Hard Technology

Wood – Metal – Graphics

The Hard Technology Department of Edgecumbe College delivers three curriculum areas.  They are Wood Technology, Mechanical Engineering and Design and Visual Communication.  In other words, Woodwork, Metalwork, and Graphics as they were previously known.  Although the names are different, we still follow the mantra of ‘hands on’ learning through the development and practice of good hand tool, machine tool, and basic processing skills.  Time proven skills and learning through this method allows the students to gain confidence and thereby they develop ways to extend themselves further through the design process.  This means that they will have a vested interest in their work rather than having all students producing the exact same design product.  To reach this level of independence students are encouraged to follow through all our courses from Year 9 to Year 13.  At the high end of their education they can achieve some amazing results and best prepare themselves for the workplace, whether this be in University or in a Trade.  Over the years we have had many students do this and it is always neat to read of or hear of their successes.  


What are our subjects about? 

Woodwork and Metalwork use their main component materials and the students use the expected processes to cut, prepare to suze/shape, join/assemble, and finish these materials to complete their projects.  From Year 9 and with each successive year student’s knowledge and exposure to new tools/skills/machine/processes is built upon therefore bringing more depth in all areas of learning.  By Year 13 students are expected to be almost completely independent and should be able to plan and execute a complete project plus extend their present skill set.  At the completion of a full programme of learning our students can progress further in their learning through to the Trade/Apprenticeships or Polytechnic/University. 


DVC starts at Year 10 and builds in a similar manner to the practical subjects and allows students to develop their knowledge in both the freehand, traditional drawing and computer assisted skills areas required to communicate a design and its development through the design process.  As students’ progress through this subject they too are exposed to the differing elements required to bring about greater depth in understanding of the design and visual communication skills expected to continue through to a University course. 

Some amazing examples of student work.