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

Occupational Certificate: Speciality Yarn Assembly Machine Operator 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
103180  Occupational Certificate: Speciality Yarn Assembly Machine Operator 
ORIGINATOR
Development Quality Partner - FPMSETA (MAN) 
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  114  Not Applicable  NQF Level 02  Regular-ELOAC 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Passed the End Date -
Status was "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 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 equip a learner with the knowledge, skills and competencies to be able to perform duties as a Speciality Yarn Assembly Machine Operator.

A Speciality Yarn Assembly Machine Operator loads machines with raw material, threads, operates and monitors the machinery and equipment to produce good quality air intermingling covering or conventional covering yarn at maximum efficiency.

Qualifying learners will have acquired the competencies to operate speciality yarn assembly machines during air intermingling covering or conventional yarn covering processes to full capacity as required by the company, detect deviations in set standards and react appropriately to address such deviations related to the machine operation, conversion process and product quality. A learner will have a thorough understanding of the importance of achieving and maintaining quantity standards related to aspects such as machine efficiency and minimising machine down-time as well as quality standards for air intermingling covered or conventional covered yarn.

A qualified learner will be able to:
  • Prepare relevant speciality yarn assembly machines and raw material for operations.
  • Operate speciality yarn assembly machines.
  • Patrol and monitor speciality yarn assembly processes ensuring optimum machine efficiency and product quality.
  • Comply with health, environment and safety standards during operation.

    Rationale:
    In 2013, the Clothing, Textiles, Footwear and Leather (CTFL) industry accounted for about 14% of manufacturing employment and represented South Africa's second largest source of tax revenue. The industry facilitates an estimated 80 000 jobs and contributes around 8% to the GDP of the country.

    The textile industry can be found mostly in the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, with some activity taking place in Gauteng.

    Owing to technological developments that are closing the major product gaps, local textile production has evolved into a capital-intensive industry, producing synthetic fibres in ever-increasing proportions.

    In July 2007, Cabinet endorsed the first Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) that detailed key action and timeframes for the implementation of the policy. The textile sector was selected for support due to its strategic importance for its contribution to employment and the desire to retain the core capabilities that had been developed in the industry.

    The Clothing and Textiles Competitiveness Programme (CTCP) was introduced in 2009 and is subdivided into the Competitiveness Improvement Programme (CIP) and Production Incentive Programme (PIP). Both CIP and PIP make provision for skills development, aimed at addressing the persistent skills deficits and mismatches that continue to hamper individual and technological development. This qualification will support the above national strategies.

    Two distinct groups have been identified. Firstly, new entrants into the industry who have a school qualification or adults with limited basic schooling, and secondly, existing employees/operators who have been operating in the industry for a number of years without receiving appropriate recognition for the competencies acquired in the workplace and who are operating without the necessary underpinning knowledge.

    The textile industry is in a growth phase due to the ongoing support by government with new employment opportunities being created in specialised textiles. The replacement of an ageing workforce approaching retirement will create employment opportunities. The qualification is well suited to promote employment in capital intensive sub-sectors in the textile industry in general. The qualification will contribute to improved productivity, efficiency and quality, increase labour stability, reduce accidents, and extend the life of production machinery and equipment.

    Qualifying against the new qualification will increase job security and improve employability in this occupation as well as in related operational activities. In addition, the qualification will assist towards qualifying a learner for career advancement, particularly into a supervisory or artisanal role.

    Various employer organisations and a trade union participated in the process of developing this qualification by identifying representatives to participate in the working groups and supplying input and comment during the consultation processes. These are:
  • South African Cotton Textile Processing Employers' Association (SACTPEA).
  • South African Carpet Manufacturing Employers' Association (SACMEA).
  • National Manufactured Fibres Employers' Association (NMFEA).
  • National Association of Worsted Textile Manufacturers (NAWTM).
  • Narrow Fabric Manufacturers Association (NFMA).
  • South African Wool and Mohair Processors' Employers' Organisation (SAWAMPEO).
  • National Textile Manufacturers' Association (NTMA).
  • South African Home Textiles Manufacturers Employers' Organisation (HOMETEX).
  • South African Blankets Manufacturers Employers' Organisation (SABMEO).
  • South African Clothing and Textile Workers Union (SACTWU) (Trade Union). 

