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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Machining and Tooling 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
91926  National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Machining and Tooling 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Generic Manufacturing, Engineering, Technology 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
The individual Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary for each Learning Programme recorded against this qualification is shown in the table at the end of this report.  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National Certificate  Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology  Engineering and Related Design 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  132  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 does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification. 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
Purpose:

The purpose of the qualification is to provide learners, education and training providers and employers with the standards and the range of learning required to work effectively in various industries making use of engineering machining skills to meet the challenges of such an environment.

The primary skill that is recognised in this qualification is the ability to produce components of some complexity using a variety of machining methods. This capability requires an understanding of advanced machining theory, detailed engineering drawings and a variety of tests and treatments used on engineering metals. Hand skills play a large role in this qualification.

Qualifying learners will be able to maintain and support the various policies and procedures related to the safety, health, environment and quality systems that govern their workplace.

Qualifying learners at NQF Level 3 will be able to:
  • Produce components using simple machining processes to meet operational and output requirements in accordance with legal, health, safety and environmental requirements.
  • Conduct process control activities to ensure quality control and continuous improvement to comply with specifications.
  • Communicate with peers, customers and members of supervisory/management levels by demonstrating the ability to gather and summarise information from a range of sources and produce coherent presentations in a prescribed format.

    Rationale:

    The qualification addresses needs as identified in the machining disciplines as part of the mechanical engineering sector to ensure that there is a capacity to meet the growth demand of the sector. The mechanical engineering sector broadly refers to manufacturing plants, processing plant and other industrial operations, ensuring that production efficiencies, plant and machine availability and quality of output are consistently maintained in support of competitiveness. This occupational qualification serves the need of the society and the economy by providing engineering support services in the manufacture and maintenance of machinery, plant and engineering systems in industries such as:
  • Manufacturing and Engineering (Metals, Plastics, Tyre and Rubber, Automotive Manufacturing, Packaging, Capital equipment, Tooling, Agro-processing).
  • Chemical, Petrochemical, Pharmaceuticals.
  • Mining.
  • Transport (Maritime, Road, Rail and Aviation).
  • Civil Engineering and Construction.
  • Food and Beverages.
  • Defence.
  • Energy (generation, transmission, distribution, maintenance, alternative, renewable, domestic).
  • Other engineering-related industry sectors (health, safety).

    The industries within these sectors include specific needs related to amongst others:
  • Design.
  • Industrialisation.
  • Manufacturing.
  • Maintenance.
  • Mechanical engineering related information communication technology.

    The range of typical learners at this level could include individuals preparing for occupations or trades as:
  • Turners.
  • Tool, jig, mould and die makers.
  • Machinists.

    This mechanical engineering qualification provides the learner with the intermediate skills, knowledge and competencies that are required within the machining environment providing a common set of specialisation skills in Machining, Tool, Die, Mould and Jig Making at NQF Level 3. This leads to further specialisations within each of these categories at a NQF Level 4.

    This qualification could assist with the achievement of national governmental and industrial development policies and strategies to grow the pool of scarce and other related skills in support of sustainable economic growth. People working in the engineering machining field require specialized technical skills and knowledge, as well as highly developed hand skills in order to adapt to and meet the requirements of the constantly changing products that must be manufactured. Through its design, this qualification will meet the needs of learners within the mechanical engineering sector who require technical expertise and essential knowledge needed to earn formal qualifications. This qualification facilitates access for previously disadvantaged groups and other learners to acquire the technical knowledge and skills that are required as well as provide access and mobility into higher-level more specialised occupations. This will allow the learner greater employability and support the development of small, medium enterprises (SME). 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    This qualification assumes learners have a national certificate in engineering NQF Level 2 or equivalent.

