Wood & Metal
Students working in Woodwork at St. Joseph’s College are given the opportunity to learn in an engaging and vibrant environment. They are encouraged to develop skills that will take them well beyond their school years. The curriculum is designed to be inclusive of their future needs, whether that is as an independent home handyperson, or as a stepping stone for a trade-based career path.
Students are given an introduction into wood working procedures and encouraged to develop skills in the appropriate use of hand tools with a focus on Occupational Health & Safety practices.
They develop an understanding of furniture design and professional practices, sustainable use of materials and competency in the use of a range of power tools. At senior levels they are encouraged to design and produce exhibition standard, custom made pieces of fine furniture, using a range of Australian and exotic timbers.
In the metal based area of Technology students use an engineering design approach to create solutions to perform a task. They explore the use of mechanisms and control and combine those with metal construction skills to build functional systems. Students develop skills in shaping, joining and finishing practical metal projects. Designing while developing an understanding of the properties, limitations and possibilities of materials and mechanisms, provides students the opportunity to explore and create solutions.