.

Sub-Program Title

English Language Level 4

Target Level Descriptor

English in a Technical Context: Intermediate [CEFR B1]

Program Length

Normally 420 hours total [350 when Health and Safety course is taken]

Program Components

Classwork and Computer Assisted Language Learning [CALL]

CALL

70 hours

Core Text

Technical English: Level 2 Course Book [D Bonamy] Pearson Longman [2008]

Supplementary Texts

Technical English: Level 2 Workbook [C Jacques] Pearson Longman [2008]

English for the Energy Industries: Oil, Gas and Petrochemicals Student Book [P Levrai] Garnet Educational [2006]

Oil and Gas 2 [J Naughton and A Pohl] Oxford English for Careers series Oxford University Press [2011]

Technical English; Vocabulary and Grammar [A Pohl and N Brieger] Summertown Publishing [2002]

Other texts may be used as sources for classroom activities, for example:

Technical English: Writing, Reading and Speaking [NA Pickett and A Appleton Laster] Pearson Education Longman

English for Work Series: Everyday Technical English [I Badger] Pearson Education Longman

CALL Materials

Longman Interactive

Oxford Essential Dictionary

Entry Criteria

Successful completion of SPSP Level 3 English Program [pass mark 70%]

Progress Assessment

Mid-course assessment [including continuous assessment] in four skills [245 IH]

Exit Program Assessment

End of course assessment [including continuous assessment] in four skills [245 IH]

Exit Criteria

Minimum 70% scored across mid-trimester and end of trimester assessments.


English Language Program Level 5

Sub-Program Title

English Language Level 5

Target Level Descriptor

English in a Technical Context: Intermediate [CEFR B1 plus]

Program Length

420 hours total

Program Components

Classwork and Computer Assisted Language Learning [CALL]

CALL

70 hours

Core Text

Tech Talk Intermediate [V Hollett and J Sydes] Oxford University Press [2009]

Supplementary Texts

Tech Talk Intermediate Workbook [J Sydes] Oxford University Press [2009]

Oil and Gas 2 [J Naughton and A Pohl] Oxford English for Careers series Oxford University Press [2011]

Technical English; Vocabulary and Grammar [A Pohl and N Brieger] Summertown Publishing [2002]

Other texts may be used as sources for classroom activities, for example:

Technical English: Writing, Reading and Speaking [NA Pickett and A Appleton Laster] Pearson Education Longman

English for Work Series: Everyday Technical English [I Badger] Pearson Education Longman

CALL Materials

Longman Interactive

Oxford Essential Dictionary

English Grammar in Use

Entry Criteria

Successful completion of SPSP Level 4 English Program [pass mark 70%]

Progress Assessment

Mid-course assessment [including continuous assessment] in four skills [245 IH]

Exit Program Assessment

End of course assessment [including continuous assessment] in four skills [245 IH]

Exit Criteria

Minimum 70% scored across mid-trimester and end of trimester assessments.

 

English Language Program General instructional objectives

By the end of the Level Four course [when they graduate into the Technical Training Program] the trainees will be able to communicate fluently and accurately through simple sentences by participating effectively in job-related oral interactions and by communicating effectively in simple written form with colleagues and trainers within the technical workplace.

This entails:

  1. Comprehending underlying meaning in job-related utterances delivered at a normal rate of speech.
  2. Understanding and responding to verbal and written instructions of a general and technical nature.
  3. Demonstrating ability to write grammatically accurate [simple] sentences and paragraphs with only minor errors.
  4. Performing simple job-related writing tasks such as reports on projects, damage, faults, and incidents within the workplace.
  5. Comprehending the underlying meaning of short readings by:

5.1    Reading job-related texts carefully for both global and local comprehension.

5.2    Applying effective reading strategies to locate and use relevant information in order to complete job-related tasks.

  1. Demonstrating active knowledge and understanding of job-related safety, signage, hazards and safety reporting procedures.
  1. Demonstrating a basic knowledge of oil, gas and petrochemical plant, processes and equipment used within the industry.
  1. Demonstrating understanding and knowledge of job-related materials and their properties.

