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|SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY|
|REGISTERED QUALIFICATION THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE:|
|Further Education and Training Certificate: Sewing Machine Mechanics|
|SAQA QUAL ID||QUALIFICATION TITLE|
|65650||Further Education and Training Certificate: Sewing Machine Mechanics|
|SGB Clothing, Textiles, Footwear and Leather|
|PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY||NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK|
|FPMSETA - Fibre Processing and Manufacturing Sector Education and Training Authority||OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework|
|Further Ed and Training Cert||Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology||Manufacturing and Assembly|
|ABET BAND||MINIMUM CREDITS||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||QUAL CLASS|
|Undefined||121||Level 4||NQF Level 04||Regular-Unit Stds Based|
|REGISTRATION STATUS||SAQA DECISION NUMBER||REGISTRATION START DATE||REGISTRATION END DATE|
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered"
|LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT||LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT|
|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 qualification does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification.
|PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION|
The qualification is applicable to people across the CTFL sewing sector as the fundamental, core and elective components deal with knowledge, skills, values and attitudes required by all Sewing Machine Mechanicians in the sector. Learners will deal with specific Sewing Machine Mechanicians processes through the chosen elective area.
The purpose of the qualification is to build the Sewing Machine Mechanician competence at NQF Level 4 to address the following:
This qualification will allow a learner to obtain a nationally recognised qualification in Sewing Machine Mechanics at NQF Level 4. It will set a standard for proficiency and assist in reducing high costs related to machine and equipment maintenance and breakdown. It will also assist with attracting and retaining quality learners. This qualification will also provide for the recognition of prior learning by allowing learners to obtain credits for knowledge and skills that they already possess and so obtain the qualification in whole or in part through such recognition.
The qualification supports the objectives of the National Qualifications Framework in the following ways:
The FETC in Sewing Machine Mechanics is designed to meet the needs of learners who are involved in Sewing Machine Mechanician processes or who enter the CTFL sector. This qualification reflects the workplace-based needs across the sector. The current and future need for competent Sewing Machine Mechanicians has been expressed by employers and employees, and is captured in this qualification. This qualification provides the learner with accessibility to be employed in manufacturing support processes and provides the flexibility in that learners accessing this qualification may move into qualifications in Clothing, Textiles, Footwear and Leather manufacturing processes.
To this end 24 credits in this qualification are portable across to the manufacturing process qualifications. This National Certificate is structured in such a away that it gives learners exposure to a broad set of core competencies while the electives may be chosen from either clothing, textiles (dry) or textiles (wet) processes. (Note: further work in developing elective standards in footwear and leather will complete the qualification for those specific elective areas). This qualification will allow for competence in the learner's current work environment or chosen future work environment. This qualification may also be accessed by learners who have demonstrated competence in the National Certificate in Sewing Machine Mechanics Processes at NQF Level 3.
|LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING|
|It is assumed that the learner is already competent in:
Recognition of Prior Learning:
This qualification may be achieved in part or in whole through the recognition of prior learning, which includes formal, informal and non-formal learning and work experience.
Access to the Qualification:
This Qualification is open for everyone who wishes to pursue a career in Sewing Machine Mechanics, but prior achievement of the learning assumed to be in place and the following would facilitate easier progression to achieve the outcomes of this Qualification:
|RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING?|
|The Qualification consists of a Fundamental, a Core and an Elective Component.
In this qualification the credits total a minimum of 121 credits and are allocated as follows:
To be awarded the Qualification, learners are required to obtain a minimum of 121 credits as detailed below.
The Fundamental Component consists of 11 Unit Standards totaling 56 credits divided into:
The Core Component consists of 8 Unit Standards totaling 37 credits, all of which are compulsory.
The Elective Component consists of 5 Unit Standards totaling 40 credits.
Learners are to choose Unit Standards to the minimum of 28 credits from the available unit standards.
A learner will only be allowed to select the Lockstitch and/or Crosstitch Sewing Machine elective at NQF Level 4, if they have successfully completed the Lockstitch and/or Crosstitch Sewing Machine elective at NQF Level 3.
|EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES|
|The outcomes are specified in terms of a combination of specific and critical cross-field outcomes as defined in the different unit standards.
