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|SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY|
|National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Machining and Tooling|
|SAQA QUAL ID||QUALIFICATION TITLE|
|91926||National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Machining and Tooling|
|SGB Generic Manufacturing, Engineering, Technology|
|PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY||NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK|
|The individual Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary for each Learning Programme recorded against this qualification is shown in the table at the end of this report.||OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework|
|National Certificate||Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology||Engineering and Related Design|
|ABET BAND||MINIMUM CREDITS||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||QUAL CLASS|
|Undefined||132||Level 3||NQF Level 03||Regular-Unit Stds Based|
|REGISTRATION STATUS||SAQA DECISION NUMBER||REGISTRATION START DATE||REGISTRATION END DATE|
|LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT||LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT|
|In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.|
This qualification does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification.
|PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION|
The purpose of the qualification is to provide learners, education and training providers and employers with the standards and the range of learning required to work effectively in various industries making use of engineering machining skills to meet the challenges of such an environment.
The primary skill that is recognised in this qualification is the ability to produce components of some complexity using a variety of machining methods. This capability requires an understanding of advanced machining theory, detailed engineering drawings and a variety of tests and treatments used on engineering metals. Hand skills play a large role in this qualification.
Qualifying learners will be able to maintain and support the various policies and procedures related to the safety, health, environment and quality systems that govern their workplace.
Qualifying learners at NQF Level 3 will be able to:
The qualification addresses needs as identified in the machining disciplines as part of the mechanical engineering sector to ensure that there is a capacity to meet the growth demand of the sector. The mechanical engineering sector broadly refers to manufacturing plants, processing plant and other industrial operations, ensuring that production efficiencies, plant and machine availability and quality of output are consistently maintained in support of competitiveness. This occupational qualification serves the need of the society and the economy by providing engineering support services in the manufacture and maintenance of machinery, plant and engineering systems in industries such as:
The industries within these sectors include specific needs related to amongst others:
The range of typical learners at this level could include individuals preparing for occupations or trades as:
This mechanical engineering qualification provides the learner with the intermediate skills, knowledge and competencies that are required within the machining environment providing a common set of specialisation skills in Machining, Tool, Die, Mould and Jig Making at NQF Level 3. This leads to further specialisations within each of these categories at a NQF Level 4.
This qualification could assist with the achievement of national governmental and industrial development policies and strategies to grow the pool of scarce and other related skills in support of sustainable economic growth. People working in the engineering machining field require specialized technical skills and knowledge, as well as highly developed hand skills in order to adapt to and meet the requirements of the constantly changing products that must be manufactured. Through its design, this qualification will meet the needs of learners within the mechanical engineering sector who require technical expertise and essential knowledge needed to earn formal qualifications. This qualification facilitates access for previously disadvantaged groups and other learners to acquire the technical knowledge and skills that are required as well as provide access and mobility into higher-level more specialised occupations. This will allow the learner greater employability and support the development of small, medium enterprises (SME).
|LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING|
|This qualification assumes learners have a national certificate in engineering NQF Level 2 or equivalent.
If the learner does not already have such a qualification, learning in preparation for this qualification would also have to include:
Recognition of Prior Learning:
This qualification can be obtained wholly or in part through the recognition of prior learning (RPL). The learner should be thoroughly briefed on the process. Support and guidance should be provided. The process should not be so onerous as to prevent learners from taking up the RPL option in obtaining the qualification.
Access to the Qualification:
|RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING?|
|The Fundamental Component which are all compulsory consisting of unit standards in:
The Core Component consists of Unit Standards to the value of 63 credits all of which are compulsory.
The Elective Component makes provision for specialisations such as tooling, machining, CNC etc. from which a selection of unit standards to the value of 33 credits can be chosen to make up the total of 132 credits to achieve the qualification. These 33 credits could be chosen as clusters of unit standards from Chemical, Tooling, Machining or any other metal or other industries in order to facilitate specialisations or the registration of learning programmes in specialisation areas.
Turning (Machining) (Chemical Industry) (Learning Programme ID 92020):
Learners must do Unit Standard ID 244077 and must choose additional Elective Unit Standards from the list below to give a minimum of 33 credits for the Elective Component:
Category; ID: Unit Standard Title; Level; Credits:
Total: 37 Credits.
|EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES|
|On completion of this Qualification learners are able to:
1. Produce components using simple machining processes to meet operational and output requirements in accordance with legal, health, safety and environmental requirements.
