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

Occupational Certificate: Textile Dry Fringing Machine Operator 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
103184  Occupational Certificate: Textile Dry Fringing 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  150  Not Applicable  NQF Level 02  Regular-ELOAC 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered" 
SAQA 086/21  2021-07-01  2023-12-31 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-12-31   2027-12-31  

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 perform duties as a Textile Dry Fringing Machine Operator. A Textile Dry Fringing Machine Operator operates textile dry fringing machines to provide fabric with a fringed and improved appearance according to customer specifications.

Qualifying learners will have acquired the competencies to operate textile dry fringing machines 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. They 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 to provide fabric with a fringed and improved appearance.

A qualified learner will be able to:
  • Interpret information in fringing product specifications and identify correct substrates and threads for textile dry fringing processing.
  • Operate textile dry fringing machines and monitor fringing processes and products.
  • Understand the principles of textile dry fringing processes and identify quality requirements related to textile dry fringing products.
  • Comply with company safety, housekeeping and waste control measures related to textile dry fringing processes.

    Rationale:
    The textile industry is in a growth phase due to the on-going 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 Occupational Certificate: Textile Dry Fringing Machine Operator 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.

    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. 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 Gross Domestic Product (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. 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.

    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.

    This qualification intends to 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. Qualifying learners will have acquired the competencies to operate textile dry fringing machines 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. They 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 to provide fabric with a fringed and improved appearance.

    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 Dry Fringing Department. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    This qualification consists of compulsory Knowledge, Practical Skills and Work Experience Modules at Level 2 totalling 150 Credits.

    Knowledge Modules, 40 Credits:
  • 715206-001-00-00-KM-01 Textile Dry Fringing Process Technology, Level 2, 24 Credits.
  • 715206-001-00-00-KM-02 Textile Production and Manufacturing Concepts, Level 2, 8 Credits.
  • 715206-001-00-00-KM-03 Applied Numerical Literacy in the Textile Industry, Level 2, 4 Credits.
  • 715206-001-00-00-KM-04 Applied English Literacy for the Textile Industry, Level 2, 4 Credits.

    Practical Skill Modules, 60 Credits:
  • 715206-001-00-00-PM-01 Operate Textile Dry Fringing Machines to Produce Improved and Required Fringed Textile Products, Level 2, 20 Credits.
  • 715206-001-00-00-PM-02 Monitor Textile Dry Fringing Machines to Achieve and Maintain Optimum Production Efficiency Levels, Level 2, 17 Credits.
  • 715206-001-00-00-PM-03 Check and Inspect Fringed End-products and Maintain Quality Standards by identifying Product Faults and taking Remedial Actions, Level 2, 17 Credits.
  • 715206-001-00-00-PM-04 Comply with Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, Housekeeping Practices and Waste Control Measures in Fringing Department, Level 2, 6 Credits.

    Work Experience Modules, 50 Credits:
  • 715206-001-00-00-WM-01 Textile Dry Fringing Machine Operation, Level 2, 24 Credits.
  • 715206-001-00-00-WM-02 Textile Dry Fringing Finishing Process Efficiency, Level 2, 10 Credits.
  • 715206-001-00-00-WM-03 Fringing Quality Inspection Processes, Level 2, 13 Credits.
  • 715206-001-00-00-WM-04 Textile Dry Fringing Machine Safety Compliance, Level 2, 3 Credits. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Prepare textile dry fringing machines and load them with the required raw materials as specified in the product specification in order to ensure that the machines are fully prepared for the efficient operation of the fringing process.
    2. Operate textile dry fringing machines adhering to all safety rules and regulations by starting, stopping and inching the machines and doffing the completed fringed product in order to achieve smooth machine operation and achieve optimum output levels.
    3. Patrol and monitor textile dry fringing machines and processes regularly in order to identify and take corrective action timeously on any machine and process abnormalities.
    4. Inspect and monitor the quality of fringed products being produced during production process and at the exit point of the fringing machines and take corrective action on all defect products in order to maintain the quality of fringed products as specified in product specification.
    5. List and apply the safety, housekeeping and waste control procedures and practices in compliance with health, safety and environmental legislation and adhere to company policies and procedures for the fringing processes/machines. 

    ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:
  • Details of the product specification are interpreted and applied and the correct substrates and yarns to be used for the fringing machines are identified.
  • Machine parts are identified and pre-start checks and inspection procedures including basic machine maintenance are carried out for the fringing machine.
  • Fringing machine settings such as fabric tension, fabric width and length of product, tension rollers and selvedge guides are identified and adjusted.
  • Specified substrates and yarns are loaded into the fringing machine as per standard operating procedures.
  • Information is identified and recorded on production documentation for traceability purposes for the fringing process.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:
  • Procedures for activating machine controls and starting and stopping the fringing machine are identified and applied.
  • The completed roll of the fringed product is doffed adhering to all safety and documentation procedures.
  • Various types of machine stoppages and factors affecting fringing machine efficiency are attended to.
  • The availability of the substrates and yarns throughout the process for optimization of the fringing machine is ensured.
  • Safety and environmental company procedures are applied when operating the fringing machine.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:
  • The correct patrolling sequence of the fringing machine and process is applied and the consequences of incorrect patrolling sequence are explained.
  • Types of fringing machine and process deviations are identified and attended to.
  • The procedure and the purpose of calibrating the measuring tools and equipment for the fringing machine are demonstrated.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 4:
  • Product faults and possible causes are identified and corrective action is taken for the fringing machine.
  • Product is checked and regularly inspected for faults during the production process and the necessary corrective action on all quality deviations is taken.
  • The product is monitored and inspected at the exit point for quality deviations and necessary corrective action is taken.
  • The quality standards and customer requirements are achieved for the fringing machine.
  • Active participation in quality change activities is demonstrated as per standard operating procedures for the fringing machine.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 5:
  • Justify the importance of and comply with health and safety procedures and environmental practices for the fringing machine.
  • Housekeeping and waste control procedures are conducted and the consequences of non-compliance are described.
  • Production information and data are recorded in appropriate production documentation.

    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 
    The Occupational Certificate: Textile Dry Fringing Machine Operator was compared with applicable units from the New Zealand National Certificate in Textile Manufacture (Operations) (Level 2) and the Australian Certificate II in Textile Production (Intermediate).

    New Zealand
    The New Zealand National Certificate in Textile Manufacture (Operations) (Level 2) is structured to cover a number of strands in the textile industry from which the learner could select categories of elective units as appropriate to the work context. Not all units within the qualification are therefore applicable to the textile dry product surface preparation departments and operations.

    Units cover various generic aspects related to occupational safety and general working practices such as productivity, product quality, sustaining process improvements and competitiveness. They also include aspects related to generic machine operation such as machine safety, handling of materials, product quality, minor machine maintenance, raw material identification and description, fault finding and access and use of textile production information.

    The units specifically relating to textile dry product surface preparation machine operations were selected from the Fabric Finishing categories and include:
  • Process fabric on a blowing machine.
  • Process fabric on a singeing machine.
  • Process fabric on a stenter or tenter.
  • Process fabric on a raising machine.
  • Process fabric on a cropping or shearning machine.
  • Process fabric on a rotary press.
  • Process fabric on a high temperature decatising machine.
  • Steam and brush fabric.

    These units cover concepts of skills development, performance criteria, acquisition of skills and a sound basis of technical knowledge. The essential skills and knowledge are listed, however the level purported to be specified, is absent. The New Zealand qualification is set at Level 2 on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF), but entry requirements are not specified. It is therefore unclear whether the prerequisites would in fact refer to entry level requirements or other prerequisites.

    Australia
    Units from the Certificate II in Textile Production (Intermediate) cover various generic aspects related to occupational safety and general working practices such as teamwork, computer operation, productivity, sustaining process improvements and competitiveness. They also include aspects related to generic machine operation such as: Handling of materials, product quality; minor machine maintenance; changeover activities; raw material identification and description; fault finding and access; and use of textile production information. The unit specifically relating to textile dry finishing operations is:
  • Conduct Technical Textile Mechanical Finishing Processes.

    The unit relates to processes applied to textile products after production operations are completed. Processes may include operations such as printing, coating, tumbling, brushing, rolling, pressing, decoclaving, padding, mending and other operations designed to achieve a specific effect on textile products. This unit includes the preparation, operation, monitoring and adjusting of machines and equipment used in finishing processes.

    Entry requirements are not specified in the Australian qualification; therefore, it is unclear whether the prerequisites would in fact refer to entry level requirements or other prerequisites.

    This qualification is set at Level 2 on the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). Credits or hours of learning are not specified.

    Conclusion
    The qualifications have similarities in the content of the qualifications regarding the practical skills, knowledge needed by an operator and operational context and processes. It can be concluded that the South African qualification is on par with the New Zealand National Certificate in Textile Manufacture (Operations) (Level 2) and the Australian Certificate II in Textile Production (Intermediate). 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    This qualification allows possibilities for both horizontal and vertical articulation.

    Horizontal Articulation:
  • Occupational Certificate: Textile Dry Product Surface Preparation Machine Operator, Level 2.

    Vertical Articulation:
  • National Certificate: Clothing, Textiles, Footwear and Leather (CTFL) Mechanician Processes, Level 3. 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
    N/A 

    CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    N/A 

    NOTES 
    N/A 

    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
     
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