Maintenance of High Speed Production Processes - National Diploma NQF level 5

Qualified maintenance personnel (artisans) in the past had few options in pursuing formal qualifications in their field. They had a choice between becoming technicians or following a general management route.

The purpose of this qualification is to describe the skills and knowledge required in what is becoming a new discipline: the science and technology of maintenance in the context of sophisticated, high-speed production lines.

The increased sophistication is reflected in:
greater automation
integrated lines that combine a range of processing, product handling and packaging operations
combinations of mechanical, electrical and electronic components
integration of measurement, control and communication devices
an in-depth understanding of the production or manufacturing processes and their impact on the maintenance processes.
A failure in any part of the system can have severe implications in terms of reduced output, damage to product, wastage and possible injury. Consequences of such failure can include negative impacts on the health of workers and consumers and on the profitability and reputation of the company.

The process of managing failure has implications for the maintenance of equipment and requires new sets of skills and knowledge, representing a shift away from hand skills to the skills required to analyse data in records and make recommendations, plan and implement specific maintenance programmes and install new or updated equipment.

This and related qualifications will act as a framework for providers, assessors and learners to plan, implement and measure the outcomes of suitable learning programmes, or the recognition of prior learning, in this new discipline.

The specific purpose of the qualification represents the skills, knowledge and understanding required by competent practitioners to:
1. Initiate, implement and oversee engineering and maintenance practices and improvements that:
ensure high-speed production lines operate continuously at optimum efficiency
introduce new technology, equipment and product lines
co-ordinate activities of maintenance staff and contractors

2. Solve problems and provide technical support to the maintenance personnel.
This qualification can be obtained in the context of a variety of manufacturing and packaging operations for fast-moving consumer goods.

This qualification is conceptualised as forming an integrated part of the National Diploma in Maintenance of High-speed Production Processes (Fast-moving Consumer Goods): NQF Level 5.
However, it is also complete in itself and fulfils all the requirements for a National Certificate.

Rationale for the qualification:

There is an increased sophistication in the machinery and equipment used for high-speed production processes. The management of failure in such an environment presents opportunities for qualified artisans to pursue a career in maintenance beyond NQF level 4 or artisan level.
This qualification represents the beginning of a career in the science and technology of maintenance as a discipline. It is a qualification in its own right but it is also designed so that the credits and the exit level outcomes form a part of the National Diploma in Maintenance of High-speed Production Processes (Fast-moving Consumer Goods): NQF Level 5. 

The credits and the related unit standards assume that the learner is either formally qualified or has extensive experience in the installation, repair and maintenance of electrical, mechanical and electronic components and control systems and some experience with instrumentation. If a learner does not have such experience or qualifications, the learning time will be increased.

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