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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

National Certificate: Metal and Engineering Manufacturing Processes 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
79666  National Certificate: Metal and Engineering Manufacturing Processes 
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  121  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Reregistered  SAQA 06120/18  2018-07-01  2023-06-30 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

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
21015  National Certificate: Metal and Engineering Manufacturing Processes  Level 3  NQF Level 03  142  Complete 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
Purpose:

This Qualification is for any individual who is, or wishes to be, involved in a metal and engineering manufacturing processes environment. While the National Certificate: Metal and Engineering Manufacturing Processes, NQF Level 2 focussed primarily on the operation of production/manufacturing machinery, this Qualification provides learners with the standards and the range of learning required to achieve competencies primarily in the preparation for and the monitoring and adjusting of production/manufacturing machines in the metal and engineering manufacturing processes industry. This qualification contains the skills, knowledge and values required by learners involved in monitoring and adjusting production or manufacturing machinery and working in the metal and engineering industry using such processes.

The other related and important skills that are contained in this qualification are interpreting and producing engineering drawings, performing first line maintenance and handling and caring for materials.

While the qualification focuses on the manufacturing context, the competencies in this qualification can also be used by those in the production environment. An individual acquiring this Qualification will be able to contribute towards the efficient operation of a number of processes within the manufacturing and production environments as described in the Core component of the qualification.

The main competencies in this qualification are:
  • Preparing for monitoring and adjustment of production or manufacturing machines.
  • Performing first line maintenance.
  • Interpreting and producing engineering drawings.
  • Handling and caring for materials.
  • Managing work time effectively.
  • Demonstrating knowledge and understanding of relevant current occupational health and safety legislation.

    These competencies will enable the learner to work in different industries within the diverse metal and engineering manufacturing processes sector.

    The Qualification ensures progression of learning, enabling the learner to perform optimally within the metal and engineering manufacturing processes field of learning and provides access to a higher Qualification within the same or a related sector.

    The Qualification should:
  • Release the potential of people.
  • Provide opportunities for people to explore related activities within the metal and engineering manufacturing processes sector.

    Rationale:

    This is the second Qualification in a series of three metal and engineering manufacturing processes qualifications that range from NQF Level 2 to 4. These qualifications constitute a learning pathway that takes the learner from basic/simple competencies in metal and engineering manufacturing processes at NQF Level 2 to fairly substantial metal and engineering manufacturing processes competencies at NQF Level 4. This second qualification provides critical competencies for learners who want to follow a career in the metal and engineering manufacturing processes industry. This qualification reflects the skills, knowledge and understanding required to participate effectively in the metal and engineering manufacturing processes industry, whether in micro, small, medium or large operations.

    Typical learners will be persons who presumably will be currently working in the metal and engineering manufacturing processes environment and who would have completed the National Certificate: Metal and Engineering Manufacturing Processes, NQF Level 2 Qualification and wish to further their career or involvement in this environment.

    The metal and engineering manufacturing processes industry is characterised by diverse manufacturing processes operating in a competitive and challenging environment. The manufactured products have to respond to a wide variety of exacting customer and consumer requirements. The highly developed metal and engineering manufacturing processes sector is well-established. It will be in the interest of the country and the sector to ensure that productivity and efficiency levels are high.

    The National Certificate: Metal and Engineering Manufacturing Processes, NQF Level 3 supports the objectives of the NQF in that it gives the learner access to a registered Qualification. It will ensure that the quality of education and training in the sub-field is enhanced and of a world-class standard. The Qualification will allow learners not only to develop their knowledge and skills in the metal and engineering manufacturing processes sector but will also enable them to benchmark their competencies against international standards. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that Learners are competent in Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 2.

    Recognition of Prior Learning:

    This Qualification may be achieved in part (or whole) through the recognition of relevant prior knowledge and/or experience. The learner must be able to demonstrate competence in the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes implicit in this Qualification. As part of the provision of recognition of prior learning providers are required to develop a structured means for the assessment of individual learners against the Unit Standards of the Qualification on a case-by-case basis. A range of assessment tools and techniques during formative and summative assessment procedures should be used which have been jointly decided upon by the learner and the assessor. Such procedures, and the assessment of individual cases, are subject to moderation by independent assessors. The same principles that apply to assessment of this Qualification also apply to recognition of prior learning.

    Learners may provide evidence of prior learning for which they may receive credit towards the Unit Standards and/or the Qualification by means of portfolios or other forms of appropriate evidence as agreed to between the relevant provider and relevant ETQA or ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA.

    Access to the Qualification:

    There is an open access to this Qualification, However, learners should first complete the National Certificate: Metal and Engineering Manufacturing Processes, NQF Level 2 before accessing this qualification. 

