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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Inspect complex non-metallic manufactured components and assemblies 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
120225  Inspect complex non-metallic manufactured components and assemblies 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Plastics Manufacturing 
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  28 
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 
In order for me to perform effectively in the field of inspection and assessment of non-metallics, I will be able to:
  • Inspect complex non-metallic manufactured components and assemblies.
  • Identify non-conformances and recommend corrective action.

    I will also know and understand:
  • The mathematical, scientific, technical and engineering principles underpinning the construction of non-metallic manufactured components and assemblies and their application.
  • The relevant legislation and regulations (statutory, technical) and their application.
  • The relevant business environment (aspects of asset management, relationships).

    I can be assessed against this unit standard in the context of polymer composite fabrication, thermoplastic fabrication or any other non-metallic fabrication.

    The skill, the knowledge and the values reflected in this unit standard form part of the exit level outcomes required for the Further Education and Training Certificate: Inspection and Assessment (Non-Metallic). 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are already competent in:
  • Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 3. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The inspection of thermoplastic and polymer composite fabrications includes inspection of liners, coatings, insulation, attachments and repairs.

    Component/s refers to any aspect of fabrication or installation.

    Quality documentation refers to all quality related documents and includes activity plans, quality controls plans, standard operating procedures, working instructions, forms, reports, pressure test certificates, weld procedures, certificate of compliance, control sheets, etc.

    Inspect includes inspecting visually, measuring dimensions, comparing tolerances, applying specifications.

    Further information on the scope and level of this unit standard is indicated by range statements related to the specific outcomes. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Verify materials specified against the drawing or works instruction, verify the practical implementation of the drawing and recognise if changes are required. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Verify includes making visual checks, taking measurements, verifying specifications, etc.
  • Practical implementation includes laying out the drawing. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Quality documentation is analysed to determine material and design requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Specified materials are verified against the drawing or works instruction. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The practical implementation of the drawing is verified and necessary changes are identified, if required. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Verified includes reading the drawing and checking the product configuration.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Inspections and checks are thorough and consistent and are carried out in accordance with the quality documentation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Verify manufacturing sequence, inspect each step in the manufacture of the components and verify that tasks have been completed and conform to specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Quality documentation is analysed to determine the manufacturing process sequence and requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Each stage in the activity plan is timeously completed and documented. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Activity plan includes quality control plan.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Inspections and checks are thorough and consistent and are carried out in accordance with the quality documentation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Issues related to manufacturing, inspections and quality are discussed and the underpinning principles and concepts explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Principles and concepts include acceptance criteria, establishing acceptability, codes, regulations.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Identify and report potential and actual non-conformances, recommend corrective action and inspect results. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Potential and actual non-conformances are identified and preventive or corrective action is recommended. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Repairs are inspected/components are re-inspected and decisions are made to accept or reject components in terms of the quality documentation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    All defects/non-conformances are identified, contained and documented. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Reports, recommendations and decisions are clear and timely. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Inspection decisions are not influenced by production considerations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Inspection decisions are discussed and explained in terms of the underlying theoretical concepts. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Conduct required tests. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range of tests includes tests for: burn out, cure (acetone test), peel, creep, tensile, bend, hardness, dimensions, pressure. The learner will be required to perform a selected number of tests, e.g. four different types of tests relevant to the context. X-ray testing is not included. Testing for both polymer composites and thermoplastics fabrication must be covered. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Test procedures and acceptance criteria are obtained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Testing tools and equipment are selected, prepared, maintained and calibrated. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Maintaining tools and equipment includes storing and cleaning.
  • This assessment criterion includes transporting equipment if required.
  • Calibration - basic calibration.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Samples are taken and prepared where required. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Data is recorded accurately and in accordance with requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Non-conforming components are identified and isolated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Request tests to be conducted and witness or verify tests. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Verify tests includes checking calibration certification. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Requests are made according to procedures and confirmed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Test processes are monitored and applicable follow-up action is taken if required. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Compile and process appropriate documentation and reports. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Quality documentation complies with all statutory requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Reports are technically and legally correct, accurate and sufficiently detailed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Documents can be rapidly retrieved in response to requests. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    To obtain credits I must be assessed. The assessment will be based on evidence that I produce. My assessment will be governed by the policies and guidelines of a relevant Education and Training Quality Assurance body (ETQA), which has jurisdiction over this field of learning. The policies and procedures of the relevant ETQA will determine:
  • How my assessment is moderated.
  • How I can appeal against the outcome of the assessment.

    Any institution or company which offers learning that will enable me to achieve the purpose of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA.

    My assessment against this standard should meet all the requirements of established principles of assessment. I will be assessed on all the specific outcomes, critical cross-field outcomes and essential embedded knowledge. My assessment will not only be based on observation but also on other evidence which I compile into a portfolio of evidence. I cannot be assessed only on the basis of a written or oral test.

