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Plastics Manufacturing

The plastics manufacturing industry is characterized by sophisticated manufacturing processes..

The plastics manufacturing industry is characterized by sophisticated manufacturing processes operating in a competitive and challenging environment. The manufactured products have to respond to a wide variety of exacting customer and consumer requirements. In addition, the industry has to respond to competition from imports, export markets, on-going development of new products as the result of changing customer needs, and environmental issues. This means that people working in the industry require a range of skills and knowledge to help them respond to the exacting quality requirements and ongoing change.
Industry: PLASTICS MANUFACTURING National Certificate: Plastics Manufacturing SAQA ID: 49450 NQF Level: 2 Minimum Credits: 120 ETQA: MERSETA (17-QA/ACC/0030/06) The purpose of the qualification is to provide learners, education and training providers and employers with the standards and the range of learning required to satisfy the challenges of participating effectively in the plastics manufacturing industry. For the new entrant, this qualification describes the learning outcomes (the skills, knowledge and values) required to effectively participate in a structured workplace. This qualification recognises the skills, knowledge and values acquired by learners involved in monitoring high-volume plastics manufacturing processes and working in enterprises which use such processes. The chief skills that are recognised in this qualification are recognising and responding to changes that happen during the production process. This capability requires an understanding of quality requirements and of the conversion process. Hand skills play a small role in this qualification. Qualified learners will also understand:
  • The basics of how a business functions
  • Their role in the business, ie in production and related activities
  • How they are affected by legislation, regulations, agreements and policies related to their particular work environment.
With this understanding, learners will be able to participate in workplace activities. Qualifying learners will also be able to relate what they see and experience to scientific and technological principles and concepts. They will also understand how they should operate within the legislative, safety and quality systems which govern their workplace. What learners achieve in this qualification will also serve as a basis for further learning where they will engage more directly in the production processes.
Industry: PLASTICS MANUFACTURING National Certificate: Plastics Manufacturing SAQA ID: 49449 NQF Level: 3 Minimum Credits: 126 ETQA: MERSETA (17-QA/ACC/0030/06) The purpose of the qualification is to provide learners, education and training providers and employers with the standards and the range of learning required to satisfy the challenges of participating effectively in the plastics manufacturing industry. For the new entrant or for someone changing from another field, this qualification describes the learning outcomes (the skills, knowledge and values) required to effectively participate in a structured workplace. This qualification recognises the skills, knowledge and values acquired by learners involved in controlling operations in plastics manufacturing processes and influencing decisions in enterprises which use such processes. The chief skills required for this qualification are:
  • Understanding and implementing basic approaches to using and looking after machinery and equipment.
  • Understanding and implementing procedures related to various aspects of the production process.
  • Relating principles and concepts to workplace activities, materials and equipment.
Hand skills play a minor role in this qualification. Qualifying learners will also be able to relate what they see and experience to scientific and technological principles and concepts. They will also understand how they should operate within the legislative, safety and quality systems which govern their workplace. The volume production process also includes the regeneration of recycled materials and the manufacture of intermediate products such as sheet, profiles, compounds and master batches. This means that people working in the industry require a range of skills and knowledge to help them respond to the exacting quality requirements and ongoing change. This is the second qualification in a series in a career path involving plastics manufacturing processes. This series of qualifications reflects the skills, knowledge and understanding required to participate effectively in the plastics manufacturing industry, whether in micro, small, medium or large operations.
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