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Curriculum 2022

Metal Technology


Subject Name Metal Technology
Year Level 10
Subject Length Semester
Subject Type Optional
Staff Contact Tim Rodgers


This course focuses on welding, machining and following Safe Operating Procedures to design and build metal products.  

The focus of term one is welding: oxy-acetylene welding (fusion and braze welding), Metal Inert Gas (MIG) welding and Manual Metal Arc Welding (MMAW), also known as stick/arc welding. Students work through the design process to investigate, plan, design, generate and evaluate their own project. Materials are predominantly hollow steel tube (square or round) with some flat steel as required. Projects could include BBQ fire pits/plates, pot stands, stools, small desks, log holders and more.  

The second term focuses on metal lathe operation. The project is a brass sprinkler head and involves facing, turning, drilling, thread tapping, and use of hand tools. 


Tasks may include:

  • Design Folio
  • Series of sample welds
  • Metal Project Production
  • Evaluation of the metal project 
  • Metal Lathe Operations 
  • Brass Sprinkler Head Production
  • Lathe Presentation  

Additional Information

Students receive a fixed amount of material to produce their design. Extra material can be purchased through the school. Alternatively, through negotiation with the teacher, students can bring extra material from home for their projects.