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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Mechanically cut, drill, punch and assemble fabrication materials using powered machinery 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
12245  Mechanically cut, drill, punch and assemble fabrication materials using powered machinery 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Manufacturing and Assembly Processes 
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 
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 
Performing mechanical cutting, drilling and punching operations using powered machines as used in the engineering fabrication industry.

The skills, values and knowledge reflected in this unit standard are required by people in the field of engineering fabrication, which includes boilermaking, sheetmetal working, welding and vehicle body building. The learning outcomes in this unit standard contribute to the exit level outcomes required for the National Certificate in Fabrication (Light / Heavy) (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. It is one of a series of unit standards for cutting metals in the fabrication field.

The credits allocated to this unit standard assume that a learner has already learned to select, use and care for engineering hand and power tools and mechanically to cut, drill and punch fabrication materials. 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
A general guide to the scope, context conditions, and level at which I am expected to perform.

People credited with this unit standard are able to perform mechanical cutting, drilling and punching operations using powered machines as used in the engineering fabrication industry. Work is performed under minimal supervision. 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Prepare for work activity. 
OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Interpret job instructions and determine sequence of operations
  • Select equipment and lubricants
  • Prepare machines for operation, including routine maintenance and pre-operational checks
    o Select and fit correct tooling
    o Replace worn tooling, if required
  • Set up machines
  • Verify material characteristics
  • Identify potential hazards and take preventative action 
  • OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Material types include low carbon and alloy steels, stainless steels, aluminium alloys and copper alloys
  • Section shapes include sheet materials, plate and structural sections
  • Profile sections include channels, beams, angle sections and bars
  • Material thickness typically ranges from 0.4 to 100mm.
  • Mechanical cutting, drilling and punching machines include guillotines, croppers, cut-off saws, drop saws, punches and notchers, jig saws, band saws, bevellers, nibblers, pedestal drills and punch croppers.
  • Tooling replacements include changing drill bits and replacing punch and dies
  • Power includes electrical, mechanical, pneumatic or hydraulic with control systems being manual or computer operated 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Cut, drilled and punched metals comply with job specifications. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Indicators:

    1. Cut edges conform to job specifications and worksite procedures
    2. Correct machines and tools are selected
    3. Equipment is set up to work safely and without damage to workpiece or equipment
    4. Correct lubricants are selected
    5. Materials are properly prepared for cutting, drilling and punching operations
    6. Blade clearances conform to manufacturer?s technical information
    7. Safe working practices are adhered to
    8. Materials are cut, drilled or punched according to specifications
    9. Non-conformances are identified and reported to appropriate personnel
    10. A clean and tidy work environment is maintained


    Understanding confirmed:

    Explain and discuss
    1. Process of mechanical cutting, drilling and punching
    2. Equipment, functions, parts and set up
    3. Materials - thickness and types
    4. Blade clearances
    5. Lubricants
    6. Cutting, drilling and punching defects
    7. Safety practices
    8. Reporting and documentation 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Perform mechanical cutting, drilling and punching of materials. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Confirm blade clearances to achieve shearing
  • Cut, drill and punch materials to specifications
  • Dispose of waste materials
  • Store reusable material
  • Clean and restore work area 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Cut, drilled and punched metals comply with job specifications. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Indicators:

    1. Cut edges conform to job specifications and worksite procedures
    2. Correct machines and tools are selected
    3. Equipment is set up to work safely and without damage to workpiece or equipment
    4. Correct lubricants are selected
    5. Materials are properly prepared for cutting, drilling and punching operations
    6. Blade clearances conform to manufacturer?s technical information
    7. Safe working practices are adhered to
    8. Materials are cut, drilled or punched according to specifications
    9. Non-conformances are identified and reported to appropriate personnel
    10. A clean and tidy work environment is maintained


    Understanding confirmed:

