Materials Technology
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 Food Technology

This is the study of the application of various technology in the use of food in the world around us. Included are the following: -

  • Food processing
  • Food preparation
  • Technologies involved in the use of food
  • Nutrition
  • Food science and Hygiene
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • The social context of food in our community.

The study of Food Technology at Mazenod College incorporates the learning of practical skills with sound theoretical knowledge forming the basis of understanding in this fundamental area of human activity.


Materials Technology - Metals

Students explore the social and environmental implications of using various materials. They start to recognise that the supply of some materials is limited, and examine possibilities for reusing and recycling materials. Students use materials tests as one method of determining the appropriateness of the materials for specific purposes as well as a range of factors that affect product design and technological innovation including aesthetics, function and social, environmental and economic factors. They also become aware of organisations that monitor quality control including the Australian Standards Association. Design briefs are sometimes client based, where students liaise with a client to develop ideas for meeting a specific need. Students can work through the technology process independently, and evaluate and modify their plans as required.


 Timber Technology

The program taught in Year 8 and Year 9 is introductory, based on the sequential development of skills. This incorporates Safety Procedures, Joinery, Wood-turning and Finishing techniques. Year 10 sees the introduction of Vocational Education and Training (V.E.T) in Furnishing, Cabinet making stream. This course is the beginning of three years of study that culminates in the students achieving V.C.E. units 1,2,3, and 4 as well as a T.A.F.E. certificate of partial completion of the Pre Apprenticeship course in Cabinet-making stream.