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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

Further Education and Training Certificate: Metal and Engineering Manufacturing Processes 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
79687  Further Education and Training 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
Further Ed and Training Cert  Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology  Manufacturing and Assembly 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  139  Level 4  NQF Level 04  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
21016  National Certificate: Metal and Engineering Manufacturing Processes  Level 4  NQF Level 04  127  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 at NQF Level 2 focuses primarily on the operation of production or manufacturing machinery, and the National Certificate: Metal and Engineering Manufacturing Processes at NQF Level 3 focuses on preparation for and the monitoring and adjusting of production or manufacturing machines, this Qualification focuses on the preparation for and the setting-up of production machines within the metal and engineering manufacturing processes industry.

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

This qualification recognises the skills, knowledge and values acquired by learners involved in setting-up production or manufacturing machinery and to be able to perform a range of activities and thereby meet the challenges within a specific metal and engineering manufacturing processes environment at this level. 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:
  • Identifying and solving problems pertaining to production machines.
  • Preparing and setting-up production machines.
  • Performing marking-off of non-routine shapes.
  • Demonstrating an understanding of the implementation of occupational health, safety and environmental legislation in the work place.
  • Managing safety and emergency incidences.
  • Monitoring and controlling quality control practices in a manufacturing and/or engineering environment.

    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 will facilitate access to, and mobility within, education and training for learners who:
  • Would like to achieve this Qualification through the process of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and/or formal study.
  • Wish to extend their range of skills and knowledge and hence their competencies in the metal and engineering manufacturing processes environment.

    The Qualification also hopes to:
  • 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 third and final Qualification in a series of three metal and engineering manufacturing processes qualifications that range from NQF Levels 2 to 4. These qualifications constitute a learning pathway that takes the learners from basic or simple competencies in metal and engineering manufacturing processes at NQF Level 2 to structuring and managing metal and engineering manufacturing processes competencies at NQF Level 4. This Qualification provides critical competencies for learners who want to follow a career in the metal and engineering manufacturing processes industry. It 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 will be working in the metal and engineering manufacturing processes environment and who would have completed the National Certificate: Metal and Engineering Manufacturing Processes, NQF Level 3 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 those who operate in the metal and engineering manufacturing processes environment are trained according to this Qualification to improve productivity and efficiency.

    This national Qualification forms the basis for further learning at NQF Level 5. The Qualification and its related Unit Standards were developed to standardise the accreditation of learning programmes, resulting in improved quality in terms of programme delivery.

    The Further Education and Training Certificate: Metal and Engineering Manufacturing Processes 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 3.

    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.

    Recognition of Prior Learning is particularly important, as there are people in the metal and engineering manufacturing processes sector with a variety of skills and competencies of differing quality and scope. It is important that an RPL process be available to assist in making sense of existing competencies and skills, and helping to standardise these competencies and skills towards a common standard.

    Access to the Qualification:

    There is an open access to this Qualification. Learners should preferably first have completed the National Certificate: Metal and Engineering Manufacturing Processes, NQF Level 3 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 139 credits as detailed below.

    Fundamental Component:

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

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

    All Unit Standards in the Fundamental Component totalling 56 credits are compulsory.

    Core Component:
  • The Core Component consists of Unit Standards to the value 73 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 10 credits to attain a minimum of 139 credits for this Qualification. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    Qualifying learners will be able to:

    1. Prepare for and set-up production machines in a metal and engineering processes or related environment.
    Outcome Range:
  • 'Production machines' refer to machines used in both the manufacturing, production and assembly sectors of the metal and engineering processes environment.
  • 'Production process' includes the assembly and manufacturing sectors.