By the end of the Level Four course, the trainees will have developed an adequate active vocabulary of at least 1200 words [1500 words for Level Five] relating to a variety of semi-technical contexts in addition to a vocabulary of specific technical terms and phrases relating to the oil, gas and petrochemical industries [using formal and informal technical and semi-technical job-related terms and expressions appropriately].

Note that the Level Five course has the same objectives as Level Four but these are developed to a more advanced level [CEFR B1 plus].

 

 

Part 2 Summary of the TQ SPSP Mathematics Program

Trimester 1

Sub-Program Title

Technical Mathematics Course 1

Program Length

70 hours total

Program Components

Classwork

Core Text

Elementary Technical Mathematics [D Ewen and CR Nelson] Brooks/Cole CENGAGE Learning [2007/2011]

Topics

Basic concepts

  • Review of operations with whole numbers
  • Review of operations with fractions
  • Review of operations with decimal fractions and percentages

Signed numbers and powers of 10

The metric system

Progress Assessment

Mid-course assessment [including chapter quizzes] [35 IH]

Exit Program Assessment

End of course assessment [including chapter quizzes] [35 IH]

Exit Criteria

Minimum 70% scored across mid-trimester and end of trimester assessments.


 

 

Trimester 2

Sub-Program Title

Technical Mathematics Course 2

Program Length

70 hours total

Program Components

Classwork

Core Text

Elementary Technical Mathematics [D Ewen and CR Nelson] Brooks/Cole CENGAGE Learning [2007/2011]

Topics

Measurement

Polynomials: an introduction to algebra

Equations and formulas

Ratio and proportion

Progress Assessment

Mid-course assessment [including chapter quizzes] [35 IH]

Exit Program Assessment

End of course assessment [including chapter quizzes] [35 IH]

Exit Criteria

Minimum 70% scored across mid-trimester and end of trimester assessments.

Trimester 3

Sub-Program Title

Technical Mathematics Course 1

Program Length

70 hours total

Program Components

Classwork

Core Text

Elementary Technical Mathematics [D Ewen and CR Nelson] Brooks/Cole CENGAGE Learning [2007/2011]

Topics

Graphing linear equations

Systems of linear equations

Geometry

Right-angle trigonometry

Progress Assessment

Mid-course assessment [including chapter quizzes] [35 IH]

Exit Program Assessment

End of course assessment [including chapter quizzes] [35 IH]

Exit Criteria

Minimum 70% scored across mid-trimester and end of trimester assessments.


Part 3 Summary of the TQ SPSP Key Skills Health and Safety Program

Semester 1 [or Semester 2 or Semester 3]

Sub-Program Title

SPSP Health and Safety Course

Program Length

70 hours total

Program Components

Classwork

Core Text

Key Skills Health and Safety Student Workbook [In-house publication]

Topics

Introduction to health and safety

Young driver safety

Introduction to fire safety

Introduction to Personal Protective Equipment [PPE]

Introduction to Control of Substances Hazardous to Health [COSHH]

Introduction to manual handling and first-aid

Introduction to working from heights

Introduction to working with electricity

Writing accident reports

Progress Assessment

Mid-course assessment [including continuous assessment] [35 IH]

Exit Program Assessment

End of course assessment [including continuous assessment] [35 IH]

Exit Criteria

Minimum 70% scored across mid-trimester and end of trimester assessments.

This part of the Key Skills programme relates to the Health and Safety requirements of the Technical Skills PEO Program NVQ Level Two.

 

 

 

Part 4 Summary of the TQ SPSP Technical Training Program

Semester 1

Sub-Program Title

Performing Engineering Operations [PEO] NVQ Level 2 Program

Program Length

490 hours total

Program Components

Classwork and workshop

Core Text

Performing Engineering Operations Coursebook [modular series: in-house production]

Topics

All six trainee trade groups complete the following units

  • Working Safely in an Engineering Environment
  • Working Efficiently and Effectively in Engineering]
  • Using and Communicating Technical Information
  • Producing Components Using Hand Fitting Techniques

In addition, other specific units are covered.

Mechanical, Operations and Drilling trade groups complete a unit on Producing Mechanical Assemblies.

Pipefitting, Operations and Drilling trade groups complete a unit on Forming and Assembling Pipework Systems.

