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|SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY|
|National Certificate: Polymer Composite Fabrication|
|SAQA QUAL ID||QUALIFICATION TITLE|
|36153||National Certificate: Polymer Composite Fabrication|
|SGB Plastics Manufacturing|
|PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY||NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK|
|MERSETA - Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Education and Training Authority||OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework|
|National Certificate||Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology||Manufacturing and Assembly|
|ABET BAND||MINIMUM CREDITS||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||QUAL CLASS|
|Undefined||154||Level 4||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L4||Regular-Unit Stds Based|
|REGISTRATION STATUS||SAQA DECISION NUMBER||REGISTRATION START DATE||REGISTRATION END DATE|
|LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT||LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT|
|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 qualification does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification.
|PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION|
|The purpose of this qualification is to provide learners, education and training providers and employers with the standards and the range of learning required to work effectively in the polymer composite fabrication industry and to meet the challenges of such an environment.
This qualification recognises the skills, knowledge and values acquired by learners involved in polymer composite fabrication. The chief skill that is recognised in this qualification is the ability to plan and co-ordinate fabrication activities to produce specialised fabricated composite components and complex assemblies. Successful learners described in this qualification manufacture or repair the following types of product:
1. Aircraft parts, including structural components such as helicopter blades, control surfaces, radomes, tail assemblies
2. Automotive assemblies including canopies, vehicle bodies (commercial as well as motor sport), motor cycle rims, tanker bodies
3. Chemical plant including tanks, pressure vessels, reactor bodies, material handling, pipes, valves and flow control
4. Sports and other water craft, including boats, yachts and ships
5. Building assemblies such as decorative panels, roof sheets and structures
6. Electrical and engineering parts such as distribution boxes, busbars, machine parts and covers
7. Composite moulds to fabricate the above products
This capability requires an understanding of needs analysis, planning and sequencing activities, the monitoring and maintenance of quality and the verification of the conformance of completed components and assemblies. Interpersonal skills play a role in this qualification.
Qualifying learners will be able to relate what they are doing to scientific principles and concepts. They will also be able to contribute to the implementation and maintenance of the various policies and procedures related to the safety, health, environment and quality systems that govern their workplace. Qualifying learners will also be able to contribute to the implementation and maintenance of business processes.
What learners achieve in this qualification will also serve as a basis for further learning where they will further develop their skills and knowledge to include optimising fabrication processes, maintaining fabrication efficiencies, scheduling and arranging maintenance and managing inventory to meet production requirements.
This qualification can be obtained in the following contexts:
Rationale for the qualification:
This is the third qualification in a series for learners who want to follow a career in polymer composite fabrication processes. This qualification focuses on developing skills and knowledge necessary to progress in such a career.
The polymer composite fabrication industry operates in a competitive and challenging environment. The finished fabrications have to respond to a wide variety of exacting customer and consumer requirements. In addition, the industry has to respond to international competition, on-going development of new products as the result of changing customer needs, and environmental issues.
The fabrication of composites requires the combination of two or more different materials to form a product. What makes composites unique is that a composite material is formed at the same time as the structure itself is being fabricated. This means that the person who is making the structure is creating the properties of the resultant composite material, and so the manufacturing processes that are used have an unusually critical part to play in determining the performance of the resultant structure. Composites are not like metals, where a sheet might be made in one factory and shaped into a car roof in another. With composites it all happens at once. The products are often subjected to considerable or sometimes extreme stress when in operation and the manufacturing process needs to be consistent and accurate.
There were previously no qualifications for general industry. There were, however, two designated trades for specialist areas in the industry: transport and aerospace. This series of qualifications will replace those trades to ensure uniformity across all industries. The general industry consists of many micro and small enterprises and very few people have any sort of formal qualification. Industry has low barriers to entry and invests little in developing people`s skills. This, together with the ignorance of clients, has led to widely differing standards. Many products and services are safety critical in nature and there is a need to create skills standards to alleviate this problem. The qualifications have been designed in a contextual way so that a learner is accredited for applying a generic set of skills in a specific context. This means it is not necessary to write unit standards for every variation of process or material.
This qualification forms part of a series at different levels to create opportunities for development, a career path and greater security of employment within the polymer composite fabrication industry.
This qualification enables learners who have gained relevant experience in the workplace to obtain credits through the RPL process. This qualification also forms the basis for further development in polymer composite fabrication in particular and the plastics manufacturing industry in general.
|LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING|
|This qualification assumes learners have a National Certificate in Polymer composite fabrication (NQF Level 3). If the learner does not already have such a qualification, learning in preparation for this qualification would also have to include:
Recognition of prior learning
This qualification may be obtained through RPL. The learner should be thoroughly briefed on the mechanism to be used and support and guidance should be provided. Care should be taken that the mechanism used provides the learner with an opportunity to demonstrate competence and is not so onerous as to prevent learners from taking up the RPL option towards gaining a qualification.
|RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING?|
All Unit Standards in the Fundamental Component (46 credits) are compulsory.