    2. Troubleshoot machine functioning in a metal and engineering manufacturing processes environment.

    3. Promote, implement and maintain procedures that support safety, health, the environment, quality and risk management.

    4. Monitor and control quality control practices in a manufacturing and/or engineering environment.

    Critical Cross-Field Outcomes:

    Identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made when:
  • Engaging with product faults related to equipment functioning and undertaking appropriate actions.
  • Correcting conditions or practices which will damage or reduce the life of the equipment.
  • Identifying conditions or practices that will impact on the properties of the material to be processed or the end product performance and taking corrective measures.
  • Engaging with problems related to setting-up the machine or range of machines.
  • Implementing and maintaining health, safety and environmental legislation in a workplace.
  • Human error and medical emergencies unrelated to the facility have been considered and are adequately catered for.

    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation, community to:
  • Interact with maintenance specialists to troubleshoot and determine most effective ways of repairing problems and/or improving machine efficiency.
  • Interact with work group members to effect efficient and problem free changeovers and set-ups.
  • Ensure the efficient operation of the production or manufacturing process.

    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsively and effectively when:
  • Planning and executing monitoring, diagnostic and troubleshooting activities without interference with production or manufacturing process.
  • Applying problem-solving techniques.
  • Compiling and analysing information data.
  • Following-up with maintenance personnel.
  • Preparing, planning and sequencing events and procedures.
  • Setting-up production or manufacturing machines.
  • Performing line inspections.
  • Selecting and checking materials and tools for marking-off.
  • Investigating the handling of a hazardous incident within a relevant time frame and authority.

    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information to:
  • Ensure equipment functioning and to find potential solutions to problems.
  • Record, categorise and explain problems, faults and down times related to machine settings.
  • Interpret information from engineering drawings and production schedule to mark-off materials.
  • Implementing and maintain health, safety and environmental legislation and make decisions.

    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation to:
  • Consult with maintenance personnel and report on discussions and decisions taken.
  • Request or instruct work group members and associated people to co-ordinate and effect machine settings.
  • Report on impact of settings on the performance of the manufacturing or production machines and equipment and on the quality of the material and end product.
  • Record and report to improve the production process.
  • Mark-off materials as per drawings and customer requirements.

    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and the health of others by:
  • Using dedicated soft- and hardware to evaluate plans.
  • Using the equipment according to manufacturer's instructions.

    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 how activities impact on up and downstream activities and processes and customers or clients as well as related functions in the organisation.
  • Troubleshooting potential machine problems which can impact on product quality, machine repair requirements and overall costs as well as on safety, health and the environment.
  • Engaging with problems during setting-up the production process.
  • He/she must demonstrate understanding of the impact of his/her or others' actions in the overall objectives of the workplace. 

  • ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:
  • Knowledge and theory pertaining to the production process and to production machines are discussed in terms of the context in which the process and the machines are located.
  • Knowledge and theory pertaining to products and materials are discussed in relation to the impact of materials and design on the final products.
  • The plan to set-up machines is explained with regards to the production schedule, customer requirements and the availability of materials, tooling and tools.
  • Production machines are discussed in terms of operation procedures, production time and the sustainability of stable production conditions.
  • Production machines are set-up according to production line specifications to manufacture or assemble quality products.
  • The importance of quality control procedures is discussed in terms of calibration, verification and product specifications.
  • Line inspections are performed to analyse anomalies and deviations and take corrective action.
  • Techniques for data analysis are used to interpret the data collected to maintain efficiency in the production process.
  • 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 or assembly context.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:
  • Production machines are discussed in terms of their capabilities, parameters and common failures.
  • The specifications of products and machines are discussed in relation to optimal machine performance and the correlation between actual performance and optimum performance of machines.
  • The techniques to monitor machines are discussed to ensure that machines work within their parameters as shown by their indicators.
  • Data obtained through monitoring is analysed using various techniques.
  • Problems are identified and assessed and appropriate problem-solving techniques are used to find solutions that will maintain the production process.
  • The importance of troubleshooting and early diagnosis of problems is explained to ensure production efficiencies and save costs.
  • Maintenance and repair specialists are informed about machine problems and regular follow-ups conducted to ensure that machines have been attended to.
  • Mathematical calculations are utilised for the solution of common operational problems.
  • Unfamiliar problems are reported to appropriate personnel to take action as per procedure.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:
  • Occupational health, safety, environmental, quality and risk management policies and procedures are explained and applied in area of responsibility and are implemented and updated where required.
  • A safe environment is maintained for team members to work.
  • Safety, health, environmental, quality and risk management practices are investigated systematically and suggestions for improvement made as appropriate.
  • All actions related to maintaining safety, health, environmental, quality and risk management procedures are documented.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 4:
  • The concept of quality assurance is discussed in relation to practices in a manufacturing and/or engineering environment.
  • Quality assurance practices are integrated into a manufacturing and/or engineering production line.
  • Quality during manufacturing and/or engineering processes is monitored using standard operating procedures.
  • Non-conformance to quality in manufactured and/or engineered products is resolved through identifying and investigating causes.

