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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

Occupational Certificate: Mechatronics Technician 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
102004  Occupational Certificate: Mechatronics Technician 
ORIGINATOR
Development Quality Partner - MERSETA 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
-   OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
Occupational Certificate  Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology  Manufacturing and Assembly 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  923  Not Applicable  NQF Level 05  Regular-ELOAC 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Registered  EXCO 05164/18  2018-09-12  2023-09-12 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-09-12   2027-09-12  

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
67629  National Certificate: Mechatronics  Level 2  NQF Level 02  142  Complete 
67609  National Certificate: Mechatronics  Level 3  NQF Level 03  141  Complete 
67649  Further Education and Training Certificate: Mechatronics  Level 4  NQF Level 04  157  Complete 
79627  National Certificate: Mechatronics  Level 5  NQF Level 05  141  Complete 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
Purpose:
The purpose of this qualification is to prepare a learner to operate as a Mechatronics Technician.

A Mechatronics Technician repairs and maintains integrated industrial systems based on mechanical, electrical, electronic and information technology and advanced technology components.The mechatronics technician curriculum includes key aspects of three trades as foundational knowledge. These are fitter, electrician and millwright. The knowledge and skills from these three trades are the key to understanding and being able to install, maintain and repair industrial machinery which forms the basis of the automated production system.

A qualified learner will be able to:
  • Fit, adjust and maintain industrial machinery.
  • Diagnose, find and repair faults in industrial machinery.
  • Install, test and commission industrial machinery.
  • Install, test, modify and commission advanced equipment and systems related to control and communication networks.

    Rationale:
    Advanced manufacturing and processing facilities in many industries and sectors are designed as mechatronic systems. The focus of mechatronics is to automate manufacturing and other processes by combining precision mechanical and electrical components with sensors and actuators. The automation is achieved using programmable devices, computers, networks and communication-and-control systems to collect and respond to a continuous stream of information being gathered. This level of control ensures that the performance of the underlying electrical and electro-mechanical devices which perform the actual process functions can be synergised and optimised. Mechatronic systems include computer integrated manufacturing, assembly, material processing, filling and packaging lines, energy generation (e.g. wind turbines) and industrial robots.

    Mechatronics technicians will be one of key skills required for Industry 4.0 and the Internet ofThings (IoT) and future automation such as autonomous motor vehicles.

    Mechatronics technicians install, maintain, diagnose and repair mechatronic systems and components. They need to ensure that stoppages are minimised and that the production meets specified output and quality requirements. They will also be required to programme or re-programme information processing and related devices, and upgrade system components and software programmes.

    Typical learners will be graduates from schools, further education and training colleges (NCV) and, on occasion, higher education institutions, but may also be recruited from the ranks of other qualified artisans such as millwrights and electricians. Learners would typically need to have a strong mathematical and problem solving aptitude.

    Qualified mechatronics technicians will provide organisations with the necessary skills to ensure that their mechatronic systems not only remain productive and efficient through regular maintenance and repair, but also that they are continuously upgraded. Automated systems are constantly evolving and installing improvements is an essential part of providing organisations with a competitive advantage. This will enable such organisations to produce sophisticated goods and intermediate products to the highest quality standards at the lowest possible price. Ultimately, this benefits users and consumers of the manufactured products, consumers and the economy as a whole. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):
    RPL for access to the external integrated summative assessment: Accredited providers and approved workplaces must apply the internal assessment criteria specified in the related curriculum document to establish and confirm prior learning. Accredited providers and workplaces must confirm prior learning by issuing a statement of result or certifying a work experience record.

    RPL for access to the qualification: Accredited providers and approved workplaces may recognise prior learning against the relevant access requirements.

    Entry Requirements:
  • Level 1 with mathematics. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    This qualification is made up of the following compulsory Knowledge and Practical Skill Modules:

    Knowledge Modules:
  • 671203000-KM-01, Workplace fundamentals, Level 2, 9 Credits.
  • 671203000-KM-02, The mechatronic technician's world of work, Level 2, 8 Credits.
  • 671203000-KM-03, Basic engineering theory, Level 3, 24 Credits.
  • 671203000-KM-04, Fitting theory, Level 4, 38 Credits.
  • 671203000-KM-05, Tools and equipment for electrical work, Level 4, 8 Credits.
  • 671203000-KM-06, Electricity and electronics, Level 04, 26 Credits.
  • 671203000-KM-07, Wireways and wiring, Level 4, 11 Credits.
  • 671203000-KM-08, Rotating electrical machinery, Level 4, 13 Credits.
  • 671203000-KM-09, Electrical supply systems and components, Level 4, 31 Credits.
  • 671203000-KM-10, Low Voltage protection, Level 4, 5 Credits.
  • 671203000-KM-11, Fault-finding on electrical circuits, Level 4, 3 Credits.
  • 671203000-KM-12, Mechatronic fundamentals, Level 4, 20 Credits.
  • 671203000-KM-13, Mechatronic systems, Level 5, 14 Credits.
  • 671203000-KM-14, Application of mechatronic systems, Level 5, 10 Credits.
  • 671203000-KM-15, Diagnosing and repairing of mechatronic systems, Level 5, 14 Credits.
    Total number of Credits for Knowledge Modules: 234.