    If the learner does not already have such a qualification, learning in preparation for this qualification would also have to include:
  • Communication at NQF Level 2.
  • Mathematical literacy at NQF Level 2.
  • Science and technology concepts at or equivalent to NQF Level 2.
  • ID 12466: Explain the individual's role within business NQF Level 2.
  • ID 13220: Keep the work area safe and productive, NQF Level 2.
  • ID 12477: Identify engineering materials, their characteristics and applications and common metal tests used in engineering, NQF Level 2.
  • ID 12215: Read, interpret and produce basic engineering drawings, NQF Level 2.
  • ID 12216: Select, use and care for engineering hand tools, NQF Level 2.
  • ID 12476: Select, use and care for engineering measuring equipment, NQF Level 2.
  • ID 9881: Mark off basic regular engineering shapes, NQF Level 2.
  • ID 12219: Select, use and care for engineering power tools, NQF Level 2.
  • ID 253440: Assemble mechanical components, NQF Level 2.
  • ID 13219: Maintain static seals in machines and/or equipment, NQF Level 2.

    Recognition of Prior Learning:

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

    Access to the Qualification:
  • Open. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    The Fundamental Component which are all compulsory consisting of unit standards in:
  • Communications at Level 3 to the value of 20 credits.
  • Mathematical Literacy at Level 3 to the value of 16 credits.

    The Core Component consists of Unit Standards to the value of 63 credits all of which are compulsory.

    The Elective Component makes provision for specialisations such as tooling, machining, CNC etc. from which a selection of unit standards to the value of 33 credits can be chosen to make up the total of 132 credits to achieve the qualification. These 33 credits could be chosen as clusters of unit standards from Chemical, Tooling, Machining or any other metal or other industries in order to facilitate specialisations or the registration of learning programmes in specialisation areas.

    Specialisation:

    Learning Programme:

    Turning (Machining) (Chemical Industry) (Learning Programme ID 92020):

    Learners must do Unit Standard ID 244077 and must choose additional Elective Unit Standards from the list below to give a minimum of 33 credits for the Elective Component:

    Category; ID: Unit Standard Title; Level; Credits:
  • Elective; ID 244077: Demonstrate understanding of chemicals in a processing environment; Level 2; 6 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 115091: Monitor compliance to safety, health and environmental requirements in a workplace; Level 2; 2 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 8039: Operating cranes; Level 3; 10 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 8038: Operating lift trucks; Level 3; 6 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 244611: Apply problem-solving techniques to make a decision or solve a problem in a real life context; Level 3; 2 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 258723: Manufacture production tooling to drawing or sample part; Level 3; 24 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 258722: Maintain and repair production tooling; Level 3; 16 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 258715: Produce components by spark eroding machining operations; Level 3; 8 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 243025: Monitor machining process, interpret statistical process control charts, and rectify production problems; Level 3; 7 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 243024: Set up and start CNC machining processes; Level 3; 14 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 119169: Work with and look after materials in the plastics manufacturing production process; Level 3; 12 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 14688: Develop work instructions for thermoplastic fabrication using drawings; Level 3; 10 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 13275: Perform heat treatment processes on engineering metals; Level 3; 8 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 13274: Test the physical properties of engineering metals; Level 3; 4 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 13260: Perform non-destructive tests on metal parts and components; Level 3; 6 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 13234: Apply quality procedures; Level 3; 8 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 12488: Complete feasibility and commissioning reports; Level 3; 3 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 12457: Develop learning strategies and techniques; Level 3; 3 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 12456: Explain and use organisational procedures; Level 3; 6 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 120383: Provide assistance in implementing and assuring project work meets quality requirements; Level 3; 6 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 114978: Use a word processing package to produce business documents; Level 3; 3 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 117877: Perform one-to-one training on the job; Level 3; 4 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 116218: Explain the planning and scheduling of tasks in a production environment; Level 3; 3 Credits.

