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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

National Certificate: Polymer Compound Manufacturing 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
79407  National Certificate: Polymer Compound Manufacturing 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Manufacturing and Assembly Processes 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
MERSETA - Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Education and Training Authority  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National Certificate  Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology  Manufacturing and Assembly 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  145  Level 3  NQF Level 03  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 replaces: 
Qual ID Qualification Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Min Credits Replacement Status
23258  National Certificate: Industrial Rubber Manufacturing: Mixing OR Extruding OR Moulding OR Calendaring  Level 3  NQF Level 03  138  Complete 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
Purpose:

Compound manufacturing refers to the production of polymeric compounds for the manufacture of rubber, plastics, tyre and related products. This involves the processing of polymer compounds into finished products that are used in the polymer compound manufacturing industry.

This Qualification is for the Polymer Compound Processing Machine Operator. The NQF Level 3 Polymer Compound Processing Machine Operator may, in addition to the normal operator role or roles, assume the role(s) of the team leader.

In performing the more advanced/additional roles, the Polymer Compound Processing Machine Operator sets tooling, prepares material for production and the operational site, monitors the production cycle, handles safety and quality applications and oversees the production cycle. This is achieved through specialised knowledge and skills which are offered in this Qualification.

Qualifying learners are able to:
  • Implement production procedures and set tooling in a safe manner, in line with quality specifications.
  • Handle, operate and care for equipment and machinery used in various polymer compound manufacturing plants.
  • Use diversity to handle conflict at the workplace.
  • Manage basic business finance.
  • Apply team skills to enhance team performance in the workplace.

    This Qualification provides the qualifying learner with the skills required to:
  • Apply quality procedures.
  • Apply safety, health and environmental protection procedures.
  • Change and set up simple tooling.
  • Develop learning strategies and techniques.
  • Explain and use organisational procedures.
  • Manage basic business finance.
  • Manage work time effectively.
  • Show understanding of diversity in the workplace.
  • Use communication skills to handle and resolve conflict in the workplace.

    Rationale:

    This Qualification is intended for Polymer Compound Processing Machine Operators who also function as supervisors and team leaders. At this level, learners are assisted to acquire the competence sets for setting up tooling and operating production manufacturing equipment, in their areas of specialisation.

    It makes possible the progression from routine, entry level skills to those at a level immediately above the entry level. It also addresses the need of Polymer Compound Manufacturer and processing companies for competent Polymer Compound Processing Machine Operators.

    This Qualification is for learners who are currently working in the industry, and new entrants who aspire to pursue a career in polymer compound manufacturing.

    The qualification will also benefit small, micro and medium enterprises that provide products or services to polymer compound manufacturing companies.

    This is the second Qualification in a series of Polymer Compound manufacturing within the context of either mixing, extruding, moulding or calendaring, that will enable competent learners to participate effectively in the Polymer Compound manufacturing industry, whether in micro, small, medium or large operations. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    This qualification assumes that the learner is competent in Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 2.

    Recognition of Prior Learning:

    This Qualification can be achieved wholly or in part through the Recognition of Prior Learning. The learner may have attained the knowledge or competencies in the qualification either through formal courses or through informal means or a combination of both.

    Assessors should ensure that learners submitting themselves to Recognition of Prior Learning are thoroughly briefed prior to assessment. Learners will be required to submit a Portfolio of Evidence in the prescribed format to be assessed for formal recognition.

    Access to the Qualification:

    Access to this Qualification is open, however it is preferable that learners first accessing this qualification first complete the National Certificate: Compound Manufacturing Level 2. 

    RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    The minimum requirement for this Qualification is 145 credits.

    Fundamental Component:

    All fundamental unit standards are compulsory (36 credits).

    The fundamental Component consists of the following, which is compulsory for all learners:
  • Unit standards at NQF Level 3, totalling 16 credits in Mathematical Literacy.
  • Unit standards at NQF Level 3, totalling 20 credits in Communication.

    Core Component:

    All core unit standards are compulsory (53 credits).

    Elective Component:

    The Elective component consists of a number of specialisations. The learner must choose one of the specialisations and complete unit standards listed for that specialisation, according to the requirements for the specialisation, to give a minimum of 56 credits.

    Specialisation 1: Industrial Rubber.

    Complete any of the unit standards listed below to give a minimum of 56 credits:
  • Cure a range of manufactured products, NQF Level 3, 18 credits.
  • Manufacture a range of conveyor belt products, NQF Level 3, 25 credits.
  • Manufacture a range of hose products, NQF Level 3, 22 credits.
  • Manufacture extruded products, NQF Level 3, 18 credits.
  • Manufacture a range of latex products, NQF Level 3, 20 credits.
  • Test industrial rubber products, NQF Level 3, 20 credits.
  • Operate and monitor industrial rubber manufacturing equipment, NQF Level 3, 20 credits.
  • Prepare materials for industrial rubber production, NQF Level 3, 12 credits.

