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|SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY|
|National Certificate: Autotronics|
|SAQA QUAL ID||QUALIFICATION TITLE|
|78943||National Certificate: Autotronics|
|SGB Manufacturing and Assembly Processes|
|PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY||NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK|
|MERSETA - Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Education and Training Authority||OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework|
|National Certificate||Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology||Manufacturing and Assembly|
|ABET BAND||MINIMUM CREDITS||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||QUAL CLASS|
|Undefined||130||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||Regular-Unit Stds Based|
|REGISTRATION STATUS||SAQA DECISION NUMBER||REGISTRATION START DATE||REGISTRATION END DATE|
|LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT||LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT|
|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 replaces:
|Qual ID||Qualification Title||Pre-2009 NQF Level||NQF Level||Min Credits||Replacement Status|
|22861||National Certificate: Autotronics||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||130||Complete|
|PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION|
This Qualification is for any individual who is, or wishes to be, involved in an autotronics environment. The Qualification contains all the skills, knowledge, values and attitudes required by a learner who needs mainly to be able to perform a range of activities and thereby meet the challenges within a specific autotronics environment at this level. An individual acquiring this Qualification will be able to contribute towards the efficient operation of a number of processes within this sector as described in the Core component of the qualification.
The main competencies in this qualification are:
From the above, it can be seen that the learner acquires high level autotronics competencies with the emphasis being on diagnosing and repairing a variety of complex automobile systems. While there are some management competencies in the Core component of the Qualification, the Elective component contains several Level 5 generic management standards to prepare the learner to operate as a manager within his/her area of responsibility within the industry.
These competencies will enable the learner to work in different industries within the diverse autotronics sector.
The Qualification ensures progression of learning, enabling the learner to perform optimally within the autotronics field of learning and provide access to higher leaerningwithin the same or a related sector. The Qualification will facilitate access to, and mobility within, education and training for learners who:
The Qualification also hopes to:
This is the fourth Qualification in a series of four autotronics qualifications that range from NQF Level 2 to NQF Level 5. These qualifications constitute a learning pathway that takes the learners from basic/simple competencies in autotronics at NQF Level 2 to high level autotronics competencies at NQF Level 5. Typical learners will be persons who have completed the Further Education and Training Certificate: Autotronics who presumably will be currently working in the autotronics environment and who wish to further their career in autotronics.
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 series will reflect the skills, knowledge and understanding required to perform effectively in industry, whether in micro, small, medium or large enterprises.
The autotronics sector falls within the ambit of South Africa's large motor industry. There are huge motor assembly plants in several parts of the country, primarily in the Eastern Cape, Gauteng and KwaZulu Natal provinces. There are also many automotive related sectors like the automotive components manufacturing and assembly industries, automotive sales and service sector, repairs (including panel beating and spray painting) industries. It's a sector that employs a large number of people. Companies and/or industries within this sector operate in a global competitive and challenging environment.
The highly developed autotronics sector is well-established and economically powerful. In terms of transformation in the country, learners will require skills and competencies to gain access to positions within management structures by completing this and other qualifications and training. It will be in the interest of the country and the sector to ensure that those who operate in the autotronics environment are trained according to this Qualification to improve productivity and efficiency.
This national Qualification and its related Unit Standards were developed to standardise the accreditation of learning programmes, resulting in improved quality management in terms of programme delivery.
The National Certificate: Autotronics at NQF Level 5 supports the objectives of the NQF in that it gives the learner access to a registered Qualification. It will ensure that the quality of education and training in the sub-field is enhanced and of a world-class standard. The Qualification will allow learners not only to develop their knowledge and skills in the Autotronics sector but will also enable them to benchmark their competencies against international standards.
|LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING|
|Learners wishing to study towards this Qualification are assumed to be competent in Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 4.
Recognition of Prior Learning:
This Qualification may be achieved in part (or whole) through the recognition of relevant prior knowledge and/or experience. The learner must be able to demonstrate competence in the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes implicit in this Qualification. As part of the provision of recognition of prior learning providers are required to develop a structured means for the assessment of individual learners against the Unit Standards of the Qualification on a case-by-case basis. A range of assessment tools and techniques during formative and summative assessment procedures should be used which have been jointly decided upon by the learner and the assessor. Such procedures, and the assessment of individual cases, are subject to moderation by independent assessors. The same principles that apply to assessment of this Qualification also apply to recognition of prior learning.
