Course Title: Find and repair faults in electrical apparatus and circuits

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2011

Course Code: EEET6826C

Course Title: Find and repair faults in electrical apparatus and circuits

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3215 - Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

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Nominal Hours: 100

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

UEENEEG002B Solve problems in single and three phase low voltage circuits
UEENEEG003B Install wiring and accessories for low voltage circuits
UEENEEG004B Install low voltage electrical apparatus and associated equipment

Course Description

This course covers finding and repairing faults in electrical apparatus and interconnecting circuits and equipment operating at voltages up to 1,000 V a.c. or 1,500 V d.c. It encompasses working safely, reading circuit diagrams, sketching diagrams from traced wiring, logically applying fault finding procedures, conducting repairs and completing the necessary service documentation.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

UEENEEG008B Find and repair faults in electrical apparatus and circuits


1 Prepare to find and rectify faults.
2 Find and repair faults.
3 Completion and report fault finding and repair activities.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 The extent and nature of the electrical installation is determined from job specifications.
1.2 Safety and other regulatory requirements to which the electrical installation shall comply area are identified, obtained and understood.
1.3 OHS procedures for a given work area are identified, obtained and understood.
1.4 OHS risk control measures and procedures in preparation for the work are followed.
1.5 The likely extent of work to be undertaken is envisaged from fault/breakdown reports and/or discussions with appropriate person(s).
1.6 Advice is sought from the work supervisor to ensure the work is coordinated effectively with others.

2.1 OHS risk control measures and procedures for carrying out the work are followed.
2.2 The need to test or measure live is determined in strict accordance with OHS requirements and when necessary conducted within established safety procedures.
2.3 Circuits/machines/plant are checked as being isolated where necessary in strict accordance OHS requirements and procedures.
2.4 Safety hazards resulting from the fault or breakdown are documented and risk control measures devised and implemented in consultation with appropriate personnel.
2.5 Fault finding is approached methodically drawing on knowledge of a.c. circuits and apparatus using measured and calculated values of circuit/apparatus parameters.
2.6 Circuit/apparatus components are dismantled where necessary and parts stored to protect them against loss or damage.
2.7 Faulty circuits/components are rechecked and their fault status and acquired.
2.8 Materials/replacement parts required to rectify faults are sourced and btained in accordance with established procedures. 
2.9 Effectiveness of the repair is tested in accordance with established procedures.
2.10 Apparatus is reassembled, finally tested and prepared for return to service.
2.11 Unexpected situations are dealt with safely and with the approval of an authorised person.
 2.12 Fault finding and repair activities are carried out without damage to apparatus, circuits, the surrounding environment or services and using sustainable energy practices. 

3.1 OHS work completion risk control measures and procedures are followed. 
3.2 Work area is cleaned and made safe in accordance with established procedures. 
3.3 Written justification is made for repairs to apparatus. 


Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Occupational Health and Safety principles
Electrical Safe working practices
Lighting fundamentals
Electrical heating
Electronic components and systems, industrial applications
Electromagnetic principles
Single and three phase transformers
Luminaries and lighting systems
Alternating current rotating machines 
Technical manuals and catalogues 
Electrical installations, wiring and accessories 
Electrical installations, protection methods and devices
Electrical installations, circuit arrangements and equipment selection
Technical standards, regulations and codes for special electrical installations

Teaching Schedule


Session (4hrs)Learning Activity
Session 1 Semi conductor devices

Session 2Semi conductor devices prac
Session 3Rectification
Session 4Rectification prac
Session 5Inverters
Session 6Transducers
Session 7Transducers prac

Session 8Micro - Programmable controllers
Session 9Electronic power + control exam
Session 10Lighting concepts
Lighting concepts prac

Session 11Luminairs
Luminairs prac
Session 12Lamp types
Applying energy efficency regs
Session 13Fault finding lighting prac
Session 14Lighting theory exam

Session 15Heating and heat energy
Heating and heat energy prac
Session 16Control of heating
Control of heating prac
Session 17Heating process
Heating fault finding
Session 18Heating theory exam

Session 19Legislated regulations
Session 20Construction site periodic inspection +test
Session 21Fault finding methodology
Session 22Fault finding methodology prac
Session 23Testing of electrical installation work
Session 24Testing of electrical installation work prac
Session 25Electrical testing + fault finding exam



Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Electrotechnology Practices by Jeffery Hampson 2nd edition Electrical Trade Principles by Jeffery Hampson 2nd edition

AS/NZS Wiring Rules 3000:2007


Other Resources

RMIT Workbooks

Overview of Assessment

To successfully complete this course the student is required to participate in all designated activities on ATLAS. Thes activities may include practical and theory assessments.

Assessment Tasks

Semi conductor devices prac
Rectification prac 
Transducers prac 
Electronic power + control exam
Lighting concepts prac
Luminairs prac
Fault finding lighting prac
Lighting theory exam 
Heating and heat energy prac
Control of heating prac
Heating fault finding
Heating theory exam
Construction site periodic inspection +test
Fault finding methodology prac
Testing of electrical installation work prac
Electrical testing + fault finding exam

Assessment Matrix

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