    Total: 37 Credits. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    On completion of this Qualification learners are able to:

    1. Produce components using simple machining processes to meet operational and output requirements in accordance with legal, health, safety and environmental requirements.
  • Range: Simple machining processes includes Single start Internal/External thread; Internal/external taper; Single taper; Counter balancing on face plate; Simple/indirect/direct/angular indexing; Vertical boring; Pitch drilling.
  • Range: Operational and output requirements include maintenance, manufacturing, planning, customer, management and quality.
  • Note: Produce includes the machining of components for maintenance and/or productions requirements.

    2. Conduct process control activities to ensure quality control and continuous improvement to comply with specifications.

    3. Communicate with peers, customers and members of supervisory/management levels by demonstrating the ability to gather and summarise information from a range of sources and produce coherent presentations in a prescribed format.

    Critical Cross Field Outcomes:

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

    Identifying and solving problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical thinking have been made:
  • Related to the application of mechanical technology and skills.
  • In preparation and during the execution of job activities.
  • Solving familiar maintenance problems.

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

    Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively:
  • Related to planning and preparation of machining and tooling tasks.

    Collecting, analyzing, organizing and critically evaluating information:
  • Related to planning and preparation in order to execute job activities.
  • Completion of technical reports related to the job activity.
  • Solve familiar problems related to maintenance tasks at hand.

    Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills:
  • During planning, preparation and the execution of job activities Completion of technical reports related to the job activity.
  • Communicating effectively by verbal explanation.
  • Communicating as a part of a team.

    Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others when:
  • Understand and explain machining theory and mathematical and scientific concepts underpinning the machining operation.

    Demonstrating an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation when:
  • The relationship of the drawing to the final machined component.
  • The manufacturing purpose of the machined component. 

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

    1.1 A process plan and an operation sheet are developed in accordance with operational procedures.
  • Range: Operational procedures relate to sequencing, equipment, speeds and feeds.
    1.2 Detailed engineering drawings are produced and interpreted in order to manufacture a component in accordance with specified requirements.
    1.3 Components are produced in accordance with safe working practices reflecting care for fellow workers and the environment.
    1.4 Maintenance and house keeping activities are undertaken during the production of components.
  • Range: Maintenance and house keeping activities includes but are not limited to clean machine, component, and tools related to the manufacturing process.
    1.5 Components are produced in accordance with output requirements.
  • Range: Output requirements include but are not limited to the process plan, operations sheet and drawing specifications, cost effectiveness, functionality and quality.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:

    2.1 Inspection methods are selected and applied to determine component compliance with specifications.
    2.2 Common problems within a machining environment are solved by using appropriate procedures.
  • Range: Common problems include but are not limited to rough cut, surface finishing, maintaining dimensions, machinery operations, tooling.
    2.3 Process adjustment requirements are identified in collaboration with team members.
    2.4 Inspection measurement data are produced, evaluated and presented in accordance with recording requirements.
    2.5 Process control activities are done within a clearly defined context with some scope for personal decision-making and responsibility.
    2.6 Process control activities are undertaken reflecting that the output and quality requirements have been met.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:

    3.1 Information is gathered from a range of sources and accurately summarised into a prescribed format.
    3.2 Information is clear and accurate and presented in a timely manner in the required format to appropriate parties.
    3.3 Relationships with peers and supervisory/management levels are established and functioning.
    3.4 The process and outcomes of the component manufacturing are discussed to reflect technical and non-technical communication skills.
  • Range: Technical: speeds, feeds, cutter angles, correct materials.
  • Range: Non-technical: discussion with supervisor/manager, fellow workers and peers, participation in meetings, safety and environment.
    3.5 The options for further learning in this or a related field of study are discussed to reflect an understanding of further development, specialisations and preparation requirements for such learning.

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

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    The National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering NQF Level 2 is the first of a learning path of three consecutive qualifications which culminate in the Further Education and Training Certificate Mechanical Engineering Machining and Tooling NQF Level 4. The international qualifications found, do not lead to three different qualifications, but culminate in one qualification over a four-year period (in most cases).

    It is only in the vocational context, that we find the tendency to "break up" the traditional trades into levels of learning. This practice is endemic of those countries which have a close association with outcomes-based methodology and standards-based qualifications development.

