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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Cut mild steel by means of an Oxy-acetylene cutting torch 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
244376  Cut mild steel by means of an Oxy-acetylene cutting torch 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Mining and Minerals 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Fabrication and Extraction 
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 replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
10745  Cut mild steel by means of an Oxy-acetylene cutting torch  Level 2  NQF Level 02   

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard will be useful to people who are required to cut mild steel by means of an Oxy-acetylene cutting torch.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Explain the factors critical to cutting mild steel by means of an Oxy-acetylene cutting torch.
  • Prepare to cut mild steel by means of an Oxy-acetylene cutting torch.
  • Cut mild steel by means of an Oxy-acetylene cutting torch.
  • Complete the mild steel cutting process and prepare for operation and/or production. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The credit calculation is based on the assumption that learners are already competent in terms of the following outcomes or areas of learning when starting to learn towards this unit standard:
  • Identify mild steel at NQF Level 1.
  • Lift and move a load at NQF Level 1.
  • Assemble Oxy-acetylene equipment at NQF Level 1.
  • Use relevant hand tools at NQF Level 1. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Specific range statements are provided in the body of the unit standard where they apply to particular specific outcomes or assessment criteria. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain the factors critical to cutting mild steel by means of an Oxy-acetylene cutting torch. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The principle of operation and function of Oxy-acetylene cutting equipment, in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The importance of cutting mild steel by means of an Oxy-acetylene cutting torch, thus showing a clear understanding of the direct consequences to self and the business. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range must include:
  • Injury to persons, damage to equipment, loss of production time through breakdowns and increased costs.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The possible critical hazards and substandard conditions that may be encountered while cutting mild steel by means of an Oxy-acetylene cutting torch in a particular context, as well as how to deal with them so as to be consistent with accepted best practice. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Preparing to cut mild steel by means of an Oxy-acetylene cutting torch. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Permission to enter the workplace, when required, is obtained in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The required personal protective equipment is selected, examined and used in a way that is consistent with its purpose, design and specified requirements. Personal protective equipment is used to ensure the safety of persons and equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The tools, material and equipment that are required for cutting mild steel by means of an Oxy-acetylene cutting torch are selected, examined and transported in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The workplace is examined in accordance with specified requirements and any hazardous and substandard conditions are dealt with in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The mild steel to be cut by means of an Oxy-acetylene cutting torch is prepared in accordance with specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range must include:
  • Checking for flammable and combustible material and cleaning the mild steel.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    A test for the presence of flammable and harmful gases is conducted in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The process of assembling the Oxy-acetylene equipment is in line with specified requirements for sequence and consistent with accepted best practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    The ventilation flow at the workplace is verified to be in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    The consequences that inadequate preparation for the cutting of mild steel by means of an Oxy-acetylene cutting torch (i.e. not in line with specified requirements and current legislation) may hold for occupational health, safety and production are explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range must include:
  • Permission, personal protective equipment, tools, material and equipment, workplace examination, hazardous and substandard conditions, steel preparation, testing for gas, assembling of Oxy-acetylene equipment and ventilation verification.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Cut the mild steel by means of an Oxy-acetylene cutting torch. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The required personal protective equipment is used in a way that is consistent with its purpose, design and specified requirements. Personal protective equipment is used to ensure the safety of persons and equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Work-related hazards are dealt with in accordance with the prescribed procedures. Risks associated with the cutting of mild steel by means of an Oxy-acetylene cutting torch are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The mild steel is cut in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Interpersonal interaction is positive, consistent with specified requirements and promotes effective teamwork. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The tools and equipment are used in accordance with manufacturers' design and without injury to self and others. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The consequences for occupational health, safety and production of not cutting mild steel with an Oxy-acetylene torch in line with specified requirements and current legislation, are explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range must include:
  • Personal protective equipment, work-related hazards and associated risks, mild steel cutting process, interpersonal interaction and the use of tools and equipment.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Complete the mild steel cutting process and prepare for operation and/or production. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Deal with the selected tools, material and equipment in accordance with the specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Clean and clear the workplace so as to be free from hazards, in accordance with specified requirements and good housekeeping practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Compile a report on the work performed, in compliance with the specified requirements for format, content, accuracy and distribution. The report is submitted within the agreed time. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Explain the consequences for occupational health, safety and production of not completing the mild steel cutting process in line with specified requirements and current legislation. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include: tools, material and equipment, good housekeeping and reporting.
     


