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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Fitting 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
59669  National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Fitting 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Generic Manufacturing, Engineering, Technology 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
The individual Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary for each Learning Programme recorded against this qualification is shown in the table at the end of this report.  SFAP - Sub-framework Assignment Pending 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National Certificate  Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology  Engineering and Related Design 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  120  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Reregistered  SAQA 06120/18  2018-07-01  2021-06-30 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2022-06-30   2025-06-30  

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 qualification replaces: 
Qual ID Qualification Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Min Credits Replacement Status
23274  National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Fitting  Level 3  NQF Level 03  133  Complete 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
Purpose:

The purpose of this qualification is to allow for the uptake of programme/s in mechanical fitting which are able to able to meet the various needs of industry. The structure of the qualification therefore gives greater access to learners within the principal mechanical engineering sectors by offering a broad range of specialisations (see qualification rules).

While this qualification is suited to those wishing to pursue a programme in the mechanical engineering industry as mechanical fitters, it also provides a means for recognition of current competency for those currently employed in mechanical engineering enterprises.

Typical entrants to this qualification could be:
  • Learners who have completed the Level 2 qualification and who are engaged in a learning pathway towards the Further Education and Training Certificate (Level 4).
  • People who have acquired engineering skills through workplace experience and who are able to achieve competency at the level of this qualification. (RPL candidates).

    At this level, learners are able to accept responsibility for maintaining plant and/or equipment without working under direct supervision.

    People credited with this qualification contribute to the maintenance of machinery and equipment by applying mechanical knowledge and skills.

    They are able to:
  • Understand and solve problems by communicating in verbal or written form with peers, members of supervisory/management levels and others.
  • Understand and solve problems by applying mathematical practical applications.
  • Understand machine technology and interpret detailed engineering drawings of machines.
  • Remove and re-install machine sub-components (bearings, lubricators, direct and indirect drives), including the ability to repair, re-adjust, reset or re-align the sub-components.
  • Maintain machinery and equipment (may include pumps, winches, compressors and drive-units).
  • Evaluate and solve familiar problems pertaining to machine equipment and related processes.

    Qualifying learners will be able to relate the tasks and processes to scientific and technological principles and concepts. They will also be able to maintain and support the various policies and procedures integral to safety, health and the environment. Learner achievements in this qualification will also serve as a basis for further learning to engage in more complex maintenance and repair activities and processes.

    Rationale:

    In practice, the fitters provide a wide range of engineering maintenance, repair and installation services and support across various industry sectors, namely:
  • Manufacturing and Engineering (Metals, Plastics, Tyre and Rubber, Automotive Manufacturing).
  • Chemical and Petrochemical.
  • Mining.
  • Transport (Maritime, Road, Rail and Aviation).
  • Civil Engineering and Construction.
  • Food and Beverages.
  • Other engineering-related industry sectors.

    The equipment requiring services and support ranges from sophisticated engineering systems, to all forms of industrial machinery (single and combined). Learners at NQF Level 3, performing mechanical installation, maintenance and repair work, require:
  • Technical skills (analytical).
  • Communication skills.
  • Team skills.
  • Technology orientation in a variety of contexts (mechanical, electrical and information management).

    This is the second of three qualifications, forming part of a progression for learners who wish to obtain the Further Education and Training Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Fitting). This qualification focuses on developing the skills, knowledge and values required to maintain and repair engineering machines and machine sub-assemblies and components.

    The qualification also provides:
  • Opportunities for further learning in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • Recognition of prior learning (RPL) options for learners who have gained relevant experience in the workplace. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The following competencies are assumed for a learner embarking on this qualification:
  • Communication and Literacy, at NQF Level 2.
  • Mathematical Literacy, at NQF Level 2.

    In addition, learners are assumed to have the following skills at NQF Level 2 in the context of mechanical fitting.
  • Use and apply fitting technology, processes and skills, applicable to mechanical installation, maintenance and repair, according to industry standards.
  • Apply a variety of mechanical assembly techniques, according to basic mechanical engineering theory and the interpretation of engineering drawings.
  • Maintain basic mechanical equipment according to industry standards, in terms of safety, health, quality and efficiency.

