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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE: 

Occupational Certificate: Tooling Machinist 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
103142  Occupational Certificate: Tooling Machinist 
ORIGINATOR
Development Quality Partner - TASA/NTIP 
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  Engineering and Related Design 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  457  Not Applicable  NQF Level 05  Regular-ELOAC 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Registered" 
SAQA 13121/18  2018-07-26  2023-07-26 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-07-26   2027-07-26  

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 
Purpose:
The purpose of this qualification is to prepare a learner to operate as a Tooling Machinist by implementing measurement, materials and safety (MMS) requirements and conducting conventional milling, turning, grinding, drilling, machining operations, EDM operations, CNC turning and CNC milling operations.

Rationale:
The Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) is firmly entrenched in Government's overall policy and plans to address the key challenges of economic and industrial growth and race-based poverty, inequality and unemployment. It is a key component of the President's Nine Point Plan and is aligned to the policy perspective of Radical Economic Transformation. It is guided by the vision of the National Development Plan. IPAP 2017 is aligned to the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) as well as the Medium Term Strategic Framework (MTSF).

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) incorporated the National Tooling Initiative (NTI) into the Industrial Policy Action Plan - IPAP as a key action programme for the Industrial Development-Fourth Industrial Revolution Division's Future Industrial Production and Technologies programme. The Programme was initially incubated through the European Sector (EU) Sector Wide Enterprise and Equity Programme (SWEEEP) donor funding with expanded support drawn from the National Treasury budget line item for the next Medium-Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) period to ensure continuity of the programme.

The NTI is the turnaround intervention programme aimed at the rehabilitation and growth of the Tool, Die and Mould manufacturing (TDM) Sector and has been identified by the DTI as a key programme to uplift the manufacturing industry to international standards to develop the market and showcase the niche competitive advantages and capabilities of South Africa. Importance of Tooling in Manufacturing: Tools, Dies and Moulds, Jigs and Fixtures, Gauges and Metrology Equipment are core, key and critical to Manufacturing Competitiveness, as they are key Product Life Cycle Cost Drivers in terms of:
  • Initial Capital Investment to enable manufacturing of any new product, (Design and Manufacturing Cost of Original Tooling).
  • Production Cost Competitiveness (through Production Cycle Time, Reject).
  • Rate, Conversion Efficiency of the product to be produced.
  • End Product Quality standard.
  • Reliability of Production output and End product.
  • Maintenance Cost of Tooling.
  • Occupational health and safety.

    A FRIDGE study was done by the government, with which they wanted to establish the size and development of the industry. This study confirmed the status of the South-African TDM industry as a key support component of the manufacturing sector. This study confirmed the need for a national intervention programme to address the steady decline of this support sector to the manufacturing industry over the past 15 to 20 years. This study found the TDM Sector distress drivers to be skills erosion and job losses resulting in huge critical shortage of skilled operator, designers, artisans, engineers and project managers in this sector. The advent of Industry 4.0, Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing radically changed the skills requirements for the production of tooling.

    The need for revamping and updating the training capacity for the TDM sector cannot be over-emphasised and the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) model for provision of training received overwhelming support from the industry. In particular, the advent of this system is considered opportune to address existing problems in the industry, such as Improved industrial competitiveness by addressing current loss of work to Europe, China, India and other far east countries resulting from the lack of skills availability, decline in quality standards (out-dated non-competitive technology), decline in South Africa (SA) TDM companies' ability to meet delivery capacity and timing requirements.

    Improve the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) transformation in TDM industry where as a result of perceived distress in the sector, financial institutions and investors classify this industry sector as high risk, thus empowerment investment to date remains largely insignificant. Capacity building will address start-up Small and Medium Enterprises (SME's) enterprises in the sector to improve investor perception and improve chances for investment finance Improve the Balance of Payments through import substitution resulting from local production and manufacturing competitiveness, i.e. machine setting, tooling adjustment and tool maintenance services. The improved competitiveness will further address downstream problems like plant downtime, higher scrap rates, drop in output efficiencies, quality problems, missed supply deadlines, and increased input costs.