    The mechanical engineering qualifications (NQF Level 2, NQF Level 3 and NQF Level 4 respectively) collectively compare well to similar apprenticeship and vocational education and training (VET) international qualifications.

    In benchmarking the Mechanical Engineering qualifications at Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4, against international qualifications, examples in different parts of the world were investigated for their generic mechanical engineering content (excluding specialised sub-fields):

    New Zealand (www.kiwiquals.govt.nz) in terms of the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF):
  • National Certificate in Engineering (General Engineering - Mechanical) (Level 2) - Competenz (Training Provider).
  • National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Level 2) - Competenz (Training Provider).

    Australia (www.ntis.gov.au) in terms of the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF):

    The following information was obtained on the website: http://www.ntis.au (National Information Training System) with regards to qualifications in mechanical engineering training streams in Australia.

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

    Australian Apprenticeships encompass all apprenticeships and traineeships. They combine time at work with training and can be full-time, part-time or school-based.

    The change of name and appearance is the first step in a range of improvements to be introduced in Australian Apprenticeships. The qualifications for machining and tooling cover:
  • Certificate I and II Engineering: Mechanical Trade.
  • Certificate II in Production Technology.
  • Certificate III Mechanical Engineering and Technical.
  • Certificate IV Mechanical Engineering.

    United Kingdom (England and Scotland) - from www.ecitb.org.uk:

    The qualification from the National and Scottish Vocational Qualifications (N/SVQ) which relates to standards-based programme is the N/SVQ Maintaining Plant and Systems - Mechanical. This programme is the closest programme related to the Machining and Tooling NQF Level 2 - 4. It comprises:
  • Maintaining Plant & Systems Mechanical N/SVQ - Mandatory Units.
  • Maintaining Plant & Systems Mechanical N/SVQ - Technical Options Set A.
  • Maintaining Plant & Systems Mechanical N/SVQ - Technical Options Set B.

    African Comparability:

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

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

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

    East African Community (EAC):

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

    Canada:

    Information regarding training was also found on the website of the British Columbia Institute of Technology (www.bcit.ca), the College of The Rockies (www.cotr.bc.ca) and North Alberta Institute of Technology (www.nait.ca). The full machinists qualification is obtained over a four-year period. The "job description" of the machinists is in essence similar in the international arena. Machinists produce, repair and maintain all types of machinery and tools".

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

    United States:

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

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

    Conclusion: The reviewed machining and tooling qualifications NQF Level 2, NQF Level 3 and NQF Level 4 are in line with the US example for year 1/2 of the apprenticeship programme.
  • This type of work requires many different skills. Machinists need to understand how machines work, be able to follow drawings and blueprints, use precision assembly equipment, and calculate angles and measurement.
  • They also need to know how to use power tools, cutting torches and demonstrate the ability to weld using a variety of welding processes.

    Comparisons with National Certificate Mechanical Engineering NQF Level 2, NQF Level 3 and NQF Level 4.

    The National Certificate Mechanical Engineering qualifications compares well to all the qualifications investigated with an overarching comparison covering:
  • Content:

    The qualifications from the various countries all address the range of mechanical competencies included in NQF Level 2, NQF Level 3 and NQF Level 4.
  • Progression:

    The international qualifications all address a progression of competencies, e.g. Introduction to mechanical engineering technology and process and the demonstration of the ability to assemble, remove and replace components. The content of the first/second year/level of the machining and tooling qualifications across the globe, relates favourably to the content of Mechanical Engineering qualifications and the learning assumed to be in place:

