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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

Further Education and Training Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Fitting 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
59709  Further Education and Training Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Fitting 
ORIGINATOR ORIGINATING PROVIDER
SGB Generic Manufacturing, Engineering, Technology   
QUALITY ASSURING BODY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
The individual Quality Assuring Body for each Learning Programme recorded against this qualification is shown in the table at the end of this report.  The individual NQF Sub-framework for each Learning Programme recorded against this qualification is shown in the table at the end of the qualification report. 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
Further Ed and Training Cert  Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology  Engineering and Related Design 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  120  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Reregistered  SAQA 0695/12  2012-07-01  2015-06-30 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2016-06-30   2019-06-30  

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 replaces: 
Qual ID Qualification Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Min Credits Replacement Status
23275  National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Fitting  Level 4  NQF Level 04  135  Complete 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
Purpose:

The purpose of this qualification is to build knowledge and skills that are required by employees in an engineering support environment (in various sectors of the economy) that would add value to the qualifying learner in terms of enrichment of the person, status and recognition. It provides an opportunity for learners to learn and apply skills in relation to the workplace.

The FETC Mechanical Engineering Fitter is the culmination of a learning path spanning three qualifications and is intended to produce a highly competent artisan who can perform his/her duties competently and confidently. They will apply mechanical and industrial engineering skills in order to meet the challenges of a competitive and demanding environment. This qualification will provide learners, education and training providers and employers with the standards and the range of learning required to produce these individuals.

Typical entrants to this qualification could be:
  • Learners who have achieved the Level 3 qualification and are ready to progress to the Level 4 qualification.
  • Semi-skilled fitters' assistants who choose to use this qualification as a "stepping stone" to artisanship through RPL.

    This qualification will enable the learner to find employment as a skilled worker or artisan in an industrial plant or production environment. The status and relevance of this qualification will attract and retain quality learners and employees, who may even have the potential to progress to a National Certificate or Diploma at Level 5.

    In this qualification, knowledge, skills and values are recognised showing the ability to:
  • Demonstrate integrated analytical and diagnostic skills in order to fault find, diagnose and repair equipment and machinery during production/operations processes.
  • Maintain, overhaul and commission mechanical machines, engineering systems and industrial plant installations.
  • Understand advanced mechanical theory and interpret detailed engineering drawings and flow diagrams.

    Qualified learners will also:
  • Plan, schedule and evaluate own work (self assessment).
  • Interact with team leaders and develop the capacity of team members to maintain and support quality, safety and health systems.
  • Demonstrate appropriate communication skills.

    Rationale:

    The field of Mechanical Engineering (Fitting) is characterised by the provision of engineering maintenance, repair and installation services and support across a wide variety of industry sectors, namely:
  • Manufacturing and Engineering (Metals, Plastics, Tyre and Rubber, Electrical Power Generation, Automotive Manufacturing).
  • Chemical and Petrochemical.
  • Mining.
  • Transport (Maritime, Road, Rail and Aviation).
  • Civil Engineering and Construction.
  • Food and Beverages.
  • Other engineering-related industry sectors.

    The equipment requiring such services and support range from sophisticated engineering systems to all forms of industrial machinery (single and combined).

    People working in the field of mechanical installation, maintenance and repair, require:
  • Highly developed mechanical orientation with associated hand skills.
  • Specialised technical skills (analytical and diagnostic).
  • Communication skills.
  • Team and leadership skills.
  • Technology orientation in various contexts (Mechanical, control systems, electrical, electronic and information management).

    Qualifying learners will obtain a Further Education Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Fitting). This qualification focuses on developing the skills, knowledge and values necessary to complete the range of competencies required to maintain, overhaul and commission engineering systems and industrial plant installations as a skilled worker.

    The qualification also provides:
  • Opportunities for further learning in the field of Mechanical Engineering.
  • Recognition of prior learning (RPL) opportunities to learners who have gained relevant experience in the workplace. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    This qualification assumes that a National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering (Fitting) at NQF Level 3 or an equivalent qualification was obtained.

