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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

National Certificate: Automotive Components: Manufacturing and Assembly 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
71989  National Certificate: Automotive Components: Manufacturing and Assembly 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Manufacturing and Assembly Processes 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
MERSETA - Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Education and Training Authority  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National Certificate  Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology  Manufacturing and Assembly 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  120  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Reregistered  SAQA 10105/14  2015-07-01  2018-06-30 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2019-06-30   2022-06-30  

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 qualification replaces: 
Qual ID Qualification Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Min Credits Replacement Status
21005  National Certificate: Automotive Component Manufacturing and Assembly  Level 3  NQF Level 03  139  Complete 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
Purpose:

This Qualification is for any individual who is, or wishes to be, involved in an automotive components environment. The Qualification contains all the skills, knowledge, values and attitudes required by a learner who needs to be able to perform functions within the manufacture and assembly process in a specific automotive components environment. An individual acquiring this Qualification will be able to contribute towards the smooth and efficient operation of the manufacturing and assembling processes in the automotive components sector.

The main competencies in this qualification are; monitoring and adjusting production machines, performing first line maintenance on the machines utilised in the process, handling and care of materials required for such a process and quality control.

Qualifying learners will also be able to relate what they see and experience to scientific and technological principles and concepts. They will also be able to maintain and support the various policies and procedures related to the safety, health, environment and quality systems that govern their workplace. Qualifying learners will be employed as Production Team Leaders.

The Core component contains competencies that cover the following areas:
  • Monitor and adjust production machines.
  • Handle and care for materials.
  • Prepare for maintenance in a production plant.
  • Perform first line maintenance on equipment in a metal production process.
  • Interpret and produce engineering drawings and sketches.
  • Control workplace hazards and risks.
  • Apply safety, health and environment protection procedures in a process plant.
  • Monitor machining process, interpret statistical process control charts, and rectify production problems.

    These competencies will enable the learner to work in different industries within the diverse automotive components sector.

    The Qualification ensures progression of learning, enabling the learner to perform optimally within the automotive components field of learning and provides access to a higher Qualification within the same or a related sector.

    Rationale:

    This is the second Qualification in a series of four automotive components Qualifications that range from NQF Levels 2 to 5. Typical learners will be persons who are currently working in an automotive components environment who have not received any formal recognition for their skills and knowledge or for anyone wishing to follow a career in an automotive components working environment, in a variety of contexts.

    The learner will operate within either an automotive manufacturing or assembly environment. At this level learners will monitor and adjust machines to ensure both optimal machine performance and products that meet customer/client specifications. They are also able handle and care for materials that are brought into the production process to ensure quality and to perform first line maintenance. In addition, the learner will interpret information and produce engineering drawings that will increase their understanding of the production process in the automotive components or related environment. An important competence at this level is quality control. Again, health and safety matters are critical.

    Assembly involves either working on the assembly line at a motor assembly plant or in any environment in which already manufactured or finished components and products are assembled in a production line or process. Manufacturing occurs in an environment in which products, which will be used in an assembly environment, are made or manufactured using raw materials. The learner will also appreciate their role within the broader manufacturing/assembly environments in the automotive components sector.

    In terms of the learning pathway, this Qualification will allow this learner to progress from operating machines and assembling/manufacturing components at NQF Level 2 to adjusting machines performing first line maintenance by completing the National Certificate: Automotive Components at NQF Level 3 to setting-up production machines and changing and setting tooling by acquiring the Further Education and Training Certificate: Automotive Components at NQF Level 4 and to working in a coordinating and management capacity within an automotive components environment by completing the National Certificate: Automotive Components at NQF Level 5.

    The automotive components sector falls within the ambit of South Africa's large motor industry. There are huge motor assembly plants in several parts of the country, primarily in the Eastern Cape, Gauteng and Kwazulu Natal provinces. It's a sector that employs a large number of people. The automotive components sector covers two broad areas, namely, manufacturing and assembly. It is also a sector that comprises of a range of diverse but related industries and is characterised by sophisticated technological processes. Companies and/or industries within this sector operate in a global competitive and challenging environment. The products produced have to respond to a wide variety of customer requirements and safety, health, environmental, quality and risk management issues.

    The highly developed automotive components sector is well-established and economically powerful. In terms of transformation in the country, learners will require skills and competencies to gain access to positions within management structures by completing other Qualifications and training. It will be in the interest of the country and the sector to ensure that those who operate in the automotive components environment are trained according to this Qualification to improve productivity and efficiency.

