Unit of competency details

DEFCA101B - Operate and maintain an armoured fighting vehicle (Release 1)


ReleaseStatusRelease date
1 1 (this release)Current 15/Mar/2012

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Is superseded by and equivalent to DEFCA104 - Operate and maintain an armoured vehicleTitle Change. Unit Descriptor updated. Application added. Language revised from armoured fighting vehicle to armoured vehicle. Required Skills and Knowledge updated. Minor Range Statement changes. PC in Element 2 removed. 23/Jan/2013

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SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 030503 Vehicle Mechanics  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 030503 Vehicle Mechanics  03/Sep/2012 
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Modification History

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Unit Descriptor

Unit Descriptor 

This unit covers the competency required to operate and perform operational level maintenance on an armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) to effectively provide a stable gun platform.

This unit does not cover weapon systems, which is covered in DEFCA102B Operate and maintain armoured fighting vehicle weapon systems.

People who undertake this work will be part of an armoured fighting vehicle crew.

Application of the Unit

Application of the Unit 

The application of this unit in the workplace - the environments, complexities and situations involved - will be written during Phase II of the Review of the PUA00 Public Safety Training Package.

This text will be useful for the purposes of job descriptions, recruitment advice or job analysis; where possible, it will not be too job specific to allow other industries to import it into other Training Packages, where feasible.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.


Prerequisite Unit /s 


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 armoured fighting vehicle for operations 

1.1 Armoured fighting vehicle  is checked  for operation, documentation is completed and equipment is stowed in accordance with standard procedures 

1.2 In-service ammunition  is identified and handled in accordance with standard procedures

1.3 Armoured fighting vehicle is prepared for battle 

1.4 Armoured fighting vehicle faults are identified, reported and/or rectified in accordance with standard procedures

1.5 Occupational health and safety (OH&S) requirements and recognised safety precautions are applied throughout the operation in accordance with standard procedures

2. Operate armoured fighting vehicle 

2.1 Road laws and other legislative requirements are applied throughout the operation in accordance with operational requirements and standard procedures

2.2 Armoured fighting vehicle is driven  in accordance with operational requirements and standard procedures

2.3 Tactical operating techniques  are applied in accordance with operational requirements and standard procedures

2.4 Driving techniques  to negotiate complex terrain  are applied in accordance with operational requirements and standard procedures

2.5 Faults are reacted to in accordance with operational requirements and standard procedures

2.6 Armoured fighting vehicle is manoeuvred to allow the direct fire weapon systems  to be employed in accordance with operational requirements and standard procedures

2.7 Vehicle communications systems  are operated in accordance with standard procedures

2.8 Navigational techniques  are applied in accordance with orders and standard procedures

3. Conduct operator maintenance 

3.1 Inspections and checks  are conducted to maintain armoured fighting vehicle performance in accordance with operational requirements and standard procedures

3.2 Armoured fighting vehicle sub -systems  and ancillary equipment  are tested, adjusted or replaced in accordance with operational requirements and standard procedures

3.3 Relevant documentation is completed and stored in accordance with standard procedures

Required Skills and Knowledge


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

Required Skills 

  • apply operational safety
  • communication skills
  • drive a vehicle
  • employ relevant vehicle equipment
  • fieldcraft skills
  • maintenance skills
  • navigation techniques
  • work in a team

Required Knowledge 

  • characteristics and employment of vehicle weapon systems
  • characteristics, technical capabilities, maintenance requirements and employment of vehicle communication systems
  • characteristics, technical capabilities, maintenance requirements, effects, employment and limitations of vehicle
  • current operational environment
  • fieldcraft
  • navigation techniques
  • operational safety
  • orders
  • specific civil and military regulations relevant to the operation of the vehicle
  • team work
  • vehicle documentation

Evidence Guide


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

Assessment must confirm the ability to receive and apply orders; to react instinctively to orders; to operate the vehicle without a breach of safety procedures; to apply tactical operating techniques over cross country, roads and water crossings and to apply defensive driving techniques work as an effective member of the crew.

