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

National Certificate: Autotronics 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
22861  National Certificate: Autotronics 
ORIGINATOR
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 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
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
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered" 
SAQA 0480/09  2009-11-07  2012-06-30 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2013-06-30   2016-06-30  

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 qualification is replaced by: 
Qual ID Qualification Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Min Credits Replacement Status
78943  National Certificate: Autotronics  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  130   

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
The purpose of this qualification is to provide learners, education providers, training providers and employers with the standard and range of learning required to work effectively in the autotronics environment and meet the challenges of such an environment.

The primary skills that are recognised by this qualification include the ability to:
  • Diagnose and repair engine management systems
  • Diagnose and repair vehicle stability traction and drive control (VSTDC) systems
  • Diagnose and repair communication and entertainment systems
  • Diagnose and repair supplementary restraint systems
  • Diagnose and repair climate control system
  • Diagnose and repair automobile convenience systems
    Advanced hand skills, theoretical and analytical skills play a large role in this qualification.

    Qualified learners will also understand:
  • How to maintain and influence relationships in a complex production environment
  • How to achieve change
  • How to work with a range of information sources to optimise performance and quality

    With this understanding learners will be able to participate in workplace activities.
    Qualifying learners will also be able to relate what they see and experience to scientific and technological principles and concepts. They will also be able to maintain and support the various policies and procedures related to the safety, health, environment and quality systems that govern their workplace.

    Rationale for the qualification:

    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 is the fourth qualification in a series for learners who want to follow a career in autotronics.

    This series will reflect the skills, knowledge and understanding required to perform effectively in industry, whether in micro, small, medium or large enterprises.

    For those who have been in the work place for a long time, this qualification represents part of the RPL process that acknowledges workplace skills acquired without the benefit of formal education and training.

    For the new entrant, this qualification recognises the applied competence needed by a productive person in a structured workplace.

    This qualification forms the basis for further learning in the field of mechatronics within the higher education band. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners entering a programme to achieve this qualification have an autotronics level 4 qualification or have the relevant experience.

    Recognition of prior learning:

    This qualification may be obtained through the process of RPL. The learner should be thoroughly briefed prior to the assessment and support provided to assist in the process of developing a portfolio. While this is primarily a work-based qualification, evidence from other areas of endeavour may be introduced if pertinent to any of the exit level outcomes. 

    RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    N/A 

    EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Demonstrate an understanding of and an ability to diagnose, service and maintain automobile engine management systems.

    2. Demonstrate an understanding of and an ability to diagnose and repair vehicle stability, traction and drive control (VSTDC) systems.

    3. Demonstrate an understanding of and an ability to diagnose and repair communication and entertainment systems.

    4. Demonstrate an understanding of and an ability to service and repair automobile climate control systems.

    5. Demonstrate an understanding of and an ability to diagnose, test and repair automobile supplementary restraint systems.

    6. Demonstrate an understanding of and an ability to diagnose and repair automobile convenience systems.

    7. Demonstrate an understanding of options for further learning in this or a related field of learning and preparation requirements for such learning. 

    ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    1.
  • Appropriate tools, test equipment and components are identified and selected.
  • Testing and repairs are carried out without any damage.
  • Systems are operating to specifications.
  • Safe working practices and procedures are adhered to.
  • Relevant documentation is used and completed correctly.
  • Can respond to questions and discuss issues related to automobile engine management systems.

    2.
  • Appropriate personal and vehicle protective equipment are correctly chosen and used.
  • Appropriate hand tools and test equipment are identified and used correctly.
  • Faults are located and repaired.
  • System is operating to specifications.
  • Safe working practices are adhered to.
  • Relevant documentation is used and completed correctly.
  • Can respond to questions and discuss issues related to VSTDC systems.

    3.
  • Tools and test equipment are correctly selected and used.
  • Components are correctly selected and fitted.
  • Communication and entertainment system is functioning to specifications.
  • Safe working practices are adhered to.
  • Relevant documentation is used and completed correctly.
  • Can respond to questions and discuss issues related to communication and entertainment systems.

    4.
  • Tools, test equipment and components are correctly selected and used.
  • Diagnostics codes are correctly interpreted and cleared.
  • System faults are correctly diagnosed, repaired and checked
  • Automobile climate control systems are operating to specifications.
  • Safe working practices are adhered to.
  • Relevant documentation is used and completed correctly.
  • Can respond to questions and discuss issues related to climate control systems.

