OnlineSession 1N/A

Unit description

Enhances students' understanding of the metal industry including relevant factors such as historical, social, cultural, economic, personal and environmental issues. The design and manufacture, and teaching of metal technology teaching and products are considered. The unit extends students' skills and methods in the safe marking out, cutting, machining, fabricating, joining, modifying properties, colouring and finishing and their understanding of the use and maintenance of tools and machinery.

Unit content

  1. factors that impact on the metal industry's materials and practices such as; past and present impact and influences;  the economy, society and the environment.
  2. Personnel issues such as workplace health and safety 
  3. Tools and machinery used in the metal industry and the impact of emerging technologies on the way manufactured products are made and used.
  4. The practice of design and production/manufacture in the metal industry including the development of time and finance plans.
  5. metalworking skills and methods used for a variety of metals in marking out, cutting, machining, fabricating, joining, modifying properties, colouring and finishing.
  6. The use and maintenance of a range of appropriate tools and machinery used in the manufacture of metal products.
  7. Teaching of essential project management and communication skills through the design, documentation and manufacture of metal-based projects using appropriate processes, tools and machinery.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • The is no text to purchase however we do provide you access to a text that is out of print. Copies are available in MySCU, however you may come across copies for your own professional library, look for it at markets and second-hand book stores: Abelson, B & Pateman, A, 1988, Metalworking Part One and Part Two, 2nd edn, McGraw-Hill, Sydney. ISBN: 0-07-452582-4.
  • You will need to download this document: NSW Board of Studies, 1999, Industrial Technology Stage 6, Revised 2008, Board of Studies NSW, Sydney. ISBN: 0-7313-4228-3.
  • You will need to download this document: NSW Board of Studies, 2003, Industrial Technology 7-10, Board of Studies NSW, Sydney. ISBN: 1-7409-9741-7.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Workshop on-site 5 days (Once)
Tutorial online 1 hour (5 weeks)
Structured online learning self paced (self paced)
Practical skills60%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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