The Core component consists of Unit Standards to the value of 74 credits all of which are compulsory.
Learners are to choose Elective Unit Standards to the value of 34 credits from the Elective Unit standards listed so as to attain a minimum of 154 credits for this qualification.
|EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES|
|1. Demonstrate the ability to produce specialised components and complex assemblies using a variety of fabrication methods and operations, setting up equipment, meeting output requirements and working safely with due care for fellow workers and the environment.
2. Demonstrate the ability to read, interpret and produce detailed engineering drawings and to plan fabrication sequences, processes and work instructions.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of quality specifications and an ability to interpret these and evaluate fabricated components to determine compliance with specifications.
4. Maintain and support procedures to solve a variety of problems, both familiar and unfamiliar, within a polymeric composite context and operate within both familiar and new situations, taking responsibility and making decisions.
5. Co-ordinate work team activities, ensure a safe and efficient workplace, and develop the skills and performance of workgroup members.
6. Interact, liaise and communicate with peers, the work group, members of supervisory / management levels and end-users.
7. Gather, summarise and analyse information from a range of sources in order to identify problems, determine trends and produce documentation for a variety of purposes.
|ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA|
The purpose of assessment for this qualification is not to re-assess the outcomes of unit standards but to assess the evidence in terms of the exit level outcomes. The exit level outcomes represent an integration of the various unit standards.
Integrated assessment at the level of the qualification provides an opportunity for learners to show they are able to integrate concepts, actions and ideas achieved across a range of unit standards and contexts. Integrated assessment must evaluate the quality of observable performance as well as the thinking behind the performance.
Some assessment aspects will demand practical demonstration while others may not. In some cases inference will be necessary to determine competence, depending on the nature and context within which performance takes place.
The assessor will collect evidence of the learner`s competence by:
The learner may choose in which official language s/he wants to be assessed. This should be established as part of a process of preparing the learner for assessment and familiarising the learner on the approach being taken.
Since this is a foundational qualification, it is necessary to ensure that the fundamental part of the qualification is also targeted to ensure that while the competence may have been achieved in a particular context, learners are able to apply it in a range of other contexts and for further learning. The assessment should also ensure that the critical cross-field outcomes have been achieved.
|This series of qualifications (NQF level 2 - 4) was compared to:
1. The Certificate in Polymer Processing from the Casey Institute of Technical and Further Education in Australia, which consists of 14 modules making up 432 hours. These modules cover only the technical areas that this series of qualifications covers from Level 2 to Level 4.
2. National Certificate in Composites (Level 4) registered on the National Qualifications framework in New Zealand. This qualification covers a range of specific skill sets related to composites as well as generic engineering skills. The qualification also allows for 33 credits to be selected from anywhere on the New Zealand NQF
A comparison is made difficult because:
1. In both the Australian and New Zealand cases, neither the fundamental learning elements nor some of the generic core elements are specified.
2. In both the Australian and New Zealand cases, the learning required crosses several levels.
3. The Certificate in Polymer Processing does not require time to be spent producing portfolios.
4. While both qualifications require the learner to master a wider range of polymer composites techniques than the South African qualifications do, they do not specify the level of complexity that has to be achieved. The applied competence in the South African qualifications focuses on achieving a specific level of competence required by a person working in a real-world fabrication context in which a degree of specialisation, experience and problem-solving ability is required.
|The qualification has been designed and structured so that qualifying learners can move from one context to another, within the composite fabrication environment. Learners may need to receive structured top up learning when moving to a thermoplastics or Industrial rubber environment.|
|CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS|
|The following criteria should be applied by the relevant ETQA:
1. Appropriate qualification in the field of plastics fabrication at NQF Level 5 and a minimum of 2 years` experience in a polymer composite fabrication environment. The subject matter experience of the assessor can be established by recognition of prior learning. Until there is a sufficient body of competent people, interim arrangements may have to be adopted.
