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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Select, use and care for power tools used for thermoplastic fabrication 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
14681  Select, use and care for power tools used for thermoplastic fabrication 
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 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 
The fabrication of plastics products generally requires the joining of plastics components into assemblies. The assemblies are often subjected to considerable stress when in operation and the manufacturing process needs to be consistent and accurate. This unit standard reflects the skills and knowledge required to perform the activities related to the joining process and to demonstrate an understanding of the factors involved. It focuses on the skills and knowledge needed to prepare components and finish assemblies using a variety of commonly used power tools.

To qualify, I have to demonstrate that I am able to select, safely use and maintain a range of hand held engineering power tools. The power sources include electricity, pneumatics and hydraulics.

The learning outcomes in this unit standard contribute to the exit level outcomes required for the National Certificate in Thermoplastic Fabrication (NQF Level 2) and related qualifications. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
This unit standard has been designed as part of a progression and reflects the first level of thermoplastic welding skill. It is one of a series of unit standards for activities at and above this level. The credits assigned to it are based on the assumption that I am learning what is needed for this unit standard as part of my learning for a range of related unit standards. If I have experience in these related activities but do not have credits for them, I can obtain credits by being assessed through a process that recognises prior learning. If I do not have such experience of related activities, then my learning time will be increased. I can choose to be assessed and obtain credits against those other unit standards as I make progress towards the outcomes of this unit standard. 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
The scope and level of this unit standard is determined by the ranges as indicated under the specific outcomes.
All work is performed under supervision. 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Select and use engineering power tools. 
OUTCOME NOTES 
Select and use engineering power tools in a variety of operations required for thermoplastic fabrication. 
OUTCOME RANGE 
Power tools include drills (including pedestal drilling machines), angle grinders, sanders, brushes, buffs, saws (including circular and jig saws) 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Results achieved
1. Power tools are used as recommended by the manufacturer to meet job/task requirements
2. Unsafe/faulty power tools are identified and corrective action is taken
3. Power tools are cleaned, serviced, maintained and stored

Indicators
1. Correct safety precautions are taken while using power tools
2. Appropriate power tools are selected for the required operation
3. Appropriate accessories are selected
4. Problems are reported timeously to appropriate personnel
5. A clean and tidy work environment is maintained

Understanding confirmed
Explain and discuss:
1. Consequences of incorrectly using power tools (e.g. injuries)
2. Choice of particular tools for job/task
3. Safety hazards associated with the use of power tools
4. Risks and hazards related to the various power supply sources. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Care for and maintain power tools. 
OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Identify and report unsafe or faulty tools
  • Clean, service, maintain and store tools 
  • OUTCOME RANGE 
    Power tool maintenance includes replacing worn parts, lubrication 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Results achieved
    1. Power tools are used as recommended by the manufacturer to meet job/task requirements
    2. Unsafe/faulty power tools are identified and corrective action is taken
    3. Power tools are cleaned, serviced, maintained and stored

    Indicators
    1. Correct safety precautions are taken while using power tools
    2. Appropriate power tools are selected for the required operation
    3. Appropriate accessories are selected
    4. Problems are reported timeously to appropriate personnel
    5. A clean and tidy work environment is maintained

    Understanding confirmed
    Explain and discuss:
    1. Consequences of incorrectly using power tools (e.g. injuries)
    2. Choice of particular tools for job/task
    3. Safety hazards associated with the use of power tools
    4. Risks and hazards related to the various power supply sources. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Monitor the safety and condition of power supply sources to equipment. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Power sources include electricity, compressed air, hydraulic power
    Power supply sources include connections, pipes, hoses cables. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Results achieved
    1. Power tools are used as recommended by the manufacturer to meet job/task requirements
    2. Unsafe/faulty power tools are identified and corrective action is taken
    3. Power tools are cleaned, serviced, maintained and stored

    Indicators
    1. Correct safety precautions are taken while using power tools
    2. Appropriate power tools are selected for the required operation
    3. Appropriate accessories are selected
    4. Problems are reported timeously to appropriate personnel
    5. A clean and tidy work environment is maintained