    Specialisation 2: New and/or retread tyres.

    Complete any of the unit standards listed below to give a minimum of 56 credits:
  • Manufacture retreated type products, NQF Level 3, 10 credits.
  • Set up and operate calendaring equipment to produce tyre components, NQF Level 3, 18 credits.
  • Test tyre related products and identify faults, NQF Level 3, 24 credits.
  • Monitor the quality of manufactured tyres, NQF Level 3, 24 credits.
  • Assemble tyres, NQF Level 3, 48 credits.
  • Set up, operate and monitor extrusion equipment for tyre component manufacturing, NQF Level 3, 18 credits.
  • Prepare tyre fabrics for coating, NQF Level 3, 18 credits.
  • Operate tyre curing presses, NQF Level 3, 18 credits.
  • Operate and monitor compounding equipment for tyre component manufacturing, NQF Level 3, 18 credits.

    Specialisation 3: Plastics.

    Learners are to complete the following three unit standards totalling 20 credits.
  • Work with and look after materials in the plastics manufacturing production process, NQF Level 3, 12 credits.
  • Perform routine maintenance tasks on plastics manufacturing equipment, NQF Level 3, 2 credits.
  • Transport and care for tooling in plastics manufacturing process, NQF Level 3, 6 credits.
    And
    Additional unit standards totalling a minimum of 23 credits from the following list:
  • Operating cranes, NQF Level 3, 10 credits.
  • Perform basic fire fighting, NQF Level 2, 4 credits.
  • Operating lift trucks, NQF Level 3, 6 credits.
  • Perform the role of a safety, health and environmental protection representative, NQF Level 3, 4 credits.
  • Apply knowledge of self and team in order to develop a plan to enhance team performance, NQF Level 3, 5 credits.
  • Coach a team member in order to enhance individual performance in work environment, NQF Level 3, 5 credits.
  • Communicate in an assertive manner with clients and fellow workers, NQF Level 4, 4 credits.
  • Demonstrate ability to lead a team or group, NQF Level 2, 3 credits.
  • Manage individual and team performance, NQF Level 4, 8 credits.
  • Plan team work functions and complete reports, NQF Level 3, 4 credits.
  • Communicate with clients, NQF Level 3, 3 credits.
  • Compile feasibility and commissioning reports, NQF Level 3, 3 credits. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Implement production procedures and set tooling in a safe manner, in line with quality specifications.

    2. Handle, operate and care for equipment and machinery used in polymer compound manufacturing plants.

    3. Use diversity to handle conflict at the workplace.

    4. Manage basic business finance.

    5. Apply team skills to enhance team performance in the workplace.

    Critical Cross-field outcomes have been addressed by the exit level outcomes, as follows:

    1. Identify and solve problems:

    This will be achieved when qualifying learners:
  • Identify and classify polymer compound applications and processes in the polymer compound manufacturing sector.
  • Identify materials required for polymer compound production processes.
  • Identify and use safety procedures.
  • Identify organisational processes.
  • Identify and use quality procedures.

    2. Work effectively with others as a member of a team or organisation.

    This will be achieved when qualifying learners:
  • Contribute to team and production goals.
  • Adhere to operational procedures.
  • Support team members in adhering to procedures and work roles to be carried out.
  • Adhere to safety and quality standards.
  • Explain organisational processes.

    3. Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively.

    This will be achieved when qualifying learners:
  • Respond appropriately to safety and quality situations.
  • Apply work procedures appropriately to meet product and product process requirements.
  • Change and set up tooling.
  • Prepare material for production.
  • Operate equipment and use tools.

    4. Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information.

    This will be achieved when qualifying learners:
  • Analyse material needs for product manufacturing.
  • Evaluate quality of manufactured products.
  • Evaluate health, safety and quality requirements.
  • Make correct choice and proper use of equipment, tooling and machinery.

    5. Communicate effectively by using mathematical and language skills in the modes of oral and written presentations.

    This will be achieved when qualifying learners:
  • Report defects and product deformations.
  • Brief role players on deviations in the production environment.
  • Communicate with team members.

    6. Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.

    This will be achieved when qualifying learners:
  • Apply occupational health, safety and environmental requirements in the workplace.
  • Adhere to production standards.
  • Use and care for equipment, tooling and machinery.

    7. Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognizing that problem solving contexts do not exist in isolation.

    This will be achieved when qualifying learners:
  • Contribute towards adhering to quality and safety standards.
  • Assist team members.
  • Contribute towards achievement of production deadlines and targets. 

