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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Assess and select CNC machining equipment and technology for acquisition 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
243341  Assess and select CNC machining equipment and technology for acquisition 
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 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
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 standard reflects the skills required to:
  • Survey and source new technology or equipment.
  • Make appropriate selections of new technology or equipment based on identified needs.
  • Oversee the introduction of the new equipment and technology.

    It also reflects the understanding of:
  • Methods of staying current with developments and trends in CNC technology and equipment.
  • Current general and CNC-technology trends and options.

    This unit standard is intended for the context of CNC machining processes but can also be adapted to other contexts. CNC machining contexts are:
  • Amachining centre.
  • ACNC lathe or turning centre.
  • Any other equipment in which material is removed to form the part, eg cutting, boring , grinding.

    The skills, knowledge and values reflected in this unit standard form part of the Exit Level Outcomes required for the National Certificate in CNC Production Machining: NQF Level 5. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The following competencies are assumed:
  • Communication and Literacy, NQF Level 4.
  • Mathematical Literacy, NQF Level 4.

    In addition, learners are assumed to have an in-depth knowledge of machining and other associated operations, materials, tooling, equipment, risks and uncertainties in the context of computer numerically controlled machining processes.

    This assumption forms the basis for the allocation of credits for this unit standard. If a learner does not have such experience or qualifications, the learning time will be increased. The allocation of credits is also based on the assumption that the learner will be following a learning programme which integrates the required unit standards. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Technology includes CNC machines, tools, fixtures and tooling.

    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 
    Analyse the needs and determine the criteria for the required technology or equipment. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Needs include manufacturing requirements.
  • Manufacturing requirements include product quantities; product quality; dimensions of input materials; output rates; materials to be processed; determining maximum output rates; targets; safety; health; environmental and quality parameters; resources required for each aspect of the process; power requirements; services required; availability of maintenance spares; level of product technology or equipment support; etc. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Customer needs, process requirements and material and technology requirements are identified and suitable criteria are developed. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Assessment criterion type:
  • Results achieved. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Technology or equipment options are short-listed for further research and evaluation. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Assessment criterion type:
  • Indicator. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Sources of information are identified and used to collect relevant information. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Assessment criterion type:
  • Indicator. 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Survey available equipment and technology, select appropriate options and choose the most effective solution. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Surveying includes researching available technology and suppliers, consulting and communicating with experts and suppliers, visiting trade exhibitions.
  • Making selections includes comparing available technology and choosing the most suitable for the application/business.
  • Choosing solution includes technical feasibility, cost/benefit analysis and practicality evaluation. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Suitable new technology is evaluated and a final selection is made according to company procedure. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Assessment criterion type:
  • Results achieved. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Discussion of technology issues demonstrates an understanding of a range of technology options, the key concepts and principles related to assessment and selection of CNC equipment and technology, and how these relate to application in practice. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Assessment criterion type:
  • Understanding confirmed. 
  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Key concepts include:
  • Technical terminology related to technology or equipment options.
  • Current technical trends.
  • Current general trends.
  • Markets and market challenges.
  • Risk assessment.
  • Unintended consequences.
  • Software and hardware.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Compile proposals and make recommendations. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Compiling proposal includes preparing capital expenditure purchase recommendations for management.
  • Making recommendations includes compiling written proposals for management detailing and justifying the solution and related costs. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The proposal is clear, succinct and contains sufficient information to assist decision making. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Assessment criterion type:
  • Indicator. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Capital expenditure proposals are prepared according to company procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Assessment criterion type:
  • Indicator. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Follow-up questions from management are clarified and decisions justified where required. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Assessment criterion type:
  • Indicator. 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Plan and oversee introduction of new technology. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Oversee includes monitoring installation, commissioning and handover processes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    New technology or equipment is installed and commissioned against set project time lines and objectives. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Assessment criterion type:
  • Results achieved. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Installation and commissioning plan covers all the critical events, the timelines are practical and no delays are caused by poor planning. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Assessment criterion type:
  • Indicator. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Relevant information is collected during the installation, commissioning and handover processes. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Assessment criterion type:
  • Indicator. 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Compile operating instructions in accordance with manufacturer's specifications and implement the new technology or equipment. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Operating instructions include worksite procedures and standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Operating instructions meet manufacturer's specifications and organisational requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Assessment criterion type:
  • Indicator. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Operating instructions meet all standards for safety, health, environment, quality and risk. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Assessment criterion type:
  • Indicator. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Deviations and problems in the operating instructions are identified and corrected and changes are implemented. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Assessment criterion type:
  • Indicator. 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Oversee the training of team members in the new technology. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Oversee includes providing technical input to learning material writers, evaluating completed learning material, co-ordinating availability of employees for training, observing learning processes taking place, acting as coach and mentor. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Team members operate the new equipment or use the new technology safely and competently. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Assessment criterion type:
  • Results achieved. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Training materials and processes reflect the requirements of the new equipment or technology. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Assessment criterion type:
  • Indicator. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Trainers, operators, supervisors and any others involved in the use of the new technology or equipment are supported and coached as necessary. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 7 
    Evaluate the impact of the new equipment or technology on the company and the operations. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Evaluate includes identifying and assessing unintended consequences, the development of new opportunities and the potential for further investment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Overall efficiency, effectiveness and economy are evaluated against original proposal and design criteria and reported. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Assessment criterion type:
  • Indicator. 
  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Includes such indicators as cost benefit calculations, return on investment, overall equipment effectiveness.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Relevant data is collected and appropriate calculations are made. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Assessment criterion type:
  • Indicator. 
  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Includes such indicators as cost benefit calculations, return on investment, overall equipment effectiveness.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A report summarising findings is compiled and submitted to the appropriate persons. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Assessment criterion type:
  • Indicator. 
  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Reporting includes presentation and discussion of findings.
     