    Understanding confirmed
    Explain and discuss:
    1. Consequences of incorrectly using power tools (e.g. injuries)
    2. Choice of particular tools for job/task
    3. Safety hazards associated with the use of power tools
    4. Risks and hazards related to the various power supply sources 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Recognise and report problems, changes and/or malfunctions while working. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Results achieved
    1. Power tools are used as recommended by the manufacturer to meet job/task requirements
    2. Unsafe/faulty power tools are identified and corrective action is taken
    3. Power tools are cleaned, serviced, maintained and stored

    Indicators
    1. Correct safety precautions are taken while using power tools
    2. Appropriate power tools are selected for the required operation
    3. Appropriate accessories are selected
    4. Problems are reported timeously to appropriate personnel
    5. A clean and tidy work environment is maintained

    Understanding confirmed
    Explain and discuss:
    1. Consequences of incorrectly using power tools (e.g. injuries)
    2. Choice of particular tools for job/task
    3. Safety hazards associated with the use of power tools
    4. Risks and hazards related to the various power supply sources 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Work safely. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Work safely with due care for self, fellow workers, machines, equipment, materials and the environment. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Safe working practices include the use of appropriate personal protective equipment
    Safety hazards include bad connections, damaged air and hydraulic hoses, damaged electrical cables, cracked discs and worn or damaged blades. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Results achieved
    1. Power tools are used as recommended by the manufacturer to meet job/task requirements
    2. Unsafe/faulty power tools are identified and corrective action is taken
    3. Power tools are cleaned, serviced, maintained and stored
    Indicators
    1. Correct safety precautions are taken while using power tools
    2. Appropriate power tools are selected for the required operation
    3. Appropriate accessories are selected
    4. Problems are reported timeously to appropriate personnel
    5. A clean and tidy work environment is maintained
    Understanding confirmed
    Explain and discuss:
    1. Consequences of incorrectly using power tools (e.g. injuries)
    2. Choice of particular tools for job/task
    3. Safety hazards associated with the use of power tools
    4. Risks and hazards related to the various power supply sources. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    My assessment will be governed by the policies and guidelines of the MERSETA Education and Training Quality Assuror who has jurisdiction over this field of learning. My assessor will (at the very least) be accredited and have a technical qualification in this learning area.
    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.
    I will be assessed in the workplace but I can submit documents, projects, test results and assignments that were not produced in the workplace.
    I can be assessed against this unit standard to obtain credits or as part of an integrated assessment for a qualification. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    1. Names & functions of:
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Power tools and accessories

    2. Purpose of:
  • Various power tools
  • Cleaning and maintenance (lubrication) of power tools

    3. Processes, events, causes and effects, implications:
  • Causes of injury and damage to materials
  • Implications of incorrect or inappropriate use of tools and services

    4. Procedures and techniques
  • Safety
  • Storage
  • Cleaning
  • Maintenance (lubrication)
  • Use of various power tools

    5. Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies, standards
  • Applicable safety, health and environmental protection legislation and standards

    6. Theory: rules, principles, laws
  • Basic concepts of leverage, force, pressure and torque

    7. Relationships, systems:
  • Role of power tools in the thermoplastic welding process 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage myself and my activities
  • Apply the correct procedures for using, storing and looking after power tools. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively
  • Use the common names for power tools and the procedures and processes
    associated with their use
  • Report faulty or unsafe power tools 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically
  • Understand and explain basic concepts of leverage, force, pressure and
    torque 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems
  • Relate the use of power tools to the thermoplastic welding process. 

  • 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  24215   National Certificate: Thermoplastic Fabrication  Level 2  NQF Level 02  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.
     
    1. Plastics Federation of South Africa (MAITLAND) (TP) 
    2. Plastics Federation of South Africa (MIDRAND) (TP) 
    3. Plastics Federation of South Africa (WESTMEAD) (TP) 



    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.