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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Weld saw Blades using Metal Inert Gas (MIG) and Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG), in Saw Shop of Lumber Mill 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
263734  Weld saw Blades using Metal Inert Gas (MIG) and Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG), in Saw Shop of 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:
  • Explain the techniques of welding saw blades using metal inert gas (MIG) and tungsten inert gas (TIG).
  • Set up a MIG/TIG welder for welding saw blades.
  • Use metal inert gas (MIG) and tungsten inert gas (TIG) to weld saw blades.
  • Clean the faces and edges of welds after using metal inert gas (MIG) and tungsten inert gas (TIG) to weld 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:
  • 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 
    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, regarding TIG and MIG Welding.
  • All relevant procedures to be followed when welding with TIG and MIG.
  • All relevant welding activities where TIG and MIG are used by a Saw Doctor in a Lumber Mill.
  • 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 use metal inert gas (MIG) and tungsten inert gas (TIG) to weld saw blades.

    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 
    Set up an MIG arc welder for welding saw blades in the Saw Shop of a Lumber Mill. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The setting up of the MIG (Metal Inert Gas) arc welder for welding saw blades in the Saw Shop proves that the Learner knows and understands the techniques. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The MIG arc welder is set up correctly to weld saw blades. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The correct set up of the MIG arc welder in the Saw Shop ensures that saw blades can be welded as prescribed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Knowledge of the correct set up procedures of a Metal Inert Gas welder in the Saw Shop in the Lumber Mill is a prerequisite for the successful attainment of this Unit Standard. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Set up a TIG arc welder for welding saw blades in the Saw Shop. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The setting up of the TIG (tungsten inert gas) welder for welding saw blades in the Saw Shop proves that the Learner knows and understands the techniques. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The TIG arc welder is set up correctly to weld saw blades. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The correct set up of the TIG arc welder in the Saw Shop ensures that saw blades can be welded as prescribed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Knowledge of the correct set up procedures of Tungsten Inert Gas welder in the Saw Shop in the Lumber Mill is a prerequisite for the successful attainment of this Unit Standard. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Weld saw blades using a MIG arc welder. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The welding of saw blades using a MIG arc welder proves that the Learner knows and understands the prescribed welding techniques. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The welding of saw blades using a MIG arc welder is done correctly. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Weld saw blades using a TIG arc welder. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The welding of saw blades using a TIG arc welder proves that the Learner knows and understand the prescribed welding techniques. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The welding of saw blades using a TIG arc welder is done correctly. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Clean the faces and edges of welds after using a MIG/TIG arc welder in the Saw Shop. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Cleaning of the faces and edges of welds after using a MIG/TIG arc welder in the Saw Shop is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The faces and edges of welds are cleaned correctly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The correct cleaning of welds after using MIG/TIG arc welding assures the safe use of the saw blades in the Lumber Mill. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Knowledge of the correct cleaning procedure of faces and edges of welds after using a MIG/TIG arc welder is a prerequisite for the successful attainment of this Unit Standard. 


    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:
  • Explain the techniques of welding saw blades using metal inert gas (MIG) and tungsten inert gas (TIG).
  • Set up a MIG/TIG welder to weld saw blades.
  • Use metal inert gas (MIG) and tungsten inert gas (TIG) to weld saw blades.
  • Clean the welds after using metal inert gas (MIG) and tungsten inert gas (TIG) to weld saw blades.
  • 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 
    Evaluate the status of reported problems and report verbally or in writing to the relevant responsible person. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work in a team in the Saw Doctor Shop. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Carry out the production plan/programme of the Saw Doctor Shop. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collate and analyze data in the Saw Doctor Shop. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively, verbally and in writing with supervisors and other members of a team in the Lumber Mill. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Care for 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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