    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 121 credits as detailed below.

    Fundamental Component:

    The Fundamental Component consists of Unit Standards to the value of has 36 credits, all of which are compulsory.

    Core Component:

    The Core Component consists of Unit Standards to the value 65 credits, all of which are compulsory.

    Elective Component:

    The Elective Component consists of Unit Standards that will impart a variety of competencies to the learner. Learners are to choose Elective Unit Standards totalling a minimum of 20 credits to attain a minimum of 121 credits for this Qualification. 

    EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    Qualifying learners will be able to:

    1. Monitor and adjust the performance of production/manufacturing machines.
  • Outcome Range:
    > 'Production machines' refer to machines used in both the manufacturing, production and assembly sectors of the metal and engineering manufacturing processes environment.
    > 'Production process' includes the assembly and manufacturing sectors.

    2. Perform first line process maintenance to maintain efficiency.
  • Outcome Note: First line maintenance is performed by operators not qualified as artisans.

    3. Discuss the importance of, interpret and produce engineering drawings and sketches.

    4. Demonstrate an understanding of Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental standards in the workplace.

    Critical Cross-Field Outcomes:

    All the Critical Cross-Field Outcomes can be developed by this qualification. This can be done as follows:

    Identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made when:
  • Engaging with problems during monitoring and adjustment and reporting problems beyond scope of practice to supervisory personnel.
  • Monitoring equipment and making relevant adjustments.
  • Resolving problems pertaining to machinery, tooling and other equipment and instruments.
  • Interpreting an engineering drawing.
  • Conducting safety, health and environmental inspections in work area.
  • Maintaining the production/manufacturing process.
  • Prioritising one's activities.
  • Analysing process conditions and determining the cause of the problem.

    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation and community to:
  • Ensure that production machinery runs smoothly and efficiently.
  • Maintain the safety of all personnel and equipment is maintained.
  • Produce quality products, in keeping with customer requirements, through quality checks.
  • Ensure that tooling is properly selected, installed, removed, cleaned and stored according to procedures.
  • Monitor and adjust machines.
  • Ensure that engineering drawings facilitate the manufacturing and production process and the product meets customer's requirements.
  • Conduct safety, health and environmental inspections and respond to unacceptable conditions in work area.

    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsively and effectively when:
  • Interpreting production or manufacturing schedules.
  • Monitoring and adjusting production machinery to deal with deviations.
  • Exploring the relationships within the production or manufacturing process.
  • Selecting, installing, removing, cleaning and storing tooling.
  • Preparing engineering drawings.
  • Interpreting an engineering drawing in a systematic way.
  • Compiling material lists and sizes from drawings.
  • Laying out materials and maintaining stock levels.

    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information to:
  • Solve problems caused by changes and deviations.
  • Solve problems pertaining to tooling, equipment and instrumentation.
  • Refer problems to appropriate personnel.
  • Assess the match between a drawing and a product, system, component or item.
  • Identify hazardous material.
  • Analyse process conditions.

    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation to:
  • Ensure the efficient functioning of production or manufacturing machinery, tooling and other equipment.
  • Prepare for and monitor and adjust machines.
  • Discuss interpretation of a drawing.
  • Prepare for and conduct safety and environmental inspections in work area.
  • Respond to unsafe unacceptable conditions in work area.
  • Ensure the continuity of the production or manufacturing process.

    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and the health of others by:
  • Using the equipment and instruments according to manufacturer's instructions and standard operating procedure.
  • Adjusting processes and procedures to suit different materials.

    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation when:
  • Understanding the implications of inaccurate analysis on corrective action taken to remedy unstable manufacturing/production processes.
  • Viewing the various aspects of a production or manufacturing process or system. 

  • ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:
  • Preparatory activities are discussed and completed according to standard operating procedures.
  • Tooling is selected, set-up, stored and transported as per standard operating procedure and production/manufacturing requirements in the manufacturing sector.
  • Machines are monitored and adjusted within defined parameters to maintain the production/manufacturing process.
  • Information relevant to monitoring and adjusting machines is recorded and reported to relevant personnel in accordance with organisational procedures.
  • The production/manufacturing process is discussed in terms of materials utilisation and the relationships and systems within the process.
  • Materials are laid out and material stock levels are checked to ensure continuity in the production/manufacturing process.
  • Statistical process control charts are interpreted to rectify production/manufacturing problems and maintain quality.
  • Basic mathematical principles and techniques are applied while performing the tasks related to monitoring and adjusting activities.
  • Oral and written communication is maintained and adapted as required to promote effective interaction in a manufacturing/production/assembly context.
  • Activities are prioritised and time to be spent on them is estimated to ensure good time-management practice.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:
  • The importance of process or manufacturing equipment maintenance is explained and the main components of manufacturing equipment are identified and explained in terms of their functions.
  • First line maintenance is performed regularly and consistently on production or manufacturing machines or on a production or manufacturing line.
  • Process equipment problems during production or manufacturing are identified and resolved within timeframes.
  • Tools and instruments are identified, and examined to ensure efficient maintenance work.
  • Relevant procedures are used to perform maintenance in accordance with organisational procedures.
  • Health and safety requirements are complied with and hazards and risks are considered in the performance of first line maintenance.
  • The type of maintenance performed is recorded and major maintenance problems are referred to appropriate personnel.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:
  • An understanding of mathematics, symbols and dimensions is demonstrated in interpreting engineering drawings.
  • Measuring instruments, scaling, sequencing and numbering systems in engineering drawings are used to develop a deeper understanding of engineering drawings.
  • Engineering drawings and their conventions are explain and interpreted to appreciate their role in the production process.
  • The design development cycle is explained to show how a product or customer's request begins with a drawing or sketch and emerges as the final product.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 4:
  • A clean and safe work area is maintained to minimise risk to health.
  • Compliance with the governance of workplace hazardous substances is explained in terms of the impact on the organisation and the immediate environment.
  • Safety, health and environmental inspections in work area are conducted in a manner that ensures compliance.
  • Safety, health, environmental, quality and risk management policies and procedures are applied and maintained to ensure worker and workplace safety.
  • The safety, health and environmental aspects pertaining to monitoring and adjusting of specific machines and performing first line maintenance are explained in a manner that ensures compliance.

    Integrated Assessment:

    The importance of integrated assessment is to confirm that the learner is able to demonstrate applied competence (practical, foundational and reflexive) and ensure that the purpose of this Qualification is achieved. Both formative and summative assessment methods and strategies are used to ensure that the Exit Level Outcomes and the purpose of the Qualification are achieved through achieving the Unit Standards. Learning, teaching and assessment are inextricably linked.

    Learning and assessment should be integrated and assessment practices must be fair, transparent, valid and reliable. A variety of assessment strategies and approaches must be used. This could include tests, assignments, projects, demonstrations and/or any applicable method. Evidence of the acquisition of competencies must be demonstrated through the Unit Standards, which enhance the integration of theory and practice as deemed appropriate at this level.

    Formative assessment is an on-going process which is used to assess the efficacy of the teaching and learning process. It is used to plan appropriate learning experiences to meet the learner's needs. Formative assessments can include a mix of simulated and actual (real) practice or authentic settings.
    Feedback from assessment informs both teaching and learning. If the learner has met the assessment criteria of all the Unit Standards then s/he has achieved the Exit Level Outcomes of the Qualification.

    Summative assessment is concerned with the judgement of the learning in relation to the Exit Level Outcomes of the Qualification. Such judgement must include integrated assessment(s) which test the learners' ability to integrate the larger body of knowledge, skills and attitudes, which are represented by the Exit Level Outcomes. Summative assessment can take the form of oral, written and practical examinations as agreed to by the relevant ETQA.

    Integrated assessment must be designed to achieve the following:
  • An integration of the achievement of the Exit Level Outcomes in a way that reflects a comprehensive approach to learning and shows that the purpose of the Qualification has been achieved; Judgement of learner performance to provide evidence of applied competence or capability.
  • Assessors and moderators should make use of a range of formative and summative assessment methods. Assessors should assess and give credit for the evidence of learning that has already been acquired through formal, informal and non-formal learning and work experience.
  • Assessment should ensure that all specific outcomes, embedded knowledge and critical cross-field outcomes are assessed. The assessment of the critical cross-field outcomes should be integrated with the assessment of specific outcomes and embedded knowledge. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    This qualification is part of a series of qualifications in the field of Metal and Engineering Manufacturing Processes from Levels 2 to 4 and was compared to similar qualifications-some outcomes-based-in various countries.

    This Qualification was compared to qualifications and short courses in the following countries:
  • New Zealand and Australia-They have qualification frameworks similar to the South African NQF; this facilitates comparison.
  • United States-The US is one of the world's leaders in metal and engineering manufacturing processes.
  • United Kingdom-The UK also has a highly-developed metal and engineering manufacturing processes industry. It also has a number of institutions that offer training courses in this field.
  • India-India has a thriving metal and engineering manufacturing processes industry.
  • Jordan-Japan-There is cooperation in this field in terms of training.
  • SADC-Information from Namibia and Botswana is included. Very little information available from Zimbabwe.