2. Conduct process control activities to ensure quality control and continuous improvement to comply with specifications.
3. Communicate with peers, customers and members of supervisory/management levels by demonstrating the ability to gather and summarise information from a range of sources and produce coherent presentations in a prescribed format.
Critical Cross Field Outcomes:
The critical cross-field outcomes are supported by the exit level outcomes as follows:
Identifying and solving problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical thinking have been made:
Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organization and community:
Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively:
Collecting, analyzing, organizing and critically evaluating information:
Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills:
Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others when:
Demonstrating an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation when:
|ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA|
|Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:
1.1 A process plan and an operation sheet are developed in accordance with operational procedures.
1.2 Detailed engineering drawings are produced and interpreted in order to manufacture a component in accordance with specified requirements.
1.3 Components are produced in accordance with safe working practices reflecting care for fellow workers and the environment.
1.4 Maintenance and house keeping activities are undertaken during the production of components.
1.5 Components are produced in accordance with output requirements.
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:
2.1 Inspection methods are selected and applied to determine component compliance with specifications.
2.2 Common problems within a machining environment are solved by using appropriate procedures.
2.3 Process adjustment requirements are identified in collaboration with team members.
2.4 Inspection measurement data are produced, evaluated and presented in accordance with recording requirements.
2.5 Process control activities are done within a clearly defined context with some scope for personal decision-making and responsibility.
2.6 Process control activities are undertaken reflecting that the output and quality requirements have been met.
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:
3.1 Information is gathered from a range of sources and accurately summarised into a prescribed format.
3.2 Information is clear and accurate and presented in a timely manner in the required format to appropriate parties.
3.3 Relationships with peers and supervisory/management levels are established and functioning.
3.4 The process and outcomes of the component manufacturing are discussed to reflect technical and non-technical communication skills.
3.5 The options for further learning in this or a related field of study are discussed to reflect an understanding of further development, specialisations and preparation requirements for such learning.
|The National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering NQF Level 2 is the first of a learning path of three consecutive qualifications which culminate in the Further Education and Training Certificate Mechanical Engineering Machining and Tooling NQF Level 4. The international qualifications found, do not lead to three different qualifications, but culminate in one qualification over a four-year period (in most cases).
It is only in the vocational context, that we find the tendency to "break up" the traditional trades into levels of learning. This practice is endemic of those countries which have a close association with outcomes-based methodology and standards-based qualifications development.
The mechanical engineering qualifications (NQF Level 2, NQF Level 3 and NQF Level 4 respectively) collectively compare well to similar apprenticeship and vocational education and training (VET) international qualifications.
In benchmarking the Mechanical Engineering qualifications at Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4, against international qualifications, examples in different parts of the world were investigated for their generic mechanical engineering content (excluding specialised sub-fields):
New Zealand (www.kiwiquals.govt.nz) in terms of the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF):
Australia (www.ntis.gov.au) in terms of the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF):
The following information was obtained on the website: http://www.ntis.au (National Information Training System) with regards to qualifications in mechanical engineering training streams in Australia.
"Australian Apprenticeships" is the new name for the scheme formerly known as 'New Apprenticeships'.
Australian Apprenticeships encompass all apprenticeships and traineeships. They combine time at work with training and can be full-time, part-time or school-based.
The change of name and appearance is the first step in a range of improvements to be introduced in Australian Apprenticeships. The qualifications for machining and tooling cover:
United Kingdom (England and Scotland) - from www.ecitb.org.uk:
The qualification from the National and Scottish Vocational Qualifications (N/SVQ) which relates to standards-based programme is the N/SVQ Maintaining Plant and Systems - Mechanical. This programme is the closest programme related to the Machining and Tooling NQF Level 2 - 4. It comprises:
Southern African Development Community (SADC) - Zimbabwe and Botswana:
Alignment with the United Kingdom's model of Vocational Education and Training (VET), through the London City and Guilds qualification framework and the National Vocational Qualification system (NVQ)-The Botswana National Qualifications Act was passed in 1998. At this present time, focus on the development of standards-based qualifications through a Botswana Vocation Education and Training System (BVET) has revolved around the Wholesale and Retail and Tourism sectors.
