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|SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY|
|National Certificate: Electro-Mechanics|
|SAQA QUAL ID||QUALIFICATION TITLE|
|58269||National Certificate: Electro-Mechanics|
|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.||SFAP - Sub-framework Assignment Pending|
|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||166||Level 2||NQF Level 02||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 this qualification is to build knowledge and skills that are required by employees in an engineering support environment (in various sectors of the economy) that would add value to the qualifying learner in terms of enrichment of the person, status and recognition. It provides an opportunity for learners to learn and apply skills in relation to the workplace.
In practice, most artisans become multi-skilled informally. Fitters, for example, acquire electrical skills and knowledge, and vice versa. This qualification however forms a structured and formal learning path, resulting in outcomes which are assessed and recognized in terms of the relevant national structures such as ETQAs and the NQF.
Typical entrants to this qualification could be:
The NC Electro-mechanics L2 is an introductory qualification and focuses largely on "tools and techniques" required for further development towards the L3 and L4 qualifications respectively. A learner in possession of the NC Electro-Mechanics L2 can however already make a meaningful contribution to the industry within which he/she operates, typically as an artisan aide, maintenance assistant or similar.
This qualification will allow a learner in the engineering industry to obtain a nationally recognised qualification in electro-mechanics. The status and relevance of this qualification will attract and retain quality learners and employees, and is the first step along a recognised and meaningful career path. This qualification can be attained by means of RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) thereby enabling recognition of people with existing knowledge and skills. This will not only allow a learner to gain credits towards this qualification, but also to move across the different occupational areas.
People credited with this qualification contribute to the maintenance of machinery and equipment by applying mechanical and electrical knowledge and skills. They are able to:
The Unit standards in this unit standards-based qualification are intended as building blocks for the further development of skills that will make the learner a more fulfilled, informed, efficient and cost effective worker in the industry. This should result in more efficient service to the customer and make the industry more competitive in the global market.
After completing this qualification and gaining appropriate working experience, a learner will then be able to progress to the Level 3 qualification, and later to the Level 4 qualification. It will also be possible to articulate to one of the "Pure" trades (such as Fitter or Electrician) or even into a production related qualification.
The Engineering sector serves the need of the society and the economy by providing support services in the provision and maintenance of machinery, plant and equipment in industries such as mining, manufacturing, transport and chemicals. These industries are vital to the existence, performance and growth of the South African economy. A healthy economy is in turn vital in terms of the development and upliftment of the country, its infrastructure and all its people.
Companies invest considerable sums of money in plant, equipment, processes, raw materials and other resources. These investments can only be justified if the plants and equipment operate to the optimum capacity and efficiency. Stoppages and breakdowns need to be kept to the absolute minimum, as such stoppages lead to undue increases in costs. The effective maintenance and repair of plant and equipment is thus of utmost importance. Competent (qualified) engineering practitioners (engineers, technicians, artisans and supporting staff) are required for this purpose.
A growing number of industries and companies within industries are moving towards applying "millwrights" in maintenance situations, especially where engineering support services are rendered on a shift basis. "Multiskilled" artisans, or millwrights, will thus work on shift together with operations staff, performing maintenance support and even doing routine maintenance while on shift. This is in contrast to the more traditional practice of having specialist artisans like fitters and electricians on standby.
Through its design this qualification will meet the needs of learners in the Engineering sector (or those wish to enter the Engineering sector) who require technical expertise and essential knowledge needed to earn a formal qualification relevant to electro-mechanics. The qualification facilitates access from previously disadvantaged groups and other learners to acquire the technical knowledge and skills that are required.
The National Certificate Electro-Mechanics L2 will produce competent learners who are able to contribute to improved productivity and efficiency within the sector. They will be able to work with due care to Occupational Health and Safety requirements, while maintaining the relevant quality standards, which are particularly important in the engineering sector.
This qualification will enhance the status, productivity and employability of the learner within the engineering sector as well as contribute to quality, production rate and growth. This allows for access, progression, portability and mobility within and between the different sectors to which the engineering sector provides maintenance services.
|LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING|
|In the Engineering function, employees are appointed on technical knowledge and experience and the potential to achieve relevant technical qualifications. It is therefore assumed that learners attempting this qualification are competent in the following at least NQF Level 1 or equivalent:
Recognition of Prior Learning:
This qualification can be achieved wholly or in part through recognition of prior learning in terms of the criteria laid out above.
Evidence can be presented in a variety of forms, including international or previous local qualifications, reports, testimonials mentioning functions performed, work records, portfolios, videos of practice and performance records.
Access to the Qualification:
There is open access to the qualification.
|RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING?|
The Fundamental Component consists of Unit Standards in:
All Unit Standards in the Fundamental Component are compulsory.