    Practical Skill Modules:
  • 671203000-PM-01, Work safely and respond to emergencies, Level 2, 15 Credits.
  • 671203000-PM-02, Fabricate simple components or workpieces using basic hand skills and hand tools, Level 2, 6 Credits.
  • 671203000-PM-03, Fabricate components or workpieces using power tools and machinery, Level 3, 6 Credits.
  • 671203000-PM-04, Build flow circuits, Level 2, 2 Credits.
  • 671203000-PM-05, Work with electrical components, Level 3, 10 Credits.
  • 671203000-PM-06, Install and connect electrical equipment, switch- and control gear, Level 3, 61 Credits.
  • 671203000-PM-07, Work with electronic components, Level 3, 22 Credits.
  • 671203000-PM-08, Disassemble, clean and inspect mechanical sub-assemblies and machines, Level 3, 6 Credits.
  • 671203000-PM-09, Replace components and assemble mechanical sub-assemblies and machines, Level 3, 6 Credits.
  • 671203000-PM-10, Do fault-finding on mechanical sub-assemblies and machines, Level 4, 12 Credits.
  • 671203000-PM-11, Repair mechanical sub-assemblies and machines, Level 4, 12 Credits.
  • 671203000-PM-12, Perform fault-finding on and repair electrical and electronic circuits, Level 3, 14 Credits.
  • 671203000-PM-13, Dismantle, test and reassemble electrical machinery, Level 3, 12 Credits.
  • 671203000-PM-14, Install and commission mechanical sub-assemblies and machines, Level 4, 12 Credits.
  • 671203000-PM-15, Test and verify electrical equipment and systems, Level 3, 10 Credits.
  • 671203000-PM-16, Design and modify electrical circuits, Level 4, 10 Credits.
  • 671203000-PM-17, Design flow circuits, Level 4, 4 Credits.
  • 671203000-PM-18, Set up and connect electro-pneumatic and electro-hydraulic systems, Level 4, 8 Credits.
  • 671203000-PM-19, Maintain advanced electro-pneumatic and electro-hydraulic systems, Level 5, 8 Credits.
  • 671203000-PM-20, Maintain integrated industrial systems, Level 5, 47 Credits.
    Total number of credits for Practical Skill Modules: 283.

    This qualification also requires the following Work Experience Modules:
  • 671203000-WM-01, Maintenance processes for industrial machinery, Level 3, 48 Credits.
  • 671203000-WM-02, Fabrication of mechanical components, Level 3, 8 Credits.
  • 671203000-WM-03, Fault-finding and repair of industrial machinery, Level 4, 108 Credits.
  • 671203000-WM-04, Overhauling of electrical and mechanical sub-assemblies and machines, Level 4, 54 Credits.
  • 671203000-WM-05, Installation and commissioning of industrial machinery, Level 4, 108 Credits.
  • 671203000-WM-06, Maintenance of integrated industrial systems, Level 5, 72 Credits.
  • 671203000-WM-07, Installation of modified, upgraded or new integrated industrial system components, Level 5, 8 Credits.
    Total number of Credits for Work Experience Modules: 406. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Interpret task requirements, plan, and design and construct single and three phase alternating current motor control circuits.
    2. Diagnose, find and repair electrical, mechanical and electronic faults in industrial machinery.
    3. Install, test and commission electrical, mechanical and electronic system components in industrial machinery.
    4. Install, test, modify and commission equipment and related control, data and communication networks and systems on integrated industrial systems. 

    ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:
  • All maintenance meets manufacturer's specifications and SANS standards where applicable.
  • Schematic diagrams are interpreted correctly and all electrical and mechanical components are correctly identified.
  • All applicable checks (measurement and tests) are performed according to the relevant procedure and findings are recorded.
  • Correct measuring and testing equipment is used to establish the conformance of the industrial machinery.
  • Correct conclusions are drawn from the findings regarding the acceptability of the components and parts in terms of manufacturer's specifications and SANS standards.
  • Safe work practices are applied.
  • Workmanship conforms to the relevant work instructions.
  • All work is completed within the specified time.
  • An understanding of key aspects of maintenance work is demonstrated.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:
  • All faults are correctly identified, recorded and repaired.
  • Schematic diagrams are interpreted correctly and all electrical and mechanical components are correctly identified.
  • A systematic procedure is followed to locate and identify faults.
  • All repairs meet manufacturer's specifications and SANS standards where applicable.
  • The repaired system is tested for correct operation.
  • Safe work practices are applied.
  • Workmanship conforms to the relevant work instructions.
  • All work is completed within the specified time.
  • An understanding of key aspects of diagnosis, fault finding and repair is demonstrated.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:
  • Industrial machinery operates correctly and meets specifications.
  • All applicable tests are performed according to the relevant procedure and findings are recorded.
  • Correct measuring and testing equipment is used to establish the functionality and conformance of the industrial machinery.
  • Correct conclusions are drawn from the findings regarding the acceptability of the equipment in terms of manufacturer's specifications and SANS standards.
  • Safe work practices are applied.
  • The installation conforms to the diagram provided.
  • The installation complies with all relevant statutory requirements.
  • Workmanship conforms to the relevant work instructions.
  • All work is completed within the specified time.
  • An understanding of key aspects of installation, testing and commissioning is demonstrated.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 4:
  • Integrated industrial systems operate correctly and meet specifications.
  • All applicable tests are performed according to the relevant procedure and findings are recorded.
  • Correct measuring and testing equipment is used to establish the functionality and conformance of the integrated industrial systems.
  • Correct conclusions are drawn from the findings regarding the acceptability of the equipment in terms of manufacturer's specifications and SANS standards.
  • Safe work practices are applied.
  • Installations conform to the diagram provided.
  • Installations comply with all relevant statutory requirements and national standards.
  • Workmanship conforms to the relevant work instructions.
  • All work is completed within the specified time.
  • An understanding of key aspects of installation, testing and commissioning is demonstrated.

    Integrated Assessment:
    Integrated Formative Assessment:
    Skills development providers will use the stipulated internal assessment criteria and weighting (where applicable) to guide the formative assessment of the knowledge and practical skill modules. The theoretical knowledge can also be formatively assessed in the context of application of the practical component. The formative assessment provides the basis for an internal summative assessment which is captured as a statement of results. The statement of results for the required knowledge and practical skill modules is a prerequisite for access to the external integrated summative assessment.

    Integrated Summative Assessment:
    An external integrated summative assessment, conducted through the relevant Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) Assessment Quality partner is required for the issuing of this qualification. The external integrated summative assessment will focus on the Exit Level Outcomes and Associated Assessment Criteria. The external integrated summative assessment will be conducted through a trade test as prescribed under Section 26 D of the Skills Development Act and defined by the Trade Test Regulations. It will be conducted through an evaluation of written and practical tasks covering critical aspects in a simulated environment at an assessment centre accredited by QCTO and conducted by an assessor registered by the National Artisan Moderation Body (NAMB). The assessment will take place over a minimum of 3 days. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    Mechatronics technicians are emerging as a designated trade or occupation. An article on a Canadian website illustrates the issue: "Our ad-hoc apprenticeship structure is also failing to keep pace with rapid technological change. One example is "mechatronics technician", a highly skilled occupation that combines mechanical, electrical, instrumentation and robotics. It is already recognized in Europe, but not here. Canadian employers wishing to train mechatronics apprentices would be unable to access any government funding programs, while individuals completing the training would not be granted any credential." However mechatronics technicians are to be found as designated occupations/trades in German-speaking countries and the United Kingdom.

    Currently there are no international standardised specifications for the Mechatronics Technician nor registered qualifications. The South African curriculum was compared to the details found in the German training ordinance and the training outline provided in the United Kingdom. The German qualification describes the curriculum requirements for "Mechtroniker/in" (translated as Mechatronics Fitter). The United Kingdom (UK) qualification describes the requirements for a Mechatronics Technician in the automotive industry. The profiles of these trades differ slightly from the South African profile. The latter profile also includes the maintenance of the underlying mechanical and electrical machinery. This additional learning requirement addresses shortcomings in the current South African qualifications to be replaced and will lead to a longer learning time.

    Conclusion:
    The South African qualification was found to be comparable in terms of the range of content and the duration of the apprenticeship. 

    ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    Horizontal articulation is possible to the following qualification currently under development:
  • Occupational Certificate: Wind Turbine Service Technician, Level 5.

    Vertical articulation is possible to the National N Diploma: Engineering Studies, Level 6, (ID: 67043). 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
    N/A 

    CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    N/A 

    NOTES 
    Qualifying for external assessment:
    In order to qualify for an external assessment, learners must provide proof of completion of all required standards by means of statements of results and work experience.

    Additional legal or physical entry requirements:
    If applicable, learners are required to be in possession of a valid medical certificate of fitness before commencing the training towards this qualification.

    Criteria for the accreditation of providers:
    Accreditation of providers will be done against the criteria as reflected in the relevant curriculum on the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations website.

    The curriculum title and code is: 671203000: Mechatronics Technician.

    This qualification encompasses the following trades as recorded on the NLRD:
  • SAQA ID 96310, DHET-2012-OFO-671203, Mechatronics Technician.

    Part Qualifications. 

  • LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
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