Learners may provide evidence of prior learning for which they may receive credit towards the Unit Standards and/or the Qualification by means of portfolios or other forms of appropriate evidence as agreed to between the relevant provider and relevant ETQA or ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA.
Recognition of Prior Learning is particularly important, as there are people in the autotronics sector with a variety of skills and competencies of differing quality and scope. It is important that a Recognition of Prior Learning process be available to assist in making sense of existing competencies and skills, and helping to standardise these competencies and skills towards a common standard.
Access to the Qualification:
There is an open access to this Qualification for learners who have completed the Further Education and Training Certificate: Autotronics.
|RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING?|
|The Qualification consists of a Fundamental, a Core and an Elective Component.
To be awarded the Qualification learners are required to obtain a minimum of 130 credits as detailed below.
|EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES|
|1. Describe, diagnose and repair a range of auto-electrical systems.
> Vehicle stability, traction and drive control (VSTDC).
> Communication and entertainment systems.
> Supplementary restraint systems (SRS).
> Climate control systems.
> Vehicle convenience systems.
> Integrated starter and alternator combination systems (ISAD).
2. Apply mathematical and statistical techniques in a production environment.
3. Conduct on-the-job coaching.
4. Analyse failure of vehicle parts.
5. Apply efficient time management to the work of a department/division/section.
|ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA|
|Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:
> Range: Concepts include qualitative and quantitative analysis/data, methods of sampling, mean, median, range, mode, average and standard deviation.
> Range: Issues include safety in the workplace, production related elements, costing and pricing and related elements, inventory and stock.
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 4:
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 5:
Critical Cross-Field Outcomes
Identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made when:
Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation and community to:
Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsively and effectively when:
Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information to:
Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/ or written presentation to:
Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and the health of others by:
Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation when:
The importance of integrated assessment is to confirm that the learner is able to demonstrate applied competence (practical, foundational and reflexive) and ensure that the purpose of this Qualification is achieved. Both formative and summative assessment methods and strategies are used to ensure that the Exit Level Outcomes and the purpose of the Qualification are achieved through achieving the Unit Standards. Learning, teaching and assessment are inextricably linked.
Learning and assessment should be integrated and assessment practices must be fair, transparent, valid and reliable. A variety of assessment strategies and approaches must be used. This could include tests, assignments, projects, demonstrations and/or any applicable method. Evidence of the acquisition of competencies must be demonstrated through the Unit Standards, which enhance the integration of theory and practice as deemed appropriate at this level.
Formative assessment is an on-going process which is used to assess the efficacy of the teaching and learning process. It is used to plan appropriate learning experiences to meet the learner's needs. Formative assessments can include a mix of simulated and actual (real) practice or authentic settings. Feedback from assessment informs both teaching and learning. If the learner has met the assessment criteria of all the Unit Standards then s/he has achieved the Exit Level Outcomes of the Qualification.
Summative assessment is concerned with the judgement of the learning in relation to the Exit Level Outcomes of the Qualification. Such judgement must include integrated assessment(s) which test the learners' ability to integrate the larger body of knowledge, skills and attitudes, which are represented by the Exit Level Outcomes. Summative assessment can take the form of oral, written and practical examinations as agreed to by the relevant ETQA.
Integrated assessment must be designed to achieve the following:
Assessors and moderators should make use of a range of formative and summative assessment methods. Assessors should assess and give credit for the evidence of learning that has already been acquired through formal, informal and non-formal learning and work experience.
Assessment should ensure that all specific outcomes, embedded knowledge and critical cross-field outcomes are assessed. The assessment of the critical cross-field outcomes should be integrated with the assessment of specific outcomes and embedded knowledge.
|This qualification is part of a series of qualifications in the field of Autotronics and was compared to similar qualifications - some outcomes - based in various countries. The following are the main competencies that constitute this Qualification:
This Qualification was compared to qualifications and short courses in the following countries:
International comparability with the following car manufacturing countries was attempted, with little success, as there was very little or no information available:
There was also a paucity of information on training offered by car manufacturers to their employees; in other words, vehicle or company-specific training. Some information is available on training by car manufacturers, namely, BMW.
Comparability with the following countries was possible and the comparisons are listed below.
The following qualifications and courses are available from various companies in the US.
