Level 1 Materials and Design Technology

Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: S. Anderson

Entry Guidelines

A proven interest and ability in Materials Technology at Y9 &10

Materials and Design Technology is a practical subject that focuses on the activities of designing, making and evaluating projects; using a range of materials, tools and processes.  This is a practical workshop based course.

Students will gain workshop skills through the use of tools and materials to make a project. Projects are designed, made and evaluated to a brief.  Emphasis is placed on design, drawings, problem solving, hand skills, craftsmanship, finishing and evaluation of finished work.

Students make practical workshop projects in materials (wood, metal, plastic, etc.) using processes (marking out, cutting, machining, metal casting, finishing etc.) to achieve a final product.  A folio of design work with models, prototypes, photos of the work and process will be presented with the finished project.

Please note: As a subject that requires the use of a specialist classroom, this course could become oversubscribed and require a cap on student numbers. At the time of subject selection beginning this does not appear to be necessary, but later in the year it may be that numbers need to be reduced in MTY1. If this scenario arises then students will be confirmed on the course on a first-come-first-served basis and later applications may be removed. For this reason, students are encouraged to apply for this course as soon as possible to avoid potential disappointment later.

Alternative Standard

A.S. 91063 v5 Design and Visual Communication 1.30 - Produce freehand sketches that communicate design ideas - 3 credits, external

This standard could be taken as an alternative to one of the internals listed below, with consultation with the teacher. This would make the course eligible for endorsement




Level 2 Materials and Design Technology

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

$100 for project materials. Additional cost may be incurred with complex projects.

Pathway Tags

Automotive Industry: Automotive Engineer, Automotive Electrician, Motor Body Trades: Light and Heavy Fabrication Engineering: Fitter Turner, Composite Engineer, Machinist and Toolmaker, Marine Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Construction: Scaffolder, Roofer, Boat Builder, Plumber/Gasfitter Armed Forces: Navy Weapons, Engineering Officer, Aircraft Engineer, Army Field Engineer, Aeronautical Engineer, Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, Architect, Architectural Technician, Automotive Mechanic, Bicycle Mechanic, Biochemist, Biomedical Engineer, Biomedical Technician (Mechanical and Electronic), Biotechnologist, Boiler Attendant, Brewer, Butcher, Cabinet Maker, Chemical Engineer, Chemical Production Operator, Chemist, Civil Engineer, Civil Engineering Technician/Draughtsperson


An individual course will only run if sufficient students are accepted into the course.

All approvals for courses through this system are subject to satisfactory achievement in remaining internal standards and external examinations. Course Confirmation Day will run at the start of next year, where final approval for each course will be confirmed.