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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Inspect, test and troubleshoot aircraft electrical systems and components 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
115344  Inspect, test and troubleshoot aircraft electrical systems and components 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Aircraft Maintenance and Overhaul 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
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 4  NQF Level 04  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 
People credited with this unit standard are able to test and troubleshoot electrical systems and components of fixed and rotary wing aircraft.

They are able to:
  • Prepare for troubleshooting
  • Test and/or adjust electrical systems
  • Troubleshoot electrical systems 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The credit calculation is based on the assumption that learners are already competent in terms of the following outcomes or areas of learning when starting to learn towards this unit standard:
  • Communications and Mathematical literacy at Level 3, or equivalent competence.
  • In addition learners need to have achieved credit for "Demonstrate knowledge of electrical and electronic components" and "Demonstrate knowledge of electrical safe working practices" or equivalent competence. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • The unit standard applies to electrical systems and components, including all related electrical hardware, on rotary or fixed wing aircraft, including:
    a. AC and/or DC power generation, regulation and distribution systems.
    b. Rotary and static inverters and TR units.
    c. Air cycle air conditioning systems.
    d. Flight and engine control systems.
    e. Ignition and starting systems.
    f. Fire/smoke detection and extinguishing.
    g. Lighting (internal and external).
    h. Master and caution warning systems.
    i. Equipment cooling and ventilation.
    j. Equipment and furnishing.
    k. Position indicating systems.
    l. Fuel storage and distribution.
    m. Landing gear indication and antiskid.
    n. Propeller control systems.
    o. Ice and rain protection.
    p. Waste water.
  • Aircraft main batteries and battery bus ties/interlocks.
  • Troubleshooting includes the use of fault finding charts or similar, to line replacement level.
  • Procedures and requirements refer to industry standard procedures specified by manufacturers, regulatory authorities or the enterprise. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Prepare for troubleshooting. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Relevant maintenance documentation and modification status, including system defect reports, where relevant, are used to identify unserviceable components. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Tools and equipment required are identified and checked to be operational. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    General and specific purpose tools.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Personnel affected by the troubleshooting activities are informed and prepared for the activities in accordance with site procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Test and/or adjust electrical systems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The aircraft and system are prepared in accordance with applicable maintenance manual for the application of power and/or system operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Inspection procedures and specifications are correctly interpreted and applied in practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The electrical system is functionally tested, in accordance with maintenance manual, for evidence of serviceability or malfunction. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    System calibration or adjustments are performed in accordance with maintenance manual, as appropriate. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Housekeeping standards are maintained throughout the procedure and cleanliness of site, equipment and parts complies with site housekeeping standards. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Troubleshoot electrical systems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Available information from maintenance documentation and inspection and test results is used, where necessary, to assist in fault determination. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Maintenance manual fault diagnosis guides and logic processes are used to ensure efficient and accurate troubleshooting. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Specialist advice is obtained, where required, to assist with the troubleshooting process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    System faults are located and the causes of the faults are clearly identified and correctly recorded in maintenance documentation, where required. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Determine rectification requirements. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA by SAQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Essential embedded knowledge will be assessed through assessment of the specific outcomes in terms of the stipulated assessment criteria. Candidates are unlikely to achieve all the specific outcomes, to the standards described in the assessment criteria, without knowledge of the listed embedded knowledge. This means that for the most part, the possession or lack of the knowledge can be directly inferred from the quality of the candidate's performance. Where direct assessment of knowledge is required, assessment criteria have been included in the body of the unit standard. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems and make decisions using critical and creative thinking.
    Note: The ability of the candidate to identify hazardous conditions, assess and take appropriate action. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as members of a team, group, organisation or community.
    Note: The ability and willingness of the candidate to accept and interpret work instructions correctly and to request assistance with making safe in an appropriate manner as a team member. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively.
    Note: The preparation for making safe, the candidate must indicate what tools and personnel protective equipment is required and communicate to fellow workers his/her intentions. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information.
    Note: The ability of the candidate to reconcile the information from the visual examination and constantly evaluate the changing situation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively, using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentations.
    Note: The appropriate communication with the relevant personnel with regard to the reporting of hazards and sub-standard conditions will indicate his/her proficiency in effective communication. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.
    Note: The use of science and technology is not relevant for this unit standard. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation.
    Note: The ability of the candidate to identify hazard conditions. The effect of non-compliance and deviation from power plant procedures will indicate his/her proficiency in understanding that a specific action or decision taken has more than one effect. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    Notes to assessors:

    Assessors should keep the following principles in mind when designing and conducting assessments against this unit standard:
  • Focus the assessment activities on gathering evidence in terms of the main outcome expressed in the title to ensure assessment is integrated rather than fragmented. Remember we want to declare the person competent in terms of the title. Where assessment at title level is unmanageable, then focus assessment around each specific outcome, or groups of specific outcomes.
  • Make sure evidence is gathered across the entire range, wherever it applies. Assessment activities should be as close to the real performance as possible, and where simulations or role-plays are used, there should be supporting evidence to show the candidate is able to perform in the real situation.
  • Do not focus the assessment activities on each assessment criterion. Rather make sure the assessment activities focus on outcomes and are sufficient to enable evidence to be gathered around all the assessment criteria.
  • The assessment criteria provide the specifications against which assessment judgements should be made. In most cases, knowledge can be inferred from the quality of the performances, but in other cases, knowledge and understanding will have to be tested through questioning techniques. Where this is required, there will be assessment criteria to specify the standard required.
  • The task of the assessor is to gather sufficient evidence, of the prescribed type and quality, as specified in this unit standard, that the candidate can achieve the outcomes again and again and again. This means assessors will have to judge how many repeat performances are required before they believe the performance is reproducible.
  • All assessments should be conducted in line with the following well documented principles of assessment: appropriateness, fairness, manageability, integration into work or learning, validity, directness, authenticity, sufficiency, systematicity, openness and consistency.

    The following particular issues should be taken into consideration when assessing against this unit standard:

    All tasks are carried out in accordance with enterprise procedures, the enterprise being the organisation carrying out the work. Enterprise procedures referred to in this unit standard are the applicable procedures found in the following:
  • Enterprise exposition;
  • Manufacturer publications;
  • Government and local body legislation;
  • Airworthiness authority requirements. 

  • 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  48861   National Certificate: Aircraft Maintenance and Overhaul  Level 4  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L4  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2016-12-31  TETA 


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