    These skills form the basis for determining the credit allocation in this qualification and may be acquired through the National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering (Fitting) NQF Level 2. If a learner does not have such experience, the learning time will be increased. The allocation of credits is also based on the assumption that the learner will be working towards this qualification as part of a learning programme which integrates the unit standards.

    Recognition of Prior Learning:

    This qualification may be obtained through a process of RPL. The learner should be thoroughly briefed prior to the assessment and support should be provided to assist the learner in the process of developing a portfolio. The guidelines for integrated assessment should be used to develop the RPL assessment process. As with integrated assessment, while this is primarily a workplace-based qualification, evidence from other areas of endeavour may be introduced if pertinent to any of the Exit Level Outcomes.

    Access to Qualification:

    Access to this qualification is open. However, it is preferred that learners have completed a National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Fitting) NQF Level 2 or an equivalent qualification. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    Fundamental Component:

    The Fundamental Component consists of Unit Standards in:
  • Communications at Level 3 to the value of 21 credits.
  • Mathematical Literacy at Level 3 to the value of 16 credits.
  • All Unit Standards in the Fundamental Component are compulsory.

    Core Component:

    The Core Component consists of Unit Standards to the value of 43 credits all of which are compulsory.

    Elective Component:

    The Elective Component consists of a number of specializations each with its own set of Unit Standards. Learners are to choose a specialization area and must choose Elective Unit Standards to the value of 40 credits from the Elective Unit standards listed under that specialization so as to attain a minimum of 120 credits for this qualification.

    Specialisation Area 1:

    Fitting (Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Industries) (Learning Programme ID 63469):

    Learners must Elective Unit Standards from the list below to give a minimum of 40 credits for the Elective Component:

    Category; ID; Unit Standard Title; Level; Credits:
  • Elective; ID 13298; Produce detailed engineering drawings; Level 3; 6 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253475; Maintain conveyor systems; Level 3; 6 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 13325; Maintain gearboxes; Level 4; 10 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 13282; Maintain brakes and clutches; Level 3; 6 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253391; Maintain centrifugal pumps; Level 3; 14 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253497; Maintain positive displacement pumps; Level 3; 10 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253439; Maintain valves; Level 2; 8 Credits.

    Total: 60 Credits.

    Specialisation area 2:

    Fitting (Chemical Industry) (Learning Programme ID 63470):

    Learners must do Unit Standard ID 244077 and must choose additional Elective Unit Standards from the list below to give a minimum of 40 credits for the Elective Component:

    Category; ID; Unit Standard Title; Level; Credits:
  • Elective; ID 244077; Demonstrate understanding of chemicals in a processing environment; Level 2; 6 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253391; Maintain centrifugal pumps; Level 3; 14 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253497; Maintain positive displacement pumps; Level 3; 10 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253439; Maintain valves; Level 2; 8 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253423; Maintain motorised valves; Level 3; 4 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253434; Maintain heat exchangers and pressure vessels; Level 3; 6 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 13303; Align machines and equipment using laser technology; Level 4; 6 Credits.

    Total: 48 Credits

    Specialisation area 3:

    Fitting (Mining Industry) (Learning Programme ID 63471):

    Learners must Elective Unit Standards from the list below to give a minimum of 40 credits for the Elective Component:

    Category; ID; Unit Standard Title; Level; Credits:
  • Elective; ID 253391; Maintain centrifugal pumps; Level 3; 14 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253497; Maintain positive displacement pumps; Level 3; 10 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253439; Maintain valves; Level 2; 8 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253380; Repair self propelled mobile machines; Level 3; 5 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253359; Repair shuttle cars; Level 2; 5 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253396; Repair a vacuum pump; Level 3; 3 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253441; Repair crushers; Level 2; 4 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253432; Replace components on a dragline; Level 3; 8 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253419; Replace components on a stage loader; Level 2; 3 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253379; Repair mechanised coal mining equipment; Level 3; 9 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253358; Repair material separator or classifying equipment; Level 2; 2 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253390; Replace the girth gear and pinion on a mill; Level 3; 4 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253383; Maintain glass lined equipment; Level 3; 5 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253418; Repair a rotary packer; Level 3; 2 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253382; Maintain filter presses; Level 3; 4 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253395; Repair jig washers; Level 2; 4 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253397; Repair rotary kilns; Level 3; 7 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253422; Repair boom type stackers; Level 2; 3 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253874; Repair rail tracks; Level 2; 2 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253433; Repair bag palletisers; Level 2; 4 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253385; Repair bag-applicator machines; Level 2; 5 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253438; Repair an electro filter; Level 2; 2 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253354; Repair a grate cooler; Level 2; 3 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253356; Inspect a safety detaching hook; Level 2; 2 Credits.