Universal Technical Institute (UTI) offers one-year qualifications that are specific to car manufacturers. The following is just one example of the many courses that are offered:
Automotive Technology Program (51 Weeks):
You'll gain a solid understanding of automotive mechanics and technology. Our program covers everything from foreign and domestic vehicle technology to power and performance, with Hot Rod U and Super Street sport compact vehicles. Plus, you can choose to add Ford Accelerated Credential Training (FACT) or Toyota Professional Automotive Training (TPAT) to make you even more sought after in the workforce.
UTI instructors are industry pros averaging more than 10 years of practical experience. They're continually updated by the manufacturers to provide you with the very latest in rapidly changing technology.
Understanding technology is vital. But just as important to the learner's success is maintaining a professional image and gaining the vital people skills that are so prized by employers. At UTI, we place a high priority on teaching you these attributes that have become trademarks of our UTI graduates. Successful technicians know that taking care of the customer is just as important as repairing their vehicles.
The short course called Vehicle Vibration and Driveline Service Training is designed by Roadranger Academy (part of Eaton and Dana Holding Corporation) to give a basic understanding of vehicle systems and how they interact with each other to cause common vibration complaints. These systems include the complete drivetrain and the vehicle.
During the classroom portion, technicians will be exposed to the theory of operation and troubleshooting procedures for efficiently correcting vibration complaints. Technicians will be instructed on the calculation of joint working angles.
Technicians will also learn the latest troubleshooting techniques and cover common, everyday experiences in repairing vibration complaints. In addition, the technicians will be exposed to the latest industry diagnostic tools including the (DVA) Driveline Vibration Tool. The class will also include a practical hands-on session.
Mastery Technologies provides training on Vehicle: Automatic Transmissions which brings theory and procedures to life, putting learners one step closer to successful diagnosis and repair of all types of transmissions and transaxles. Automatic transmissions are the focus of this training which features an introduction to drivetrain theory, hydraulic torque multipliers, common automatic transmissions, and hydraulic systems.
Actual automotive technicians, authentic automotive repair shops, and late-model vehicles are used to ensure that information is presented as realistically as possible. Safety is stressed in each lesson, ensuring that proper procedures are followed in the automotive shop.
Anti-Lock Brakes and Traction Control Systems.
This program is part of the following task area(s):
Module 1 - Anti-Lock Brake System Operation:
Module 2 - Anti-Lock Brake System Parts and Repair:
Module 3 - Traction Control Systems:
Module 4 - Skid Control Systems:
AC Delco in the US offers the following training related to traction and stability:
Intended for service technicians, this Web-based training (WBT) provides an introduction to anti-lock braking systems. It is strongly recommended that Brakes 1 S-BK05-01.01WBT be completed previously.
This course will cover the ABS, Traction Control, and Stability Systems used in vehicles. Theory and operation, component overview, component location, and diagnostic information will also be covered. Upon completion of this component technicians will be able to:
The following training programme on automotive climate control has is a Statutory Training Course been taken from Daimler Chrysler.
Repair Technician/System Technician - Comfort and Safety
The participant can:
The participant has successfully completed the CBTs 1290 4001 (Vehicle Climate Control) and 1290 4057 (Climate Control Passenger Cars).
Previous participation in the following basic training courses:
Star Diagnosis Level I (PSD1-LX111) or equivalent, well-founded technical knowledge.
Theory 40%, Practice 60%.
On successful completion, the participant receives a certificate/qualification that certifies legally required professional expertise in working on air conditioning systems and handling of refrigerants. The seminar gives consideration to the new climate protection regulation on chemicals, which must be available in the companies as of July 4, 2010.
Daimler Chrysler also offers courses in Restraint Systems:
PTLP Passenger Cars, Trucks, Vans Pyrotechnical restraint systems.
Repair Technician/System Technician - Comfort and Safety.
The participant can:
Theory 85%, Practice15%.
Handling the pyrotechnical systems and components that are installed in all modern motor vehicles is a very risky business. This is why the legislator requires corresponding proof of expertise for persons who work on these systems.
AC Delco in the US offers the following training related to climate control:
Introduction to Air Conditioning:
This course covers R12 and R134A refrigeration systems, recovery and evacuation procedures, charging, and leak testing. Specific topics include CCOT, VDOT, and TXV systems.
