Install an automotive air conditioning system




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Install an automotive air conditioning system


Level

3

Credits

3


Purpose This unit standard is for people in the automotive repair industry. People credited with this unit standard are able to: install air conditioning cabin components into a vehicle; install air conditioning engine bay components; and charge and performance test the air conditioning system.


Subfield

Motor Industry

Domain

Automotive Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning

Status

Registered

Status date

25 January 2008

Date version published

25 January 2008

Planned review date

31 December 2012

Entry information

Recommended: Unit 24445, Remove and replace automotive air conditioning components, and Unit 24448; Demonstrate knowledge of servicing automotive air conditioning systems; or demonstrate equivalent knowledge and skills.

Accreditation

Evaluation of documentation and visit by NZQA and industry.

Standard setting body (SSB)

NZ Motor Industry Training Organisation (Incorporated)

Accreditation and Moderation Action Plan (AMAP) reference

0014

This AMAP can be accessed at http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/framework/search/index.do.
Special notes
1 Legislation and publications relevant to this unit standard include but are not limited to – Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992; Ozone Layer Protection Act 1996; Motor Trade Association (MTA) Automotive Air Conditioning Code of Practice.
2 MTA Automotive Air Conditioning Code of Practice is available from the Motor Trade Association, PO Box 9244, Wellington, phone 04 385 8859, website http://www.mta.org.nz/.
3 Definitions

Company requirements refer to instructions to staff on policy and procedures which are documented in memo or manual format and are available in the workplace. These requirements include but are not limited to – company specifications and procedures, work instructions, manufacturer specifications, product quality specifications, and legislative requirements.

Service information may include but is not limited to – technical information of a vehicle, machine, or product detailing operation; installation and servicing procedures; manufacturer instructions and specifications; technical terms and descriptions; and detailed illustrations. This can be accessed in hard copy or electronic format and is normally sourced from the manufacturer.

Suitable tools and equipment means industry approved tools and equipment that are recognised within the industry as being the most suited to complete the task in a professional and competent manner with due regard to safe working practices.
4 For this unit standard, it is essential that the practical assessment evidence is obtained in the workplace under normal workplace conditions.
Elements and performance criteria
Element 1
Install air conditioning cabin components into a vehicle.
Performance criteria
1.1 Safe working practices are observed throughout the task in accordance with legislative requirements.
Range personal safety, safety of others, vehicle safety, workshop safety, environmental safety, tools and equipment safety.
1.2 Suitable tools and equipment are selected and used to enable cabin components to be installed in accordance with service information.
1.3 Trim panels, ducts, and blanking caps are removed without damage in accordance with service information.
1.4 The installation of the evaporator, drain tube, air conditioning switch, and electrical connections is completed in accordance with service information.
1.5 The trim panels are replaced with new ones supplied with the kit, to restore appearance before commencement of work, in accordance with service information.
Element 2
Install air conditioning engine bay components.
Performance criteria
2.1 Safe working practices are observed throughout the task in accordance with legislative requirements.
Range personal safety, safety of others, vehicle safety, workshop safety, environmental safety, tools and equipment safety.
2.2 Suitable tools and equipment are selected and used to enable engine bay components to be installed in accordance with service information.
2.3 Components are removed or loosened without damage, in accordance with service information.
Range radiator, grille, headlamps, drive belt(s), pulleys, belt tensioners.
2.4 Kit components are installed in accordance with service information. The installation is neat and functional, and parts are protected from chaffing, fracturing, and vibrating during use.
Range condenser, receiver-drier, additional fan, compressor, pipes and hoses, relay(s), idle-up system, air conditioning wiring harness, replacement drive belt, pulleys.
Element 3
Charge and performance test the air conditioning system.
Performance criteria
3.1 Safe working practices and safety precautions are observed throughout the task in accordance with legislative requirements.
Range safe working practices – personal safety, safety of others, vehicle safety, workshop safety, environmental safety, tools and equipment safety;

safety precautions – cleanliness; ventilation; eye protection, gloves, protective clothing; working with a pressurised system; running the engine; awareness of moving parts; heating components and smoking; using air conditioning equipment; recovery and storage of refrigerant.


3.2 Suitable tools and equipment are selected and used to enable the system to be charged and commissioned in accordance with service information.
Range may include but is not limited to – vacuum pump, electronic scales, gauges, digital thermometer.
3.3 The test equipment is connected to the air conditioning system in accordance with service information.
3.4 The system is evacuated to the manufacturer’s specified vacuum reading and time interval, and any vacuum leaks are detected and noted in accordance with service information.
3.5 Any leaks apparent when evacuating the system are located and sealed in accordance with service information.
3.6 The system is evacuated and then charged to the specified level, with a refrigerant and compressor oil to comply with the Code of Practice and kit manufacturer specifications.
3.7 A performance test is conducted, in accordance with service information. The system is confirmed as operating correctly, and the results are recorded for future servicing requirements in accordance with company requirements.
Please note
Providers must be accredited by NZQA, or an inter-institutional body with delegated authority for quality assurance, before they can report credits from assessment against unit standards or deliver courses of study leading to that assessment.
Industry Training Organisations must be accredited by NZQA before they can register credits from assessment against unit standards.
Accredited providers and Industry Training Organisations assessing against unit standards must engage with the moderation system that applies to those standards.
Accreditation requirements and an outline of the moderation system that applies to this standard are outlined in the Accreditation and Moderation Action Plan (AMAP). The AMAP also includes useful information about special requirements for organisations wishing to develop education and training programmes, such as minimum qualifications for tutors and assessors, and special resource requirements.
Comments on this unit standard
Please contact the NZ Motor Industry Training Organisation (Incorporated) info@mito.org.nz if you wish to suggest changes to the content of this unit standard.

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