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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Perform tube and pipe product tests and interpret results 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
119054  Perform tube and pipe product tests and interpret results 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Manufacturing and Assembly Processes 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Manufacturing and Assembly 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
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 
Learners who are involved in performing process tests and interpreting test results within a continuous steel tube and pipe manufacturing process require the skills, values and knowledge reflected in this unit standard.

Qualifying learners can prepare for, perform product tests and interpret resulting test results within a steel tube and pipe production process. They will understand the importance of accurate measurement and how this is achieved. This will include preparing test samples, testing samples, recording measurements obtained, interpreting test results, identifying deviations and taking corrective action.

The learning outcomes in this unit standard also contribute to the exit level outcomes required for the National Certificate in Steel Tube and Pipe Manufacturing (Seamless Hot-Finished, Welded or Cold-Formed) (NQF level 4) and related qualifications. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
It is assumed that the learner is competent in:
  • Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 3 or equivalent
  • The unit standard "Set up process for tube and pipe production" 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • The ranges, as indicated under the specific outcomes, determine the scope and level of this unit standard
  • The learner should be able to work autonomously with minimal supervision
  • Work is generally, but not exclusively, carried out in a team environment
  • Product quality is verified
  • Samples are identified, processed, stored or dispatched in line with quality plans, customer requirements and organisational specifications
  • Sample segregation is maintained
  • Non-conformances in process and defects in equipment is timeously identified, actioned and continuously monitored
  • Accurate product test data is recorded, process documentation is timeously processed and affected parties liased with
  • Applicable procedures are followed and understood
  • Strategies, options and choices are described an discussed 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Plan and prepare for activity. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Plan the process against schedule requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Interpret job requirements and determine sequence of activities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Communicate requirements with appropriate personnel. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Plan and prepare includes acquiring all required documentation and test standards.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify, select, mark and process product samples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Prepare Samples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Apply sampling procedure. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Sample procedures includes compliance with customer requirements, quality plans and specifications.
  • Specifications include local and international specifications.
  • Product sampling includes samples for on-plant product and laboratory product tests.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Perform on-plant product tests and interpret test results. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Prepare equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Perform tests. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Record test results. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Interpret test results. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • On-plant product tests include using destructive and non-destructive test methods.
  • On-plant product destructive tests include flattening, flaring and bending.
  • Laboratory product tests include Charpies, ultimate tensile strength (UTS), yield, hardness, X-ray, chemical analysis and carbon equivalent index (CEI) testing.
  • On-plant non-destructive product tests include outside diameter, inside diameter, thickness, length, ovality, eccentricity, straightness measurement/testing and dye-penetrant testing.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Demonstrate understanding of laboratory product tests/testing processes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Understand and interpret test results. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Understand cause/effect relationship between test results and process variables. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Product includes input raw materials, consumables and manufactured product.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Identify defects, non-conformances and hazardous conditions and take corrective action. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Defects, non-conformances and hazardous conditions are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Corrective action and preventative methods for the non-conformances are applied and taken. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Work safely with due care for self, fellow workers, equipment, materials and the environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Apply safety, health, environmental and quality procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Appropriate safety equipment and clothing are utilised. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this 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 at 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 the integrated competence described in the Qualification.

    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 
  • Names & functions of:
    > Product sampling and test equipment
    > Documentation
    > Personal protective equipment
    > Sample identification system
  • Attributes, descriptions, characteristics & properties:
    > Different sample preparation methods
    > Different tests and their relevance
  • Purpose of:
    > Product
    > Recording test results
    > Testing product for conformance with standard
  • Sensory cues
    > Sensory cues (what I see, hear, smell, feel) utilised for identifying material and equipment defect
  • Processes, events, causes and effects, implications:
    > Defects and non-conformances and their effect on the product and customer relations
    > Implications of undetected defects and non-conformances
    > Cause/effect relationship between test results and process variables
  • Procedures and techniques:
    > Preparing test equipment
    > Testing product
    > Interpreting test results
    > Problem solving
    > Defect and non-conformance identification
    > Taking appropriate corrective action
    > Applicable emergency procedures
  • Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies, standards:
    > Applicable health, safety and environmental legislation
    > Applicable company policies and procedures
    > Applicable material quality specifications and requirements
  • Theory: rules, principles, laws:
    > Applicable metallurgical rules, principles and laws
  • Relationships, systems:
    > Effects of defect and non-conformance identification on the environment 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify problems related to application of tests and take corrective action. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Interact with production personnel, laboratory staff and others. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Manage resources and my own time. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Compare test results with specifications. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Information is clearly conveyed between team members, production personnel, laboratory staff and others. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
  • Use test equipment according to international standards.
  • Use technology to communicate with role-players. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
  • Understand my role in the manufacturing process and the effects of my activities on the larger production process.
  • Justify my product testing actions as appropriate. 

  • 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  49403   Further Education and Training Certificate: Steel Tube and Pipe Manufacturing (Seamless Hot-Finished OR Welded OR Cold-Formed)  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2012-06-30  MERSETA 


    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. ArcelorMittal South Africa Ltd (VANDERBIJLPARK) (TP) 



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