    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 courses in the following countries:
  • 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.
  • New Zealand and Australia - They have related qualifications registered on frameworks that are similar to the South African NQF; this facilitates comparison.
  • Canada - Several institutions offer qualifications in this field.
  • Germany - Germany has a large manufacturing industry. Information on training courses is limited.
  • Malaysia - Malaysia has substantial training opportunities for its people and enjoys substantial educational cooperation in production and manufacturing with Japan.
  • India - India has a thriving metal and engineering manufacturing processes industry.

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

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

    Australia:

    TAFE College:

    Diploma of Manufacturing Technology:

    This course is for people who work or who want to work in manufacturing or engineering organisations.

    The range of electives allows you to choose a mix of modules to suit jobs in a wide variety of manufacturing and service industries.
    There are many unit standards related to this qualification; those that overlap with this Qualification have been listed:
  • Ensure process improvements are sustained.
  • Facilitate continuous improvement in manufacturing.
  • Undertake process capability improvements.
  • Mistake proof a production process.
  • Apply statistics to processes in manufacturing.
  • Undertake proactive maintenance analyses.
  • Assist in implementing a proactive maintenance strategy.
  • Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices.
  • Monitor process capability.
  • Apply quality standards.
  • Undertake root cause analysis.
  • Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices.
  • Manage operational plan.
  • Schedule and manage production.
  • Troubleshoot and optimise materials and machinery.
  • Apply principles of occupational health and safety in the work environment.
  • Apply quality systems.
  • Apply quality procedures.
  • Organise and communicate information.

    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 work and the world of learning.

    Wiseman Institute offers the following accredited and nationally recognised qualification:

    Certificate IV in Competitive Manufacturing.

    The aim of this training program is introduce competitive manufacturing concepts and processes to the manufacturing sector, such as:
  • Lean manufacturing systems (eg value chain mapping, competitive manufacturing practices, process improvement systems).
  • Lean manufacturing tools: 5S+1, smart changeovers, cost optimisation, SCADA systems, TPM, TPM, JIT - Just in Time System and Six Sigma.
  • Change management.
  • The design and innovation process.
  • Leadership of manufacturing practice.
  • Integrated business and logistical support.

    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.

    Canada:

    Fanshawe College.

    Manufacturing Engineering Technology (Accelerated)-2010/2011.

    The following courses are offered:
  • CAD and Blue Print Reading.
  • Solids Modelling.
  • Machining Principles Welding.
  • Fundamental Math/Computer Application.
  • Manufacturing Processes and Materials.
  • Reason and Writing 1-Technology.
  • Law, Ethics and Occupational H and S all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    > Tool Design 1.
    > CNC Processes-Intro.
    > Production Welding.
    > Applied Mathematics.
    > Materials Engineering.
    > Quality Assurance.
    > Human and Industrial Relations.
    > Project Management.
    > Design 2.
    > CAD-CAM CNC Applications.
    > Hydraulics/Pneumatics/PLC's.
    > Work Systems/Facilities Planning.
    > Electrical Fundamentals/Machine Controls.
    > Applied Project.
    > Communications for Technology.
    > Statics and Strength of Materials.
    > Materials and Processes-Adv.
    > Quality Management.
    > Operations Management.
    > Computer Applications.
    > Automation and Processes-Adv.
    > Applied Project.

