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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Care for and maintain electrical components of agricultural equipment 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
246771  Care for and maintain electrical components of agricultural equipment 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Secondary Agriculture: Processing 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Secondary Agriculture 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 2  NQF Level 02  10 
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 
The qualifying learner achieving this unit standard will understand the application of DC electrical principles in basic electrics systems and be able to care for and maintain the basic electrical systems of agricultural equipment.

This competence will enable the learner to:
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge and understanding of DC electrical principles.
  • Apply knowledge of basic DC electrics.
  • Conduct basic tests on DC electrical systems.
  • Care for and maintain electrical components.
  • Care for and maintain batteries.
  • Keep the workplace safe and productive.

    This will ensure that tasks related to care and maintenance of electrical components on agricultural equipment are performed in accordance with safe and accepted work practices. This competence will enhance the learner's employability and career options in all occupations where knowledge of basic auto electrics is needed. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    This unit standard has been designed as an introduction to basic auto electrics and does not assume prior learning or experience. The unit standard outcomes and credits are based on the assumption that learners attempting this Unit Standard have demonstrated competence against numeracy and literacy at NQF Level 1. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    These are stated with the relevant specific outcomes. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate a basic knowledge and understanding of DC electrical principles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The principles of DC current flow are explained as applied in electrical components. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Electrical units and symbols are identified and explained as applied in electrical components. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Basic wiring diagrams are read and explained from manufacturer manuals. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The range includes identifying electronic components.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The principles of electrical safety are explained as applied in electrical components. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The range includes, but is not limited to shorts, electrical fire, insulation and conductor capacity.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Apply knowledge of basic DC electrics. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Calculations on voltage, current and resistance are performed and explained as applied in electrical components. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Calculations to determine the required conductor thickness and calculations applying Ohm's law are performed and explained (resistance, volts and amps).
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Factors influencing resistance is explained in terms of material type, length, diameter and temperature. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Conductors are identified according to manufacturer colour code and thickness. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Parallel and series connection of components are explained as applied in electrical components. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Basic electrical circuits are assembled and tested as applied in electrical components. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The range of electrical circuits includes, but is not limited to, a circuit to drive a starter motor and a circuit to charge a battery.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Safety principles in electrical work are applied in accordance with standard workplace instructions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Conduct basic tests on DC electrical systems. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Test equipment includes, but is not limited to:
  • Multi-meter.
  • Test light. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The wiring diagram is identified, selected and interpreted from manufacturer manuals. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Proper working and functionality of the testing equipment is assured prior to conducting the test in terms of standard tests. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Tests are performed on a range of circuits according to safety and workplace procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The range of tests includes, but is not limited to a starting circuit, a lighting circuit and a charging system, systems containing electrical and electronic components.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Test results are recorded and the correct Standard International symbols are used according to workplace procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Care for and maintain electrical components. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A range of auto electrical components are identified and their purposes are explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The range includes, but is not limited to:

    Power sources:
  • Alternator.
  • Generators.
  • Batteries.

    Components:
  • Protection mechanisms (fuses).
  • Switching mechanisms (relays and solenoids):
    > Flashing relay.
    > Solenoid.
    > Switch.
  • Wiring harnesses.
  • Connectors.
  • Globes.
  • Motors.
  • Starter.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Electronic components associated with the electrical systems are identified as instructed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Basic maintenance task are performed as instructed. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The range includes, but is not limited to:
  • Cleaning terminals.
  • Securing connections.
  • Replacing minor components such as fuses, globes, relays.
  • Distributing the correct current to the electrical and electronic components.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Electrical safety protection measures are applied according to workplace procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Care for and maintain batteries. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The construction and operation of a battery is explained in terms of basic components and principles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The proper care for, and maintenance of batteries is explained and demonstrated according to standard practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The condition of a battery is tested and the results recorded according to workplace procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The range of instruments to be used includes, but is not limited to a hydrometer and a load tester.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A battery charger is used according to safety and workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Electrical safety protection measures are applied according to workplace procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Keep the workplace safe and productive. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Occupational safety, health and environmental protection measures are adhered to according to workplace procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The range includes, but is not limited to:
  • Measures to protect the person and other employees from personal injury and health risks (eyes, ears, lungs, feet, body, head).
  • Prevention of contamination of the environment.
  • Use of, and compliance to, warning signs and symbols.
  • Compliance with demarcated areas.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Workshop administration and documentation are completed in accordance with standard workplace instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Housekeeping duties are performed in accordance with standard workplace procedures and safety instructions. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The range of housekeeping procedures includes, but is not limited to:
  • Keeping the work area neat and organised.
  • Disposing of and/or recycling worn spares.
  • Discarding waste and empty containers.
  • Cleaning spillages.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    End of task duties are performed in accordance with standard workplace instructions. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The end of task duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Cleaning of tools and equipment.
  • Reporting unsafe or dysfunctional tools and workshop equipment.
  • Storage of tools and workshop equipment.
  • Storage of unused spares and consumables.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Reporting and decision making is performed in accordance with workplace instructions. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Reporting and decision making includes, but is not limited to:
  • Following the correct channels.
  • Acting within levels of authority.
  • Adhering to delegated decision making powers.

