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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Test a vehicle engine on a dynamometer 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
244165  Test a vehicle engine on a dynamometer 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Vehicle Maintenance 
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 
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 in the field of manufacturing and engineering require the skills, values and knowledge reflected in this unit standard. The learning outcomes in this unit standard also contribute to the exit level outcomes required for various manufacturing and engineering qualifications. The learner is capable of preparing a test cell and to mount, connect and test an engine on a dynamometer and to record and submit the test results. This will contribute to the exit level outcomes required for the National Certificate in automotive repair and maintenance and related qualifications. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
This unit standard has been designed as part of a progression. It is one of a series of unit standards for maintaining vehicles in the field of manufacturing and engineering. It is assumed that the learner has already learned the use of engineering hand tools, workshop equipment, power tools and measuring equipment, and to remove vehicle drive train components. 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
The ranges as indicated under the specific outcomes determine the scope and level of this unit standard.

All work is performed under supervision at regular intervals and according to workplace and workshop manual specifications and occupational safety, health and environmental legislation. 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Read and interpret the job instructions. 
OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Interpret job instructions include obtaining technical data, the identification and selection of tools and equipment and the type of engine.
  • Type of engine includes multiple cylinders and the various configurations for petrol and diesel.
  • Various configurations include flat; straight; in-line and "V". 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The job instructions are interpreted and confirmed in terms of the requirements of the task. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Appropriate tools and equipment are obtained in accordance with the job instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Workshop manuals are selected in accordance with the engine and dynamometer. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The differences in the design of engines and dynamometers are explained in terms of their functions and limitations. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare the test cell, secure and connect engine. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Preparing includes the checking of couplings, fuel quantity, cooling quantity, ventilation, lubricants, probes, cables, hoses, locking and safety devices.
  • Secure and connect engine includes the probes, cables, hoses, locking and safety devices. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The engine and dynamometer are prepared for use in accordance with manufacturer specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The dynamometer is calibrated according to the engine specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The dynamometer is checked for functionality in accordance with workshop safety procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The consequences of using a dynamometer that has not been correctly prepared are explained in terms of the results and potential damage to the engine. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The consequences of not correctly securing and connecting the engine are explained in terms of potential damage and safety hazards. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Test engine, record and submit results. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Test includes to run the engine to specifications and load ranges.
  • Specifications and load ranges include output, torque and horse power (HP).
  • Recording of results include computer print out and/or written reports.
  • Submit reports to relevant department. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The engine is tested in accordance with engine manufacturer specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Load ranges are applied in accordance with engine manufacturer specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The dynamometer is operated in accordance with workplace and manufacturer requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The consequences of using a dynamometer incorrectly are explained in terms of potential damage to the engine and incorrect readings. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Results of the dynamometer test are recorded in accordance with workplace requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Results are distributed and filed in accordance with workplace requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Work is conducted in accordance with flat rate time schedules. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Disconnect and remove engine and restore the test cell. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Remove engine includes disconnect couplings, hoses, cables, locking and safety devices and remove engine with cradle/mounting mechanism.
  • Restore test cell includes the closing of valves, clean tools and equipment and water and/or oil spillage. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The engine is disconnected from the dynamometer in accordance with manufacturer specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    All couplings are disconnected without causing damage to the coupling or the engine. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Tools are used in accordance with their design. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The equipment and test room are restored to a safe and serviceable condition in accordance with workplace requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The consequences of not correctly restoring the workplace to a serviceable condition are explained in terms of potential damage and safety hazards. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Apply safety concepts during dynamometer testing of the engine. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Safe transporting of the engine in and out of the test bay.
  • Wearing of personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Use and disposal of cleaning agents and fluids.
  • Following SHE procedures. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Safety procedures are identified and adhered to during the testing of the engine. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The engine is tested without incident, accident or injury. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    No damage is caused to the dynamometer, engine or tools. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    All repair manual safety warnings and required actions before, during and after the task are adhered to. 


    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 
    Names and functions of:
  • Dynamometer, controls, special tools and equipment.
  • Engine components.

    Attributes, descriptions, characteristics and properties:
  • Type of engine and configuration.
  • Model and serial number.

    Sensory cues:
  • What I see, hear, smell and feel during the process.

    Purpose of:
  • Dynamometer testing the engine.
  • Using product specifications and load ranges.
  • Fluids and additives.
  • Recording and submitting information.

    Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies, standards:
  • Applicable company policies and procedures.
  • Workshop manual procedures.
  • SHE procedures.
  • Quality procedures.

    Theory: rules, principles, laws of:
  • Power.
  • Torque.
  • Rated speed.
  • Horse power.
  • Ratings: DIN and SAE.

    Relationships, systems:
  • Engine output at various speeds and loads in relation to performance. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems:
  • Relating to the dynamometer testing procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others:
  • When interacting with team members and colleagues during the planning, preparation, and completion and reporting phases of the dynamometer testing. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage myself and my activities:
  • When preparing the test cell, the engine and test procedures.
  • When working in accordance with service and flat rate schedules.
  • When managing resources and my time. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively:
  • When completing and processing computer printouts and written reports.
  • When submitting the reports to the relevant department. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically:

    When using special tools and equipment to perform dynamometer testing.
    When using information technology to source technical data and to generate and submit reports. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems:
  • When I can explain and justify my actions and procedures followed.
  • When I can explain the basic interaction of engine components and parts in relation to the operation of the engine. 

  • 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
    Elective  78525   Further Education and Training Certificate: Automotive Repair and Maintenance  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  58539   Further Education and Training Certificate: Automotive Repair and Maintenance  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2009-02-18  Was MERSETA until Last Date for Achievement 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. Coastal Kzn F.E.T. College - Swinton Road Campus 
    2. DON-DER TRUCK REPAIRS TRUST 
    3. Eastcape Midlands Public FET College - Uitenhage (High Street)Campus 
    4. Ekurhuleni West Public FET College - Germiston Campus 
    5. JMC TECHNICAL TRAINING (Bloemfontein)(TP) 



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