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

    1.1 Safety procedures are applied in line with process and product requirements.
    1.2 Quality procedures are applied in line with process and product requirements.
    1.3 Reasons for application of safety procedures are given.
    1.4 Reasons for application of quality procedures are given.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:

    2.1 Equipment and machinery used in various polymer compound manufacturing plants are identified.
    2.2 Equipment and machinery used in various polymer compound manufacturing plants are handled in line with product type and process requirements.
    2.3 Equipment and machinery used in various polymer compound manufacturing plants are operated in line with product type and process requirements.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:

    3.1 Possible conflict situations in a diverse workforce are described.
    3.2 Possible reasons for conflict at the workplace are given.
    3.3 Conflict resolution techniques through communication skills are used in line with company procedures.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 4:

    4.1 Reasons for sound management of business finances are described.
    4.2 Consequences of not managing basic business finances managing are described.
    4.3 Methods and techniques of managing basic business finances are implemented.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 5:

    5.1 The reasons why team skills need to be applied in the workplace are given.
    5.2 Characteristics of a fully functioning team in the workplace are described.
    5.3 Methods and techniques of a fully functioning team are applied.
    5.4 Consequences of a non-functioning team are described.

    Integrated Assessment:

    Integrated assessment evaluates the learner's ability to combine actions and ideas across a range of activities and knowledge areas. The integrated assessment must specifically assess the learner's ability to:
  • Demonstrate competence by means of the practical application of the embedded knowledge in a manner that meets the required performance standards required.
  • Illustrate a clear understanding of the concepts, theory and principles that underpin the practical action taken.

    The assessment will require assessment methods which measure and evaluate evidence generated during learning and on-the-job activities. Because assessment practices must be open and transparent, fair, valid and reliable; ensuring that no leaner is disadvantaged in any way whatsoever, an integrated assessment approach is incorporated into the Qualification.

    A variety of methods must be used in assessment 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 at the workplace, 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. Whenever possible, the assessment of knowledge, skills, attitudes and values shown in the Unit Standards should be integrated and, during integrated assessment, the assessor should make use of a range of formative and summative assessment tools and methods. Combinations of practical, applied, foundational and reflective competencies should be assessed. Assessment should further ensure that all specific outcomes, embedded knowledge and critical cross field outcomes are evaluated in an integrated way.

    Assessors must assess and give credit for the evidence of learning that has already been acquired through formal, informal and non-formal learning and work experience as the assessment process is capable of being applied to Recognition of Prior Learning, subject to the rules and criteria of the relevant ETQA. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    This international comparative review has been done for the suite of qualifications in polymer manufacturing, which includes qualifications from NQF Level 2 to 5. This approach gives a clearer picture of how the South African suite of qualifications and how the individual qualifications that make up that suite compare with what is offered internationally.

    Internationally, the course offerings for polymer manufacturing include post-schooling Certificate, Diploma, and Bachelor programmes. Specialised Advanced Diploma courses for Technicians already in the field are also available. There are also smaller units of study that focus only on specific applications like material moulding and similar processes, at various levels.

    Countries selected below are those from which there is a developed, developing and or advanced compound and plastics industry in terms of product output. Singapore, the USA, Japan and the UK are leading countries in the field of polymer technology. However, this review takes a broader view of practices across the globe.

    New Zealand:

    New Zealand's NQF provides qualifications similar in approach to those of South Africa in terms of content and approach to qualification design. There is a series of qualifications that span from Level 1 to 5 that are equivalent to those in South Africa.

    The New Zealand qualifications in the series are:
  • National Certificate: Plastics Processing Technology (Production) (Level 1) NQF Ref: 1361 with strands in General, Injection Moulding, Extrusion, Blow Moulding, Thermoforming, Blown Film Extrusion, Film Conversion, Injection Stretch-Blow Moulding, Rotational Moulding, Film Slitting, and Expanded Polystyrene Moulding.
  • National Certificate: Plastics Processing Technology (Production) (Level 2) NQF Ref: 1362 with strands in General, Injection Moulding, Extrusion, Blow Moulding, Pressure Thermoforming, Vacuum Thermoforming, Blown Film Extrusion, Film Conversion, Injection Stretch-Blow Moulding, Rotational Moulding, Expanded Polystyrene Moulding, and Polystyrene Pre-expansion.
  • National Certificate: Plastics Processing Technology (Production) (Level 3) NQF Ref: 1363 with strands in General, and Expanded Polystyrene Moulding.
  • National Certificate: Plastics Processing Technology (Technical) (Level 1) NQF Ref: 0260 with strands in Injection Moulding, Extrusion, Blow Moulding, Thermoforming, Blown Film Extrusion, Film Conversion, Injection Stretch-Blow Moulding; and Rotational Moulding.
  • National Certificate: Plastics Processing Technology (Technical) (Level 2) NQF Ref: 0394 with strands in Injection Moulding, Extrusion, Blow Moulding, Pressure Thermoforming, Vacuum Thermoforming, Blown Film Extrusion, Film Conversion, Injection Stretch-Blow Moulding, and Rotational Moulding.
  • National Certificate: Plastics Processing Technology (Technical) (Level 3) NQF Ref: 0395 with strands in Injection Moulding, Extrusion, Blow Moulding, Pressure Thermoforming, Vacuum Thermoforming, Blown Film Extrusion, Film Conversion, Injection Stretch-Blow Moulding; and Rotational Moulding.
  • National Certificate: Plastics Processing Technology (Technical) (Level 4) NQF Ref: 0396 with strands in Injection Moulding, Extrusion, Blow Moulding, Thermoforming, Blown Film Extrusion, Injection Stretch-Blow Moulding Single Stage, Injection Stretch-Blow Moulding Two Stage, and Rotational Moulding.
  • National Diploma: Plastics Processing Technology (Level 5) NQF Ref: 1004.