Upon completion of this course technicians will be able to:
AMS Automotive Schools offers the following course:
Electronic equipment installers and repairers for motor vehicles install, diagnose, and repair communication, sound, security, and navigation equipment in motor vehicles. Most installation work involves either new alarm or sound systems. New sound systems vary significantly in cost and complexity of installation. Replacing a head unit (radio) with a new computer disc (CD) player is quite simple, requiring the removal of a few screws and the connection of a few wires. Installing a new sound system with a subwoofer, amplifier, and fuses is far more complicated. Motor vehicle installers and repairers work with an increasingly complex range of electronic equipment, including DVD players, satellite navigation equipment, passive-security tracking systems, and active-security systems.
Sait Polytechnic offers the Business Administration - Automotive Management, which is a two-year diploma. It is Western Canada's only management-oriented training program designed in cooperation with and specifically for the automotive industry. The training will be a combination of business and automotive courses to prepare the learner for numerous positions and a variety of opportunities. This two-year diploma program includes two co-operative work terms which will give the learner the opportunity to gain experience in a paid placement in the automotive industry. This program will also utilize an e-learning (SAIT-issued laptop computer) instructional delivery method. This format offers the combination of classroom instruction and network delivery using WebCT via laptop computers.
Okananga College offers Anti-Lock Brake Systems/Automatic Traction Control (ABS/ATC) Air Brake Diagnostics.
Okanagan College is pleased to offer a program which has been designed to assist commercial transport and heavy duty certified technicians, and/or apprentices, who routinely conduct service, repairs and/or diagnostics on commercial transport trucks and busses equipped with electronic ABS/ATC systems.
An ever-increasing amount of these vehicles on today's highways incorporate on-board computer controlled/electronic ABS/ATC systems, in conjunction with airbrakes, to minimize tire slippage during braking and acceleration.
The program curriculum will cover the theory and operation of the ABS/ATC systems, followed by a practical/shop session. Students will receive instruction on how to systematically diagnose and repair system failures using scanners, laptop computers, multimeters, and self-diagnostic controls. Training will be done on a training aid simulator and live trucks. Students will work with wiring schematics to check for power/ground problems, sensor and actuator problems, and on-board computer programming changes.
This program is offered on evening and weekends at Okanagan College locations throughout the valley. It is offered on an as needed basis.
Among the courses offered by Holland College is one called Automotive Technology which focuses on traction and drivelines. The integrated training model used in this program provides students with a coordinated pathway taking them from pre-apprenticeship training through to a Certificate of Qualification with Red Seal. It includes all aspects of program delivery including 'on campus' training at Holland College and 'in industry' work placements. Under Provincial Legislation, registration as an apprentice working under the guidance of a journey-person or a Certificate of Qualification is compulsory for the trade of Automotive Service Technician.
The Automotive Technology program is designed to allow students to develop a strong skill foundation through classroom, lab and shop learning activities. Through increased focus on employability skills, adjunct studies are an integral part of the program. An automotive technician must be well versed in computers, mathematics, reading and communication skills along with skills specific to the trade.
The Automotive Technology program has attained national accreditation status from the Canadian Automotive Repair and Service Council (CARS) National Accreditation Board, (CNAB). This accreditation is recognized nationally as the benchmark for quality automotive programs.
The State of Manitoba in Canada offers the following course in communication and entertainment systems:
Trade Programs: Recreation Vehicle Service Technician.
What does a Recreation Vehicle Service Technician do?
Recreation vehicle service technicians are trained to inspect, test, replace and service all systems contained within a recreation vehicle, except for its engine and drive train.
Recreation vehicle service technicians have the knowledge, skills and abilities to:
What skills/abilities are required?
A recreational vehicle service technician requires the following:
How long is the apprenticeship program?
The apprenticeship is three years consisting of three levels. Practical and technical training is a minimum of 1600 hours per level. About 80 per cent of the time is spent learning practical on-the-job skills under the supervision of a certified journeyperson and 20 per cent consists of learning the theoretical and technical aspects of the trade through in-school training.
What is taught during in-school/technical training?
Technical training consists of:
What is the supervision ratio?
Trades Qualification: If you are experienced in the trade, but do not hold a Certificate of Qualification, you may become a certified journeyperson based on years of proven industry experience and successful completion of the Red Seal Examination. A Trades Qualification Application and trade specific work experience form must be submitted. Trades professionals whose entrance readiness is less than that required, must take appropriate upgrading.
The "Red Seal" endorsed Certificate of Qualification as a journeyperson in this trade is recognized throughout Canada.
Many colleges and training organisations in the UK offer automotive/auto-electrical training courses. Below are just a few examples.
