This unit applies to individuals who test, dismantle, inspect, reassemble and adjust the suspension of a competition vehicle in the motorsport environment.
This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to test, dismantle, inspect, reassemble and adjust the suspension of a competition vehicle.
It requires the technical ability to determine competition vehicle suspension requirements and the effects of making changes to variables.
No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
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Inspect and service suspension systems
Repair suspension systems (light vehicle)
This unit contains employability skills.
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The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.
Overview of assessment
Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit
Assessors must be satisfied that the candidate can competently and consistently:
interpret and apply team requirements, controlling body and category rules and supplementary regulations
correctly apply and use safety equipment and personal protective equipment
follow task instructions, operating procedures and inspection processes to:
minimise the risk of injury to self or others
prevent damage to competition vehicle or equipment
achieve required outcomes within team time and quality standards
correctly prepare suspension on a minimum of two (2) competition vehicles in situations involving each of the following:
calculations to determine spring rate and spring pre-load
determination of component selection within constraints of known factors
configuration of dampers and springs
adjustment of suspension components/settings
work effectively with others
modify activities to cater for variations in workplace context and environment and within tolerances.
Context of, and specific resources for assessment
The application of competency is to be assessed in the workplace or a simulated environment that reflects as far as possible the actual working environment.
Assessment is to occur using standard and authorised work practices, safety requirements and environmental constraints.
Assessment is to comply with relevant regulatory requirements, including specified Australian standards.
Where applicable, reasonable adjustment must be made to work environments and training situations to accommodate ethnicity, age, gender, demographics and disability.
The following resources should be made available:
access to competition vehicles
associated assembly tooling
computing, operational and inventory support systems
materials and equipment
information on work specifications
safety procedures and regulations
Method of assessment
Assessment must satisfy the endorsed Assessment Guidelines of this Training Package.
Assessment methods must confirm consistency and accuracy of performance (over time and in a range of workplace relevant contexts) together with application of Required Skills and Knowledge.
Assessment methods must be by direct observation of tasks and include questioning on Required Skills and Knowledge to ensure its correct interpretation and application.
Assessment may be applied under project-related conditions (real or simulated) and require evidence of process.
Assessment must confirm a reasonable inference that competency is able not only to be satisfied under the particular circumstance, but is able to be transferred to other circumstances.
Competence in this unit may be assessed in conjunction with other functional units which together form part of the holistic work role.
Guidance information for assessment
Assessment processes and techniques must be culturally sensitive and appropriate to the language and literacy capacity of the candidate and the work being performed.
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Required skills include:
technical skills to the level required to use workplace technology related to determining requirements for the preparation of competition vehicle suspension, including tooling, measuring devices, equipment, calculators and computers
communication skills to the level required to communicate ideas and information to enable clarification of requirements, coordination of work with supervisors and other workers, and to report work outcomes and problems
literacy skills to the level required to collect, organise and understand information related to preparing competition vehicle suspension, including team requirements, manufacturer specifications, plans and safety procedures
numeracy skills to the level required to use mathematical ideas and techniques to complete measurements and calculations required during the preparation of competition vehicle suspension
problem-solving skills to the level required to use pre-checking and inspection techniques to anticipate assembly problems in order to work efficiently and effectively
team skills to the level required to work with others to foster the team by recognising dependencies and using cooperative approaches to optimise workflow and productivity
planning skills to the level required to plan and organise activities, including the preparation and layout of the work area, and the coordination of equipment, systems and materials to avoid backtracking, workflow interruptions or wastage
Required knowledge includes:
team requirements/job specifications, supplementary regulations and component supplier specifications
applicable commonwealth, state or territory legislation, regulations, standards and codes of practice, including OHS, personal safety and environment, relevant to complex fuel systems
The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.