    Recognition of Prior Learning:

    This qualification can be obtained wholly or in part through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). The learner should be thoroughly briefed on the process. Support and guidance should be provided. The process should not be so onerous as to prevent learners from taking up the RPL option in obtaining the qualification.

    Access to Qualification:

    Access to this qualification is open. However, it is preferred that learners have completed a National Certificate at NQF Level 3 (in trade-related sub-field) or equivalent. 

    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 120 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.

    The Fundamental Component consists of Unit Standards to the value of 56 credits all of which are compulsory.

    Core Component:

    The Core Component consists of Unit Standards to the value of 52 credits all of which are compulsory.

    Elective Component:

    The Elective Component consists of a number of specializations each with its own set of Unit Standards. Learners are to choose a specialization area and must choose Elective Unit Standards to the value of 12 credits from the Elective Unit standards listed under that specialization so as to attain a minimum of 120 credits for this qualification.

    Specialisation Area 1:

    Learning Programme:

    Fitting (Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Industries) (Learning Programme ID 63479):

    Learners must Elective Unit Standards from the list below to give a minimum of 12 credits for the Elective Component:

    Category; ID; Unit Standard Title; Level; Credits:
  • Elective; ID 13325; Maintain gearboxes; Level 4; 10 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253434; Maintain heat exchangers and pressure vessels; Level 3; 8 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 13279; Maintain dynamic seals in machines and/or equipment; Level 3; 3 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 13326; Maintain safety valves; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253386; Overhaul positive displacement pumps; Level 4; 7 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253376; Overhaul centrifugal pumps; Level 4; 7 Credits.

    Total: 39 Credits.

    Specialisation area 2:

    Learning Programme:

    Fitting (Chemical Industry) (Learning Programme ID 63480):

    Learners must do Unit Standard ID 14783 and must choose additional Elective Unit Standards from the list below to give a minimum of 12 credits for the Elective Component:

    Category; ID; Unit Standard Title; Level; Credits:
  • Elective; ID 14783; Conform to and apply legislation and operational instructions in chemical processing; Level 3; 4 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 13325; Maintain gearboxes; Level 4; 10 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 13279; Maintain dynamic seals in machines and/or equipment; Level 3; 3 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253386; Overhaul positive displacement pumps; Level 4; 7 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253376; Overhaul centrifugal pumps; Level 4; 7 Credits.

    Total: 31 Credits.


    Specialisation area 3:

    Learning Programme:

    Fitting (Mining Industry) (Learning Programme ID 63481):

    Learners must do Unit Standard ID 120406 and must choose additional Elective Unit Standards from the list below to give a minimum of 12 credits for the Elective Component:

    Category; ID; Unit Standard Title; Level; Credits:
  • Elective; ID 120406; Demonstrate an understanding of mining strategies applicable to the different depth environments; Level 4; 6 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 13325; Maintain gearboxes; Level 4; 10 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253434; Maintain heat exchangers and pressure vessels; Level 3; 8 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 13279; Maintain dynamic seals in machines and/or equipment; Level 3; 3 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 13326; Maintain safety valves; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253386; Overhaul positive displacement pumps; Level 4; 7 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253376; Overhaul centrifugal pumps; Level 4; 7 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253375; Overhaul compressors; Level 3; 5 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253377; Overhaul the wheel end final drive assembly of a self propelled mobile machine; Level 3; 6 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253378; Overhaul a drum type separator; Level 3; 3 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253393; Overhaul a centrifuge; Level 3; 7 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253384; Perform maintenance on winding plant; Level 3; 8 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253447; Take samples and measurements on rotating machinery for conditioning monitoring purposes; Level 3; 5 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253388; Maintain glass equipment; Level 3; 5 Credits.