The Core Component consists of Unit Standards to the value of 118 credits all of which are compulsory.
The Elective Component consists of a number of specializations each with its own set of Unit Standards. Learners are to choose a specialization area and must choose Elective Unit Standards to the value of 12 credits from the Elective Unit standards listed under that specialization so as to attain a minimum of 166 credits for the Qualification.
Mining And Minerals specialization (Learning Programme ID 60293):
Learners are to choose Elective Unit Standards to the value of at least 12 credits from the list below:
Manufacturing and Engineering specialisation (Learning Programme ID 66769):
|EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES|
|1. Understand and solve problems by communicating in verbal or written form with peers, members of supervisory/management levels and others.
2. Understand and solve problems by applying mathematical principles and techniques in the engineering context.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of electro-mechanical principles and requirements.
4. Understand and use appropriate hand and power tools, machinery and equipment in order to respond to equipment component maintenance requirements.
5. Maintain and monitor plant and equipment in order to enhance levels of occupational health and safety, quality assurance or plant and equipment efficiency.
Consistency of Exit Level Outcomes with Critical Cross Field Outcomes (CCFOs):
The following CCFO's have been addressed in this qualification:
Critical Cross-Field Outcomes:
> Exit Level Outcomes 1, 2, 5.
> Exit Level Outcomes 1, 4, 5.
> Exit Level Outcomes 1, 2, 4, 5.
> Exit Level Outcomes 1, 2, 4, 5.
> Exit Level Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 5.
> Exit Level Outcomes 2, 4, 5.
> Exit Level Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
> Exit Level Outcome 1,2,3,4,5.
> Reflecting on and exploring a variety of strategies to learn more effectively.
> Participating as responsible citizens in the life of local, national and global communities.
> Being culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of contexts.
> Exploring education and career opportunities.
> Developing entrepreneurial opportunities.
|ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA|
> Electrical calculations.
> Volume, mass, dimensions.
> Ratios and percentages.
Integrated assessment at the level of the qualification provides an opportunity for learners to show they are able to integrate concepts, actions and ideas achieved across a range of unit standards and contexts.
Integrated assessment must evaluate the quality of observable performance as well as the thinking behind the performance, and must be based on an assessment guide. The guide will spell out how the assessor will assess different aspects of the performance and will include:
In some cases inference will be necessary to determine competence depending on the nature and context within which performance takes place.
It is necessary to ensure that the fundamental part of the qualification is also targeted to ensure that while the competence may have been achieved in a particular context, learners are able to apply it in a range of other contexts and for future learning. The assessment should also ensure that all the critical cross-field outcomes have been achieved.
The learner may choose in which language s/he wants to be assessed. This should be established as part of a process of preparing the learner for assessment and familiarising the learner with the approach being taken.
While this is primarily a workplace-based qualification, evidence from other areas of endeavour may be introduced if pertinent to any of the exit-level outcomes. The assessment process should cover both the explicit tasks required for the qualification as well as the understanding of the concepts and principles that underpin the activities associated with electro-mechanical engineering principles.
|This qualification has been named "NC Electro-Mechanics" and does not use the colloquial term "millwright" in its definitions. The purpose of this is on the one hand to be more accurate in terms of the outcomes, and on the other to prevent any confusion or restriction that may be caused by different interpretations of the term "millwright" across different industries. However, in benchmarking the proposed qualification against international ones, we refer (below) to terms such as "millwright" and "flexi-trade" as used in the international context.
The NC Electro Mechanics L2 is the first of a learning path of three consecutive qualifications which culminate in the FETC Electro-Mechanics L4. The international qualifications found do not lead to three different qualifications, but culminate in one qualification over a typicaLLY four-year period. The three Electro-Mechanical qualifications (L2, L3 and L4 respectively) collectively compare well to similar international qualifications.
The NC Electro-Mechanics L2 compares well to the qualifications found in Canada and the United States of America in terms of:
The content of the first year of the typical millwright apprenticeship relates favourably to the content of the NC Electro-Mechanics L2 and Learning Assumed to be in Place:
Demonstrate Work Practices:
Use Trade Math:
Use Hand Tools:
In benchmarking the proposed Electro-Mechanical Qualifications against international qualifications, we looked for examples in different parts of the world:
The following information was obtained on the website: http://www.logos-net.net/Skills with regards to "flexi training" programmes.
Niagara College, the Lincoln County Board of Education and the Ontario Training and Adjustment Board trained learners for work as millwrights in pipefitting, electrical trades, instrumentation, machining and welding. The concept of "Flexi-Trades" was intended to train workers to perform tasks to agreed levels within their associated trade area. For example, a trained millwright would be able to carry out welding and pipefitting tasks up to the agreed level, depending on the individual's competence. The Flexi-Trades concept will allow for more efficient use of personnel within the mechanical and electrical (maintenance) areas. In addition, each tradesperson will gain a higher skill level and an understanding of interdisciplinary relations.