    Specialisations and supporting unit standards (New Zealand):

    Moulding:

    Supporting these qualifications, there are a number of core unit standards for the various specialisation strands:

    Level 1:
  • 295, 4 Credits, Perform basic process operations for blow moulding.

    Level 2:
  • 296; 6 Credits; Operate the blow moulding machine.
  • 297; 10 Credits; Run and monitor the blow moulding production process.
  • 299; 7 Credits; Service simple tooling for blow moulding.
  • 300; 8 Credits; Service advanced tooling for blow moulding.
  • 302; 8 Credits; Set up simple tooling for blow moulding.
  • 287; 4 Credits; Perform basic process operations for blown film extrusion.
  • 288; 8 Credits; Operate the blown film extrusion machine.
  • 289; 12 Credits; Control and optimise mono-layer production process for blown film extrusion.
  • 291; 8 Credits; Operate a blown film co-extrusion machine.
  • 293; 9 Credits; Service mono-layer dies and extruder screws for blown film extrusion.

    Level 3:
  • 290; 9 Credits; Run complex production processes and trials on mono-layer blown film extrusion machines.
  • 292; 10 Credits; Control and optimise a blown film co-extrusion production process.
  • 294; 9 Credits; Service co-extrusion dies for blown film extrusion.

    Level 4:
  • 9710; 7 Credits; Demonstrate knowledge of the application of advanced processing technology Expanded Polystyrene Moulding.

    Extrusion:

    Level 1:
  • 281; 4 Credits; Perform basic extrusion process operations.

    Level 2:
  • 282; 8 Credits; Operate the extrusion machine.
  • 283; 12 Credits; Run and monitor the extrusion production process.
  • 285; 10 Credits; Change dies and set ancillary equipment for extrusion.

    Level 3:
  • 284; 8 Credits; Control and optimise the extrusion production process.
  • 286; 6 Credits; Demonstrate knowledge of extrusion tooling and change extruder screws.

    Level 4:
  • 9715; 7 Credits; Maintain extrusion tooling and demonstrate knowledge of tooling design principles.

    Film Conversion:

    Level 1:
  • 275; 3 Credits; Perform basic process operations for film conversion.
  • 279; 3 Credits; Perform basic process operations for film slitting.

    Level 2:
  • 276; 7 Credits; Operate the machine for film conversion.
  • 277; 10 Credits; Set up and control simple operations for film conversion.
  • 280; 7 Credits; Set operate and operate and control the production process for film slitting.

    Level 3:
  • 278; 8 Credits; Set up and control advanced operations for film conversion.

    Injection Moulding:

    Level 1:
  • 252; 4 Credits; Perform basic process operations for injection moulding.

    Level 2:
  • 253; 6 Credits; Operate the injection moulding machine.
  • 254; 9 Credits; Run and monitor the injection moulding production process.
  • 256; 8 Credits; Set up simple moulds for injection moulding.
  • 258; 6 Credits; Service simple moulds for injection moulding.
  • 259; 4 Credits; Service advanced moulds for injection moulding.

    Level 3:
  • 255; 12 Credits; Control and optimise the injection moulding production process.
  • 257; 7 Credits; Set up advanced moulds for injection moulding.
  • 260; 10 Credits; Maintain simple and advanced moulds, and service a complex mould for injection moulding.

    Level 4:
  • 9712; 6 Credits; Trial an advanced injection mould.
  • 9713; 5 Credits; Set up and remove complex injection moulds.