    5.
  • Tools, test equipment and components are correctly selected and used.
  • Supplementary restraint system components are correctly removed and fitted.
  • Automobile supplementary restraint system is tested and repaired and functioning to specifications.
  • Fault conditions are correctly diagnosed.
  • Relevant documentation is used and completed correctly.
  • Safe working practices are adhered to.
  • Can respond to questions and discuss issues related to automobile supplementary restraint systems.

    6.
  • Tools and relevant auxiliary components are correctly identified, selected and used.
  • Faults are correctly diagnosed and repaired.
  • Convenience systems are operating to specifications.
  • Safe working practices are adhered to.
  • Relevant documentation is used and completed correctly.
  • Can respond to questions and discuss issues related to automobile convenience systems.

    7.
  • Options are explained.
  • Preparation requirements are explained.
  • Learning plan is developed.

    Integrated Assessment:

    The integrated assessment must be based on a summative assessment guide. The guide must spell out how the assessor will assess different aspects of the performance and will include:
  • Observing the learner at work (both in primary activities as well as other interactions) or by relevant simulations.
  • Asking questions and initiating short discussions to test understanding.
  • Looking at records, reports and formative assessments.

    The learner may choose in which language s/he wants to be assessed. This should be established as part of a process of preparing the learner for assessment and familiarising the learner with the approach being taken.

    While this is primarily a workplace-based qualification, evidence from other areas of endeavour may be introduced if pertinent to any of the exit level outcomes.

    The assessment process should cover both the explicit tasks required for the qualification as well as the understanding of the concepts and principles that underpin the activities required for autotronics. The assessment process should also establish how the critical outcomes, have been advanced by the learning process. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    As a starting point, the series of qualifications in the field of autotronics of which this qualification forms a part, was compared to other, similar outcomes-based qualifications, certifications or skills standards in Germany and New Zealand. Extensive reference was made to training materials from Germany when constructing these qualifications to ensure the relevance of the qualifications content and to benchmark with best practice worldwide. 

    ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    The qualification has been designed and structured so that qualifying learners can move from one context to another. Employers or institutions should be able to evaluate the outcomes of this qualification against the needs of their context and structure top-up learning appropriately.

    Equally holders of other qualifications may be evaluated against this qualification for the purpose of RPL. 

    MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Moderators for the qualification should be qualified and accredited with an appropriate ETQA and have a qualification in engineering.

    To ensure the quality of the assessment process the moderation should cover all of the following:
  • Assessor credentials
  • The assessment instrument
  • The assessment process

    Where assessment and moderation are taking place in sectors other than the MERSETA, assessment and moderation should be in terms of a memorandum of understanding negotiated with the MERS ETQA. 

  • CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    The following criteria should be applied by the relevant ETQA:

    1. Appropriate qualifications in the field of engineering- with a minimum of four years experience in the field of autotronics or related field. The subject matter experience of the assessor can be established by recognition of prior learning.
    2. Appropriate experience and understanding of assessment theory processes and practices
    3. Good interpersonal skills and ability to balance the conflicting requirements of:
  • Maintaining national standards
  • The interest of the learner
  • The need for transformation and redressing the legacies of the past
  • The cultural background and the language of the learner
    4. Registration as an assessor with the MERS ETQA or any other relevant ETQA.
    5. Any other criteria required by the MERS ETQA or any other ETQA. 

  • NOTES 
    This qualification has been replaced by qualification 78943, which is "National Certificate: Autotronics", Level 5, 130 credits. 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  12236  Diagnose and repair automobile convenience systems  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  16 
    Core  12235  Diagnose and repair climate control systems  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  10 
    Core  12233  Diagnose and repair communication and entertainment systems  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  12 
    Core  12231  Diagnose and repair engine management systems  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  20 
    Core  12234  Diagnose and repair supplementary restraint systems (SRS)  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  12 
    Core  12232  Diagnose and repair vehicle stability, traction and drive control (VSTDC) systems  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  20 
    Fundamental  12433  Use communication techniques effectively  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Fundamental  12432  Use mathematical and statistical techniques effectively  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  20 
    Elective  9405  Analyse work requirements and plan ahead  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  12458  Develop the skills of a work team  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  10 
    Elective  12237  Diagnose and repair integrated starter and alternator combination systems (ISAD)  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  9406  Manage a team  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  12459  Optimise the safety, health and environmental protection system  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
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