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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

Occupational Certificate: Diesel Fitter 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
98822  Occupational Certificate: Diesel Fitter 
ORIGINATOR
Development Quality Partner - MERSETA 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
-   OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
Occupational Certificate  Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology  Engineering and Related Design 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  540  Not Applicable  NQF Level 04  Regular-ELOAC 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Registered  SAQA 05113/16  2016-07-28  2019-07-28 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2020-07-28   2023-07-28  

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 does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification. 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
Purpose:
The purpose of this qualification is to equip learners with knowledge and skills that will prepare them to operate as a Diesel Fitter. A qualified learner will be able to:
  • Perform preventative and scheduled maintenance on diesel powered systems.
  • Dismantle, inspect, assess, repair and reassemble diesel powered systems and related system components.
  • Diagnose and repair faults in diesel powered systems and related system components.

    Rationale:
    The Occupational Certificate: Diesel Fitter is designed to provide learners with knowledge and skill that will prepare them to operate as a Diesel Fitter. A Diesel Fitter maintains, tests, repairs and rebuilds diesel motors used for generating power in marine, mining, construction, industrial and rail transport applications. Diesel-powered systems are used by private individuals, private sector businesses, state entities and government departments for a variety of purposes. Many of these systems are stationary applications such as diesel powered generators, compressors, pumps, and refrigeration and construction equipment. Others are found in propulsion systems in non-vehicle applications such as boats, ships and trains. Users of these diesel systems require that they are well-maintained, operate efficiently and conform to Original Equipment Manufacturers' (OEM) standards and specifications. Diesel-powered systems form an essential part of the country's social, economic and infrastructural activities. This means that qualified diesel fitters will be able to find employment in a wide range of end-user contexts. Qualified learners will also find employment in independent workshops providing maintenance and repair services to users of diesel-powered systems, and will be recognised as skilled artisans. This qualification will also enable qualifying learners to keep abreast of on-going technological developments in diesel engines and provide a basis for further career development. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):
    RPL for access to the external integrated summative assessment: Accredited providers and approved workplaces must apply the internal assessment criteria specified in the related curriculum document to establish and confirm prior learning. Accredited providers and workplaces must confirm prior learning by issuing a statement of result or certifying a work experience record.

    RPL for access to the qualification: Accredited providers and approved workplaces may Recognise Prior Learning against the relevant access requirements.

    Entry Requirements:
    The minimum entry requirements for the Occupational Certificate in Diesel Mechanic qualification is NQF Level 1 qualification with a pass in Mathematics. 

    RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    This qualification consists of knowledge, practical skill and work experience modules at NQF Level 2, 3, and 4 totalling 540 Credits.

    Knowledge Modules, 108 Credits:
  • 653304000-KM-01, Workplace Fundamentals, at NQF Level 2, 9 Credits.
  • 653304000-KM-02, Foundational Concepts for Mechanics, at NQF Level 2, 14 Credits.
  • 653304000-KM-03, Vehicle and Equipment Fundamentals, at NQF Level 2, 8 Credits.
  • 653304000-KM-04, Basic Engine Systems, at NQF Level 2, 8 Credits.
  • 653304000-KM-05, Vehicle, Equipment and Propulsion Systems, at NQF Level 3, 13 Credits.
  • 653304000-KM-06, Electrical Systems and Basic Electronic, Hydraulic and Pneumatic Principles, at NQF Level 3, 16 Credits.
  • 653304000-KM-07, Advanced Vehicle and Equipment Systems, at NQF Level 4, 30 Credits.
  • 653304000-KM-08, Problem Solving and Engine Optimisation, at NQF Level 4, 10 Credits.

    Practical Skill Modules, 133 Credits:
  • 653304000-PM-01, Work Safely and Respond to Emergencies, at NQF Level 2, 9 Credits.
  • 653304000-PM-02, Use Tools and Equipment, at NQF Level 2, 20 Credits.
  • 653304000-PM-03, Cut and Join Metals, at NQF Level 2, 5 Credits.
  • 653304000-PM-04, Remove and Install Mechanical Components (gaskets, seals, bearings and locking devices), at NQF Level 2, 6 Credits.
  • 653304000-PM-05, Work with Auto-electric and Auto-electronic Components, at NQF Level 2, 2 Credits.
  • 653304000-PM-06, Work with Fluid Power Components, at NQF Level 2, 2 Credits.
  • 653304000-PM-07, Maintain and Service Diesel Powered Systems and Related System Components, at NQF Level 3, 6 Credits.
  • 653304000-PM-08, Dismantle, Assess and Reassemble Diesel Engines and Engine Sub-assemblies, at NQF Level 3, 31 Credits.
  • 653304000-PM-09, Remove, Test, Repair and Refit Diesel Engines and Engine Sub-system Components, at NQF Level 3, 7 Credits.
  • 653304000-PM-10, Diagnose and Repair Diesel Engine Sub-systems, at NQF Level 4, 9 Credits.
  • 653304000-PM-11, Diagnose and Repair Electrical Systems, at NQF Level 4, 12 Credits.
  • 653304000-PM-12, Diagnose and Repair Electronically Controlled Systems, at NQF Level 4, 24 Credits.