    Total: 116 Credits.

    Specialisation area 4:

    Fitting (Electrical Power Generation) (Learning Programme ID 63472):

    Learners must do Unit Standard ID 10893 and must choose additional Elective Unit Standards from the list below to give a minimum of 40 credits for the Elective Component:

    Category; ID; Unit Standard Title; Level; Credits:
  • Elective; ID 10893; Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of electrical power generation; Level 3; 5 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253391; Maintain centrifugal pumps; Level 3; 14 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253497; Maintain positive displacement pumps; Level 3; 10 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253439; Maintain valves; Level 2; 8 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 242976; Operate overhead/gantry cranes; Level 2; 5 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253475; Maintain conveyor systems; Level 3; 6 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 13303; Align machines and equipment using laser technology; Level 4; 6 Credits.
  • Elective; ID 253423; Maintain motorised valves; Level 3; 4 Credits.

    Total: 58 Credits. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Demonstrate the skills and ability to remove and replace a variety of machine sub-components and assemblies.
  • Range: Machine sub-components include bearings, lubricators, direct and indirect drives, etc.
  • Range: Where applicable, close-tolerance adjustments include, but are not limited to repair, re-adjustment, re-setting and re-alignment.

    2. Maintain machines and lubrication systems.
  • Range: Machinery and equipment include, but are not limited to pumps, winches, compressors and drive-units (gear-boxes).
  • Range: Lubrication systems include gravity-feed, immersion and force-feed types.

    3. Solve familiar mechanical problems during the maintenance of machinery and equipment.
  • Range: Machinery and equipment include, but are not limited to pumps, winches, compressors, and drive-units (gear-boxes).
  • Range: Familiar problems related to machine equipment and related processes include, but are not limited to wear, minor malfunction, overheating and disruption in lubrication supply.

    4. Communicate with peers, production personnel and supervisors/management.
  • Range: Maintaining effective relationships.
  • Range: Verbal and written reporting.
  • Range: Exploring options for further learning.

    Critical Cross-Field Outcomes:

    These are embedded in the unit standards, which make up the qualification and are thus also reflected in the Exit Level Outcomes of the qualification.

    The critical cross-field outcomes are supported by the exit level outcomes as follows:

    Identifying and solving problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical thinking have been made:
  • Related to the maintenance of machinery, components and engineering systems.
  • Solving problems during the removal, replacement, readjust and/or realignment engineering components and sub-assemblies.

    Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organization and community:
  • All tasks and work-related experience are performed within a team environment.
  • Taking into account, the safety of others.
  • Communicating with production, quality control and supervisory personnel and/or clients.

    Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively:
  • Related to planning and preparation for maintenance activities.
  • Developing best practice behaviour in work performance and adhering to standard operating procedures.
  • Focussing on housekeeping, safe practices and care and storage of tools and equipment.

    Collecting, analyzing, organizing and critically evaluating information:
  • Related to supervision of job activities.
  • Completion of technical reports related to the job activity
  • Solve familiar problems during the execution of fitting tasks.

    Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills:
  • During supervision and the execution of job activities.
  • Execution of commands and completion of technical reports related to the job activity.
  • Communicating as a part of a team.

    Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility toward the environment and health of others:
  • Application of science and technology during the maintenance of machinery and engineering systems.
  • Relating to the safety of others and paying attention to environmental issues.
  • Solving problems and applying science and technology to the job activity.

    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognizing that problem contexts do not exist in isolation:
  • Integrating the task with the plant installation's or engineering system's functionality.
  • Solving problems through the integration of various sources of information.
  • Demonstrating and understanding of related systems through the use of general and specific channels of communication when dealing with peers, production, quality control and supervisory personnel and/or clients. 

  • ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:

    1.1 Machine sub-components are removed, replaced and maintained to required standards by demonstrating knowledge, skills and the appropriate use of tools and equipment.
    1.2 Disassembly, assembly and installation procedures are performed in terms of the correct worksite procedures and adherence to manufacturers' specifications.
    1.3 Working practices are adhered to in terms of safety and legislative requirements.
    1.4 Lubrication systems are explained and correct maintenance procedures are demonstrated according to prescribed procedures.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:

    2.1 An understanding of routine mechanical maintenance and lubrication procedures and operations is demonstrated according to plant procedures and manufacturers' specifications.
    2.2 Engineering drawings are read, interpreted and produced in the engineering context.
    2.3 The impact of mechanical maintenance and lubrication activities are demonstrated in terms of their effect on and contribution to the efficient operation of plant and equipment by demonstrating theory and principles as they are applied in an engineering context.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:

    3.1 Fault-finding of mechanical equipment and machinery is done in relation to the overall condition.
    3.2 Various options are explained and solutions are considered before an appropriate solution is chosen in relation to the maintenance history.
    3.3 Problems are timeously and accurately reported to relevant personnel by explaining the malfunction and the potential solution, using accepted industry terminology.
    3.4 Routine problems on various machines and related components are explained as they are encountered in operational circumstances by displaying personal decision-making and responsibility.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 4:

    4.1 Verbal communication is used in the interaction with other role players in the maintenance process to determine and understand the extent of maintenance problems, find and implement solutions and giving and getting feedback.
    4.2 Written communication is used in order to understand, evaluate and report on maintenance problems.
    4.3 Technical reading and writing skills are applied in order to understand engineering and related information.
    4.4 Learning options and preparation requirements for further learning are explained in terms of the NQF and lifelong learning.

    Integrated Assessment:
  • Assessment practices must be open transparent fair valid and reliable and should ensure that no learner is disadvantaged in any way whatsoever, so that an integrated approach to assessment is incorporated into the qualification.
  • Learning teaching and assessment are inextricably interwoven. Whenever possible the assessment knowledge skills attitudes and values shown in the unit standards should be integrated.
  • Assessment of Communication and Mathematical Literacy should be integrated as far as possible with other aspects and should use practical administration contexts wherever possible. A variety of methods must be used in assessment and tools and activities must be appropriate to the context in which the learner is working or will work. Where it is not possible to assess the learner in the workplace or on-the-job, simulations, case studies, role plays and other similar techniques should be used to provide a context appropriate to the assessment.
  • The term "integrated assessment" implies that theoretical and practical components should be assessed together. During integrated assessments, the assessor should make use of a range of summative assessment methods and assess combinations of practical, applied, foundational and reflective competencies.
  • Assessors must assess and give credit for the evidence of learning that has already been acquired and could include formal, non-formal learning and work experience.
  • Assessment should ensure that all specific outcomes, embedded knowledge and critical cross-field outcomes are evaluated in an integrated manner.
  • Integrated assessment instruments may combine practical and theoretical components of assessment with the following unit standards in relation to the exit level outcomes:

    Exit Level Outcomes and Associated Unit Standards:

    Demonstrate the skills and ability to remove and replace a variety of machine sub-components and assemblies, making adjustments and meeting output requirements according to work instructions and safe work practices.

    Category; SAQA ID; Title; Level; Credits:
  • Core; ID 13223; Apply safety, health and environmental protection procedures; Level 3; 6 Credits.
  • Core; ID 13283; Maintain bearings in machines and equipment; Level 3; 8 Credits.
  • Core; ID 13216; Maintain indirect drives; Level 2; 6 Credits.
  • Core; ID 13280; Maintain direct drives; Level 3; 6 Credits.
  • Core; ID 116714; Lead a team, plan, allocate and assess their work; Level 3; 4 Credits.
  • Fundamental; ID 9013; Describe, apply, analyse and calculate shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional space in different contexts; Level 3; 4 Credits.
  • Fundamental; ID 119457; Interpret and use information from texts; Level 3; 5 Credits.

    Maintain machines and lubrication systems in terms of plant/system safety and efficiency.