On achieving this qualification, a learner is able to:
1. Monitor the use of raw materials, lubricants and chemicals when maintaining sewing machines and allied equipment.
2. Maintain and use a range of hand or power tools for situations that occur during maintenance and repair procedures.
3. Maintain a quality system as it applies to maintenance of sewing machines and allied equipment.
4. Monitor waste and record waste related statistics.
5. Repair common mechanical, pneumatic, electrical and electronic faults on sewing machines.
6. Monitor and improve employer/employee practices in a CTFL sewing plant.
7. Optimise the material flow from one process to another.
8. Maintain a range of sewing machinery.
9. Maintain time management for self and productivity.
|ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA|
|Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 4:
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 5:
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 6:
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 7:
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 8:
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 9:
|This qualification was benchmarked against sewing machine mechanician and/or equivalent qualifications in other countries, and was found to be comparable with other qualifications at this level, in terms of the outcomes and assessment criteria.
Bruce Tollemache (Auckland):
Bruce Tollemache the training advisor for the apparel and footwear sectors of The Apparel and Textile Industry Training Organisation provided useful input in terms of the New Zealand qualifications for clothing and textile personnel.
The qualifications are divided for clothing, footwear, industrial textiles, leather and machine knitting. The qualification identified to be the closest match to this qualification was the National Certificate in Clothing Manufacture (Elementary Sewing Skills) (Level 2), with the following broad outcomes:
Scottish Qualifications Authority:
There are currently no qualifications provided by the SQA related to Sewing Machine Mechanicians. The closest they come is a National Certificate in Home Economics, which incorporates the use of a sewing machine for sewing textiles. Various training units were identified that could be applicable to this qualification, as follows:
An extensive search for similar qualifications for clothing machine mechanicians on the African continent proved to be fruitless. Countries looked at were:
All parties corresponded with indicated that sewing machine manufacturers provide specific training in using and maintaining the machine, but no qualification is required.
The Apparel Training and Design Centre in India provides a 4 month qualification for a sewing machine mechanic. They were registered as a Society under Societies Registration Act on February 15, 1991 at New Delhi with the mission to upgrade the technical skills of the human resource employed in Garment Industry. The Society is Sponsored by Apparel Export Promotion Council, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India. The Chairman of Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) is also the Chairman of Apparel Training & Design Centre (ATDC). The Society in turn has opened a number of training centres, with the same name. Presently Society has more than 39 Centres, also called Apparel Training & Design Centres (ATDCs). Keeping in view the growing demands of the apparel industry several ATDCs have been set up at different parts of the country where the garment industry is concentrated.
Currently there are 39 ATDC cenres functioning at Delhi, Noida, Gurgaon, Faridabad, Jaipur, Ludhiana, Kanpur, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Trivandrum, Tirupur, Mumbai, Kolkata, Silvassa, Indore Surat, Tronica City-Ghaziabad, Bhubaneswar, Ranchi including 16 Sewing Machine Operation (SMO) - Satellite centres at Domjur, Santoshpur, Jalpaiguri (West Bengal), Pamidi, Rayadurg, Gundlapochampally (Andhra Pradesh), Mewat (Haryana), Dharmapuri, Parambalur(Tamil Nadu), Kolar, Tumkur, Ram Nagar, Chikkaballur, Bellary, Hubli (Karnataka) & Chhindwara(Madhya Pradesh). In continuation of its commitments for the development of skilled human resources ATDC is spreading its wings with the opening of a few more centres at various locations.
The skills of a qualified sewing machine are recognised as a "Skilled Worker" category, but there is no indication that any particular qualification must be achieved.
United States of America:
The position of a sewing machine mechanic does not have a qualification standard attached, therefore requirements must be developed locally. These will be included in a vacancy announcement or job posting to indicate the requirements which all applicants or bidders must meet.
The Ministry of Vocational and Technical training in Sri Lanka have identified the following skills for a sewing machine mechanic:
The Apprenticeship Scheme in Fiji is administered by the National Apprenticeship Training Department (NATD) of the Training & Productivity Authority of Fiji (TPAF). The position of a sewing machine mechanic has been identified as an apprenticeship and a course has been put together to meet these specific needs. The Fiji Institute of Technology provides the apprentices with the necessary theoretical training how ever, the National Apprenticeship Training Department is responsible for:
The National Apprenticeship Training Department is responsible for ensuring the quality and standard of practical training to apprentices in accordance with the prescribed on-the-job training guides. Inspections and consultations are therefore carried out at least 3 times a year on all apprentices in the country.
The apprentices are inspected on the job site to ascertain the type of job situation they are working in and how effectively the different aspects of their training guide is covered. Detailed discussions with relevant personnel are held to ascertain an apprentice's progress at work. A report with appropriate recommendation is then made available to the apprentice, employer and a copy kept at the TPAF for records.
