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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

Occupational Certificate: Fitter and Turner 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
94020  Occupational Certificate: Fitter and Turner 
ORIGINATOR
Development Quality Partner - MERSETA 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
-   OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
Occupational Certificate  Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology  Manufacturing and Assembly 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  548  Not Applicable  NQF Level 04  Regular-ELOAC 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Reregistered  SAQA 06120/18  2018-07-01  2023-06-30 
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 qualification does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification. 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
Purpose:
The purpose of this qualification is to prepare a learner to fabricate metal parts, fit, assemble, maintain and repair mechanical components, sub-assemblies and machines.
A qualified learner will be able to:
  • Apply hand skills to fabricate mechanical components using engineering tools.
  • Perform engineering maintenance on mechanical components, subassemblies and machines.
  • Repair, install and commission subassemblies and machines.
  • Machine mechanical components using machining tools and equipment.

    Rationale:
    The field of engineering fitting is characterised by the provision of engineering maintenance, repair and installation services and support in a variety of industries. The equipment requiring such service and support ranges from sophisticated equipment to antiquated single station machines. People working in the mechanical engineering field require specialised technical skills and knowledge, as well as highly developed hand skills in order to meet the mechanical engineering requirements of diverse industries.

    The field of engineering machining is characterised by work-to-order, low volume manufacture of components using different machining methods for use in a variety of industries. People working in the engineering machining field require specialised technical skills and knowledge, as well as highly developed hand skills in order to adapt to and meet the requirements of the constantly changing products that must be manufactured.

    The primary focus of this qualification is to develop the ability to produce components of some complexity using a variety of machining methods and the ability to fault find, dismantle, maintain, repair and install complex mechanical assemblies and diagnose and repair equipment and machinery during production/operation. Hand skills play a large role in this qualification.

    Qualifying learners will be able to maintain and support the various policies and procedures related to the safety, health, environment and quality systems that govern their workplace.

    Vertical progression opportunities are commonly related to supervisory or foreman positions that do not require further formal qualifications related to fitting and turning. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):
    RPL for access to the integrated assessment:
    Accredited providers and approved workplaces must apply the internal assessment criteria specified in the related curriculum document to establish and conform prior learning. Prior learning must be acknowledged by a statement of results.

    RPL for entry requirements to access the qualification:
    Accredited providers and approved workplaces may recognise prior learning against the relevant access requirements.

    Entry Requirements:
  • NQF Level 1 with Mathematics and Science. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    This qualification is made up of the following compulsory Knowledge and Practical Skill Modules:

    Knowledge Modules:
  • Basic engineering theory, NQF Level 3, 32 Credits.
  • Fitting Theory, NQF Level 4, 38 Credits.
  • Machining Theory, NQF Level 4, 36 Credits.
    Total number of credits for Knowledge Modules: 106 Credits.

    Practical Skill Modules:
  • Fabricate simple components or work pieces using basic hand skills and hand tools, NQF Level 2, 6 Credits.
  • Fabricate components or work pieces using power tools or machinery, NQF Level 3, 6 Credits.
  • Dissemble, clean and inspect mechanical sub-assemblies, NQF Level 3, 6 Credits.
  • Replace components and assemble mechanical sub-assemblies and machines, NQF Level 3, 6 Credits.
  • Do fault finding on mechanical sub-assemblies and machines, NQF Level 4, 12 Credits.
  • Repair mechanical sub-assemblies and machines, NQF Level 4, 12 Credits.
  • Install and commission mechanical sub-assemblies and machines, NQF Level 4, 12 Credits.
  • Overhaul mechanical sub-assemblies and machines, NQF Level 4, 20 Credits.
  • Produce simple components by setting up and attending to the operation an engineering machine, NQF Level 2, 6 Credits.
  • Produce components of intermediate complexity by performing engineering machining operations, NQF Level 3, 12 Credits.
  • Perform complex machining operations, NQF Level 4, 24 Credits.
    Total number of credits for Practical Skills Modules: 122 Credits.