    This national Qualification and its related Unit Standards were developed to standardise the accreditation of learning programmes, resulting in improved quality management in terms of programme delivery. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners wishing to study towards this Qualification are assumed to have:
  • Mathematical literacy at NQF Level 2.
  • Communication at NQF Level 2.
  • National Certificate: Automotive Components at NQF Level 2.

    Recognition of Prior Learning:

    This Qualification may be achieved in part (or whole) through the recognition of relevant prior knowledge and/or experience. The learner must be able to demonstrate competence in the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes implicit in this Qualification. As part of the provision of Recognition of Prior Learning providers are required to develop a structured means for the assessment of individual learners against the Unit Standards of the Qualification on a case-by-case basis. A range of assessment tools and techniques during formative and Summative Assessment procedures should be used which have been jointly decided upon by the learner and the assessor. Such procedures, and the assessment of individual cases, are subject to moderation by independent assessors. The same principles that apply to assessment of this Qualification also apply to Recognition of Prior Learning.

    Learners may provide evidence of prior learning for which they may receive credit towards the Unit Standards and/or the Qualification by means of portfolios or other forms of appropriate evidence as agreed to between the relevant provider and relevant ETQA or ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA.

    Recognition of Prior Learning is particularly important, as there are people in the Automotive Components sector with a variety of skills and competencies of differing quality and scope. It is important that a Recognition of Prior Learning process be available to assist in making sense of existing competencies and skills, and helping to standardise these competencies and skills towards a common standard.

    Access to the Qualification:

    There is an open access to this Qualification, keeping in mind the "Learning Assumed to be in Place". 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    The Qualification consists of a Fundamental, a Core and an Elective Component.

    To be awarded the Qualification learners are required to obtain a minimum of 120 credits as detailed below.

    Fundamental Component:

    The Fundamental Component consists of Unit Standards in:
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 3 to the value of 16 Credits.
  • Communication at NQF Level 3 to the value of 20 Credits.

    All Unit Standards in the Fundamental Component are compulsory.

    Core Component:

    The Core Component consists of Unit Standards to the value of 78 Credits, all of which are compulsory.

    Elective Component:

    The Elective Component consists of Unit Standards that will impart a variety of competencies to the learner. Learners are to choose Elective Unit Standards totalling a minimum of 6 Credits to attain a minimum of 120 Credits for this Qualification. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    Qualifying learners will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate an understanding of Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental standards in the workplace.

    2. Monitor and adjust the performance of production machines.

    Outcome Range:
  • 'Production machines' refer to machines used in both the manufacturing and assembly sectors of the automotive component environment. The relevant sector has been specified, where applicable.
  • 'Production process' includes the assembly and manufacturing sectors.

    3. Select and apply appropriate procedures to solve problems within the automotive component environment.

    4. Perform first line process maintenance to maintain efficiency.

    Outcome Note:
  • First line maintenance is performed at this level while minor maintenance is performed at NQF Level 2. First line maintenance is performed by operators not qualified as artisans.

    5. Discuss the importance of, interpret and produce engineering drawings and sketches.

    Critical Cross-Field Outcomes:

    Identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made when:
  • Resolving problems pertaining to tooling and other equipment and instruments.
  • Engaging with problems during monitoring and adjustment and reporting problems beyond scope of practice to supervisory personnel.
  • Monitoring equipment and making relevant adjustments.
  • Interpreting an engineering drawing.
  • Identifying isometric and orthographic views, perspectives, sectioning.
  • Differentiating between various concepts, conventions and symbols related to engineering drawings.
  • Differentiating between metals and alloys.
  • Controlling hazards and risks to maintain safety.

    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation, community to:
  • Ensure that tooling is properly selected, installed, removed, cleaned and stored according to procedures.
  • Prepare work activities for monitoring and adjusting machines.
  • Ensure that the safety of all personnel and equipment is maintained.
  • Ensure that production machines run efficiently.
  • Ensure that the safety of all personnel and equipment is maintained.
  • Ensure quality products, in keeping with customer requirements, are produced through quality checks.
  • Ensure that engineering drawings facilitate the production process and the product meets customer's requirements.
  • Interpret drawings.

