This is the first qualification in a series of qualifications which will lead to a learner acquiring all the skills required to work in the industry in the repair, maintenance, installation, manufacture and ultimately design of the mechanical/electrical systems which provide temperature control for environmental or process needs.
Industries include food processing and warehousing, food transportation, distribution and retailing, deep level mining and industrial process, high rise and retail property, specialized medical care, automotive and mass transport as well as tourism and hospitality. By qualifying at this level, a learner will achieve the status of an Assistant Mechanic.
- National Certificate
- Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration.
- NQF Level
- SAQA ID
- 12 Months
- Mechanical / Electrical Equipment
- Accredited Seta
- Entry Requirement
- N2 or Matric with Maths & Science
- Course Component
- Fundamental Component (Compulsory) – 36 Credits
- Core Component (Compulsory) – 78 Credits
- Elective Component (Open/Sum of) – 19 Credits
- Total Course Credits – 133 Credits
- Fundamental Component (Compulsory) – 36 Credits
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
- Learners are RPL'd against their proof of practical and theoretical training.
- Learner does not spend the complete theory training in class
- Training is not repeated as the learners gained on-job experience.
- Easy to work towards a trade
Unit Standard Range
- This unit standard applies to persons performing fault finding on AC (single and three phase) and DC systems.
- The Unit Standard Range is broken up according to the component structure and credit rating of the course as pertained by SAQA with the three component levels that the learner must complete before attaining their certificate:
Fundamental Component Unit Modules (36 Credits):
- Access and use information from texts.
- Demonstrate understanding of rational and irrational numbers and number systems.
- Identify, describe, compare, classify, explore shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional shapes in different contexts.
- Measure, estimate and calculate physical quantities and explore, describe and represent geometrical relationships in 2-dimensions in different life or workplace contexts.
- Respond to selected literary texts.
- Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes.
- Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal and community life.
- Work with a range of patterns and functions and solve problems.
- Write/present for a defined context.
Core Component Unit Modules (78 Credits):
- Define and explain the principles of thermodynamics and carry out basic calculations involving heat.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the OHS Act as it applies to employees in the air-conditioning, refrigeration and ventilation industries.
- Demonstrate understanding of fundamentals of electricity and its application in air conditioning, refrigeration and ventilation equipment.
- Explain the basic vapour compression cycle, the components, the handing and storage of refrigerants.
- Handle refrigerant containers and transfer refrigerants into service cylinders.
- Identify materials, piping, fitting, jointing methods and insulation materials used for air-conditioning and refrigeration installations.
- Identify refrigerant containers, explain handling procedures and discuss the use of refrigerants.
- Identify, use and maintain hand tools and measuring instruments used in the air-conditioning, refrigeration and ventilation trades.
- Identify, use and maintain refrigeration trade specific tools and instruments.
- Join and install refrigerant piping.
- Work in a team.
- Work Safely and use safety equipment when carrying out mechanical or electrical work on air conditioning, refrigeration and ventilation installations.
- Maintain safety in the handling group 1 and 2 refrigerants.
Elective Component Unit Modules (19 Credits):
- Apply study and learning techniques.
- Behave in the proper manner under working conditions.
- Clean air-conditioning, refrigeration and ventilation plants, components and work sites.
- Identify and apply fixing methods for piping, ducting and equipment used in the trade of air-conditioning, refrigeration and ventilation.
- Identify and state application of belt drives, couplings, gearboxes and bearings used on air-conditioning, refrigeration and ventilation plants and recognize misaligned, mismatched and worn components.
- Identify causes of stress in own life and indicate techniques to manage it.
- Install self-propelled transport refrigeration systems.
- Install, connect and maintain electrical cables and conductors as applied in air conditioning, refrigeration and ventilation installations.
- Perform basic arc welding of metals as applicable to air-conditioning, refrigeration and ventilation installations.
- Sketch and construct electrical circuits applicable to single-phase air conditioning, refrigeration and ventilation installations.
- Maintain safety in the handling of ammonia refrigerant.
- Perform maintenance and repair on non-specialised marine refrigerated containers.
- Set instrumentation and perform inspections on marine refrigerated containers.
- Q: Does the quantity of Learnerships matter when considering B-BBEE points?
- A: Yes, to ensure you obtain the maximum points on employed Learnerships but no unemployed learnerships
- Q: Do I still get my B-BBEE points if a learner fails or drops out of a programme?
- A: If a learner drops out they may be replaced with another learner is found competent. In the unfortunate event of a learner failing, the company will still receive their B-BBEE points.
- Q: Is the RPL assessment done through the Jobshop?
- A: Yes, The Jobshop project assesses the candidates knowledge and level of expertise.
- Q: How many students can the Jobshop accommodate?
- A: The Jobshop can accommodate 102 learners in 4 groups theory and 4 groups training at a single time. Training includes HVAC, Electrical, Welding and Hoisting & Rigging.