Currently, machinists in Botswana are trained through the apprenticeship system. The length and duration of the practical and theoretical components differ slightly to the South African apprenticeship system, but the learning competencies are similar, with a focus on the predominant diamond mining and small local manufacturing and engineering industries.
East African Community (EAC):
The three member states of the EAC; Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, are in the process of the harmonisation of education and training systems within the EAC. Currently, no qualification infrastructure exists.
Information regarding training was also found on the website of the British Columbia Institute of Technology (www.bcit.ca), the College of The Rockies (www.cotr.bc.ca) and North Alberta Institute of Technology (www.nait.ca). The full machinists qualification is obtained over a four-year period. The "job description" of the machinists is in essence similar in the international arena. Machinists produce, repair and maintain all types of machinery and tools".
Conclusion: The Canadian qualifications related to machining can be used interchangeably with the qualifications developed for the South African manufacturing and engineering industries, serving a similar purpose.
In the United States model, the machining qualification is achieved over a four-year period and is similar to the traditional apprenticeship system in South Africa. The methodology is competency-based as opposed to outcomes-based.
The programme content however, is similar to the broad context of Mechanical Engineering Machining and Tooling Levels 2, 3 and 4.
Conclusion: The reviewed machining and tooling qualifications NQF Level 2, NQF Level 3 and NQF Level 4 are in line with the US example for year 1/2 of the apprenticeship programme.
Comparisons with National Certificate Mechanical Engineering NQF Level 2, NQF Level 3 and NQF Level 4.
The National Certificate Mechanical Engineering qualifications compares well to all the qualifications investigated with an overarching comparison covering:
The qualifications from the various countries all address the range of mechanical competencies included in NQF Level 2, NQF Level 3 and NQF Level 4.
The international qualifications all address a progression of competencies, e.g. Introduction to mechanical engineering technology and process and the demonstration of the ability to assemble, remove and replace components. The content of the first/second year/level of the machining and tooling qualifications across the globe, relates favourably to the content of Mechanical Engineering qualifications and the learning assumed to be in place:
Demonstrate Work Practices:
> Explain federal/provincial/state/territory's occupational health and safety regulations.
> Explain environmental regulations.
> Use personal protective equipment.
> Maintain safe working area.
> Describe fire prevention and control.
> Identify ergonomic considerations.
> Use communication and team skills.
> Interpret plans and sketches.
> Use references resources.
> Describe principles of metallurgy.
> Use fasteners.
> Use hand tools.
> Use measuring and layout tools and instruments.
> Use power tools.
> Use fixed shop machines and equipment.
> Use mobile equipment.
The outcomes of the Mechanical Engineering: Machining and Tooling certificates at NQF Level 2, NQF Level 3 and NQF Level 4 developed for South Africa compares favourably with the rest of the international community and by every indication, is compatible with those countries who engage with outcomes-and standards-based qualifications.
|The qualification was designed to enable qualifying learners to move from one engineering context to another and still get recognition for successful learning achievements in the previous context. This means that credit accumulation towards certification could be obtained across industries.
Core learning at this level applies to equivalent credit accrual for some unit standards in the following qualifications:
Other horizontal articulation options may exist and need further investigation in cases where recognition of prior learning is sought.
|CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS|
|The following criteria should be applied by a relevant ETQA as a minimum requirement:
> Mechanical Engineering in the specific discipline at NQF Level 4 and a minimum period of 5 years related experience as specified by the relevant ETQA.
> An artisan qualification in Mechanical Engineering in the specific discipline (Trade test certificate or completed contract of apprenticeship) with a minimum of 5 years of related experience as specified by the relevant ETQA.
> Subject matter experience, which may be established through recognition of prior learning (RPL).
> Maintain national and local industry standards.
> Act in the interest of the learner.
> Understand the need for transformation to redress the legacies of the past, and respect the cultural background and language of the learner.
|As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this qualification was Reregistered in 2012; 2015.|
|This qualification will be replaced by qualification 91796, which is "Occupational Certificate: Toolmaker", Level 5, 432 credits, as soon as 91796 is registered.
This qualification replaces qualification 23280, "National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Tooling Manufacture", Level 3, 169 credits.
This qualification replaces qualification 23278 , "National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Machining", Level 3, 126 credits.