    Injection Stretch-Blow Moulding:

    Level 1:
  • 15206; 5 Credits; Perform basic process operations for injection stretch-blow moulding.

    Level 2:
  • 15207; 6 Credits; Operate injection stretch-blow moulding equipment.
  • 15208; 9 Credits; Set and run the injection stretch-blow moulding production process.
  • 15211; 6 Credits; Service tooling for injection stretch-blow moulding.

    Level 3:
  • 15209; 8 Credits; Trial and optimise the single stage injection stretch-blow moulding production process.
  • 15210; 12 Credits; Trial and optimise the two stage injection stretch-blow moulding production process.
  • 15212; 8 Credits; Demonstrate knowledge and carry out routine maintenance of perform injection moulds.
  • 15213; 6 Credits; Set up tooling for injection stretch-blow moulding.

    Thermoforming:

    Level 1:
  • 261; 4 Credits Perform basic process operations for thermoforming.

    Level 2:
  • 262; 6 Credits; Operate the thermoforming machine.
  • 263; 8 Credits; Run and monitor the production process for vacuum thermoforming.
  • 264; 8 Credits; Run and monitor the production process for pressure thermoforming.
  • 267; 8 Credits; Set up simple tooling for thermoforming.
  • 269; 6 Credits; Service simple tooling for thermoforming.

    Level 3:
  • 265; 8 Credits; Control and optimise the production process for vacuum thermoforming.
  • 266; 10 Credits; Control and optimise the production process for pressure thermoforming.
  • 268; 9 Credits; Set up complex tooling for thermoforming.
  • 270; 8 Credits; Service complex tooling for thermoforming.
  • 20298; Fill and close containers (Level 1).
  • 20299; Label containers manually (Level 2).
  • 20300; Set up and operate automated container labelling equipment Level 3).
  • 20301; Set up and operate automated filling equipment (Level 3).

    The United Kingdom (UK):

    The National Database of Accredited Qualifications (NDAQ) contains details of qualifications that are accredited by the regulators of external qualifications in England (Ofqual), Wales (DCELLS) and Northern Ireland (CCEA).

    There is an opportunity for learners to also do EDEXCEL qualifications that are recognised all over the UK. Learners can also enrol for a Level 3 BTEC Extended Certificate in Engineering (applied Science). Its distinct feature is that it offers specialist units that have relevance for Plastics and Compound processing: Basic Polymer Technology, Engineering Studies for Polymer Technicians, ICT and MIS in the Polymer Industry, ICT and MIS in the Polymer Industry, Plastics Materials, Plastics Processing, Polymer Process Engineering, Polymer Science, Polymer Technology Investigations, Compound Products and Specialist Elastomers, Compound Technology, Using Science in the Workplace.

    The Diploma in manufacturing and product design is for all learners, and has particular relevance to learners who are 14-19 and who seek to acquire knowledge and develop skills in the broad context of manufacturing industries. Such a diploma will enable learners to, amongst others: Acquire relevant personal, learning and thinking skills (PLTS) in a manufacturing context, offer progression to other Diplomas, to transfer laterally and progress to further education, apprenticeships and training and aid effective transition to further education, work-based learning or higher education and to working life. The diploma structure has the following components: Principal Learning; Generic Learning and Additional and Specialist Learning. Each Level has three themes: Business and Enterprise, Production Design and Production Systems. Learners have the opportunity to explore the manufacturing sector within their local area.

    There is a specialist learning focus for the Diploma in manufacturing and product design, which outlines the sector requirements for specialist learning.

    Progression across the 3 Levels.

    Level 1 Summary of themes and topic titles:
  • Theme A: Business and enterprise:
    > Topic 1.1 Introduction to manufacturing, 30.
    > Topic 1.2 Dealing with customers and suppliers, 30.
    > Topic 1.3 Introduction to working practices, 30.
  • Theme B: Product design and materials science:
    > Topic 1.4 Introduction to product design and development, 60.
    > Topic 1.5 Introduction to materials science, 30.
  • Theme C: Production systems:
    > Topic 1.6 Manufacturing a product, 60.

    Level 2 Summary of themes and topic titles:

    Themes and topics GLH:
  • Theme A: Business and enterprise:
    > Topic 2.1 Running a manufacturing business, 60.
    > Topic 2.2 The global business world, 60.
    > Topic 2.3 Working in manufacturing, 60.

    > Theme B: Product design and materials science:
  • Topic 2.4 Designing and developing products, 60.
  • Topic 2.5 Materials science, 60.
  • Theme C: Production systems:
    > Topic 2.6 Processing systems, 60.
    > Topic 2.7 Product manufacture, 60.

    Level 3 Summary of themes and topic titles.

