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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate knowledge of mechanical timber handling equipment 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
117050  Demonstrate knowledge of mechanical timber handling equipment 
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 introduces theory to give people insight into mechanical timber handling equipment. People credited with this unit are able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of mechanical timber handling equipment.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of factors influencing efficiencies in mechanical timber handling. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate knowledge of mechanical timber handling equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Different machines used for mechanical timber handling are named and their functions explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    3-wheeled loaders, self-propelled knuckle boom loaders, truck and trailer mounted knuckle boom loaders, front-end loaders.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Mechanical timber handling equipment is explained in terms of where and in what applications they can be used. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    3-wheeled loaders, knuckle boom loaders, front-end loaders.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The advantages and disadvantages of the machines are explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    3-wheeled loaders, self-propelled knuckle boom loaders, truck and trailer mounted knuckle boom loaders, front-end loaders.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The principles involved in lifting are explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Loads that can be lifted at various distances from the machine, move the load closer to the machine before attempting lift (when required).
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate knowledge of factors influencing efficiencies in mechanical timber handling. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Implications of unplanned material handling and lack of controls are explained in terms of cost, safety, operational efficiencies and physical environmental impacts. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Sort, stack, load, off-load.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The role of the different members as part of a team is explained in terms of complying with safety standards and to optimise production. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Factors influencing productivity of sorting, stacking, loading and off-loading are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Features of functional sorting, stacking, loading and off-loading areas are explained in terms of machine manoeuvrability, stack placement, transport access, stack configurations, work area in relation to other operations, safety and the need to keep the area clear of debris. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Effects of under production in sorting, stacking, loading and off-loading of timber are described. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Effects on subsequent operations, quality, team work, safety.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The importance of pre-operational checks and post-operational maintenance is explained in terms of prolonging machine life, maximising production, minimising cost, enhancing safety and minimising down-time. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Providers of learning and assessors must be accredited in terms of the requirements of the Forest Industries Education and Training Authority.

    Moderation option: he moderation requirements of the Forest Industries Education and Training Authority must be met. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    1. Names and functions of:
  • Mechanical timber handling equipment

    2. Attributes, descriptions, characteristics and properties of:
  • Mechanical timber handling equipment
  • The application of the equipment

    3. Sensory cues:
  • What I see and hear during the process

    4. Purpose of:
  • Planning and controlling material handling
  • Team work to optimise production
  • Pre-operational checks and post-operational maintenance

    5. Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies, standards:
  • Standard operating procedures: "Guidelines for Forest Engineering Practices in South Africa" (FESA)
  • Safety, Health and Environmental (SHE) legislation

    6. Theory: rules, principles, laws:
  • Advantages and disadvantages of the machines
  • Principles involved in lifting
  • Factors influencing productivity
  • Effects of under production

    7. Relationships, systems in relation to:
  • Prolonging machine life
  • Maximising production
  • Minimising cost
  • Enhancing safety
  • Minimising down-time. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems:
  • Relating to mechanical timber handling equipment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others:
  • When interacting with team members and colleagues to optimise production
  • When managing resources and my time 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively:
  • When explaining and discussing aspects related to safety and production. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically:
  • When using information technology to source technical data. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems:
  • When I can explain and justify my actions and procedures followed during the demonstrations. 

  • 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
    Core  48988   National Certificate: Forestry: Timber Harvesting  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. AQUILA TRAINING 
    2. CMO Logistics Pty Ltd 
    3. College of Machine Operators 
    4. Cradle Stars Trading Enterprise (Pty) Ltd 
    5. Creative Minds Skills Development and Training 
    6. Furniture World Training Centre 
    7. Future Discovery Training Academy CC 
    8. HHO Enterprise 
    9. Kwamahlati Training Services cc 
    10. Legal Environment Safety & Health Requirements cc 
    11. Lottenburg Edu-Farm 
    12. MHLAMBANYATHI GROUP PTY ( LTD) 
    13. Nikwe Trading (Pty) Ltd 
    14. Phambile Skills Training (Pty) Ltd 
    15. Platorand Training Centre 
    16. Seacrest Investments 156 (Pty) Ltd 
    17. South African Forestry Training College 
    18. Sunrise Skills Training 
    19. Take Note Trading 227 cc 
    20. Tirhani SkillsTraining Pty Ltd 
    21. Tiriso Investments 
    22. Tommy Phiri Labour Relations and Training Services 
    23. Ukubhukuda Trading & Projects 165 
    24. Umgano Foundation (NPC) 
    25. Vicmat Consultants 
    26. VPK BUSINESS VENTURE C C 
    27. York Timbers Pty Ltd 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.