Introduction to Metalwork

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.

Some of the things you will learn in metalwork 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 safetly
  • 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 Metalwork be useful for me?

You will be able to work with metals and other materials such as wood and plastic. You will be able to assemble these materials into useful and interesting items. You will know the most suitable finish to apply to your project and how to apply it.


How can I learn more about Metalwork outside of school?

Some of the things you may do are:

  • Take note of the importance of metals and engineering materials in everyday life in the world around you
  • Look out for different metals and try to name them
  • Look at designs of everyday items around you. Try to work out how they are put together and why they are put together this way.


Course Structure and Examination

The complete course carries 400 marks and is divided into two main sections

  1. Techniques and Design which incorporates all of the practical work and is allocated 300 marks; 200 marks for a practical examination and 100 marks for project work;
  2. Materials Technology which is the related technical and technological comprehension, examined by written examination, carrying 100 marks.