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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Solve operating problems using relevant technologies 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
244083  Solve operating problems using relevant technologies 
ORIGINATOR
Chemical Industries SGB 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Engineering and Related Design 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
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 
Learners who demonstrate competence as described in the outcomes of this unit standard will be able to solve operating problems using relevant technologies in an industrial manufacturing environment.

The qualifying learner is able to:
  • Identify variables deviating from the normal operating standards.
  • Establish likely cause of the deviation experienced.
  • Implement corrective action.
  • Evaluate the impact of corrective action. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners accessing this unit standard will have demonstrated competence against mathematical literacy and literacy at NQF Level 1 or equivalent. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The typical context of this unit standard includes any processing environment, for example chemical, minerals or beverage processing.

    Range statements, which are applicable to the Unit Standard title, Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria are found beneath the applicable assessment criteria. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify variables deviating from the normal operating standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Operating conditions are monitored and recorded in accordance with standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Deviations from operating specifications are identified in accordance with standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Extent of deviation is determined and quantified in terms of the normal operating standards. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Quantifying deviations include amount of change and rates of change of the variable(s).
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Determine likely cause of the deviation experienced. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Factors that influence the deviating variable(s) are identified in accordance with specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Factors that cause the deviation include equipment and machinery, process materials, consumables, process conditions, peripheral and external system conditions and human interventions.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Factors are considered to determine the possible causes for the deviation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Cause of deviation from operating norm is identified in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Implement corrective action. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Corrective actions as prescribed by (standard operating) instructions are identified in terms of normal operating standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Chosen corrective actions are implemented in accordance with operational procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Corrective action includes reporting the problem, asking for assistance and making corrective adjustments to equipment and machinery within own level of authority.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Actions are documented in accordance with (standard operating) instructions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Evaluate the impact of corrective action. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Situation is monitored in accordance with operational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Impact of corrective action is compared to expected results. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Further corrective action is taken if the results are unsatisfactory after sufficient time is allowed for actions to take effect. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Appropriate action is taken to ensure the maintenance of changes and safe conditions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Actions are documented in accordance with (standard operating) instructions. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An assessor, accredited with a relevant NQF Level 2 or higher qualification, will assess the learner's competency.
  • Only an assessor with considerable first hand experience in process operations will assess the learner's competency.
  • 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.
  • Direct observation in simulated or actual work conditions is required. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Embedded knowledge is reflected within the assessment criteria of each specific outcome.

    Technology related to the equipment and operation of machinery and equipment:
  • Investigate and quantify operational deviation from the standard.
  • Identify possible causes of the deviation experienced.
  • Establish likely cause of the deviation experienced.
  • Identify possible corrective actions to solve the problem.
  • Implement corrective action.
  • Monitor situation and evaluate against expected results.
  • Implement follow-up activities.

    Purpose and application of equipment used in the process:
  • Investigate and quantify operational deviation from the standard.
  • Identify possible causes of the deviation experienced.
  • Establish likely cause of the deviation experienced.
  • Identify possible corrective actions to solve the problem.
  • Implement corrective action.
  • Monitor situation and evaluate against expected results.
  • Implement follow-up activities.

    Operation of the process and equipment:
  • Investigate and quantify operational deviation from the standard.
  • Identify possible causes of the deviation experienced.
  • Establish likely cause of the deviation experienced.
  • Identify possible corrective actions to solve the problem.
  • Implement corrective action.
  • Monitor situation and evaluate against expected results.
  • Implement follow-up activities. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems in the following areas, which response displays that responsible decisions, using critical and creative thinking, have been made:
  • Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community when:
  • Monitoring and recording operating conditions.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome/s:
  • Identify variables deviating from the normal operating standards.
  • Evaluate the impact of corrective action. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively:
  • Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information:
  • Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively by using mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentations during:
  • Documentation and recording of deviations and corrective actions.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome/s:
  • Identify variables deviating from the normal operating standards.
  • Implement corrective action.
  • Evaluate the impact of corrective action. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others when:
  • Taking corrective actions to ensure impact of changes and safe conditions are maintained.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome/s:
  • Evaluate the impact of corrective action. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem solving contexts do not exist in isolation. This is evident in:
  • Recognising that problem solving contexts do not exist in isolation.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of the society at large. 

    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 
    Supplementary Information:

    Terms and definitions:
  • Deviation: Deviations are variations from a specified value or range of values that remain constant during normal operation.
  • Process and operating specifications: The measurements and indications of all variables monitored during operations including temperatures, pressures, speed, flow rates, power consumption, noise, vibration and visual indicators.
  • Changes: Changes are measurements and indications that may occur suddenly or over a period of time including changes within and beyond the limits specified in the (standard) operating instructions.
  • Standard operating procedures: The documented practice(s) defining the who, what, and when of quality activities.
  • Process: Process means the manufacturing process where a product is manufactured using machinery and equipment with limited guidance or control from the learner. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  58955   National Certificate: Chemical Manufacturing  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CHIETA 
    Core  61929   National Certificate: Pulp and Paper Operations  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  FPMSETA 
    Core  59019   National Certificate: Tissue Conversion  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2015-06-30  FPMSETA 
    Elective  78527   National Certificate: Chemical Operations  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2021-06-30  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. Ehlanzeni TVET College 
    2. LIVINAMIX INVESTMENTS (PTY) LTD 
    3. MPACT 
    4. VEB CELE & Associates (Pty) Ltd 



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