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These qualifications contribute to the industries in manufacturing and related..

These qualifications contribute to the industries in manufacturing and related fields which will allow learners who achieve the qualification to contribute and function in areas such as production planning and control, systems and maintenance, quality and occupational health and safety. Learners who will typically embark on these qualifications are individuals who have an interest in a career in production and manufacturing. These qualifications will add value to a specific manufacturing, engineering and technology context by complementing contexts specific qualifications within these sectors. The supportive relationship between occupational qualifications and this suite of qualifications is embedded in the inclusion of production technology competencies that have previously not been included in mainstream production, manufacturing and technological qualifications in order to address these identified gaps.
Industry: PRODUCTION & MANUFACTURING Qualification: National Certificate (GETC): Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Activities SAQA ID: 23253 NQF Level: 1 Minimum Credits: 124 ETQA: MERSETA (17-QA/ACC/0030/06) This qualification specifies the key skills, knowledge and values required to access engineering and manufacturing qualifications in the Further Education and Training Band. The qualification specifies:
  • Fundamental skills in communication and mathematical literacy.
  • Skills in working with basic communication and information technology systems.
  • Core skills in measurement, use of common tools and instruments and an understanding of the science and technology which underpins these activities.
  • Safety, health, environmental and quality issues related to the specific work context.
  • Understanding and working with the policies, rules and procedures related to the specific work context, contracts, BCE and the relationship between the employer and the employee.
  • Recognising and understanding the purpose, the processes, the materials and the products used within the specific work context, the structure of the workplace, and the purpose of specific departments or sections and the way in which each contributes to the purpose of the organisation.
  • Understanding and explaining the purpose of the company in the context of the industry, sector and economy as a whole.
  • Understanding and explaining the basic principles which underpin business in the manufacturing, engineering and assembly field (concepts of cost, adding value, money value of time, profit and loss, customers).
  • Skills related to, and an understanding of, the options and alternatives in the learning pathway, goal setting, planning work and learning processes, measuring and evaluating progress and outcomes.
  • Understanding financial issues related to pay, tax and deductions including unemployment insurance, pensions or provident funds and other forms of insurance.
  • Many technical and occupational qualifications in engineering and manufacturing at NQF Level 2 assume some learning at NQF Level 1. This qualification formalises those assumptions. In doing so, it provides a range of qualifying learners with access to further learning at NQF Levels 2 and beyond in the fields of manufacturing, engineering and assembly.
Industry: PRODUCTION & MANUFACTURING National Certificate: Metal and Engineering Manufacturing Processes SAQA ID: 79686 NQF Level: 2 Minimum Credits: 130 ETQA: MERSETA (17-QA/ACC/0030/06) This Qualification is for any individual who is, or wishes to be, involved in a metal and engineering manufacturing processes environment. The purpose of the qualification is to provide learners with the standards and the range of learning required to achieve competence in the operation and monitoring of machines in the metal and engineering manufacturing processes industry. This qualification recognises the skills, knowledge and values acquired by learners involved in operating and monitoring manufacturing machinery and assembling components and working in the metal and engineering industry using such processes. The other related and important skills that are recognised in this qualification are reading and interpreting engineering drawings and marking off regular engineering shapes and the use of engineering hand and power tools. This capability requires an understanding of basic quality requirements and monitoring material flow. The Qualification contains all the skills, knowledge, values and attitudes required by a learner who will be working at an entry level in a specific metal and engineering manufacturing processing environment. An individual acquiring this Qualification will be able to contribute to the efficient operation of a number of processes within this sector. Although this qualification is located within the manufacturing environment, it can be used in the production environment in so far as the competencies in the Core component apply to that environment. This is the first Qualification in a series of three metal and engineering manufacturing processes qualifications that range from NQF Level 2 to 4. These qualifications constitute a learning pathway that takes the learners from basic/simple competencies in metal and engineering manufacturing processes at NQF Level 2 to fairly substantial metal and engineering manufacturing processes competencies at NQF Level 4.
Industry: PRODUCTION & MANUFACTURING National Certificate: Metal and Engineering Manufacturing Processes SAQA ID: 79666 NQF Level: 3 Minimum Credits: 142 ETQA: MERSETA (17-QA/ACC/0030/06) This Qualification is for any individual who is, or wishes to be, involved in a metal and engineering manufacturing processes environment. While the National Certificate: Metal and Engineering Manufacturing Processes, NQF Level 2 focussed primarily on the operation of production/manufacturing machinery, this Qualification provides learners with the standards and the range of learning required to achieve competencies primarily in the preparation for and the monitoring and adjusting of production/manufacturing machines in the metal and engineering manufacturing processes industry. This qualification contains the skills, knowledge and values required by learners involved in monitoring and adjusting production or manufacturing machinery and working in the metal and engineering industry using such processes. The other related and important skills that are contained in this qualification are interpreting and producing engineering drawings, performing first line maintenance and handling and caring for materials. While the qualification focuses on the manufacturing context, the competencies in this qualification can also be used by those in the production environment. An individual acquiring this Qualification will be able to contribute towards the efficient operation of a number of processes within the manufacturing and production environments as described in the Core component of the qualification. These competencies will enable the learner to work in different industries within the diverse metal and engineering manufacturing processes sector. This is the second Qualification in a series of three metal and engineering manufacturing processes qualifications that range from NQF Level 2 to 4. These qualifications constitute a learning pathway that takes the learner from basic/simple competencies in metal and engineering manufacturing processes at NQF Level 2 to fairly substantial metal and engineering manufacturing processes competencies at NQF Level 4. This second qualification provides critical competencies for learners who want to follow a career in the metal and engineering manufacturing processes industry. This qualification reflects the skills, knowledge and understanding required to participate effectively in the metal and engineering manufacturing processes industry, whether in micro, small, medium or large operations.
