Purpose of the qualification
The qualification in automotive repair and maintenance deals with the overall servicing of vehicles, as well as the removal, demolition and replacement of components and minor adjustments to vehicle systems.
The standard and level of the qualification will enable students to function effectively in any industry and meet the challenges of the motor vehicle mechanic industry.
What will the students learn?
Students learn the basic repair and maintenance theories, the names and functions of automotive fluids, lubricants and spare parts and how to read and interpret a workshop manual and correctly execute workshop procedures. In addition, the students gain further knowledge of mechanical components and systems, workshop equipment, task instructions and worksheets.
The following is a condensed version of the curriculum:
- Basic hand skills such as the correct way of sawing, filing, drilling and thread cutting, as well as taking accurate measurements
- Proficiency in handling specialised tools, such as micrometres, torque keys, hoists, jacks and diagnostic tools
- Identification and assembly of basic components of diesel vehicles, such as injectors, sensors, turbo-superchargers and suspension systems, as well as the lubrication of engines, chassis and wheel bearings.
- A thorough knowledge of working principles and the dismantling and rebuilding of engines, gearboxes, differentials, steering boxes, air breaks, injectors, pumps, alternators, starters, etcetera
- Knowledge of basic conventional electrical systems and wiring harnesses, the basic functioning of instruments and diagnosing of faulty sensors in modern computerised engines
- Proficiency in various welding techniques, such as arc welding, gas welding, CO2 welding and aluminium welding as well as gas-cutting
- Reading and interpreting workshop manuals and wiring diagrams
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