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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Prepare sand for foundry mould production 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
264078  Prepare sand for foundry mould production 
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
6898  Foundry: Prepare Sand  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.

The preparation of sand for Foundry mould production is a highly complex process and vital part of the input stage of Foundry Operations and directly influences the quality of foundry products.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Plan to prepare foundry sand.
  • Mix and distribute foundry sand.
  • Perform initial test(s) on mixed foundry sand. 

  • 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.
  • Relevant quality awareness principles and procedures.

    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:
  • Tests include compatibility, curing and moisture.
  • Equipment includes shovels, buckets, scales, wheelbarrows, hoppers, conveyors, lifting equipment, lifting tackle.
  • Sand mixing includes manual mixing as well as machine mixing, both continuous or batch.
  • Materials include silica sand, resins, bentonite, coal dust, water. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Plan to prepare foundry sand. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Instructions are interpreted according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Production sequence is planned according to job instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Equipment and work area are inspected and prepared according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Materials are checked to ensure adequate supply for job requirements according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Appropriate safety, health and environmental principles and procedures are applied according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Team members are informed of planned work activity according to communication procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Mix and distribute foundry sand. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Material is measured and loaded according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Mixing cycle is adhered to according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Mixed foundry sand is distributed on time 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 
    Perform initial test(s) on mixed foundry sand. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Test instruments are examined for defects/damage according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Initial tests is performed according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Test results are analysed and timeously reported to the designated person according to communication 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 and 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 and 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 and 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 and functions of:
  • Types of measuring devices and their uses.
  • Names, location and functions of sand preparation equipment.

    Attributes, descriptions, characteristics & properties:
  • Range of sands used.

    Sensory cues:
  • Relating to preparing sand.

    Purpose of:
  • Preparing and distributing sands.

    Processes, events, causes and effects, implications:
  • Implications of not having prepared sand at point of consumption when required.
  • Consequences of faulty, damaged and badly calibrated measuring equipment.

    Procedures and techniques:
  • Identification of various raw materials for sand preparation.
  • Mixing cycles and procedures.
  • Sand preparation and distribution procedures.
  • Relevant quality awareness principles and procedures.
  • Applicable safety, health and environmental principles and procedures.
  • Applicable worksite procedures.

    Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies, standards:
  • Units of measure and internationally recognised symbols.
  • Applicable safety, health and environmental legislation and regulations.

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

    Relationships, systems:
  • The relationship between preparing sand 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 sand mixing operation and equipment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team group, organization or community:
  • By liaising with affected parties and obtaining/sharing information. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage my activities and myself:
  • By planning my own work and before preparing sand. 

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

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively:
  • By reporting non-conformances. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically:
  • By operating sand preparation equipment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems:
  • How incorrect sand preparation will affect the coremaking/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 6898, "Foundry: Prepare sand", 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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