    Category; SAQA ID; Title; Level; Credits:
  • Core; ID 13277; Maintain lubricating systems; Level 3; 4 Credits.
  • Core; ID 13283; Maintain bearings in machines and equipment; Level 3; 8 Credits.
  • Core; ID 13216; Maintain indirect drives; Level 2; 6 Credits.
  • Core; ID 116714; Lead a team, plan, allocate and assess their work; Level 3; 4 Credits.
  • Core; ID 13280; Maintain direct drives; Level 3; 6 Credits.
  • Core; ID 9530; Manage work time effectively; Level 3; 3 Credits.

    Solve familiar mechanical problems during the maintenance of machinery and equipment and operate within clearly defined contexts according to work instructions and manufacturers' specifications.

    Category; SAQA ID; Title; Level; Credits:
  • Core; ID 13277; Maintain lubricating systems; Level 3; 4 Credits.
  • Core; ID 13283; Maintain bearings in machines and equipment; Level 3; 8 Credits.
  • Core; ID 13216; Maintain indirect drives; Level 2; 6 Credits.
  • Core; ID 13280; Maintain direct drives; Level 3; 6 Credits.
  • Core; ID 116714; Lead a team, plan, allocate and assess their work; Level 3; 4 Credits.
  • Fundamental; ID 9010 ; Demonstrate an understanding of the use of different number bases and measurement units and an awareness of error in the context of relevant calculations; Level 3; 2 Credits.

    Communicate with peers, production personnel and supervisors/management, according to industry standards.

    Category; SAQA ID; Title; Level; Credits:
  • Core; ID 12456 ; Explain and use organisational procedures; Level 3; 6 Credits.
  • Core; ID 116714; Lead a team, plan, allocate and assess their work; Level 3; 4 Credits.
  • Fundamental; ID 119472; Accommodate audience and context needs in oral/signed communication; Level 3; 5 Credits.
  • Fundamental; ID 9528; Communicate with clients; Level 3; 3 Credits.
  • Fundamental; ID 12488; Complete feasibility and commissioning reports; Level 3; 3 Credits.
  • Fundamental; ID 9012; Investigate life and work related problems using data and probabilities; Level 3; 5 Credits.
  • Fundamental; ID 119465; Write/present/sign texts for a range of communicative contexts; Level 3; 5 Credits.

    Note: Learners may not be awarded Exit Level Outcomes, but only the full Unit Standard. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    In benchmarking the reviewed Mechanical Engineering (Fitting) qualifications against international qualifications, examples in different parts of the world were found.

    New Zealand in terms of the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF):

    Qualifications investigated:
  • National Certificate in Engineering (General Engineering-Mechanical) (Level 3) - Competenz (Training Provider).
  • National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Level 3)-Competenz (Training Provider).

    Australia (www.ntis.gov.au) in terms of the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF):

    The following information was obtained from the National Information Training System with regards to qualifications in mechanical engineering training streams in Australia:

    "Australian Apprenticeships" is the new name for the scheme formerly known as 'New Apprenticeships'.

    Australian Apprenticeships encompass all apprenticeships and traineeships. They combine time at work with training and can be full-time, part-time or school-based.

    The qualifications investigated for mechanical fitters cover:
  • Certificate III Engineering - Mechanical Trade.
  • Certificate III in Gas Fitting.
  • Certificate III in Mine Mechanical Engineering.
  • Certificate III in Aeroskills (Aircraft Mechanical) (Replaced by MEA20401).

    United Kingdom (England and Scotland):

    The qualification from the National and Scottish Vocational Qualifications (N/SVQ) which relates to standards-based programme is the N/SVQ Maintaining Plant and Systems - Mechanical with multiple strands covering a broad spectrum of trade fields.

    This programme is the closest programme related to the Mechanical Fitter L2 - 4. It comprises:
  • Maintaining Plant & Systems Mechanical N/SVQ - Mandatory Units.
  • Maintaining Plant & Systems Mechanical N/SVQ - Technical Options Set A.
  • Maintaining Plant & Systems Mechanical N/SVQ - Technical Options Set B.

    Conclusion:

    The NC Mechanical Engineering (Fitting) L3 compares well to the qualifications found in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom.

    African Comparability:

    Southern African Development Community (SADC) - Zimbabwe and Botswana::

    Alignment with the United Kingdom's model of Vocational Education and Training (VET), through the London City and Guilds qualification framework and the National Vocational Qualification system (NVQ) - The Botswana National Qualifications Act was passed in 1998. At this present time, focus on the development of standards-based qualifications through a Botswana Vocation Education and Training System (BVET) has revolved around the Wholesale and Retail and Tourism sectors.

