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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Maintain and set up Narrow Band Saw Blade(s) used on bandsaws in Lumber Mill 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
263774  Maintain and set up Narrow Band Saw Blade(s) used on bandsaws in Lumber Mill 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Forestry 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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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 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 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 maintain and set up Narrow Band Saw Blade(s) used on bandsaws in Lumber Mill.

People credited with this Unit Standard are able to:
  • Maintain and set up narrow band saw blades used in the Lumber Mill.
  • Inspect a narrow band saw blade after use.
  • Spring set the teeth on a narrow band saw blade after use.
  • Sharpen a narrow band saw blade after setting the teeth.
  • Perform these operations to the prescribed standards for this Level. 

  • 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 at NQF Level 2 or equivalent.
  • Understanding of Saw Doctoring in the Lumber Mill.
  • Knowledge of workplace procedures, health and safety measures, and environmental management principles equivalent to NQF Level 2. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The scope of this Unit Standard covers:
  • The environment including equipment, tools and instruments which than be described as the Saw Doctor Shop of a Lumber Mill.
  • All personnel involved in the activities in the Saw Doctor Shop.
  • All material handled and processed in the.Saw Doctor Shop.
  • All the prescribed work place procedures and safety, health and environmental management procedures relating to the Saw Doctor Shop.
  • All the prescribed narrow blade band saw maintenance and set up procedures and schedules, tools and materials used in the Saw Doctor Shop.
  • All the narrow band saws handled and processed in the Saw Doctor Shop.

    The context of this Unit Standard relates to the training of a Learner at NQF Level 3 in Saw Doctoring and specifically in maintaining narrow band saw blades used on band saw machines in the Lumber Mill.

    The Level assigned to this Unit Standard, i.e. Level 3, is appropriate because:
  • For foundational competence the Learner has to demonstrate a well developed range of skills and the ability to make comparisons and interpret available information.
  • For practical competence the Learner has to show the ability to operate in a number of contexts, some of which may be non-routine, make significant choices from a wide range of procedures and co-ordinate with others.
  • For reflexive competence the Learner has to demonstrate the ability to handle significant responsibility for quantity and quality of the Learner's own output under general supervision, and possibly that of others.

    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 3. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Inspect a narrow band saw blade after use in the Lumber Mill. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Pre-checks on a narrow band saw blade are carried out according to company's procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Findings on a narrow band saw blade are reported to the relevant personnel according to worksite procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Corrective measures are taken to rectify a narrow band saw blade according to worksite procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Spring set the teeth on a narrow band saw blade. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Step by step procedure to follow in spring setting the teeth on a narrow band saw blade is explained according to worksite procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Precautionary measures are taken when spring setting the teeth on a narrow band saw according to worksite procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The teeth on a narrow band saw blade are spring set according to company's procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Sharpen a narrow band saw blade after setting the teeth. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The necessary sharpening equipment is gathered according to worksite procedures 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The necessary sharpening equipment is prepared according to worksite procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A narrow band saw blade is sharpened according to company's procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Check the band saw machine components, which affect the performance of the narrow band saw blade during production. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The band saw machine components, which affect the performance of the narrow band saw blade during production are identified according to worksite procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Function of each components of the band saw machine is explained according to worksite procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The condition of each component is assessed to determine its effect on the performance of the narrow band saw blade during production according to worksite procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The status of each component is reported to the relevant person(s) according to worksite procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Set up a narrow band saw blade on a band saw machine used in the Lumber Mill. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Setting up procedure of a band saw blade on a band saw machine is explained according to worksite procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A narrow band saw blade is set up on a band saw machine used in the Lumber Mill according to worksite procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The performance of a serviced narrow band saw blade during production in the Lumber Mill is monitored according to worksite 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 detailed knowledge and understanding of and skills relating to:
  • Maintaining narrow band saw blades used in the Lumber Mill.
  • Inspecting a narrow band saw blade after use.
  • Spring setting the teeth on a narrow band saw blade after use.
  • Sharpening a narrow band saw blade after setting the teeth.
  • Competence in mathematical and communication skills equivalent to NQF Level 3.
  • Competence in work procedures, safety and health measures, and environmental management principles equivalent to NQF Level 3. 

  • 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  66329   National Certificate: Lumber Milling  Level 3  NQF Level 03  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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