    India:

    Kennametal Knowledge Centre.

    Onsite Courses - Bangalore, India.

    Kennametal Knowledge Center India 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 conducts various education or training courses to meet the training needs of the industries.

    Metal Cutting Application Engineering Course.

    This short course emphasizes the following aspects:
  • Basics and influence of various cutting tool geometry in metal cutting.
  • Various tool materials and the different properties exhibited by them while machining.
  • Various geometries in Turning and Milling inserts and their influence on the surface finish and cutting forces.
  • Optimal parameter calculation for lowest cost per component.
  • Power calculation in Turning, Milling and Drilling.
  • Solid Carbide round tools viz, drills design and application.
  • Tool life criteria and how to minimise tool failures.

    At the end of this course, the candidate will be well versed in the concepts of metal cutting and selection of optimum parameters for getting the maximum tool life without compromising on the productivity.

    The participants will obtain a broad overview on:
  • Tool engineering and tooling materials.
  • Right selection of cutting tools and machining parameters.
  • Understanding tool failures while machining and solutions to avoid the same.
  • Optimizing tool performance through productivity.
  • Understanding machining cost versus tool life.

    Certified Metal-cutting Professional (CMP) - Online:

    The Certified Metal-cutting Professional (CMP) program is designed to demystify the metal cutting process and to provide defined and common selection criteria for all metal-cutting tools. Tool selection criterion is based on proven cause and effect relationships that exist between three categories of tool design and application factors that can be applied to any metal-cutting process. The CMP program is based on the fact that each factor within each category will provide a common effect regardless of the metal cutting process.
    Courses in the CMP program are separated into three sections and address Engineering Principles, Turning Processes and Machining Center Processes:
  • Engineering Principles.
  • Turning Processes.
  • Machining Center Processes.

    The Certified Metal-cutting Professional (CMP) program is designed for the working engineer involved in metal cutting tool selection, process optimization, CNC programming and trouble shooting.

    New Zealand:

    The following qualification is available on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework:

    National Certificate in Manufacturing (Metal and Related Products) (Level 4).

    This qualification is for people who are working as, or training towards, team leaders or supervisors employed in the manufacture of metals and related products. It combines specialised manufacturing processes, with technical skills and management skills expected of team leaders or supervisors in the Metal and Related Product industry.

    The compulsory section covers:
  • Health and safety.
  • Compliance and regulatory control.
  • Engineering materials.
  • Interpersonal communications.
  • Manufacturing processes.
  • Quality management.
  • Systems and resources management.
  • Writing.

    The elective section allows candidates to select from a range of specialised skill standards such as delivery of adult education and training, assessment of learning, competitive manufacturing, mechanical engineering, people development and coordination, quality management, and systems and resources management.

    The following standards are attached to this qualification:
  • Demonstrate and apply knowledge of team-building skills.
  • Identify key workplace organisational principles.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of quality and its management.
  • Use core quality management tools.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of engineering metals.
  • Speak to a specified audience in a predictable situation.
  • Apply problem-solving techniques.
  • Collaborate within a group/team which has an objective(s).
  • Write in plain English.
  • Apply the HSE Act 1992 as an employee in a compliance and/or regulatory control workplace.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of company quality policy on a manufacturing site.
  • Maintain and control a manufacturing process to ensure product quality.
  • Perform calculations for manufacturing production processes.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of establishing improvements in a manufacturing environment.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of workflow management in a manufacturing environment.
  • Provide guidance for individual adult trainees.
  • Deliver on-job training to adults.
  • Create and maintain a positive learning environment for adult learner groups.
  • Use standards to assess candidate performance.
  • Prepare candidates for assessment.
  • Verify evidence for assessment for candidate.