Mechanical trade groups complete a unit on Maintaining Mechanical Devices and Equipment.

Pipefitting trade groups complete a unit on Cutting and Shaping Materials Using Thermal Cutting Equipment

Welding trade groups complete units on

  • Preparing and using Manual Metal Arc Welding Equipment.
  • Preparing and Using Manual MIG, MAG and Other Continuous Wire Welding Equipment.

Electrical trade groups complete

  • Wiring and Testing Electrical Equipment and Circuits.
  • Assembling, Wiring and Testing Electrical Panel/Components Mounted in Enclosures.

Assessment

Each unit is normally assessed by a practical performance test that includes a test of underpinning knowledge and understanding.

Exit Criteria

Successful completion of NVQ Level 2 portfolio confirming basic competence.

 

 

 

Semester 2 and Semester 3 Speciality Awards

There are six separate Speciality Award Programs

Sub-Program Title

Technical Training Drilling Program

Program Length

980 hours total

Program Components

Classroom and workshop

Core Text

Drilling Program Coursebook [modular series: in-house production]

Topics

Rotary rig and components

The bit

Drill string and drill collars

Rotary, Kelly, swivel, tongs,  and Top Drive

Blocks and drilling line

Draw works and compound

Drilling fluids, mud pumps and conditioning/treatment equipment

Diesel engines and electrical power              

Auxiliaries

Safety on the rig

Well control equipment

Casing and tubing tools, subs, fishing, others

Assessment

Each component is tested by a written [theory] test and a performance test.

Exit Criteria

Minimum written test score 70% and minimum  performance test score 80%

 

 

 

Sub-Program Title

Technical Training Electrical Program

Program Length

980 hours total

Program Components

Classroom and workshop

Core Text

Electrical Program Coursebook [modular series: in-house production]

Topics

Electrical principles

Maintaining lighting systems

Maintaining battery systems

Troubleshooting power distribution systems

Installing and testing motors

Troubleshooting motor control circuits

Troubleshooting an electrical control system

Maintaining operated valves

Assessment

Each component is tested by a written [theory] test and a performance test.

Exit Criteria

Minimum written test score 70% and minimum  performance test score 80%


 

 

Sub-Program Title

Technical Training Mechanical Program

Program Length

980 hours total

Program Components

Classroom and workshop

Core Text

Mechanical Program Coursebook [modular series: in-house production]

Topics

Using rigging and lifting equipment

Operating a centre lathe

Manufacturing and replacing gaskets and replacing packing and seals

Performing maintenance on shafts, keys and couplings

Maintaining bearings and lubrication systems

Maintaining valves

Maintaining transmission systems

Maintaining pumps and aligning motors

Overhauling a reciprocating compressor

Assessment

Each component is tested by a written [theory] test and a performance test.

Exit Criteria

Minimum written test score 70% and minimum  performance test score 80%


 

 

Sub-Program Title

Technical Training Operations Program

Program Length

980 hours total

Program Components

Classroom and workshop plus simulator room

Core Text

Operations Program Coursebook [modular series: in-house production]

Topics

Orientation to operations

Describing hydrocarbon processing fundamentals

Describing plant safety hazards and protection

Describing rotating equipment

Describing process equipment

Interpreting plant process drawing

Operating a plant simulator [*]

Describing gas-oil recovery and processing

Describing plant personnel duties and responsibilities

Training on tank simulator [*]

Training on distillation simulator [*]

Training boiler simulator [*]

Training on heat exchanger pilot rig/three-phase separator [*]

Training on distillation pilot plant rig/wastewater treatment [*]

Training on air compressor pilot plant rig [*]

Assessment

Each component is tested by a written [theory] test and some components [*] by an additional performance test

Exit Criteria

Minimum written test score 70% and minimum performance test score 80%


 

 

Sub-Program Title

Technical Training Pipefitting Program

Program Length

980 hours total

Program Components

Classroom and workshop

Core Text

Pipefitting Program Coursebook [modular series: in-house production]

Topics

Rigging and scaffolding

Non-metallic pipe

Heat exchangers

Pipe fabrication drawings

Oxyacetylene cutting

Maintaining piping systems [*]