    Total: 83 Credits

    Specialisation area 4:

    Learning Programme:

    Fitting (Electrical Power Generation) (Learning Programme ID 63482):

    Learners must do Unit Standard ID 10195 and must choose additional Elective Unit Standards from the list below to give a minimum of 12 credits for the Elective Component:

    Category; ID; Unit Standard Title; Level; Credits:
  • Elective; ID 10195; Apply Engineering Principles and concepts in a Power Generation Process Plant; Level 3; 5 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 13325; Maintain gearboxes; Level 4; 10 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253434; Maintain heat exchangers and pressure vessels; Level 3; 8 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 13279; Maintain dynamic seals in machines and/or equipment; Level 3; 3 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 13326; Maintain safety valves; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253386; Overhaul positive displacement pumps; Level 4; 7 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253376; Overhaul centrifugal pumps; Level 4; 7 Credits.

    Total: 39 Credits. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Demonstrate the skills and ability to overhaul, install and commission complex mechanical assemblies and engineering systems.
  • Range: Complex mechanical assemblies may include hydraulic, pneumatic, hydro-pneumatic, production machines, e.g. process machines, packaging machines and integrated flow systems.
  • Range: Where applicable, adjustments include close tolerance adjusting, repairing, re-adjustment, re-setting and re-alignment.
  • Range: Fault finding and diagnosis are important competencies at this level.

    2. Plan and schedule work according to machine-, plant- or system production and maintenance requirements.

    3. Solve a variety of problems, both familiar and unfamiliar in terms of advanced mechanical theory and practice.

    4. Demonstrate leadership through effective interaction and communication with clients, peers and supervisors and management.
  • Range: Leadership (individual and team).
  • Range: Technical report-writing.
  • Range: Exploring options for further learning.

    Critical Cross-Field Outcomes:

    These are embedded in the unit standards, which make up the qualification and are thus also reflected in the Exit Level Outcomes of the qualification.

    The critical cross-field outcomes are supported by the exit level outcomes as follows:

    Identifying and solving problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical thinking have been made:
  • Related to the installation, commissioning and overhauling machinery and engineering systems.
  • Related to supervising job activities.
  • Related to the application of specialised methods during mechanical fitting.

    Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organization and community:
  • All tasks and work-related experience are performed within a team environment.
  • Taking into account, the safety of others.
  • Communicating with production, quality control and supervisory personnel and/or clients.
  • Acting in a leadership role.

    Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively:
  • Related to planning and preparation for installation and commissioning activities.
  • Developing best practice behaviour in work performance and adhering to standard operating procedures.
  • Focussing on the maintenance of records and work-schedules.

    Collecting, analyzing, organizing and critically evaluating information:
  • Related to managing / supervising people and the lifting activity.
  • Completion of technical reports related to the job activity.
  • Solve familiar problems during the execution of lifting tasks.
  • During the planning and preparation of the mechanical handling activity.

    Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills:
  • During supervision and the execution of job activities.
  • Execution of commands and completion of technical reports related to the job activity.
  • Communicating as a team leader or supervisor.

    Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility toward the environment and health of others:
  • Implementing methods and techniques based on advanced knowledge of mechanical fitting.
  • Solving problems and applying science and technology to the job activity.

    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognizing that problem contexts do not exist in isolation:
  • Integrating the task with the plant installation's/engineering system's functionality.
  • Solving problems through the integration of various sources of information
  • Demonstrating and understanding of related systems through the use of general and specific channels of communication when dealing with peers, production, quality control and supervisory personnel and/or clients. 

  • ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:

    1.1 Engineering system operation, overhaul, recondition and commissioning procedures are explained and demonstrated in terms of worksite practice and manufacturers' prescribed guidelines and specifications.
    1.2 Solutions to problems are demonstrated during the commissioning process and are based on a clear analysis of information gathered through the use of diagnostic procedures.
    1.3 Inspection and testing is conducted to ensure that the plant, equipment and systems have been restored and the cause of the problem rectified.
    1.4 Procedures are modified to respond to specific environmental conditions, where appropriate.

