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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Apply soldering techniques for thru-hole and surface mount technologies 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
259138  Apply soldering techniques for thru-hole and surface mount technologies 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Electronics 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 10 - Physical, Mathematical, Computer and Life Sciences Information Technology and Computer Sciences 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
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 is for persons who are expected to perform soldering in the working environment. This unit standard will provide learners with methods and procedures to perform soldering operations.

Learners credited with this Unit Standard are capable of:
  • Preparing for soldering.
  • Identifying and placing components on the PC board.
  • Perform soldering.
  • Coat and encapsulate the PC board. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are competent in:
  • Communication skills at NQF Level 3.
  • Computer literacy at NQF Level 3. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Soldering may refer to but is not limited to:
  • Wires and terminals.
  • Thru-hole mounting.
  • Surface mount technologies.

    Standards may include but are not limited to:
  • Set standards refer to the measurements conforming to the J-STD - 001standard with specific reference to: component preparation, lead forming, component placement, lead termination requirements, minimum and maximum solder requirements, coating and encapsulation. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Prepare for soldering. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The solderability of the components is verified in order to determine durability and functionality of the total assembly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Methods of verifying solderability are identified and explained to determine any contamination on the components leads. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Methods include but are not limited to visual and pre-tinning.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Components are bent in accordance to set standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Component leads are pre-tinned to verify its solderability. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Soldering equipment is set at the correct temperature to ensure a secure joint. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The importance of cleaning the PC board is explained in order to ensure reliability of the solder joint. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Oxide and contamination are removed using a solvent to promote solderability of the connection. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify and place components on the PC board. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Components for soldering are identified in terms of their functionality as determined by the circuit diagram. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Tools for placement are selected in accordance with the component chosen. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Perform soldering. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An appropriate solder tip is selected to provide the correct amount of heat transfer. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The component is secured to the PC board in order to prevent movement in the solder joint whilst solidifying. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Flux is applied prior to soldering in order to clean the surface to be soldered and to act as an oxidisation barrier whilst the solder is molten. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Various methods of cleaning the completed assembly are identified in terms of their uses and relevance. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Various methods include but are not limited to solvent method and ultrasonic method. Ultrasonic method may not be used on sensitive electronic components.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Methods of assessing the cleanliness of the assembly are identified and explained in terms of their uses. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Methods include but are not limited to ionic residue instrument method, ionic residue manual method and surface insulation resistance method.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The solder connection is wetted in accordance with the set standard. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Set standard refers to not more than 90 degrees.
     


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by 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 at exit points of the qualification, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described both in individual unit standard as well as the integrated competence described in the qualification. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Learners should have a knowledge and understanding of:
  • Read data sheets.
  • Read the engineering drawing.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Electric Static Discharge.
  • Able to identify components.
  • Polarity identification. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems of replacement parts by interpreting the data sheet correctly. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Plan, organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively by adhering to the set procedures when performing soldering. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate technical information in order to do proper placement of components. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and others by adhering to health and safety regulations. 

    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  80306   Further Education and Training Certificate: Electronics  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


    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. Epitome Villa (Pty)Ltd 
    2. Institutional Higher Education 
    3. Nkoka Training Cc 
    4. SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS SA PTY 
    5. Schauenburg Systems Pty Ltd 
    6. ZJ Africa Learn 



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