    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsively and effectively when:
  • Interpreting production schedules.
  • Planning preparation activities to monitor and adjust machines.
  • Select, install, remove, clean and store tooling.
  • Monitoring and adjusting production machines to deal with deviations.
  • Discussing the theory relevant to and the relationships within the production.
  • Interpret information contained in engineering drawings and make decisions.
  • Preparing engineering drawings using isometric and orthographic views and perspectives.
  • Explaining the implications of changing technology on engineering drawings.
  • Compiling material lists and sizes from drawings.

    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information to:
  • Solve problems pertaining to tooling, equipment and instrumentation.
  • Refer problems to appropriate personnel.
  • Solve problems by making adjustments.
  • Deal with changes and deviations.
  • Interpret engineering drawings using all the skills acquired.
  • Assess the match between a drawing and a product/system/component/item.

    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation to:
  • Ensure the efficient functioning of tooling and other equipment.
  • Monitor and adjust machines.
  • Ensure the efficient functioning of the production machines.
  • Discuss interpretation of a drawing.

    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and the health of others by:
  • Using equipment and tooling according to manufacturer's instructions and standard operating procedure.

    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation to:
  • Understand the impact of their or others` actions on health, safety, environment and productivity.
  • Understand the production process as a system consisting of related activities and the impact of stoppages and delays on the system. 

  • ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:

    1.1 A clean and safe work area is maintained to minimise risk to health.
    1.2 Compliance with the governance of workplace hazardous substances is explained in terms of the impact on the organisation and the immediate environment.
    1.3 Safety, health and environmental inspections in work area are conducted in a manner that ensures compliance.
    1.4 Safety, health, environmental, quality and risk management policies and procedures are applied and maintained to ensure worker and workplace safety.
    1.5 The safety, health and environmental aspects pertaining to monitoring and adjusting of specific machines and performing first line maintenance are explained in a manner that ensures compliance.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:

    2.1 Preparatory activities are discussed and completed according to standard operating procedures.
    2.2 Tooling is selected, set-up, stored and transported as per standard operating procedure and production requirements in the manufacturing sector.
    2.3 Machines are monitored and adjusted within defined parameters to maintain the production process.
    2.4 Information relevant to monitoring and adjusting machines is recorded and reported to relevant personnel in accordance with organisational procedures.
    2.5 The production process is discussed in terms of materials utilisation and the relationships and systems within the process.
    2.6 Materials are laid out and material stock levels are checked to ensure continuity in the production process.
    2.7 Statistical process control charts are interpreted to rectify production problems and maintain quality.
    2.8 Basic mathematical principles and techniques are applied while performing the tasks related to monitoring and adjusting activities.
    2.9 Oral and written communication is maintained and adapted as required to promote effective interaction in a manufacturing or assembly context.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:

    3.1 Problems are identified and assessed so that the relevant steps can be taken to solve the problem.
    3.2 Appropriate procedures are selected and applied to solve problems within area of expertise in an efficient and effective manner.
    3.3 Mathematical calculations are utilised for the solution of common operational problems.
    3.4 Unfamiliar problems are reported to appropriate personnel to take action as per workplace procedures.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 4:

    4.1 Planning for maintenance is conducted in accordance with plant-specific requirements so that production requirements are achieved.
    4.2 First line maintenance is performed regularly and consistently on production machines or on a production line.
    4.3 Tools and equipment are identified, verified and examined to ensure an efficient manufacturing or assembly process.
    4.4 Relevant procedures are used to perform maintenance in accordance with organisational procedures.
    4.5 Health and safety requirements are complied with and hazards and risks are considered in the performance of first line maintenance.
    4.6 Problems and potential problems are identified and solutions prepared to ensure the efficiency of the manufacturing or assembly process.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 5:

    5.1 An understanding of mathematics, symbols and dimensions is demonstrated in interpreting engineering drawings.
    5.2 Measuring instruments, scaling, sequencing and numbering systems in engineering drawings are used to develop a deeper understanding of engineering drawings.
    5.3 Engineering drawings and their conventions are explain and interpreted to appreciate their role in the production process.
    5.4 The design development cycle is explained to show how a product or customer's request begins with a drawing/sketch and emerges as the final product.

    Integrated Assessment:

    The importance of Integrated Assessment is to confirm that the learner is able to demonstrate applied competence (practical, foundational and reflexive) and ensure that the purpose of this Qualification is achieved. Both Formative and Summative Assessment methods and strategies are used to ensure that the Exit Level Outcomes and the Purpose of the Qualification are achieved through achieving the Unit Standards. Learning, teaching and assessment are inextricably linked.