    Range:

    Commissioning includes:
  • Pre-assembly and pre-installation tests.
  • Assimilation tests and bench tests.
  • Real-time running tests.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:

    2.1 Planning and scheduling of own work is demonstrated in terms of productivity, safety, health and the environment.
    2.2 Work flow is explained and demonstrated, based on job information, in terms of standard worksite practices and the demonstration of the ability to read and interpret detailed engineering drawings.
    2.3 Production and maintenance personnel are consulted and machine downtime is minimised.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:

    3.1 Mechanical principles are applied to establish the cause of plant, equipment and/or system malfunction and faultfinding techniques are used to understand and rectify related problems
    3.2 Solutions to maintenance or production problems are based on a clear analysis of information gathered through diagnostic procedures.
    3.3 Procedures are modified in order to respond to unfamiliar problems by demonstrating the ability to discuss and record alternative solutions to familiar and unfamiliar problems.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 4:

    4.1 Relationships with peers, supervisors and management are established and leadership is demonstrated by assertive communication and behaviour within the workplace.
    4.2 Technical writing skills are applied in recording engineering and related information, in order to understand, evaluate and report on machine, plant and system faults and problems.
    4.3 Learning opportunities and preparation requirements are identified and a learning plan is developed in terms of vertical articulation and the range of choices available.

    Integrated Assessment:
  • Assessment practices must be open transparent fair valid and reliable and should ensure that no learner is disadvantaged in any way whatsoever, so that an integrated approach to assessment is incorporated into the qualification.
  • Learning teaching and assessment are inextricably interwoven. Whenever possible the assessment knowledge skills attitudes and values shown in the unit standards should be integrated.
  • Assessment of Communication and Mathematical Literacy should be integrated as far as possible with other aspects and should use practical administration contexts wherever possible. A variety of methods must be used in assessment and tools and activities must be appropriate to the context in which the learner is working or will work. Where it is not possible to assess the learner in the workplace or on-the-job, simulations, case studies, role plays and other similar techniques should be used to provide a context appropriate to the assessment.
  • The term "integrated assessment" implies that theoretical and practical components should be assessed together. During integrated assessments, the assessor should make use of a range of summative assessment methods and assess combinations of practical, applied, foundational and reflective competencies.
  • Assessors must assess and give credit for the evidence of learning that has already been acquired and could include formal, non-formal learning and work experience.
  • Assessment should ensure that all specific outcomes, embedded knowledge and critical cross-field outcomes are evaluated in an integrated manner.
  • Integrated assessment instruments may combine practical and theoretical components of assessment with the following unit standards in relation to the exit level outcomes:

    Exit Level Outcomes and Associated Unit Standards:

    Demonstrate the skills and ability to overhaul, install and commission complex mechanical assemblies and engineering systems:

    Category; ID; Title; Level; Credits:
  • Core; ID (K.NEW); Maintain pneumatic systems; Level 4; 8 Credits.
  • Core; ID (J.NEW); Maintain hydraulic systems; Level 4; 8 Credits.
  • Core; ID 13299; Commission assembly/machine; Level 4; 8 Credits.
  • Core; ID 13327; Diagnose and repair faults on equipment and machinery during production/operation; Level 4; 24 Credits.
  • Fundamental; ID 119457; Interpret and use information from texts; Level 3; 5 Credits.

    Plan and schedule work according to machine-, plant- or system production and maintenance requirements:

    Category; ID; Title; Level; Credits:
  • Core; ID (K.NEW); Maintain pneumatic systems; Level 4; 8 Credits.
  • Core; ID (J.NEW); Maintain hydraulic systems; Level 4; 8 Credits.
  • Core; ID 13224; Monitor the application of safety, health and environmental protection procedures; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • Core; ID 13299; Commission assembly/machine; Level 4; 8 Credits.

    Solve a variety of problems, both familiar and unfamiliar in terms of advanced mechanical theory and practice:

    Category; ID; Title; Level; Credits:
  • Core; ID 13327; Diagnose and repair faults on equipment and machinery during production/operation; Level 4; 24 Credits.
  • Core; ID (K.NEW); Maintain pneumatic systems; Level 4; 8 Credits.
  • Core; ID (J.NEW); Maintain hydraulic systems; Level 4; 8 Credits.
  • Fundamental; ID 119457; Interpret and use information from texts; Level 3; 5 Credits.
  • Core; ID 13224; Monitor the application of safety, health and environmental protection procedures; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • Core; ID 13299; Commission assembly/machine; Level 4; 8 Credits.