    The end of task duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Cleaning of tools and equipment.
  • The choice of cleaning materials.
  • Inspections for defects.
  • Wear and tear and storage of tools and equipment.
     


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

    The assessment of qualifying learners against this standard should meet the requirements of established principles. Practical assessment activities will be used, which are appropriate to the contents/industry/environment in which qualifying learners are working. These activities will include an appropriate combination of self and peer assessment, practical and oral assessments, observations etc.

    The assessment should ensure that all the specific outcomes, critical cross-field outcomes and essential embedded knowledge are assessed. The specific outcomes must be assessed in their own right, through oral and practical evidence. Assessment by observation only cannot be done.

    The specific outcomes and essential knowledge must be assessed in relation to each other. If a qualifying learner is able to explain the essential embedded knowledge, but is unable to provide evidence of competence in the specific outcomes, then they should be judged as not yet competent. Similarly, if a learner is able to perform specific outcomes, but is unable to explain or justify their performance in terms of the essential embedded knowledge, they should not be judged as competent.

    Evidence of the specified critical cross-field outcomes should be found, both in performance and in the essential embedded knowledge.

    Performance of specific outcomes must actively affirm target groups of qualifying learners, not unfairly discriminate against them. Qualifying learners should be able to justify their performance in terms of these values. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Embedded knowledge is reflected in the assessment criteria for each specific outcome.

    Embedded knowledge includes but is not limited to an understanding of and explanations on:
  • Basic DC electrical principles, Basic electronically principles, Electrical unit and symbols, Electronic unit and symbols, Reading of wiring diagrams, Calculations to determine the required conductor thickness, Calculations applying Ohm's law (resistance, volts and amps), Constructing simple electrical circuits, Basic tests using multi meters and test lights.
  • Different auto electrical and electronic components and their purpose.
  • Care for and maintenance of vehicle batteries.
  • Aspects related to electrical safety. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    The learner is able to identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions, using critical and creative thinking, have been made by:
  • Performing basic diagnostics and fault finding tests on a range of electrical systems. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    The learner is able to work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community by:
  • Adhering to delegated levels of authority when making decisions.
  • Following reporting channels in the workplace.
  • Adhering to workplace policies and procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The learner is able to organise and manage himself and his activities responsibly and effectively by:
  • Performing activities in an organised and structured manner. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    The learner is able to collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information by:
  • Applying knowledge of electricity and electrical systems to perform basic diagnostic and faultfinding tests on electrical systems and components.
  • Applying applicable knowledge of electrical safety to activities. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    The learner is able to communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation by:
  • Reading information on reports and completing standard workplace documents. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    The learner is able to use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others by:
  • Applying health, safety and environmental protection measures when working with and maintaining electrical systems. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    The learner is able to demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by:
  • Understanding the application of basic electrical principles and concepts in every day applications. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    The learner is able to contribute to the full personal development of themselves and the social and economic development of the society at large. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    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
    Core  59099   National Certificate: Agricultural Equipment Service and Repair  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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