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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Set and sharpen swaged tooth saw blades used in the lumber mill 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
263691  Set and sharpen swaged tooth saw blades used in the lumber mill 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Forestry 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Forestry and Wood Technology 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
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 
This unit standard reflects the skills, values and knowledge required by people in the sub-field of forestry and/or wood technology who must be able to set and sharpen swaged tooth saw blades used in the Lumber Mill.

People credited with this Unit Standard are able to:
  • Set and sharpen swaged tooth saw blades used in the Lumber Mill. Explain the procedures used to set and sharpen swaged tooth saw blades.
  • Set up and adjust tools and equipment used to set and sharpen swaged tooth saw blades.
  • Explain the prescribed maintenance and adjustment of tools and equipment used to set and sharpen swaged tooth set saw blades. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    A learner who wishes to enter a learning programme for this Unit Standard must be able to demonstrate:
  • Mathematical Literacy and Communication skills at NQF Level 1 or equivalent.
  • Understanding of the basic activities of the Lumber milling process. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The scope of this Unit Standard covers:
  • The whole environmental that can be described as the lumber mill with all the processing equipment.
  • The whole environment including equipment, tools and instruments that can be described as the Saw Doctor Shop in the Lumber Mill.
  • All the personnel involved in all the activities in the Saw Doctor Shop.
  • All the material that is handled and used in this work area.
  • The full range of tooth shapes that can be used.
  • The relevant equipment, tools and instrument used for this activities.
  • All the relevant work procedures and safety, health and environmental management requirements relating to the Saw Doctor Shop.

    The context of this Unit Standard relates to the training of a Learner at NQF Level 2 in Saw Doctoring and specifically to set and sharpen swaged tooth saw blades used in the Lumber Mill.

    This competency is relevant to circular saw, frame saw and band saw blades with automated machinery of manually.

    The level assigned to this Unit Standard, i.e. NQF Level 2, is appropriate because:
  • For foundational competence the learner has to demonstrate basic comprehension and employ a narrow range of skills.
  • For practical competence the learner has to show basic competence in a limited range of established and familiar contexts under general supervision and quality control.
  • For reflexive competence the learner has to demonstrate the ability to handle some limited responsibility for quantity and quality of own output. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain the procedures used to set and sharpen swaged tooth saw blades used in the Lumber Mill. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Saw blades includes circular saw blades, band saw blades, frame saw blades: solid tooth, inserted tooth, tungsten carbide toothed and stellite tipped. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The sharpening of swaged tooth saw blades used in the Lumber Mill are explained according to worksite procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Explain the set up and adjustment of tools and equipment used to set and sharpen swaged tooth saw blades used in the Lumber Mill. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Tools and equipment used to sharpen swaged tooth saw blades used in the Lumber Mill are listed in terms of importance and role played. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The function of each tool and equipment used to sharpen swaged tooth saw blades used in the Lumber Mill is explained according to worksite procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Procedure to be followed in setting up equipment is described according to company's procedure. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Set and sharpen swaged tooth saw blades using manually operated and automated machines and tools in the saw shop of the Lumber Mill. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The differences between manually and automated machines are explained in terms of the set up. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Manually operated machines and tools are set up safely according to standard operation procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Automated operated machines and tools are set up safely according to standard operation procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Swaged tooth saw blades are sharpened using manually operated and automated machines. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Explain the prescribed maintenance and adjustment of tools and equipment used to set and sharpen swaged tooth set saw blades. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The process of adjustment of tools and equipment is explained in terms of importance in maintenance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The importance of maintenance and adjustment of tools and equipment used to set and sharpen swaged tooth set saw blades is described according to worksite procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The procedure to follow in maintenance and adjustment of tools and equipment used to set and sharpen swaged tooth set saw blades is described according to standard operating procedures. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    An assessor, accredited with a relevant NQF Level 4 or higher qualification, will assess the learner's competency. Only an Assessor with suitable first hand experience in process operations will assess the learner's competency.
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against the qualification must be registered as an assessor with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this qualification must be accredited as a provider with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or by an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA, according to the ETQA's policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described in the associated unit standards.
  • 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. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The Learner will have acquired the knowledge and skills required to:
  • Explain the differences between spring set and swage set saw blade teeth shape used on saw blades in the Lumber Mill.
  • Explain the procedures used to set and sharpen swaged tooth saw blades.
  • Set up and adjust tools and equipment used to set and sharpen swaged tooth saw blades.
  • Set and sharpen swaged tooth saw blades used in the Lumber Mill. (saw blade = circular saw blades, band saw blades, frame saw blades: solid tooth, inserted tooth, tungsten carbide toothed, stellite tipped.
  • Explain the prescribed maintenance and adjustment of tools and equipment used to set and sharpen swaged tooth saw blades.
  • Show competence in mathematical and communication skills equivalent to NQF Level 2.
  • Workplace procedures, safety, health and environmental management procedures relevant to the Saw Doctor Shop in the Lumber Mill at NQF Level 2. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems and make decisions using critical and creative thinking. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively, using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentations. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others. 

    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
    Elective  66312   National Certificate: Lumber Milling  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  FPMSETA 


    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. MINERAL MINING TRAINING INSTITUTE (PTY) LTD 
    2. VEB CELE & Associates (Pty) Ltd 
    3. York Timbers Pty Ltd 



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