    Work Experience Modules, 299 Credits:
  • 653304000-WM-01, Routine Scheduled Services, at NQF Level 2, 34 Credits.
  • 653304000-WM-02, Removal and Replacement of Engine Sub-systems and Components, at NQF Level 3, 24 Credits.
  • 653304000-WM-03, Engine Removal and Installation Processes, at NQF Level 3, 26 Credits.
  • 653304000-WM-04, Engine Repair and Commission Processes, at NQF Level 3, 61 Credits.
  • 653304000-WM-05, Diagnosis and Repair of Electrical Systems (charging and starting), at NQF Level 4, 26 Credits.
  • 653304000-WM-06, Diagnosis and Repair of Electronic Engine Management Systems, at NQF Level 4, 38 Credits.
  • 653304000-WM-07, Diagnosis and Repair of Engines and Engine Sub-systems, at NQF Level 4, 52 Credits.
  • 653304000-WM-08, Diagnosis and Repair of Fuel Systems, at NQF Level 4, 38 Credits. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Perform preventative and scheduled maintenance on diesel powered systems and related system components.
    2. Dismantle, inspect, assess, repair and assemble diesel powered systems and related system components.
    3. Diagnose and repair faults in diesel powered systems and related system components. 

    ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:
  • The work is systematically planned and the work area is prepared according to task requirements.
  • Technical information is sourced and correctly interpreted.
  • Components are removed, replaced and tested as per the service schedule.
  • The service is performed according to the manufacturer's schedule, specifications and time-frames.
  • The maintenance report accurately reflects the condition of all the required components and systems, including defective components.
  • All activities are performed according to safety and environmental requirements.
  • Workmanship meets industry standards.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:
  • Technical information is sourced and correctly interpreted.
  • Systems and subsystems are removed, disassembled, assessed and repaired or replaced according to applicable standard processes and to the manufacturer's specifications.
  • All waste materials are disposed of and the work area is restored according to health, safety and environmental requirements.
  • All activities are performed according to safety and environmental requirements.
  • Workmanship industry standards is met.

    Associated Assessment Criteria Exit Level Outcome 3:
  • Diagnostic equipment is operated according to the manufacturer's procedures and standards.
  • Diagnostic codes and events are correctly interpreted.
  • Technical information is sourced and correctly interpreted.
  • All faults are diagnosed correctly and within stipulated timeframes.
  • Faults are repaired according to the manufacturer's procedures and specifications.
  • The work area is restored according to health, safety and environmental requirements.
  • All activities are performed according to safety and environmental requirements.

    Integrated Assessment:
    Integrated formative assessment:
    Accredited providers will use the curriculum to guide them on the stipulated internal assessment criteria and weighting. They will also apply the scope of practical skills and applied knowledge as stipulated by the internal assessment criteria. This formative assessment leads to entrance into the integrated external summative assessment.

    Integrated summative assessment:
    An external integrated summative assessment, conducted through the relevant Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) Assessment Quality Partner is required for the issuing of this qualification. The external integrated summative assessment will focus on the Exit Level Outcomes and associated assessment criteria. The external integrated summative assessment will be conducted through a trade test as prescribed under Section 26 D of the Skills Development Act and defined by the Trade Test Regulations. It will be conducted through an evaluation of written and practical tasks covering critical aspects of the trade in a simulated environment at an assessment centre accredited by QCTO and conducted by an assessor registered by the National Artisan Moderation Body (NAMB). The assessment will take place over a minimum of two (2) days. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    British Columbia Institute of Technology:
    The British Columbia Institute of Technology in Canada offers a Certificate in Diesel Engine Mechanic Foundation. This qualification provides learners with the theoretical understanding and practical skills needed to become proficient in basic diesel engine maintenance and overhaul procedures. Learners learn to disassemble, rebuild and reassemble diesel engines; replace working parts; rebuild engine blocks and components; and repair fuel, electrical and engine support systems.

    This qualification compares favourably with the qualification offered by the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Both qualifications focus on training learners and providing them with knowledge and skill to operate, maintain and repair all forms of engine. 

    ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    This qualification articulates vertically and horizontally as follows:

    Horizontal Articulation:
  • Occupational Certificate: Automotive Motor Mechanic, NQF Level 4.
  • Occupational Certificate: Diesel Mechanic, NQF Level 4.
  • Occupational Certificate: Motorcycle Mechanic, NQF Level 4 (to be registered).

    Vertical Articulation:
  • National Certificate: N4 Engineering Studies, NQF Level 5 (ID 66881).
  • Diploma: Diesel Mechanic, NQF Level 5. 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
    N/A 

    CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    N/A 

    NOTES 
    N/A 

    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
     
    NONE 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION: 
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