    This qualification also requires the following compulsory Work Experience Modules:
  • Fabrication processes in an engineering workshop, NQF Level 2, 20 Credits.
  • Routine mechanical component and machine maintenance processes, NQF Level 3, 40 Credits.
  • Maintenance planning and communication processes, NQF Level 3, 10 Credits.
  • Repair mechanical faults on mechanical sub-assemblies and machines, NQF Level 4, 60 Credits.
  • Overhauling processes in an engineering workshop, NQF Level 4, 60 Credits.
  • Structured planning and communication processes in the workplace, NQF Level 4, 60 Credits.
  • Machining processes to design specifications of a range of work pieces from different materials, NQF Level 4, 60 Credits.
  • Engineering workshop control processes, NQF Level 4, 10 Credits.
    Total number of credits for Work Experience Modules: 320 Credits. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Apply hand skills to fabricate mechanical components using engineering tools.
    2. Perform engineering maintenance on mechanical components, subassemblies and machines.
    3. Repair, install and commission subassemblies and machines.
    4. Machine mechanical components using machining tools and equipment. 

    ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:
  • Tools and equipment are selected, used and cared for to accepted standards.
  • Safe work procedures, precautions and Personal Protective Equipment required is described and adhered to.
  • Fabrication techniques and consequences if not adhered to can be explained for specific applications.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:
  • Safe work procedures, precautions and Personal Protective Equipment required is described and adhered to.
  • Original Equipment Manufacturer specifications can be read and used for maintenance and quality specifications of subassemblies and machines.
  • Components and machines are monitored and maintained at optimal working condition.
  • Routine maintenance of components and machines is performed to manufacturer specifications.
  • Mechanical sub-assemblies are dissembled, cleaned and inspected for mechanical soundness.
  • Components are replaced and mechanical sub-assemblies and machines are assembled.
  • Maintenance planning and communication processes are maintained.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:
  • Safe work procedures, precautions and Personal Protective Equipment required for engineering maintenance tasks can be described.
  • Original Equipment Manufacturer specifications can be read and used for repairs and quality specifications of subassemblies and machines.
  • Fault finding on mechanical sub-assemblies and machines are performed to manufacturer specifications.
  • Mechanical sub-assemblies and machines are repaired to manufacturer specifications.
  • Mechanical sub-assemblies and machines are installed and commissioned.
  • Mechanical sub-assemblies and machines are overhauled to manufacturer specifications.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 4:
  • Safe work procedures, precautions and Personal Protective Equipment required is described and adhered to.
  • Procedures, operating principles and specifications of machining equipment and accessories can be explained.
  • Measuring equipment/instruments can be identified, read, calibrated, used and cared for.
  • Cutting tool types and applications can be explained.
  • Engineering drawing are read and interpreted to determine step-by-step machining operations and quality specifications.
  • Data tables can be read and formulae applied to calculate machine settings for specific machining tasks (types and class of fits, reaming, tapping and screw cutting settings).
  • Speeds and feeds are calculated, selected and set.
  • The machine, accessories and coolant are setup and prepared for the machining task.
  • Cutting tools are selected and secured for the machining task.
  • Work pieces are prepared and secured.
  • Machining tasks of varying complexity is performed on a centre lathe to required specifications and within accepted tolerances.
  • Machining tasks of varying complexity is performed on a conventional milling machine to required specifications and within accepted tolerances.
  • The engineering machine is monitored while in operation and adjustments to speeds and feeds are made where required.

    Integrated Assessment:
    Integrated Formative Assessment:
    The skills development provider will use the curriculum to guide them on the stipulated internal assessment criteria and weighting. They will also apply the scope of practical skills and applied knowledge as stipulated by the internal assessment criteria. This formative assessment leads to entrance into the integrated external summative assessment.

    Integrated Summative Assessment:
    The external summative assessment will be a trade test conducted in terms of Section 26 D of the Skills Development Act through an evaluation of written and practical tasks covering critical aspects of the trade and conducted in a simulated environment at an assessment centre accredited by QCTO by an assessor registered by the National Artisan Moderation Body. The assessment will take place over a minimum of 2 days. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    International comparable qualifications are associated with Engineering related trades persons, Fitter Machinists, Metal Fitters and Machinists and Industrial Maintenance Mechanics.

