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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE: 

National Certificate: Autotronics 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
22858  National Certificate: Autotronics 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Manufacturing and Assembly Processes 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
Was MERSETA until Last Date for Achievement  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National Certificate  Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology  Manufacturing and Assembly 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  128  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered" 
SAQA 0160/05  2006-11-07  2009-11-07 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2010-11-07   2013-11-07  

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 qualification is replaced by: 
Qual ID Qualification Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Min Credits Replacement Status
78944  National Certificate: Autotronics  Level 2  NQF Level 02  127  Complete 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
The purpose of this qualification is to provide learners, education providers, training providers and employers with the standard and range of learning required to work effectively within the autotronics environment and meet the challenges of such an environment.

The primary skills that are recognised by this qualification include the ability to:
  • Use and maintain engineering hand and power tools
  • Perform basic welding functions
  • Remove, fit and service automobile batteries
  • Construct basic auto-electrical circuits
  • Assemble, fit and repair automobile auxiliary harnesses
  • Remove and fit mechanical and electrical automobile components

    These capabilities require an understanding of electrical concepts and related circuit diagrams, concepts of joining materials, use of hand tools and the work and safety procedures associated with working with batteries and auxiliary harnesses. Hand skills play a large role in this qualification.

    Qualifying learners will be able to relate what they see and experience to scientific and technological principles and concepts.

    What learners achieve in this qualification will serve as a basis for further learning where they will engage more directly in the installation, diagnosis and repair of autotronic systems.

    Rationale for the qualification:

    The automobile is subject to ever increasing technological advances. These advances are continuously being incorporated into the electrical systems of automobiles. They represent the integration of mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, electronic and electrical systems and are managed by microelectronic control known as Computer Integrated Auto Management (CIAM) Systems. Consequently, the auto-electrical skills required to maintain such automobiles are changing to incorporate more electronic skills.

    The field of autotronics deals with the installation, diagnosis and repair of CIAM systems. People working in the field of autotronics require specialised technical skills and knowledge and well as highly developed analytical skills to enable them to install, diagnose and repair CIAM systems.

    This is the first qualification in a series for learners who want to follow a career in autotronics.

    This series will reflect the skills, knowledge and understanding required to perform effectively in industry, whether in micro, small, medium or large enterprises.

    For those who have been in the work place for a long time, this qualification represents part of the RPL process that acknowledges workplace skills acquired without the benefit of formal education and training.

    For the new entrant, this qualification recognises the applied competence needed by a productive person in a structured workplace.

    This qualification forms the basis for further learning in the field of autotronics. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    This qualification assumes learners have a GETC at NQF level 1 or equivalent, or alternatively an ABET Level 4 qualification.

    The qualifications must include:
  • Basic concepts of science and technology

    Recognition of prior learning:

    This qualification may be obtained through the process of RPL. The learner should be thoroughly briefed prior to the assessment and support provided to assist in the process of developing a portfolio. While this is primarily a work-based qualification, evidence from other areas of endeavour may be introduced if pertinent to any of the exit level outcomes. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    The qualification is composed of Fundamental, Core and Elective learning components:
  • Fundamental: 36 credits
  • Core: 80 credits
  • Elective: a minimum of 12 credits must be selected from Elective unit standards.
    Total: a minimum of 128 credits 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Demonstrate an understanding of basic hand-skills using engineering hand and power tools and welding/joining equipment to construct simple parts that meet quality requirements, working safely and in an environmentally aware manner.

    2. Demonstrate an understanding of how to remove, fit and service an automobile battery and related components with care, in a safe and environmentally aware manner.

    3. Demonstrate an understanding of electrical concepts and an ability to build basic auto-electrical circuits in a safe and environmentally aware manner.

    4. Demonstrate an understanding of and an ability to assemble, fit and repair automobile auxiliary harnesses in accordance with procedures and instructions.

    5. Demonstrate an understanding of and an ability to remove and fit mechanical and electrical automobile components in a safe environmentally aware manner.

    6. Demonstrate an understanding of and an ability to care for and safely use automobile lifting equipment.

    7. Communicate with peers and members of supervisory/management levels by demonstrating the ability to summarise information and express opinions on given information in spoken and written form.

    8. Demonstrate an understanding of options for further learning in this or a related field of learning and preparation requirements for such learning. 

    ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    1.
  • Appropriate tools and materials are selected.
  • Materials, tools and equipment are correctly stored on completion of work task.
  • Safe working practices are adhered to.
  • Can respond to questions and discuss issues related to the tools and equipment used.

    2.
  • Appropriate tools, personal and automobile protective equipment are correctly chosen and used.
  • Removal and fitting procedures are followed.
  • Appropriate leads and terminals are correctly chosen and used.
  • Safe working practices are adhered to.
  • Relevant documentation is used and completed correctly.
  • Can respond to questions and discuss issues related to automobile batteries and related components.

    3.
  • Auto-electrical circuits are correctly wired and working.
  • Components and conductors are correctly selected.
  • Tools and equipment are correctly selected and used.
  • Safe working practices are adhered to.
  • Can respond to questions and discuss issues related to the construction of auto-electrical circuits.

    4.
  • Harnesses are assembled and fitted correctly.
  • Tools and components are correctly selected and used.
  • Harnesses are correctly routed.
  • Harnesses are tested and repaired.
  • Relevant documentation is used and completed correctly.
  • Can respond to questions and discuss issues related to the assembly, fitting and repair of automobile harnesses.