    The Tooling Machinist is one of the following ten special skills that constitute a Toolmaker:
  • Lathe Operator.
  • Milling Machine Operator.
  • Surface Grinding Operator.
  • CNC Milling Machinist.
  • CNC Turning Machinist.
  • EDM Wire Operator.
  • EDM Plunge Operator.
  • Manufacturing Workshop Assistant.
  • Tooling Machinist.
  • Tooling CAD Operator.

    The range of typical learners that will enter this qualification are people who would like to gain access to employment in the Tool and Die Making and manufacturing industries and those with a specific interest in manufacturing and the production of tooling.

    This qualification resides as one of several in the mechanical engineering and manufacturing environments related to toolmaking, general manufacturing and advanced machining. It acts as feeder occupation within this context to gain access to the Toolmaker and other mechanical engineering qualification. This qualification also makes provision for people to progress to other aspects such as general manufacturing and advanced machining, and patternmaking.

    The main benefits of this qualification for the learner are that the learner has an opportunity to be recognised with a well-structured, relevant and current competency addressing some of the advanced machining processes as part of Industry 4.0 and have access to entrepreneurial opportunities within the mechanical engineering and manufacturing environments.

    Society will be served by qualified machinist that not only undertake work with improved skills but are also contributing to the competitiveness of South Africa's manufacturing sector and addressing some Industry 4.0 requirements.

    The overall benefits for the economy would include efficient and effective competencies available to be utilised for economic growth purposes. 

  • 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 4 with Mathematics and Science.
    Or
  • N3 Engineering Studies with Mathematics and Engineering Science. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    This qualification is made up of the following compulsory Knowledge, Practical Skills and Work Experience Modules:

    Knowledge Modules:
  • 652201-000-01-00-KM-01, Introduction to measurement, machining and safety, Level 2, 5 Credits.
  • 652201-000-01-00-KM-02, Principles and concepts of drawings, Level 2, 5 Credits.
  • 652201-000-01-00-KM-03, Introduction to Project management, Level 3, 6 Credits.
  • 652201-000-01-00-KM-04, Basic principles project management, Level 4, 6 Credits.
  • 652201-000-01-00-KM-14, CNC Turning Theory, Level 5, 14 Credits.
  • 652201-000-01-00-KM-15, CNC Milling Theory, Level 5, 14 Credits.
    Total number of Credits for Knowledge Modules: 50.

    Practical Skill Modules:
  • 652201-000-01-00-PM-01, Implement measurement, materials and safety (MMS) requirements, Level 2, 12 Credits.
  • 652201-000-01-00-PM-04, Plan and conduct benchwork and layout activities, Level 3, 10 Credits.
  • 652201-000-01-00-PM-05, Operate a drill press, Level 4, 5 Credits.
  • 652201-000-01-00-PM-06, Perform basic turning between Centres, Level 3, 12 Credits.
  • 652201-000-01-00-PM-07, Perform advanced turning between Centres, Level 4, 15 Credits.
  • 652201-000-01-00-PM-08, Conduct basic turning chucking operations, Level 3, 10 Credits.
  • 652201-000-01-00-PM-09, Conduct advanced turning chucking operations, Level 4, 10 Credits.
  • 652201-000-01-00-PM-10, Conduct basic milling operations, Level 3, 10 Credits.
  • 652201-000-01-00-PM-11, Conduct advanced milling operations, Level 4, 10 Credits.
  • 652201-000-01-00-PM-12, Conduct basic grinding operations, Level 3, 12 Credits.
  • 652201-000-01-00-PM-13, Conduct advanced grinding operations, Level 4, 15 Credits.
  • 652201-000-01-00-PM-14, Conduct basic CNC milling operations, Level 4, 8 Credits.
  • 652201-000-01-00-PM-15, Conduct advanced CNC milling operations, Level 5, 27 Credits.
  • 652201-000-01-00-PM-16, Conduct basic CNC turning operations, Level 4, 8 Credits.
  • 652201-000-01-00-PM-17, Conduct advanced CNC turning operations, Level 5, 28 Credits.
  • 652201-000-01-00-PM-18, Operate an EDM Plunge machine, Level 5, 15 Credits.
  • 652201-000-01-00-PM-19, Operate an EDM wire erosion machine, Level 5, 15 Credits.
    Total number of credits for Practical Skill Modules: 222.