    Demonstrate leadership through effective interaction and communication with clients, peers and supervisors and management:

    Category; ID; Title; Level; Credits:
  • Fundamental; ID 119472; Accommodate audience and context needs in oral/signed communication ; Level 3; 5 Credits.
  • Fundamental; ID 119457; Interpret and use information from texts; Level 3; 5 Credits.
  • Core; ID 119471 ; Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes; Level 4; 5 Credits.
  • Core; ID 13224; Monitor the application of safety, health and environmental protection procedures; Level 4; 4 Credits.
  • Core; ID 13299 ; Commission assembly/machine; Level 4; 8 Credits.
  • Core; ID (K.NEW); Maintain pneumatic systems; Level 4; 8 Credits.
  • Core; ID (J.NEW); Maintain hydraulic systems; Level 4; 8 Credits.

    Note: Learners may not be awarded Exit Level Outcomes, but only the full Unit Standard. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    In benchmarking the reviewed Mechanical Engineering (Fitting) Level 4 qualification against international qualifications, examples in different parts of the world were investigated.

    New Zealand in terms of the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF):
  • National Certificate in Engineering (General Engineering-Mechanical) (Level 4) - Competenz (Training Provider).
  • National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Level 4)-Competenz (Training Provider).

    Australia in terms of the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF):

    The following information was obtained from the National Information Training System with regards to qualifications in mechanical engineering training streams in Australia.

    "Australian Apprenticeships" is the new name for the scheme formerly known as 'New Apprenticeships'.

    Australian apprenticeships combine time at work with training and can be full-time, part-time or school-based, are recent improvements in VET introduced in Australia.

    The qualifications for mechanical fitters cover:
  • Certificate IV Engineering - Mechanical Trade.
  • Certificate IV in Gas Fitting.
  • Certificate IV in Mine Mechanical Engineering.

    United Kingdom (England and Scotland):

    The qualification from the National and Scottish Vocational Qualifications (N/SVQ) which relates to standards-based programme is the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board's N/SVQ Maintaining Plant and Systems - Mechanical. This programme is the closest programme related to the Mechanical Fitter Level 4.

    It comprises:
  • Maintaining Plant & Systems Mechanical N/SVQ-Mandatory Units.
  • Maintaining Plant & Systems Mechanical N/SVQ-Technical Options Set A.
  • Maintaining Plant & Systems Mechanical N/SVQ-Technical Options Set B.

    The NC Mechanical Engineering (Fitting) Level 4 compares well to the qualifications found in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom.

    African Comparability:

    Southern African Development Community (SADC)-Zimbabwe and Botswana:

    Alignment with the United Kingdom's model of Vocational Education and Training (VET), through the London City and Guilds qualification framework and the National Vocational Qualification system (NVQ) - The Botswana National Qualifications Act was passed in 1998. At this present time, focus on the development of standards-based qualifications through a Botswana Vocation Education and Training System (BVET) has revolved around the Wholesale and Retail and Tourism sectors.

    Currently, Botswana mechanical fitters are trained through the apprenticeship system. The length and duration of the practical and theoretical components differ slightly to the South African apprenticeship system, but the learning competencies are similar, with a focus on the predominant diamond mining and small local manufacturing and engineering industries.

    East African Community (EAC):

    The three member states of the EAC; Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, are in the process of the harmonisation of education and training systems within the EAC. Currently, no qualification infrastructure exists.

    Canada:

    Information regarding training was also found on the website of the British Columbia Institute of Technology, The College of The Rockies and North Alberta Institute of Technology. The full mechanical fitter qualification is obtained over a four-year period. The "job description" of the mechanical fitter is similar - mechanical fitters install, repair, overhaul and maintain all types of machinery and heavy mechanical equipment".