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 millwright qualification is obtained over a four-year period. The "job description" of the millwright is in essence similar to the basic purpose of the proposed Electro-Mechanical qualifications: "Millwrights are often described as masters of all trades as they are expected to install, maintain and repair all types of machinery in almost any industry. Millwrights install, repair, overhaul and maintain all types of machinery and heavy mechanical equipment".
Conclusion: The term "Flexi-trades" can be used interchangeably with the term "millwright" as intended in the proposed Electro-Mechanic qualifications. The qualifications developed for the South African industries serve a similar purpose.
The millwright trade is very strong in the USA and highly organized in terms of union representation. The site of Union Millwrights (www.unionmillwright.com) describes the function and training (apprenticeship) of millwrights in similar vein to the purpose of the electro-Mechanical qualifications, i.e. multi-skilled artisans receiving their training by means of apprenticeships which include on-the-job and off-the-job (theoretical) components.
The site of the University of Virginia (www.ccps.virginia.edu) also gives good descriptions of the tasks performed by millwrights, knowledge and skills required:
More information was found on the websites www.realapprenticeship.com and www.stc.edu (State of wisconsin).
In the United States model, the millwright qualification is also achieved over a four-year period.
Conclusion: The proposed Electro-Mechanical qualifications are in line with the US examples.
The term "millwright" in the former Skills Development dispensation in South Africa had different meanings in different contexts, which is why this term is not being used in the proposed qualifications.
Formerly, millwrights were trained by larger industrial organisations such as:
With the decline in the training of artisans over the past decade or so, there has been a drastic decline in the training of millwrights and one of the objectives of this qualification is to reintroduce the training of this valuable trade albeit in the guise of Electro-Mechanics.
There are different definitions referring to millwrights and their "job descriptions" all over the world, depending on the particular industry. However, there is sufficient consensus that it refers to a multi-skilled artisan responsible for installation, maintenance and repair of plant and equipment typically in an industrial or process environment.
In terms of training and qualification, it is clear that a learner will obtain a specific qualification (Millwright) after a vocational learning process (apprenticeship or Learnership) of approximately 4-5 years.
Typical outcomes of the various Millwright training programmes are:
Conclusion: These outcomes are covered within the L2, L3 and L4 certificates developed for South Africa.
Millwrights are highly sought after individuals who make valuable contributions to the industries in which they work, as effective and efficient maintenance is the key to the safe and efficient operation of plant and equipment. A trained millwright is not restricted to working in a particular industry or environment only, but can easily adapt to different working environments. Some "conversion learning" may be required e.g. when moving from one process to another, but the core competencies will largely be the same across different industries.
|This qualification allows for both vertical and horizontal articulation.
Horizontal articulation exists with:
Vertical articulation exists with:
|CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS|
|Assessors should be in possession of:
|As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this qualification was Reregistered in 2012; 2015.|
|ID||UNIT STANDARD TITLE||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||CREDITS|
|Core||113863||Apply soldering techniques||Level 2||NQF Level 02||2|
|Core||11954||Design and construct a single phase circuit||Level 2||NQF Level 02||5|
|Core||10784||Grind steel by means of a pedestal / bench grinding machine||Level 2||NQF Level 02||2|
|Core||113876||Identify, inspect and clean electrical machines||Level 2||NQF Level 02||4|
|Core||10624||Install a lighting system||Level 2||NQF Level 02||4|
|Core||10253||Install electric wire ways||Level 2||NQF Level 02||6|
|Core||13216||Maintain indirect drives||Level 2||NQF Level 02||6|
|Core||13219||Maintain static seals in machines and / or equipment||Level 2||NQF Level 02||4|
|Core||9881||Mark off basic regular engineering shapes||Level 2||NQF Level 02||6|
|Core||243780||Monitor bearing performance and conduct routine bearing maintenance||Level 2||NQF Level 02||8|
|Core||13214||Operate and monitor a drilling machine to produce simple components||Level 2||NQF Level 02||6|
|Core||13221||Perform routine maintenance||Level 2||NQF Level 02||8|