    Learning and assessment should be integrated and assessment practices must be fair, transparent, valid and reliable. A variety of assessment strategies and approaches must be used. This could include tests, assignments, projects, demonstrations and/or any applicable method. Evidence of the acquisition of competencies must be demonstrated through the Unit Standards, which enhance the integration of theory and practice as deemed appropriate at this level.

    Formative Assessment is an on-going process which is used to assess the efficacy of the teaching and learning process. It is used to plan appropriate learning experiences to meet the learner's needs. Formative Assessments can include a mix of simulated and actual (real) practice or authentic settings. Feedback from assessment informs both teaching and learning. If the learner has met the Assessment Criteria of all the Unit Standards then s/he has achieved the Exit Level Outcomes of the Qualification.

    Summative Assessment is concerned with the judgement of the learning in relation to the Exit Level Outcomes of the Qualification. Such judgement must include Integrated Assessment(s) which test the learners' ability to integrate the larger body of knowledge, skills and attitudes, which are represented by the Exit Level Outcomes. Summative assessment can take the form of oral, written and practical examinations as agreed to by the relevant ETQA.

    Integrated Assessment must be designed to achieve the following:
  • An integration of the achievement of the Exit Level Outcomes in a way that reflects a comprehensive approach to learning and shows that the Purpose of the Qualification has been achieved.
  • Judgement of learner performance to provide evidence of applied competence or capability.

    Assessors and moderators should make use of a range of Formative and Summative Assessment methods. Assessors should assess and give credit for the evidence of learning that has already been acquired through formal, informal and non-formal learning and work experience.

    Assessment should ensure that all Specific Outcomes, Embedded Knowledge and Critical Cross-Field Outcomes are assessed. The assessment of the Critical Cross-Field Outcomes should be integrated with the assessment of Specific Outcomes and Embedded Knowledge. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    The main competencies of this Qualification are monitoring and adjusting machines in an automotive components environment and performing first line maintenance.

    Various car manufacturers like Daimler-Chrysler, Mazda, Honda, Toyota, Hyundai, Nissan, BMW, Nissan, VW and Ford, inter alia, were analysed to see what type of training takes place for those in assembly and in manufacturing. Little or no information could be found because most of the training for assembly lines takes place in-house, and the content of the training is not made readily available.

    Car manufacturing countries like Japan, Korea, the United States, the United Kingdom, France and Germany were also checked and information was obtained from the following countries:
  • United States.
  • United Kingdom.
  • Norway.
  • Australia.

    United States:

    Effective Training Incorporated (ETI) offers training workshops in engineering drawings for those already in the field.

    The training is for design, layout, assembly, checking and inspection teams. The interpretation of an engineering drawing has a direct impact on the final product. Effective Training Incorporated's one-day course explains how to correctly interpret engineering drawings. It will improve a student's understanding of print reading and result in more effective communication on the job.

    This course is designed for anyone who interprets engineering drawings: product, manufacturing, and quality engineers; inspectors; machinists; production personnel; purchasing agents etc.

    Working with engineering drawings involves analyzing, making decisions, and processing data. The Engineering Drawing Requirements course is based on practical application of print interpretation. It will provide a better understanding of the view representation, dimensions, tolerances, and symbols used on prints. Candidates will learn:
  • The definition and uses of engineering drawings.
  • Types of engineering drawings.
  • Appropriate standards and documents specified on engineering drawings.
  • Standard engineering drawing formats.
  • Interpreting general notes, flag notes and general tolerances on engineering drawings.
  • How revisions are specified on engineering drawings.
  • Identifying and interpreting line conventions used on engineering drawings.
  • Interpreting the various views shown on engineering drawings.
  • Basic part definition required on engineering drawings.
  • Common terms, symbols and abbreviations used on engineering drawings.

    The Bureau of Labour Statistics gives the following information regarding those working in the automotive production process at this NQF Level.

    Throughout the manufacturing process, "statistical process control" (teamwork and quality control) is emphasized. From initial planning and design to final assembly, numerous tests and inspections ensure that vehicles meet quality and safety standards. Modern manufacturing facilities also integrate interchangeable tools on the assembly line so that they can quickly be changed to meet the needs of various models and specifications.

    Production workers receive most of their training on the job or through more formal apprenticeship programs. Training normally takes from a few days to several months and may combine classroom with on-the-job training under the guidance of more experienced workers. Attaining the highest level of skill in some production jobs requires several years, however. Training often includes courses in health and safety, teamwork, and quality control. With advanced training and experience, production workers can advance to inspector jobs or to more skilled production, craft, operator, or repair jobs.