  • 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:
  • NQF Level 1 qualification with communication.
    Or
  • 3 years of workplace experience in a textile yarn assembly or spinning production plant. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    This qualification is made up of the following compulsory Knowledge, Practical Skills and Work Experience Modules:
    Knowledge Modules:
  • 715102-003-00-00-KM-01, Speciality Yarn Process Technology, Level 2, 8 Credits.
  • 715102-003-00-00-KM-02, Textile Production and Manufacturing Concepts, Level 2, 8 Credits.
  • 715102-003-00-00-KM-03, Applied Numerical Literacy in the Textile Industry, Level 2, 4 Credits.
  • 715102-003-00-00-KM-04, Applied English Literacy for the Textile Industry, Level 2, 4 Credits.
    Total number of credits for Knowledge Modules: 24 Credits.

    Practical Skill Modules:
  • 715102-003-00-00-PM-01, Prepare and Operate Relevant Speciality Yarn Assembly Machines for Production, Level 2, 20 Credits.
  • 715102-003-00-00-PM-02, Patrol and Monitor Speciality Yarn Assembly Processes, Level 2, 12 Credits.
  • 715102-003-00-00-PM-03, Monitor and Inspect Speciality Yarn Assembly Processes, Level 2, 12 Credits.
  • 715102-003-00-00-PM-04, Apply Safety, Housekeeping and Waste Control Standards in a Speciality Yarn Assembly Department, Level 2, 2 Credits.
    Total number of credits for Practical Skill Modules: 46 Credits.

    Work Experience Modules:
  • 715102-003-00-00-WM-01, Speciality Yarn Assembly Machines Preparation, Level 2, 6 Credits.
  • 715102-003-00-00-WM-02, Speciality Yarn Assembly Machines Operation, Level 2, 10 Credits.
  • 715102-003-00-00-WM-03, Speciality Yarn Assembly Production Process Continuity, Level 2, 12 Credits.
  • 715102-003-00-00-WM-04, Speciality Yarn Assembly Product Quality, Level 2, 12 Credits.
  • 715102-003-00-00-WM-05, Safety Standards and Housekeeping Practices in Speciality Yarn Assembly Operations, Level 2, 4 Credits.
    Total number of credits for Work Experience Modules: 44 Credits. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Prepare and set up a speciality yarn assembly machine according to product specifications.
    2. Operate (start, run, stop, doff) a speciality yarn assembly machine.
    3. Patrol speciality yarn assembly machines to ensure continuous production and maximum efficiency.
    4. Inspect and maintain the quality of end-products according to product specification and waste control measures for a speciality yarn assembly process.
    5. Apply all safety, housekeeping and record keeping standards for a speciality yarn assembly process. 

    ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:
  • Product specifications/work instructions are interpreted to prepare a speciality yarn assembly machine.
  • Machine components, parts, controls and safety mechanisms of a speciality yarn assembly machine are identified, cleaned and verified as functional and safe for use.
  • Assistance with setting a speciality yarn assembly machine is provided.
  • A section of a speciality yarn assembly machine is loaded with specified raw materials for processing.
  • Specified raw materials are threaded into a speciality yarn assembly machine.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:
  • Implement start-up procedures for production on speciality yarn assembly machine.
  • Run and operate selected speciality yarn assembly machine.
  • Stop selected speciality yarn assembly machine.
  • Apply doffing procedures to remove speciality yarn end products from the machine.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:
  • Speciality yarn assembly machines are patrolled to ensure continuous production.
  • Speciality yarn assembly machines are adjusted to prevent and correct machine faults and minimise machine down time.
  • The processes and products of speciality yarn assembly production are identified.
  • Speciality yarn assembly process is monitored to ensure optimum machine efficiency and output.
  • Production targets are interpreted and achieved for speciality yarn assembly processes.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 4:
  • Inspect the end products of a speciality yarn assembly processes against specifications and quality standards and identify quality faults.
  • Take corrective action for product faults in a speciality yarn assembly process.
  • Apply waste control measures for a speciality yarn assembly processes and products.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 5:
  • Compliance with safety standards relevant to the speciality yarn assembly processes and products is achieved.
  • Good housekeeping practices are applied to the speciality yarn assembly processes and products.
  • Production records relevant to one of the speciality yarn assembly processes and products are accurately completed.