    Explain and discuss
    1. Process of mechanical cutting, drilling and punching
    2. Equipment, functions, parts and set up
    3. Materials - thickness and types
    4. Blade clearances
    5. Lubricants
    6. Cutting, drilling and punching defects
    7. Safety practices
    8. Reporting and documentation 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Inspect and measure cut materials for compliance to job specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Cut, drilled and punched metals comply with job specifications. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Indicators:

    1. Cut edges conform to job specifications and worksite procedures
    2. Correct machines and tools are selected
    3. Equipment is set up to work safely and without damage to workpiece or equipment
    4. Correct lubricants are selected
    5. Materials are properly prepared for cutting, drilling and punching operations
    6. Blade clearances conform to manufacturer?s technical information
    7. Safe working practices are adhered to
    8. Materials are cut, drilled or punched according to specifications
    9. Non-conformances are identified and reported to appropriate personnel
    10. A clean and tidy work environment is maintained


    Understanding confirmed:

    Explain and discuss
    1. Process of mechanical cutting, drilling and punching
    2. Equipment, functions, parts and set up
    3. Materials - thickness and types
    4. Blade clearances
    5. Lubricants
    6. Cutting, drilling and punching defects
    7. Safety practices
    8. Reporting and documentation 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Identify and report non-conformances to supervisor. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Cut, drilled and punched metals comply with job specifications. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Indicators:

    1. Cut edges conform to job specifications and worksite procedures
    2. Correct machines and tools are selected
    3. Equipment is set up to work safely and without damage to workpiece or equipment
    4. Correct lubricants are selected
    5. Materials are properly prepared for cutting, drilling and punching operations
    6. Blade clearances conform to manufacturer?s technical information
    7. Safe working practices are adhered to
    8. Materials are cut, drilled or punched according to specifications
    9. Non-conformances are identified and reported to appropriate personnel
    10. A clean and tidy work environment is maintained


    Understanding confirmed:

    Explain and discuss
    1. Process of mechanical cutting, drilling and punching
    2. Equipment, functions, parts and set up
    3. Materials - thickness and types
    4. Blade clearances
    5. Lubricants
    6. Cutting, drilling and punching defects
    7. Safety practices
    8. Reporting and documentation 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Record outcomes of work done and provide feedback to appropriate personnel. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Cut, drilled and punched metals comply with job specifications. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Indicators:

    1. Cut edges conform to job specifications and worksite procedures
    2. Correct machines and tools are selected
    3. Equipment is set up to work safely and without damage to workpiece or equipment
    4. Correct lubricants are selected
    5. Materials are properly prepared for cutting, drilling and punching operations
    6. Blade clearances conform to manufacturer?s technical information
    7. Safe working practices are adhered to
    8. Materials are cut, drilled or punched according to specifications
    9. Non-conformances are identified and reported to appropriate personnel
    10. A clean and tidy work environment is maintained


    Understanding confirmed:

    Explain and discuss
    1. Process of mechanical cutting, drilling and punching
    2. Equipment, functions, parts and set up
    3. Materials - thickness and types
    4. Blade clearances
    5. Lubricants
    6. Cutting, drilling and punching defects
    7. Safety practices
    8. Reporting and documentation 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Apply safe working practices and discuss issues related to safety of self, fellow workers, machines. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Apply safe working practices and discuss issues related to safety of self, fellow workers, machines, equipment, materials and the environment. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Safe working practices include use of appropriate personal protective equipment, safe material handling, applicable housekeeping practices and identification and prevention of hazards in the working environment 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Cut, drilled and punched metals comply with job specifications. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Indicators:

    1. Cut edges conform to job specifications and worksite procedures
    2. Correct machines and tools are selected
    3. Equipment is set up to work safely and without damage to workpiece or equipment
    4. Correct lubricants are selected
    5. Materials are properly prepared for cutting, drilling and punching operations
    6. Blade clearances conform to manufacturer?s technical information
    7. Safe working practices are adhered to
    8. Materials are cut, drilled or punched according to specifications
    9. Non-conformances are identified and reported to appropriate personnel
    10. A clean and tidy work environment is maintained


