Unit of competency details

AURETR3018 - Overhaul starting motors (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes and is equivalent to AURE319245A - Overhaul starting motors 16/Jan/2013
Is superseded by and equivalent to AURETR018 - Overhaul starting system motors 13/Apr/2016

Release Status:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 17/Jan/2013

Training packages that include this unit


SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 030505 Automotive Electrics And Electronics  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 030505 Automotive Electrics And Electronics  07/Aug/2013 
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Modification History



Release 1 

Replaces AURE319245A Overhaul starting motors

Unit code updated to meet policy requirements

Reference to OHS legislation replaced with new WHS legislation

Licensing statement added to unit descriptor

Unit Descriptor

Unit descriptor 

This unit covers the competence to overhaul automotive starting motor systems and direct current motors fitted to vehicles, plant and equipment, motorcycles and marine equipment.

Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements may apply to this unit in some jurisdictions. Users are advised to check with the relevant regulatory authority.

Application of the Unit

Application of the unit 

The unit includes identification and confirmation of work requirement, preparation for work, testing of starting motors and identification of faults, causes, disassembly, overhaul, reassembly and retesting of starting motors and completion of work finalisation processes, including clean-up and documentation.

Work requires individuals to demonstrate some judgement and problem-solving skills in managing own work activities and contributing to a productive team environment.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Employability Skills Information

Employability skills 

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.

Performance criteria describe the required performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the required skills and knowledge and/or the range statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Prepare for work

1.1. Work instructions are used to determine job requirements, including method, processes and equipment

1.2. Job specifications are read and interpreted

1.3.WHS requirements, including personal safety needs, are observed throughout the work

1.4. Equipment and tooling are identified and checked for safe and effective operation

1.5. Procedures are determined to minimise task time

2. Dismantle starting motors and clean individual components/ parts

2.1. Correct information is accessed and interpreted from manufacturer/component supplier specifications

2.2. Starting motors are dismantled according to component/vehicle manufacturer/component supplier procedures

2.3. Starting motors are dismantled without causing damage to components

2.4. Component parts are cleaned according to unit/vehicle manufacturer/component supplier recommended solvents and procedures

2.5. All work is completed according to industry regulations/guidelines, WHS, legislation and enterprise procedures/policies

3. Inspect and test starting motor components/parts

3.1. Correct information is accessed and interpreted from manufacturer/component supplier specifications

3.2. Starting motors are inspected and tested according to component/vehicle manufacturer/component supplier specifications

3.3. Starting motor component parts are inspected and tested without causing damage to component or system

3.4. Worn, damaged, deteriorated or faulty components/parts are identified

3.5. Part requirements are documented and reported according to enterprise procedures

3.6. Inspection and testing is according to industry regulations/guidelines, WHS, legislation and enterprise procedures/policies

4. Overhaul and reassemble starting motors and fit replacement components/parts

4.1. Correct information is accessed and interpreted from manufacturer/component supplier specifications

4.2. Parts are repaired to manufacturer/component supplier specifications

4.3. Starting motor replacement parts are selected and fitted to meet customer requirements

4.4. Starting motors are assembled according to unit/vehicle manufacturer/component supplier specifications

4.5. Starting motors are assembled without causing damage to components/parts

4.6. Starting motors are assembled according to industry regulations/guidelines, WHS, legislation and enterprise procedures/policies

4.7. Assembled motors are tested according to component/vehicle manufacturer/component supplier specifications

4.8. Workplace and equipment documents are completed in accordance with site requirements

5. Clean up work area and maintain equipment

5.1. Material that can be reused is collected and stored

5.2. Waste and scrap is removed following workplace procedure

5.3. Equipment and work area are cleaned and inspected for serviceable condition in accordance with workplace procedures

5.4. Unserviceable equipment is tagged and faults identified in accordance with workplace requirements

5.5. Operator maintenance is completed in accordance with manufacturer/component supplier specifications and site procedures

5.6. Tooling and equipment is maintained in accordance with workplace procedures

Required Skills and Knowledge


This section describes the skills and knowledge required for this unit.

Required skills 

  • collect, organise and understand information related to work orders, plans and safety procedures for the overhaul of automotive starting motors
  • technical literacy and communication skills sufficient to interpret and apply common industry terminology, and interpret technical information and specifications
  • research and interpretive skills to locate, interpret and apply operational and safety information
  • communicate ideas and information to enable confirmation of work requirements and specifications, coordination of work with site supervisor, other workers and customers, and the reporting of work outcomes and problems
  • plain English literacy and communication skills in relation to dealing with others involved in the work
  • questioning and active listening skills, for example when obtaining information of starting motor overhaul procedures
  • plan and organise activities, including preparation and layout of worksite and obtaining of equipment and material to avoid backtracking or workflow interruptions
  • work with others and in a team by recognising dependencies and using cooperative approaches to optimise workflow and productivity
  • use mathematical ideas and techniques to correctly complete tests and measurements to determine the serviceability of starting motor component parts
  • use pre-checking and inspection techniques to anticipate planning and scheduling problems, avoid wastage of time and material
  • manipulative and dexterity skills to perform starting motor overhaul and component testing and repair/replacement procedures
  • problem-solving skills for a range of procedural issues
  • use workplace technology related to the overhaul of starting motor systems, including the use of specialist tooling and equipment, measuring equipment, computerised technology and communication devices and the reporting/documenting of results

