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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Auto Electrical Work WAEC Syllabus

This is the complete Auto Electrical Work WAEC Syllabus for this years WAEC examination. Candidates for WAEC GCE (External) and candidates for WAEC SSCE (Internal) are reminded to use this syllabus to prepare for their examination. Click here "WAEC Syllabus" to get the rest of the subjects.

Auto Electrical Work WAEC Syllabus

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Auto Electrical Work WAEC Syllabus

Below is the WAEC Syllabus for this year; kindly make judicious use of it.


This examination syllabus has been evolved from the Senior Secondary School Trade Curriculum. The examination syllabus does not replace the curriculum.
The syllabus has been arranged to subsume six themes: battery, starting, ignition, charging, lighting and auxiliary systems.

The objective of the syllabus is to test candidates’ knowledge, skills and attitude in the field of Auto Electrical Works. Specifically, candidates are to:
  • understand the concepts in auto electrical works;
  • use tools and equipment to carry out maintenance and repair on motor vehicles;
  • understand the safety practices and observe them in the work environment.

There will be three papers, Papers 1, 2 and 3, all of which are to be taken. Papers 1 and 2 shall be a composite paper to be taken at one sitting.
PAPER 1:      will consist of forty multiple-choice objective questions all of which are to be answered in 45 minutes for 40 marks.
PAPER 2:      will consist of six short-structured questions. Candidates will be required   to answer any four in 1 hour for 60 marks.
PAPER 3:      will be a practical test of 2 hours duration. It will consist of three skill-based questions out of which candidates will answer two for 90 marks.
A list of materials for the test shall be made available to schools not less than two weeks before the paper is taken for materials procurement and relevant preparations.
Alternative to Practical Test:
Alternatively, in the event that materials for the actual practical test cannot be acquired, the Council may consider testing theoretically, candidates’ level of acquisition of the practical skills prescribed in the syllabus. For this alternative test, there will be two compulsory essay questions to be answered in 2 hours for 100 marks.
Industrial Attachment
This should be done by the candidates during the long vacation between their SS II and SS III course. It will be supervised and assessed by their subject teachers. It will carry 10 marks.


1.1  Concept of  battery

1.2  Uses of battery

1.3  Types, Constructional details and ratings

1.4  Charging

1.5 Testing and Maintenance


2.1 Purpose and components of starting system

2.2 Circuit diagram

2.3 Types of starter motor

2.4 Repair of starter motors


3.1 Purpose and components of ignition system

3.2 Circuit diagram

3.3 Construction and operation of ignition coil

3.4 Types of Ignition System

3.5 Timing

3.6 Faults and repairs


4.1 Purpose and components of charging system

4.2 Alternator

4.3 Circuit diagram

4.4 Faults and repairs


5.1 Purpose and classification of lighting in a motor

5.2 Head lamps

5.3 Circuit diagram

5.4 Maintenance and repairs


6.1 Concept and components of auxiliary system

6.2 Constructional details and operation of
auxiliary system component

6.3 Maintenance and repairs of auxiliary
Definition, distinction between motor vehicle battery and other batteries

Treatment should include vehicle battery assembly and as power source in soldering

Lead-acid and Nickel-alkaline types

Safety rules
Electrolyte preparation
Battery cleaning and connection
Charging mode
State of charge
Treatment should include electrolyte testing

Specific gravity test of electrolyte
Cell voltage and polarity tests
Tools and equipment
Treatment should include electrolyte topping up, hydrometer reading and interpretation, over-charging symptoms and idle-battery safe-keeping hint

Treatment should include battery, flywheel, starter
motor, switch and solenoid

Drawing and reading of circuit diagram
Treatment should include the location of the
components and their sequential arrangement  in a

Axial and Inertia.
Treatment should include pinion engagements

Dismantling and assembling
Bushing and brush replacement
Commutator soldering/repair
Trouble shooting and rectification

Treatment should include armature servicing,
diagnosis and repairs/restoration

Ignition system assembly
Treatment should include circuit cables, ignition
switch, battery, coil, distributor, capacitor, high
tension leads and sparking plugs

Drawing and reading of circuit diagram
Treatment should include line diagram and
conventional symbols

Circuit diagram
Treatment should include the internal construction
of the coil

Conventional contact breaker and electronic
ignition systems

Concept and timing faults such as retarded ignition and over-advanced ignition.

Hard starting
Back firing etc.
Emphasize the use of multimeter, scanner, test
lamps etc.

Charging system assembly as a sub-system in a
motor vehicle
Treatment should include  switch, battery, cables,
alternators, voltage regulators.

Constructional details
Conversion of a.c. to d.c.(rectification)
Function of each part of an alternator

Drawing and reading of circuit diagram
Treatment should include graphical and pictorial
representation, need for diagrammatic
representation and how to remove and fix the
charging system units

Brush and Bearing replacement
Diode testing, repair and replacement
Treatment should include bearing seizure, charging
failure etc.

Obligatory and non-obligatory lights

Setting of head lamps

Classification, drawing and reading of circuit

Trouble shooting
Treatment should include tools, equipment and
procedures for repairing faults such as broken
headlamp lens, bulb failure, non-aligned
headlamps, open and short circuits etc.

Definition, uses and units
Treatment should include needs for auxiliary

Treatment should include water temperature gauge,
oil pressure gauge, fuel gauge, horn relay, wiper
switch, screen watcher pump, indicator and door

Treatment should include tools and equipment and
Procedures for repairs of faults such as the failure
of horn, screen wiper, oil pressure gauge, fuel
gauge etc.


  • Motor batteries
  • Battery head  moulder set
  • A complete tool box
  • Polythene hand gloves sets
  • Ammeter, voltmeter, multimeter
  • High rate discharge tester
  • Spanners, hand drilling machine
  • Vice
  • Bench/Table
  • Wire brush, bearing extractor, pulley extractor
  • Feeler gauge, soldering iron and lead
  • Emery cloth, wooden file, aprons
  • Jumper cable, magnetic pick-up
  • Googles, plastic trays
  • Hydrometer
  • Tester (Screw driver type)
  • Battery charger, testing lamp, cable stripper, insulation tape

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