    Themes and topics GLH:
  • Theme A: Business and enterprise:
    > Topic 3.1 Manufacturing business principles, 60.
    > Topic 3.2 Customer needs and market requirements, 60.
    > Topic 3.3 Supply chain management, 30.
    > Topic 3.4 Management of resources and working practices, 30.
  • Theme B: Product design and materials science:
    > Topic 3.5 Research, development and introduction of new products, 90.
    > Topic 3.6 Materials science, 90.
  • Theme C: Production systems:
    > Topic 3.7 Production and processing systems, 90.
    > Topic 3.8 Management of production and processing operations, 60.
    > Topic 3.9 Quality in manufacturing, 30.

    The London Metropolitan University offers a distance learning University Certificate Preparatory Award over two to three years. The target group is young people new to the industry or those employed as technicians and wishing to develop their careers in the polymer, manufacturing and allied industries. The entry requirement is a minimum of five General Certificate of School Education subjects (including Mathematics, English and a relevant science), or a BTEC/Edexcel First Award in an engineering, science or technology subject. In many cases, suitable industrial experience will be accepted in lieu of academic qualifications. The modules offered are:
  • Year 1:
    > Polymer Materials Overview
    > Basic Mathematics.
    > Computing.
    > Basic Science.
    > Polymer science.
    >Practical Skills.
  • Year 2:
    > Polymer Processing Overview.
    > Polymer Properties and Testing.
    > Engineering practices.
    > Industry and Communication.
    > Practical Skills*.

    Learners are required to have two optional modules from the following:
  • Extrusion.
  • Polymer Process Engineering.
  • Composites.
  • Compound Technology.
  • Injection Moulding.

    These practical classes can be completed in the workplace or at designated short courses at the University, depending on the facilities available to learners at their place of work. In, addition, there is a requirement that learners learn and acquire IT skills.

    The United States of America (USA):

    The following is a stand-alone specialist compound qualification that is on offer at a University entry level. The University of Milwaukee School of Continuing Education offers an entry-level Elastomer/Compound Technology Certificate that has the following as core courses: Dynamic Properties of Compound and Product Performance, Compound Adhesion: Principles and Practice Compound Compounding and Mixing for Performance, Compound Extrusion Technology, Moulding of Compound and Design of Compound Moulds; and Compound Materials Selection .Silicone Elastomers Technology and Fabrication The Elective Courses are: Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing and Tolerance Stack Up Analysis.

    India:

    Compound Technology is strong in India.

    Anna University offers a BTech Programme Compound and Plastics Technology since 2000 that is recognised by and receives input from trade and industry bodies.

    Mauritius:

    The BSc (polymers) degree offered by the University of Mauritius offers the following topics: Concept of Macromolecules/polymers, history of polymers, terminology, classification and representation of polymers/copolymers, types of interactions, cohesive energy, overview of mechanical properties Molecular structure and Isomerism: stereo chemical, geometrical, tacticity, dashed-wedged and Fischer representations. Polymer morphology Tutorials on isomerism Molar mass determination. Viscosity measurements, size-exclusion chromatography, universal calibration, NMR Polycondensation: general principles, kinetics, molar mass and DPn, functionality and gelification Free-radical polymerization: General scheme, kinetics, transfer, stereochemistry of polymerization, living free radical polymerization Copolymerization, determination and interpretation of reactivity ratios, Q-e scheme Cationic polymerization: Conventional and living Anionic polymerization: Conventional and living Tutorials on copolymerization, cationic and anionic polymerization Polymerization techniques: bulk, solution, suspension and emulsion Coordination polymerization: Ziegler-Natta, metallocene, metathesis (ROMP) Structure-property relationship.

    Singapore:

    In 2008, the chemical industry's contribution to the annual manufacturing output of Singapore was 38.6%, maintaining the sector's consistently key role and high growth rates. While the country is already recognised as a global hub for the industry, further growth is anticipated as several world-scale manufacturing facilities come on stream in the next few years. Developments in the newly targeted automotive, lifestyle products and services, natural resources, nanotechnology and intelligent systems sectors will further drive the demand for chemicals, advanced and specialty materials.

    The Diploma: Materials Science aims to equip next generation graduates with the materials science knowledge relevant to this rapidly evolving environment. A distinctive feature of the Diploma will be the inclusion of management skills training that will allow graduates to fully participate in and benefit from the exciting industry developments. While one of the newest offerings from Singapore Polytechnic, the Diploma is nevertheless built on the solid heritage of the Diploma in Chemical Process Technology, which has been widely recognised, both locally and overseas, for its academic excellence and industrial relevance.

