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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Produce a mould using a loose pattern 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
264016  Produce a mould using a loose pattern 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Manufacturing and Assembly Processes 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Fabrication and Extraction 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03  16 
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 replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
6956  Foundry: Produce a mould using a loose pattern  Level 3  NQF Level 03  16  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is for people who work, or intend to work in a manufacturing process or similar environment where foundry moulds are required for the metal product casting process. The skills, knowledge and values reflected in this unit standard will contribute towards the achievement of a National Certificate in Foundry Operations at NQF Level 3. Equipment operated in this unit standard is against a set of specific instructions.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Plan to produce moulds using a loose pattern.
  • Prepare pattern, moulding materials, equipment and consumables.
  • Produce mould using a loose pattern.
  • Strip and finish mould.
  • Close and secure mould. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The credits allocated to this unit standard assume that the learner has a National Certificate in Foundry Operations NQF Level 2 or an equivalent qualification. It also assume that the learner is working towards a qualification as part of a learning programme, which integrates all the required unit standards.

    The learning time will increase if the learner does not have:
  • A relevant NQF Level 2 qualification.
  • Experience in a relevant field.
  • Demonstrated competence in the interpretation of technical drawings.
  • Demonstrated competence in producing moulds.
  • Relevant quality awareness principles and procedures.

    The learning time will be decreased if the learner has experience in this field because:
  • The learning programme will be adjusted to build on what the learner already knows.
  • The learner can apply to have prior learning recognised. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The scope and level of this unit standard is indicated by range statements related to the specific outcomes:
  • Planning knowledge includes planning methods, identifying production constraints, taking corrective actions, planning materials and consumables according to grade of metal for casting.
  • Moulding equipment includes hand tools, power tools, measuring equipment, boxes and patterns.
  • Moulding materials include sand, reinforcing, chills, coatings.
  • Moulding consumables include nails, refractory bricks, sleeves, coating, nylon vents, chaplets, glue, sealer, exothermic powder.
  • Ramming methods include pneumatic rammers, hand rammers, vibrators, sand slingers.
  • Moulding coatings include water based or spirit based paints.
  • Reporting includes written and verbal communication.
  • Locators include steel pipes, sand and steel locators, box pins.
  • Production constraints include shortage of consumables, shortage of moulding materials, delays in core production, delays in molten metal availability, lack of space on foundry floor. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Plan to produce moulds using a loose pattern. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Production schedule is interpreted according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Method card for moulding job is obtained and interpreted according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Moulding consumables, materials and equipment requirements are calculated from method card according to metal specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Production constraints are identified and reported according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Resources and materials required during and after the moulding process are scheduled for and ordered in advance according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Team members are informed of planned work activity according to standard operating procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare pattern, moulding materials, equipment and consumables. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Pattern and moulding boxes are prepared according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Moulding materials are prepared according to method card. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Moulding consumables are prepared according to method card. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Applicable health, safety and environmental principles and procedures are adhered to according to standard operating procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Produce mould using a loose pattern. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Planned runner and feeder systems are inserted according to method card. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Reinforcements are placed inside moulding box according to method card. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Moulding box is filled with correct type of sand according to method card. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Sand is rammed and vented according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Jointlines are prepared according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Locator systems are inserted according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Applicable safety, health and environmental principles and procedures are adhered to according to standard operating procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Strip and finish mould. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Pattern is stripped from mould according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Mould is finished according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Correct mould coating is selected and applied to mould according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Applicable health, safety and environmental principles and procedures are adhered to according to standard operating procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Close and secure mould. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Required core pieces are selected, placed and secured where necessary in mould according to customer's drawings or method card. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Chaplets are positioned in mould where applicable according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Mould is cleaned according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Mould halves are aligned and closed according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Mould is secured according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Vents are opened according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Applicable safety, health and environmental principles and procedures are adhered to according to standard operating procedures. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An assessor, accredited with a relevant NQF Level 4 or higher qualification, will assess the learner's competency. Only an Assessor with suitable first hand experience in process operations will assess the learner's competency.
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against the qualification must be registered as an assessor with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this qualification must be accredited as a provider with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or by an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with 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, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described in the associated unit standards.
  • Anyone wishing to be assessed against this qualification may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that is accredited by the relevant ETQA. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The following items reflect the type of knowledge that the assessor will evaluate:

    Names & functions of:
  • Names, location and function of moulding consumables, equipment and materials.
  • Feeder system.
  • Method cards.

    Attributes, descriptions, characteristics & properties:
  • Types and properties of materials.
  • Types and properties of metals.
  • Jointlines.
  • Directional solidification by way of using chills.
  • Method cards.

    Sensory cues:
  • Relating to the production of a mould using loose patterns.

    Purpose of:
  • Producing a mould using loose patterns.
  • Method cards.

    Processes, events, causes and effects, implications:
  • Implications of a product that does not conform to customer requirements.

    Procedures and techniques:
  • Planning techniques.
  • Production process: moulding and coremaking.
  • Applicable safety, health and environmental principles and procedures.
  • Relevant quality awareness principles and procedures.
  • Applicable worksite procedures.
  • Interpretation of technical drawings.
  • Preparing jointline.
  • Placing reinforcements.
  • Interpreting method cards.

    Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies, standards:
  • Applicable safety, health and environmental legislation and regulations.

    Theory, rules, principles, laws:
  • Teamwork principles.
  • Directional solidification.
  • Methoding.

    Relationships, systems:
  • The relationship between producing a mould using loose pattern and quality of product. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems:
  • Identify and solve problems to overcome production constraints. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team group, organization or community:
  • To achieve the moulding operation objectives. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage my activities and myself:
  • By planning my own work before producing the mould using loose pattern. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information:
  • On production plan in order to determine how to produce the mould. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively:
  • By reporting production progress. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically:
  • By reading and interpreting technical drawings and method cards. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems:
  • How faulty moulding equipment will affect the quality of the finished casting. 

  • 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 
    This unit standard replaces unit standard 6956, "Foundry:Produce a mould using a loose pattern", Level 3, 16 credits. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  66449   National Certificate: Foundry Operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2013-11-07  MERSETA 


    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. ArcelorMittal South Africa Ltd (VANDERBIJLPARK) (TP) 
    2. QTE Training & Consulting cc T/A QTE (GERMISTON) (TP) 
    3. Scaw Metals Group (Pty) Ltd T/A Scaw Metals (DINWIDDIE) (TP) 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.