    International comparability with the following countries was attempted, with little success, as there was very little or no information available:
  • Japan.
  • Korea.
  • Sweden.
  • France.
  • Germany.
  • Italy.
  • China.

    Comparability with the following countries was possible and the comparisons are listed below:

    Australia:

    TAFE College.

    TAFE College offers the following qualification:

    SBA Engineering-Fabrication Trade.

    This is a school based apprenticeship course.

    This course is for people employed as apprentice metal fabrication tradespeople in manufacturing, engineering and related industry areas. You will gain the competencies required to work as a fabrication tradesperson in these areas. You will acquire skills and knowledge in workplace communication, occupational health and safety, quality procedures systems and planning, engineering measurement, computations and computer technology plus industry-specific skills in welding, boilermaking and light fabrication (sheetmetal) relevant to your current or intended employment.

    Course structure:

    Students must attempt all compulsory units of competency and the manufacturing, engineering and related services industries induction plus a selection of units of competency from the elective pool to a minimum value of 70 indicative hours.

    Compulsory-Learners attempt ALL units.
  • Interpret technical drawing.
  • Perform engineering measurements.
  • Perform computations.
  • Apply principles of occupational health and safety in the work environment.
  • Plan to undertake a routine task.
  • Apply quality systems.
  • Apply quality procedures.
  • Work with others in a manufacturing, engineering or related environment.
  • Use hand tools.
  • Use power tools/hand held operations.

    Elective pool-Learner attempts units to a minimum value of 70 indicative hours.

    Another course offered by TAFE is the following:

    Certificate III in Manufacturing Technology (Metallurgy).

    Although this qualification has a strong metallurgy bias it is relevant to the following manufacturing environments:
  • Automotive Electrical and Instrument Manufacturing.
  • Transport Equipment Manufacturing.
  • Agricultural Machinery Manufacturing.
  • Mining and Construction Machinery Manufacturing.
  • Motor Vehicle Body Manufacturing.
  • Aircraft Manufacturing.
  • Automotive Component Manufacturing.
  • Industrial Machinery and Equipment Manufacturing.
  • Food Processing Machinery Manufacturing.
  • Lifting and Material Handling Equipment Manufacturing.
  • Motor Vehicle Manufacturing.
  • Household Appliance Manufacturing.
  • Commercial Space Heating and Cooling Equipment Manufacturing.
  • Electric Cable and Wire Manufacturing.
  • Railway Equipment Manufacturing.
  • Machine Tool and Part Manufacturing.
  • Pump and Compressor Manufacturing.

    You will learn to assist in the making and manufacture of metal products. You may also assist in quality assurance and control systems as applied to a metal manufacturing environment.

    Career Opportunities:

    Technical (metallurgical) specialists work across a wide variety of manufacturing sectors, such as ore processing and refining, foundries, steel making plants, fabrication, welding, metal protection and corrosion control.

    Wiseman Institute:

    The Wiseman Institute specialises in the delivery of training to the manufacturing sector, which includes the following subsector-Metal and Engineering.

    The students at Wiseman Institute are predominantly adult students, currently employed as leaders and machine operators in companies within the manufacturing sector. Training programs developed by Wiseman Institute enable employed individuals to effectively integrate the world of working and the world of learning. By participating in our training programs our students are able to improve their generic skills and knowledge as well as specific technical skills and knowledge.

    Wiseman Institute offers the following accredited and nationally recognised qualification:

    Certificate III in Process Manufacturing:

    The aim of this training program is to enable employees to acquire necessary technical and self-management skills and knowledge that will help them to excel in their current role. Equally important is the aim to help the employer acquire an additional stock of skills and knowledge, which are very important for the improvement of its business performance.

    Special consideration is given to the following areas: workers satisfaction and the profitability of the organisation overall. Finally, this learning program aims to create conditions that are necessary for the transformation of a company into a learning organisation.

    This Certificate is appropriate for:
  • Process workers.
  • Assistants to machine operators.
  • Machine operators.
  • Leading hands.

    List of Skills and Knowledge:
  • Communication.
  • Team Work.
  • Self-management.
  • Customer service.
  • Leadership skills.
  • IT Technology.
  • Safety management.
  • Quality Management.
  • Use tools and equipment.
  • Operate machinery.
  • Lean manufacturing principles.
  • Six Sigma quality methodology.
  • Action research.

    The United Kingdom:

    This Qualification compares well with the following qualifications and courses.

    Edexcel BTEC Level 2 Award in Engineering (Specialist: Manufacturing Engineering) (QCF).

    Qualification summary:

    This Qualification has been specifically designed to provide learners with the opportunity to undertake some Specialist Learning in Engineering, and Manufacturing and Product Design.

