Metalwork is one of the technology subjects offered at junior cycle. It is an activity-based course focusing on metal, how to work with it and how to assemble different parts. Other materials such as plastics and wood are also investigated and used in project work. You will be working with basic electronic components too.

What will I learn in Metalwork?

Some of the things you will learn include:

  • how to read and follow a technical drawing
  • skills in shaping, cutting and joining materials
  • how to use a wide variety of tools and machines correctly and safely
  • the properties of different metals and how they are made
  • the importance of metal in our everyday lives
  • how to use the internet in your research.

How will I learn Metalwork in school?

Some of the things you may do with your teacher and your classmates are:

  • examine the properties of different metals, plastics and wood
  • examine simple mechanisms and ‘how things work’
  • learn how to do freehand sketching
  • develop good craft skills using hand tools and machines in a safe way
  • learn many different methods of joining and assembling materials
  • learn how to apply a variety of decorative finishes to your project work
  • learn about basic electronic components and how to construct simple electronic circuits.

There are three parts to the exam:

  • course work project-there is a project worth37.5%. You will have approximately four months to make it
  • written examination- the written paper is based on metalwork theory and makes up 25%
  • ractical exam – this is worth37.5% of the total marks. This involves making and assembling parts from a given drawing and you will have three hours to do this.