|Core||12215||Read, interpret and produce basic engineering drawings||Level 2||NQF Level 02||6|
|Core||10626||Repair a lighting system||Level 2||NQF Level 02||2|
|Core||10603||Restore power by joining a low voltage electrical cable||Level 2||NQF Level 02||4|
|Core||10237||Select, use and care for electrical measuring instruments||Level 2||NQF Level 02||4|
|Core||119744||Select, use and care for engineering hand tools||Level 2||NQF Level 02||8|
|Core||12476||Select, use and care for engineering measuring equipment||Level 2||NQF Level 02||4|
|Core||12219||Select, use and care for engineering power tools||Level 2||NQF Level 02||6|
|Core||12481||Sling loads||Level 2||NQF Level 02||4|
|Core||113877||Understand fundamentals of electricity||Level 2||NQF Level 02||8|
|Core||116450||Demonstrate a broad understanding of pneumatic and hydraulic systems and concepts||Level 3||NQF Level 03||4|
|Core||10740||Lift and move a load using a mechanical lifting equipment||Level 3||NQF Level 03||7|
|Fundamental||119463||Access and use information from texts||Level 2||NQF Level 02||5|
|Fundamental||9009||Apply basic knowledge of statistics and probability to influence the use of data and procedures in order to investigate life related problems||Level 2||NQF Level 02||3|
|Fundamental||7480||Demonstrate understanding of rational and irrational numbers and number systems||Level 2||NQF Level 02||3|
|Fundamental||9008||Identify, describe, compare, classify, explore shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional shapes in different contexts||Level 2||NQF Level 02||3|
|Fundamental||119454||Maintain and adapt oral/signed communication||Level 2||NQF Level 02||5|
|Fundamental||119460||Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes||Level 2||NQF Level 02||5|
|Fundamental||7469||Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal and community life||Level 2||NQF Level 02||2|
|Fundamental||9007||Work with a range of patterns and functions and solve problems||Level 2||NQF Level 02||5|
|Fundamental||119456||Write/present for a defined context||Level 2||NQF Level 02||5|
|Elective||243762||Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of the transfer of mechanical power||Level 1||NQF Level 01||2|
|Elective||243783||Identify and select engineering equipment and materials||Level 1||NQF Level 01||4|
|Elective||243781||Identify, select and examine different types of bearings||Level 1||NQF Level 01||1|
|Elective||116932||Operate a personal computer system||Level 1||NQF Level 01||3|
|Elective||110404||Carry out a detailed inspection on intrinsically safe apparatus and circuits||Level 2||NQF Level 02||3|
|Elective||114669||Carry out basic electric arc welding in an electrical environment||Level 2||NQF Level 02||8|
|Elective||114616||Carry out basic gas welding, brazing and cutting in an electrical environment||Level 2||NQF Level 02||8|
|Elective||243769||Demonstrate knowledge of lubrication||Level 2||NQF Level 02||2|
|Elective||243782||Identify, select and apply mechanical fasteners||Level 2||NQF Level 02||4|
|Elective||244367||Install a straining wire cable support system||Level 2||NQF Level 02||2|
|Elective||10233||Install or replace electrical metering units or measuring instrument||Level 2||NQF Level 02||4|
|Elective||10254||Maintain electrical distribution boards, panels and enclosures||Level 2||NQF Level 02||6|
|Elective||13218||Maintain pipe systems||Level 2||NQF Level 02||20|
|Elective||113858||Maintain transformers||Level 2||NQF Level 02||5|
|Elective||13205||Operate and monitor a lathe to produce simple components||Level 2||NQF Level 02||12|
|Elective||13204||Operate and monitor a milling machine to produce simple components||Level 2||NQF Level 02||12|
|Elective||10739||Repair a double drum scraper winch||Level 2||NQF Level 02||4|
|Elective||13297||Grind tools and drill bits||Level 3||NQF Level 03||4|
|LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION:|
|LP ID||Learning Programme Title||Originator||Pre-2009
|NQF Level||Min Credits||Learning Prog End Date||Quality
|66769||National Certificate: Electro-Mechanics: Manufacturing and Engineering||Generic Provider - Field 06||Level 2||NQF Level 02||166||MERSETA||OQSF|
|60293||National Certificate: Electro-Mechanics: Mining and Minerals||Generic Provider - Field 06||Level 2||NQF Level 02||166||MQA||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|
|66769||National Certificate: Electro-Mechanics: Manufacturing and Engineering||
1. Blue Horison Properties 53 (Pty) Ltd T/A Durnacol Skills Innovation Hu
2. Coastal Kzn F.E.T. College - Swinton Road Campus
3. Enstra Learning and Development Centre (Pty) Ltd (SPRINGS) (TP)
|60293||National Certificate: Electro-Mechanics: Mining and Minerals||
1. ALLOYS HEAD OFFICE
2. ANGLO PLATINUM - ENGINEERING SKILLS TRAINING CENTRE
3. EXXARO COAL (PTY) LTD
4. FOSKOR (PTY) LTD
5. HARMONY GOLD MINING CO LTD
6. SIBANYE GOLD ACADEMY PROPRIETARY LIMITED