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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Mix refractory monolithics 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
13965  Mix refractory monolithics 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Civil Engineering Construction 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction Civil Engineering Construction 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

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 unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is for anyone who needs to mix refractory monolithics for installation and maintenance procedures.

A person credited with this unit standard is able to:
  • plan and prepare for work activities,
  • mix refractory monolithics,
  • perform quality control and assurance activities,
  • perform end of work activities.

    This unit will contribute to the full development of the learner within the refractory construction environment by providing recognition, further mobility and transportability within the field of civil engineering construction. The skills, knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this unit standard are essential for social and economic transformation and progression within the refractory construction and civil engineering contexts. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Description of required skills, knowledge and understanding on:
  • Literacy and numeracy NQF 1,
  • Use of hand tools/equipment,
  • Use of basic measuring equipment,
  • Operating procedures of mixing equipment,
  • Use and care for lifting tackle. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    In the context of this unit standard refractory monolithics refer to castables, mouldables, rammables, vibratables, plasters, sprayables, fettling and gunite materials.

    The level assigned to this unit standard is appropriate because the process is moderate in range, established and familiar and offers clear choices of routine responses. The learning demand employs basic operational knowledge and readily available information. The application of this unit standard is to qualify the person for certification.

    The credit value assigned to this unit standard is appropriate and reflects the average length of time for an average qualifying learning to become competent

    Recommended contact time and individual learning = 30 h
    Recommended time spent in structured learning in the workplace and assessment = 10h
    Total notional hours = 40h 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Plan and prepare for work activities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Engineering sketches, specifications and instructions are interpreted according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The work area, tools, equipment and consumables are prepared according to standard operating procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Mixing equipment refer to conventional concrete mixers, fixed pan mixers, rotating paddle mixer-conveyor, hand held stirrers and laboratory mixers.
  • Consumables refer to bagged refractory materials, pre-mixed materials, additives and stainless steel needles fibres.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Personal preparation is done according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Information and procedural activities are communicated to relevant parties according to standard operating procedures and basic business and team ethics. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Mix refractory monolithics. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Mixing procedures and sequences are followed according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Mixed refractory monolithics are checked and adjusted to ensure workability and consistency according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Common problems are solved within scope of work. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Problem solving includes:
  • Recognition of signs of problems,
  • Identification of common problems, their causes and methods for prevention,
  • Description of the consequences of the problem.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Perform quality control and assurance activities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Non-conforming consumables and refractory monolithics are identified, segregated and corrective action taken according to standard operating procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Non-conforming consumables refers to shelf life expired material, hardened material (due to air or moisture exposure).
    Non-conforming mixed monolithics include but are not limited to flash setting, slow/non-setting, contaminated material and "ball forming".
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The parameters of mixing of refractory monolithics are controlled according the standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Quality assurance and control reports are recorded and communicated according to standard operating procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Perform end of work activities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The work area, equipment, tools, materials and consumables are cleaned and stored according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Waste from the cleaning process is handled and stored or dispatched according standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Process records are kept according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Completion of activities is communicated according to standard operating procedures. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Internal moderation.
  • External moderation.
  • An assessor, accredited by the relevant ETQA, will assess the learner's competency.
  • Assessment procedures will be supplied by the ETQA in alignment with NSB requirements.
  • All assessment activities must be fair, so that all candidates have equal opportunities. Activities must be free of gender, ethnic or other bias.
  • Assessment and moderation procedures, activities and tools must be transparent, affordable and support development within the field, sub-field and NQF.
  • Questions and answers to determine theoretical knowledge are expected.
  • Examination of an assessment portfolio.
  • Reporting skills are demonstrated by effective communication, using verbal (language) and/or writing skills.
  • Direct observation in simulated or actual work conditions.
  • Practical demonstration of mixing refractory monolithics for installation and maintenance procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Embedded knowledge is reflected within the assessment criteria of each specific outcome and critical cross-field outcomes.
    The qualifying learner must be able to understand and explain material, technique, safety, and legislative contexts.

    Materials knowledge
    The qualifying learner must be able to understand and explain:
  • Types of refractory monolithic materials.
  • Advanced principles of mixing.
  • Use and functions of refractory monolithics.
  • Use and functions of chemical additives in monolithics.
  • Typical defects and identification of them.

    Technique and equipment knowledge
    The qualifying learner must be able to understand and explain:
  • Use and functions of volume measuring equipment.
  • Operation of mixing machines and faultfinding techniques.

    Safety and legislation
    The qualifying learner must be able to understand and explain:
  • Use and function of protective equipment.
  • Relevant safety requirements, hazards and procedures at his/her workplace.
  • Hazards associated with mixing of refractory monolithics.
  • Applicable legislation and specification within this sub-field.
  • Standard operating procedures.
  • Product quality specifications.

    Life skills
  • Time management.
  • Teamwork.
  • Solving problems. 


  • Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems in which response displays that responsible decisions, using critical and creative thinking, have been made by:
  • Identifying and solving problems within scope of work, selection of materials, equipment and application techniques. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community by:
  • Working in line with site-schedules. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively by:
  • Preparing for work area, mixing refractory monolithics, personal and environmental safety. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information by:
  • Collect information and organise activities for refractory materials mixing. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively by using mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentations by:
  • Verbal and non-verbal communication methods and keeping records. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others by:
  • Mixing refractory monolithics. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of the society at large:
  • Full unit standard. 

  • REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Legal requirements:

    The following acts and/or codes, current and future regulations and amendments will be applicable:
  • Mines and Works Act,
  • National Building Regulations,
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act, No. 85 of 1993,
  • Applicable SABS and/or International standards and requirements,
  • ISO 9000 & 14000

    Definition of terms within this unit standard:

    Standard operating procedures refer to company procedures, prescribed procedures from the manufacturer, personal, equipment and environmental safety procedures, good manufacturing practices, best practices, time frames, applicable legislation and specifications. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  22991   National Certificate: Refractories Installation  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Elective  66512   National Certificate: Foundry Operations  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2013-11-07  MERSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    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.
     
    1. IZWE TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT 
    2. Majuba TVET College 



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