The anti-lock braking system has evolved over the years and diagnosis and repair is easier than ever before. This comprehensive course offered by Blue Train Technical Training will give the learner the know how to help you diagnose and repair ABS problems.
The course suitable for all technicians, irrespective of experience, would benefit from attending this course.
Introduction to ABS; ABS Modulation Overview; Types of ABS System; Hydraulic modulator; Wheel speed sensors; Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD); Emergency Brake Assist (EBA); TCS Traction Control System; CAN BUS Communication; TCS Principles; Inputs and Outputs; ESP Electronic Stability Program; Steering angle sensors; Yaw /Acceleration Sensors; ESP strategies; Diagnostic; Common faults; Diagnostic and circuit testing; Use of scan tool and Use of oscilloscope.
The Motor Insurance Repair Research Centre, or Thatcham as it is widely known was established in 1969 by British Insurers. The Centre is independently operated with a Board of Directors drawn from more than 30 insurer members who fund our work.
Thatcham offers the following short course:
Mechanical/Electrical Aspects of Body Repair.
The course is intended for Bodyshop technicians involved in all aspects of mechanical, electrical and trim work during automotive repairs. The objectives are to assist engineers and repairers in understanding the many complex systems on today's vehicles by providing an overview of the mechanical aspects of the repair process. All Thatcham courses are certificated with either successfully completed or attended in the text. The certificate issued will be determined by the individual's ability and the final results of any end-of-course test, to ensure the delegate meet the required standard.
Content of the course:
2. SRS deployment criteria and operational principles.
3. ABS/traction control systems.
4. Vehicle electrical systems.
5. Correlation and preparation of repair data/information.
6. Practical use of workshop equipment.
7. Fundamentals of air conditioning.
8. 4 wheel alignment processes and procedures.
9. Overview of LPG.
This course will include practical and classroom sessions.
A company called Blueprint in the UK offers the following short intensive course in automobile air-conditioners, which is part of climate control.
Air Conditioning and Refrigerant Handling Certificate.
This course is designed to give the technician a sound understanding of air conditioning systems fitted to vehicles and the skills to test and diagnose problems associated with them. It also includes practical and knowledge assessments.
On successful completion the learner will gain a DEFRA approved Qualification which meets requirements EC307/2008.
New legislation and how it affects you and your business; the features and benefits of air conditioning; fundamentals of air conditioning system operation; system types; compressors; condensers; system regulation; receiver/accumulator driers; evaporators; identification, function and layout of components including simple electronic control; performance testing; practical training of recycling equipment operation (recovery, recycling, evacuation, recharging, reclamation); lubricants and oil refilling; leak detection (including Oxygen-Free Nitrogen testing); refrigerant Identification; interpreting the pressure gauges; identifying common faults; he healthy and safe handling of refrigerants including containment and the minimising of emissions; practical and underpinning knowledge assessment - the safe handling of refrigerant gases to the DEFRA approved IMI A/C ATA refrigerant handling standard (Institute of the Motor Industry).
Blueprint Technical Training in the UK also offers training in Supplementary Restraint System (SRS).
SRS problems can be elusive and testing can be hazardous. This comprehensive course will give you the knowhow and skills to diagnose SRS faults and safe techniques for working on them without it all going off in your face!
All technicians would benefit from attending this course. It is orientated towards technicians who have a good understanding of electronic control theory but this is not essential.
The need for Supplementary Restraint Systems; Basic System Operation; Health and Safety; System Types; General operating principle; ECU/ safing sensor; Crash sensors; Air Bag construction; System Layout; Components; Driver's Bag; Passenger protection; Occupancy recognition; Seat position sensors; Curtain Bags; Side impact bags; Knee bags; Seat Belt Pre-tensioners; Rotary couplings; Anti-Submarine seats; Dynamic Headrests; Roll Over protection; Diagnostics of SRS; Common SRS faults; SRS load simulation techniques; Safe circuit testing; Airbag deployment and disposal and Future development.
Thatcham also offer a course on Airbag and Restraint Systems for Bodyshop technicians who have little or no experience with SRS systems. The objectives are to provide technicians with the appropriate knowledge in SRS systems and working practice which will assist them in their day to day activities. The certificate issued will be determined by the individual's ability and the final results of any end-of-course test and to ensure the delegate meets the required standard.
