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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Assemble complex components 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
377080  Assemble complex components 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Manufacturing and Assembly Processes 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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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  20 
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 credited with this standard will have knowledge. This is an important set of competencies for an individual embarking on this qualification.

Learners credited with this standard will be able to:
  • Prepare for work activity.
  • Assemble complex components.
  • Perform finishing activities related to assembled complex product.
  • Perform quality tests and inspections on materials, components and products. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that Learners are competent in Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 2. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    This unit standard involves the assembly of complex electrical components, electrical machine components and sub assemblies, mechanical components. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Prepare for work activity. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Job instructions are interpreted to establish assembly requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Engineering drawings are interpreted to determine sequence of assembly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Area for the assembly is prepared according to standard operating procedure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Materials, components and tools required at the workstation are checked to ensure they meet the quality required. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Machines to be used are inspected and tested to ensure that the assembly process will be efficient. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Assemble complex components. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Assembly of components typically involves building to work orders, low volume runs, long assembly timeframes and complex assemblies. It also includes aspects such as clearances, specifications, mesh, tension, level, alignment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Components for assembly are handled according to standard operating procedure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Components are assembled according to engineering drawings and specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Machines, tools, materials and components are monitored and adjusted to meet assembly requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Monitoring includes checking availability of materials and components.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Assembled products are inspected, adjusted and tested for conformance to specifications and/or customer requirements using appropriate instruments. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Instruments include verniers, micrometers, dial gauges, feeder gauges, straight edge, spirit levels, torque wrenches.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Assembled products are checked against engineering drawings and specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    All defective components are marked or removed from the assembly line as per standard operating procedure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Assembly process cycle time conforms to customer and company requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    All occurrences, activities, adjustments and problems related to the assembly process, materials and assembled products during a shift are recorded as per company procedure. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Activities and adjustments include recording output figures, stoppages, malfunctions.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    Work is performed with due care for self, fellow workers, equipment, materials and the environment. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Perform finishing activities related to assembled complex product. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Assembled product is inspected against engineering drawings and specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Assembled product is packaged and stored as per company requirements or sent to a downstream environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Tools and equipment are cleaned and stored according to specific workplace requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Surplus material is stored according to standard procedure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The implications of incorrect storing of surplus materials, tools and equipment are explained in terms of the impact on health, safety and the environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Scrap material is disposed of according to workplace, health and environmental requirements and the implications of not doing so are discussed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Finishing operations are performed timeously to prevent bottlenecks in the system. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Perform quality tests and inspections on materials, components and products. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The importance of quality is discussed in terms of the cost of non-conformance to quality standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Defective products, materials and components are discussed in terms of their impact on internal and external customers. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Appropriate quality tests and inspections are performed and repeated if necessary to determine the nature of the problem or to obtain the required results. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Quality deviations are dealt with according to standard operating procedure and reported to the appropriate authorities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    All quality deviations and inspections results are documented and reported to appropriate personnel according to company procedure. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    1. 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.

    2. Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.

    3. Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the ETQA policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation.

    4. Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments at exit points of the qualification, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described both in individual unit standards as well as the integrated competence described in the qualification. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    1. Names & functions of:
  • Materials.
  • Components.
  • Completed product.
  • Measuring and testing equipment (electrical and mechanical).
  • Quality terminology and concepts, e.g. non-conformance.
  • Defects.

    2. Attributes, descriptions, characteristics & properties:
  • Types of defects.
  • Types of measurement.

    3. Sensory cues:
  • Cues for different defects (what I see, hear, smell, feel).

    4. Purpose of:
  • Quality checks and procedures.
  • Tests.
  • Reporting incidents and conditions.

    5. Processes, events, causes and effects, implications:
  • Implications of not adhering to company policies and procedures.
  • Causes and responses to common problems.
  • Complex assembly sequence and process.
  • Implications and consequences of situations such as, e.g. using poor quality, damaged or faulty components in an assembly, allowing faulty processes to continue, not responding appropriate to problems in work area.

    6. Procedures and techniques:
  • Reading engineering drawings.
  • Inspection, testing and measuring procedures.
  • Finishing procedures.
  • Communication procedures.
  • Recording and reporting procedures.

    7. Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies, standards:
  • Quality standards and specifications.
  • Applicable safety, health and environmental protection legislation and standards.

    8. Theory: rules, principles, laws:
  • Measuring units.
  • Dimensions.
  • Electrical and mechanical theory related to functioning of assembled product.
  • Applicable concepts of quality control related to this activity.

    9. Relationships, systems:
  • Relationship between customer needs and product specifications. 

  • 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 which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made when:
  • Engaging with assembly-related problems.
  • Inspecting machines, tools, components and equipment.
  • Checking the quality of materials.
  • Identifying and dealing with defective assembled products. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation, community to:
  • Ensure that assembly process continues smoothly and effectively. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsively and effectively when:
  • Assembling complex components.
  • Identifying and dealing with defective assembled products.
  • Performing finishing activities.
  • Performing quality checks. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information to:
  • Interpret engineering drawings.
  • Identify and remove defective assembled products from the production line.
  • Respond to deviations during the assembly process. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation to:
  • Record and report all occurrences, activities, adjustments and problems related to the assembly process, materials and assembled products. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and the health of others by:
  • Using equipment, machines and tools according to manufacturer's instructions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that the problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation when:
  • Engaging with assembly-related problems.
  • Planning the sequence for the production/assembly line. 

  • 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  79666   National Certificate: Metal and Engineering Manufacturing Processes  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  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. BPC HR Solutions (PRETORIA) (TP) 
    2. College of Production Technology 
    3. Izizwe Training Centre (Pty) Ltd T/A Simtech Training (NORTHDENE) (TP) 
    4. Russ Projects T/A Academy Workplace Development (AWD) (HARRIETDALE) (T 
    5. SSS Sheet Metal Work cc T/A Sheetech SA (DURBAN) (TP) 
    6. THE NEW RECLAMATION GROUP (PTY) LTD (Prospecton) (TP) 
    7. Toyota Academy Toyota SA Motors (Pty) Ltd (ISIPINGO) (TP) 
    8. Wilbat Projects 148 (Pty) Ltd (ISIPINGO) (TP) 
    9. WISPECO ALUMINIUM (Alrode)(Project Site NVC)(TP) 



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