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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Cut material using the oxy-fuel pipe cutting device 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
243077  Cut material using the oxy-fuel pipe cutting device 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Welding 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Engineering and Related Design 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
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 replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
14705  Cut material using the oxy-fuel pipe cutting device  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
Learners credited with this unit standard are able to cut metals using the oxy-fuel pipe cutting device typically required in the metal fabrication industries. They are able to take individual responsibilities for a range of quality related tasks including selecting cutting process and set-up of equipment to suit material type and section thickness. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
Learning relevant to the national certificate in Welding Application and Practice level 2. 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
Scope:
  • Materials to be cut are carbon steel pipe - schedule 40. (Seamed and Seamless) in the material groups 1, 2, 3, and 11 according to ISO (TR) 15608.
  • Nominal Bore (NB) - 150mm diameter and upwards.
  • Wall thickness: minimum - 7.1 mm.
  • Visual identification of cutting defects includes but is not limited to incorrect cutting speed, angle, burned edges, flame and pressure setting, nozzle height, etc.
  • Cleaning of cuts includes removal of scale, spatter, soot and removal of sharp edges.
  • Cleaning tools can include wire brushes, chipping hammer, chisels, etc.
  • Statutory requirements shall include Safety, Health and Environmental Act and local authority requirements.
  • Work site procedures include but are not limited to written and/or verbal procedures.

    Context:
    Formal, informal learning and RPL can be obtained for this unit standard under limited supervision.

    Level (for level 3)

    A learning programme leading to the award of this unit standard should develop learners who demonstrate:
  • A range of well-developed skills.
  • An ability to offer a significant choice of procedures.
  • Some relevant theoretical knowledge.
  • An ability to interpret available information.
  • An ability to respond to familiar problems.
  • An ability to function with significant responsibility. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describe and explain the oxy-fuel pipe cutting process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The importance of correct setting of cutting pressures, and the consequences of incorrect settings, is explained with reference to the pipe wall thickness, size of cutting nozzles and the effect of travelling speed during the cutting process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Basic and major components of the oxy-fuel pipe cutting device and equipment is identified and the explanation of the function and purpose is correct, in terms of manufacturer's standards and specifications. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Pipe cutting devices to include accessories related to standard oxy-fuel gas-cutting equipment.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Cutting characteristics of materials are correctly identified and the implications for unsafe conditions are accurately described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Terms and definitions used are consistent with generally accepted cutting terminology as recorded in cutting standards. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare for the oxy-fuel cutting operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Review manufacturer's documentation and work instructions to determine the scope and precise nature of preparing for pipe cutting. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Resources are adequate for the task, available on site by the agreed time, and checked for serviceability in accordance with worksite practices. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Resources:
  • Pipe support.
  • Suitable lifting equipment as per job requirements and worksite practices.
  • Fuel gas type: Acetylene or LP gas.
  • Standard oxy-fuel gas-cutting equipment and related accessories.
  • Gas-cutting charts.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Pre-operational checks are carried out according to manufacturer's operational specifications and worksite practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Cutting nozzle is selected in accordance to gas-cutting chart specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Gas pressures are set according to gas-cutting chart specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Provision is made for cutting speed setting and control. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Unsafe or defective equipment is identified and reported. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Cut pipe to job requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Cutting of pipe is carried out in accordance with work instruction sheet and drawing requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    End product is inspected to conform to dimensions as indicated on drawing or job requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Cutting parameters are established to approved procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Flame type, speed control.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Optimum utilization of material is used to minimize wastage. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    End product conforms to job requirements and drawing specifications. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Scope:
  • Materials to be cut are carbon steel pipe - schedule 40. (Seamed and Seamless).
  • Material group 1, 2, 3 and 11 [ISO (TR) 15608) groups 1, 2, 3 and 11 of the ISO (TR) 15608.
  • Nominal Bore (NB) - 150mm diameter and upwards.
  • Wall thickness: minimum - 7.1 mm.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Inspect the completed cut. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Causes of cutting imperfections are identified and rectified as per worksite practices. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Internal and external surface condition.
  • Inadequate/unsafe work support.
  • Incorrect mounting of cutting device and accessories.
  • Incorrect cutting parameters.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Cuts are assessed by visual inspection. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    May include but not limited to:
  • Cutting face roughness.
  • Burnt and rounded top edge.
  • Excessive slag.
  • Dimensional accuracy.
     


  • 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 as a provider through the relevant SETA/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 
  • Quality control system and standards.
  • Pipe cutting processes.
  • Specific work site safety practices and use of personal protective equipment.
  • Use of task related lifting equipment.
  • Demarcation of work area.
  • Detection of visible cutting defects/abnormalities and corrective action to be taken.
  • Identification, location and functions of devices and accessories, components and pipe material.
  • Pre-operational checks on equipment.
  • Units of measurement.
  • Methods of securing material.
  • Verify the use of the selected task related cutting consumables and equipment.
  • Characteristics of materials and gasses.
  • Trouble shooting during machine operation and the rectification thereof. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problem areas in need of attention. (Reflected in specific outcome reflexive component). 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work with others (communication between team members). 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organize and manage one self (plan, select and organize tasks, reflected in specific outcome). 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology looking after the environment and health of others when using cutting equipment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understand the world as a set of related systems (understanding the implications of incorrect cutting preparations with reference to cutting defects). 