Content of the course:
Certificate: Vehicle Electrics - Electrical Principles and Circuit Testing Techniques (EMI) (AK Training (Motor Industry Professional Training and Development), Buckingham).
This course involves the learning of installation of in car entertainment electronic devices and electronic gadgets.
There is a paucity of information on autotronics. Renault, the French car manufacturer opened a new dealer network training academy outside Paris in 2006.
Its goal is to reorganise the automaker's training system and reinforce professionalism amongst employees. The Renault Academy was created to harmonise training policy for the automaker worldwide by offering a single course catalogue for all sales and service network functions.
It also develops body shop and mechanical workshop training for mechanics, electrical mechanics, cotechs (technical coordinators) and cartechs (body shop technicians). Renault claims to have created a breakthrough in training programme implementation by developing new computer tools for e-learning.
In the general area of 'mechanics', for example, programmes are offered for mechanics, electrical mechanics and cotechs. The electrical mechanic is in charge of performing routine diagnoses so that the cotech can concentrate on more complex or infrequent repairs. The electrical mechanic receives the same training as technicians/sub-dealers. However, the cotech, or technical coordinator, remains the only person in direct contact with the carmaker and the technical assistance platforms. The 2005 selectivity criteria for the new European regulation stipulate that there must be two electrical mechanics for every seven technicians within the dealer network.
This qualification could possibly match some of the competencies acquired by the cotech.
Autotronics training in India takes places by private providers such as the TechnoLabs. This is a student assistance Technological Company offering its services in the field of hands-on practical training on emerging technologies, development tools and components for self project development and involves assistance in major project development to engineering students.
The company provides hands-on practical training to students through Workshops in college or at Autotronics Labs on cutting edge technologies like Embedded Systems, Robotics, VLSI and Advanced Electronic Circuit Designing.
Autotronics India also offers development kits and robotic components for self-learning and self project development to students. These kits also help students and SMBs (small and medium businesses) to quickly develop their projects using ready to use modules and focus on project requirement without worrying about hardware development.
Autotronics India Techno Labs offers distance learning International Certification Courses for emerging technologies like Embedded Systems, Robotics and Automation, VLSI etc. These courses are innovative and one of the best offered courses in their domain, covering all the industrial requirements.
These courses are the most preferred choice of the engineering students, hobbyists and industry professionals as it gives them hands-on training experience and the knowledge of design and development process unlike any other training courses where they are not exposed to real world problems. These courses are exhaustive and cover the latest technologies in these domains, simultaneously following industrial trends for these technologies.
The Autotronics training program is recognised worldwide. While the Indian programme has a somewhat different emphasis to this Qualification, the competencies - in the technical/engineering aspects - do overlap to a certain extent, especially on aspects of circuitry and emerging technology.
Certificate/course highlights include:
The following qualification is offered at the Otomotif College in Malaysia.
Diploma in Automotive Engineering (DAE) PA8958:
This 2.5 years programme has much in common with the Diploma: Modern Automotive Technology offered at the same institution. It aims to prepare the learner to work in areas of high performance automotive engineering, design and manufacturing. The learner will learn the fundamental aspects of component design, research and development (R & D), product testing, manufacturing and management. This programme will allow interested students to articulate into degree level studies in automotive engineering. The programme is 60% theory and 40% practical orientated.
Internships are a unique feature of this qualification and are built in as a compulsory requirement for students to gain working experience within exciting automotive industry. It gives students the competitive edge in post-qualification employment. Students will also gain a strong foundation in business management and up-to-date knowledge on automotive retail operations. They will also be familiarized with the latest technologies associated with modern automobiles.
Diploma in Automotive Business Management (DABM) PA7725
This 2.5 years' programme is designed to develop dynamic, creative and innovative professionals for the automotive retail industry. The learner will learn the general principles of management, marketing, finance and operational aspects of a business with an automotive specialisation.
Graduates with this diploma will be able to pursue degree level qualifications in several business disciplines such as international business, marketing and business administration.
Automotive Dealership Management, After-Sales Management, Warranty Management, Spare Parts Management, Service Marketing, Motor Vehicle Insurance, Customer Service Operations, Vehicle Sales Operations, Fleet Management, Car Rental/Leasing, Own Business.
The following qualification is registered on the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NQZA):
National Certificate in Motor Industry (Advanced Technical) (Level 5) with strands in Automotive Electrical and Mechanical, and Collision Repair.