    Understanding confirmed:

    Explain and discuss
    1. Process of mechanical cutting, drilling and punching
    2. Equipment, functions, parts and set up
    3. Materials - thickness and types
    4. Blade clearances
    5. Lubricants
    6. Cutting, drilling and punching defects
    7. Safety practices
    8. Reporting and documentation 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    My assessment will be governed by the policies and guidelines of the MERSETA ETQA, which has the jurisdiction over this field of learning. My assessor will (at the very least) 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 produced outside of 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 
    Names & functions of:
  • Cutting, drilling and punching machines and tools
  • Lubricants
  • Personal protective equipment

    Attributes, descriptions, characteristics & properties:
  • Types of cutting, drilling and punching machines and tools
  • Types of materials
  • Non-conformances
  • Hazards
  • Lubricants

    Purpose of:
  • Dimensional correctness, tolerance and finish conformity
  • Purpose of lubricant
  • Purpose of, and techniques for, treating edges mechanically

    Processes, events, causes and effects, implications:
  • Effect of mechanical cutting processes on material characteristics
  • Process of preparing material prior to cutting

    Procedures and techniques:
  • Set up procedures for mechanical cutting machines
  • Safety procedures
  • Quality procedures
  • Recording and / or reporting procedures

    Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies, standards:
  • Applicable safety, health and environmental protection legislation and standards

    Theory: rules, principles, laws:
  • Applicable basic cutting theory covering properties and characteristics of materials

    Relationships, systems:
  • Relationship of the capacity of machines to material types, thickness and shapes to be cut 


  • Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems:
  • Identify hazards and take preventative action 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work together with others:
  • Contribute to workgroup efforts 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage myself and my activities:
  • Plan sequence of operations based on job instructions and set up equipment appropriately 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information:
  • Inspect cut materials for non-conformance and take appropriate action 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively:
  • Provide feedback on progress to appropriate personnel 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically:
  • Apply principles related to material properties, characteristics and strengths 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems:
  • Relationship between capacity of machines and materials thickness, types and shapes to be cut 

  • REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  58720   National Certificate: Engineering Fabrication  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Core  22870   National Certificate: Engineering Fabrication (light or heavy)  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2007-08-16  MERSETA 


    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. Africa International Training Facilities T/A AITF (BREDELL) (TP) 
    2. ArcelorMittal South Africa Ltd (VANDERBIJLPARK) (TP) 
    3. Bevline Mechanical Projects (Pty) Ltd (PROSPECTON) (TP) 
    4. Blue Horison Properties 53 (Pty) Ltd T/A Durnacol Skills Innovation Hu 
    5. Coastal Kzn F.E.T. College - Swinton Road Campus 
    6. Eastcape Training Centre 
    7. False Bay Public FET College - Westlake Campus 
    8. Gijima AST Holdings (Pty) Ltd T/A Fundi Training Centre (BENONI) (TP) 
    9. Jericho Safety Consultants (Pty) Ltd (TP) 
    10. Majuba FET College - Newcastle Technology Centre 
    11. Mopani South East FET College - Phalaborwa Campus 
    12. Northlink College - Bellville Campus 
    13. SEDIBENG TRAINING CENTRE 
    14. SSS Sheet Metal Work cc T/A Sheetech SA (DURBAN) (TP) 
    15. Steinmuller Africa (Pty) Ltd T/A Steinmuller Technical Training Academ 
    16. THE SAJ COMPETENCY TRAINING INSTITUTE CC 
    17. Umfolozi FET College - Central Office 
    18. West Coast Public FET College - Vredenburg Campus 
    19. Wilbat Projects 148 (Pty) Ltd (ISIPINGO) (TP) 
    20. World Focus 382 cc T/A Richards Bay Technical Training & Assessment Centre (ZCBF) (RICHARDS BAY) (TP) 



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