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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Diagnose and repair faults on advanced auto electrical circuits 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
260677  Diagnose and repair faults on advanced auto electrical circuits 
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 replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
12227  Trace and repair faults on advanced auto electrical circuits  Level 4  NQF Level 04  16   

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is for people in the automotive engineering industry who are expected to trace and repair advanced auto-electrical circuits on an automobile from circuit diagrams, in accordance with workplace procedures and manufacturer service manuals.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Interpret auto electric circuit diagrams.
  • Select and use test equipment to locate faults on auto electric circuits.
  • Remove and fit components.
  • Complete fault finding reports.

    This unit standard is a core standard in the context of one or more of the following areas of specialisation:
  • Passenger vehicle.
  • Commercial vehicle.
  • Earthmoving equipment.
  • Lift truck.
  • Motor cycle. 

  • 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:
  • The ability to Work safely in an automotive workshop at NQF Level 3.
  • The ability to Trace and repair auto electrical circuit faults at NQF Level 3. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The following scope and context applies to the whole unit standard:
  • The learner should be able to work autonomously.

    Specific range statements are provided in the body of the unit standard where they apply to particular specific outcomes or assessment criteria. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Interpret advanced auto electric circuit diagrams. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Circuit diagrams are confirmed against the specific vehicle or component in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Symbols used are interpreted in accordance with their intended meaning. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Various components are identified from circuit diagrams. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The sequence and structure of the circuit is determined from the circuit diagram. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Locate faults on advanced auto electric circuits. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Suitable tools and equipment are selected and used that enable the task to be carried out. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Faults are identified in accordance with workplace and manufacturer recommended procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Faults are identified within accepted timeframes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The cause of the fault is identified and described in terms of the impact and possible solutions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Remove and fit components. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Safe working practices are observed throughout the task. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Personal safety, safety of others, equipment and vehicle safety.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Suitable tools and equipment are selected and used that enable the task to be carried out. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The component is removed or fitted in accordance with manufacturer specifications. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Complete fault finding documentation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Documentation is completed and processed in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The format of documentation meets organisational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Consequences of not completing relevant documentation are explained in terms of traceability of faults and comebacks. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Documentation is explained in terms of their main functions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Documentation is completed in accordance with agreed timeframes. 


    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.

    The following embedded knowledge is addressed in an integrated way in the unit standard:
  • Workplace procedures.
  • Safe working practices.
  • The use and application of tools and equipment.
  • Interpretation of circuit diagrams.
  • How to locate and interpret manufacturer specifications in a workshop manual.
  • The functions and operation of auto electrical systems.
  • Testing procedures.
  • Fault finding techniques.
  • Applicable safety, health and environmental legislation.
  • Colour coding of conductors. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems:
  • Recognise situations that require action and correct when necessary. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others:
  • When tracing and repairing faults. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage myself and my activities:
  • Apply the correct procedures for using, storing and looking after equipment, tools, test equipment, components and chemicals.
  • Plan and prepare job function activities. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively:
  • Use common names for tools and equipment.
  • Fill in and use fault reports, requisition forms and job cards. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically:
  • When using special tools and equipment.
  • When using electrical technology.
  • Apply Kirchoff`s current and voltage laws. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems:
  • Relate the functioning of automobile electric systems to that of other related electrical systems. 

  • 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 
    This unit standard replaces unit standard 12227, "Trace and repair faults on advanced auto electrical circuits", Level 4, 16 credits. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  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 
    Core  78883   Further Education and Training Certificate: Autotronics  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 


    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. Buscor 
    2. Coastal Kzn F.E.T. College - Swinton Road Campus 
    3. Dawsons Training Academy (Pty) Ltd (DURBAN) (TP) 
    4. DON-DER TRUCK REPAIRS TRUST 
    5. Eastcape Midlands Public FET College - Uitenhage (High Street)Campus 
    6. Ekurhuleni West Public FET College - Germiston Campus 
    7. False Bay Public FET College - Westlake Campus 
    8. Imperial Technical Training Academy (GERMISTON) (TP) 
    9. Imperial Technical Training Academy (WADEVILLE) (TP) 
    10. JMC TECHNICAL TRAINING (Bloemfontein)(TP) 
    11. McCarthy Automotive Artisan Academy (MIDRAND) (TP) 
    12. Mopani South East FET College - Phalaborwa Campus 
    13. Qualitas Training cc (SELBY) (TP) 
    14. SANDVIK MINING & CONSTRUCTION RSA (PTY) LTD 
    15. Toyota Academy Toyota SA Motors (Pty) Ltd (SANDTON) (TP) 
    16. Volkswagen of South Africa (Pty) Ltd - Technical Learning Academy (UIT 



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