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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Sharpen and set up knives and profile cutters used in Lumber Mill 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
263715  Sharpen and set up knives and profile cutters used in 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 will be useful for someone who wishes to complete a NQF Level 2 Learnership (or skills programme) in Saw Doctoring.

People credited with this Unit Standard are able to:
  • Sharpen knives and profile cutters used in lumber processing machines in the Lumber Mill.
  • Explain the inspections carried out on used/blunt and profile cutters used in the Lumber Mill.
  • Set up and adjust the knife and profile cutter grinding machines in the Saw Shop.
  • Sharpen knives and profile cutters using the appropriate grinding machines.
  • Carry out the routine maintenance of the knife and profile cutter grinding machines used in the Saw Shop. 

  • 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:
  • Competence in mathematical and communication skills equivalent to NQF Level 1.
  • An understanding of the basic activities of the lumber milling process.
  • Skills competencies equivalent to Level 1 of Saw Doctoring as required by the NQF Level 1 Learnership. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Knives include planer knives, chipper knives and hogger knives.

    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.
  • 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 sharpen knives and profile cutters used in lumber processing machines in the Lumber Mill.

    The Level assigned to this Unit Standard, i.e. 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.

    The nature of the tasks performed, the scope of learning involved and the required responsibility levels, are consistent with those generally defined for NQF Level 2. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain the inspections carried out on used/blunt knives and profile cutters used in the Lumber Mill. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The importance of carrying out inspections on used/blunt knives and profile cutters used in the Lumber Mill in given. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The procedure to be followed when inspecting used/blunt knives and profile cutters used in the Lumber Mill is outlined. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Possible features that indicate damages on used/blunt knives and profile cutters used in the Lumber Mill are named. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Assemble knife and profile cutter grinding machines in the Saw Shop. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Pre-checks are carried out on the knife and profile cutter grinding machines to ensure functionality. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The processing of assembling the knife and profile cutter grinding machines is carried out according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The assembling of knife and profile cutter grinding machines in the Saw Shop ensures that knives and profile cutters are sharpened to prescribed standards. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Sharpen knives and profile cutters using the appropriate grinding machines in the Saw Shop. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Appropriate Personal Protective Clothing (PPC) is worn in accordance with organisation's policy and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Knives and profile cutters are sharpened safely in accordance with standard operating procedure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The correct sharpening of knives and profile cutters ensures the production of planed and moulded lumber products to prescribed standards. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Put knives and cutters in cutter blocks after sharpening. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Reasons for putting away sharpened knives and cutters are given. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Procedure to be followed in putting sharpened knives and cutters away is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Knives and cutters are put in the appropriate cutter blocks after sharpening according to standard operating procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Carry out the routine maintenance of the knife and profile cutter grinding machines used in the Saw Shop. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Maintenance conducted is in line with company operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Maintenance conducted is in line with planned maintenance schedules. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Maintenance conducted is in line with the relevant operators manual or handbook, as the case may be. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An employed individual who wishes to be assessed against this Unit Standard may apply to, or inform, the relevant responsible person in the relevant workplace, to request management to arrange for assessment by the relevant assessor accredited for this purpose by the ETQA of the FIETA. An unemployed Learner must arrange with the training provider for assessment.
  • Anyone assessing a Learner against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor for this purpose by the ETQA.
  • The manner/method and source of providing the learning that will enable compliance with the requirements of this Unit Standard, must be accredited by the ETQA.
  • Moderation of the abovementioned assessment will be performed in the manner and by the moderator/s accredited for this purpose by the ETQA.
  • Assessment can be performed by means of oral testing, written tests and on-the-job observation. Formative assessment can be carried out during and after achievement of each specific outcome, and summative assessment at the conclusion of the training programme for this Unit Standard. Assessment will take place at a venue or workplace designated by the relevant assessor(s). 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The Learner will have acquired the knowledge and skills required to:
  • Sharpen knives and profile cutters used in lumber processing machines in the Lumber Mill.
  • Explain the inspections carried out on used/blunt and profile cutters used in the Lumber Mill.
  • Set up and adjust the knife and profile cutter grinding machines in the Saw Shop.
  • Sharpen knives and profile cutters using the appropriate grinding machines.
  • Carry out the routine maintenance of the knife and profile cutter grinding machines used in the Saw Shop.
  • Show competence in mathematical and communication skills equivalent to NQF Level 2.
  • Explain the Learner's responsibilities regarding 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 
    EvaIuate the status of reported problems and report verbally or in writing to the relevant responsible person. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
  • Assist in leading subordinates in the Saw Doctor Shop.
  • Assist in carrying out the production plan/programme of the Saw Doctor. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Assist in collating and analyzing data collected by subordinates in the Saw Doctor Shop. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively, verbally and in writing with both superiors and subordinates in the Lumber Mill. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Oversee subordinates in the care of machines, tools and instruments used in saw and cutter maintenance in the Lumber Mill. 

    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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