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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE: 

Further Education and Training Certificate: Clothing, Textiles, Footwear and Leather (CTFL) Mechanician Processes 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
48964  Further Education and Training Certificate: Clothing, Textiles, Footwear and Leather (CTFL) Mechanician Processes 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Clothing, Textiles, Footwear and Leather 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
FPMSETA - Fibre Processing and Manufacturing Sector Education and Training Authority  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
Further Ed and Training Cert  Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology  Manufacturing and Assembly 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  178  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered" 
EXCO 07158/17  2015-07-01  2016-12-31 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2017-12-31   2019-12-31  

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 qualification is applicable to people across the CTFL sector as the fundamental and core and elective components deal with knowledge, skills, values and attitudes required by all mechanicians in the sector. Learners will deal with specific clothing, textile (dry) or textile (wet) processes through the chosen elective area.

The purpose of the qualification is to build the mechanician competence at level 4 to address the following:

1. The need for mechanicians to monitor the use of raw materials, lubricants and chemicals.
2. The need to maintain and use a range of hand or power tools.
3. The need to record quality matters and maintain a quality system.
4. The need to monitor waste and record waste related statistics.
5. The need to determine common mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical, electronic and to conduct generic tests on these.
6. The need to monitor and improve employer / employee practices in a CTFL plant.
7. The need to lead teams in CTFL processes
8. The need to describe material flow in the manufacture of CTFL products.
9. The need for learners to maintain a range of clothing machinery.
10. The need for learners to maintain textile (dry) process machinery in the textile industry.
11. The need for learners to complete a product change over in a textile dry process.
12. The need for learners to maintain textile (wet) process machinery in the textile industry.


This qualification will allow a learner to obtain a nationally recognised qualification in mechanician processes. It will set a standard for proficiency and assist in reducing high costs related to machine and equipment maintenance and breakdown. It will also assist with attracting and retaining quality learners. This qualification will also provide for the recognition of prior learning by allowing learners to obtain credits for knowledge and skills that they already possess and so obtain the qualification in whole or in part through such recognition.

The qualification supports the objectives of the National Qualifications Framework in the following ways:
  • It provides for progression from the level 3 qualification and to the level 5 qualification. It also meets the NQF principle of portability in that 24 credits are carried over to the manufacturing processes qualifications at the same level in clothing, textiles, footwear and leather. Furthermore, it gives the opportunity for learners to obtain official recognition for knowledge and skills that they possess in mechanicians processes the awarding of an officially recognised qualification.
  • The provision that the qualification may be obtained through recognition of prior learning facilitates access to an education, training and career path in mechanicians processes, and thus accelerates the redress of past unfair discrimination in education, training and employment opportunities.
  • The inclusion of the specified unit standards in the fundamental and core categories contributes to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of the nation at large.

    Rationale for the qualification

    The National Certificate in CTFL Mechanician Processes at NQF Level 4 is designed to meet the needs of learners who are involved in mechanician processes or who enter the CTFL sector. This qualification reflects the workplace-based needs across the sector. The current and future need for competent mechanicians has been expressed by employers and employees, and is captured in this qualification. This qualification provides the learner with accessibility to be employed in manufacturing support processes and provides the flexibility in that learners accessing this qualification may move into qualifications in Clothing, Textiles, Footwear and Leather manufacturing processes.

    To this end 24 credits in this qualification are portable across to the manufacturing process qualifications. This National Certificate is structured in such a away that it gives learners exposure to a broad set of core competencies while the electives may be chosen from either clothing, textiles (dry) or textiles (wet) processes. (Note: further work in developing elective standards in footwear and leather will complete the qualification for those specific elective areas). This qualification will allow for competence in the learner's current work environment or chosen future work environment. This qualification may also be accessed by learners who have demonstrated competence in the National Certificate in CTFL Mechanicians Processes at NQF level 3. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners should be competent in the national certificate level 3 in Clothing, Textiles, Footwear and Leather manufacturing processes or equivalent.

    Recognition of prior learning

    This qualification may be achieved in part or in whole through the recognition of prior learning, which includes formal, informal and non-formal learning and work experience. 

    RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    The Qualification consists of a Fundamental, a Core and an Elective Component.

    To be awarded the Qualification, learners are required to obtain a minimum of 178 credits as detailed below.

    Fundamental Component:

    The Fundamental Component consists of Unit Standards in:
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 4 to the value of 16 credits.
  • Communication at NQF Level 4 in a First South African Language to the value of 20 credits.
  • Communication in a Second South African Language at NQF Level 3 to the value of 20 credits.

    It is compulsory therefore for learners to do Communication in two different South African languages, one at NQF Level 4 and the other at NQF Level 3.

    All Unit Standards in the Fundamental Component are compulsory.

    Core Component:

    The Core Component consists of Unit Standards to the value of 72 credits all of which are compulsory.

