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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Prepare, use and operate equipment to support a manufacturing process 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
114881  Prepare, use and operate equipment to support a manufacturing process 
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 2  NQF Level 02  32 
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 replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
9898  Prepare, use and operate equipment to support a manufacturing process  Level 2  NQF Level 02  32  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
I am capable of:

Preparing, using and operate equipment to support a manufacturing process. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
This unit standard has been designed as part of a progression. It is one of a series of unit standards for activities below, 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 at this level or below it.

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 
A general guide to the scope, context conditions, and level at which I am expected to perform.

1. In this unit standard, the learner is required to utilise equipment and consumables to perform activities and functions that support the manufacturing process
2. This unit standard is designed for learners learning and working in a particular process within a specific metals production environment, for example:
  • For iron and steel, these may include iron making, the direct reduction process, coke making, steel making and refining, liquid metal casting, steel reheating and hot working, steel cold working, steel cold processing and product coating
  • For aluminium, these may include the direct reduction process, liquid metal casting, anode making, anode baking, anode rodding, briquette making, aluminium reheating and hot working, aluminium cold working, and gas, fumes and bath treatment
  • For copper, these may include the electrolysis, direct reduction process, copper refining, liquid metal casting, copper hot working, copper cold working
  • For graphite, these may include mill mixing and forming, baking, pitch impregnation, graphitising, machining 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Plan to perform support activities and functions. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Read job instructions/production schedule and determine sequence of activities 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Supporting activities and functions include preparing, inspecting, testing, sampling, temperature measurement, checking for damage, cutting, cleaning, charging, loading, making additions, quenching, stacking, distributing, conveying, lubricating, reclaiming, sawing, butt welding, sculping, grinding, shot blasting, descaling, drossing, lancing, receiving, counting, pre-heating, weighing, sealing, milling; jackhammering, paddling back, monitoring alarms 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    To facilitate integrated assessment the assessment criteria for this unit standard have been consolidated - see the last outcome for the consolidated assessment criteria 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare consumables and equipment for use. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Perform pre-operational checks on equipment
  • Check consumables and tools required 
  • OUTCOME RANGE 
    Preparing equipment includes assembling, attaching, joining, positioning, tightening, filling, adjusting, lubricating, charging, discharging, quenching, calibrating, cleaning equipment includes manipulators, sampling equipment, cutting and shredding equipment, fume and dust extraction equipment, degassing equipment, airtools, lifting equipment, conveyor belts, weighing equipment, electrodes, moulds, inlet and outlet tackle, dummy bars, rolls, hand held oxygen lance's, binding and tying equipment, tipplers, coilers, decoilers, shaping equipment, steering units, roll tensioning units, bridle rolls, scale breakers, holding baths, torpedos, power packs, casting wheels, ladles, measuring rods, crushers, ceramic blankets
    Consumables include rags, cleaning material, lance pipes, samples, thermocouples, grinding materials, spare electrodes, casting lubricants, lubricants, insulation materials, graphite moulds, coating material, packaging material, shrouds, sens, chilling materials, insulation bricks 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    To facilitate integrated assessment the assessment criteria for this unit standard have been consolidated - see the last outcome for the consolidated assessment criteria 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Operate manufacturing equipment. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Start up and shut down equipment
  • Check equipment while in operation, making minor adjustments where required
  • Monitor material flow and consumption of consumables and respond to deviations
  • Clean and store manufacturing equipment after use 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    To facilitate integrated assessment the assessment criteria for this unit standard have been consolidated - see the last outcome for the consolidated assessment criteria 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Liaise with process control personnel and maintenance specialist. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Recognise and report changes and/or deviations while operating
  • Report problems of operation, output, Safety Health and Environment quality and Risk 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    To facilitate integrated assessment the assessment criteria for this unit standard have been consolidated - see the last outcome for the consolidated assessment criteria 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Work safely with due care for self, fellow workers, equipment, materials and the environment. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Identify and report hazardous conditions 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Mobile equipment, molten metal, dust, noise, gas, poor visibility, heat and uneven and slippery surfaces, hazardous chemical substances, spillages, fumes 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    To facilitate integrated assessment the assessment criteria for this unit standard have been consolidated - see the last outcome for the consolidated assessment criteria 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Discuss and explain information related to work schedules. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Discuss and explain information related to work schedules, activities and equipment supporting the manufacturing process 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Information includes incidents, problems, sequence of activities, quality issues 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    How will I be able to judge if I am capable? How will I be assessed? Evidence which will show that I have mastered the skill