    Work Experience Modules:
  • 652201-000-01-00-WM-01, Workplace orientation, job planning and preparation and elementary toolmaking processes and procedures, Level 3, 5 Credits.
  • 652201-000-01-00-WM-02, Drill press operations, Level 4, 10 Credits.
  • 652201-000-01-00-WM-03, Procedures for turning between Centres, Level 4, 10 Credits.
  • 652201-000-01-00-WM-04, Procedures for chucking operations, Level 4, 10 Credits.
  • 652201-000-01-00-WM-06, Procedures for surface grinding operations, Level 4, 10 Credits.
  • 652201-000-01-00-WM-07, CNC milling operations, Level 5, 35 Credits.
  • 652201-000-01-00-WM-08, Procedures for CNC turning operations, Level 5, 35 Credits.
  • 652201-000-01-00-WM-09, EDM Plunge operations, Level 5, 35 Credits.
  • 652201-000-01-00-WM-10, EDM wire operations, Level 5, 35 Credits.
    Total number of credits for Work Experience Modules: 185. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Conduct conventional machining operations including chucking, setting, operating, boring, facing, drilling, taper turning and threading.
    2. Conduct conventional machining operations such as facing, boring, drilling, cutting, slotting.
    3. Conduct slot grinding, chamfering, radii grinding and face grinding operations.
    4. Conduct milling programming, milling setting and CNC milling operations.
    5. Conduct turning programming, turning setting and CNC turning operations.
    6. Conduct Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM) wire programming, EDM setting and wire and spark operations to make a tooling component.
    7. Operate an EDM (Spark erosion) plunge machine and set the required spark and electrode parameters to perform the required operations.
    8. Conduct drill press operations using the required jigs and fixtures to meet task, measurement, materials and safety (MMS) requirements. 

    ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:
  • Benchwork and layout activities for conventional lathe machining operations are planned and conducted in accordance with specifications and Measurement, Materials and Safety (MMS) requirements.
  • Basic and advanced turning between Centres and turning chucking operations are performed in accordance with task MMS requirements.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:
  • Benchwork and layout activities for milling operations are planned and conducted in accordance with specifications and measurement, materials and safety (MMS) requirements.
  • Basic and advanced milling operations are performed in accordance with task, Measurement, Materials and Safety (MMS) requirements.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:
  • Benchwork and layout activities for surface grinding operations are planned and conducted in accordance with specifications and measurement, materials and safety (MMS) requirements.
  • Basic and advanced grinding operations are performed in accordance with task, Measurement, Materials and Safety (MMS) requirements.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 4:
  • Benchwork and layout activities for CNC milling operations are planned and conducted in accordance with specifications and measurement, materials and safety (MMS) requirements.
  • CNC milling operations are performed in accordance with task, Measurement, Materials and Safety (MMS) requirements.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 5:
  • Benchwork and layout activities for CNC turning operations are planned and conducted in accordance with specifications and measurement, materials and safety (MMS) requirements.
  • CNC turning operations are performed in accordance with task, Measurement, Materials and Safety (MMS) requirements.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 6:
  • Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM) wire erosion operations are planned and conducted in accordance with task specifications and measurement, materials and safety (MMS) requirements.
  • Features of the component produced meet specifications, task, Measurement, Materials and Safety (MMS) requirements.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 7:
  • EDM plunge operations are planned and conducted in accordance with task specifications and Measurement, Materials and Safety (MMS) requirements.
  • Features of the component produced meet specifications, task, Measurement, Materials and Safety (MMS) requirements.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 8:
  • Benchwork and layout activities for drilling operations are planned and conducted in accordance with specifications and Measurement, Materials and Safety (MMS) requirements.
  • Drilling operations are performed in accordance with task, Measurement, Materials and Safety (MMS) requirements.

