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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE: 

Service and repair conventional automobile ignition systems 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
12220  Service and repair conventional automobile ignition systems 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Manufacturing and Assembly Processes 
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 3  NQF Level 03 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered" 
2005-07-19  2008-07-19  SAQA 0160/05 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2009-07-19   2012-07-19  

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 is replaced by: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
376603  Service and repair conventional automobile ignition systems  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The skills, values and knowledge reflected in this unit standard are required for the people in the field of autotronics.

The learning outcomes of this unit standard also contribute to the exit levels outcomes required for the autotronics NQF 3 level qualification.

Qualifying learners are able to service and repair conventional automobile ignition systems from circuit diagrams, per instruction and in accordance to procedures, in a safe and aware manner. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
This unit standard is designed as part of a progression.

The credits allocated to this unit standard assumes that a learner is competent on related unit standards at the previous level. 

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

All work is performed under limited supervision. 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Read, discuss and interpret automobile conventional ignition system circuit diagrams and symbols 
OUTCOME RANGE 
Circuits include four cylinder engines.

Symbols include battery, low and high-tension cables, ignition coil, distributor (breaker points and condenser), spark plug cables, spark plugs, vacuum advance mechanism, ignition switch. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Results achieved:

1. Ignition systems drawings and symbols are correctly interpreted and operation understood
2. Ignition system component function is understood
3. Automobile ignition system are serviced, repaired and functioning to specifications
4. Problems are correctly diagnosed and repaired
5. Relevant documentation is correctly filled in

Indicators:

1. Protective equipment is correctly used
2. Tools are selected and used correctly
3. Safe working practices are adhered to when carrying out activities
4. Test equipment is used correctly
5. Bench testing is carried out correctly (when necessary)
6. Removal and fitting procedures are followed correctly
6. Servicing and testing procedures are carried out correctly
7. Dismantling and assembly procedures are followed correctly
8. Diagnosing is correctly done

Understanding confirmed:

Respond to "what if" and "why" questions covering:
1. Automobile ignition systems
2. Spark plugs
3. Timing
4. Ignition coil
5. Condenser
6. HT leads
7. Vacuum advance system
8. Distributor components
9. Ignition circuit 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Select, explain and discuss the various components used in automobile conventional ignition systems 
OUTCOME RANGE 
Components include battery, low-tension cables, ignition coil, distributor (breaker points and condenser), coil high-tension cable, spark plug cables and spark plugs, ballast resistor, centrifugal advance, vacuum advance mechanism, ignition switch. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Results achieved:

1. Ignition systems drawings and symbols are correctly interpreted and operation understood
2. Ignition system component function is understood
3. Automobile ignition system are serviced, repaired and functioning to specifications
4. Problems are correctly diagnosed and repaired
5. Relevant documentation is correctly filled in

Indicators:

1. Protective equipment is correctly used
2. Tools are selected and used correctly
3. Safe working practices are adhered to when carrying out activities
4. Test equipment is used correctly
5. Bench testing is carried out correctly (when necessary)
6. Removal and fitting procedures are followed correctly
6. Servicing and testing procedures are carried out correctly
7. Dismantling and assembly procedures are followed correctly
8. Diagnosing is correctly done

Understanding confirmed:

Respond to "what if" and "why" questions covering:
1. Automobile ignition systems
2. Spark plugs
3. Timing
4. Ignition coil
5. Condenser
6. HT leads
7. Vacuum advance system
8. Distributor components
9. Ignition circuit 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Remove and fit ignition system components from/to a vehicle using the correct tools 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Results achieved:

1. Ignition systems drawings and symbols are correctly interpreted and operation understood
2. Ignition system component function is understood
3. Automobile ignition system are serviced, repaired and functioning to specifications
4. Problems are correctly diagnosed and repaired
5. Relevant documentation is correctly filled in

Indicators:

1. Protective equipment is correctly used
2. Tools are selected and used correctly
3. Safe working practices are adhered to when carrying out activities
4. Test equipment is used correctly
5. Bench testing is carried out correctly (when necessary)
6. Removal and fitting procedures are followed correctly
6. Servicing and testing procedures are carried out correctly
7. Dismantling and assembly procedures are followed correctly
8. Diagnosing is correctly done

Understanding confirmed:

Respond to "what if" and "why" questions covering:
1. Automobile ignition systems
2. Spark plugs
3. Timing
4. Ignition coil
5. Condenser
6. HT leads
7. Vacuum advance system
8. Distributor components
9. Ignition circuit 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
Service and test ignition system and components 
OUTCOME RANGE 
Test equipment includes ohm-meter, continuity tester, test lamp, feeler gauge, timing light, dwell angle meter.