    Currently, mechanical fitters in Botswana are trained through the apprenticeship system. The length and duration of the practical and theoretical components differ slightly to the South African apprenticeship system, but the learning competencies are similar, with a focus on the predominant diamond mining and small local manufacturing and engineering industries.

    East African Community (EAC):

    The three member states of the EAC; Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, are in the process of the harmonisation of education and training systems within the EAC. Currently, no qualification infrastructure exists.

    Canada:

    Information regarding training was also found on the website of the British Columbia Institute of Technology, the College of The Rockies and North Alberta Institute of Technology. The full mechanical fitter qualification is obtained over a four-year period. The "job description" of the mechanical fitter is in essence similar in the international arena.
    Mechanical fitters install, repair, overhaul and maintain all types of machinery and heavy mechanical equipment".

    Conclusion:

    The Canadian qualifications related to mechanical fitting can be used interchangeably with the qualifications developed for the South African manufacturing and engineering industries, serving a similar purpose.

    United States

    In the United States model, the mechanical fitter qualification is achieved over a four-year period and is similar to the traditional apprenticeship system in South Africa. The methodology is competency-based as opposed to outcomes-based.

    The programme content however, is similar to the broad context of Mechanical Engineering (Fitting) Levels 2, 3 and 4.

    Conclusion:

    The reviewed mechanical fitter qualification L3 is in line with the US example for year 2/3 of the apprenticeship programme.

    Summary of comparisons with NC Mechanical Engineering (Fitting) Level 3:
  • Content: The qualifications from the various countries all address the range of mechanical competencies included in Level 3, thus attending to the need to fulfil the requirements of being introductory by nature.
  • Progression: The international qualifications all address a progression of competencies, e.g. demonstration of the ability to maintain and repair machine sub-assemblies and drives (Level 3), albeit in a single apprenticeship of about 4 years.

    The content of the second/third year of a typical mechanical fitting programme in most countries, relates favourably to the content of Mechanical Engineering (Fitting) Level 3 and Learning Assumed to be in Place:
  • Demonstration of work practices:
    > Investigation into international comparability produces overarching similarities in the outcomes of the various mechanical fitter (maintenance or production) training programmes in all the countries above. They are:

    Level 3 outcomes common to most countries:
  • Apply mechanical knowledge and skills in order to assist maintenance and/or production teams
  • Maintain and repair production or processing machines and equipment with minimal downtime.
  • Participate in the maintenance/production of machinery for delivery to client/s.
  • Check, set up and operate various types of machines and drives.
  • Report any information that may impede the operation of the plant as soon as it becomes known.
  • Conclusion: These outcomes are covered within the Level 3 certificate developed for South Africa.
  • Learning delivery: The learning delivery process in all the examples included on-the-job (practical) and off-the-job (theoretical) components.
  • Outcomes-Based: All the examples found either directly or indirectly comply with principles of outcomes-based learning, particularly in terms of outcomes representing meaningful units of learning and assessment being conducted continuously (formatively). There is generally a final integrated assessment, typically called a trade test, where the candidate is required to demonstrate specific and core (cross-field) knowledge and skills.
  • Apprenticeships and VET programmes: In all the examples found, learning is vocational-based. In some countries (England, Scotland, New Zealand and Australia) these are called "modern apprenticeships". These take the form of two categories, namely a programme-led apprenticeship where learners are able to follow a vocational programme at a college and then seek employment as trainees/apprentice/interns in order to qualify as artisans; and an employer-led apprenticeship, in which learners are engaged in a formal contract of learning and most learning is workplace-based. In most cases learners "earn while they learn".
  • Application (Purpose): As is the intention with the South African qualifications, the international qualifications all prepare learners for working in process or manufacturing oriented industries where they contribute to the effective and efficient maintenance of plant and equipment.

    Concluding remarks:

    The Level 3 certificate developed for South Africa compares favourably with the international qualifications mentioned above. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    The qualification was designed to enable qualifying learners to move from one engineering context to another and still get recognition for successful learning achievements in the previous context. This means that credit accumulation towards certification could be obtained across industries.

    Vertical articulation:

    National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering (Fitting) NQF Level 3.