    Conclusion: The Canadian qualifications related to mechanical fitting can be used interchangeably with the qualifications developed for the South African manufacturing and engineering industries, serving a similar purpose.

    United States:

    In the United States model, the mechanical fitter qualification is achieved over a four-year period and is similar to the traditional apprenticeship system in South Africa. The methodology is competency-based as opposed to outcomes-based.

    The programme content however, is similar to the broad context of Mechanical Engineering (Fitting) Levels 2, 3 and 4.

    Conclusion: The reviewed mechanical fitter qualification L4 is in line with the US example for the final year/level of the American apprenticeship programme.
  • "They fit bearings, align gears and wheels, attach motors and connect belts according to the manufacturers' specifications. Precision levelling and alignment are important to getting the job right. As the machinery is put into use, mechanical fitters perform preventive maintenance and fix broken or malfunctioning parts".

    Summary of international comparison with NC Mechanical Engineering (Fitting) Level 4:
  • Content: The qualifications from the various countries all address the range of mechanical competencies included in Level 4, thus attending to the need to fulfil the requirements of being introductory by nature.
  • Progression: The international qualifications all address a progression of competencies.
  • Demonstrate Work Practices.

    Internationally, learners or apprentices demonstrate the ability to fault-find/diagnose, overhaul, commission engineering systems (Level 4), albeit in the final phase/level of a single apprenticeship of 4 years.
  • Conclusion: These outcomes are covered within the Level 4 certificate developed for South Africa.
  • Learning delivery: The learning delivery process in all the examples included on-the-job (practical) and off-the-job (theoretical) components.
  • Outcomes-Based: All the examples found either directly or indirectly comply with principles of outcomes-based learning, particularly in terms of outcomes representing meaningful units of learning and assessment being conducted continuously (formatively). There is generally a final integrated assessment, typically called a trade test, where the candidate is required to demonstrate specific and core (cross-field) knowledge and skills.

    " Apprenticeships and VET programmes: In all the examples found, learning is vocational-based. In some countries (England, Scotland, New Zealand and Australia) these are called "modern apprenticeships". These take the form of two categories, namely a programme-led apprenticeship where learners are able to follow a vocational programme at a college and then seek employment as trainees/apprentice/interns in order to qualify as artisans; and an employer-led apprenticeship, in which learners are engaged in a formal contract of learning and most learning is workplace-based. In most cases learners "earn while they learn".

    Application (Purpose): As is the intention with the South African qualifications, the international qualifications all aim at preparing learners for:
  • Working in process or manufacturing oriented industries where they contribute to the effective and efficient maintenance of plant and equipment.
  • Thoroughly understand and apply mechanical knowledge to troubleshoot all types of machines.
  • Fluid control systems or demonstrate troubleshooting abilities.
  • Commissioning of machines and engineering systems.

    Concluding remarks:

    In terms of training and qualification, it is clear that a learner will obtain a specific qualification as Mechanical Fitter, after a vocational learning process (apprenticeship or similar) of approximately 4 years. It must be noted that level descriptors in some countries may differ but that the ultimate outcomes are in essence the same.

    The outcomes of the FETC Mechanical Engineering (Fitting) Level 4 certificate developed for South Africa, compares favourably with the rest of the international community and by every indication, is compatible with those countries who engage with outcomes-and standards-based qualifications as well as apprenticeships. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    The Qualification has been designed and structured so that qualifying learners can move from one engineering context to another. This can be achieved by the appropriate selection of credits in the elective category.

    Equally, holders of other similar Fitting Qualifications may be evaluated against this Qualification for the purpose of Recognition of Prior Learning.

    Vertical articulation may exist (wholly or in part) in the following National Certificates at NQF Level 5:
  • ID: 21007; National Certificate: Automotive Component Manufacturing and Assembly NQF Level 5.
  • ID: 22773; National Certificate: Mechatronics NQF Level 5.

    Horizontal articulation:

    Fundamental learning at this level applies to equivalent credit accrual for engineering-related qualifications at NQF Level 4.