    United Kingdom:

    There are many engineering and manufacturing related qualifications offered in the UK. The following qualifications, similar to this Qualification, were identified:

    Motherwell College:

    This college offers the Engineering SVQ Level 3 over a period of two years.
    This course provides the knowledge and skills required for Engineering personnel in their relevant industrial fields. Successful completion provides you with a certification of competence. The course includes: Complying with Statutory Regulations and Organisational Safety Requirements; Using and Interpreting Engineering Data and Documentation; Working Efficiently and Effectively in Engineering.

    South West College:

    This college offers the City and Guilds qualification:

    Full Time Level 3 NVQ in Engineering Production:

    This qualification is offered over a period of 78 weeks.

    Mandatory Units:
  • Determine Requirements to Achieve Engineering Objectives.
  • Prepare Resources for Engineering Activities in Complex Conditions.
  • Reinstate the Work Area after Engineering Activities.
  • Contribute to Improving the Organisation's Working Practices and Procedures.
  • Contribute to the Effectiveness of Work Activities.

    Thereafter the learner can select a further group from a choice of thirteen specialist pathways to suit the candidate's area of activity. Some pathways relevant to this qualification are: Fabrication, machining, assembly, fitting, technical supervision etc. Each pathway consists of some or many unit standards. Some of the common unit standards are:
  • Shape Engineering Products by Material Removal using Hand Tools.
  • Shape Engineering Products by Material Removal using Machine Tools.
  • Produce Engineering Products by Machine Controlled Pressure Shaping Operations.
  • Join Engineering Materials through Thermal Joining Operations.
  • Produce Engineering Products by Assembly Operations.
  • Apply Pressure by Hand to Shape Engineering Materials.
  • Produce Engineering Products by Manual Forming Operations that are Complex to Achieve.
  • Operate Computer Controlled Engineering Processes.
  • Produce Engineering Products by Assembly Operations.
  • Modify the Properties of Materials for Engineering Use.
  • Dismantle Engineering Assets in Accordance with Specifications.
  • Re-assemble Engineering Assets in Accordance with Specifications.
  • Return Engineering Products/Assets to Service by Component Removal and Replacement.
  • Return Engineering Products/Assets to Service by Component Repair.
  • Check Engineering Product/Asset Compliance with Specifications.

    Edexcel:

    EDEXCEL BTEC Level 3 Award in Engineering (Specialist: Manufacturing Engineering) (QCF).

    This Qualification has been specifically designed to provide learners with the opportunity to undertake some Specialist Learning in Engineering and Manufacturing. The choice of content and structure will specifically allow it to be used as the Specialist Learning component of the Engineering, and Manufacturing and Product Design lines of learning of the Diploma.

    1 - All Units:
  • Engineering Drawing for Technicians.
  • Engineering Primary Forming Processes.
  • Engineering Secondary and Finishing Techniques.
  • Fabrication Processes and Technology.
  • Welding Technology.
  • Selecting and Using Programmable Controllers.
  • Manufacturing Planning.
  • Setting and Proving Secondary Processing Machines.
  • Computer Aided Manufacturing.
  • Production System Design.
  • Six Sigma Quality.
  • Electronic Circuit Design and Manufacture.
  • Mechanical and Thermal Treatment of Metals.
  • Structure and Properties of Metals.
  • Industrial alloys.
  • Metallurgical Techniques.
  • Extraction and Refining of Metals.
  • Liquid Metal Casting Processes.
  • Quality and Business Improvement.
  • Teamwork in a Continuous Improvement Environment.

    EDEXCEL BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Engineering (Specialist: Manufacturing Engineering) (QCF).

    This Qualification has been specifically designed to provide learners with the opportunity to undertake some Specialist Learning in Engineering and Manufacturing. The choice of content and structure will specifically allow it to be used as the Specialist Learning component of the Engineering, and Manufacturing and Product Design lines of learning of the Diploma.

