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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Produce complex polymer composite products 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
110280  Produce complex polymer composite products 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Plastics Manufacturing 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Manufacturing and Assembly 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03  28 
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 
People in the field of polymer composite fabrication require the skills, values and knowledge reflected in this unit standard. The fabrication of composites requires the combination of two or more different materials to form a product. What makes composites unique is that a composite material is formed at the same time as the structure itself is being fabricated. This means that the person who is making the structure is creating the properties of the resultant composite material, and so the manufacturing processes that are used have an unusually critical part to play in determining the performance of the resultant structure. Composites are not like metals, where a sheet might be made in one factory and shaped into a car roof in another. With composites it all happens at once. The products are often subjected to considerable or sometimes extreme stress when in operation and the manufacturing process needs to be consistent and accurate.

Qualifying learners are able to:
  • Produce complex composite products, making intelligent use of formulation techniques and using a variety of raw materials and fabrication techniques

    The learning outcomes in this unit standard contribute to the exit level outcomes required for the National Certificate in Polymer Composite Fabrication (NQF Level 3) and related qualifications. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    This unit standard has been designed as part of a progression and reflects the second level skill in composites fabrication skill. It is one of a series of unit standards for activities at and above this level. The credits assigned to it are based on the assumption that I am learning what is needed for this unit standard as part of my learning for a range of related unit standards. If I have experience in these related activities but do not have credits for them, I can obtain credits by being assessed through a process that recognises prior learning. If I do not have such experience of related activities, then my learning time will be increased. I can choose to be assessed and obtain credits against those other unit standards as I make progress towards the outcomes of this unit standard. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The ranges as indicated under the specific outcomes determine the scope and level of this unit standard.
    All work is performed autonomously with minimal supervision. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Discuss the role and purpose of various materials in combination. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Discuss the role and purpose of various materials in combination to produce complex composite products. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Resins: polyester, vinyl ester, epoxy, furane, urethane, acrylic, flame retardant
    Additives: accelerators, catalysts, hardeners, fillers, pigments, release agents
    Reinforcements: glass, carbon, aramid, uni/multiaxial, pre-pregs, core materials
    Processes: spray coatings and lay-ups, vacuum infusion, bagging, RTM, autoclaves 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The assessment criteria have been formulated in this way to provide guidance to assessors:
  • for the purposes of integrated assessment
  • to achieve a balance between performing tasks and understanding
  • to focus on the achievement of the purpose of the unit standard 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Store, transport, select and prepare materials for complex composite products. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Measure, calculate, mix, thaw and pre-heat, tailor 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The assessment criteria have been formulated in this way to provide guidance to assessors:
  • for the purposes of integrated assessment
  • to achieve a balance between performing tasks and understanding
  • to focus on the achievement of the purpose of the unit standard 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Prepare mould, set up equipment, fabricate product, assemble and join composites. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The assessment criteria have been formulated in this way to provide guidance to assessors:
  • for the purposes of integrated assessment
  • to achieve a balance between performing tasks and understanding
  • to focus on the achievement of the purpose of the unit standard 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Manufacture simple composite moulds and commission new moulds or tooling. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The assessment criteria have been formulated in this way to provide guidance to assessors:
  • for the purposes of integrated assessment
  • to achieve a balance between performing tasks and understanding
  • to focus on the achievement of the purpose of the unit standard 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Apply release agents, prepare surfaces for repair, complete and finish repair. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The assessment criteria have been formulated in this way to provide guidance to assessors:
  • for the purposes of integrated assessment
  • to achieve a balance between performing tasks and understanding
  • to focus on the achievement of the purpose of the unit standard 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Record data; recognise and report variances. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The assessment criteria have been formulated in this way to provide guidance to assessors:
  • for the purposes of integrated assessment
  • to achieve a balance between performing tasks and understanding
  • to focus on the achievement of the purpose of the unit standard 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 7 
    Complete quality checks, recognise problems and take corrective action. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The assessment criteria have been formulated in this way to provide guidance to assessors:
  • for the purposes of integrated assessment
  • to achieve a balance between performing tasks and understanding
  • to focus on the achievement of the purpose of the unit standard 


  • UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    My assessment will be governed by the policies and guidelines of the MERSETA Education and Training Quality Assurance Body, which has jurisdiction over this field of learning. My assessor will be accredited and have a technical qualification in this learning area.
    I can be assessed in the language of my choice although if I have to report incidents or conditions to someone else, I will be assessed on my ability to report in the language commonly used in my working environment.
    I will be assessed in the workplace but I can submit documents, projects, test results and assignments that were not produced in the workplace.
    I can be assessed against this unit standard to obtain credits or as part of an integrated assessment for a qualification. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    1. Names & functions of:
  • Materials
  • Symbols, abbreviations, conventions
  • Measuring equipment, scales and rulers
  • Specialised materials

    2. Purpose of:
  • Polymeric materials
  • Correct measuring equipment
  • Correct transportation of materials

    3. Attributes, properties characteristics
  • Properties of materials
  • Specialised materials

    4. Sensory cues
  • Smell and feel of properly and improperly cured material

    5. Processes, events, causes and effects, implications:
  • Implications of poor planning
  • Incorrect measurements, weighing and volume
  • Incorrect mixing

    6. Procedures and techniques:
  • Ratios and measuring of material
  • Mixing of materials
  • Fabrication of specialised materials, complex geometries
  • Reporting of problems
  • Recording of data

    7. Theory: rules, principles, laws:
  • Forces, pressure, rheology, temperature (exothermic reactions, activation energy) change of state, wetting, capillary action
  • Principles of polymers, polymerisation and cross-linking reactions: influence of catalysts, accelerators, monomers, inhibitors, diluents, contaminants, temperature and humidity
  • Units of measurement (conversion) and measurement scales
  • Degradation of polymers: heat, chemical, physical, water, ultra violet light

    8. Relationships, systems:
  • Relationship between humidity and temperature and processing times and characteristics 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems
  • Anticipate, identify and respond to fabrication problems 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage myself and my activities
  • Determine job requirements, plan, prepare and perform complex fabrication procedures 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information
  • Interpret specifications and drawings and develop plans to meet the specifications
  • Interpret information obtained from quality checks (eg hardness, mass) 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively
  • Record work done, discuss problems 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically
  • Relate appropriate theory to all aspects of the fabrication process
  • Relate the physical changes to chemical processes 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems
  • Relate the end use requirements to the choice of materials, fabrication methods and quality checks. 

  • 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 
    Results achieved

    1. Fabricated products meet specifications

    Indicators

    1. Products are correctly manufactured in specified time
    2. Correct materials are used
    3. Fabrication process is planned and implemented without delays caused by inadequate preparation
    4. Waste levels are within specified limits
    5. A range of products are produced consistently
    6. Fabrication steps are performed according to standards
    7. Fabrication problems are identified and resolved
    8. Work area is clean and neat
    9. Correct handling and mixing procedures are followed
    10. Safety rules are followed and appropriate safety equipment is used
    11. Problems are identified and reported correctly
    12. Data records are produced accurately and timeously
    13. Repairs are carried out according to specifications

    Understanding confirmed

    Discuss issues and respond to questions relating to:
    1. Identification of materials used in complex processes
    2. Properties of materials in combination
    3. Difficulties associated with materials in combination
    4. The relationship of materials in combination
    5. Handling and application of materials
    6. Reasons for and purpose of procedures 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  36155   National Certificate: Polymer Composite Fabrication  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  50543   National Certificate: Small Craft Construction  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2009-08-31  Was MERSETA until Last Date for Achievement 


    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. Plastics Federation of South Africa (MAITLAND) (TP) 
    2. Plastics Federation of South Africa (MIDRAND) (TP) 
    3. Plastics Federation of South Africa (WESTMEAD) (TP) 



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