Completion of this qualification relates to the Organising Framework for Occupations (OFO) in that it reflects the competencies of occupational designation 711 Machine Operator.
|ID||UNIT STANDARD TITLE||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||CREDITS|
|Core||9526||Manage basic business finance||Level 3||NQF Level 03||6|
|Core||9530||Manage work time effectively||Level 3||NQF Level 03||3|
|Core||258716||Produce components by performing engineering grinding operations||Level 3||NQF Level 03||12|
|Core||258718||Produce components by performing milling operations||Level 3||NQF Level 03||16|
|Core||258717||Produce components by performing turning operations||Level 3||NQF Level 03||20|
|Core||13298||Produce detailed engineering drawings||Level 3||NQF Level 03||6|
|Fundamental||119472||Accommodate audience and context needs in oral/signed communication||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||9010||Demonstrate an understanding of the use of different number bases and measurement units and an awareness of error in the context of relevant calculations||Level 3||NQF Level 03||2|
|Fundamental||9013||Describe, apply, analyse and calculate shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional space in different contexts||Level 3||NQF Level 03||4|
|Fundamental||119457||Interpret and use information from texts||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||9012||Investigate life and work related problems using data and probabilities||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||119467||Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||7456||Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business and national issues||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||119465||Write/present/sign texts for a range of communicative contexts||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Elective||244077||Demonstrate understanding of chemicals in a processing environment||Level 2||NQF Level 02||6|
|Elective||115091||Monitor compliance to safety, health and environmental requirements in a workplace||Level 2||NQF Level 02||2|
|Elective||116231||Operate a cab controlled overhead crane||Level 2||NQF Level 02||8|
|Elective||116254||Operate a mobile crane||Level 2||NQF Level 02||20|
|Elective||243272||Operate a Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP)||Level 2||NQF Level 02||10|
|Elective||116235||Operate a pendant controlled overhead crane||Level 2||NQF Level 02||5|
|Elective||262824||Operate a Sideboom||Level 2||NQF Level 02||8|
|Elective||116255||Operate a tower crane||Level 2||NQF Level 02||20|
|Elective||116253||Operate a truck mounted loader crane||Level 2||NQF Level 02||20|
|Elective||242981||Operate defined purpose lift trucks||Level 2||NQF Level 02||4|
|Elective||242976||Operate overhead/gantry cranes||Level 2||NQF Level 02||5|
|Elective||243021||Shift loads using lifting equipment||Level 2||NQF Level 02||4|
|Elective||244611||Apply problem-solving techniques to make a decision or solve a problem in a real life context||Level 3||NQF Level 03||2|
|Elective||13234||Apply quality procedures||Level 3||NQF Level 03||8|
|Elective||12488||Complete feasibility and commissioning reports||Level 3||NQF Level 03||3|
|Elective||12457||Develop learning strategies and techniques||Level 3||NQF Level 03||3|
|Elective||14688||Develop work instructions for thermoplastic fabrication using drawings||Level 3||NQF Level 03||10|
|Elective||12456||Explain and use organisational procedures||Level 3||NQF Level 03||6|
|Elective||116218||Explain the planning and scheduling of tasks in a production environment||Level 3||NQF Level 03||3|
|Elective||244407||Lift and move a load using mechanical lifting equipment||Level 3||NQF Level 03||7|
|Elective||258722||Maintain and repair production tooling||Level 3||NQF Level 03||16|
|Elective||258723||Manufacture production tooling to drawing or sample part||Level 3||NQF Level 03||24|
|Elective||243025||Monitor machining process, interpret statistical process control charts, and rectify production problems||Level 3||NQF Level 03||7|
|Elective||260798||Operate a cantilever container crane (ship to shore)||Level 3||NQF Level 03||12|
|Elective||260777||Operate a container side loader||Level 3||NQF Level 03||8|
|Elective||260818||Operate a counter balanced lift truck in excess of 15 tons||Level 3||NQF Level 03||9|