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA by SAQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The following embedded knowledge is addressed in an integrated way in the unit standard.

    Causes and effects, implications of:
  • Hazards and risks not dealt with.
  • Sub-standard work practices.
  • Sub-standard use of tools and equipment.

    Procedures and techniques:
  • Cutting mild steel by means of an oxy-acetylene torch.

    Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies, standards:
  • Safety, occupational health and environmental legislation and regulations.
  • Quality policies, standards and agreements.

    Relationships, systems:
  • Interpersonal interaction with team members. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems and make decisions using critical and creative thinking.

    Note: The ability of the learner to identify sub-standard and hazardous conditions, assess and take appropriate action. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as members of a team, group, organisation or community.

    Note: The ability and willingness of the learner to accept and interpret work instructions correctly. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively.

    Note: The ability of the learner to indicate what methods, tools and personal protective equipment is required and communicate to fellow workers his/her intentions and assistance required. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information.

    Note: The ability of the learner to reconcile the information from visual and physical examinations and constantly evaluate the changing situation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively, using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentations.

    Note: The appropriate communication with the relevant personnel with regard to the reporting of hazards and sub-standard conditions will indicate his/her proficiency in effective communication. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically showing responsibility towards the environment and occupational health of others.

    Note: The use of science and technology is not relevant for this unit standard. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation.

    Note: The ability of the learner to identify and refer anomalous behaviour to a specialist confirms understanding that a specific observation, inference, action or decision can have a devastating effect. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

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

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard replaces unit standard 10745, "Cut mild steel by means of an Oxy-acetylene cutting torch", Level 2, 3 credits.

    Terminology:

    Specified Requirements:

    Specified requirements include legal and site-specific requirements and are contained in one or more of the following documents:

    Legal:
  • Relevant Acts: e.g. Mine Health & Safety Act, 1996 (Act no 29/1996), and Minerals Act and Regulations, 1991 (Act no 50/1991).
  • Mandatory Codes of Practice.
  • SANS and other relevant Standards.
  • Chief Inspector of Mines' Directives.

    Site Specific:
  • Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments (HIRA).
  • Occupational Health and Safety Risk Management Programme.
  • Managerial Instructions.
  • Mine Standard Procedures.
  • List of Recorded OH&S Risks.
  • Working Guides.
  • Equipment and Materials Specifications.

    Notes to Assessors:

    Assessors should keep the following principles in mind when designing and conducting assessments against this unit standard:
  • Focus the assessment activities on gathering evidence in terms of the main outcome expressed in the title to ensure assessment is integrated rather than fragmented. Remember we want to declare the person competent in terms of the title. Where assessment at title level is unmanageable, then focus assessment around each specific outcome, or groups of specific outcomes.
  • Make sure evidence is gathered across the entire range, wherever it applies. Assessment activities should be as close to the real performance as possible, and where simulations or role-plays are used, there should be supporting evidence to show the learner is able to perform in the real situation.
  • Do not focus the assessment activities on each assessment criterion. Rather make sure the assessment activities focus on outcomes and are sufficient to enable evidence to be gathered around all the assessment criteria.
  • The assessment criteria provide the specifications against which assessment judgements should be made. In most cases, knowledge can be inferred from the quality of the performances, but in other cases, knowledge and understanding will have to be tested through questioning techniques. Where this is required, there will be assessment criteria to specify the standard required.
  • The task of the assessor is to gather sufficient evidence, of the prescribed type and quality, as specified in this unit standard, that the learner can achieve the outcomes again and again and again. This means assessors will have to judge how many repeat performances are required before they believe the performance is reproducible.
  • All assessments should be conducted in line with the following well documented principles of assessment: appropriateness, fairness, manageability, integration into work or learning, validity, direct, authentic, sufficient, systematic, open and consistent.

