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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Set up circular saw blade(s) in machines used for processing timber in lumber mill 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
263724  Set up circular saw blade(s) in machines used for processing timber in lumber mill 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Forestry 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Forestry and Wood Technology 
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 
This Unit Standard will be useful for people wish to complete a NQF Level 2 Learnership in Saw Doctoring.

People credited with this Unit Standard are able to:
  • Set up circular saw blades in a machine used for processing timber in a Lumber Mill.
  • Check the mechanical components and the adjustment, which affect the correct performance of the saw blade in the saw bench.
  • Mount/fit correctly circular saw blade(s) in a saw bench.
  • Monitor the performance of the serviced saw blade in production in the Lumber Mill. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    A Learner who wishes to enter a learning programme for this Unit Standard must be able to demonstrate:
  • Competence in mathematical and communication skills equivalent to NQF Level 1.
  • An understanding of the detail of Saw Doctoring in the Lumber Mill.
  • Knowledge of workplace procedures, health and safety measures, and environmental management principles equivalent to NQF Level 1. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The scope of this Unit Standard covers:
  • The environment including equipment, tools and instruments which can be described as the Saw Doctor Shop of a Lumber Mill.
  • All personnel involved in the activities in the Saw Doctor Shop.
  • All material handled and processed in the Saw Doctor Shop.
  • All the prescribed work place procedures and safety, health and environmental management procedures relating to the Saw Doctor Shop.
  • All the prescribed saw blade maintenance procedures and schedules, equipment, tools and materials used in the Saw Doctor Shop.
  • All the saws, knives and cutters handled and processed in the Saw Doctor Shop.

    The context of this Unit Standard relates to the training of a Learner at NQF Level 3 in Saw Doctoring and specifically to setting up circular saw blades in a machine used for processing timber in a Lumber Mill.

    The Level assigned to this Unit Standard, i.e. NQF Level 3, is appropriate because:
  • For foundational competence the learner has to demonstrate a well developed range of skills and the ability to make comparisons and interpret available information.
  • For practical competence the learner has to show the ability to operate in a number of contexts, some of which may be non-routine, make significant choices from a wide range of procedures and co-ordinate with others.
  • For reflexive competence the learner has to demonstrate the ability to handle significant responsibility for quantity and quality of the learner's own output under general supervision, and possibly that of others.

    The nature of the tasks performed, the scope of learning involved and the required responsibility levels, are consistent with those generally defined for NQF Level 3. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Check the mechanical components and the adjustment that affects the correct performance of the saw blade in the saw bench. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Mechanical make-up of saw blades is described in terms of how the different parts fit together. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Pre-checks on saw blades are conducted to determine faults. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The procedures of checking the mechanical components and adjustments which affect the correct performance of the saw blade in the saw bench is in accordance with company's procedure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Faults/findings are reported according to company's procedure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The necessary adjustments on components are performed to ensure efficiency of the blades. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Mount/fit correctly circular saw blade(s) in a saw bench. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Procedure to be followed in fitting/mounting of a saw blade(s) in a saw bench is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The fitting/mounting of a saw blade(s) in a saw bench is performed according to company's procedure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The correct fitting/mounting of a saw blade(s) in a saw bench assures the correct performance of the saw blade during production. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Monitor the performance of the serviced saw blade in production in the Lumber Mill. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The importance of monitoring performance of serviced saw blade(s) in a production is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Monitoring process is explained in relation to importance of the serviced saw blade(s) in a production in Lumber Mill. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The process of monitoring the performance of the serviced saw blade(s) in production is carried out in accordance to company's procedure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The process of monitoring of performance of the serviced saw blade(s) in production ensures the prescribed achievement of production targets in the Lumber Mill. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An employed individual who wishes to be assessed against this Unit Standard may apply to, or inform, the relevant responsible person in the relevant workplace, to request management to arrange for assessment by the relevant assessor accredited for this purpose by the ETQA of the FIETA. An unemployed Learner must arrange with the training provider for assessment.
  • Anyone assessing a Learner against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor for this purpose by the ETQA.
  • The manner/method and source of providing the learning that will enable compliance with the requirements of this Unit Standard, must be accredited by the ETQA.
  • Moderation of the abovementioned assessment will be performed in the manner and by the moderator/s accredited for this purpose by the ETQA.
  • Assessment can be performed by means of oral testing, written tests and on-the-job observation. Formative assessment can be carried out during and after achievement of each specific outcome, and summative assessment at the conclusion of the training programme for this Unit Standard. Assessment will take place at a venue or workplace designated by the relevant assessor(s). 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The Learner will have acquired the detailed knowledge and understanding of and skills relating to:
  • Set up circular saw blades in a machine used for processing timber in a Lumber Mill.
  • Check the mechanical components and the adjustment, which affect the correct performance of the saw blade in the saw bench.
  • Mount/fit correctly circular saw blade(s) in a saw bench.
  • Monitor the performance of the serviced saw blade in production in the Lumber Mill.
  • Competence in mathematical and communication skills equivalent to NQF Level 2.
  • Competence in work procedures, safety and health measures, and environmental management principles equivalent to NQF Level 2. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
  • Solve problems and take decisions regarding the activities in the Saw Shop.
  • Check the mechanical components and the adjustment, which affect the correct performance of the saw blade in the saw bench. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
  • Work effectively in a team in the Saw Doctor Shop.
  • Mount/fit correctly circular saw blade(s) in a saw bench. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
  • Fitting/Mounting saw blades on saw bench.
  • Carry out the production plan/programme of the Saw Doctor Shop. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
  • Collate and analyze data in the Saw Doctor Shop.
  • Set up circular saw blades in a machine used for processing timber in a Lumber Mill. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
  • Communicate effectively, verbally and in writing with supervisors and other members of a team in the Lumber Mill. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
  • Use saw blades safely. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
  • Assume full responsibility for all the saws, cutters, machines, tools and instruments/gauges used in the Saw Doctor Shop. 

  • 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  66312   National Certificate: Lumber Milling  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  FPMSETA 


    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. MINERAL MINING TRAINING INSTITUTE (PTY) LTD 
    2. VEB CELE & Associates (Pty) Ltd 
    3. York Timbers Pty Ltd 



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