With the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) being developed by TPAF it has been necessary to introduce the Competency Based Training (CBT) format for the Apprenticeship Scheme. This new training concept is based more on the individual's ability and competence to achieve the desired results and output which allows for accreditation and certification at a given qualification level in the NQF; from Level 1 Basic to Level 4 Trade Certificate. The NQF will also help identify individual skills gap, when compared to the different qualification levels in the Framework.
The CBT format is such that training is not time-based, as currently stipulated for 4-5 years in the current Apprenticeship Scheme, but conducted at a pace suitable to the individual's capacity for learning and training until achievement of the qualification. The required practical training for each trade is more specific as to the tasks allocated, repetition of tasks completed, hours spent on the job and the assessment of performance and competence shown. Theoretical and technical training will be conducted according to the individual skills gap that has been identified. Foe employers, the CBT levels of qualification will provide a more accurate assessment of abilities to do work.
There is a definite need in various countries for the skills required of a sewing machine mechanic, but these skills are generally provided by manufacturers in the form of a short course rather than a full qualification. Where qualifications have been identified, they are generally at full apprentice level and include various aspects of mechanical operations not included for sewing machines only.
|This qualification has been designed and structured as part of a progressive route in the manufacturing and sewing processes industry so that qualifying learners can move from one level to the next.
The use of generic unit standards in this qualification opens new avenues for the learner to progress from one qualification to another in related fields of study beyond sewing machine mechanician. Employers or institutions should be able to evaluate the outcomes of this qualification against the needs of their context and structure top-up learning appropriately.
This qualification builds on the National Certificate in Sewing Machine Mechanician Processes at NQF Level 3. Learners may also decide to further their career in one of the following fields:
Learners who have achieved this qualification have achieved generic skills that would enable them to follow a career in electrical or mechanical engineering. This qualification allows for both vertical and horizontal articulation.
Horizontal articulation exists with:
Vertical articulation exists with:
|CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS|
> Interpersonal skills.
> Subject matter.
> Plan and conduct assessment of learning outcomes NQF Level 4.
> A the same or similar qualification at NQF Level 4 or higher, with a minimum of 6-12 months field experience after he/she has completed the qualification.
|As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this qualification was Reregistered in 2012.|
|ID||UNIT STANDARD TITLE||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||CREDITS|
|Core||253074||Demonstrate an understanding of basic digital circuits||Level 3||NQF Level 03||6|
|Core||246659||Demonstrate an Understanding of basic electrical and electronic principles||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Core||120344||Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of relevant current occupational health and safety legislation||Level 4||NQF Level 04||4|
|Core||115285||Demonstrate understanding of component disassembly, inspection, repair and assembly techniques||Level 4||NQF Level 04||4|
|Core||13235||Maintain the quality assurance system||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Core||114618||Monitor productivity in a business venture||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Core||116325||Monitor the use of raw materials, chemicals and lubricants when maintaining machines and equipment||Level 4||NQF Level 04||3|
|Core||242811||Prioritise time and work for self and team||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Fundamental||119472||Accommodate audience and context needs in oral/signed communication||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||119458||Analyse and respond to a variety of literary texts||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||119466||Interpret a variety of literary texts||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||119457||Interpret and use information from texts||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||9015||Apply knowledge of statistics and probability to critically interrogate and effectively communicate findings on life related problems||Level 4||NQF Level 04||6|
|Fundamental||119462||Engage in sustained oral/signed communication and evaluate spoken/signed texts||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Fundamental||119469||Read/view, analyse and respond to a variety of texts||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Fundamental||9016||Represent analyse and calculate shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional space in different contexts||Level 4||NQF Level 04||4|
|Fundamental||119471||Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Fundamental||7468||Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business, national and international issues||Level 4||NQF Level 04||6|
|Fundamental||119459||Write/present/sign for a wide range of contexts||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Elective||262526||Maintain and repair fixed cycle mechanically controlled Chainstitch machines||Level 4||NQF Level 04||12|
|Elective||262531||Maintain and repair fusing equipment||Level 4||NQF Level 04||4|
|Elective||262530||Maintain and repair pneumatic and electronic sewing machinery||Level 4||NQF Level 04||6|
|Elective||262525||Maintain and repair portable steam generating equipment||Level 4||NQF Level 04||6|
|Elective||262528||Service fixed cycle mechanically controlled Lockstitch machines||Level 4||NQF Level 04||12|
|LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION:|
|PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION:|
|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.||Aranda Learnership College (Pty) Ltd|
|2.||Cape Peninsula University of Technology|
|3.||Sew Africa Training Centre|
|4.||Sewing Industry Technical Training Cc|
|5.||THANDEKA VOCATIONAL EDUCATIONAL TRUST (PTY) LTD|