Pipe bending

Threaded pipe spools

Welded pipe spools

Assessment

Each component is tested by a performance test and, in one case, a written [theory] test [*]

Exit Criteria

Minimum written test score 70% and minimum performance test score 80%


 

 

Sub-Program Title

Technical Training Welding Program

Program Length

980 hours total

Program Components

Classroom and workshop

Core Text

Welding Program Coursebook [modular series: in-house production]

Topics

Shop skills

Oxyacetylene equipment

Arc welding

Fillet welds

Butt welds

Pipe welding

Introduction to gas tungsten arc welding

Assessment

Each component is tested by a written [theory] test and a performance test

Exit Criteria

Minimum written test score 70% and minimum performance test score 80%

The institutional Technical Training year is followed by a third year of on-job training [at the trainee’s sponsoring company] leading to NVQ Level 3.

 

 

 

Part 5 Summary of the TQ SPSP Technical Level 3 Certification Program

During the SPSP Specialised Award, trainees will receive preparation to carry out assignments, internal written assessments and external examinations that recognize their knowledge and skills at Level 3 within the UK qualifications framework.

The following Level 3 qualifications are dependent on the actual job role allocation in the workplace. Completion of the Level 3 certification and graduation from SPSP trainees will exit to the workplace for a period of on-the-job-training [OJT] and orientation with their sponsor companies.

Sub-Program Title

City and Guilds Level 3 Certificate in Process Technology [Drilling and Operations]

Program Length

6 – 12 months

Program Components

Theoretical study, practical assignments and written examinations

Core Text

Awarding Organisation Unit Standards and various supporting technical text

Topics

Mathematics

Communications and IT

Process Chemistry

Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow

Steam Generation and Distribution

Distillation in the Process Industry

Compressors and Compression Technology

Effective Working Relationships

Petroleum Technology

Assessment

Each component is assessed during performance and knowledge activities in accordance with workplace practices and procedures and awarding organisation requirements

Exit Criteria

Satisfactory performance of statements and scope within qualification standards. All work must be assessed and verified internally by qualified personnel and externally verified by an awarding organisation representative.

Awarding centre and candidates must be registered through an awarding organisation.

 

 

 

 

Sub-Program Title

City and Guilds Level 3 Certificate in Construction Engineering [Pipefitting, Mechanical and Welding Technicians]

Program Length

6 – 12 months

Program Components

Theoretical study, practical assignments and written examinations

Core Text

Awarding Organisation Unit Standards and various supporting technical text

Topics

Core Unit [all specialities] – Develop Self and Comply with Safety Requirements

Pipefitting

Interpreting Information and Marking Out Pipework

Preparation Joining and Erection of Pipework Assemblies

Fabrication and Installation of Pipework Systems

Mechanical

Preparing for and Inspecting Fitting Operations

Fitting by Filing and Sawing

Fitting by Drilling, Reaming and Threading

Fitting by Machining and Assembling

Welding

Preparing and Quality Controlling the Welding Operation

Welding With Manual Metal Arc Process

Welding With TIG / TAG Gas Shielded Welding Process

Assessment

Each component is assessed during performance and knowledge activities in accordance with workplace practices and procedures

Exit Criteria

Satisfactory performance of statements and scope within qualification standards. All work must be assessed and verified internally by qualified personnel and externally verified by an awarding organisation representative.

Awarding centre and candidates must be registered through an awarding organisation.


 

 

 

Sub-Program Title

City and Guilds Level 3 Certificate in Engineering [Electrical Technician]

Program Length

6 – 12 months

Program Components

Theoretical study, practical assignments and written / multi-choice examinations

Core Text

Awarding Organisation Unit Standards and various supporting technical text

Topics 

Working Effectively and Safely in an Engineering Environment

Engineering Principles and Practice

Principles of Electrical Engineering

Electrical Equipment and Systems

Utilities Systems

Detailed Fitting

Assessment

Each component is assessed during performance and knowledge activities in accordance with workplace practices and procedures

Exit Criteria

Satisfactory performance of statements and scope within qualification standards. All work must be assessed and verified internally by qualified personnel and externally verified by an awarding organisation representative.

Awarding centre and candidates must be registered through an awarding organisation.

 

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