    Elective Component:

    The Elective Component consists of Unit Standards to the value of 116 credits. Learners are to choose Unit Standards to the minimum of 50 credits from unit standards in either the clothing, textile (dry) or textile (wet) processes. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    The outcomes are specified in terms of a combination of specific and critical cross-field outcomes as defined in the different unit standards.

    On achieving this qualification, a learner is able to:
  • Monitor the use of raw materials, lubricants and chemicals when maintaining machines and equipment, interpreting data, evaluating information, keeping records and solving under and over use problems related to materials.
  • Maintain and use a range of hand or power tools understanding the technology related to such tools and adapting to situations that occur during maintenance and repair procedures.
  • Record quality matters and maintain a quality system as it applies to maintenance recognising areas of poor quality and then communicating action to rectify areas of poor quality.
  • Monitor waste and record waste related statistics.
  • Determine common mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical, electronic and steam generating faults and to conduct generic tests on these ensuring that future faults are prevented through problem solving.
  • Monitor and improve employer / employee practices in a CTFL plant, understanding that interpersonal problems in one section or forum affects relations throughout the organisation.
  • Lead teams in CTFL processes and identify and solve problems so that appropriate coaching counselling motivating disciplining and rewarding are implemented.
  • Describe material flow in the manufacture of CTFL products working with others ensuring smooth material flow from previous processes to future processes is optimised.
  • Maintain a range of clothing machinery where communication and problem solving allows for accuracy and proficiency.
  • Maintain textile (dry) process machinery in the textile industry where communication and problem solving allows for accuracy and proficiency.
  • Complete a product change over in a textile dry process using information for accurate interpretation of specifications and understanding technology for the use of appropriate testing where it applies to the introduction of new products to a process.
  • Maintain textile (wet) process machinery in the textile industry where communication and problem solving allows for accuracy and proficiency. 

  • ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    Assessors should check that the learner can demonstrate an ability to consider a range of options, make decisions and apply the skills that relate to:
  • Raw materials, chemicals and lubricants used when maintaining machines and equipment in order to keep the machines running at optimal efficiency.
  • A range of hand and hand held power tools that are used and maintained ensuring legislation, manufacturers specifications and safety procedures are met.
  • Quality matters that are recorded and quality systems that are maintained ensuring accurate explanation and demonstration meet laid down quality procedures.
  • The monitoring of waste and the recording of statistics ensuring accuracy in terms of time frames, procedures, legislation, company policies and procedures and compliance with industry waste reduction practices.
  • Mechanical pneumatic hydraulic electrical electronic and steam generating systems faults which are determined by identifying symptoms selecting instruments and applying systematic approaches to identify and locate causes.
  • Employer / employee practices which are monitored and improved through implementing procedures, establishing committees and consultation.
  • The leading of CTFL teams that are organised according to work schedules planned with people and targets being met.
  • Material flow within CTFL processes that is described accurately and emergency conditions responded to ensuring material flow is optimised.
  • Either the maintenance, diagnostics, repair and/ or overhaul of a range of CTFL machines and equipment ensuring that manufacturers and company specifications are met.
  • Relate to a product change over that is completed (specific to a textile dry process) where specifications are interpreted accurately, and stripping, assembling and setting is demonstrated sequentially and new product checks are conducted according to manufacturers specifications and company procedures.

    Integrated assessment

    The competence (practical, foundational and reflective competencies) of this qualification will be achieved if a learner is able to achieve all the exit level outcomes of the qualification. The identification and solving of problems, working in a team, organising self, using data, understanding the implications of actions and reactions in the world as a set of related systems must be assessed during any combination of practical, foundational and reflexive competencies assessment methods and tools to determine the whole person development and integration of applied knowledge and skills in the field of management.

    Certain exit level outcomes are measurable and verifiable through assessment criteria assessed in one application. Competence will be assessed when conducting formative and summative assessment.

    Formative assessment:

    The assessment criteria for formative assessment are described in the various unit standards. Formative assessment takes place during the process of learning and assessors should use a range of assessment methods and tools that support each other to assess total competence.

    These tools include the following:
  • On-the-job observations where practical demonstration is required.
  • Role-play simulations where observation of people interaction competence is required.
  • Structured group discussions that require communication and teamwork.
  • Knowledge tests, exams, case studies, projects, registers, logbooks, workbooks that applicable to specific contexts.
  • Verbal report backs (presentations) that require accuracy of information.
  • Portfolios of evidence that may be applicable to prior learning.
  • Projects especially relating to a complete process of either cleaning, lubricating, stripping, repairing and / or assembling.
  • Completed production related documentation, progress and variance reports.
  • Requisition documentation in terms of spares and / or equipment.
  • Costing documentation relating to appropriate spares and / or equipment.