|Elective||260763||Operate a floating crane||Level 3||NQF Level 03||12|
|Elective||260760||Operate a inland container crane (rail mounted)||Level 3||NQF Level 03||10|
|Elective||260761||Operate a reach stacker||Level 3||NQF Level 03||10|
|Elective||260765||Operate a rubber tyred gantry crane||Level 3||NQF Level 03||12|
|Elective||260817||Operate a scotch derrick crane (ship mounted)||Level 3||NQF Level 03||10|
|Elective||260764||Operate a ships crane||Level 3||NQF Level 03||8|
|Elective||260797||Operate a sideloader lift truck||Level 3||NQF Level 03||8|
|Elective||260757||Operate a straddle carrier||Level 3||NQF Level 03||10|
|Elective||260780||Operate a sugar cane crane||Level 3||NQF Level 03||8|
|Elective||260781||Operate a telescopic boom handler||Level 3||NQF Level 03||10|
|Elective||260758||Operate a wall-mounted jib||Level 3||NQF Level 03||7|
|Elective||242972||Operate advanced defined purpose lift trucks||Level 3||NQF Level 03||7|
|Elective||242974||Operate counter-balanced lift truck||Level 3||NQF Level 03||7|
|Elective||242982||Operate heavy crane||Level 3||NQF Level 03||14|
|Elective||260762||Operate rough terrain/earthmoving/agricultural equipment||Level 3||NQF Level 03||11|
|Elective||123260||Operate tailgates and tail-lifts||Level 3||NQF Level 03||2|
|Elective||242978||Operate truck-mounted cranes||Level 3||NQF Level 03||8|
|Elective||8039||Operating cranes||Level 3||NQF Level 03||10|
|Elective||8038||Operating lift trucks||Level 3||NQF Level 03||6|
|Elective||253658||Perform a lifting task by using a mobile crane||Level 3||NQF Level 03||8|
|Elective||13275||Perform heat treatment processes on engineering metals||Level 3||NQF Level 03||8|
|Elective||13260||Perform non-destructive tests on metal parts and components||Level 3||NQF Level 03||6|
|Elective||117877||Perform one-to-one training on the job||Level 3||NQF Level 03||4|
|Elective||258715||Produce components by spark eroding machining operations||Level 3||NQF Level 03||8|
|Elective||120383||Provide assistance in implementing and assuring project work meets quality requirements||Level 3||NQF Level 03||6|
|Elective||243024||Set up and start CNC machining processes||Level 3||NQF Level 03||14|
|Elective||13274||Test the physical properties of engineering metals||Level 3||NQF Level 03||4|
|Elective||117001||Use a mobile crane to carry out pile driving||Level 3||NQF Level 03||8|
|Elective||114978||Use a word processing package to produce business documents||Level 3||NQF Level 03||3|
|Elective||119169||Work with and look after materials in the plastics manufacturing production process||Level 3||NQF Level 03||12|
|Elective||243273||Monitor and control the safety and operations of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms||Level 4||NQF Level 04||8|
|Elective||116583||Perform tandem lifting||Level 4||NQF Level 04||12|
|Elective||253660||Supervise advanced mobile crane operations||Level 4||NQF Level 04||20|
|LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION:|
|LP ID||Learning Programme Title||Originator||Pre-2009
|NQF Level||Min Credits||Learning Prog End Date||Quality
|63649||National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Machining and Tooling||Generic Provider - Field 06||Level 3||NQF Level 03||132||2013-11-07||MERSETA||OQSF|
|92020||National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Turning: Machining (Chemical Industry)||Generic Provider - Field 06||Not Applicable||NQF Level 03||132||QCTO||OQSF|
|PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THESE LEARNING PROGRAMMES:|
|This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
|LP ID||Learning Programme Title||Accredited Provider|
|63649||National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Machining and Tooling||
1. Coastal Kzn F.E.T. College - Swinton Road Campus
2. Coastal Kzn F.E.T. College - Umbumbulu Campus
3. College of Production Technology
4. Gijima AST Holdings (Pty) Ltd T/A Fundi Training Centre (BENONI) (TP)
5. Izizwe Training Centre (Pty) Ltd T/A Simtech Training (NORTHDENE) (TP)
6. Northlink College - Wingfield Campus
7. SEDIBENG TRAINING CENTRE
8. Toyota Academy Toyota SA Motors (Pty) Ltd (ISIPINGO) (TP)
9. Wavelength T.T.I
10. World Focus 382 cc T/A Richards Bay Technical Training & Assessment Centre (ZCBF) (RICHARDS BAY) (TP)