    Academically, the Diploma in Materials Science comprises both newly developed and updated modules that are delivered through a comprehensive programme of lectures and tutorials. The Materials Science content is supplemented by extensive laboratory practicals where invaluable experience on a wide range of modern and sophisticated equipment may be gained in the Polymer Characterisation Centre, Polymer Chemistry Laboratory, Polymer Processing Laboratory, Materials Science Laboratory as well as the Advanced Materials Technology Centre. A wide range of local and overseas industrial attachment opportunities as well as a challenging Final Year Project will provide students with real working or research experience.

    National University of Singapore.

    Advanced Diploma: Plastics Technology renamed to Advanced Diploma: Polymer Technology:

    Similarities:

    The New Zealand and South African qualifications in compound products are similar in the way they are structured. Levels 1 to 4 of New Zealand's Plastics Manufacturing (which incorporates paint, compound and plastics) are closer, though not identical, to South Africa's Levels 2 to 4 compound manufacturing qualifications.

    Qualifications in both countries have a core element, as well as specialist areas where specific knowledge and skills are differentiated. Fundamental learning areas are South Africa's unique feature.

    Areas of similarity between New Zealand's Qualifications and South Africa's compound Qualifications (including similar qualifications from other countries in this survey) is that the content includes: Materials science, production and processing systems and quality considerations in product manufacturing.

    Approaches at National Certificate and Diploma Levels have broad similarities that differ in packaging. For example, the UK's Diploma: Manufacturing and Product Design has very strong elements packaged as Principal Learning and Generic Learning, with very nuanced industry specific specialist learning areas. The same approach can also be discerned in Singapore.

    Differences:

    The differences are that South Africa's qualification series starts at Level 2, with New Zealand's equivalent starting at NQF Level 1. New Zealand has an arrangement under which the compound and paint technologies are treated as sub-sets of Plastics, which accounts for the larger breadth of specialist areas.

    Conclusion:

    The structural, product and product process proximity of the qualifications in the area of compound manufacturing argue for clustering together of similarities. This then leaves room for specialisations as determined in the qualification series. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    This Qualification articulates both horizontally and vertically.

    The qualification articulates horizontally to:
  • ID 48794: National Certificate: Quality Checking of Tyres and Tyre Components, NQF Level 3, 134 credits.
  • ID 48798: National Certificate: Tyre and Tyre Component Manufacturing, NQF Level 3, 134 credits.
  • ID 48795: National Certificate: Tyre Assembly, NQF Level 3, 131 credits.
  • ID 57877: National Certificate: CNC Production Machining, NQF Level 3.

    Vertical articulation:
  • ID 57712: Further Education and Training Certificate: Generic Management, NQF Level 4, 162 credits.
  • ID 57885: Further Education and Training Certificate: CNC Production Machining, NQF Level 4, 162 credits. 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against the qualification must be registered as an assessor with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this qualification must be accredited as a provider with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or by an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA, according to the ETQA`s policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described in the associated unit standards.
  • 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 
    Anyone assessing a learner against this qualification must be registered with the relevant ETQA as an assessor.

    Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement this qualification must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA. Assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the policies and guidelines for assessment of that ETQA, in terms of agreements reached around assessment and between various ETQA's (including professional bodies).

    Anyone wishing to be assessed against this qualification may apply to be assessed any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that is accredited by the relevant ETQA.

    The options as listed above provide the opportunity to ensure that assessment and moderation can be transparent, affordable, valid reliable and non-discriminatory.

    For an applicant to register as an assessor or moderator of this qualification, the applicant needs:
  • To be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • To be in possession of a relevant qualification at NQF Level 4 or higher.
  • To have relevant sector experience. 