Competition vehicle suspension components
Competition vehicle suspension components may include:
pivot locations/pickup points
lateral control devices
Dismantling, repair/modification and assembly of dampers
Dismantling, repair/modification and assembly of dampers applies only to:
non-sealed dampers (manufacturer/component supplier safety recommendations must be observed at all times)
Factors and calculations for determining suspension requirements
Factors for determining suspension requirements
team budgetary constraints
load and speed characteristics
terrain and climate conditions
When determining suspension requirements calculations may include:
linkage and leverage ratios
sprung and unsprung weight
anti-roll bar rate
Determinations can be confirmed through the use of:
shock dynamometer testing
track testing and data analysis
OHS requirements are to be in accordance with applicable commonwealth, state or territory legislation and regulations, and organisational safety policies and procedures, and may include:
personal protective equipment and clothing
first aid equipment
hazard and risk control
elimination of hazardous materials and substances
manual handling, including shifting, lifting and carrying
team insurance requirements
material safety management systems
controlling body requirements
manufacturer/component supplier specifications
local safe operating procedures
Legislative requirements are to be in accordance with applicable commonwealth, state or territory legislation, regulations, certification requirements and codes of practice, and may include:
award and enterprise agreements
Australian Design Rules
confidentiality and privacy
duty of care
Tooling and equipment
Tooling and equipment may include:
component supplier specified tooling
data acquisition systems
Information and procedures
Information and procedures may include:
controlling body rules, category rules and supplementary regulations
event scheduling and location details
team procedures and standards related to:
preparing competition vehicle suspension
reporting and communication
use of tooling and equipment
emergency service contacts and team persons emergency contacts
team emergency and event procedures for accidents or injury
work instructions, including worksheets, material safety data sheets (MSDS), assembly procedures, plans, drawings, designs and checklists
manufacturer/component supplier specifications and application procedures for test equipment and material
Australian Design Rules (where applicable)
safety body publications
environmental, hazardous chemicals and dangerous goods legislation and local requirements relating to the disposal and use of fuels, lubricants, coolants and cleaning agents
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Tasks to be observed according to workplace/college/TAFE policy and procedures, relevant legislation and Codes of Practice
Use controlling body and category rules, supplementary regulations, component supplier specifications and team instructions to specify task requirements, including design, quality, material, equipment and quantities
Examine regulations, specifications and tolerances for competitive advantage
Observe occupational health and safety (OHS) requirements, including regulatory requirements, equipment and system isolation requirements, and personal protection needs, throughout the work
Check specifications for required operating conditions and seek clarification, where required
Calculate suspension requirements according to known factors
List component requirements and communicate to appropriate persons
Check tooling and equipment for safe and effective operation
Clean and lay out work area for job requirements
Clean vehicle and prepare for initial measurement
Measure existing suspension settings and document prior to component removal or adjustment
Report problems with the work area or the operation of the equipment to appropriate persons
Identify methods for removing and dismantling dampers according to team procedures and manuals/specifications
Test, dismantle and clean dampers and check tolerances/wear against manufacturer specifications
Inspect components for functioning and quality
Make decision to retain, replace, repair, adjust or service component according to team policies and procedures
Carry out repairs/modifications to dampers in accordance with manufacturer specifications for methods, equipment and tolerances
Re-oil, bleed, bench test and re-gas (if required) dampers
Identify methods for removing and dismantling springs according to team procedures and manuals/specifications
Document dimensions before disassembly
Disassemble and clean springs and check rates/tolerances against specifications and retain or replace according to team policies and procedures
Test replacement springs for rate and wear
Inspect removed suspension components quality and readiness for installation
Use installation sequence and techniques
Install sub-assemblies and tension fasteners to manufacturer/component supplier specifications
Check to ensure accurate and complete fitting during and after installation
Inspect associated components, sub-assemblies or structural elements of vehicles that may affect suspension configuration for serviceability and repair, where necessary
Configure suspension components/settings within tolerances
Maintain tooling, as required, and return to storage
Tag and shelve/store surplus components/consumables