    United Kingdom:

    S.W. Durham Training Ltd. Offers training in first line maintenance. The course description below has many different aspects than the work anticipated in first line maintenance Unit Standards in this Qualification but there are overlaps and this comparison is a helpful guideline.

    Mechanical Maintenance:

    Target Audience:
  • First line maintenance workers or single skilled electrical workers wishing to enhance their current skill base to include mechanical maintenance skills.

    Experience Required:
  • Engineering background or contact with mechanically operated equipment in their day to day duties.

    Course Duration:
  • 5 days with practical elements, or 2 days without practical.

    Course Aims:
  • To provide practical skills and knowledge for those lacking formal training in these areas, or to enhance current skills by provision of maintenance elements.

    Course Content:
  • Engineering basics.
  • Forces.
  • Newton's laws of motion.
  • Engineering Units and standards.
  • Material properties and identification.
  • Health and Safety.
  • HASWA, PUWER, Manual Handling, PPE, COSHH, RIDDOR.
  • Machine guarding.
  • Electrical safety.
  • Practical/theory.
  • Hand skills/bench fitting techniques.
  • Speed/Feed Charts and Tapping drill charts.
  • Use of drills and taps producing holes.
  • Drives (Chain, Belt and Gears).
  • Measuring instruments.
  • Bearings (fitting and application).
  • Mechanical systems/function testing.
  • Basic Fault finding techniques.
  • Half split and input output fault finding methods.
  • Use of adhesives.

    The National Vocational Qualifications Framework reveals that the focus of their Qualifications at this level is on various aspects of the motor vehicle but neither on assembly of vehicles nor on operating machinery as detailed in this Qualification. The information below is from the Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Engineering (Automotive). This is a step up from the Level 2 NVQ outlined in the International Comparability section in the NQF Level 2 National Certificate: Automotive Components.

    Qualification Structure:

    The units are all suitable for Engineering (Automotive). Individual learners could undertake any combination, but there are some natural groupings for some of the units.

    The following units are only suitable for the Vehicle Repair and Technology (excluding Motorsports) grouping:
  • Diesel Fuel Injection Systems for Compression Ignition Engines, Heavy Vehicle Braking Systems, Heavy Vehicle Transmission Systems, Heavy Vehicle Steering and Suspension Systems.

    The following units are only suitable for the Motorsports grouping:

    Motorsport Workshop Practices, Motorsport Vehicle Preparation and Inspection, Professional Practice and Logistics for Motorsports.

    Unit Standards for this Qualification:
  • Operation and Testing of Vehicle Electronic Ignition Systems.
  • Operation of Vehicle Systems.
  • Light Vehicle Transmission Systems.
  • Vehicle Electronic Ancillary and Information Systems.
  • Light Vehicle Suspension, Steering and Braking Systems.
  • Heavy Vehicle Braking Systems.
  • Heavy Vehicle Transmission Systems.
  • Heavy Vehicle Steering and Suspension Systems.
  • Vehicle Engine Principles, Operation, Service and Repair.
  • Fabrication Processes and Technology.
  • Applications of Welding Technology.
  • Motorsport Workshop Practices.
  • Motorsport Vehicle Preparation and Inspection.
  • Professional Practice and Logistics for Motorsports.
  • Vehicle Fault Diagnosis and Rectification.
  • Applications of Vehicle Science and Mathematics.
  • Vehicle Electrical and Electronic Principles.
  • Engine Electrical Charging and Starting Systems.
  • Petrol Injection Systems for Spark Ignition Engines.
  • Diesel Fuel Injection Systems for Compression Ignition Engines.

    While there are some shared competencies the focus of the UK Qualification is on the vehicle's systems and not on the machines used in manufacturing or assembly of vehicles.

    Norway:

    The company called DNV of Norway offers training in quality within the automotive industry.

    The course is based on ISO/TS16949 which was developed by the world's leading automotive manufacturers, and is based on ISO 9001 and national quality standards within the automotive industry. It can be applied to manufacturers worldwide-for cars, their parts, components or systems.

    Purpose:

    Accredited certification to the ISO/TS 16949 quality management system demonstrates both commitment to product quality and compliance to customer specific requirements. The system is an ongoing process that helps find and report areas of improvement of your management system and relevant processes in your business.

