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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Analyse production sands 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
264034  Analyse production sands 
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 2  NQF Level 02  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
6925  Foundry: Analyse Production Sands  Level 2  NQF Level 02  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 sands 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 analyse sand.
  • Prepare sand samples.
  • Determine sand properties.
  • Record and communicate sand test results. 

  • 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:
  • Equipment used includes scales, permeability standards, stopwatches, marked measuring beakers.
  • Types of sands may include clay, silica, chrome, zircon sands.
  • Sand tests include Loss On Ignition (L.O.I.), volatiles, moisture, compatibility, density, permeability, shatter index, green strength, tensile, active clay, sieve analysis, clay grade, fines, scratch hardnesses, gas evolutions.
  • Sample preparation methods include those required for the above-mentioned tests. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Plan to analyse sand. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Job instructions are interpreted according to standard operating procedures. 

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

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Applicable calibration equipment and standards are identified according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Test equipment is calibrated in line with manufacturers specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Calibration test results are recorded and communicated with appropriate personnel according to communication procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Adjustments to test equipment are made where necessary in line with manufacturers specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Team members are informed of planned work activity according to communication procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare sand samples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Sample is selected and taken for required test according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Sample preparation method is selected according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Appropriate sample is prepared for required test according to standard operating procedures. 

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

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Determine sand properties. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Test equipment and method are selected according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Testing instructions are interpreted according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Tests are carried out timeously and in line with accepted international standards. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Record and communicate sand test results. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Test results are compared with worksite specifications and non-conformances identified according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Conforming results are recorded and communicated according to communication procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Non-conforming results are reported timeously to designated personnel according to communication procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Samples are labelled and stored according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Waste materials generated during test process are disposed of 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:
  • Measuring and calibration devices.
  • Range of sand types.
  • Sand testing equipment.

    Attributes, descriptions, characteristics & properties:
  • Range of sand types.
  • Sand specifications.
  • Typical sand defects.

    Sensory cues:
  • Relating to analysing sand samples.

    Purpose of:
  • Sample preparation.
  • Sand test equipment preparation.
  • Analysing sand samples.
  • Timeous reports.

    Processes, events, causes and effects, implications:
  • Relating to inaccurate sand sample analysis.
  • Defective sand on moulding process and casting quality.

    Procedures and techniques:
  • Sample and Test equipment preparation.
  • Sand analysis.
  • Comparing analysis results with specification.
  • Applicable safety, health and environmental principles and procedures.
  • Worksite result recording and distribution procedures.

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

    Theory, rules, principles, laws:
  • Teamwork principles.
  • Gas permeability.
  • Moisture content.
  • Acid demand.

    Relationships, systems:
  • The relationship between the analysis of sand samples and efficient quality production. 

  • 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 sand test results. 

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

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage my activities and myself by planning my own work and having the sand analysis ready when required. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information by checking test results against worksite specifications. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively by reporting non-conforming results timeously. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically to analyse sand samples. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems, how non-conforming test results will affect the moulding process. 

    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 6925, "Foundry: Analyse Production Sands", Level 2, 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 


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