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    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 also determine:
  • How the assessment is moderated.
  • How a learner can appeal against the outcome of the assessment.

    Any institution or company which offers learning to achieve the purpose of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA.
    The integrated assessment should be based on a summative assessment guide. The guide will specify how the assessor will assess different aspects of the performance and will include:
  • Evaluating evidence in a portfolio of evidence, particularly projects which integrate various aspects of the unit standard and which demonstrate the integration of knowledge, skills and values, and the development of the critical outcomes.
  • Observing and listening to the learner at work, both in primary activities as well as in other interactions, or in relevant simulations.
  • Asking questions and initiating short discussions to test understanding and to verify other evidence.
  • Looking at records and reports.
  • Formative assessment.

    Assessment of competence for this unit standard is based on experience acquired by the learner in the workplace, within the particular machining context. The assessment process should cover the explicit tasks required for the unit standard as well as the understanding of the concepts and principles that underpin the process of assessing and selecting equipment and technology for acquisition.

    Assessment criteria of the type 'Results achieved' should be regarded as critical to the achievement of this unit standard.

    The assessment process should also establish how the learning process has advanced the Critical Cross-field Outcomes.

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

    Assessors should also evaluate evidence that the learner has been performing consistently over a period of time.

    The assessment for this unit standard can be done in conjunction with the assessment of other unit standards related to a qualification, and in conjunction with the 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:

    Names & functions of:
  • Available technology and ancillary equipment.
  • Capital expenditure procurement processes.

    Purpose of:
  • Assessing and selecting new technology.
  • Compiling shortlists.
  • Overseeing introduction of technology.
  • Overseeing training of team in the use of the new technology.

    Attributes, descriptions, characteristics and properties:
  • Advantages and disadvantages of the new technology and equipment.
  • Technology or equipment options.

    Processes and events:
  • Surveying and selection processes.
  • Compiling recommendations and justifications.
  • Planning, installation, implementation and operationalising of new technology and equipment.

    Causes and effects, implications of:
  • Poor/inadequate research.
  • Impact of decisions.
  • Unintended consequences.

    Procedures and techniques:
  • Determining criteria for new technology.
  • Surveying available technology.
  • Preparing and presenting proposals.

    Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies, standards:
  • Relevant legislation, regulations and company procedures, where applicable.
  • Ethical considerations when dealing with suppliers of equipment and technology.

    Theory: rules, principles, laws:
  • Manufacturing principles.
  • Current theory and trends relating to the technology and equipment.
  • Competitiveness.
  • Financial principles, eg cost benefit ratios and return on investment.
  • Principles of lean manufacturing, energy conservation, equipment efficiency.

    Relationships, systems:
  • The relationship between the quality of the research and the suitability of the new technology selected.
  • The impact of new technology or equipment on the manufacturing operation as a whole. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems:
  • Identify technology that does not meet the manufacturing requirements and take corrective action. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others:
  • When determining the needs and criteria of the new technology. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage myself and my activities:
  • Apply a systematic approach to researching and sourcing new technology. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information:
  • Scrutinise technical data relating to the new technology. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively:
  • Communicate with manufacturers and suppliers of technology. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically:
  • Use technology to research available technology. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems:
  • Understand the impact of poor research on the selection of the new technology. 

  • 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  58025   National Certificate: CNC Production Machining  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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