All the standards listed below are required:
Automotive Electrical and Mechanical strand:
Demonstrate knowledge of, and carry out, automotive failure analysis on systems and components.
Domain: Automotive Electrical and Electronics:
Domain: Vehicle Braking Systems:
Domain: Automotive Electrical and Electronics:
Describe removal and installation of body components in terms of electronic integrity of vehicles.
Diploma of Automotive Technology:
This qualification concentrates on the acquisition of skills and knowledge in current technology which is advancing at an exceptional rate in modern vehicles. This qualification is most suitable for those working within the industry at the forefront of the implementation of these technologies.
Because technology is increasing at an exponential rate and to ensure relevance of the technical units and the competence based on these units, industry recommends that this qualification be completed within a specified time, perhaps 5 years. Such a requirement would maximise the use and integrity of this qualification.
12 units of competence from the Technical Inventory which must include:
Develop and document specifications and procedures.
Another qualification offered in Australia at Level 5 is the following:
Diploma of Automotive Management:
29 units of competence at levels 3, 4 or 5 are required to complete this qualification within the specific requirements as set out below:
The following three units of competence are compulsory:
26 units of competence at levels 3, 4 or 5 including:
The following qualification was found in Singapore:
Nitec in Automotive Technology - Light Vehicles offered by the Ite College East.
Course description: This specialisation provides students with the skills and knowledge to troubleshoot, service, repair and maintain light vehicles such as passenger cars, vans, sport utility vehicles and multi-purpose vehicles.
The course includes the following modules:
Core Modules (25 credits):
Eastern Europa Countries
Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, France and Poland:
Autotronics is a blended learning service enhancing automotive and electronics competencies for car garages and mechanics with Europe-wide accepted certificates. The service will address the current and anticipated skill shortages of car mechanics and employees in car garages. It will offer specifically blended learning courses tailored to the needs of small and medium sized car garages and car mechanics.
In June 2006, under the lead of Karlsruhe-based INGENATIC and the European TÜV group a European consortium of leading players in the automotive qualification market has joined forces to roll-out a certification program for automotive service personnel. Participants in this consortium are Autoform in Belgium, the Grande Ecole ENSMM in France, Technical University Sofia in Bulgaria and Zespol in Poland. TÜV Academy will be present with entities in Germany, Poland and Bulgaria. The consortium focus on a personnel certification in the fields of IT-based and electronic sub-systems in the cars such as Onboard Diagnosis, comfort and security systems, bus systems such as CAN or LIN or Teleservice concepts.
A blended supply concept of web-based administration and e-Learning, training at various training locations and the interfacing between real cars and virtual learning environment creates a didactic value chain which makes the new automotive technology accessible in minimal time. The curriculum was developed by ENSMM, one of top private universities in France known for its long history of research cooperation with the automotive industry.
The trained persons will hence gain the acquired new competences with a certificate by the automotive world's most renowned certifier. With Autoform, Zespol and TU Sofia, the consortium gained strong national players in technical qualification as pilot partners. The 3 institutions will be interacting with the learners, taking care of in-person seminars and practical workshops.
Training at BMW:
The training outlined below could perhaps take place at Level 5.
In 1996, BMW of North America established the Service Technician Education Program (STEP) to address the need for new technicians at BMW dealerships in North America. STEP is a scholarship that is awarded to top graduates of automotive post secondary schools. Each year STEP graduates over 300 highly skilled technicians from the most respected and intense training program of its kind in the world.
The BMW Group STEP Experience:
STEP, the BMW Service Technician Education Programs of the BMW Group are all prestigious training opportunities available to the top performing graduates of the country's best post secondary transportation industry technical schools. The purpose of the program is to develop the highest quality service technician apprentices for employment at BMW Group Centers/Dealers in North America by identifying highly motivated people who show a desire to become a BMW Group technician, BMW is convinced that the level of service excellence will be maximized.
As a STEP student, one can expect an unsurpassed technical education and a career opportunity that comes once in a lifetime. All of our STEP graduates have become well-compensated, successful technicians, body and paint specialists, shop foreman, Service Advisors and Managers. On a daily basis, most reflect credit on the program, BMW, and themselves.
None of the SADC countries have their own qualifications relating to Autotronics, but use the British City and Guilds Standards for training learners in the automotive field. Namibia has indicated interest in the South African qualifications and may implement this qualification once it has been registered. Namibia is currently in the process of developing vocational certificates for registration on the Namibia Qualifications Framework. Various initiatives are in place to ensure that their qualifications are in line with the South African Qualifications.