    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 
    This unit standard replaces unit standard 14705, " Cut material using the oxy-fuel pipe cutting device ", Level 3, 10 credits.

    This prior learning may be assessed through RPL, and can be used by the learner to make it easier to obtain the outcome of this Unit Standard.

    Supplementary Information:

    Assessment methods:

    Integrated assessment methods and tools will allow the candidate to demonstrate that she/ he has acquired knowledge of and can safely and effectively apply competence identified in this unit standard. 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 (physical visits to industry-sites).
  • Experiential learning.
  • Working in teams.
  • Scenario sketching.

    These methods must be carefully selected based on the purpose of the assessment (For example, the written method of assessing knowledge or on-job demonstration of practical competence). The assessment must integrate a number of different methods in order to give the assessor reliable and valid proof of competence and evidence of required attitudes.

    Supplementary Material:
  • Safety Health and Environment Act.
  • ISO 5817 (Visual Inspection).
  • Resource material related to this cutting process.

    Notes to assessors:

    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 an 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, directness, authenticity, sufficiency, openness and consistency. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  58720   National Certificate: Engineering Fabrication  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Core  59750   National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Pipe-Fitting  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  57886   National Certificate: Welding Application and Practice  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


    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. Africa International Training Facilities T/A AITF (BREDELL) (TP) 
    2. Belique Training Centre cc (ALBERTON) (TP) 
    3. Bell Equipment Company SA (Pty) Ltd (ALTON) (TP) 
    4. BELMET TRAINING CENTRE T/A BELMET MARINE (PTY) LTD (Bellville)(TP) 
    5. Bevline Mechanical Projects (Pty) Ltd (PROSPECTON) (TP) 
    6. Blue Horison Properties 53 (Pty) Ltd T/A Durnacol Skills Innovation Hu 
    7. Boland Public FET College - Worcester Campus 
    8. Coastal Kzn F.E.T. College - Swinton Road Campus 
    9. Eastcape Midlands Public FET College - Uitenhage (High Street)Campus 
    10. Eastcape Training Centre 
    11. False Bay Public FET College - Westlake Campus 
    12. Further Education Trade Training 
    13. FVW Welding Academy(Johannesburg) (TP) 
    14. Gert Sibande Public FET College - Standerton Campus 
    15. Gijima AST Holdings (Pty) Ltd T/A Fundi Training Centre (BENONI) (TP) 
    16. HV Consultants (Pty) Ltd (PORT ELIZABETH) (TP) 
    17. Industries Education & Training Institute (MAITLAND) (TP) 
    18. INDUSTRIES EDUCATION & TRAINING INSTITUTE - PE TTC 
    19. INDUSTRIES EDUCATION & TRAINING INSTITUTE - PORT ELIZABETH 
    20. Izizwe Training Centre (Pty) Ltd T/A Simtech Training (NORTHDENE) (TP) 
    21. Jericho Safety Consultants (Pty) Ltd (TP) 
    22. Majuba FET College - Newcastle Technology Centre 
    23. Masiqhame Trading 81 cc T/A Kim's Welding School (AUSTERVILLE) (TP) 
    24. Mercedes Benz South Africa (Pty) Ltd (EAST LONDON) (TP) 
    25. Mopani South East FET College - Phalaborwa Campus 
    26. MSC Artisan Academy (Pty) Ltd T/A Master Artisan Academy SA (EAST LOND 
    27. Northlink College - Bellville Campus 
    28. Rehoboth Welding Assessment & Training (JACBOS) (TP) 
    29. S & S Training & Construction (SPRINGS) (TP) 
    30. SAMSONS SCHOOL OF WELDING 
    31. Samsons School of Welding T/A Samsons Skills Development Institute (DU 
    32. Seasons Find 550 cc T/A Anthony's Welding Training Academy (MARBURG) ( 
    33. Sedibeng Artisan Skills Training Centre (VEREENIGING) (TP) 
    34. SEDIBENG TRAINING CENTRE 
    35. SSS Sheet Metal Work cc T/A Sheetech SA (DURBAN) (TP) 
    36. Steinmuller Africa (Pty) Ltd T/A Steinmuller Technical Training Academ 
    37. Swift Skills Academy (SASOLBURG) (TP) 
    38. Tekmation (Pty) Ltd T/A Tekmation Training Institute (DURBAN) (TP) 
    39. THE SAJ COMPETENCY TRAINING INSTITUTE CC 
    40. The Skills College for Development & Training cc (PRETORIA) (TP) 
    41. Umfolozi FET College - Central Office 
    42. Umfolozi FET College - Mandeni Campus 
    43. Volkswagen of South Africa (Pty) Ltd - Technical Learning Academy (UIT 
    44. Wavelength T.T.I 
    45. West Coast Public FET College - Vredenburg Campus 
    46. Wilbat Projects 148 (Pty) Ltd (ISIPINGO) (TP) 
    47. World Focus 382 cc T/A Richards Bay Technical Training & Assessment Centre (ZCBF) (RICHARDS BAY) (TP) 



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