    Assessment tools must encourage learners to give an account of the thinking and decision-making that underpins their demonstrated performance. Some assessments will be of a more practical nature others will be more theoretical. The assessment method and/or tools used by the assessor must be fair so as not to hinder or advantage the learner, valid in a sense that it measures what it intents to measure, reliable in a sense that it is consistent and delivers the same output across a range of learners and practical in a sense that it takes into account the available financial resources, facilities, equipment and time.

    The key to successful assessment in the field of mechanician processes, lies in ongoing formative assessment. There will need to be a continuous process of evaluation of results achieved which will include the demonstration of all the outcomes in the context where learners are responsible for performing a range of mechanician operations.

    Summative assessment:

    Summative assessment is carried out at the end of the learning programme, under the direction of the appropriate ETQAs, to assess the overall achievement of the learner. A detailed portfolio of evidence is required to prove the practical, applied and foundational competencies of the learner.

    The overall integration of the fundamental and core unit standards with the elective unit standards in the learner's working context is critical, and will ultimately show the impact of the qualification on improving mechanician competence. At the point of the summative assessment co-operation between the sector and band ETQAs may be required.

    Assessors and moderators:

    Assessors and moderators should develop and conduct their own integrated assessment by making use of a range of formative and summative assessment methods. Assessors should assess and give credit for the evidence of learning that has already been acquired through formal, informal and non-formal learning and work experience.

    Unit standards associated with the qualification must be used to assess specific and critical cross-field outcomes. During integrated assessments the assessor should make use of formative and summative assessment methods and should assess combinations of practical, applied, foundational and reflective competencies. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    The qualification was benchmarked against mechanician qualifications in Britain, Australia and New Zealand, and was found to be comparable with other qualifications at this level, in terms of the outcomes and assessment criteria. In addition, the existing internationally benchmarked textile trades, were used as input. 

    ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    This qualification provides the following articulation possibilities at level 4:
  • The national certificate in Textile Processes (NQF 4).
  • The national certificate in Clothing Manufacturing Technology (NQF 4).
  • The national certificate in Footwear Technology (NQF 4).
  • The national certificate in Leather Manufacturing (NQF 4).
  • The National Diploma in Clothing, Textiles, Footwear and Leather (NQF 5).
  • Any other manufacturing related qualifications. 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Assessors must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderators must be registered as assessors with the relevant ETQA, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • The mechanisms and requirements for moderation should be applied in accordance with the requirements of the relevant ETQA.

    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. 

  • CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    Assessors need experience in the following areas:
  • Interpersonal skills.
  • Subject matter.
  • Assessment.

    The assessor needs to be competent in the planning and conducting of assessment of learning outcomes and in the design and development of assessments as described in the unit standards 'Plan and conduct assessment of learning outcomes NQF level 4'. Subject matter experience must be well developed within the different functional areas of the specific industry. The assessor must have completed:
  • A similar qualification at the level with a minimum of 6-12 months field experience after he/she has completed the qualification or,
  • The subject matter experience of the assessor can be established by recognition of prior learning.
    Assessors need to be registered with the relevant Education and Training Quality Assurance Body. 

  • REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this qualification was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    NOTES 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  12058  Demonstrate knowledge and operation of mechanical and electrical sytems  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  7176  Describe material flow in the manufacture of textiles  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  116329  Determine common electronic faults and conduct generic electronic tests  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  116326  Determine common steam faults and conduct generic steam tests  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  13115  Install, test and maintain an electro-hydraulic system  Level 4  NQF Level 04  20 
    Core  13116  Install, test and maintain an electro-pneumatic system  Level 4  NQF Level 04  20 
    Core  116325  Monitor the use of raw materials, chemicals and lubricants when maintaining machines and equipment  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  116374  Monitor waste and record waste related statistics  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  12662  Prepare and process raw materials  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
    Fundamental  8968  Accommodate audience and context needs in oral communication  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9013  Describe, apply, analyse and calculate shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional space in different contexts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  8969  Interpret and use information from texts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  8973  Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  8970  Write texts for a range of communicative contexts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9015  Apply knowledge of statistics and probability to critically interrogate and effectively communicate findings on life related problems  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  8974  Engage in sustained oral communication and evaluate spoken texts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  8975  Read analyse and respond to a variety of texts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  9016  Represent analyse and calculate shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional space in different contexts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  7483  Solve problems involving sequences and series in real and simulated situations  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  8979  Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  7468  Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business, national and international issues  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  8976  Write for a wide range of contexts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  116323  Complete a product change over in a textile dry process  Level 4  NQF Level 04  15 
    Elective  7178  Lead teams in textile processes  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  116332  Maintain textile (dry processes) machinery in the textile industry  Level 4  NQF Level 04  35 
    Elective  116331  Maintain textile (wet processes) machinery in the textile industry  Level 4  NQF Level 04  50 
    Elective  13235  Maintain the quality assurance system  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  7120  Monitor and improve employer/employee practices in a textile plant  Level 4  NQF Level 04 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
     
    NONE 


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