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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Fabricate complex welded thermoplastic assemblies and shapes 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
14702  Fabricate complex welded thermoplastic assemblies and shapes 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Plastics Manufacturing 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Manufacturing and Assembly 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04  28 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
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 unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The fabrication of plastics products generally requires the preparing of plastics materials and components and the joining of these materials and components into assemblies. The assemblies are often subjected to considerable stress and have to be made and installed accurately to specific criteria. The welding has to be done following specific standardised procedures and can involve a group of people working together on complex assemblies. This unit standard reflects the skills, knowledge and understanding required to plan the fabrication sequence, co-ordinate the efforts of a workgroup, and assemble and install the fabrication while maintaining quality and efficiency.

This unit standard reflects the skills and knowledge required to perform the activities related to the joining process and demonstrate an understanding of the factors involved.

To qualify, I have to demonstrate that I am able to plan and co-ordinate the fabrication and installation of complex welded assemblies and shapes using thermoplastic materials. I also have to show that I have the skills and knowledge required to interact with other role players such as internal or external clients, to allocate and co-ordinate tasks within the workgroup, to assist workgroup members and to verify the quality of their work.

The learning outcomes in this unit standard contribute to the exit level outcomes required for the National Certificate in Thermoplastic Fabrication (NQF Level 4) and related qualifications. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
This unit standard has been designed as part of a progression. It is one of a series of unit standards for activities below, at and above this level. The credits assigned to it are based on the assumption that I am learning what is needed for this unit standard as part of my learning for a range of related unit standards. If I have experience in these related activities but do not have credits for them, I can obtain credits by being assessed through a process that recognises prior learning. If I do not have such experience of related activities, then my learning time will be increased. I can choose to be assessed and obtain credits against those other unit standards as I make progress towards the outcomes of this unit standard. 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
The scope and level of this unit standard is determined by the ranges as indicated under the specific outcomes.
Welding refers to one of a number of techniques for the joining of thermoplastic components, including but not limited to:
  • Solvent cement, heated tool welding, hot gas welding, electrofusion, ultrasonic, high frequency, friction 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Verify materials specified against the drawing or works instruction. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Verify materials specified against the drawing or works instruction, verify the practical implementation of the drawing and recognise if changes are required. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Results achieved
    1. Finished product meets specification and procedure qualification record
    2. Records are completed
    3. Instructions are understood and carried out
    Indicators
    1. Analytical and methodical approach to planning, fabrication and problem solving is demonstrated
  • Each step has been verified
  • Materials, equipment and resources are used efficiently
    2. Healthy group dynamics is maintained
  • Tone of instructions (respect, two-way communication)
  • Group participation in achieving objectives
    3. All aspects of the fabrication process are dealt with consistently and conform to specification
    Understanding confirmed
    1. Demonstrate understanding by responding to 'how' and 'why' questions related to planning, fabrication, workgroup relationships and quality issues
    2. Link theoretical concepts to the context or situation 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare for development of procedure qualification records by a third party inspection authority. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Procedure qualification record contains a list of variables which will influence weld quality as recorded during welding of a test coupon as defined by particular welding standards 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Results achieved
    1. Finished product meets specification and procedure qualification record
    2. Records are completed
    3. Instructions are understood and carried out
    Indicators
    1. Analytical and methodical approach to planning, fabrication and problem solving is demonstrated
  • Each step has been verified
  • Materials, equipment and resources are used efficiently
    2. Healthy group dynamics is maintained
  • Tone of instructions (respect, two-way communication)
  • Group participation in achieving objectives
    3. All aspects of the fabrication process are dealt with consistently and conform to specification
    Understanding confirmed
    1. Demonstrate understanding by responding to 'how' and 'why' questions related to planning, fabrication, workgroup relationships and quality issues
    2. Link theoretical concepts to the context or situation 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Plan fabrication sequence and give instructions to workgroup members. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Results achieved
    1. Finished product meets specification and procedure qualification record
    2. Records are completed
    3. Instructions are understood and carried out
    Indicators
    1. Analytical and methodical approach to planning, fabrication and problem solving is demonstrated
  • Each step has been verified
  • Materials, equipment and resources are used efficiently
    2. Healthy group dynamics is maintained
  • Tone of instructions (respect, two-way communication)
  • Group participation in achieving objectives
    3. All aspects of the fabrication process are dealt with consistently and conform to specification
    Understanding confirmed
    1. Demonstrate understanding by responding to 'how' and 'why' questions related to planning, fabrication, workgroup relationships and quality issues
    2. Link theoretical concepts to the context or situation 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Weld and assemble complex assemblies and shapes and verify that tasks have been completed. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Weld and assemble complex assemblies and shapes and verify that tasks have been completed and conform to specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Results achieved
    1. Finished product meets specification and procedure qualification record
    2. Records are completed
    3. Instructions are understood and carried out
    Indicators
    1. Analytical and methodical approach to planning, fabrication and problem solving is demonstrated
  • Each step has been verified
  • Materials, equipment and resources are used efficiently
    2. Healthy group dynamics is maintained
  • Tone of instructions (respect, two-way communication)
  • Group participation in achieving objectives
    3. All aspects of the fabrication process are dealt with consistently and conform to specification
    Understanding confirmed
    1. Demonstrate understanding by responding to 'how' and 'why' questions related to planning, fabrication, workgroup relationships and quality issues
    2. Link theoretical concepts to the context or situation 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Identify and rectify welding and fabrication faults and complete records. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Results achieved
    1. Finished product meets specification and procedure qualification record
    2. Records are completed
    3. Instructions are understood and carried out
    Indicators
    1. Analytical and methodical approach to planning, fabrication and problem solving is demonstrated
  • Each step has been verified
  • Materials, equipment and resources are used efficiently
    2. Healthy group dynamics is maintained
  • Tone of instructions (respect, two-way communication)
  • Group participation in achieving objectives
    3. All aspects of the fabrication process are dealt with consistently and conform to specification
    Understanding confirmed
    1. Demonstrate understanding by responding to 'how' and 'why' questions related to planning, fabrication, workgroup relationships and quality issues
    2. Link theoretical concepts to the context or situation 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Verify conformance, test and hand over the final product. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Results achieved
    1. Finished product meets specification and procedure qualification record
    2. Records are completed
    3. Instructions are understood and carried out
    Indicators
    1. Analytical and methodical approach to planning, fabrication and problem solving is demonstrated
  • Each step has been verified
  • Materials, equipment and resources are used efficiently
    2. Healthy group dynamics is maintained
  • Tone of instructions (respect, two-way communication)
  • Group participation in achieving objectives
    3. All aspects of the fabrication process are dealt with consistently and conform to specification
    Understanding confirmed
    1. Demonstrate understanding by responding to 'how' and 'why' questions related to planning, fabrication, workgroup relationships and quality issues
    2. Link theoretical concepts to the context or situation 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 7 
    Interact with work group members and clients. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Results achieved
    1. Finished product meets specification and procedure qualification record
    2. Records are completed
    3. Instructions are understood and carried out
    Indicators
    1. Analytical and methodical approach to planning, fabrication and problem solving is demonstrated
  • Each step has been verified
  • Materials, equipment and resources are used efficiently
    2. Healthy group dynamics is maintained
  • Tone of instructions (respect, two-way communication)
  • Group participation in achieving objectives
    3. All aspects of the fabrication process are dealt with consistently and conform to specification
    Understanding confirmed
    1. Demonstrate understanding by responding to 'how' and 'why' questions related to planning, fabrication, workgroup relationships and quality issues
    2. Link theoretical concepts to the context or situation 


  • UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    My assessment will be governed by the policies and guidelines of the MERSETA Education and Training Quality Assuror who has jurisdiction over this field of learning. My assessor will (at the very least) be accredited and have a technical qualification in this learning area.
    I can be assessed in the language of my choice although if I have to report incidents or conditions to someone else, I will be assessed on my ability to report in the language commonly used in my working environment.
    I will be assessed in the workplace but I can submit documents, projects, test results and assignments that were not produced in the workplace.
    I can be assessed against this unit standard to obtain credits or as part of an integrated assessment for a qualification. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    1. Names & functions of:
  • Terminology related to materials, welding and fabrication, application

    2. Attributes, descriptions, characteristics & properties:
  • Properties of raw materials
  • Capabilities of equipment
  • Life span of materials
  • Good and bad communication
  • Limitations of process, materials, design and finished product

    3. Purpose of:
  • Installation or fabrication
  • Quality assurance

    4. Processes, events, causes and effects, implications:
  • Fabrication and assembly sequences
  • Effects of weld failures
  • Working in a workshop vs at an external site

    5. Categories:
  • Materials
  • Processes
  • Faults

    6. Procedures and techniques:
  • Quality, reporting, verifying, approval and welding procedures
  • Maths procedures for geometry, volumes, plans
  • Techniques for giving instructions, getting approval and reporting
  • Discipline and grievance procedures

    7. Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies, standards:
  • Codes of practice
  • Company safety policies and procedures

    8. Theory: rules, principles, laws:
  • Physical and chemical structure of materials
  • Chemical processes and molecular structures
  • Expansion rates, friction, stress, degradation mechanisms
  • Principles of communication

    9. Relationships, systems:
  • Customer relations
  • Work group relations and dynamics 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems
  • Anticipate and prevent problems 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others
  • Lead a workgroup
  • Enforce manufacturing standards with workgroup (discipline, codes) 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage myself and my activities
  • Manage resources and maintain efficiency
  • Plan and sequence work in workgroup 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information
  • Collate, verify and apply information form various sources, eg codes of practice, engineering drawings, quality procedure manuals, material and equipment manuals 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively
  • Ensure understanding of instructions
  • Compile and make oral and written reports 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically
  • Evaluate the impact of the environment on the process and make adjustments accordingly 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems
  • Understand and apply processes and relationships of:
  • Fabrication and end use
  • Workgroup
  • Customer 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

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

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  24218   National Certificate: Thermoplastic Fabrication  Level 4  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L4  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. Plastics Federation of South Africa (MAITLAND) (TP) 
    2. Plastics Federation of South Africa (MIDRAND) (TP) 
    3. Plastics Federation of South Africa (WESTMEAD) (TP) 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.