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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Manually set and sharpen springset saw blades used in a Lumber Mill 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
263678  Manually set and sharpen springset saw blades used in a Lumber Mill 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Forestry 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Forestry and Wood Technology 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
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, values and knowledge required by people in the sub-field of Forestry and/or wood technology who must be able to manually set and sharpen springset saw blades used in a Lumber Mill.

People credited with this Unit Standard are able to:
  • Explain the differences between spring set and swage set saw blade teeth shape used on saw blades in the Lumber Mill. Explain the procedures used to manually set and sharpen spring set saw blades. Explain the prescribed maintenance an adjustment of tools and equipment used to manually set and sharpen spring set saw blades. Set and sharpen manually spring set saw blades. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Mathematical Literacy and Communication Skills at ABET NQF Level 3 or an equivalent. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The scope of this Unit Standard covers:
  • The whole environmental that can be described as the lumber mill with all the processing equipment.
  • The whole environment including equipment, tools and instruments that can be described as the Saw Doctor Shop in the Lumber Mill.
  • All the personnel involved in all the activities in the Saw Doctor Shop.
  • All the material that is handled and used in this work area.
  • All the equipment, tools and instruments used for manual filing and spring setting on saw teeth of saws used in lumber mill.
  • All the relevant work procedures and safety, health and environmental management requirements relating to the Saw Doctor Shop.

    The context of this Unit Standard relates to the training of a Learner at NQF Level 1 in Saw Doctoring and specifically to manually set and sharpen spring set saw blades.

    The Level assigned to this Unit Standard, i.e. NQF Level 1, is appropriate because:
  • For foundational competence the Learner has to demonstrate basic comprehension and employ a narrow range of skills.
  • For practical competence the Learner has to show basic competence in a limited range of established and familiar contexts under general supervision and quality control.
  • For reflexive competence the Learner has to demonstrate the ability to handle some limited responsibility for quantity and quality of own output.

    The nature of the tasks performed, the scope of learning involved and the required responsibility levels, are consistent with those generally defined for NQF Level 1. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain the differences between spring set and swage set saw blade teeth shapes used on saw blades in the Lumber Mill. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Spring set saw blade teeth shapes used on saw blades in the Lumber Mill are explained according to specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Swage set saw blade teeth shapes used on saw blades in the Lumber Mill are explained according to specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The differences between spring set and swage set saw blade teeth shapes used on saw blades in the Lumber Mill are explained according to specifications. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Explain the procedures used to manually set and sharpen spring set saw blades. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The procedures used to manually set and sharpen spring set saw blades are explained according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Key considerations to be taken when sharpening spring set saw blades are described according to worsite procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The importance of sharpening spring set saw blades is explained according to worksite procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Explain the correct maintenance and adjustment of tools and equipment used to manually set and sharpen spring set saw blades. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The importance of maintaining tools and equipment used to manually set and sharpen spring set saw blades is explained according to worksite procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The consequences of not maintaining tools and equipment used to set and sharpen spring set saw blades are explained according to worksite procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Maintenance and adjustment procedures to follow in maintaining tools and equipment used to set and sharpen spring set saw blades are explained according to worksite procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Set and sharpen manually spring set saw blades. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Spring set saw blades are safely set according to company's procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Spring set saw blades are safely sharpened according to company's procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Precautionary measures are taken when setting and sharpening saw blades to avoid injuries according to standard operationg procedures. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An assessor, accredited with a relevant NQF Level 4 or higher qualification, will assess the learner's competency. Only an Assessor with suitable first hand experience in process operations will assess the learner's competency.
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against the qualification must be registered as an assessor with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this qualification must be accredited as a provider with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or by an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA, according to the ETQA's policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described in the associated unit standards.

    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. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The Learner will have acquired the knowledge and skills required to:
  • Explain the differences between spring set and swage set saw blade teeth shape used on saw blades in the Lumber Mill.
  • Eplain the procedures used to manually set and sharpen spring set saw blades.
  • Manually set and sharpen spring set saw blades.
  • Explain the prescribed maintenance and adjustment of tools and equipment used to manually set and sharpen spring set saw blades.
  • Show competence in Mathematical and Communication Skills equivalent to NQF Level 1.
  • Explain the Learner's responsibilities regarding workplace procedures, safety, health and environmental management procedures relevant to the Saw Doctor Shop in the Lumber Mill at NQF Level 1. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
  • Evaluate the status of reported problems and report verbally or in writing to the relevant responsible person. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
  • Work efficiently and safely as a motivated member of a team in the Saw Doctor Shop. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
  • Manually set and sharpen spring set saw blades. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
  • Collect and record data as and when requested, regarding the activities carried out in the Saw Doctor Shop. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
  • Explain the differences between spring set and swage set saw blade teeth shape used on saw blades in the Lumber Mill.
  • Explain the procedures used to manually set and sharpen spring set saw blades. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
  • Collect, clean, store and deliver tools and equipment used in the Saw Doctor Shop, timeously, in an effective and efficient manner. 

  • 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
    Elective  66269   General Education and Training Certificate: Lumber Milling  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2023-06-30  FPMSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. ENB Training Service(PTY)Ltd 
    2. Lomkhethi Trading Enterprise 
    3. MINERAL MINING TRAINING INSTITUTE (PTY) LTD 
    4. Umbuso Training Services 
    5. York Timbers Pty Ltd 



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