    5.
  • Automobile components are correctly selected, fitted and removed.
  • Correct tools are selected and used.
  • Automobile components are correctly positioned and fastened.
  • Customer care policies are adhered to.
  • Safe working practices are adhered to.
  • Relevant documentation is used and completed correctly.
  • Can respond to questions and discuss issues related to the removal and fitting of automobile components.

    6.
  • Lifting equipment is correctly selected.
  • Safety inspections are carried out.
  • Any faulty conditions on lifting equipment are reported.
  • Safe working practices are adhered to.
  • Can respond to questions and discuss issues related to automobile lifting equipment.

    7.
  • Communication is regular and ongoing.
  • Information is clear and accurate and conveyed in a timely manner.
  • Relationships with peers and supervisory/management levels are established and functioning.

    8.
  • Options are explained.
  • Preparation requirements are explained.
  • Learning plan is developed.

    Integrated Assessment:

    The integrated assessment must be based on a summative assessment guide. The guide must spell out how the assessor will assess different aspects of the performance and will include:
  • Observing the learner at work (both in primary activities as well as other interactions) or by relevant simulations.
  • Asking questions and initiating short discussions to test understanding.
  • Looking at records, reports and formative assessments.

    The learner may choose in which language s/he wants to be assessed. This should be established as part of a process of preparing the learner for assessment and familiarising the learner with the approach being taken.

    While this is primarily a workplace-based qualification, evidence from other areas of endeavour may be introduced if pertinent to any of the exit level outcomes.

    The assessment process should cover both the explicit tasks required for the qualification as well as the understanding of the concepts and principles that underpin the activities required for autotronics. The assessment process should also establish how the critical outcomes, have been advanced by the learning process. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    As a starting point, the series of qualifications in the field of autotronics of which this qualification forms a part, was compared to other, similar outcomes-based qualifications, certifications or skills standards in Germany and New Zealand. Extensive reference was made to training materials from Germany when constructing these qualifications to ensure the relevance of the qualifications content and to benchmark with best practice world wide. 

    ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    The qualification has been designed and structured so that qualifying learners can move from one context to another. Employers or institutions should be able to evaluate the outcomes of this qualification against the needs of their context and structure top-up learning appropriately.

    Equally holders of other qualifications may be evaluated against this qualification for the purpose of RPL. 

    MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Moderators for the qualification should be qualified and accredited with an appropriate ETQA and have a qualification in engineering.

    To ensure quality of the assessment process the moderation should cover all of the following:
  • Assessor credentials
  • The assessment instrument
  • The assessment process

    Where assessment and moderation are taking place in sectors other than the MERSETA, assessment and moderation should be in terms of a memorandum of understanding negotiated with the MERS ETQA. 

  • CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    The following criteria should be applied by the relevant ETQA:

    1. Appropriate qualifications in the field of engineering- with a minimum of four years experience in the field of autotronics or related field. The subject matter experience of the assessor can be established by recognition of prior learning.
    2. Appropriate experience and understanding of assessment theory processes and practices
    3. Good interpersonal skills and the ability to balance the conflicting requirements of:
  • Maintaining national standards
  • The interest of the learner
  • The need for transformation and redressing the legacies of the past
  • The cultural background and the language of the learner
    4. Registration as an assessor with the MERS ETQA or any other relevant ETQA.
    5. Any other criteria required by the MERS ETQA or any other ETQA. 

  • NOTES 
    This qualification has been replaced by qualification 78944, which is "National Certificate: Autotronics", Level 2, 127 credits. 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  12212  Assemble, fit and repair automobile auxiliary harnesses  Level 2  NQF Level 02  12 
    Core  12211  Build basic auto electrical circuits  Level 2  NQF Level 02  16 
    Core  9880  Perform basic welding/joining of metals  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  12214  Remove and fit automobile mechanical and electrical components  Level 2  NQF Level 02  12 
    Core  12210  Remove, test, fit and service automobile batteries  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  12213  Select and use automobile lifting equipment  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  12216  Select, use and care for engineering hand tools  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  12219  Select, use and care for engineering power tools  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Core  9443  Work safely and use safety equipment  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  8963  Access and use information from texts  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  9009  Apply basic knowledge of statistics and probability to influence the use of data and procedures in order to investigate life related problems  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  12461  Communicate at work  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  7480  Demonstrate understanding of rational and irrational numbers and number systems  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  8962  Maintain and adapt oral communication  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  12444  Measure, estimate and calculate physical quantities and explore, describe and represent geometrical relationships in 2-dimensions in different life or workplace contexts  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  7469  Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal and community life  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  9007  Work with a range of patterns and functions and solve problems  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  8964  Write for a defined context  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  12465  Develop a learning plan and a portfolio for assessment  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  12466  Explain the individual`s role within business  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  9268  Manage basic personal finance  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  12484  Perform basic fire fighting  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  12483  Perform basic first aid  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  12215  Read, interpret and produce basic engineering drawings  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  12463  Understand and deal with HIV/AIDS  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Elective  9322  Work in a team  Level 2  NQF Level 02 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
    When qualifications are replaced, some of their learning programmes are moved to being recorded against the replacement qualifications. If a learning programme appears to be missing from here, please check the replacement.
     
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