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   OHS 3/1/4/6 DEPARTMENT OF LABOUR OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY ACT, 1993 EXAMINATIONS FOR THE MECHANICAL AND ELECTRICAL ENGINEERS CERTIFICATES OF COMPETENCY (FACTORIES) Revised January 2007 INFORMATION BROCHURE 1. INTRODUCTION 1.1   The following instructions, rules and syllabi for the examinations set by the Commission of Examiners are constituted in terms of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993 and the Regulations concerning the Certificate of Competency, 1990. 1.2   The following Certificates of Competency are issued by the Department of Labour: (a)   Certificate of Competency as Mechanical Engineer (Factories). (b)   Certificate of Competency as Electrical Engineer (Factories). 1.3   Written examinations for each of these certificates are held in June and November by the Department of Education in collaboration with the Commission of Examiners appointed by the Chief Inspector. 1.4   The procedure to be followed in order to acquire a Certificate of Competency is summarised in paragraph 3.  Information Brochure.doc Page 2   2.   QUALYIFING EXAMINATIONS 2.1   To qualify for a Certificate of Competency as Mechanical or Electrical Engineer, the following subjects must be passed by persons accepted as candidates: (a)   Plant Engineering (Factories) (b)   Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993, and the regulations promulgated thereunder. 2.2   To qualify for a Certificate of Competency, candidates must obtain at least 50% of the full marks in each subject stipulated at least in 2.1. Candidates need not pass both subjects at the same examination sitting, but the second subject must be passed within 3 years of passing the first, otherwise both subjects must be re-written. However, if a candidate obtains 75% or more of the full marks in either subject, he will be permanently exempt from re-writing that subject. An appropriate certificate of competency will be issued to candidates who have  passed both subjects. 3.   ACCEPTANCE OF CANDIDATES 3.1 No person shall be allowed to write the qualifying examinations unless accepted as a candidate by the Commission of Examiners. No credit will be given for a pass in the subjects mentioned in 2.1 before acceptance. 3.2 An applicant shall not be accepted as a candidate by the Commission of Examiners unless he has submitted proof that he has reached the age of 23 years, of his sobriety and general good conduct and that he is in possession of one of the following qualifications with appropriate experience in engineering: 3.2.1 A B.Sc. degree in mechanical or electrical engineering recognised by the Commission of Examiners and at least 2 years post graduate experience in the maintenance and operation of mechanical or electrical machinery, as the case may be, which is to the satisfaction of the Commission of Examiners. 3.2.2 A National Higher Diploma (T4) or National Diploma (S4) in mechanical or electrical engineering, (Technikon course) plus at least 2 years subsequent experience in the maintenance and operation of mechanical or electrical machinery, as the case may be, which is to the satisfaction of the Commission of Examiners, and of which at least one year has  been at a factory. The completion of such course shall include passing all the subjects with a mark of as least 50%. Individual Technikons will structure a cirriculum to cover the electrical and mechanical courses according to the requirements of the Plant Engineering Syllabus (Annexure IV (a). The Technikon will subsequently certify that a candidate for the Government Certificate of Competency having followed the Technikon route, has (i)   completed a curriculum which covers the syllabus for Plant Engineering (ii)   acquired a National Higher Diploma (T4) or National Diploma (S4) with a mark per subject of at least 50%; and  Information Brochure.doc Page 3   (iii)   received the necessary practical training, to obtain the National Higher Diploma (T4) or National Diploma (S4). 3.2.3   A National Technical N6 diploma in mechanical or electrical engineering (Technical College Course). The completion of such a course will include passing all the subjects with a mark of at least 50%. A person will also have served an apprenticeship in an appropriate trade and gained experience in the maintenance and operation of mechanical or electrical machinery, as listed in Annxure I. Such experience, of which at least one year has been at a factory, shall be to the satisfaction of the Commission of Examiners. The Department of Education will structure a curriculum to cover the electrical and mechanical course according to the requirements of the Plant Engineering Syllabus Annexure IV (a) and as set out in Annexure III. After completion of the prescribed courses the candidate should have: (i)   completed the curriculum which covers the syllabus for Plant Engineering; and (ii)   acquired a National Technical Certificate with a mark of at least 50% in all the subjects. A candidate who is in possession of the necessary qualifications as listed in Annexure III will be evaluated and accepted accordingly. 3.4 Other qualifications and experience will be considered on merit by the Commission of Examiners Persons who wish to be accepted as candidates and who are in possession of a foreign degree, diploma or certificate in engineering, or who are in possession of engineering qualification other than those mentioned in 3.2, must have such a degree, diploma, certificate or engineering qualification evaluated by the Department of Education, Engineering Field of Study, Private Bag X110, Pretoria, 0001, or who will indicate what additional subjects, if any, must be passed in order to comply with the requirements for acceptance. A request for evaluation must indicate that it is for the Certificate of Competency (M) or (E), and must include a list of the subjects, including marks obtained, which led to the obtaining of the degree, diploma, or certificate. A copy of the evaluation and a certified copy of the degree, diploma or certificate must accompany the application for acceptance as a candidate. NOTE : An evaluation by the Human Science Research Council or South African Qualifications Authority on its own is NOT sufficient. 3.5 A person who has been accepted by the Commission of Examiners as a candidate and did not obtained a Certificate of Competency within seven (7) years from the date of his/her acceptance must re-ply to the Commission for acceptance.  Information Brochure.doc Page 4   4. SYLLABI AND EXAMINATION RULES 4.1 The syllabi for the subjects mentioned in 2.1 are given in Annexure IV and V. 4.2   Plant Engineering is a “closed book” examination. It will consist of both mechanical and electrical questions, with a limited choice of questions. The time allowed for the examination will be 3 hours. Candidates may not use programmable calculators in the examination room. 4.3   The question paper on the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations is a “closed  book” examination. There is no choice of questions and all questions must be answered. The time allocated for the examination is 3 hours. 5. ALTERNATIVE CERTIFICATES AND EXEMPTIONS 5.1 The holder of a Certificate of Competency issued in terms of the Minerals Act of 1991, who wishes to qualify for the equivalent certificate for Factories, shall re-apply for acceptance as a candidate together with proof of at least one year’s appropriate experience in the maintenance and operation of machinery at a factory to the satisfaction of the Commission of Examiners. After acceptance the subject Legal Knowledge (Factories) must passed. 5.2 The holder of a Certificate of Competency as Mechanical Engineer who wishes to qualify for a certificate as an Electrical Engineer shall re-apply. He/she shall produce proof of appropriate experience, which shall be to the satisfaction of the Commission of Examiners. Such experience shall consist of at least 2 years experience in the maintenance and operation of electrical machinery or at least 4 years “mixed” experience the maintenance and operation of both electrical and mechanical machinery, which was gained after the acquisition of the mechanical certificate. The applicant will also be   required to produce  proof of passing the conversion subjects required to cover the syllabus for the Certificate of Competency as Electrical Engineer, with a mark of at least 50%. 5.3 The holder of a Certificate of Competency as an Electrical Engineer who whishes to qualify for a certificate as Mechanical Engineer shall re-apply. He shall produce proof of appropriate experience, which shall be to the satisfaction of the Commission of Examiners. Such experience shall consist of at least 2 years experience in the maintenance and operation of mechanical machinery or at least 4 years “mixed” experience in the maintenance and operation of both mechanical and electrical machinery, which was gained after the acquisition of the electrical certificate. The applicant will also be required to produce proof of passing the conversion subjects required to cover the syllabus for the Certificate of Competency as Mechanical Engineer, with a mark of at least 50%.
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