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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Produce cores using a coremaking machine 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
264015  Produce cores using a coremaking machine 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Manufacturing and Assembly Processes 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Manufacturing and Assembly 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 1  NQF Level 01  16 
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
6899  Foundry: Operate a Coremaking Machine  Level 1  NQF Level 01  16   

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is for people who work, or intend to work in a manufacturing process or similar environment where foundry moulds are required for the metal product casting process. The skills, knowledge and values reflected in this unit standard will contribute towards the achievement of a National Certificate in Foundry Operations at NQF Level 2. Equipment operated in this unit standard is against a set of specific instructions.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Plan to produce cores using a coremaking machine.
  • Set up coremaking machine for production.
  • Monitor and adjust core production process.
  • Perform finishing activities on cores. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The credits allocated to this unit standard assume that the learner has a General Education and Training Certificate (GETC) in Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Activities (NQF Level 1) or an equivalent qualification. It also assume that the learner is working towards a qualification as part of a learning programme, which integrates all the required unit standards.

    The learning time will increase if the learner does not have:
  • A relevant NQF Level 1 qualification.
  • Experience in a relevant field.

    The learning time will be decreased if the learner has experience in this field because:
  • The learning programme will be adjusted to build on what the learner already knows.
  • The learner can apply to have prior learning recognised. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The scope and level of this unit standard is indicated by range statements related to the specific outcomes:
  • Core machines include automatic, semi-automatic and manually operated machines.
  • Core boxes include wood, metal, resin or combination of all three.
  • Release agents include paraffin, silicone base sprays, talc powder, graphite powder, alcohol base paint.
  • Core sands include chemically bonded sands.
  • Potential hazards include leaking gas, flammable core box washes, amine vapours, heat. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Plan to produce cores using a coremaking machine. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Job instructions are interpreted according to core requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Sequence of work is planned according to job instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Availability of production materials at workstation is checked according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Team members are informed of planned activity according to communication procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Set up coremaking machine for production. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Corebox is mounted on machine in line with manufacturer's specification. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Release agent is applied to corebox before and during production cycle according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Set up of machine is checked by starting up machine and in line with manufacturer's specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Process parameters are set on machine according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    First-off core produced by machine is inspected according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Non-conformances in first-off core are reported according to communication procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Adjustments to machine are made where necessary according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Appropriate safety, health and environmental principles and procedures are applied according to standard operating procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Monitor and adjust core production process. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Adjustments to machine include temperature, gassing time and pressure, curing time, blow pressures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Production cycle is initiated according to job instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Machine operation is monitored according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Cores are inspected for conformance to specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Adjustments are made to machine where necessary according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Production and downtime is recorded and communicated to affected parties according to communication procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Production targets are met according to job instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Housekeeping practices are followed according to worksite procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Potential hazards occurring during the production process are dealt with according to standard operating procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Perform finishing activities on cores. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Finishing activities are carried out according to standard operating procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Finishing activities include dressing, painting, drilling, patching and cutting.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Finished cores are inspected for conformance to specifications according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Cores are released according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Appropriate safety, health and environmental principles and procedures are applied according to standard operating procedures. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An assessor, accredited with a relevant NQF Level 4 or higher qualification, will assess the learner's competency. Only an Assessor with suitable first hand experience in process operations will assess the learner's competency.
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against the qualification must be registered as an assessor with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this qualification must be accredited as a provider with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or by an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA, according to the ETQA's policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described in the associated unit standards.
  • Anyone wishing to be assessed against this qualification may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that is accredited by the relevant ETQA. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The following items reflect the type of knowledge that the assessor will evaluate:

    Names & functions of:
  • Basic mechanical functions of machine.
  • Process and sequence of operation.

    Attributes, descriptions, characteristics & properties:
  • Of coremaking machines.

    Sensory cues:
  • Relating to manufacturing cores using a machine.

    Purpose of:
  • Production targets.
  • Manufacturing cores using a coremaking machine.

    Processes, events, causes and effects, implications:
  • Implications to production process of not meeting coremaking production targets.

    Procedures and techniques:
  • Manufacturing cores using a coremaking machine.
  • Applicable safety, health and environmental principles and procedures.
  • Emergency shutdown procedures.
  • Relevant quality awareness principles and procedures.
  • Applicable worksite procedures.

    Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies, standards:
  • Applicable safety, health and environmental legislation and regulations.

    Theory, rules, principles, laws:
  • Teamwork principles.

    Relationships, systems:
  • The relationship between coremaking and quality product. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems relating to operating a coremaking machine. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team group, organization or community to achieve the coremaking objectives. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage my activities and myself by planning my own work and manufacturing quality cores for consumption in moulds. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information by interpreting job instructions. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively by reporting production yields. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically by operating coremaking machine effectively. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems: how non-conforming cores effect the production process and the customer. 

    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 6899, "Foundry: Operate a Coremaking Machine", Level 1, 16 credits. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    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: 
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