    The following Units are attached to this qualification.
  • Selecting and Using Secondary Machining Techniques to Remove Material.
  • Part Programming CNC Machines.
  • Application of Welding Processes.
  • Fabrication Techniques and Sheet Metal Work.
  • Engineering Marking Out.
  • Electronic Circuit Construction.
  • Using Specialist Secondary Machining Techniques.
  • Production Planning for Engineering.
  • Application of Quality Control and Measurement in Engineering.
  • Casting and Moulding Engineering Components.
  • Operation and Maintenance of Fluid Power Systems and Components.
  • Applying Continuous Improvement and Problem Solving Techniques.
  • Workplace Organisation and Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Mathematics for Engineering Technicians.
  • Applied Electrical and Mechanical Science for Engineering.
  • Engineering Maintenance Procedures.
  • Preparing and Controlling Engineering Manufacturing Operations.
  • Electronic Devices and Communication Applications.
  • Engineering Assembly Methods and Techniques.

    NVQ 2 Performing Manufacturing Operations:

    Course Overview:

    A grounding in basic skills, knowledge and understanding of common manufacturing practices, along with a grasp of safe working practices, are essential for anyone seeking to build a career in engineering/manufacturing.

    This NVQ is suitable for those seeking recognition of their competence in one or more of a wide variety of activities and offers maximum flexibility to meet the needs of workers engaged in performing manufacturing operations.

    A-Mandatory units:
  • Complying with statutory regulations and organisational requirements.
  • Promoting effective working relationships.
  • Contributing to effective team working.

    B-Option set A:
  • Transferring materials.
  • Preparing for manufacturing operations.
  • Concluding manufacturing operations.
  • Ensuring effective handover of manufacturing operations.
  • Receiving and checking incoming materials.
  • Controlling manufacturing operations.
  • Contributing to improving effectiveness in the workplace.
  • Analysing the results of inspections and confirming quality of product.
  • Recording and reporting inspection and test results.

    C-Option set B:
  • Transferring materials.
  • Producing shaped products.
  • Producing products by assembly operations.
  • Producing joined products.
  • Producing products by processing.
  • Producing formed products.
  • Finishing products.
  • Producing moulded products.
  • Producing packaged products.
  • Making products using computer controlled equipment.
  • Manufacturing products using combined manufacturing operations.
  • Analysing the results of inspections and confirming quality of product.
  • Carrying out inspection and testing activities.

    ETCAL Level 2 NVQ in Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering:

    Qualification summary:

    This qualification has been designed for those working in the mechanical manufacturing engineering industry in Northern Ireland. Candidates must also complete all the required units from one of five optional routes.

    A-Mandatory units:
  • Using and Interpreting Engineering Drawings and Documents.
  • Complying with Statutory Regulations and Organisational Safety Requirements.
  • Working Efficiently and Effectively in Engineering.

    B-Optional units: There are many Units attached to this qualification. Only the Units of selected options are reflected here.

    Machine Operating:
  • Operating capstan or turret lathes.
  • Operating centre lathes.
  • Operating single spindle automatic turning machines.
  • Operating multi-spindle automatic turning machines.
  • Operating milling machines.
  • Operating single and multi-spindle drilling machines.
  • Operating grinding machines.
  • Operating special-purpose machines.
  • Operating gear cutting machines.
  • Operating electro discharge machines.
  • Operating honing and lapping machines.
  • Operating broaching machines.
  • Operating shaping, planing or slotting machines.
  • Operating gear grinding machines.
  • Operating power presses.

    Composite Manufacture:
  • Producing composite mouldings using wet lay-up techniques.
  • Producing composite mouldings using pre-preg laminating techniques.
  • Producing components by acrylic moulding.
  • Vacuum forming composite materials.
  • Trimming composite mouldings using hand tools.
  • Identifying defects in composite mouldings.
  • Carrying out repairs to composite mouldings.
  • Applying surface finishes to composite mouldings.
  • Bonding composite mouldings.
  • Producing composite assemblies.

    India:

    There is not sufficient information on metals and engineering manufacturing processes at the level of this qualification. Most of the available Information covers post schooling training. There is some information regarding training on particular machines. An example of training in this field is given below.

    IMTT-Institute for Machine Tools Technology, Batala, Punjab.

    The Institute for Machine Tools Technology is a Punjab Govt. Project assisted by the UNDP/UNIDO. UNDP is contributing to the shape of imported latest plant and machinery, foreign exports, training of the staff at the renowned Institutes and also the national consultants from the specialized and renowned institutes in India.

