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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

Further Education and Training Certificate: Manufacturing Technical Maintenance 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
49646  Further Education and Training Certificate: Manufacturing Technical Maintenance 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Secondary Agriculture: Processing 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
AgriSETA - Agriculture SETA  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
Further Ed and Training Cert  Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation  Secondary Agriculture 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  169  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Reregistered  SAQA 10105/14  2015-07-01  2018-06-30 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2019-06-30   2022-06-30  

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 qualification does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification. 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
Purpose:

A learner assessed as competent against this qualification, will be able to fault find, dismantle and repair and maintain equipment and machinery in a wide cross-section of sectors e.g. the Sugar Manufacturing and Refining industry. They will have enhanced communication skills as it pertains to the individual. All of these will contribute to the operational efficiency of the sector in which they operate.

In addition the learners will be well positioned to extend their learning and practice into other areas of manufacturing, or to strive towards welding, electrical, instrumentation and manufacturing unit standards and practice at higher levels.

The emphasis of the learning becomes more focussed at this level, after a broad multi-skilled base in the NQF Level 2 and 3 qualifications. The individual skills acquired are required in a range of industries such as manufacturing and processing sectors. The choice of electives will enable the learner to apply the knowledge and skills obtained in a specific industry or sector.


Rationale:

The current emphasis in many industries is on multi-skilling as it is believed to enhance the employability of the individual. This qualification will enable the learner to acquire recognised competencies relevant to a wide range of industries and sectors.

The qualifying learner will operate in areas of activities such as routine maintenance of electrical and mechanical machinery in a range of manufacturing sectors. The learner will engage in activities such as the installation and repairs of basic electrical, instrumentation and mechanical machinery.

This is the third qualification in a series for learners who want to follow a career in the field of manufacturing technical maintenance. It also provides learners who have gained relevant experiences in the workplace with an opportunity to obtain credits through an RPL process. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
It is assumed that a learner entering a programme leading to this qualification has achieved Mathematical Literacy and Communications skills at NQF Level 3 or equivalent.

Recognition of Prior Learning:

This qualification may be achieved in part or completely through the recognition of prior learning, which includes formal, informal and non-formal learning and work experience. The learner should be thoroughly briefed of 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 too onerous as to prevent learners from taking up the RPL option towards gaining a qualification. 

RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

QUALIFICATION RULES 
To obtain this qualification, the learner must obtain 60 credits from fundamental, 85 credits from core and 24 credits from the elective category to total 169 credits. 

EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
1. Demonstrate an understanding of and an ability to fault find, dismantle, maintain, repair and install electrical and instrumentation equipment, complex mechanical assemblies, meeting output requirements and working safely with due care for fellow workers and the environment.

2. Demonstrate an understanding of production/operation maintenance requirements and an ability to diagnose and repair faults on machinery and equipment during production/operation.

3. Communicate with peers, production personnel and members of supervisory/management levels by gathering and summarise information from a range of sources and producing coherent presentations in a prescribed format.

4. Demonstrate an understanding of options for further learning in this or a related field of learning and preparation requirements for such learning.

5. Maintain and support procedures to solve a variety of problems, both familiar and unfamiliar, within an engineering context in a particular industry and operate within familiar and new situations, taking responsibility and making decisions.

Critical Cross-Field Outcomes:

The following reflect the ways in which the Critical Cross-Field Outcomes are applicable to this qualification. Examples where these Critical Cross-Field Outcomes apply in the unit standards, as well as the manner in which they are reflected.

1. Identifying and solving problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made.
  • Maintain brakes and clutches:
    Identifying and solving problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made through recognising and responding to non-conforming parts.

    2. Working effectively with others as a team.
  • Maintain gearboxes:
    Working effectively with others as a team through interacting with colleagues and team members in order to acquire required consumables, lubricants and cleaning agents.

    3. Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively.
  • Diagnose and repair faults on equipment and machinery during production:
    Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively when applying correct procedures and techniques while diagnosing and repairing faults on machinery during production.

    4. Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion.
  • Produce components using engineering turning operation:
    Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion when reporting on and recording information on work performed.

    5. Demonstrating an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation.
  • Repair 3 phase AC motor control gear:
    Demonstrating an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation through understanding and explaining the procedures of three phase AC motor control gear. 

  • ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    1:
  • Condition of equipment and machinery is monitored and faults diagnosed.
  • Assemblies are maintained and refurbished to required standards.
  • Output requirements are met.
  • Safe working practices are adhered to.

    2:
  • Recurrent equipment and machinery faults and their root causes are identified.
  • Minor repairs on line are performed.
  • Documentation on major repair requirements is completed.
  • Equipment and machinery components requiring major repair dismantled and despatched to workshop.
  • Major repair requirements are reported.
  • Production time schedule is maintained.

    3:
  • Information is gathered from a range of sources and accurately summarised into a prescribed format.
  • Information is presented in a timely manner in the required format to appropriate parties.
  • Relationships with peers, production personnel and members of supervisory/management levels are established and maintained.

    4:
  • Options are explained.
  • Preparation requirements are explained.
  • Learning plan is developed.

    5:
  • Solutions to machining problems are chosen based on a clear analysis of information gathered through diagnostic procedures.
  • Procedures are modified to respond to unfamiliar problems where appropriate.
  • All action related to problem solving are accurately recorded for future reference.

    Integrated Assessment:

    Learners will produce evidence of the following:
  • Verbal and written explanations of reasons for adhering to operational and work site procedures as well as statutory requirements, adhering to specific sequence of operations, identifying deviations, taking corrective actions and recording relevant data, and reporting deviations outside the jobholder's responsibility.
  • Demonstrations of a range of operational actions relating to applying quality control and applying general safety in the workplace.
  • Learners will demonstrate an understanding of the industry in which the learning is taking place.
  • Oral or written questioning regarding the reflexive competencies within the qualification:
    If the identifying and solving of problems, team work, organising oneself, the using of applied science, the implication of actions and reactions in the world as a set of related systems are not clear from the observation, a method of oral questioning or a case study should be applied to determine the whole person development and integration of applied knowledge and skills.
  • A portfolio of evidence is required to prove the practical, foundational and reflexive competencies of the learner, which may include production and quality statistics.
  • 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 in 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, foundational and reflexive competencies. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    The maintenance and repairs that have to be performed on the mechanical and electrical equipment in the sugar mills and associated facilities is varied and specialised. The maintenance technician must therefore have diverse skills in three specific areas:
  • Mechanical, conduct preventative maintenance and repairs on machinery, including the refurbishing or fitting of replacement components.
  • Fabrication, repair or form new metal sections for the plant and machinery, utilising TIG welding techniques.
  • Electrical, perform basic preventative maintenance and repairs to motor controls, including the construction of basic electronic circuits.

    This multi- skilling is essential in the refining environment, as the majority of repairs have to be completed timeously and "in house". These varied skills are often complementary in fault diagnostics.

    Extensive searches were conducted for comparable international qualifications, but no single certificate or diploma course could be found that covers all three of the required disciplines. Instead, the international trend is towards specialisation in each field. Accordingly, the unit standards that pertain to the content of this qualification were sought and used for comparison.

    The British, New Zealand and Australian unit standards are all similar in content, as these fields are extensively used in various industries. The Australian unit standards have been specifically listed as they are more descriptive than their counterparts. The unit standards that were examined and the notable similarities are:

    Mechanical

    1. Registration No AUR06670A - Service Transmissions
  • This level 4 unit standard covers the practices and procedures used in the servicing of gearboxes / transmissions for both plant and vehicles.
  • The "Maintain Gearboxes" unit standard incorporates the servicing of gearboxes / transmissions in a similar manner to the above.

    2. Registration No AUR06645A - Overhaul Transmissions
  • This level 4 unit standard covers the practices and procedures for the overhauling of gearboxes / transmissions for both plant and vehicles.
  • These are comparable with those used in the "Maintain Gearboxes" unit standard.

    3. Registration No AUR1010170A - Service Braking Systems
  • This level 3 unit standard covers the practices and procedures used in the servicing of hydraulic, mechanical, pneumatic, vacuum and power assisted systems.
  • The "Maintain brakes and clutches" unit standard incorporates the servicing of these components and systems.

    4. Registration No AUR06166A - Repair Clutch Assemblies
  • This level 3 unit standard covers the practices and procedures used in the removal, servicing, and replacement of clutch assemblies and associated operating system components.
  • The "Maintain brakes and clutches" unit standard incorporates the servicing of these components and systems.