Industry: PRODUCTION & MANUFACTURING FETC: Metal and Engineering Manufacturing Processes SAQA ID: 79687 NQF Level: 4 Minimum Credits: 127 ETQA: MERSETA (17-QA/ACC/0030/06) This Qualification is for any individual who is, or wishes to be, involved in a metal and engineering manufacturing processes environment. While the National Certificate: Metal and Engineering Manufacturing Processes at NQF Level 2 focuses primarily on the operation of production or manufacturing machinery, and the National Certificate: Metal and Engineering Manufacturing Processes at NQF Level 3 focuses on preparation for and the monitoring and adjusting of production or manufacturing machines, this Qualification focuses on the preparation for and the setting-up of production machines within the metal and engineering manufacturing processes industry. The other related and important skills that are recognised in this qualification are interpreting and producing engineering drawings, performing first line maintenance and handling and caring for materials. This qualification recognises the skills, knowledge and values acquired by learners involved in setting-up production or manufacturing machinery and to be able to perform a range of activities and thereby meet the challenges within a specific metal and engineering manufacturing processes environment at this level. While the qualification focuses on the manufacturing context, the competencies in this qualification can also be used by those in the production environment. An individual acquiring this Qualification will be able to contribute towards the efficient operation of a number of processes within the manufacturing and production environments as described in the Core component of the qualification. This is the third and final Qualification in a series of three metal and engineering manufacturing processes qualifications that range from NQF Levels 2 to 4. These qualifications constitute a learning pathway that takes the learners from basic or simple competencies in metal and engineering manufacturing processes at NQF Level 2 to structuring and managing metal and engineering manufacturing processes competencies at NQF Level 4. This Qualification provides critical competencies for learners who want to follow a career in the metal and engineering manufacturing processes industry. It reflects the skills, knowledge and understanding required to participate effectively in the metal and engineering manufacturing processes industry, whether in micro, small, medium or large operations.
Industry: PRODUCTION & MANUFACTURING National Certificate: Production Technology SAQA ID: 58781 NQF Level: 2 Minimum Credits: 125 ETQA: MERSETA (17-QA/ACC/0030/06) This qualification provides learners with the range of learning and skills required to be able to perform a series of activities to support manufacturing, engineering and technology processes. Learners will acquire a range of skills in the identification of production parameters in manufacturing, engineering and technology industries and basic strategies to achieve them. The qualifying learner will be able to:
  • Communicate production and manufacturing related operational information to a variety of end users
  • Optimise organisational structures, functions and processes in order to contribute to achieving production specifications
  • Maintain a safe and healthy work environment through contributions made to production activities individually and in working groups
  • Demonstrate an understanding of production technology practices, terminology and systems as applied in manufacturing, engineering and technology
  • Apply quality standards and procedures in production activities
This qualification is the first qualification in a pathway of three (3) qualifications for learners in the production technology environment. This qualification will facilitate the formalising, recognition and strengthening of a historically neglected discipline that will be able to contribute towards efficient, effective, healthy, safe and productive manufacturing, engineering and technology environments, through encompassing applied knowledge, skills, attitudes and values.
Industry: PRODUCTION & MANUFACTURING National Certificate: Production Technology SAQA ID: 58785 NQF Level: 3 Minimum Credits: 120 ETQA: MERSETA (17-QA/ACC/0030/06) This qualification provides learners with the range of learning and skills required to be able to perform a series of activities to support manufacturing, engineering and technology processes. Learners will acquire a range of skills in the identification of production parameters in manufacturing, engineering and technology industries and basic strategies to achieve them. The qualifying learner will be able to:
  • Perform production maintenance activities and report irregularities within organisational structures.
  • Apply the fundamental concepts, theories and techniques of production systems.
  • Apply the fundamental concepts relating to production planning, scheduling and control.
  • Apply quality control and quality assurance practices for efficient and effective production processes.
  • Communicate effectively as a member of a team.
This qualification is the second qualification in a pathway of three (3) qualifications for learners in the production technology environment.
