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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE: 

Further Education and Training Certificate: Metals Production 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
49020  Further Education and Training Certificate: Metals Production 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Manufacturing and Assembly Processes 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
-   OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
Further Ed and Training Cert  Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology  Manufacturing and Assembly 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  146  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Registered" 
SAQA 0553/04  2004-04-07  2007-04-07 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2008-04-07   2011-04-07  

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
21010  National Certificate: Iron and Steel manufacturing  Level 4  NQF Level 04  146   

This qualification is replaced by: 
Qual ID Qualification Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Min Credits Replacement Status
64209  Further Education and Training Certificate: Metals Production  Level 4  NQF Level 04  140   

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
It is intended that qualifying learners will be able to control a particular process within a specific metals production environment.

The key skills, knowledge and understanding that are reflected in this qualification are those of setting up, monitoring, controlling and solving problems a particular process within a specific metals production environment.

Qualified learners will also understand how they should operate within the legislative, safety, health, environmental, quality and risk management systems that govern their workplace and how to apply the various policies and procedures related to these systems.

Qualifying in the exit level outcomes will allow learners to participate in workplace activities.

Learners will also have foundational competence in mathematics, science, reading, writing and speaking relevant to industries within the metals production sector.


Rationale for the qualification:

Metals production can be defined as the conversion of raw materials into primary product, including value adding processes.

The metals production sector is characterised by sophisticated production processes. Companies within this sector operate in a competitive and challenging environment. The products produced have to respond to a wide variety of exacting customer requirements. In addition the sector has to respond to global competition, ongoing development of new products as a result of changing customer needs, and safety, health, environmental, quality and risk management issues.

This is the third qualification in a series designed for learners who want to follow a career in a ferrous or non-ferrous metals production working environment. The series outlines a learning progression from NQF level 2 to NQF level 4 for learners learning and working in for example, the iron and steel, tin, aluminium, graphite, copper, and zinc production industries. It reflects the skills, knowledge and understanding required to participate effectively in processes within the above-mentioned industries, whether in small, medium or large operations.

For those who have been in the workplace for a long time, this qualification represents part of the RPL process to acknowledge workplace skills acquired without the benefit of formal education or training.

For the new entrant, this qualification recognises the applied competence needed by a productive person in a metals production working environment.

The qualification also forms the basis for further development. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
This qualification assumes learners have a national certificate in metals production level 3.

If the learner does not already have such a qualification, learning in preparation for this qualification would also have to include:
  • Language and maths at NQF Level 3.
  • Concepts of science and technology used to explain and help solve problems in a particular process within a metals production environment
  • Concepts of contributing factors in labour, business and the economy
  • Role and purpose of systems which support workplace relationships, procedures, roles and responsibilities

    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 provided to assist in the process of developing a portfolio. 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. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    The Qualification consists of a Fundamental, a Core and an Elective Component.

    To be awarded the Qualification learners are required to obtain a minimum of 146 credits as detailed below.

    Fundamental Component:

    The Fundamental Component consists of Unit Standards in:
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 4 to the value of 16 credits.
  • Communication at NQF Level 4 in a First South African Language to the value of 20 credits.
  • Communication in a Second South African Language at NQF Level 3 to the value of 20 credits.

    It is compulsory therefore for learners to do Communication in two different South African languages, one at NQF Level 4 and the other at NQF Level 3.

    The Fundamental Component consists of Unit Standards to the value of 56 credits all of which are compulsory.

    Core Component:
  • The Core Component consists of Unit Standards to the value of 86 credits all of which are compulsory.

    Elective Component:
  • The Elective Component consists of a number of Unit Standards. Learners must choose Elective Unit Standards to the value of 4 credits from the Unit standards listed. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    Qualifying learners will be able to:

    Exit level outcome 1:
    Demonstrate an understanding of how to set up and control a metals production process, and an ability to meet quality, safety, health, environmental and risk management specifications.

    Exit level outcome 2:
    Demonstrate an ability to determine quantities, mix and/or prepare materials for a metals production process.

    Exit level outcome 3:
    Maintain and support procedures to solve a variety of problems, both familiar and unfamiliar, within a metals production process and operate within familiar and new situations, taking responsibility and making decisions.

    Exit level outcome 4:
    Demonstrate a familiarity with process machinery operations and procedures in order to diagnose and troubleshoot machinery functioning.

    Exit level outcome 5:
    Demonstrate the ability to coordinate team to run a metals production process.

    Exit level outcome 6:
    Promote, implement and maintain procedures that support safety, health, the environment, quality and risk management including reporting to and coaching team members.

    Exit level outcome 7:
    Communicate and present information clearly and reliably and demonstrate the ability to analyse information to identify problems and determine trends.

    Exit level outcome 8:
    Demonstrate an understanding of options for further learning in this or a related field of learning and preparation requirements for such learning. 

    ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    1.
  • Process set up to specifications
  • Process monitored and controlled according to production and customer requirements
  • A clean and safe work area is maintained.
  • Safety, health, environmental, quality and risk management policies and procedures are applied and adhered to
  • Can respond to questions and discuss issues related to controlling a metals production process relevant to the outcomes

    2.
  • Quantities of materials are determined, mixed and/or prepared according to customer specifications
  • Can respond to questions and discuss issues related to materials for a metals production process relevant to the outcomes

    3.
  • Solutions to production problems are based on a clear analysis of information gathered through diagnostic procedures.
  • Procedures are modified to respond to unfamiliar problems where appropriate
  • Can respond to questions and discuss issues related to familiar and unfamiliar problems arising in a metals production process
  • All actions related to problem solving are accurately recorded for future reference

    4.
  • Machinery functioning and operations explained
  • Production and maintenance personnel consulted
  • Defect types categorised and root cause of problem established
  • Equipment repair and preventive maintenance needs communicated to maintenance specialists
  • Can respond to questions and discuss issues related to maintenance issues on machinery

    5.
  • Tasks allocated to team members are appropriate to process requirements and level of skill of team members and are allocated in a consistent and timely manner
  • Team members are coached on processes and procedures as they are applied in metals production to ensure production targets are met and efficiencies maintained

    6.
  • Safety, health, environmental quality and risk management procedures in area of responsibility are implemented and updated where required
  • Team members are working in a safe and environmentally aware manner.
  • Team members are coached where required
  • Safety, health, environmental, quality and risk management practices are investigated systematically and suggestions for improvement made as appropriate.
  • All actions related to maintaining safety, health, environmental, quality and risk management procedures are documented

    7.
  • Conditions, evidence and incidences are reported accurately in a timely manner and discussed with peers and management
  • Data gathered through diagnostic procedures is examined systematically and analysis is repeated until problem is solved.
  • Records are available for scrutiny and future reference

    8.
  • Options are explained
  • Preparation requirements are explained.
  • Learning plan is developed

    Integrated assessment:

    The integrated assessment must be based on a summative assessment guide. The guide will spell out how the assessor will assess different aspects of the performance and will include:
  • Observing the learner at work (both in the primary activity as well as other interactions)
  • Asking questions and initiating short discussions to test understanding
  • Looking at records and reports in the portfolio and reviewing previous assessments

    The learner may choose in which language s/he wants to be assessed. This should be established as part of a process or preparing the learner for assessment and familiarising the learner with the approach being taken.

    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.

    The assessment process should cover both the explicit tasks required for the qualification as well as the understanding of the concepts and principles that underpin the activities and metals production processes. The assessment process should also establish how the critical outcomes have been advanced by the learning process. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    This qualification was compared to other, similar outcomes- based qualifications, certifications or skills standards in the United Kingdom, New Zealand and the United States. Its outcomes correspond. 

    ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    The qualification has been designed and structured so that qualifying learners can move from one context to another. Employers or institutions should be able to evaluate the outcomes of this qualification against the needs of their context and structure top-up learning appropriately.

    Equally holders of other qualifications may be evaluated against this qualification for purpose of RPL. 

    MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Moderators for the qualification should be qualified and accredited with an appropriate Education, Training Quality Assurance Body (ETQA) and have an appropriate qualification in metals production.

    To assure the quality of the assessment process the moderation should cover one of more of the following:
    1. Assessor credentials
    2. The assessment instrument
    3. The assessment process (including preparation and post-assessment feedback)

    Where assessment and moderation are taking place in sectors other than the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services, assessment and moderation should be in terms of a Memorandum of Understanding negotiated with the MERS ETQA. 

    CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    The following criteria should be applied by the relevant ETQA:

    1. Appropriate qualification in the relevant metals production industry - with a minimum of 1 year's relevant working experience post-qualification
    2. Appropriate experience and understanding of assessment theory, processes and practices
    3. Good interpersonal skills and the ability to balance the conflicting requirements of:
  • Maintaining national standards
  • The interests of the learner
  • The need for transformation and redressing the legacies of the past
  • The cultural background and language of the learner
    4. Registration as an assessor with the MERS ETQA or any other relevant ETQA
    5. Any other criteria required by the MERS ETQA or any other relevant ETQA 

  • NOTES 
    This qualification has been replaced by qualification 64209, which is "Further Education and Training Certificate: Metals Production", Level 4, 140 credits.

    This qualification replaces qualification 21010, "National Certificate: Iron and Steel manufacturing", Level 4, 146 credits. 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  116714  Lead a team, plan, allocate and assess their work  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  13254  Contribute to the implementation and maintenance of business processes  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
    Core  116600  Control a manufacturing process  Level 4  NQF Level 04  60 
    Core  116389  Write a technical report  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  9904  Coordinate work group to produce product  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Fundamental  119472  Accommodate audience and context needs in oral/signed communication  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  119457  Interpret and use information from texts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  119467  Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  119465  Write/present/sign texts for a range of communicative contexts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9015  Apply knowledge of statistics and probability to critically interrogate and effectively communicate findings on life related problems  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  119462  Engage in sustained oral/signed communication and evaluate spoken/signed texts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  12417  Measure, estimate & calculate physical quantities & explore, critique & prove geometrical relationships in 2 and 3 dimensional space in the life and workplace of adult with increasing responsibilities  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  119469  Read/view, analyse and respond to a variety of texts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  119471  Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  7468  Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business, national and international issues  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  119459  Write/present/sign for a wide range of contexts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  12455  Perform the role of a safety, health and environmental protection representative  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  9905  Change and set tooling  Level 4  NQF Level 04  16 
    Elective  114880  Measure and improve single factor productivity at a work station  Level 4  NQF Level 04 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
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