    ISO/TS 16949 can easily be integrated with standards already in use as it is based on ISO 9001.

    Within your organisation it will assist in reducing production variations and improve manufacturing efficiency, both factors important to bottom line results. Other benefits include:
  • Improved process and product quality.
  • Reduced need for multiple second and third party audits.
  • Increased confidence when bidding for global sourcing contracts.
  • A necessary step to gain work with many of the world's largest automotive manufacturers.

    Benefits to the automotive industry at large include:
  • Application of common and consistent international quality system requirements.
  • Improved supply chain product and process quality.
  • Increased confidence in global supplier quality.
  • Introduction of process-based audits focusing on customer satisfaction.

    Certification to ISO/TS 16949 helps create a common quality system approach to the entire supply chain and facilitates access to the industry's best practices.

    Australia:

    Some of the competencies in the Australian Unit Standards (production Specialisation) below resonate with some of the competencies in this Qualification, especially those about controlling, rectifying production or assembly processes, tooling, monitoring and maintaining plant operations:
  • Rectify faults in vehicle metal components.
  • Rectify paintwork.
  • Control paint line production processes.
  • Conduct engine hot test.
  • Rework production engines.
  • Rectify mechanical faults on production vehicles.
  • Rectify electrical faults on production vehicles.
  • Rectify assembly faults in assembled vehicles.
  • Conduct die coating.
  • Conduct structural rectification of vehicle bodies.
  • Test welds ultrasonically.
  • Conduct tool setting.
  • Monitor and maintain metals treatment plant operations.

    Conclusion:

    Although the automotive component industry is one of the world's largest industries, information on training programmes, Qualifications and courses for comparability purposes was not easy to find. In many cases, training is carried out at sites where manufacturing and assembly plants are located and this happens to be in diverse countries.

    However, the information obtained above reveals that training internationally is not as comprehensive as this Qualification. In many countries, training constitutes short courses or on-the-job training. Details regarding the duration, level and intensity of the latter are not available. The courses/programmes identified above overlap with this qualification to varying degrees. The UK Qualification entitled 'Mechanical Maintenance' is closest to this Qualification. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    This Qualification lends itself to both vertical and horizontal articulation possibilities.

    Horizontal articulation is possible with the following Qualifications:
  • ID 64190: National Certificate: Metals Production, NQF Level 3.
  • ID 57877: National Certificate: CNC Product Machining, NQF Level 3.
  • ID 58785: National Certificate: Production Technology, NQF Level 3.

    Vertical articulation is possible with the following Qualifications:
  • ID 64209: Further Education and Training Certificate: Metals Production, NQF Level 4.
  • ID 71949: Further Education and Training Certificate: Automotive Components, NQF Level 4.
  • ID 58779: Further Education and Training Certificate: Production Technology, NQF Level 4.
  • ID 48915: Further Education and Training Certificate: Manufacturing and Assembly Operations Supervision, NQF Level 4. 

  • 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, and Assurance (ETQA) Body.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this Qualification must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the ETQA's policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation; in terms of agreements reached around assessment and moderation between ETQA's (including professional bodies); and in terms of the moderation guideline detailed immediately below.
  • 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, the integrated competence described in the Qualification and will include competence within Core sales and the Elective standards relevant to the economic sector.
  • 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. 

  • CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    For an applicant to register as an assessor, the applicant needs:
  • A minimum of 2 (two) years' practical, relevant occupational experience.
  • A relevant Qualification at NQF Level 4 or higher.
  • To be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA. 

