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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Operate and monitor production machines 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
335859  Operate and monitor production machines 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Manufacturing and Assembly Processes 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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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  14 
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 constitutes one of the main activities of a learner at this level within the automotive components or related environment. The learner will operate a machine either within the manufacturing or assembly departments within this sector. The learner will also monitor both the performance of the machine during the manufacturing or assembly process and the quality of the products or components. The efficient operation of the manufacturing or assembly process depends heavily on the acquisition of the competencies in this Unit Standard.

Learners credited with this standard will be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge relating to planning, operating and monitoring of machine in an automotive components or related environment.
  • Plan to operate machine in an automotive components or related environment.
  • Prepare consumables and machine for use.
  • Operate machine in an automotive components or related environment.
  • Monitor the manufacturing or assembly machine.
  • Work safely with due care for self, fellow workers, equipment, materials and the environment. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication at NQF Level 1.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 1. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • The automotive components environment includes both the manufacturing and assembly departments or sections.
  • This Unit Standard is not restricted to the automotive environment. It can be used in any component assembly or manufacturing context.
  • 'Production process' includes both manufacturing and assembly.
  • Monitoring at this level is at the basic level (verification). 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate knowledge relating to planning, operating and monitoring of machine in an automotive components or related environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The legal and specified requirements pertaining to a safe, healthy work environment and the consequences of not adhering to the above are explained in terms of the impact on the business. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The importance of preparing to perform activities is explained in terms of achieving specified manufacturing and/or assembly requirements and up-and downstream operational processes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Machine to be used is identified and described in terms of the functions it performs and by its various components. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Only the main components need to be identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The specified actions to be taken in the event of sub-standard conditions and problems pertaining to the machine are explained and necessary actions are performed to deal with the problems in accordance with organisational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Problems and/or conditions beyond the scope of the learner are communicated to relevant personnel so that appropriate action can be taken. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Plan to operate machine in an automotive components or related environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Job instructions are checked to ensure an effective production process and lack of clarity about the instructions are communicated to supervisor in accordance with organisational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Instructions are interpreted and activities are planned to ensure an efficient sequence of activities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The timing of activities is determined to ensure that the materials are available and the production process is not delayed. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Prepare consumables and machine for use. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Preparing equipment includes but is not limited to assembling, attaching, joining, positioning, tightening, filling, adjusting, lubricating, charging and calibrating.
  • Cleaning equipment includes sampling equipment, cutting and shredding equipment, airtools, lifting equipment, conveyor belts, weighing equipment, electrodes, moulds, binding and tying equipment.
  • Consumables include rags, cleaning material, samples, grinding materials, spare electrodes, lubricants, insulation materials, coating material and packaging material. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Pre-operational checks on machine are performed so that problems can be resolved prior to starting the production process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Machine is tested and prepared for operation to ensure efficiency the production process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The availability and condition of consumables required are checked and consumables replenished to prevent delays. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Hazardous consumables are managed according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Tools required during operation are checked according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Problems with machine and consumables that cannot be immediately resolved are communicated to the supervisor in accordance with organisational requirements so that appropriate action can be taken timeously. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Operate machine in an automotive components or related environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The machine is operated according to standard operating procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Standard operating procedure should indicate the interaction between the operator and quality department during the production process.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The machine is checked during operation and minor adjustments are made or referred to maintenance personnel according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Consumption of consumables is monitored and adjustments are made to maintain efficiency of the production process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Machine is shutdown, cleaned and stored after use to save costs and ensure longevity in terms of use. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Monitor the production process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The importance of maintaining quality is explained in terms of both the impact of defective products, materials and components on customers and the financial implications of poor quality for the organisation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Problems and/or deviations during operation of the machine are identified, recorded and reported according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Problems pertaining to the product are recorded and reported as soon as possible to maintain the production process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The importance of accurately recording information related to work schedules, activities and equipment in the production process is explained in terms of preventing future breakdowns and delays in production. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Information includes incidents, sequence of activities and issues of quality.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Work safely with due care for self, fellow workers, equipment, materials and the environment. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Mobile equipment, dust, noise, gas, poor visibility, heat, uneven and slippery surfaces, hazardous substances, spillages and fumes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Hazardous conditions are identified and reported to appropriate personnel so that the risks can be eliminated or minimised. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Hazardous materials are identified and dealt with according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Machines and materials are used according to instructions to eliminate danger to self and fellow workers. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Personal protective equipment is used as per standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The implications of not maintaining a safe working environment are explained in terms of possible loss of life or injury. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Environmental protection procedures and policies are applied to ensure safety within the production context and beyond. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the ETQA policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments at exit points of the Qualification, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described both in individual unit standards as well as the integrated competence described in the Qualification. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Names and functions of:
  • Equipment.
  • Consumables.
  • Materials.
  • Manufacturing/assembly machine and its component parts.
  • Safety equipment.

    Attributes, descriptions, characteristics and properties:
  • Types of defects/faults.
  • Properties of input materials and consumables.

    Sensory cues:
  • Cues for different defects (what is seen seen, heard, smelt and felt), e.g. smell or appearance of degrading or burning materials, sounds made by faulty equipment or changing process conditions, visual cues to changing process conditions.

    Purpose of:
  • Pre-operational checks on equipment.
  • Quality checks and procedures.
  • Safety checks.
  • Reporting incidents and conditions.
  • Liaising with supervisors.
  • Cleaning and storing of machine.
  • Manufacturing/assembly schedules.

    Processes, events, causes and effects implications:
  • Implications of non-conformance.
  • Causes and responses to safety, quality, operations, output and maintenance.
  • Basic manufacturing/assembly process and sequence operation.
  • Implications and consequences of situations such as, eg. poor quality, damaged or faulty machine, products, materials, allowing faulty processes to continue, delaying reports about changing conditions.

    Procedures and techniques:
  • Communication procedures.
  • Recording and reporting procedures.
  • Quality and safety procedures.

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

    Theory: rules, principles and laws:
  • Concepts of quality assurance related to this activity.
  • Basic scientific principles related to the process, the materials and the product, e.g. heat, change of state, mechanical movement, wear, hardness.

    Relationships and systems:

    The balance between manufacturing/assembly processes and cost reduction on the one hand, and quality and customer satisfaction on the other. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made when:
  • Monitoring consumption of consumables and making adjustments. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation and community to:
  • Ensure that machine and activities facilitate the production process. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsively and effectively when:
  • Interpreting production schedules.
  • Checking consumables, machine and tools.
  • Monitoring material flow and consumption of consumables and making adjustments.
  • Ensuring and maintaining health and safety. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information to:
  • Solve problems by making adjustments to machine before and during operation.
  • Deal with changes and deviations. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation to:
  • Prepare the machine for an efficient manufacturing/assembly process.
  • Ensure a smooth manufacturing/assembly process. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and the health of others by:
  • Preparing and using the machine according to manufacturer's instructions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that the problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation when engaging with deviations and changes during the production processes. 

    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 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  71950   National Certificate: Automotive Components: Manufacturing and Assembly  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  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. Eastcape Midlands Public FET College - Uitenhage (High Street)Campus 
    2. PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE SA PTY LTD (PORT ELIZABETH) 



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