    5. Registration No UTPNEG178A - Perform Plant Lubrication
  • This level 3 unit standard covers the practices and procedures used in the maintaining of grease and oil levels in all types of machinery, including the various lubrication mediums.
  • The "Maintain lubrication systems" unit standard covers these aspects in a similar manner.

    6. Certificate IV in Engineering No MEM40103 - Higher engineering trade
  • This level 4 qualification includes the maintenance of various aspects of mechanical plant and equipment, including bearings, drives, conveyors and general engineering principles and procedures.
  • The "Diagnose and repair faults on equipment and machinery" unit standard incorporates the servicing of these components.

    Fabrication

    1. Registration No MEM549AA - Perform gas tungsten arc welding
  • This level 4 unit standard covers the practices and procedures used in the preparation of metals, the TIG welding technology and the welding techniques.
  • The "Weld work pieces with shielded metal arc welding processes" contains the majority of the practices and procedures of TIG welding.

    Electrical

    1. Registration No UTENES501BA - Diagnose and rectify faults in apparatus and circuits
  • This level 5 unit standard covers the practices and procedures used in fault finding of electrical controls including motor switchgear.
  • The "Repair three phase motor control gear" is focused primarily on the contactors and control circuits for three phase motors. In this regard the level 5 unit standard is comparable.

    2. Registration No MEM103AA - Install electrical wiring and circuits
  • This level 3 unit standard covers the practices and procedures used in constructing simple circuits.
  • The "Construct basic circuits" unit standard includes the methods of following a basic circuit diagram and completing this.

    The qualification is wholly comprised of existing registered unit standards. Their validity is accordingly not in question, but rather their suitability for the effective maintenance of the plant and equipment that is typically installed in a sugar refinery. In this regard the selected unit standards are practical and will equip the learners with the required skills to effect the necessary maintenance regimes. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    The qualification has been designed and structured in such a way that it facilitates learner movement to more advanced and specialised disciplines. Employers or institutions should be able to evaluate the outcomes of this qualification against the needs of their context and structure top-up learning appropriately. This qualification forms a basis for entry into a wide cross section of industries in South Africa. This will be achieved through the multi-skilling of the learner.

    The qualification also forms the basis for further learning in the field of Manufacturing Technical Maintenance where learners will engage in more complex maintenance and repair activities. 

    MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Anyone assessing a learner against these unit standards must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.

    Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of these unit standards or will assess these unit standards must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA. Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures.

    Therefore anyone wishing to be assessed against these unit standards may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution, which is accredited by the relevant ETQA. 

    CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    Assessors need experience in the following areas:
  • Interpersonal skills, subject matter and assessment.
  • The assessors needs to be competent in the planning and conducting assessment of learning outcomes and design and develop assessments as described in the relevant unit standards. The subject matter experience must be well developed within the field of technical maintenance in the industry in which the learner is working or learning.
  • To be in possession of an appropriate qualification at NQF Level 5 or higher.
  • Assessors need to be registered with the relevant ETQA. 

  • 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  10270  Construct Basic Electronic Circuits  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  13282  Maintain brakes and clutches  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  13277  Maintain lubricating systems  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  13327  Diagnose and repair faults on equipment and machinery during production/operation  Level 4  NQF Level 04  24 
    Core  13325  Maintain gearboxes  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
    Core  10278  Repair three phase AC motor control gear  Level 4  NQF Level 04  12 
    Core  12254  Weld workpieces with the shielded metal arc welding process in all positions  Level 4  NQF Level 04  25 
    Fundamental  8968  Accommodate audience and context needs in oral communication  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  13224  Monitor the application of safety, health and environmental protection procedures  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  7468  Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business, national and international issues  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  12153  Use the writing process to compose texts required in the business environment  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  8976  Write for a wide range of contexts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  13296  Produce components by performing engineering milling operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  20 
    Elective  13295  Produce components by performing engineering turning operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  20 
    Elective  13299  Commission assembly / machine  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  12252  Develop and fabricate from complex drawings  Level 4  NQF Level 04  28 
    Elective  13328  Refurbish machines  Level 4  NQF Level 04  24 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
     
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    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION: 
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