    Results achieved
  • Equipment and consumables are utilized for activities and functions to support the manufacturing process 
  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Indicators

    1. Relevant equipment is prepared, used and operated in a safe manner
    2. Checks on equipment, materials and consumables are performed
    3. Minor adjustments to equipment are made when required
    4. Procedures for preparing, using, operating, monitoring, communicating, working safely and quality are adhered to
    5. No delays are caused due to consumable deviations
    6. Information is communicated to process control and maintenance personnel
    7. A clean and safe work environment is maintained
    8. Work is carried out in a safe manner

    Understanding confirmed

    1. Respond to 'what if' and 'why' questions about:
  • Equipment
  • Materials and consumables
  • Procedures
  • Defects
  • Problems
  • Technology underpinning the activity
  • Safety health environment quality and risks

    2. Explain and discuss how supporting activities and functions contribute to efficient production 
  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Procedures include but are not limited to work procedures, standard operating procedures, works instructions, job cards, quality procedures, safe working procedures and environmental procedures
     


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    My assessment will be governed by the policies and guidelines of the MERSETA Education and Training Quality Assurance body who has jurisdiction over this field of learning. My assessor will 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 
    Things I know and can explain

    1. Names & functions of:
  • Support processes
  • Equipment
  • Consumables
  • Materials
  • Production machinery and its component parts
  • Safety equipment

    2. Attributes, descriptions, characteristics & properties:
  • Supporting activities and functions
  • Types of defects/faults
  • Properties input materials and consumables

    3. Sensory cues:
  • Cues for different defects (what I see, hear, smell, feel), e.g. smell or appearance of degrading or burning materials, sounds made by faulty equipment or changing process conditions, visual cues to changing process conditions

    4. Purpose of:
  • Pre-operational checks on equipment
  • Supporting activities and functions
  • Quality checks and procedures
  • Safety checks
  • Reporting incidents and conditions
  • Liasing with process control personnel
  • Cleaning and storing
  • Production schedules

    5. Processes, events, causes and effects, implications:
  • Implications of non-conformance
  • Causes and responses to safety, quality, operations, output and maintenance
  • Basic manufacturing process and sequence operation
  • Implications and consequences of situations such as, e.g. poor quality, damaged or faulty equipment, allowing faulty processes to continue, delaying reports about changing conditions

    6. Procedures and techniques:
  • Equipment operating procedures
  • Checking and monitoring procedures
  • Communication procedures
  • Recording and reporting procedures
  • Quality and safety procedures

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

    8. Theory: rules, principles, laws
  • Concepts of quality assurance related to this activity
  • Basic scientific principles related to the process, the materials and the product, e.g. heat, change of state, mechanical movement, wear, hardness

    9. Relationships, systems:
  • The balance between production and cost reduction on the one hand, and quality and customer satisfaction on the other 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems: Recognise and respond to problems/defects 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage myself and my activities: According to procedures, following regular, consistent methodical work patterns 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information: Collect information from the process and the products; Classify the information and identify deviations from the norm 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively: Record and report information related to supporting activities and functions; Respond to questions or requests for more details 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically: Recognise and explain the basic technology underpinning the equipment used in supporting activities and functions 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems: Discuss and explain how supporting activities and functions contribute to the manufacturing process; Work effectively with others as a member of a team group, organization or community; Liaise with process control and maintenance personnel 

    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 
    This unit standard replaces unit standard 9898, "Prepare, use and operate equipment to support a manufacturing process", Level 2, 32 credits. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  49018   National Certificate: Metals Production  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2008-11-26  MERSETA 
    Elective  66512   National Certificate: Foundry Operations  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2013-11-07  MERSETA 
    Elective  58781   National Certificate: Production Technology  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.
     
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