    Core learning at this level applies to equivalent credit accrual for some unit standards in most trade-related engineering qualifications:
  • ID: 58721; Further Education and Training Certificate: Engineering Fabrication NQF Level 4.
  • ID: 23256; Further Education and Training Certificate: Mechanical Engineering (Fitting and Machining) NQF Level 4.
  • ID: 57887; Further Education and Training Certificate: Welding Application and Practice NQF Level 4.

    Other horizontal articulation options may exist and need further investigation in cases where recognition of prior learning is sought. 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this Qualification must be registered with an appropriate Education and Training Quality Assurance Body (ETQA) or with an ETQA which has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this qualification must be accredited as a Training Provider with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA or by an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the relevant ETQA according to that ETQA's guidelines for assessment and moderation.
  • Moderation-includes both internal and external moderation of assessment/s at the 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 in exit level outcomes described in this Qualification. 

  • CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    The following criteria should be applied by a relevant ETQA as a minimum requirement:

    Assessors should be in possession of an appropriate qualification, namely:
  • Mechanical Engineering (Fitting) at NQF Level 4 and a minimum period of related experience as specified by the relevant ETQA.
  • An artisan qualification in Mechanical Fitting (Trade test certificate or completed contract of apprenticeship) with a minimum period of related experience as specified by the relevant ETQA.
  • Subject matter experience, which may be established through recognition of prior learning (RPL).

    Registration as an assessor with the relevant Education and Training Quality Assurance Body.

    Proven inter-personal skills and the ability to:
  • Maintain national and local industry standards.
  • Act in the interest of the learner.
  • Understand the need for transformation to redress the legacies of the past.
  • Respect the cultural background and language of the learner. 

  • NOTES 
    As per the SAQA decision, after consultation with the Quality Councils, to re-register all qualifications and part qualifications on the National Qualifications Framework that meet the criteria for re-registration, this qualification has been re-registered from 1 July 2012.
    This reviewed qualification is the result of an inter-Sector collaborative process and therefore replaces the following qualifications:
  • SAQA ID 23275 - Further Education and Training Certificate: Mechanical Engineering (Fitting) NQF Level 4.
  • SAQA ID 13656 - National Certificate: Chemical Fitter (Interimly-registered) NQF Level 4. 

  • UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  13299  Commission assembly / machine  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  13327  Diagnose and repair faults on equipment and machinery during production/operation  Level 4  NQF Level 04  24 
    Core  253415  Maintain hydraulic systems  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  253361  Maintain pneumatic systems  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  13224  Monitor the application of safety, health and environmental protection procedures  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  119472  Accommodate audience and context needs in oral/signed communication  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  119458  Analyse and respond to a variety of literary texts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  119466  Interpret a variety of literary texts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  119457  Interpret and use information from texts  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  119462  Engage in sustained oral/signed communication and evaluate spoken/signed texts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  119469  Read/view, 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  119471  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  119459  Write/present/sign for a wide range of contexts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  10195  Apply Engineering Principles and concepts in a Power Generation Process Plant  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  14783  Conform to and apply legislation and operational instructions in chemical processing  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  12429  Develop a personal financial plan  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  254355  Inspect and conduct routine maintenance on an overhead crane  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  13282  Maintain brakes and clutches  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  13279  Maintain dynamic seals in machines and / or equipment  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  253388  Maintain glass equipment  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  253434  Maintain heat exchangers and pressure vessels  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  253393  Overhaul a centrifuge  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  253378  Overhaul a drum type separator  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  253375  Overhaul compressors  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  253386  Overhaul positive displacement pumps  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  253377  Overhaul the wheel-end final drive assembly of a self-propelled mobile machine  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  253384  Perform maintenance on winding plant  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  253447  Take samples and measurements on rotating machinery for condition monitoring purposes  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  13254  Contribute to the implementation and maintenance of business processes  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
    Elective  120406  Demonstrate an understanding of mining strategies applicable to the different depth environments  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  13325  Maintain gearboxes  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
    Elective  13326  Maintain safety valves  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  253376  Overhaul centrifugal pumps  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  253357  Perform routine maintenance and inspections on diesel engines used for emergency plant operations  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  13301  Produce complex engineering drawings  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  13328  Refurbish machines  Level 4  NQF Level 04  24 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
    When qualifications are replaced, some (but not all) of their learning programmes are moved to the replacement qualifications. If a learning programme appears to be missing from here, please check the replaced qualification.
     