    Assessment should include an appropriate combination of self and peer assessment, practical and oral assessments, observations, as well as portfolios of assessment, etc.

    The specific outcomes and essential embedded knowledge will be assessed in relation to each other. If I am able to explain the items which fall under the heading of essential embedded knowledge, but am unable to perform the specific outcomes, then I cannot be assessed as 'competent'. Similarly, if I am able to perform tasks described under the specific outcomes, but cannot explain or justify them in terms of the fundamental concepts, principles and practice relevant to the level of the unit standard that underpins my skill, then I cannot be assessed as 'competent'. I will also be assessed on my ability to apply the principles and techniques related to the critical cross-field outcomes, not only in terms of what I can demonstrate, but also in terms of what I know and can discuss.

    I can be assessed in the language of my choice although if I have to report incidents or conditions to someone else, I will be assessed on my ability to report in the language commonly used in my working environment.

    My assessment for this unit standard can be done in conjunction with the assessment of other unit standards related to a qualification, and even in conjunction with my assessment for the qualification as a whole. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The following items reflect the type of knowledge that the assessor will evaluate

    1. Names & functions of:
  • Terminology and concepts related to:
    > Quality, inspection, testing, control documents.
    > Manufacturing, application.
    > Measuring equipment, defects.
    > The relevant business environment.
    > Materials, grades, modifications.
    > Additives, reinforcing agents, processing aids, density modifiers, fillers, extenders.

    2. Purpose of:
  • Installation or fabrication.
  • Quality assurance and inspection.
  • Quality documentation.
  • Inspection and acceptance procedures.
  • Meeting legal requirements.
  • Records and documentation.

    3. Attributes, descriptions, characteristics & properties:
  • Various types of quality document, tests, specifications.
  • Various types of defects, non-conformances.
  • Properties and characteristics of raw materials and materials once manufactured.
  • Capabilities of equipment and materials.
  • Life span of materials.
  • Limitations of process, materials, design and finished product.
  • Characteristics of different types of material (including reinforcement materials where applicable) and manufacturing processes.

    4. Processes and events:
  • Fabrication and assembly sequences.
  • Inspection points.
  • Testing.

    5. Causes and effects, implications of:
  • Effects of manufacturing defects.
  • Working in a workshop vs. at an external site.
  • Defects not being recognised.
  • Causes of defects.
  • Causes of defects associated with storage, handling, manufacturing and post-manufacturing processes.

    6. Procedures and techniques:
  • Quality, reporting, verifying, approval and manufacturing procedures.
  • Mathematical procedures for geometry, volumes, plans.
  • Techniques for reporting defects.
  • Collation, storage and retrieval of documents.
  • Storing, handling, manufacturing and post-manufacturing procedures and techniques.

    7. Sensory cues:
  • Visual and aural cues for identifying and recognising non-conformances.

    8. Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies, standards:
  • Codes of practice.
  • Statutory requirements.
  • Company safety, health, environmental and quality policies and procedures.

    9. Theory: rules, principles, laws:
  • Physical and chemical structure and properties of materials.
  • Basic theory of polymeric materials and reinforcement of materials.
  • Principles of inspection and testing.
  • Thermoplastic vs. thermosetting behaviour.
  • Various types of preparation, transporting, manufacturing and post-manufacturing processes.

    10. Categories:
  • Materials.
  • Processes.
  • Tests.
  • Defects.

    11. Relationships, systems:
  • End-user relations.
  • Work group relations and dynamics.
  • The tension between quality and production outputs. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems:
  • Anticipate and prevent quality-related and end-user relationship problems. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others:
  • Enforce manufacturing standards.
  • Maintain positive relationship with workgroup members. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage myself and my activities:
  • Organise time, set priorities and plan inspection activities.
  • Organise documents and information. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information:
  • Collate, verify and apply information from various sources, e.g. codes of practice, engineering drawings, quality procedure manuals, material and equipment manuals. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively:
  • Ensure understanding of instructions.
  • Compile and make oral and written reports. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically:
  • Evaluate the impact of the environment on the process and make adjustments accordingly. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems:
  • Understand and apply processes and relationships of:
    > Manufacture, inspection and end use.
  • Understand workgroup dynamics and relationships. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    My assessor will be registered and have a qualification relevant to the field of non-metallics fabrication at NQF 5 or above. My assessor could also be a person registered by a relevant inspection authority. My assessor should be active in the industry and be familiar with the materials, machinery, products and level of technology in which I have contextualised my skills and knowledge. 

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

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Legislation requires inspections to be performed under the supervision of an accredited person. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  50021   Further Education and Training Certificate: Inspection and Assessment (Non-Metallics)  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  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.
     
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