Required knowledge 

A working knowledge of:

  • WHS regulations/requirement, equipment, material and personal safety requirements
  • alternator operating principles
  • construction and operation of starting system motors and components relevant to application
  • types and layout of service/repair manuals (hard copy and electronic)
  • component cleaning, inspection and testing procedures
  • dismantling and assembling/overhaul procedures
  • unit assembly test procedures
  • work organisation and planning processes
  • enterprise quality processes

Evidence Guide


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 

It is essential that competence is fully observed and there is ability to transfer competence to changing circumstances and to respond to unusual situations in the critical aspects of:

  • observing safety procedures and requirements
  • communicating effectively with others involved in or affected by the work
  • selecting methods and techniques appropriate to the circumstances
  • completing preparatory activity in a systematic manner
  • cleaning, testing, inspecting and evaluating components of units
  • overhauling units, including dismantling and reassembling units to manufacturer/component supplier requirements
  • repairing/replacing component parts to manufacturer/component supplier requirements
  • testing final product for return to service
  • completing workplace and equipment documentation.

Context of , and specific resources for assessment 

Application of competence is to be assessed in the workplace or simulated worksite.

Assessment is to occur using standard and authorised work practices, safety requirements and environmental constraints.

Assessment is to comply with regulatory requirements, including Australian Standards.

The following resources should be made available:

  • workplace location or simulated workplace
  • material relevant to the overhaul of starting system motors
  • equipment, hand and power tooling appropriate to the overhaul of starting system motors
  • activities covering mandatory task requirements
  • specifications and work instructions.

Method of assessment 

  • Assessment must satisfy the endorsed Assessment Guidelines of AUR12 Automotive Industry RS&R Training Package
  • Assessment methods must confirm consistency and accuracy of performance together with application of underpinning knowledge
  • Assessment must be by direct observation of tasks, with questioning on underpinning knowledge and it must also reinforce the integration of key competencies
  • Assessment may be applied under project related conditions and require evidence of process
  • Assessment must confirm a reasonable inference that competence is able to be under the particular circumstance, and is able to be transferred to other circumstances
  • It is preferable that assessment reflects a process rather than an event and occurs over a period of time to cover varying quality circumstances. Evidence of performance may be provided by customers, team leaders/members or other persons subject to agreed authentication arrangements
  • Competence in this unit may be assessed in conjunction with other functional units which together form part of the holistic work role

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, 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.

Electrical starting motor and components 

Electrical starting motor and components may be heavy or light, low voltage/direct current motors and fitted to vehicles, plant and equipment, motorcycles and marine equipment


Faults may include:

  • starting motor not operating, noisy operation, poling, open circuits, short circuits, earthing

Overhaul methods 

Overhaul methods are to include:

  • measurements, fault finding with aural, visual and functional assessments (including damage, corrosion, wear, electrical leakage, short circuits and broken circuits), reading/interpreting manufacturer/component supplier information, dismantle, clean, inspect, test and reassemble, fit replacement parts and retest for service

WHS requirements 

WHS requirements are to be in accordance with legislation/regulations/codes of practice and enterprise safety policies and procedures, and may include:

  • protective clothing and equipment, use of tooling and equipment, workplace environment and safety, handling of material, use of fire fighting equipment, enterprise first aid, hazard control and hazardous materials and substances

Personal protective equipment 

Personal protective equipment is to include that prescribed under legislation/regulation/codes of practice and workplace policies and practices

Safe operating procedures 

Safe operating procedures are to include, but are not limited to:

  • the conduct of operational risk assessment and treatments associated with vehicular movement, toxic substances, electrical safety, machinery movement and operation, manual and mechanical lifting and shifting, working in proximity to others and site visitors

Emergency procedures 

Emergency procedures related to this unit are to include, but may not be limited to:

  • emergency shutdown and stopping of equipment, extinguishing fires, enterprise first aid requirements and site evacuation

Environmental requirements 

Environmental requirements are to include, but are not limited to:

  • waste management, noise, dust and clean-up management

Quality requirements 

Quality requirements are to include, but are not limited to:

  • regulations, including Australian Standards, internal company quality policy and standards and enterprise operations and procedures

Statutory /regulatory authorities 

Statutory/regulatory authorities may include:

  • federal, state/territory and local authorities administering acts, regulations and codes of practice

Tooling and equipment 

Tooling and equipment may include:

  • hand tooling, testing equipment, including diode testers, multimeters, growlers, insulation testers, soldering equipment, power tooling, test benches, measuring equipment, including micrometers and callipers


Materials may include:

  • spare parts, solder flux and cleaning material


Communications are to include, but are not limited to:

  • verbal and visual instructions and fault reporting and may include site specific instructions, written instructions, plans or instructions related to job/task, telephones and pagers

Information /documents 

Sources of information/documents may include:

  • verbal or written and graphical instructions, signage, work schedules/plans/specifications, work bulletins, memos, material safety data sheets, diagrams or sketches
  • safe work procedures related to the overhaul of starting system motors
  • regulatory/legislative requirements pertaining to automotive industry, including Australian Design Rules
  • engineer's design specifications and instructions
  • organisation work specifications and requirements
  • instructions issued by authorised enterprise or external persons
  • Australian Standards

Unit Sector(s)

Unit sector 


Co-requisite units

Not applicable.

Competency field

Competency field 

Technical - Electrical and Electronic