    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. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    This qualification has been compared with the National Occupational Standards for the Textile Sector in India and a selection of units from the New Zealand National Certificate in Textiles Manufacturing (Operations) (Level 2).

    India:
    The Indian National Occupational Standards focus on a range of jobs within the yarn spinning sector covering key processes such as spinning, winding and twisting and on the responsibility to minimise machine stoppages as well as to achieve maximum production. The following Indian Textile Occupational Standards have been identified for comparison with the South African Qualification:
  • Ring Frame Tenter.
  • Ring Frame Doffer.
  • Open-end Spinning Tenter.
  • Autoconer Tenter.
  • Cone Winding Operator.
  • Two for One Twister.
  • Packing Checker (inspection of cone packages).

    The content of the seven National Occupational Standards for the Textile Sector from India covers compulsory occupational standards such as shift hand-over, operating machinery, machine cleaning and maintenance, piecing of broken yarn and doffing activities, working in a team, health and safety in the workplace, compliance with standard operating procedures, conformity to production and quality standards, completion of admin/reporting records, communication with supervisors and so forth. The Indian National Occupational Standards for the Textile Sector reflect the occupational standards for specific jobs in spinning and post-spinning separately. They include components referring to knowledge and understanding, as well as workplace requirements and organisational context. There is however, no reference to the practical skills that the learner will acquire. Credits and duration have not been determined and no comparison could be performed.

    Performance criteria, which will serve the purpose of assessment for different yarn preparation machines, have been developed consisting of performance criteria with assigned marks proportional to their importance.

    New Zealand:
    This qualification aims at preparing people for employment as machine operators in the textile manufacturing industry. It is structured to include unit standards in all strands of the textile manufacturing industry, with compulsory unit standards aimed at core yarn processing information and skills which are then combined with a selection from elective units which are specific to the textile sub-sector in which the learner will seek employment.

    The compulsory section of the qualification covers aspects such as safe working practices and a general knowledge of textile manufacturing operations, processes and products. The elective section pertaining to the Occupational Certificate: Ringframe Spinning and Yarn Packaging Machine Operator includes aspects related to: demonstrating knowledge of the spinning process and equipment; preparing and operating spinning, winding and twisting machines and equipment, identifying and fixing operational and product faults and keeping the machine and work area clean. Units with skills more specific to spinning, twisting and winding include:
  • Twist yarn on a ring twisting machine.
  • Twist yarn on a 2 for 1 twisting machine.
  • Reel yarn.
  • Wind yarn.
  • Spin yarn on a woollen ring spinning machine.
  • Process yarn in a Twistset machine.

    Conclusion:
    The contents of these qualifications regarding the skills and knowledge needed by an operator of a yarn production machine are similar and cover yarn preparation contexts and processes. It can be concluded that the South African qualification compares with the Indian National Occupational Standards for the Textile Sector as well as the New Zealand National Certificate in Textiles Manufacturing (Operations) (Level 2). 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    Horizontal Articulation:
    This qualification articulates horizontally with the:
  • National Certificate: N2 Spinning Machine Mechanician, Level 2.

    Vertical Articulation:
    This qualification articulates vertically with the:
  • National Certificate: N3 Spinning Mechanician: Long Staple - Worsted, Level 3. 

  • 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 modules by means of statements of results and work experience records.

    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: Speciality Yarn Assembly Machine Operator: 715102-003-00-00.

    Encompassed Trades:
    This qualification encompasses the following trades as recorded on the NLRD:
  • This is not a trade qualification.

    Qualifications related to the textile dry finishing machine operator occupation:
  • Occupational Certificate: Ringframe Spinning and Yarn Packaging Machine Operator, 715102-001-00-00, Level 2, 168 Credits.
  • Occupational Certificate: Rotor Spinning and Yarn Packaging Machine Operator, 715102-002-00-00, Level 2, 162 Credits.
  • Occupational Certificate: Speciality Yarn Assembly Machine Operator, 715206-003-00-00, Level 2, 114 Credits. 

  • LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
     
    NONE 


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