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

    NOTES 
    This qualification replaces qualification 21005, "National Certificate: Automotive Component Manufacturing and Assembly", Level 3, 139 credits. 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  259624  Control workplace hazards and risks  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  259722  Handle and care for materials  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  244108  Apply safety, health and environment protection procedures in a process plant  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  335854  Interpret and produce engineering drawings and sketches  Level 3  NQF Level 03  12 
    Core  335900  Monitor and adjust production machines  Level 3  NQF Level 03  18 
    Core  243025  Monitor machining process, interpret statistical process control charts, and rectify production problems  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  259723  Perform first line maintenance on equipment in the metals production process  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Core  259724  Prepare for maintenance in a production plant  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  335901  Prepare to monitor and adjust production machines  Level 3  NQF Level 03  12 
    Fundamental  119472  Accommodate audience and context needs in oral/signed communication  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9010  Demonstrate an understanding of the use of different number bases and measurement units and an awareness of error in the context of relevant calculations  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9013  Describe, apply, analyse and calculate shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional space in different contexts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  119457  Interpret and use information from texts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9012  Investigate life and work related problems using data and probabilities  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  119467  Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  7456  Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business and national issues  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  119465  Write/present/sign texts for a range of communicative contexts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  116231  Operate a cab controlled overhead crane  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  116254  Operate a mobile crane  Level 2  NQF Level 02  20 
    Elective  243272  Operate a Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP)  Level 2  NQF Level 02  10 
    Elective  116235  Operate a pendant controlled overhead crane  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  262824  Operate a Sideboom  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  116255  Operate a tower crane  Level 2  NQF Level 02  20 
    Elective  116253  Operate a truck mounted loader crane  Level 2  NQF Level 02  20 
    Elective  242981  Operate defined purpose lift trucks  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  242976  Operate overhead/gantry cranes  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  243021  Shift loads using lifting equipment  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  13912  Apply knowledge of self and team in order to develop a plan to enhance team performance  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  116534  Carry out basic first aid treatment in the workplace  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  335862  Coat materials and components  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  253656  Communicate with clients  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  13915  Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of HIV/AIDS in a workplace, and its effects on a business sub-sector, own organisation and a specific workplace  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  242814  Identify and explain the core and support functions of an organisation  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  244407  Lift and move a load using mechanical lifting equipment  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  260798  Operate a cantilever container crane (ship to shore)  Level 3  NQF Level 03  12 
    Elective  260777  Operate a container side loader  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  260818  Operate a counter balanced lift truck in excess of 15 tons  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  260763  Operate a floating crane  Level 3  NQF Level 03  12 
    Elective  260760  Operate a inland container crane (rail mounted)  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Elective  260761  Operate a reach stacker  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Elective  260765  Operate a rubber tyred gantry crane  Level 3  NQF Level 03  12 
    Elective  260817  Operate a scotch derrick crane (ship mounted)  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Elective  260764  Operate a ships crane  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  260797  Operate a sideloader lift truck  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  260757  Operate a straddle carrier  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Elective  260780  Operate a sugar cane crane  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  260781  Operate a telescopic boom handler  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Elective  260758  Operate a wall-mounted jib  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  242972  Operate advanced defined purpose lift trucks  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  242974  Operate counter-balanced lift truck  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  242982  Operate heavy crane  Level 3  NQF Level 03  14 
    Elective  260762  Operate rough terrain/earthmoving/agricultural equipment  Level 3  NQF Level 03  11 
    Elective  123260  Operate tailgates and tail-lifts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  242978  Operate truck-mounted cranes  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  8039  Operating cranes  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
    Elective  8038  Operating lift trucks  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  253658  Perform a lifting task by using a mobile crane  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  117001  Use a mobile crane to carry out pile driving  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  335864  Use marking-off equipment for routine shapes  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  243273  Monitor and control the safety and operations of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  116583  Perform tandem lifting  Level 4  NQF Level 04  12 
    Elective  253660  Supervise advanced mobile crane operations  Level 4  NQF Level 04  20 


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    1. Aspidus 209 T/A 3D Solutions (UITENHAGE) (TP) 
    2. Bell Equipment Company SA (Pty) Ltd (ALTON) (TP) 
    3. BPC HR Solutions (PRETORIA) (TP) 
    4. Bravospace 139 cc T/A Metro Skills Academy (PORT ELIZABETH) (TP) 
    5. Career Pathing Solutions (Pty) Ltd (KRUGERSDORP) (TP) 
    6. HV Consultants (Pty) Ltd (PORT ELIZABETH) (TP) 
    7. Keewave Trading 403 (Pty) Ltd T/A VH Consulting (DURBAN) (TP) 
    8. Mercedes Benz South Africa (Pty) Ltd (CENTURION) (TP) 
    9. Mercedes Benz South Africa (Pty) Ltd (EAST LONDON) (TP) 
    10. MZANSI SKILLS BASE CC (Selby)(TP) 
    11. Nissan SA (Pty) Ltd (ROSSLYN) (TP) 
    12. Planet Waves 237 (Pty) Ltd T/A Occupational Learning Centre (OLC) (PRE 
    13. Russ Projects T/A Academy Workplace Development (AWD) (HARRIETDALE) (T 
    14. SMITHS MANUFACTURING (PTY) LTD (New Germany)(TP) 



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