Rectify electrical faults on assembled vehicles

This unit describes the application of the required skills and knowledge to rectify electrical faults based on recommendations from the inspection records and report of the fully assembled vehicle.No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.


The unit applies to the automotive and related component manufacturing environment and involves application of skills and knowledge at a specialist level. These skills and knowledge are to be used within the scope of the person's job and authority.


Not applicable.

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Plan and prepare

1.1. Activities are carried out according to OHS and organisation requirements

1.2. Work instructions, including relevant inspection reports and forms and quality requirements are obtained, confirmed with appropriate personnel and applied

1.3. Tools and equipment selected to carry out tasks are consistent with the requirements of the job, checked for serviceability and any faults are rectified or reported prior to commencement

1.4. Materials appropriate to the work application are identified, obtained, prepared, safely handled and located ready for use

2. Diagnose and rectify electrical fault

2.1. Final report is interpreted and fault located

2.2. Fault is diagnosed and suitable method of correction is planned

2.3. Rectification is applied in accordance with engineering specifications

2.4. Fault is re-diagnosed to assess outcome of rectification and to ensure rework has eliminated the fault, and any final adjustments are made

2.5. Documentation is completed outlining nature of problem, work conducted and outcome, in accordance with organisation requirements

2.6. Vehicle is returned to production line

3. Clean up and report

3.1. Work area is cleared and materials disposed of, reused or recycled in accordance with organisation requirements and cost reduction initiatives

3.2. Tools and equipment are cleaned, checked, maintained and stored in accordance with organisation requirements

Required Skills

This describes the essential skills and knowledge and their level, required for this unit.

Required skills

speak clearly and directly in order to inform team members of identified faults and appropriate methods of correction

apply teamwork to a range of situations

solve problems particularly in teams in order to meet performance indicators

show initiative in adapting to changing work conditions or contexts particularly when working across a variety of work areas

access, interpret and apply information on relevant organisation policies, procedures and instructions, particularly to ensure OHS requirements are adhered to during electrical rectification procedures

manage time when planning, preparing and organising work priorities

take responsibility for organising own work priorities.

Required knowledge

workplace and equipment safety requirements

relevant organisation production quality standards

manufacturing and production techniques for electrical components and systems

automotive industry terminology

tools and equipment types, characteristics, uses and limitations

vehicle electrical systems

electrical faults and symptoms

electrical diagnosis techniques

processes for the calculation of material requirements

material Safety Data Sheets

plans, drawings and specifications

materials handling, storage and environmentally friendly waste management

organisation safety policies and procedures

relevant Australian Standards.

Evidence Required

The Evidence Guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the Performance Criteria, Required Skills and Knowledge, the Range Statement and the Assessment Guidelines for this Training Package.

Overview of assessment

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit

Evidence of the following is essential:

location, interpretation and application of relevant information, standards and specifications

compliance with organisation safety policies and procedures and OHS legislation/regulations/codes of practice applicable to operations

compliance with organisation policies and procedures including quality requirements

safe and effective operational use of tools and equipment

communication and working effectively and safely with others

completion of diagnosis and rectification of electrical faults on a minimum of five (5) separate vehicles each with different faults, rectified to engineers specifications and organisation inspection requirements.

Context of and specific resources for assessment

assessment of the competency should take place in a safe working environment in a passenger motor vehicle manufacturing plant or simulated environment using tools/equipment/machinery required for the production process without undue disruption to the production process

assessment is to occur under standard and authorised work practices, safety requirements and environmental constraints.

Method of assessment

A range of assessment methods should be used to assess practical skills and knowledge. The following examples are appropriate for this unit:

assessment methods must confirm consistency and accuracy of performance (over time and in a range of organisation relevant contexts) together with application of underpinning knowledge

assessment methods must be by direct observation of tasks and include questioning on underpinning 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.

Range Statement

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 in the Performance Criteria is detailed below. Add any 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.

OHS requirements may include:

Legislation and regulations, organisational safety policies and procedures and may include: the use of personal protective equipment and clothing, rescue services, fire fighting organisation and equipment, first aid equipment, hazard and risk control and elimination, systems covering the use of hazardous materials and substances and manual handling procedures including lifting and carrying.

Organisationrequirements may include:

access and equity principles and practices

environmental management (waste disposal, recycling and re-use guidelines)

emergency and evacuation procedures

equipment use procedures

ethical standards

legal obligations

maintenance and storage procedures

organisational and site guidelines

policies and procedures relating to own role and responsibility

procedural manuals

quality assurance guidelines

quality and continuous improvement processes and standards

recording and reporting guidelines.

Appropriatepersonnel may include:

clients and managers



team leaders

team members.

Cost reduction initiatives may include:

continuous improvement programs

cost benchmarks

power conservation

productivity achievement

waste avoidance.


Unit sector

Technical - Electrical and Electronic

Competency Field

Manufacturing - Common


Not applicable.

Employability Skills

This unit contains Employability Skills.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.