    Integrated Assessment:

    Integrated Formative Assessment:
    The skills development provider will use the curriculum to guide them on the stipulated internal assessment criteria and weighting. They will also apply the scope of practical skills and applied knowledge as stipulated by the internal assessment criteria. This formative assessment leads to entrance into the integrated external 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. Should recognition for completed tasks be sought the process will be done in accordance with the Trade Test Regulations. A candidate who attempted a trade test will be given recognition for those trade test tasks in which he/she has been found competent and not be retested in those tasks provided that: (1) the learner is competent in at least 50% of the trade test tasks given during the trade test and (2) the recognition will be retained by the candidate for a maximum of 3 attempts or 18-months from the date of successful completion of the trade test task whichever comes first. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    The Tooling Machinist qualification and curriculum are one of many programmes to be found in the various vocational education and apprenticeship systems, for many countries in the world. In many instances training is comparable to the current South Africa (SA) Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) approach emphasising theory, practical and workplace experiences. Industry alignment of this employable skills competency/trade ensures that the training content is aligned to Industry 4.0, new technological innovations, standards and competency requirements.

    There are differences, however, based on the Degree of integration into the educational system, the mechanisms of regulation, forms of government support for employable skills competencies, and industry commitment to the system. The length of the different programmes also varies, but duration of 2.5 to 3 years appears to be average.

    A comparability review of the SA toolmaker and related part occupational qualification and curriculum for programmes in the following countries, considered leaders in both industry and training approaches, and are: Germany, France, United States of America (USA) and Australia.

    Conclusion:
    The South African qualification is comparable to what is found in the chosen comparisons, in terms of what the qualification covers and the level of skills that must be developed. 

    ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    Horizontal Articulation:
  • Occupational Certificate: Toolmaker, Level 5.

    Vertical Articulation:
  • National N Diploma: Engineering Studies, Level 6. 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
    N/A 

    CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    N/A 

    NOTES 
    Part Qualification 9:
    Qualifying for external assessment:
  • In order to qualify for an external assessment, learners must provide proof of completion of all required modules by means of a statement of results and work experience.

    Additional legal or physical entry requirements:
  • None.

    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 (QCTO) website.
  • The curriculum title and code is: Tooling Machinist: 652201-000-01-09.

    Encompassed Trades:
  • This qualification encompasses the following trades as recorded on the National Learners' Records Database (NLRD).
  • This is not a trade qualification.

    Assessment Quality Partner
  • National Artisan Moderation Body.