Consistency in performance 

Competency should be demonstrated over a range of actual or simulated operator contexts that could be expected in an operation.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Context of assessment 

Competency should be assessed in an operational or simulated operational environment. The simulation should replicate the live environment where stress and fatigue are key features. The individual must be assessed as part of a crew.

Specific resources for assessment 

Access to an armoured fighting vehicle, crew and suitable area for driving.

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.

Armoured fighting vehicle may include 

All current in-service equipment:

  • main battle tank family of vehicles (MBT FOV)
  • Australian light armoured vehicle family of vehicles (ASLAV FOV)
  • armoured personnel carrier family of vehicles (APC FOV)

Checking an armoured fighting vehicle include 

Preparation for recovery and water operations

Testing, adjusting and/or replacing:

  • air intake and exhaust system
  • braking systems
  • cooling system
  • engine lubrication system
  • firefighting equipment
  • fuel system
  • hydraulic system
  • lighting, electrical and charging system
  • pivot steering system
  • steering mechanical and hydraulic systems
  • suspension and running gear
  • transmission system
  • transfer case, differentials and marine drives
  • universal joints, drive shafts and planetary gears
  • vehicles batteries

Standard procedures may include 

Australian Standards

Job guides, pamphlets and other publications

Manufacturers' handbooks, industry specifications and technical instructions

OH&S regulations

Organisational policies and procedures

Relevant local government by-laws

Relevant state/territory or federal legislation

Verbal and/or written orders and job instructions

Ammunition may include 

120 mm

105 mm

25 mm

12.7 mm

.50 calibre

.30 calibre

7.62 mm

9 mm

5.56 mm

And can be identified by:

  • colour
  • hazard band labelling
  • lot/batch numbers
  • markings
  • nomenclature packaging
  • type eg high explosive anti-tank (HEAT), high explosive squash head (HESH), armour piercing discarding sabot (APDS)

Preparing an armoured fighting vehicle for battle may include loading 


Camouflage gear



Driving an armoured fighting vehicle include 






Tactical operating techniques must include 

Specific patrol formations

Methods of movement

Adoption of fire positions

Concealment procedures

Turret down

Hull down

All around defence


Counter surveillance techniques

Use of ground to provide cover and concealment

Physical concealment of vehicle

Driving techniques must include 

Approach (entry/exit)

Gear selection



Use of brakes

Complex terrain may include 

Ascents and descents

Bogs and marshlands

Close country

Dirt tracks


Knife edges

Open country


Roads and highways



Urban and rural areas

Vertical steps

Water courses

Direct fire weapon systems may include 

APC FOV weapons systems (e.g. 12.7 mm, 7.62 mm)

ASLAV FOV weapon systems (e.g. 25 mm)

MBT FOV weapon systems (e.g.105 mm, 120 mm)

Vehicle communication systems may include 

Associated communication accessories

Battlefield command support system

Cipher equipment

HF installation

Remote and line equipment

UHF installation

VHF installation

Vehicle intercommunication system

Navigational techniques may include 

Map marking

Map reading

Operating global positioning systems

Route cards

Inspections and checks may include 

First parade

Halt parade

Final parade

Ancillary equipment

Basic maintenance and fault finding

Communication checks

Functionality of key operating components

Service engine

Weapon systems operation

Sub-systems may include 

Air intake and exhaust system

AFV ramp system

Compressed air and braking systems

Cooling system

Engine lubrication system

Firefighting equipment

Fuel system


Hydraulic system

Lighting, electrical and charging system

Nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC) system

Pivot steering system

Steering mechanical and hydraulic systems

Suspension and running gear

Transfer case, differentials and marine drives

Transmission system

Universal joints, drive shafts and planetary gears

Vehicles batteries

Water operations system

Wheels and suspension

Ancillary equipment may include 

Block and tackle



Emergency breathing apparatus

Firefighting equipment

Fuel pumps


Global positioning systems

Night fighting equipment

Specialist medical equipment

Specialist tools and equipment

Unit Sector(s)

Not applicable.

Corequisite Unit/s

Co-requisite Unit /s 


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