    1- All Units:
  • Engineering Drawing for Technicians.
  • Engineering Primary Forming Processes.
  • Engineering Secondary and Finishing Techniques.
  • Fabrication Processes and Technology.
  • Welding Technology.
  • Selecting and Using Programmable Controllers.
  • Welding Principles.
  • Further Mathematics for Engineering Technicians.
  • Manufacturing Planning.
  • Setting and Proving Secondary Processing Machines.
  • Computer Aided Manufacturing.
  • Production System Design.
  • Six Sigma Quality.
  • Electronic Circuit Design and Manufacture.
  • Mechanical and Thermal Treatment of Metals.
  • Structure and Properties of Metals.
  • Industrial alloys.
  • Metallurgical Techniques.
  • Extraction and Refining of Metals.
  • Liquid Metal Casting Processes.
  • Quality and Business Improvement.
  • Teamwork in a Continuous Improvement Environment.

    Germany:

    About 2.5 million Germans, or almost half of the fifteen-to nineteen-year-old age-group of both genders, annually receive vocational training within a range of about 400 designated occupational specialties.

    Of the many fields to choose from in German vocational training, most apprentices select from about twenty specializations. Young men prefer training in manufacturing, crafts, carpentry, electronics, or painting. Young women prefer training in sales, industrial purchasing, office work or banking, or medical assistance.

    After finishing vocational training, students can go to technical colleges located all over Germany and they can move on to advanced specialization courses in programs for continuing education.

    The following is traineeship in metal manufacture. It shed light on the extent and nature of training:

    Designation of occupation: Metalworker.

    Duration of traineeship: 3.5 years.

    Metalworkers work in the production, maintenance and assembly of metal and steel constructions, metal objects and forged products, of vehicle constructions and conversions as well as in the assembly, start-up, fault finding and maintenance of control systems.

    Occupational skills:

    Metalworkers carry out their work independently and as part of a team on the basis of technical documents and work orders, taking into account relevant provisions and safety regulations.

    Metal Workers:
  • Plan and control work processes, monitor, document and evaluate work results.
  • Apply standards and guidelines for assuring product quality and contribute to the continuous improvement of work processes in the company.
  • Measure and control mechanical and physical quantities.
  • Make separable and inseparable connections.
  • Produce parts and components by various manual and machine manufacturing processes.
  • Treat and protect surfaces.
  • Secure loads, transport components and assemblies and use lifting gear.
  • Dismantle and assemble components and assemblies.

    In the structural engineering specialist area:
  • Assemble, test, monitor and eliminate faults and malfunctions as well as repair control systems and components and write down the results.
  • Set up workplaces at building sites.
  • Produce components as well as assemble and dismantle metal and steel constructions.
  • Maintain metal and steel constructions.

    In the metal design specialist area:
  • Produce surfaces and bodies by beating.
  • Handle a forge and select forgeable material.
  • Produce forged parts by manual and mechanical forging.
  • Make and repair tools and aids for forging.
  • Produce components and assemblies to plan as well as own designs and assemble and dismantle utility articles.
  • Shape surfaces.
  • Restore components and assemblies.

    In the commercial vehicle construction specialist area:
  • Assemble, test, monitor and adjust, eliminate faults and malfunctions, maintain and repair control systems and write down the results.
  • Produce bodies, vehicle frames and superstructures, carry out conversion work, install accessories and special attachments as well as test total functioning.
  • Test and repair bodies, vehicle frames and superstructures.
  • Test, process and protect surfaces.

    Malaysia:

    Trainees learn to obtain "manufacturing" technologies and skills based on the curriculum focusing on the needs of industries.

    Japan-Malaysia Technical Institute (JMTI):

    This institute is a vocational training project launched through the combined effort of the Malaysian and Japanese Governments. JMTI offers long-term courses including Electronic Engineering Technology, Computer Engineering Technology, Manufacturing Engineering Technology, and Mechatronic Engineering Technology. This institution is responsible to handle the training programmes to the Diploma of Technology level.