    LP ID Learning Programme Title Provider Pre-2009
    NQF Level
    NQF Level Min Credits Learning Prog End Date Quality
    Assuring
    Body
    NQF Sub-Framework
    63480  Further Education and Training Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Fitting: Chemical  Generic Provider - Field 06  Level 4  NQF Level 04  120     CHIETA  OQSF 
    63482  Further Education and Training Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Fitting: Electrical Power Generation  Generic Provider - Field 06  Level 4  NQF Level 04  120     EWSETA  OQSF 
    63479  Further Education and Training Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Fitting: Manufacturing and Engineering  Generic Provider - Field 06  Level 4  NQF Level 04  120     MERSETA  OQSF 
    63481  Further Education and Training Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Fitting: Mining and Minerals  Generic Provider - Field 06  Level 4  NQF Level 04  120     MQA  OQSF 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THESE LEARNING PROGRAMMES: 
    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 Quality Assuring Bodies 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 Quality Assuring Body should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    LP ID Learning Programme Title Accredited Provider
    63480  Further Education and Training Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Fitting: Chemical  1. DURBAN SOUTH TRAINING TRUST
    2. SASOL GLOBAL LEARNING
    3. THE SAJ COMPETENCY TRAINING INSTITUTE CC  
    63482  Further Education and Training Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Fitting: Electrical Power Generation  Eskom Arnot Power Station - Maintenance Training  
    63479  Further Education and Training Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Fitting: Manufacturing and Engineering  1. ArcelorMittal South Africa Ltd (VANDERBIJLPARK) (TP)
    2. Blue Horison Properties 53 (Pty) Ltd T/A Durnacol Skills Innovation Hu
    3. COLLIERY TRAINING COLLEGE
    4. COLLIERY TRAINING COLLEGE (Witbank)(TP)
    5. Customised Training Specialists Trust T/A CTS (PINETOWN) (TP)
    6. Eastcape Midlands Public FET College - Charles Good Year Campus
    7. Eastcape Midlands Public FET College - Uitenhage (High Street)Campus
    8. Eastcape Training Centre
    9. Eskom Academy of Learning - Artisan Faculty
    10. False Bay Public FET College - Westlake Campus
    11. Gijima AST Holdings (Pty) Ltd T/A Industrial Skills Development (Tlhah
    12. Gijima Holdings (Pty) Ltd T/A Industrial Skills Development - Middelb
    13. Hansing Engineering (Pty) Ltd (SALDANHA) (TP)
    14. Ikhaya Fundisa Technical Academy
    15. Majuba FET College - Newcastle Technology Centre
    16. Majuba FET College - Newcastle Training Centre
    17. MSC Artisan Academy (Pty) Ltd T/A Master Artisan Academy SA (EAST LOND
    18. Mthetana Trading & Construction T/A Multi Skill Training Centre (DURBA
    19. Northlink College - Goodwood Campus
    20. Northlink College - Wingfield Campus
    21. Shine The Way 281 cc T/A Industrial Training Centre (NEW GERMANY) (TP)
    22. Shukela Training Centre
    23. Tekmation (Pty) Ltd T/A Tekmation Training Institute (DURBAN) (TP)
    24. THE SAJ COMPETENCY TRAINING INSTITUTE CC
    25. Toyota Academy Toyota SA Motors (Pty) Ltd (ISIPINGO) (TP)
    26. Umfolozi FET College
    27. Umfolozi FET College - Mandeni Campus
    28. Volkswagen of South Africa (Pty) Ltd - Technical Learning Academy (UIT
    29. World Focus 382 cc T/A Richards Bay Technical Training  



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