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

    NOTES 
    This qualification replaces Qualification ID 23258, National Certificate: Industrial Rubber Manufacturing: Mixing OR Extruding OR Moulding OR Calendaring, Level 3, 138 credits. 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  13234  Apply quality procedures  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  13223  Apply safety, health and environmental protection procedures  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  376943  Develop learning strategies and techniques  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  376925  Explain and use organisational procedures  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  9526  Manage basic business finance  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  9530  Manage work time effectively  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  116720  Show understanding of diversity in the workplace  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  9533  Use communication skills to handle and resolve conflict in the workplace  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  335856  Change and set tooling  Level 4  NQF Level 04  15 
    Fundamental  117924  Use a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based word processor to format documents  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  119472  Accommodate audience and context needs in oral/signed communication  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9010  Demonstrate an understanding of the use of different number bases and measurement units and an awareness of error in the context of relevant calculations  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  119457  Interpret and use information from texts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9012  Investigate life and work related problems using data and probabilities  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  7456  Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business and national issues  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  119465  Write/present/sign texts for a range of communicative contexts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  244608  Demonstrate ability to lead a team or group  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  116231  Operate a cab controlled overhead crane  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  116254  Operate a mobile crane  Level 2  NQF Level 02  20 
    Elective  243272  Operate a Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP)  Level 2  NQF Level 02  10 
    Elective  116235  Operate a pendant controlled overhead crane  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  262824  Operate a Sideboom  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  116255  Operate a tower crane  Level 2  NQF Level 02  20 
    Elective  116253  Operate a truck mounted loader crane  Level 2  NQF Level 02  20 
    Elective  242981  Operate defined purpose lift trucks  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  242976  Operate overhead/gantry cranes  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  12484  Perform basic fire fighting  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  243021  Shift loads using lifting equipment  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  13912  Apply knowledge of self and team in order to develop a plan to enhance team performance  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  115058  Assemble tyres  Level 3  NQF Level 03  48 
    Elective  113909  Coach a team member in order to enhance individual performance in work environment  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  253656  Communicate with clients  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  12488  Complete feasibility and commissioning reports  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  376928  Cure a range of manufactured polymer compound products  Level 3  NQF Level 03  18 
    Elective  244407  Lift and move a load using mechanical lifting equipment  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  376940  Manufacture a range of conveyor belt products  Level 3  NQF Level 03  25 
    Elective  376942  Manufacture a range of hose products  Level 3  NQF Level 03  22 
    Elective  376923  Manufacture a range of latex products  Level 3  NQF Level 03  20 
    Elective  376926  Manufacture extruded polymer compound products  Level 3  NQF Level 03  18 
    Elective  376924  Manufacture retreaded type product  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Elective  115060  Monitor the quality of manufactured tyres  Level 3  NQF Level 03  24 
    Elective  260798  Operate a cantilever container crane (ship to shore)  Level 3  NQF Level 03  12 
    Elective  260777  Operate a container side loader  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  260818  Operate a counter balanced lift truck in excess of 15 tons  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  260763  Operate a floating crane  Level 3  NQF Level 03  12 
    Elective  260760  Operate a inland container crane (rail mounted)  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Elective  260761  Operate a reach stacker  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Elective  260765  Operate a rubber tyred gantry crane  Level 3  NQF Level 03  12 
    Elective  260817  Operate a scotch derrick crane (ship mounted)  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Elective  260764  Operate a ships crane  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  260797  Operate a sideloader lift truck  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  260757  Operate a straddle carrier  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Elective  260780  Operate a sugar cane crane  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  260781  Operate a telescopic boom handler  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Elective  260758  Operate a wall-mounted jib  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  242972  Operate advanced defined purpose lift trucks  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  115066  Operate and monitor compounding equipment for tyre component manufacturing  Level 3  NQF Level 03  18 
    Elective  13173  Operate and monitor industrial rubber manufacturing equipment  Level 3  NQF Level 03  20 
    Elective  242974  Operate counter-balanced lift truck  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  242982  Operate heavy crane  Level 3  NQF Level 03  14 
    Elective  260762  Operate rough terrain/earthmoving/agricultural equipment  Level 3  NQF Level 03  11 
    Elective  123260  Operate tailgates and tail-lifts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  242978  Operate truck-mounted cranes  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  115059  Operate tyre-curing presses  Level 3  NQF Level 03  18 
    Elective  8039  Operating cranes  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Elective  8038  Operating lift trucks  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  253658  Perform a lifting task by using a mobile crane  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  119174  Perform routine maintenance tasks on plastics manufacturing equipment  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  376981  Perform the role of a safety, health and environmental protection representative  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  254124  Plan team work functions and complete reports  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  13168  Prepare materials for industrial rubber production  Level 3  NQF Level 03  12 
    Elective  115057  Prepare tyre fabrics for coating  Level 3  NQF Level 03  18 
    Elective  115114  Set up and operate calendering equipment to produce tyre components  Level 3  NQF Level 03  18 
    Elective  115067  Set up, operate and monitor extrusion equipment for tyre component manufacturing  Level 3  NQF Level 03  18 
    Elective  376960  Test industrial rubber product  Level 3  NQF Level 03  20 
    Elective  115062  Test tyre related products and identify faults  Level 3  NQF Level 03  27 
    Elective  119142  Transport and care for tooling in plastics manufacturing processes  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  117001  Use a mobile crane to carry out pile driving  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  119169  Work with and look after materials in the plastics manufacturing production process  Level 3  NQF Level 03  12 
    Elective  9506  Communicate in an assertive manner with clients and fellow workers  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  11473  Manage individual and team performance  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  243273  Monitor and control the safety and operations of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  116583  Perform tandem lifting  Level 4  NQF Level 04  12 
    Elective  253660  Supervise advanced mobile crane operations  Level 4  NQF Level 04  20 


    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.
     
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    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 (MIDRAND) (TP) 



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