    Horizontal Articulation:

    Fundamental learning at this level applies to equivalent credit accrual for engineering-related qualifications at NQF Level 3.

    Core learning at this level applies to equivalent credit accrual for some unit standards in most trade-related qualifications, eg:
  • ID: 58720; National Certificate: Engineering Fabrication NQF Level 3.
  • ID: 23255; National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering (Fitting and Machining) NQF Level 3.
  • ID: 57886; National Certificate: Welding Application and Practice NQF Level 3.

    Other horizontal articulation options may exist and need further investigation in cases where recognition of prior learning is sought. 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this Qualification must be registered with an appropriate Education and Training Quality Assurance Body (ETQA) or with an ETQA which has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this qualification must be accredited as a Training Provider with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA or by an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the relevant ETQA according to that ETQA's guidelines for assessment and moderation.
  • Moderation includes both internal and external moderation of assessment/s at the exit points of the qualification, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described both in individual unit standards as well as in exit level outcomes described in this Qualification. 

  • CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    The following criteria should be applied by a relevant ETQA as a minimum requirement:

    Assessors should be in possession of an appropriate qualification, namely:
  • Mechanical Engineering (Fitting) at NQF Level 4 and a minimum period of related experience as specified by the relevant ETQA.
  • An artisan qualification in Mechanical Fitting (Trade test certificate or completed contract of apprenticeship) with a minimum period of related experience as specified by the relevant ETQA.
  • Subject matter experience, which may be established through recognition of prior learning (RPL).

    Registration as an assessor with the relevant Education and Training Quality Assurance Body.

    Proven inter-personal skills and the ability to:
  • Maintain national and local industry standards.
  • Act in the interest of the learner.
  • Understand the need for transformation to redress the legacies of the past.
  • Respect the cultural background and language of the learner. 

  • REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this qualification was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    NOTES 
    This qualification replaces qualification 23274, "National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Fitting", Level 3, 133 credits.

    This reviewed qualification is the result of an inter-Sector collaborative process and therefore replaces the following qualifications:
  • SAQA ID 23274; National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering (Fitting) NQF Level 3.
  • SAQA ID 13672; National Certificate: Chemical Fitter (Interim-registered) NQF Level 3. 

  • UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  13216  Maintain indirect drives  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  13223  Apply safety, health and environmental protection procedures  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  12456  Explain and use organisational procedures  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  116714  Lead a team, plan, allocate and assess their work  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  13283  Maintain bearings in machines and equipment  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  13280  Maintain direct drives  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  13277  Maintain lubricating systems  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  9530  Manage work time effectively  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  119472  Accommodate audience and context needs in oral/signed communication  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9528  Communicate with clients  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  12488  Complete feasibility and commissioning reports  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9010  Demonstrate an understanding of the use of different number bases and measurement units and an awareness of error in the context of relevant calculations  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9013  Describe, apply, analyse and calculate shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional space in different contexts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  119457  Interpret and use information from texts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9012  Investigate life and work related problems using data and probabilities  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  7456  Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business and national issues  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  119465  Write/present/sign texts for a range of communicative contexts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  244077  Demonstrate understanding of chemicals in a processing environment  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  253356  Inspect a safety detaching hook  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  242981  Operate defined purpose lift trucks  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  242976  Operate overhead/gantry cranes  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  253354  Repair a grate cooler  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  253433  Repair bag palletisers  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  253385  Repair bag-applicator machines  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  253422  Repair boom type stackers  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  253441  Repair crushers  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  253395  Repair jig washers  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  253358  Repair material separating/classifying equipment  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  253874  Repair rail tracks  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  253359  Repair shuttle cars  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  253419  Replace components on a stage loader  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  243063  Weld carbon steel work-pieces using the shielded metal arc welding process in the down-hand position.  Level 2  NQF Level 02  15 
    Elective  10893  Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of electrical power generation  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  13282  Maintain brakes and clutches  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  253391  Maintain centrifugal pumps  Level 3  NQF Level 03  14 
    Elective  253494  Maintain compressors  Level 3  NQF Level 03  15 
    Elective  253475  Maintain conveyor systems  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  253382  Maintain filter presses  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  253430  Maintain filters and strainers  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  253383  Maintain glass lined equipment  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  253434  Maintain heat exchangers and pressure vessels  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  253423  Maintain motorised valves  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  253497  Maintain positive displacement pumps  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Elective  253439  Maintain valves  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  9526  Manage basic business finance  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  13298  Produce detailed engineering drawings  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  253418  Repair a rotary packer  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  253396  Repair a vacuum pump  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  253438  Repair an electro filter  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  253379  Repair mechanised coal mining equipment  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  253397  Repair rotary kilns  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  253380  Repair self-propelled mobile machines  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  253432  Replace components on a dragline  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  253390  Replace the girth gear and pinion on a mill  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  13303  Align machines and equipment using laser technology  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  13325  Maintain gearboxes  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
    When qualifications are replaced, some (but not all) of their learning programmes are moved to the replacement qualifications. If a learning programme appears to be missing from here, please check the replaced qualification.
     