Industry: PRODUCTION & MANUFACTURING FETC: Production Technology SAQA ID: 58779 NQF Level: 4 Minimum Credits: 143 ETQA: MERSETA (17-QA/ACC/0030/06) The combination of learning outcomes that comprise this qualification will provide the qualifying learner with vocational knowledge and skills appropriate to the context of production technology. This qualification provides learners with the range of learning and skills required to be able to perform a series of activities to support manufacturing, engineering and technology processes. Learners will acquire a range of skills in the identification of production parameters in manufacturing, engineering and technology industries and basic strategies to achieve them. The qualifying learner will be able to:
  • Measure, control and improve factors influencing productivity.
  • Contribute to budgeting processes in an operational unit to optimise resources.
  • Solve operational problems in a production process.
  • Promote, implement and maintain procedures that support quality assurance and control.
This qualification is the third qualification in a pathway of three (3) qualifications for learners in the production technology environment.
Industry: PRODUCTION & MANUFACTURING National Certificate: Metals Production (Engineering & Manufacturing) SAQA ID: 65189 NQF Level: 2 Minimum Credits: 121 ETQA: MERSETA (17-QA/ACC/0030/06) This Qualification is for any individual who is, or wishes to be, involved in a metals production environment. The Qualification contains all the skills, knowledge, values and attitudes required by a learner who needs mainly to be able to perform a range of activities within a specific metals production environment to support a particular process like extracting, melting, refining, casting, rolling, shearing, forging and other metallurgical processes. An individual acquiring this Qualification will be able to contribute towards the smooth and efficient operation of the production processes in the metals production sector. These competencies will enable the learner to work in different industries within the diverse production sector. This is an entry level Qualification - in a series of three qualifications. Typical learners will be persons who are currently working in a metals production environment who have not received any formal recognition for their skills and knowledge or for anyone wishing to follow a career in a ferrous or non-ferrous metals production working environment, in a variety of contexts. In terms of the learning pathway, the Qualification will allow this learner to progress from providing support functions at this level to that of a process operator within a metals production environment by completing the National Certificate: Metals Production at NQF Level 3. At this point s/he would be able to operate a furnace, for example. Subsequently the learner could become a process controller in the same environment by completing the FETC: Metals Production at NQF Level 4.
Industry: PRODUCTION & MANUFACTURING National Certificate: Metals Production (Engineering & Manufacturing) SAQA ID: 64190 NQF Level: 3 Minimum Credits: 122 ETQA: MERSETA (17-QA/ACC/0030/06) This qualification is for any individual who is, or wishes to be, involved in a metals production environment and be able to perform a range of activities to operate and maintain process equipment for a particular process or operation within a specific metals production environment. Such processes or operations will include extracting, melting, refining, casting, rolling, shearing, forging and other metallurgical processes. In general, individuals at this level in the metal production environment will operate a furnace, casting machine or a converter among other process machines or equipment. These are large and complex machines which require training a learner over an extended period of time before s/he acquires sufficient competence to operate them. An individual acquiring this qualification will be able to contribute towards the smooth and efficient operation of the production processes in the metal production sector. The core component contains generic competencies covering, inter alia:
  • Quality procedures.
  • Organisational procedures, health, safety and environmental procedures.
  • Preparation, setting-up and operating process equipment.
  • Performing first line maintenance.
These competencies will enable the learner to work in different industries within the diverse production sector. In terms of the learning pathway, this is the second in a series of three qualifications for anyone wishing to follow a career in a ferrous or non-ferrous metals production working environment, in a variety of contexts. The qualification will allow this learner to progress to the level of a process controller in a metal production environment by completing the National Certificate: Metals Production at NQF Level 4.
Industry: PRODUCTION & MANUFACTURING FETC: Metals Production (Engineering & Manufacturing) SAQA ID: 64209 NQF Level: 4 Minimum Credits: 143 ETQA: MERSETA (17-QA/ACC/0030/06) This qualification is for any individual who is, or wishes to be, involved in a metals production environment and be able to perform a range of activities to control an entire production process within a metal production environment. The individual will operate within a specific metals production environment like melting, refining, casting, rolling, shearing, forging and other metallurgical processes. In general, individuals at this level in the metal production environment will operate in a 'pulpit' from which they have oversight of the entire production process. In the iron and steel sector, for example, they would be found controlling the production process at a blast furnace, or at steel furnace or the production of coils in a hot rolling environment. These processes are large scale operations involving a high level of responsibility. Production errors committed at this level result in huge financial losses and can impact significantly on related processes or activities both upstream and downstream. While in some instances the production process controller will manage other individuals in most instances the controller manages and coordinates the activities of the individuals involved in the production process. An individual acquiring this qualification will be able to contribute towards the smooth and efficient operation of the entire production processes in the metal production sector. The qualification ensures progression of learning, enabling the learner to perform optimally and provides access to a higher qualification within the same or a related sector
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