    The Institute will primarily assist small scale Industries to upgrade their technological base and quality of their product in changing economic and technological environment. The capabilities have been and are being established in the areas relating to TQM, Testing and evaluation, Design, Prototype development, Heat Treatment, Production Processes, CAD and R and D. The actual course content is not available.

    Kennametal Knowledge Center in Bangalore, India.

    On-site Courses:

    Kennametal Knowledge Center is dedicated to providing high-level metalworking education, using expert instructors and the most current technology available, to organizations who are working towards global standards of excellence in their manufacturing operations. This is accomplished by assimilating Kennametal's cumulative and global metalworking knowledge base and making it available to Indian engineering companies, our employees and sales people.

    Kennametal Knowledge Center - India, conducts various education / training courses to meet the training needs of the Industries as listed below.

    New Zealand:

    The following qualification is quite similar to the South African qualification.

    National Certificate: Manufacturing (Metal and Related Products) (Level 3).

    This qualification is the second in a series of qualifications specific to production personnel employed in the manufacture of metal and related products, represents the skills and knowledge typically achieved in 18 months to two years of work in a manufacturing environment. It is intended for experienced employees who are able to take responsibility for their work output under general supervision.

    The compulsory section covers:
  • Health and safety.
  • Knowledge of engineering metals and materials.
  • Interpersonal communications.
  • Operation of production machinery.
  • Improvements in a manufacturing environment.

    The elective section allows candidates to select from a range of skill standards at level 3, such as computing, competitive manufacturing, can making, manufacturing processes, materials management, mechanical engineering, and powered industrial lift trucks.

    The following Unit Standards are attached to this qualification:
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of engineering metals.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of engineering materials.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of workplace health and safety requirements.
  • Apply safe work practices in the workplace.
  • Participate in a group/team which has an objective(s).
  • Participate in informal meetings.
  • Operate mechanical production process machinery.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of company quality policy on a manufacturing site.
  • Maintain housekeeping in a manufacturing environment.
  • Perform calculations for manufacturing production processes.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of establishing improvements in a manufacturing environment.
  • Create and use a simple computer spreadsheet to solve a problem.

    Other manufacturing processes related Unit Standards are:
  • Interpret and apply assembly drawings to ensure product quality.
  • Interpret and apply production drawings to ensure product quality.
  • Maintain and control a manufacturing process to ensure product quality.
  • Operate Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) Machinery for metal processing.
  • Set up and operate automated container labelling equipment.
  • Set up and operate automated filling equipment.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of establishing improvements in a manufacturing environment Demonstrate basic knowledge of workflow management in a manufacturing environment Operate a press for non-ferrous extrusions.
  • Rectify aluminium extrusions.
  • Correct extrusion dies.
  • Operate mechanical production process machinery.
  • Set mechanical production process machinery.

    The United States of America:

    There is not much information available about training or training programmes in metals and engineering manufacturing processes at this level. However, according to the websites of the American Iron and Steel Institute, the education and training you need in order to work in the steel manufacturing industry depends on the kind of job you want.

    To qualify for one of the maintenance trades such as those of machinists, millwrights, or pipe fitters, you usually have to serve a three- to four-year apprenticeship. Generally, apprentices are chosen from among high school or vocational school graduates already employed in the plant. To qualify for a job as an administrator or engineer, you usually need a bachelor's degree in the appropriate field. New professional employees often go through a formal training period in the plant before they are fully qualified.

    Japan:

    Vocational Training Corporation (VTC) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) are both interested in technical training of manpower in Arab countries due to the importance of this training for developing and upgrading manpower to cope with technical and scientific progress.

    Hence, VTC and JICA agreed to implement JICA's financed program entitled "The Third Country Training Program (TCTP)" to provide training services to Arab countries. Training courses within this program will be held in the "Specialized Training Institute for Metal Industries" (STIMI), one of the VTC institutes established in cooperation with JICA.

    Engineering and manufacturing industries in general and metal industries in particular need continuous updating of its workers' skills to follow rapid changes in technology in this sector. Therefore, training courses in the field of Computer-Aided Design and Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM entitled "Engineering Drawing of AutoCAD", and "Programming and Operating Lathe and Machining Center" were introduced, for participants working or required to be prepared for working in this field.

    The following facilities are offered by the VTC, through the Japan-Jordan cooperation:
  • Traditional Machining Workshop.
  • CNC Machining Workshop.
  • Metals Testing Lab.
  • Heat Treatment Workshop.
  • Sheet Metal Workshop.
  • Metal Painting Workshop.
  • Welding Workshop.
  • Welds Tests Lab.
  • Metal Casting/Foundry Workshop.
  • Metal Forging Workshop.
  • Lecturing and Technical Drawing Rooms.
  • Computer Lab.