    The Australian Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade qualification (MEM30205) is related to the occupation listed in ANZSCO: 323299 - Metal Fitters and Machinists. This qualification provides for elective range of standards that are similar in scope and context to the South African Fitter trade. The same applies to the New Zealand qualification National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Fitting and Machining Strand).

    The Republic of Uganda developed a competence-based profile for Fitter Machinists with the assistance of the African Development Bank. This profile was selected for comparative purposes within the African context. The profile addresses machining extensively but has very little focus on the fitting role of a Fitter and Turner.

    International conference on Operation and Maintenance (Arab Countries) 2005 published an extensive evaluation of the educational requirements of Industrial Maintenance. This conference paper was selected for comparative purposes as it provides a broad description of trends and recommendations in the education of trades related to industrial maintenance. The evaluation relates to a number of listed occupations including a Maintenance Technician Assistant (understand basic maintenance principles and practices), Maintenance Technician Foreperson (repair and maintain machinery in a plant or factory, Maintenance Machinist (repair and maintain gears, chains, and belt drives on industrial equipment, Maintenance Technician. The scope of the Maintenance Technician has a similar scope and is comparable to the South African Fitter and Turner trade.

    The machining component of this qualification compares well with a number of international trades related qualifications.

    The program guide for The Canadian Red Seal Trade Machinist was selected for international comparability purposes. This program guide establishes the nationally accepted curriculum for the training of Machinists in Canada. The structure and scope of this curriculum is largely comparable with the South African approach. The curriculum is structured in four levels and recognises the need for progressive development of machining related engineering competencies. The scope of the learning units covered by the curriculum is comparable with the South African qualification except for Computer Numerical Control (CNC) learning units. CNC related operations are included in level four learning of the Canadian curriculum, but is not included in the machining component South African Fitter and Turner curriculum. CNC related competencies are however included in the South African Turner (Machinist) trade.

    The Fitter and Turner trade has specific relevance to the South African labour market as a long established and very common listed trade. The South African Fitter and Turner trade can be regarded as a combination of the two trades, the Fitter Trade and the Turner (Machinist) trade. The South African trade qualification compares favourably with global trends in this field of training and places a balanced scope on both fitting and machining competencies. 

    ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    This qualification articulates with qualifications (currently under development) within the mechanical trades related to the following occupations:
    The qualification articulates horizontally with the following, at NQF Level 4:
  • Automotive Machinist.
  • Metal Machinist.

    The qualification articulates vertically with the following at NQF Level 5:
  • Engineering Studies N4, NQF Level 5. 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
    N/A 

    CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    N/A 

    NOTES 
    Qualifying for external assessment:
    In order to qualify for an external assessment, learners must provide proof of completion of all required modules by means of statements of results and work experience including Foundational Learning Competence or equivalent.

    Additional legal or physical environment:
    None.

    Criteria for the Accreditation of Providers:
    Accreditation of providers to provide this qualification will be done against the criteria as reflected in the relevant curriculum on the QCTO website.

    The curriculum title and code is: Fitter and Turner, Curriculum code 652302000.

    Trades Encompassed by this Qualification:
    This qualification encompasses the following trades as recorded on the NLRD:
  • ID 61033, Fitter and Turner, Automobile Manufacturing.
  • ID 61036, Fitter and Turner, Coal.
  • ID 61037, Fitter and Turner, ESKOM.
  • ID 61040, Fitter and Turner, Explosives.
  • ID 61048, Fitter and Turner, Government.
  • ID 61109, Fitter and Turner, Carbonated soft drink.
  • ID 61068, Fitter and Turner, Mining.
  • ID 61073, Fitter and Turner, Motor.
  • ID 61084, Fitter and Turner, Aerospace.
  • ID 61087, Fitter and Turner, Tyre and Rubber.
  • ID 61134, Fitter and Turner, Sugar.
  • ID 61137, Fitter and Turner, Mining. 

  • LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
     
    NONE 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION: 
    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. MONDI GTU 
    2. Mpact Operation (Piet Retief)) 
    3. Silveray Stationery (Natal) (Pty) Limited 
    4. Universal Paper Manufacturers Pty Ltd 



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