Service includes spark plug service, distributor service, checking vacuum advance and centrifugal advance.

Testing includes ignition coil testing, capacitor testing, distributor testing, HT lead testing, rotor testing, condenser testing, distributor cap inspection. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Results achieved:

1. Ignition systems drawings and symbols are correctly interpreted and operation understood
2. Ignition system component function is understood
3. Automobile ignition system are serviced, repaired and functioning to specifications
4. Problems are correctly diagnosed and repaired
5. Relevant documentation is correctly filled in

Indicators:

1. Protective equipment is correctly used
2. Tools are selected and used correctly
3. Safe working practices are adhered to when carrying out activities
4. Test equipment is used correctly
5. Bench testing is carried out correctly (when necessary)
6. Removal and fitting procedures are followed correctly
6. Servicing and testing procedures are carried out correctly
7. Dismantling and assembly procedures are followed correctly
8. Diagnosing is correctly done

Understanding confirmed:

Respond to "what if" and "why" questions covering:
1. Automobile ignition systems
2. Spark plugs
3. Timing
4. Ignition coil
5. Condenser
6. HT leads
7. Vacuum advance system
8. Distributor components
9. Ignition circuit 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
Diagnose ignition system problems 
OUTCOME RANGE 
Problems include loss of energy in primary circuit, loss of energy in secondary circuit, faulty timing, faulty components. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Results achieved:

1. Ignition systems drawings and symbols are correctly interpreted and operation understood
2. Ignition system component function is understood
3. Automobile ignition system are serviced, repaired and functioning to specifications
4. Problems are correctly diagnosed and repaired
5. Relevant documentation is correctly filled in

Indicators:

1. Protective equipment is correctly used
2. Tools are selected and used correctly
3. Safe working practices are adhered to when carrying out activities
4. Test equipment is used correctly
5. Bench testing is carried out correctly (when necessary)
6. Removal and fitting procedures are followed correctly
6. Servicing and testing procedures are carried out correctly
7. Dismantling and assembly procedures are followed correctly
8. Diagnosing is correctly done

Understanding confirmed:

Respond to "what if" and "why" questions covering:
1. Automobile ignition systems
2. Spark plugs
3. Timing
4. Ignition coil
5. Condenser
6. HT leads
7. Vacuum advance system
8. Distributor components
9. Ignition circuit 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
Complete fault finding reports and requisition forms 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Results achieved:

1. Ignition systems drawings and symbols are correctly interpreted and operation understood
2. Ignition system component function is understood
3. Automobile ignition system are serviced, repaired and functioning to specifications
4. Problems are correctly diagnosed and repaired
5. Relevant documentation is correctly filled in

Indicators:

1. Protective equipment is correctly used
2. Tools are selected and used correctly
3. Safe working practices are adhered to when carrying out activities
4. Test equipment is used correctly
5. Bench testing is carried out correctly (when necessary)
6. Removal and fitting procedures are followed correctly
6. Servicing and testing procedures are carried out correctly
7. Dismantling and assembly procedures are followed correctly
8. Diagnosing is correctly done

Understanding confirmed:

Respond to "what if" and "why" questions covering:
1. Automobile ignition systems
2. Spark plugs
3. Timing
4. Ignition coil
5. Condenser
6. HT leads
7. Vacuum advance system
8. Distributor components
9. Ignition circuit 


UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
My assessment will be governed by the policies and guidelines of the MERSETA Education and Training Quality Assurer who has jurisdiction over this field of learning. My assessor will (at the very least) be accredited and have a technical qualification in this learning area.

I can be assessed in the language of my choice although if I have to report incidents or conditions to someone else, I will be assessed on my ability to report in the language commonly used in my working environment.

I will be assessed in the workplace but I can submit documents, projects, test results and assignments that were not produced in the workplace.

I can be assessed against this unit standard to obtain credits or as part of an integrated assessment for a qualification. 

UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
1. Names and functions of:
  • Ignition system components
  • Fuel
  • Four stroke engine
    2. Purpose of:
  • Cleaning
  • Using removal and fitting procedures
  • Of ignition system components
  • Of the secondary and primary circuits
  • Of ignition systems
  • Purpose of relevant documentation
    3. Attributes, descriptions, characteristics and properties:
  • Characteristics of an ignition coil
  • Condenser
  • Distributor
  • Spark plugs
  • Four stroke engine and related components
  • Fuel
    4. Sensory cues:
  • Use of sight to visually inspect all ignition system components
    5. Causes and effects, implications of:
  • Implications of not using personal protection
  • Implications of not following procedure
    6. Procedures and techniques:
  • Safety procedures
  • Testing procedures
  • Removal and fitting procedures
  • Vacuum advance setting
  • Setting spark gap
  • Setting timing
  • Firing order
    7. Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies, standards:
  • Related manufacturer's safety standards
  • Applicable safety, health and environmental legislation
    8. Theory: rules, principles, laws:
  • Magnetism
  • Operation of ignition coil
  • Capacitance
  • Operation of condenser
    9. Relationships, systems:
  • Relationship of the battery to that of the ignition system as the power source when starting 


  • 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 determining servicing and repair requirements of ignition systems 

  • 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:
  • Apply electromagnetic induction principles
  • Apply capacitor charging and discharging principles 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems:
  • Relate the use of automobile ignition systems to that of that of other petrol related ignition systems 

  • UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard has been replaced by unit standard 376603, which is "Service and repair conventional automobile ignition systems", Level 3, 6 credits. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  22859   National Certificate: Autotronics  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2009-11-07  Was MERSETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  78524   National Certificate: Automotive Repair and Maintenance  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  58497   National Certificate: Automotive Repair and Maintenance  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2009-02-18  Was MERSETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  78525   Further Education and Training Certificate: Automotive Repair and Maintenance  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2021-06-30  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. Barloworld South Africa (Pty) Ltd T/A Barloworld-Equipment (ISANDO) (T 
    2. Bell Equipment Company SA (Pty) Ltd (ALTON) (TP) 
    3. BMW SA (Pty) Ltd (ROSSLYN) (TP) 
    4. Buscor 
    5. Coastal Kzn F.E.T. College - Swinton Road Campus 
    6. DON-DER TRUCK REPAIRS TRUST 
    7. Eastcape Midlands Public FET College - Uitenhage (High Street)Campus 
    8. Eastcape Training Centre 
    9. Ekurhuleni West Public FET College - Germiston Campus 
    10. False Bay Public FET College - Westlake Campus 
    11. Hibiscus Skills Training College (HILLCREST) (TP) 
    12. HV Consultants (Pty) Ltd (PORT ELIZABETH) (TP) 
    13. Imperial Technical Training Academy (GERMISTON) (TP) 
    14. Imperial Technical Training Academy (WADEVILLE) (TP) 
    15. JMC TECHNICAL TRAINING (Bloemfontein)(TP) 
    16. KwaZulu Automotive Training Services cc (KZN) (DURBAN) (TP) 
    17. McCarthy Academy Cape Town (BLACKHEATH) (TP) 
    18. McCarthy Automotive Artisan Academy (MIDRAND) (TP) 
    19. McCarthy Automotive Artisans Academy (PINETOWN) (TP) 
    20. Mercedes Benz South Africa (Pty) Ltd (EAST LONDON) (TP) 
    21. Mopani South East FET College - Phalaborwa Campus 
    22. Nissan SA (Pty) Ltd (ROSSLYN) (TP) 
    23. PUTCO Limited 
    24. Qualitas Training cc (SELBY) (TP) 
    25. Sedibeng Artisan Skills Training Centre (VEREENIGING) (TP) 
    26. SG Coal (Pty) Ltd (TP) 
    27. Shukela Training Centre 
    28. St Anthony's Education Centre (BOKSBURG) (TP) 
    29. The Automobile Association of South Africa NPC T/A The AA Technical College(MIDRAND) (TP) 
    30. The Automobile Association of South Africa T/A AA Training Academy (MO 
    31. Toyota Academy Toyota SA Motors (Pty) Ltd (SANDTON) (TP) 
    32. Umfolozi FET College - Mandeni Campus 
    33. Umgungundlovu FET College - Plessislaer Campus 
    34. Volkswagen of South Africa (Pty) Ltd (CENTURION) (TP) 
    35. Volkswagen of South Africa (Pty) Ltd - Technical Learning Academy (UIT 



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