    Demonstrate Work Practices:
  • Basic training and skills in mechanical engineering technology processes and application of those skills to problems or demonstrate industrial electronic ability.
  • Practice safe work habits.
  • Apply that mechanical knowledge and skills and assist maintenance and/or production teams:
    > Explain federal/provincial/state/territory's occupational health and safety regulations.
    > Explain environmental regulations.
    > Use personal protective equipment.
    > Maintain safe working area.
    > Describe fire prevention and control.
    > Identify ergonomic considerations.
    > Use communication and team skills.
    > Interpret plans and sketches.
    > Use references resources.
  • Describe trade science.
  • Use trade math:
    > Describe principles of metallurgy.
    > Use fasteners.
    > Use hand tools.
    > Use measuring and layout tools and instruments.
    > Use power tools.
    > Use fixed shop machines and equipment.
    > Use mobile equipment.
  • Conclusion: These outcomes are covered within the qualifications developed for South Africa.
  • Learning delivery: The learning delivery process in all the examples included on-the-job (practical) and off-the-job (theoretical) components.
  • Outcomes-Based: All the examples found either directly or indirectly comply with principles of outcomes-based learning, particularly in terms of outcomes representing meaningful units of learning and assessment being conducted continuously (formatively). There is generally a final integrated assessment, typically called a trade test, where the candidate is required to demonstrate specific and core (cross-field) knowledge and skills.
  • Apprenticeships and VET programmes: In all the examples found, learning is vocational-based. In some countries (England, Scotland, New Zealand and Australia) these are called "modern apprenticeships". These take the form of two categories, namely a programme-led apprenticeship where learners are able to follow a vocational programme at a college and then seek employment as trainees/apprentice/interns in order to qualify as artisans; and an employer-led apprenticeship, in which learners are engaged in a formal contract of learning and most learning is workplace-based. In most cases learners "earn while they learn".
  • Application (Purpose): As is the intention with the South African qualifications, the international qualifications all prepare learners for working in process or manufacturing oriented industries where they contribute to the effective and efficient maintenance/ production of plant and equipment.
  • Status: In all countries researched, engineering apprenticeship numbers have declined thus making "mechanical fitters" sought after individuals and their skills highly rated.

    Concluding remarks:

    The outcomes of the Mechanical Engineering: Machining and Tooling certificates at NQF Level 2, NQF Level 3 and NQF Level 4 developed for South Africa compares favourably with the rest of the international community and by every indication, is compatible with those countries who engage with outcomes-and standards-based qualifications. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    The qualification was designed to enable qualifying learners to move from one engineering context to another and still get recognition for successful learning achievements in the previous context. This means that credit accumulation towards certification could be obtained across industries.

    Vertical articulation:
  • ID 23279: Further Education and Training Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Machining NQF Level 4.
  • ID 57885: Further Education and Training Certificate: CNC Production Machining.
  • ID 63629: Further Education and Training Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Fitting NQF Level 4.

    Horizontal articulation:
  • Fundamental learning at this level applies to equivalent credit accrual for engineering-related qualifications at NQF Level 3.

    Core learning at this level applies to equivalent credit accrual for some unit standards in the following qualifications:
  • ID 22423: National Certificate: Engineering and Related Design NQF Level 3.
  • ID 58720: National Certificate: Engineering Fabrication NQF Level 3.
  • ID 59669: National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Fitting NQF Level 3.
  • ID 57886: National Certificate: Welding Application and Practice NQF Level 3.

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

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

  • CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    The following criteria should be applied by a relevant ETQA as a minimum requirement:
  • Assessors should be in possession of an appropriate qualification:
    > Mechanical Engineering in the specific discipline at NQF Level 4 and a minimum period of 5 years related experience as specified by the relevant ETQA.
    Or
    > An artisan qualification in Mechanical Engineering in the specific discipline (Trade test certificate or completed contract of apprenticeship) with a minimum of 5 years of related experience as specified by the relevant ETQA.
    Or
    > Subject matter experience, which may be established through recognition of prior learning (RPL).
  • Registration as an assessor with the relevant Education and Training Quality Assurance Body.
  • Proven inter-personal skills and the ability to:
    > Maintain national and local industry standards.
    > Act in the interest of the learner.
    > Understand the need for transformation to redress the legacies of the past, and respect the cultural background and language of the learner. 

