Technologies

Como Secondary College

Year 7 and 8 Design and Technology

Students start to develop and use knowledge relating to common materials (timber, metal & plastic) and practical skills to manipulate materials into 3D products.  As student skills and knowledge progress the Technology Process is used to determine material and product specifications and further develop practical skills to produce 3D products.

Year 9 and 10 Design & Technology General (2 periods/week)

Students develop knowledge and skills in designing and producing 3D products from metals, timbers and plastics by:

  • Selecting materials based on their mechanical properties and the effects on the environment and community.
  • Interpreting plans and technical drawings
  • Safely manipulating materials using a wide range of tools and equipment to produce a product that meets specifications and aesthetic and functional requirements.

The skills and knowledge learnt provide a foundation for Y11 & 12 courses like MDT Wood and Cert II Engineering.

Year 9 and 10 Design & Technology Extension

Students who choose Materials Technology for 4 periods per week undertake a more detailed approach to 3D products and developing solutions to problems by also:

  • Investigating mechanical systems, structures, forces and the mechanical properties of materials.
  • Learning the skills of freehand concept sketching and interpreting and producing technical drawings and
  • Prototyping.

Students then produce a wide variety of 3D products by selecting materials (timber, plastic and metal) based on their mechanical properties and their impact on the environment and community. The materials are then safely manipulated using a wide range of tools and equipment to produce a product that meets specifications, aesthetic and functional requirements.

The extra skills and knowledge gained allow students to be better prepared for Years 11 & 12 courses like MDT Wood and Cert II Engineering.

Year 11 and 12 Cert II Engineering Pathways

IMG_0247The Cert II Engineering Pathways course is essentially a practical course focusing on real-life contexts that introduces students to the engineering and manufacturing industry.  Students will gain an understanding of the basic skills and knowledge used by mechanical tradesmen. They will then apply this knowledge and skill to manipulate materials using a range of processes, tools and machines to produce a 3D product or designed solution. This is an opportunity to begin a career pathway  that has links to a wide variety of occupations in the engineering , manufacturing,  mining and construction industries.  The course is based on nationally endorsed training packages and provides students with the opportunity to achieve nationally recognised vocational qualifications under the AQF and gain course unit credit towards the WACE. This course is conducted at the Curtain Trade Training Centre located on the Kent St Senior High School Campus. This is a new facility opened in 2014.

Year 11 and 12 Materials Design and Technology (Wood) General

IMG_2466The Materials Design and Technology General course is a practical course. Students design and manufacture products focusing on timber as the main material. Students have the opportunity to develop and practice skills that contribute to creating a physical product, while acquiring an appreciation of the application of a design process, and an understanding of the need for materials sustainability. Students will learn and practice manufacturing processes and technologies, including principles of design, planning and management.

Year 11 and 12 Cert II Furniture Making or Cert II Furniture Pathways

IMG_0277One of these courses is planned to be offered in 2017 or 2018. It will be a practical course focusing on real-life contexts that introduces students to designing and manufacturing 3D product made from timber.  Students will gain an understanding of the basic skills and knowledge used by tradespeople in the furniture and cabinetmaking industries. Students will then apply this knowledge and skill to manipulate timbers using a range of processes, tools and machines to produce a 3D product or designed solution. This is an opportunity to begin a career pathway that has links to a wide variety of occupations in the cabinet, housing, restoration and furniture making industries.  The course will be based on nationally endorsed training packages and provides students with the opportunity to achieve nationally recognised vocational qualifications under the AQF and gain course unit credit towards the WACE. New facilities designed to meet the needs of students undertaking the course are currently being built on the Como Secondary College site.