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Course - Industrial Technology

At Covenant Christian School, the Industrial Technology syllabus provides opportunities for students to:

  • acknowledge God as the perfect designer and creator of the universe
  • develop environmental and social responsibility in design and the use of technology, by seeing God as the provider of all resources
  • use their God-given creative skills in the design process
  • develop godly attitudes in the way they treat other people within the classroom and the wider community.

Content 

Year 9

Industrial Technology is an elective subject which is studied during Year 9 in the senior workshop (F12). Students will be supplied with materials required for the course. The course is broken up into two semesters, one strand per semester. The strands are:

  • General Wood 1: step ladder and product design
  • Wood Machining 3: turned mallet.

Associated theory work is completed in class. This will take 25 per cent of the allocated periods.

Year 10

Industrial Technology is an elective subject which is studied during Year 10 in the senior workshop (F12). Students will be supplied with materials required for the wood machining part of the course. In the second half of the course students will produce a major work where all materials for this project must be self-purchased. The course is broken up into two semesters, one strand each semester. The strands are:

  • General Wood 2: major project
  • Wood Machining 4: segmented bowl.

In both these electives, students will develop primary and intermediate competencies on the band saw, wood lathe, drop saw, drill press, routers, biscuit jointers, belt and orbital/finishing sanders, and hand circular saws.

Practical experiences

Across both years, students will gain knowledge and skills in: 

  • workplace health and safety – clothing, hand tools, power tools and equipment, work tools and workplace safety
  • tools – hand tools, power tools and workshop machines
  • materials – composite boards, production from forestry of timber identifying grain structure
  • cutting and shaping – machine joints, routers and edges, turning bowls, sharpening chisels, planes and lathe tools
  • timber joints – dovetail, widening, domino, butt, housing, rebate
  • assembly – carcass construction using a variety of clamps
  • finishing – enamel, acrylic, spray, brush, thinning and cleaning.

Class time is spent working on practical projects and receiving practical instruction. The design and drawing of each project is completed prior to construction commencing. Associated theory work is completed at home. 

Download the PDF (below) to get the full course description.

FAQ

What projects do we make?

In Year 9, we make a step ladder, a lathe turned mallet, and small timber product designed by the students. 

In Year 10, students design and construct a mini major project that is completed over the whole year and a lathe turned segmented bowl. The mini major project allows students to choose what they wish to make (in negotiation with their teacher). 

Students are encouraged to consider cost, their own skills, abilities and resources available when determining the degree of difficulty, complexity, size and scope of their major project. The use of a plan is highly recommended.

Are there any costs involved?

Yes. The cost of the mini major project in Year 10 is billed to parents/carers. Generally, projects range in cost from $50 - $200 depending on the size, scope and materials selected. All other project materials in Year 9 and 10 are supplied.

How much theory is there?

Like any subject, there is important theoretical knowledge that is part of the Industrial Technology course. This includes learning about the timber and furnishings industry, along with the foundational knowledge and understanding of timber, and the tools, processes and techniques that underpin quality practice in the workshop. Design, sketching, Computer Aided Design (CAD), project planning, costing and workplace Health and Safety are other key areas of theory covered. This theory is provided in the context of the projects students complete, and ultimately helps students become better woodworkers. 

Do I need to do Industrial Tech in Year 9 and 10 to do it in Year 11 and 12?

No. There are no pre-requisites for the Year 11 (and thus HSC) Industrial Technology course. However, you will gain valuable skills in Stage 5 (Years 9 and 10) that can be built on in the senior years. Students who pick the subject up in Year 11 are at a great disadvantage.

What is the difference between Industrial Technology Timber and Design and Technology?

Industrial Technology looks at the design process in the context of one particular technology or medium. In this instance it is Timber. Think of it as learning the craft of furniture design and cabinetmaking – heavily skill based. 

Design and Technology focuses on the design process itself, and is not limited to a particular technology or medium. The focus is on identifying a need or problem, and then the application of the design process to solve that need or problem. Projects in Design and Technology are therefor wide ranging in scope, and thus the choice of materials, tools and technologies used is determined by the nature of the project. Think of it as more like product design.

Can I do Industrial Technology Timber in Year 10 if I don’t pick it for Year 9?

Yes. There is no prerequisite for Industrial Technology so you can switch into it in Year 10 provided class numbers allow it. However, students who pick the subject up in Year 10 are at a great disadvantage. They have missed much of the foundational knowledge and skills from the highly scaffolded projects in Year 9. 

Should I pick the subject if I am not good at woodwork but enjoy it?

Yes! Woodwork is like any skill – it takes time to develop. God cares about our attitudes; not how good we are at something. If you enjoy it – then I say go for it!

If you have further questions, please contact:
TAS Coordinator - Mr Nick Williams
nwilliams@covenant.nsw.edu.au