    Module Number, Module Title, NQF Level, Credits:
  • Knowledge, 652201-000-01-00-KM-01, Introduction to measurement, machining and safety, Level 2, 5 Credits.
  • Knowledge, 652201-000-01-00-KM-02, Principles and concepts of drawings, Level 2, 5 Credits.
  • Knowledge, 652201-000-01-00-KM-03, Introduction to Project management, Level 3, 6 Credits.
  • Knowledge, 652201-000-01-00-KM-04, Basic principles project management, Level 4, 6 Credits.
  • Knowledge, 652201-000-01-00-KM-14, CNC Turning Theory, Level 5, 14 Credits.
  • Knowledge, 652201-000-01-00-KM-15, CNC Milling Theory, Level 5, 14 Credits.
  • Practical Skill, 652201-000-01-00-PM-01, Implement Measurement, Materials and Safety (MMS) requirements, Level 2, 12 Credits.
  • Practical Skill, 652201-000-01-00-PM-04, Plan and conduct benchwork and layout activities, Level 3, 10 Credits.
  • Practical Skill, 652201-000-01-00-PM-05, Operate a drill press, Level 4, 5 Credits.
  • Practical Skill, 652201-000-01-00-PM-06, Perform basic turning between Centres, Level 3, 12 Credits.
  • Practical Skill, 652201-000-01-00-PM-07, Perform advanced turning between Centres, Level 4, 15 Credits.
  • Practical Skill, 652201-000-01-00-PM-08, Conduct basic turning chucking operations, Level 3, 10 Credits.
  • Practical Skill, 652201-000-01-00-PM-09, Conduct advanced turning chucking operations, Level 4, 10 Credits.
  • Practical Skill, 652201-000-01-00-PM-10, Conduct basic milling operations, Level 3, 10 Credits.
  • Practical Skill, 652201-000-01-00-PM-11, Conduct advanced milling operations, Level 4, 10 Credits.
  • Practical Skill, 652201-000-01-00-PM-12, Conduct basic grinding operations, Level 3, 12 Credits.
  • Practical Skill, 652201-000-01-00-PM-13, Conduct advanced grinding operations, Level 4, 15 Credits.
  • Practical Skill, 652201-000-01-00-PM-14, Conduct basic CNC milling operations, Level 4, 8 Credits.
  • Practical Skill, 652201-000-01-00-PM-15, Conduct advanced CNC milling operations, Level 5, 27 Credits.
  • Practical Skill, 652201-000-01-00-PM-16, Conduct basic CNC turning operations, Level 4, 8 Credits.
  • Practical Skill, 652201-000-01-00-PM-17, Conduct advanced CNC turning operations, Level 5, 28 Credits.
  • Practical Skill, 652201-000-01-00-PM-18, Operate an EDM Plunge machine, Level 5, 15 Credits.
  • Practical Skill, 652201-000-01-00-PM-19, Operate an EDM wire erosion machine, Level 5, 15 Credits.
  • Work Experience, 652201-000-01-00-WM-01, Workplace orientation, job planning and preparation and elementary toolmaking processes and procedures, Level 3, 5 Credits.
  • Work Experience, 652201-000-01-00-WM-02, Drill press operations, Level 4, 10 Credits.
  • Work Experience, 652201-000-01-00-WM-03, Procedures for turning between Centres, Level 4, 10 Credits.
  • Work Experience, 652201-000-01-00-WM-04, Procedures for chucking operations, Level 4, 10 Credits.
  • Work Experience, 652201-000-01-00-WM-06, Procedures for surface grinding operations, Level 4, 10 Credits.
  • Work Experience, 652201-000-01-00-WM-07, CNC milling operations, Level 5, 35 Credits.
  • Work Experience, 652201-000-01-00-WM-08, Procedures for CNC turning operations, Level 5, 35 Credits.
  • Work Experience, 652201-000-01-00-WM-09, EDM Plunge operations, Level 5, 35 Credits.
  • Work Experience, 652201-000-01-00-WM-10, EDM wire operations, Level 5, 35 Credits.

    Parent Qualification:
    SAQA ID, Curriculum Code, Title, NQF Level, Credits.
  • 652201-000-01-00, Toolmaker, Level 5, 664 Credits.

    Derived Qualifications Related To This Qualification:
    SAQA ID, Curriculum Code, Title, NQF Level, Credits
  • 652201-000-01-01, Occupational Certificate: Lathe Operator, 3, 104 Credits.
  • 652201-000-01-02, Occupational Certificate: Milling Machine Operator, Level 3, 72 Credits.
  • 652201-000-01-03, Occupational Certificate: Surface Grinding Operator, Level 3, 80 Credits.
  • 652201-000-01-04, Occupational Certificate: CNC Milling Machinist, Level 4, 148 Credits.
  • 652201-000-01-05, Occupational Certificate: CNC Turning Machinist, Level 4, 139 Credits.
  • 652201-000-01-06, Occupational Certificate: EDM Wire Operator, 4, Level 98 Credits.
  • 652201-000-01-07, Occupational Certificate: EDM Plunge Operator, 4, Level 98 Credits.
  • 652201-000-01-08, Occupational Certificate: Manufacturing Workshop Assistant, Level 3, 58 Credits.
  • 652201-000-01-10, Occupational Certificate: Tooling CAD Operator, Level 4, 67 Credits. 

  • LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
     
    NONE 


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