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

    NOTES 
    This qualification will be replaced by qualification 91796, which is "Occupational Certificate: Toolmaker", Level 5, 432 credits, as soon as 91796 is registered.

    .
    This qualification replaces qualification 23280, "National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Tooling Manufacture", Level 3, 169 credits.

    This qualification replaces qualification 23278 , "National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Machining", Level 3, 126 credits.

    Completion of this qualification relates to the Organising Framework for Occupations (OFO) in that it reflects the competencies of occupational designation 711 Machine Operator. 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  9526  Manage basic business finance  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  9530  Manage work time effectively  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  258716  Produce components by performing engineering grinding operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  12 
    Core  258718  Produce components by performing milling operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  16 
    Core  258717  Produce components by performing turning operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  20 
    Core  13298  Produce detailed engineering drawings  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    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  244077  Demonstrate understanding of chemicals in a processing environment  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  115091  Monitor compliance to safety, health and environmental requirements in a workplace  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  243021  Shift loads using lifting equipment  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  244611  Apply problem-solving techniques to make a decision or solve a problem in a real life context  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  13234  Apply quality procedures  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  12488  Complete feasibility and commissioning reports  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  12457  Develop learning strategies and techniques  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  14688  Develop work instructions for thermoplastic fabrication using drawings  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Elective  12456  Explain and use organisational procedures  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  116218  Explain the planning and scheduling of tasks in a production environment  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  244407  Lift and move a load using mechanical lifting equipment  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  258722  Maintain and repair production tooling  Level 3  NQF Level 03  16 
    Elective  258723  Manufacture production tooling to drawing or sample part  Level 3  NQF Level 03  24 
    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  13275  Perform heat treatment processes on engineering metals  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  13260  Perform non-destructive tests on metal parts and components  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  117877  Perform one-to-one training on the job  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  258715  Produce components by spark eroding machining operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  120383  Provide assistance in implementing and assuring project work meets quality requirements  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  243024  Set up and start CNC machining processes  Level 3  NQF Level 03  14 
    Elective  13274  Test the physical properties of engineering metals  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  117001  Use a mobile crane to carry out pile driving  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  114978  Use a word processing package to produce business documents  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  119169  Work with and look after materials in the plastics manufacturing production process  Level 3  NQF Level 03  12 
    Elective  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: 
     
    LP ID Learning Programme Title Originator Pre-2009
    NQF Level
    NQF Level Min Credits Learning Prog End Date Quality
    Assurance
    Functionary
    NQF Sub-Framework
    63649  National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Machining and Tooling  Generic Provider - Field 06  Level 3  NQF Level 03  132  2013-11-07  MERSETA  OQSF 
    92020  National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Turning: Machining (Chemical Industry)  Generic Provider - Field 06  Not Applicable  NQF Level 03  132     QCTO  OQSF 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THESE LEARNING PROGRAMMES: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some 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.
     
    LP ID Learning Programme Title Accredited Provider
    63649  National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Machining and Tooling  1. Black Eagle Training (PIETERMARITZBURG) (TP)
    2. Coastal Kzn F.E.T. College - Swinton Road Campus
    3. Coastal Kzn F.E.T. College - Umbumbulu Campus
    4. College of Production Technology
    5. Gijima AST Holdings (Pty) Ltd T/A Fundi Training Centre (BENONI) (TP)
    6. Izizwe Training Centre (Pty) Ltd T/A Simtech Training (NORTHDENE) (TP)
    7. Northlink College - Wingfield Campus
    8. SEDIBENG TRAINING CENTRE
    9. Toyota Academy Toyota SA Motors (Pty) Ltd (ISIPINGO) (TP)
    10. Wavelength T.T.I
    11. World Focus 382 cc T/A Richards Bay Technical Training & Assessment Centre (ZCBF) (RICHARDS BAY) (TP)  



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