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

Repair suspension systems 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
244135  Repair suspension systems 
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
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Registered" 
2008-02-06  2009-02-18  SAQA 0875/08 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2010-02-18   2013-02-18  

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
260657  Diagnose and repair automotive components  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10   

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 identifying the various types of suspension systems, to prepare and position the vehicle and to diagnose and repair system faults and to record and submit a report. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
It is assumed that learners are already competent in:
  • Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 3.
  • Checking and adjusting steering geometry. 

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

    All work is performed with little or no supervision in accordance with operational, repair manual specifications and procedures, and in compliance with occupational safety, health and environmental legislation. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Read and interpret the job instructions. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Interpret includes to identify the type of system and parts, tools and equipment.
  • Type of system includes independent, conventional and a combination of independent and conventional.
  • Parts include shock absorbers, torsion bars, anti-roll bar, bogies, stabiliser bar, leaf springs, struts, king pins and bushes, sub frames and control arms. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Technical data is sourced in accordance with operational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Appropriate tools and equipment are obtained in accordance with repair manual and operational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The consequences of not using the correct technical data, tools and equipment are explained in terms of the impact on the job. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The type of suspension system is identified in terms of the vehicle make and model. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The operation of suspension systems is explained in terms of the key differences between particular systems. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare the vehicle and inspect the suspension for faulty parts. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Prepare includes to position, lift and support and remove the wheels.
  • Inspect includes visual and manual checks.
  • Visual includes look, listen and feel for faulty parts.
  • Manual checks includes using pry-bars and special tools. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Vehicle is lifted and supported in accordance with repair manual and SHE procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Vehicle wheels are removed in accordance with repair manual procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Suspension system is visually and manually checked in accordance with repair manual procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Suspension system is assessed against specifications and defects are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Suspension system inspection procedures are explained in terms of repair manual requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Potential defects are identified and explained in terms of identification, causes and remedies. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Repair the suspension system and restore the vehicle. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Repair includes the removal, replacement of unserviceable parts and/or adjustments.
  • Unserviceable includes, leaking, worn, bent (distorted), broken (cracked) parts.
  • Restore includes fit wheels and lower vehicle. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Replacement parts are obtained in accordance with operational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Suspension faults are repaired in accordance with repair manual procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Work is completed in accordance with flat rate time schedules. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The function of a suspension system is explained in terms of vehicle handling and ride comfort. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The implications if the suspension system is malfunctioning are explained in terms of safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Reasons for part wear are explained in terms of normal and abnormal wear. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Perform quality checks on the repaired suspension system. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Checking include visual inspections and manual operations.
  • Quality checks include the steering geometry, locking devices and road test of the vehicle. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The suspension system is visually inspected and tested in accordance with operational and repair manual procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Quality checks are carried out in accordance with repair manual procedures and specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Quality control procedures are explained in terms of their operation and function. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Potential problems are identified and explained in terms of potential causes and remedies. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Apply safety procedures during the repair of suspension system. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Wearing of personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Use and disposal of cleaning agents and fluids.
  • Following SHE procedures.
  • Lifting and supporting the vehicle. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Safety procedures are identified and adhered to during the repair and assembly task. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The suspension system is repaired without incident, accident or injury. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    No damage is caused to the suspension system, equipment and tools. 

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

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Restore work area and complete and process documentation. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Restoring work area includes disposal of hazardous materials.
  • Tools and equipment packed away.
  • Documentation includes completing job cards, check lists and reports.
  • Reports include reports and summaries of work completed.
  • Process includes submissions according to company procedures. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The work area is restored in accordance with workplace and SHE requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Tools and equipment are cleaned and stored in accordance with workplace and SHE requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Consequences of not leaving the workplace in the appropriate state are explained in terms of safety hazards and production. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Documentation is completed and processed in accordance with company procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The reasons for the various documentation are explained in terms of their main functions. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or by an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA, according to the ETQA's policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described in the Unit Standard. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Names and functions of:
  • Suspension system and parts.

    Attributes, descriptions, characteristics and properties:
  • Types of materials.
  • Suspension system types.

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

    Purpose of:
  • Suspension and parts.

    Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies, standards:
  • Applicable operational policies and procedures.
  • Repair manual procedures.
  • SHE procedures.
  • Quality procedures.
  • Road safety Act.

    Theory: rules, principles, laws:
  • Damping properties.
  • Lubrication.
  • Friction.
  • Principals of suspension operation.

    Relationships, systems:
  • Interaction of the suspension and the vehicle application. 

  • 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 suspension systems. 

  • 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 repairing suspension systems. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage myself and my activities:
  • When preparing the vehicle and suspension system for inspection and repairs.
  • When working in accordance with service and flat rate schedules.
  • When managing resources and my time. 

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

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically:
  • 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 interaction of a suspension system and parts in relation to the application of the vehicle. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard has been replaced by unit standard 260657, which is "Diagnose and repair automotive components", Level 4, 10 credits. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    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 
    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 


    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) 
    6. Qualitas Training cc (SELBY) (TP) 



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