The competencies covered in the National Certificate: Autotronics, Level 5 are either similar to or have some overlap with the qualifications and courses that are offered in countries investigated here. While direct and complete comparisons are rarely possible - given the very different contexts in the countries investigated - there are significant (and sometimes not-so-significant) overlaps between this qualification and those internationally. In some cases, it is difficult to figure out the levels of the international courses and qualifications but the overlap in competencies helped to benchmark this Qualification.
From the US both long courses (51 weeks' duration) and short courses have been cited. The training in this qualification resonates with the training carried out in the US. Of course, while there are many differences between the qualifications in the respective countries, there are overlaps in the competencies. Even short courses offered by car manufacturers like Daimler Chrysler have been included in this exercise.
From Canada both a qualification and short courses have been cited. The Canadian qualification focuses on both automotive and management competencies at this level, with the latter being predominant. Many qualifications and courses from the UK have been cited. The significant part is that the UK courses are taught in other countries in Asia (Malaysia, Singapore and Korea).
There is hardly any information from France. And while there is no direct comparison with any qualifications in France the information on training from Renault, a big car manufacturer, is important. This qualification will compare favourably with the training for the cotech, or technical coordinator at Renault.
There is not much information available from India but the information cited here reflects the training taking place at India's TechnoLabs. The training cited here takes place at Level 5 and has some similarity with the South African Qualification. Two qualifications from Malaysia have been cited. One is more Diploma in Automotive Engineering is highly technical while the Diploma in Automotive Business Management is more orientated towards management in the automotive environment.
This Qualification enjoys closer similarity with the qualifications from New Zealand. The NZ qualification is more technical like this South African Qualification. In the case of Australia the one qualification cited focuses heavily on technology while the other focuses on management with an automotive bias. The Singapore qualification overlaps with this Qualification on key competencies.
While there is no direct comparison with Eastern European countries the information shows the Level 5 training that is envisaged in the partnerships developed.
In-house training courses from some car manufacturer's has also been cited.
On the whole this qualification compares very favourably with international qualifications or courses.
|This Qualification lends itself to both vertical and horizontal articulation possibilities.
Horizontal articulation is possible with the following Qualifications:
Vertical articulation is possible with the following Qualification:
|CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS|
|For an applicant to register as an assessor, the applicant needs:
|As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this qualification was Reregistered in 2012; 2015.|
|This qualification replaces qualification 22861, "National Certificate: Autotronics", Level 5, 130 credits.
|ID||UNIT STANDARD TITLE||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||CREDITS|
|Core||230462||Analyse failure of vehicle parts||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||12|
|Core||15234||Apply efficient time management to the work of a department/division/section||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||4|
|Core||7818||Conduct on-the-job coaching||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||5|
|Core||376620||Diagnose and repair climate control systems||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||10|
|Core||376680||Diagnose and repair communication and entertainment systems||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||12|
|Core||376660||Diagnose and repair supplementary restraint systems (SRS)||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||10|
|Core||376642||Diagnose and repair vehicle convenience systems||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||16|
|Core||376623||Diagnose and repair vehicle stability, traction and drive control (VSTDC) systems||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||16|
|Fundamental||335876||Apply mathematical and statistical techniques in a production environment||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||20|
|Fundamental||115790||Write and present for a wide range of purposes, audiences and contexts||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||5|
|Elective||9405||Analyse work requirements and plan ahead||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||4|
|Elective||252026||Apply a systems approach to decision making||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||6|
|Elective||243267||Apply and continuously improve company policies and procedures||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||10|
|Elective||115821||Apply business financial practices||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||4|
|Elective||252042||Apply the principles of ethics to improve organisational culture||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||5|
|Elective||252037||Build teams to achieve goals and objectives||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||6|
|Elective||252189||Deal with sub standard performance in a team||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||5|
|Elective||252033||Demonstrate ways of dealing with the effects of dread diseases and in particular HIV/AIDS||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||8|
|Elective||12458||Develop the skills of a work team||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||10|
|Elective||376602||Diagnose and repair integrated starter and alternator combination systems (ISAD)||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||8|
|Elective||10066||Establish customer needs and relationships||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||16|
|Elective||9406||Manage a team||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||4|
|Elective||10053||Manage customer requirements and needs and implement action plans||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||8|
|LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION:|
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