2. Appropriate experience and understanding of assessment theory, processes and practices
3. Good inter-personal skills and the ability to balance the conflicting requirements of:
4. Registration as an assessor with the MERS ETQA or any other relevant ETQA.
5. Any other criteria required by the MERS ETQA or any other relevant ETQA.
|As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this qualification was Reregistered in 2012; 2015.|
|Notes on unit standards
Gen: Titles are Generic Standards submitted to NSB 06 - currently in SAQA registration process
Eng: Titles are Mechanical Engineering standards - now registered, but still need to find out NLRD numbers. Not available on current consolidated list from NSB 06
TPW: Contextualise Thermoplastics Fabrication unit standard - submitted to NSB 06 in January 2003 for registration
AMO: Draft unit standards from the Aircraft Maintenance and Overhaul SGB.
|ID||UNIT STANDARD TITLE||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||CREDITS|
|Core||13298||Produce detailed engineering drawings||Level 3||NQF Level 03||6|
|Core||13254||Contribute to the implementation and maintenance of business processes||Level 4||NQF Level 04||10|
|Core||110283||Fabricate specialised polymer composite parts and complex assemblies||Level 4||NQF Level 04||28|
|Core||110276||Maintain the quality of fabricated polymer composite products||Level 4||NQF Level 04||24|
|Core||14710||Manage and develop the performance of work group members in fabrication activities||Level 4||NQF Level 04||6|
|Fundamental||8968||Accommodate audience and context needs in oral communication||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||9528||Communicate with clients||Level 3||NQF Level 03||3|
|Fundamental||9529||Compile feasibility and commissioning reports||Level 3||NQF Level 03||3|
|Fundamental||12429||Develop a personal financial plan||Level 3||NQF Level 03||2|
|Fundamental||8969||Interpret and use information from texts||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||8970||Write texts for a range of communicative contexts||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||9506||Communicate in an assertive manner with clients and fellow workers||Level 4||NQF Level 04||4|
|Fundamental||8974||Engage in sustained oral communication and evaluate spoken texts||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Fundamental||8975||Read analyse and respond to a variety of texts||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Fundamental||116389||Write a technical report||Level 4||NQF Level 04||4|
|Fundamental||8976||Write for a wide range of contexts||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Elective||12484||Perform basic fire fighting||Level 2||NQF Level 02||4|
|Elective||12483||Perform basic first aid||Level 2||NQF Level 02||4|
|Elective||114315||Undertake factory performance calculations||Level 2||NQF Level 02||15|
|Elective||12488||Complete feasibility and commissioning reports||Level 3||NQF Level 03||3|
|Elective||14783||Conform to and apply legislation and operational instructions in chemical processing||Level 3||NQF Level 03||4|
|Elective||242812||Induct a member into a team||Level 3||NQF Level 03||4|
|Elective||116714||Lead a team, plan, allocate and assess their work||Level 3||NQF Level 03||4|
|Elective||12455||Perform the role of a safety, health and environmental protection representative||Level 3||NQF Level 03||4|
|Elective||116986||Sling complex loads and communicate during crane operations||Level 3||NQF Level 03||12|
|Elective||120385||Apply a range of project management tools and techniques||Level 4||NQF Level 04||7|
|Elective||13941||Apply the budget function in a business unit||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Elective||115274||Assemble aeronautical metal components and/or composites by bonding||Level 4||NQF Level 04||10|
|Elective||115267||Assemble, track and balance helicopter main and tail rotors||Level 4||NQF Level 04||4|
|Elective||14708||Commission and hand over thermoplastic fabrications||Level 4||NQF Level 04||10|
|Elective||114737||Cost and price a product||Level 4||NQF Level 04||6|
|Elective||242822||Employ a systematic approach to achieving objectives||Level 4||NQF Level 04||10|
|Elective||117156||Interpret basic financial statements||Level 4||NQF Level 04||4|
|Elective||13235||Maintain the quality assurance system||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Elective||9505||Manage basic business and personal finance||Level 4||NQF Level 04||6|
|Elective||13224||Monitor the application of safety, health and environmental protection procedures||Level 4||NQF Level 04||4|
|Elective||242819||Motivate and Build a Team||Level 4||NQF Level 04||10|
|Elective||123253||Operate a rigid heavy vehicle||Level 4||NQF Level 04||15|
|Elective||242817||Solve problems, make decisions and implement solutions||Level 4||NQF Level 04||8|
|Elective||15237||Build teams to meet set goals and objectives||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||3|
|Elective||7818||Conduct on-the-job coaching||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||5|
|Elective||13203||Counsel workgroup members in respect of HIV/AIDS||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||3|
|Elective||12458||Develop the skills of a work team||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||10|
|Elective||11286||Institute disciplinary action||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||8|
|Elective||9897||Manage inventory||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||3|
|Elective||113851||Manage the transportation of dangerous goods||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||6|
|Elective||119168||Order and ensure delivery from external suppliers for plastics manufacturing processes||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||4|
|Elective||14609||Participate in management of conflict||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||4|
|Elective||119170||Plan, schedule and monitor plastics production||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||8|
|Elective||119183||Test and evaluate the quality of plastics raw materials and finished products||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||10|
|LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION:|
|PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION:|
|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.||Plastics Federation of South Africa (MAITLAND) (TP)|
|2.||Plastics Federation of South Africa (MIDRAND) (TP)|
|3.||Plastics Federation of South Africa (WESTMEAD) (TP)|