    Main Objective:

    The main objective of this course is to provide participants with practical skills and technical knowledge required for Engineering Drawing of AutoCAD and Operating and Programming NC Lathe and Machining Center (MC).

    Sub-Objectives:

    By the end of the course, participants are expected to be able to:

    In the field of AutoCAD drawing:
  • Perform Mechanical Engineering Drawing using AutoCAD.
  • Use layers, colors and line types.
  • Add texts to drawing.
  • Dimension and tolerances.
  • Develop hatching models.

    In the field of programming and operating NC lathe:
  • Edit programs for NC lathe.
  • Setup the co-ordinate system of NC lathe.
  • Program loading and operation.
  • Perform trial cuts.
  • Perform actual cutting.

    In the field of programming and operation MC machine:
  • Edit programs for MC machine.
  • Setup the co-ordinate system of MC machine.
  • Program loading and operation.
  • Perform trial cuts.
  • Perform actual cutting.

    SADC:

    Several SADC countries were investigated (Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana) with regards to training in metal and engineering manufacturing processes. Information from Namibia and Botswana is quoted here.

    Namibia:

    The findings of the Report on the Metal and Engineering Sector in Namibia reveal that there has been a significant increase in the number of manufacturing establishments from 1995 to 2003. The food products and beverage sector remains the major manufacturing sector in Namibia. The largest companies in the metal and engineering sub-sector are Windhoek Maschinen Fabriek, Wispeco, Paco Engineering, Reinforcing and Allied Industries and W. Dresselmann Engineering. The Government has established 6 vocational training centers in 6 regions country wide, where courses in metal and engineering field are offered. The following course, related to this qualification, are offered at the Windhoek Vocational Training Centre:

    Fitting and Turning Trade:

    Apprentices in this unit group operates various types of workshop machinery and related equipment such as cutting, grinding, shaping, milling, sawing, turning and drilling machines, including their attachments and accessories, to produce various types of mature parts and spares according to drawing specifications.

    Their main functions include:
  • Use and read basic measuring instruments.
  • Perform bench work e.g. filling, sawing and chiseling.
  • Read precision and non-precision measuring instruments.
  • Sets and operates turning, milling, grinding, shaping and drilling machines.
  • Carry out basic fitting and Mounting of parts.
  • Carry out hand and machine finishing work.
  • Use hydraulic machines correctly.
  • Check, adjust and lubricate machines and related equipment.
  • Sharpening of tools e.g. lathe tools, etc.
  • Carry out dressing of grinding wheels.
  • Carry out cutting operations in various machines e.g. lathe, shaper, grinder and miller etc.
  • Conducts physical tests of different materials.
  • Carry out supplementary tooling to ensure accurate fit.
  • Examine drawings and other specifications.
  • Carry out simple heat-treatment of metals.
  • Finishing work according to specified limit and tolerances.
  • Mark out metal from dimensioned drawing for fitting and machining operations.
  • Carry out basic preventive maintenance.
  • Service machines and other related equipment.
  • Carry out basic preventive maintenance.
  • Interpret drawings.
  • Plan and carry production of machine parts and spares using various machines to within a tolerance of approximately 0.01 mm and 0.02 mm.
  • Write technical reports on machines and equipment.
  • Carry out inspection and calibration of measuring tools.
  • Carry out heat treatment, Operate common hydraulic machines.
  • Service of workshop machines (lathes, shaper, miller, grinder etc.) and other related equipment.
  • Prepare production plans.
  • Plan basic preventive and maintenance programmes for workshop machines,- Sharpening, cutting tools using tool and cutter grinders.
  • Supervise others in proper procedures of operating and servicing machines and equipment in a machine tool shop.

    In addition government has established 6 Community Owned Skills Development Centers (COSDECs) which offer basic courses in welding, sheet metal work etc. However, the details of the training courses are not available.

    Botswana:

    The Botswana Training Authority has the following unit standards, relevant to this qualification:
  • Level 3 Set and operate a CNC lathe.
  • Level 3 Select, use, and care for advanced engineering measuring equipment.
  • Level 3 Produce components by performing engineering milling operations.
  • Level 3 Select, use, and care for complex engineering measuring equipment for precision jobs.
  • Level 3 Calibrate pressure measuring devices used in industry.

    Conclusion:

    The competencies covered in the National Certificate: Metal and Engineering Manufacturing Processes at NQF Level 3 are either similar to or have some degree of overlap with the qualifications and courses that are offered in countries investigated here. While direct and complete comparisons are rarely possible-given the very different contexts in the countries investigated-there are significant (and sometimes not-so-significant) overlaps between this qualification and those internationally. In some cases, it is difficult to figure out the levels of the international courses and qualifications but the overlap in competencies helped to benchmark this Qualification.