    Unit Standard Justification:

    Level:

    Attribute; Level; Justification:
  • Skills; Level 2; Significant variety of skills, but fairly simple.
  • Procedures; Level 2; Procedure is known and familiar.
  • Context; Level 2; Repeatedly applicable and known.
  • Knowledge; Level 3; Relevant theoretical knowledge is required (tolerances, sequences and operation).
  • Information processing; Level 2; Information is readily available, but some processing is required.
  • Problem Solving; Level 2; Problems are known and familiar.
  • Orientation of activities; Level 2; Instructions are to be followed.
  • Application of responsibility; Level 3; Output is checked for quality on a random basis.
  • Orientation of scope of responsibility; Level 2; Responsible for completion (quantity) and function (quality).

    Average Level: = 2.22.
    Actual Level Assigned: = 2.

    Credits:

    Total hours required by the learner to achieve the required outcome:

    Activity: Hours:
  • Classroom Teaching: Hours 8.
  • On-The-Job Training: Hours 24.
  • Mentoring required: Hours 0.
  • Other (Specify): Hours 0.
  • Total; Hours 32.

    Credits Achieved: = 32 / 10 = 3.2.
    Credits Assigned = 3. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  58739   National Certificate: Mining Operations for Underground Hard Rock  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MQA 
    Elective  62869   National Certificate: Rockbreaking: Surface Excavations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MQA 


    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. ADCORP TECHNICAL TRAINING (PTY) LTD 
    2. ALLOYS HEAD OFFICE 
    3. Anglo American Platinum Amendelbult Concentrators 
    4. ANGLO PLATINUM - ENGINEERING SKILLS TRAINING CENTRE 
    5. ANGLOGOLD ASHANTI LTD (V/R) 
    6. AVENG (AFRICA) (PTY) LTD 
    7. BAFOKENG RASIMONE MANAGEMENT SERVICES PTY LTD 
    8. BANA BA THARI MINING TRADING AND DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY 
    9. BARBERTON MINES (PTY) LTD 
    10. BOKONI PLATINUM MINES (PTY) LTD 
    11. CONCOR PROJECTS PTY LTD 
    12. CULLINAN DIAMOND MINE PTY LTD 
    13. DIGGERS TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT SERVICES 
    14. EASTERN CHROME MINES 
    15. EASTERN CROME MINES SAMANCOR 
    16. ERGO BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY NPC 
    17. FINSCH DIAMOND MINE(PTY) LTD 
    18. FOSKOR (PTY) LTD 
    19. GEOSTRAT TRAINING 
    20. GLENCORE OPERATIONS SOUTH AFRICA PTY LTD 
    21. HARMONY GOLD MINING CO LTD 
    22. IMPALA PLATINUM SERVICES LTD 
    23. KHUTALA MINING SERVICES PL 
    24. KROONDAL OPERATIONS (PTY) LTD 
    25. Kumba Sishen HRD Centre 
    26. MANCAS CONSULTINGS CC 
    27. MATHOME TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT (PTY) LTD 
    28. MINERAL MINING TRAINING INSTITUTE(PTY) LTD 
    29. MOOLMAN BROS CONST CO PTY 
    30. NORTHAM PLATINUM LTD 
    31. PALABORA COPPER (PTY) LTD 
    32. PPC LTD SANDTON OFFICE 
    33. PRISMA TRAINING SOLUTIONS (PTY) LTD 
    34. RICHARDS BAY MINING PTY LTD 
    35. Rustenburg Platinum Mines - Union Section 
    36. SAMANCOR CHROME LTD 
    37. SAMANCOR LTD PERSONNEL DEP 
    38. SASOL GLOBAL LEARNING 
    39. SENZEKO EXECUTIVE RISK CC 
    40. SHAFT SINKERS MINING PTY LTD 
    41. SIBANYE GOLD ACADEMY PROPRIETARY LIMITED 
    42. SIBANYE RUSTENBURG PLATINUM MINES PTY LTD 
    43. SIYANDA BAKGATLA PLATINUM MINE 
    44. STARCROW 36 (PTY) LTD 
    45. TAU LEKOA GOLD MINING COMPANY (PTY) LTD 
    46. THUSANG METALLURGICAL ENGINEERING TRAINING AND CONSULTING CC 
    47. TRAIN THE NATION AND ASSOCIATES (PTY) LTD 
    48. TRITON TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT (PTY) LTD 
    49. VENETIA MINE 
    50. WESTERN PLATINUM MINE 



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