    JMTI conducts the full time training programme based from the training and vocational system with the usage of the latest and current technology from Japan. The learning system in JMTI is implemented in the form of theoretical and practical. The subjects taught to the students consist of the general subjects, fundamental theory, specialised theory, fundamental practical and specialised practical.

    Conclusion:

    The competencies covered in the Further Education and Training Certificate: Metal and Engineering Manufacturing Processes at NQF Level 4 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 - Diploma of Manufacturing Technology - matches very favourably with this Qualification. Information from India is limited; however, comparisons have been made with short courses. The National Certificate: Manufacturing (Metal and Related Products) at Level 4 from New Zealand compares very favourably with this Qualification.

    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 64209: Further Education and Training Certificate: Metals Production, NQF Level 4.
  • ID 71949: Further Education and Training Certificate: Automotive Components: Manufacturing and Assembly, NQF Level 4.

    Vertical articulation is possible with the following Qualifications:
  • ID 48633: Certificate: Production Technology, NQF Level 5.
  • ID 59021: Certificate: Production Management, NQF Level 5.
  • ID 50355: Certificate: Productions and Operations Management, NQF Level 5. 

  • 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 4 years' practical, relevant occupational experience.
  • A relevant Qualification at NQF Level 5 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 21016, "National Certificate: Metal and Engineering Manufacturing Processes", Level 4, 127 credits. 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  120366  Demonstrate understanding of the implementation of occupational health, safety and environmental legislation in the work place  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  335863  Identify and solve problems pertaining to production machines  Level 4  NQF Level 04  15 
    Core  243301  Manage safety and emergency incidences  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  14586  Monitor and control quality control practices in a manufacturing/engineering environment  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  335861  Perform marking-off for non-routine shapes  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  335874  Prepare to set-up production machines  Level 4  NQF Level 04  11 
    Core  335865  Set-up production machines  Level 4  NQF Level 04  16 
    Fundamental  119472  Accommodate audience and context needs in oral/signed communication  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  119457  Interpret and use information from texts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  119467  Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  119465  Write/present/sign texts for a range of communicative contexts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9015  Apply knowledge of statistics and probability to critically interrogate and effectively communicate findings on life related problems  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  119462  Engage in sustained oral/signed communication and evaluate spoken/signed texts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  119469  Read/view, analyse and respond to a variety of texts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  9016  Represent analyse and calculate shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional space in different contexts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  119471  Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  7468  Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business, national and international issues  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  119459  Write/present/sign for a wide range of contexts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  242815  Apply the organisation's code of conduct in a work environment  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  335856  Change and set tooling  Level 4  NQF Level 04  15 
    Elective  242816  Conduct a structured meeting  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  242813  Explain the contribution made by own area of responsibility to the overall organisational strategy  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  114877  Formulate and implement an action plan to improve productivity within an organisational unit  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  335875  Implement and maintain business processes  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  254596  Manage time keeping records  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  242819  Motivate and Build a Team  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
    Elective  242811  Prioritise time and work for self and team  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  116380  Supervise workers at levels 2 and 3  Level 4  NQF Level 04 


    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. College of Production Technology 
    2. Columbus Stainless (Pty) Ltd (MIDDELBURG) (TP) 
    3. CREATIVE FOUNDATION TRAINING 
    4. Izizwe Training Centre (Pty) Ltd T/A Simtech Training (NORTHDENE) (TP) 
    5. Planet Waves 237 (Pty) Ltd T/A Occupational Learning Centre (OLC) (PRE 
    6. Russ Projects T/A Academy Workplace Development (AWD) (HARRIETDALE) (T 
    7. SSS Sheet Metal Work cc T/A Sheetech SA (DURBAN) (TP) 
    8. Toyota Academy Toyota SA Motors (Pty) Ltd (ISIPINGO) (TP) 
    9. Wilbat Projects 148 (Pty) Ltd (ISIPINGO) (TP) 



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