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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Diagnose and repair vehicle ignition systems 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
260737  Diagnose and repair vehicle ignition systems 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Vehicle Maintenance 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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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
12228  Service and repair electronic automobile ignition systems  Level 4  NQF Level 04  12   

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is for people in the automotive engineering industry who are expected to diagnose and repair vehicle ignition systems in accordance with workplace procedures and manufacturer service manuals.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Read and interpret the job instructions.
  • Prepare to conduct tests.
  • Test and diagnose faults.
  • Repair the faults.
  • Apply safety procedures during the repair and assembly task.
  • Restore work area, complete and process documentation.

    This unit standard is an elective 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 test and report on condition of vehicle starting & charging system at NQF Level 3.
  • The ability to service & repair a vehicle ignition system at NQF Level 3. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The following scope and context applies to the whole unit standard:
  • Ignition circuits include breaker-less ignition and direct ignition systems.
  • 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 
    Read and interpret the job instructions. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Interpret job instructions include obtaining technical data, the identification and selection of tools and equipment.
  • Technical data includes the parts and repair manuals. 

  • 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. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare to conduct tests. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Prepare includes the selecting of the appropriate tools and equipment and to select and connect the test equipment.
  • Test equipment includes ohm-meter, continuity tester, test lamp, feeler gauge, timing light, oscilloscope, digital code tester. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The work area is prepared in accordance with the job instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Tools and test equipment is selected is according to the requirements of the job instruction. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Test equipment is connected in accordance with repair manual procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Reasons why specific test equipment is used are given in terms of the required result and availability of equipment. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Test and diagnose faults. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Testing includes ignition coil testing, distributor testing, HT lead testing, rotor testing, inductive (pick up coil), electronic ignition unit.
  • Diagnose includes the analysing and interpretation of the test results. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

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

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Test data is recorded in accordance with operational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The test results are diagnosed and explained in terms of the causes and potential solutions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Components are identified in terms of their functions and operation in relation to the system. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Work is conducted in accordance with flat rate time schedules. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Repair faults. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Repair includes settings and adjustments.
  • Faults include loss of energy in primary circuit, faulty timing, and faulty components.
  • Testing includes testing under load conditions. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The fault is repaired in accordance with the repair manual and safety procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Consequences of not repairing identified faults are explained in terms of the impact on the vehicle performance and reliability. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Repaired faults are tested and the results recorded in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Test results are interpreted and the repair is confirmed in accordance with quality and operational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Quality control procedures are explained in terms of their operation and function. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Potential problems are identified and explained in terms of potential causes and remedies. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Apply safety procedures during the repair and assembly task. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Safety procedures are identified and adhered to during the diagnosing and repairing task. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    All safety warnings and required actions before, during and after the task are adhered to according to workshop safety manuals. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Restore work area, complete and process documentation. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Restoring work area includes disposal of hazardous materials, tools and equipment cleaned and stored.
  • Documentation includes completing job cards, check lists and reports. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The work area is cleaned 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 
    Documentation is explained in terms of their main functions. 


    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:
  • Electronic ignition system components.
  • Direct ignition components.
  • Fuel.

    Purpose of:
  • Servicing.
  • Using removal and fitting procedures.
  • Of ignition system components.
  • Of the secondary and primary circuits.
  • Of ignition systems.
  • Purpose of relevant documentation.

    Attributes, descriptions, characteristics and properties:
  • Characteristics of an ignition coil tower.
  • Electronic ignition distributor assembly.
  • Electronic ignition system.
  • Direct ignition system.
  • Electronic control unit.
  • Fuel.
  • Four stroke engine.

    Sensory cues:
  • Use of sight to visually inspect all ignition system components:

    Causes and effects. Implications of:
  • Implications of not using personal protection.
  • Implications of not applying vehicle protection.
  • Implications of not following procedure.

    Procedures and techniques:
  • Safety procedures.
  • Testing procedures.
  • Removal and fitting procedures.
  • Vacuum advance setting.
  • Setting spark gap.
  • Setting timing.
  • Firing order.

    Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies, standards:
  • HT safety/suppression regulations.
  • Applicable safety, health and environmental legislation.

    Theory: rules, principles, laws:
  • Inductive pulse generation.
  • Hall effect pulse generation.
  • Optical sensor pulse generation.
  • Operation of electronic control unit.

    Relationships, systems:
  • Relationship of the battery to that of the electronic ignition system as the power source when starting. 

  • 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 servicing and repairing 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 effectively and critically:
  • Apply electromagnetic induction principles.
  • Apply hall-effect principles.
  • Apply opto-sensor principles. 

  • 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. 

  • 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 12228, "Service and repair electronic automobile ignition systems", Level 4, 12 credits. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  78923   National Certificate: Autotronics  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    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  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. Barloworld South Africa (Pty) Ltd T/A Barloworld-Equipment (ISANDO) (T 
    2. Bell Equipment Company SA (Pty) Ltd (ALTON) (TP) 
    3. Buscor 
    4. Coastal Kzn F.E.T. College - Swinton Road Campus 
    5. Dawsons Training Academy (Pty) Ltd (DURBAN) (TP) 
    6. DON-DER TRUCK REPAIRS TRUST 
    7. Eastcape Midlands Public FET College - Uitenhage (High Street)Campus 
    8. Ekurhuleni West Public FET College - Germiston Campus 
    9. False Bay Public FET College - Westlake Campus 
    10. Imperial Technical Training Academy (GERMISTON) (TP) 
    11. Imperial Technical Training Academy (WADEVILLE) (TP) 
    12. JMC TECHNICAL TRAINING (Bloemfontein)(TP) 
    13. KwaZulu Automotive Training Services cc (KZN) (DURBAN) (TP) 
    14. McCarthy Academy Cape Town (BLACKHEATH) (TP) 
    15. McCarthy Automotive Artisan Academy (MIDRAND) (TP) 
    16. McCarthy Automotive Artisans Academy (PINETOWN) (TP) 
    17. Mopani South East FET College - Phalaborwa Campus 
    18. Nissan SA (Pty) Ltd (ROSSLYN) (TP) 
    19. Northlink College - Bellville Campus 
    20. PUTCO Pty Ltd 
    21. Qualitas Training cc (SELBY) (TP) 
    22. SG Coal (Pty) Ltd (TP) 
    23. Shukela Training Centre 
    24. St Anthony's Education Centre (BOKSBURG) (TP) 
    25. The Automobile Association of South Africa NPC T/A The AA Technical College(MIDRAND) (TP) 
    26. The Automobile Association of South Africa T/A AA Training Academy (MO 
    27. Toyota Academy Toyota SA Motors (Pty) Ltd (SANDTON) (TP) 
    28. Umfolozi FET College - Mandeni Campus 
    29. Umgungundlovu FET College - Plessislaer Campus 
    30. Volkswagen of South Africa (Pty) Ltd - Technical Learning Academy (UIT 



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