    From Australia, the TAFE College qualification matches very favourably with this Qualification. All three UK qualifications have significant similarity with this Qualification as does the qualification from New Zealand. The lack of information from critical countries like China, Germany, Korea and Japan makes it difficult to make any comparison with those countries.

    On the whole this qualification compares very favourably with international qualifications or courses. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    This Qualification lends itself to both vertical and horizontal articulation possibilities.

    Horizontal articulation is possible with the following Qualifications:
  • ID 64189: National Certificate: Metals Production, NQF Level 3.
  • ID 71989: National Certificate: Automotive Components: Manufacturing and Assembly, NQF Level 3.
  • ID 58719: National Certificate: Metals Processing, NQF Level 3.
  • ID 58785: Production Technology, NQF Level 3.

    Vertical articulation is possible with the following Qualifications:
  • ID 79687: Further Education and Training Certificate: Metal and Engineering Manufacturing Processes, NQF Level 4.
  • ID 64209: Further Education and Training Certificate: Metals Production, NQF Level 4.
  • ID 58779: Further Education and Training Certificate: Production Technology, NQF Level 4. 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this Qualification must be registered as an assessor with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, and Assurance (ETQA) Body.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this Qualification must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the ETQA's policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation; in terms of agreements reached around assessment and moderation between ETQA's (including professional bodies); and in terms of the moderation guideline detailed immediately below.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments at exit points of the Qualification, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described both in individual Unit Standards, the integrated competence described in the Qualification and will include competence within core sales and the elective standards relevant to the economic sector.
  • 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 
    For an applicant to register as an assessor, the applicant needs:
  • A minimum of two years' practical, relevant occupational experience.
  • A relevant Qualification at NQF Level 4 or higher.
  • To be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA. 

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

    NOTES 
    This qualification replaces qualification 21015, "National Certificate: Metal and Engineering Manufacturing Processes", Level 3, 142 credits. 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  259722  Handle and care for materials  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  244108  Apply safety, health and environment protection procedures in a process plant  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  335854  Interpret and produce engineering drawings and sketches  Level 3  NQF Level 03  12 
    Core  9530  Manage work time effectively  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  335900  Monitor and adjust production machines  Level 3  NQF Level 03  18 
    Core  259723  Perform first line maintenance on equipment in the metals production process  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Core  335901  Prepare to monitor and adjust production machines  Level 3  NQF Level 03  12 
    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  119467  Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes  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  259762  Demonstrate an understanding of HIV/AIDS and its impact on the workplace  Level 2  NQF Level 02  12 
    Elective  12465  Develop a learning plan and a portfolio for assessment  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  246442  Operate pumps  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  243021  Shift loads using lifting equipment  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  377080  Assemble complex components  Level 3  NQF Level 03  20 
    Elective  335862  Coat materials and components  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  10582  Describe lubrication methods and applications associated with process plants  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  12457  Develop learning strategies and techniques  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  377082  Dismantle complex assemblies  Level 3  NQF Level 03  15 
    Elective  244407  Lift and move a load using mechanical lifting equipment  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  9526  Manage basic business finance  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  243025  Monitor machining process, interpret statistical process control charts, and rectify production problems  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    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  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  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  377081  Perform grinding operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  14 
    Elective  116720  Show understanding of diversity in the workplace  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  117001  Use a mobile crane to carry out pile driving  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  9533  Use communication skills to handle and resolve conflict in the workplace  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  335864  Use marking-off equipment for routine shapes  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    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. BPC HR Solutions (PRETORIA) (TP) 
    2. College of Production Technology 
    3. Columbus Stainless (Pty) Ltd (MIDDELBURG) (TP) 
    4. CREATIVE FOUNDATION TRAINING 
    5. Izizwe Training Centre (Pty) Ltd T/A Simtech Training (NORTHDENE) (TP) 
    6. MZANSI SKILLS BASE CC (Selby)(TP) 
    7. Planet Waves 237 (Pty) Ltd T/A Occupational Learning Centre (OLC) (PRE 
    8. Russ Projects T/A Academy Workplace Development (AWD) (HARRIETDALE) (T 
    9. SSS Sheet Metal Work cc T/A Sheetech SA (DURBAN) (TP) 
    10. THE NEW RECLAMATION GROUP (PTY) LTD (Prospecton) (TP) 
    11. Toyota Academy Toyota SA Motors (Pty) Ltd (ISIPINGO) (TP) 
    12. Wilbat Projects 148 (Pty) Ltd (ISIPINGO) (TP) 
    13. WISPECO ALUMINIUM (Alrode)(Project Site NVC)(TP) 



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