    LP ID Learning Programme Title Originator Pre-2009
    NQF Level
    NQF Level Min Credits Learning Prog End Date Quality
    Assurance
    Functionary
    NQF Sub-Framework
    63470  National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Fitting: Chemical  Generic Provider - Field 06  Level 3  NQF Level 03  120     CHIETA  OQSF 
    63472  National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Fitting: Electrical Power Generation  Generic Provider - Field 06  Level 3  NQF Level 03  120     EWSETA  OQSF 
    63469  National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Fitting: Manufacturing and Engineering  Generic Provider - Field 06  Level 3  NQF Level 03  120     MERSETA  OQSF 
    63471  National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Fitting: Mining and Minerals  Generic Provider - Field 06  Level 3  NQF Level 03  120     MQA  OQSF 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THESE LEARNING PROGRAMMES: 
    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.
     
    LP ID Learning Programme Title Accredited Provider
    63470  National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Fitting: Chemical  1. COASTAL KZN TVET COLLEGE- CENTRAL ADMIN OFFICE
    2. DURBAN SOUTH TRAINING TRUST
    3. P & T TECHNOLOGY (PTY) LTD
    4. SAPREF (SHELL AND BP SOUTH AFRICAN PETROLEUM REFINERIES)
    5. SASOL GLOBAL LEARNING
    6. SASOL SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD : SASOLBURG SITE  
    63469  National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering: Fitting: Manufacturing and Engineering  1. Blue Horison Properties 53 (Pty) Ltd T/A Durnacol Skills Innovation Hu
    2. Coastal Kzn F.E.T. College - Swinton Road Campus
    3. Customised Training Specialists Trust T/A CTS (PINETOWN) (TP)
    4. Eastcape Training Centre
    5. Enstra Learning and Development Centre (Pty) Ltd (SPRINGS) (TP)
    6. False Bay Public FET College - Westlake Campus
    7. Gijima AST Holdings (Pty) Ltd T/A Fundi Training Centre (BENONI) (TP)
    8. Izizwe Training Centre (Pty) Ltd T/A Simtech Training (NORTHDENE) (TP)
    9. Lesedi Skills Academy (TP)
    10. Majuba FET College - Newcastle Technology Centre
    11. MSC Artisan Academy (Pty) Ltd T/A Master Artisan Academy SA (EAST LOND
    12. Mthetana Trading & Construction T/A Multi Skill Training Centre (DURBA
    13. Northlink College - Wingfield Campus
    14. Scaw Metals Group (Pty) Ltd T/A Scaw Metals (DINWIDDIE) (TP)
    15. SEDIBENG TRAINING CENTRE
    16. Shine The Way 281 cc T/A Industrial Training Centre (NEW GERMANY) (TP)
    17. Shukela Training Centre
    18. Tekmation (Pty) Ltd T/A Tekmation Training Institute (DURBAN) (TP)
    19. THE SAJ COMPETENCY TRAINING INSTITUTE CC
    20. Toyota Academy Toyota SA Motors (Pty) Ltd (ISIPINGO) (TP)
    21. Umfolozi FET College
    22. Umfolozi FET College - Mandeni Campus
    23. Volkswagen of South Africa (Pty) Ltd - Technical Learning Academy (UIT
    24. World Focus 382 cc T/A Richards Bay Technical Training & Assessment Centre (ZCBF) (RICHARDS BAY) (TP)  



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