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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE: 

Operate automatic welding machine 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
14723  Operate automatic welding machine 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Welding 
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 2  NQF Level 02  20 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Registered" 
2003-12-03  2006-12-03  SAQA 0151/03 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2007-12-03   2010-12-03  

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 
This unit standard is for a learner within the fabrication and welding fields. Learners credited with this unit standard are able of operating an automatic welding machine to weld components and parts as per job requirements and instruction sheets.
A person credited with this unit standard is capable of:
: Describe the operational procedures, pre-checks and faultfinding of an automatic welding machine
: Prepare machine for welding
: Prepare components to be welded
: Weld workpiece
: Inspect welded components
: Care and storage of tools and equipment

This unit standard will contribute to the full development of any learner by providing recognition, further mobility and transportability within the field. The knowledge, skills and understanding demonstrated in this unit standard are essential for social and economic transformation and upliftment within the fabrication and welding environment. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
Abet level 3 Unit standards:
SAQA Lo/06
SAQA Com/001
SAQA Com/003
SAQA Com/004
SAQA Unit Math 001
SAQA Unit math 002
SAQA Unit Math 007
SAQA Unit Math 013
Basic Engineering practices unit standard. 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
Scope:
Components and parts that have to be assembled must not be heavier than 10 Kg.
Range of materials used is:
  • Mild steel
  • Aluminium
  • Stainless steel and
  • Medium carbon steel

    Context

    All work undertaken must comply with Occupational Health and Safety Act
    All work done must comply with worksite practices
    All work done under supervision
    Welding processes: Gas Metal Arc, Submerge Arc and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding
    Level (for level 2)
    A learning programme leading to the award of this unit standard should develop learners who demonstrate:
    (a) Ability to carry out moderate tasks that are familiar
    (b) Ability to offer a clear choice of routine responses
    (c) Basic operational knowledge base as indicated in the embedded knowledge component and that are readily available
    (d) An understanding of known solutions to familiar problems with little generation of new ideas
    (e) Ability to work under direct supervision with some responsibility. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describe the operational procedures, pre-checks and faultfinding of an automatic welding machine. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The importance for start up operations is explained with reference to manufacturer's operational manual. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The importance for the welding of components is explained with reference to manufacturer's operational manual and welding procedure specification. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The importance for faultfinding procedure is described in relation to type of problem and manufacturers operational manual. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. The importance of pre operational checks is explained in relation to weld procedure and job requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Resource material: manufacturers operational manual, welding specification sheet, and weld instruction sheet.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare machine for welding. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Machine prepared for welding is done in accordance with manufacturer's operational manual and weld procedure specification. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Potential hazards are identified and preventative action taken in accordance with approved codes of worksite practices and operation manual of relevant machine. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Pre-operational checks are carried out in accordance with machine operational manual and weld specification sheet. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Resources: Weld specification sheet and manufacturer's operational manual.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Prepare components to be welded. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Components/parts selected as per job related checklist and work piece component identification list. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Welding jigs identified and selected as specified on drawing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Workpiece assembled as per instructions and drawings. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Assembled welding jig fitted onto worktable of welding machine. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Resources: Weld Specification sheet, Component identification list, welding jig specification, tools and equipment.
    Assembly problems are identified and communicated to artisan/supervisor.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Weld workpiece. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Components/parts welded in accordance with job specifications and instruction sheet. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Welding problems are identified and communicated to artisan/supervisor. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Welding procedure to conform weld specification sheet, worksite practices and safety requirements.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Inspect welded components. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Inspection methods and procedures are selected to ensure correctness of components assembled as per drawing prior to welding. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Verification includes: Identify and inspect
    Inspection method: Visual only.
     


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard, must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA

    Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited in terms of the criteria laid down by the relevant ETQA.

    Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures
    Accreditation and moderation
    Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard, must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA

    Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited in terms of the criteria laid down by the relevant ETQA.

    Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Planning procedure of jigging work pieces prior to welding
  • Identifying and selecting procedures of components and jigs related to job requirements
  • Assembling procedures
  • Inspection procedure
  • Reporting procedures
  • Caring and storing procedures for tools and equipment
  • Welding machine components identification
  • Welding procedures
  • Types of defects in welding. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
  • Identification and problem solving skills (reflected in specific outcomes). 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
  • Work with other (communication with team members and peers). 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
  • Organise and manage one self (plan, select and organise tasks). 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
  • Understand the world as a set of related systems (understanding the implications of incorrect identification, selection and assemble of work pieces). 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard may be obtained through RPL. The learner should be thoroughly briefed on the mechanism to be used and support and guidance should be provided. Care should be taken that the mechanism used provides the learner with an opportunity to demonstrate competence and is not so onerous as to prevent learners from taking up the RPL option towards gaining a qualification.

    Supplementary infomation

    Assessment Tools
    These tools may include the following:
  • In-situ (on-the-job) observations
  • Role-play simulations
  • Structured group discussions
  • Written reports (e.g. tests, exams, case studies, projects, registers, logbooks, workbooks)
  • Verbal report backs (presentations)
  • Portfolios of evidence
  • Projects
  • Experiential learning
  • Working in teams
  • Scenario sketching

    Notes to assesors:

    Assessors should keep the following general principles in mind when designing and conducting assessments against this unit standard:
  • Focus the assessment activities on gathering evidence in terms of the main outcome expressed in the title to ensure assessment is integrated rather than fragmented. Remember we want to declare the person competent in terms of the title. Where assessment at title level is unmanageable, then focus assessment around each specific outcome, or groups of specific outcomes.
  • Make sure evidence is gathered across the entire range, wherever it applies. Assessment activities should be as close to the real performance as possible, and where simulations or role-plays are used, there should be supporting evidence to show the candidate is able to perform in the real situation.
  • Do not focus the assessment activities on each assessment criterion. Rather make sure the assessment activities focus on outcomes and are sufficient to enable evidence to be gathered around all the assessment criteria.
  • The assessment criteria provide the specifications against which assessment judgements should be made. In most cases, knowledge can be inferred from the quality of the performances, but in other cases, knowledge and understanding will have to be tested through questioning techniques. Where this is required, there will be assessment criteria to specify the standard required.
  • The task of the assessor is to gather sufficient evidence, of the prescribed type and quality, as specified in this unit standard, that the candidate can achieve the outcomes again and again and again. This means assessors will have to judge how many repeat performances are required before they believe the performance is reproducible.
  • All assessments should be conducted in line with the following well documented principles of assessment: appropriateness, fairness, manageability, integration into work or learning, validity, direct, authentic, sufficient, systematic, open and consistent. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  24214   National Certificate: Welding Application and Practice  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2006-12-03  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. ArcelorMittal South Africa Ltd (VANDERBIJLPARK) (TP) 
    2. Eastcape Midlands Public FET College - Uitenhage (High Street)Campus 
    3. Qualitas Training cc (SELBY) (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.