Monthly Archives: June 2023

Mastering Skills in Welding

Stepping-up their skills in Arc, Mig, and Tig welding, not only do our Year 11 Metals & Engineering students need to be confident in their skills but also competent.

Students have been busy mastering their technical skills in the different welding processes before commencing a specialised project.

They have been building upon their physical and personal abilities which will make them highly skilled and sought-after technicians in metalwork. Attention to detail, steady hands, hand-eye coordination, the ability to focus on minute details, adhering to standards and specifications, and maintaining a neat and safe work environment.

Year 11 Metals & Engineering - Welding

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Anchoring for Electrical Installations

Year 11 Electrotechnology students have been familiarising themselves with anchoring electrical support structures. Creating pilot holes to then attach, fix, mount, or anchor into a structure such as a wall or frame, in this task cement and steel material, in what will become common practice as an electrician.

Students have been using a variety of hand-tools, including drills, spanners and screwdrivers, and fixings, including wall plugs, concrete and masonry fasteners, and self-drilling screws, to get the job done.

This task is in preparation for the next stage in their electrical installation – installing electrical cabling systems.

Building woodworking skills

In the Trade Applications – Joinery subject, our Year 10 students have been learning the fundamentals of woodworking by getting to know materials and the tools used to cut, shape, join and finish projects.

Students are hard at work making a portable and foldable lap table, for working on their laptop or for that special breakfast in bed!
Made from pine wood with a feature piece of hardwood, either Walnut or Jarrah, this piece is a skill-building project and a functional piece demonstrating measuring, cutting and joinery skills.
The project requires students to become familiar and confident in using various hand tools, including chisels and saws, and powered equipment, including drop saws, compound mitre saws, portable routers, and orbital sanders.
Learning different methods of joins, including a ‘biscuit’ joint for the top surface pieces that involves inserting a wooden spine in slots cut into two corresponding pieces of wood. A cross-halving joint used for the assembly of the folding legs, a common woodworking joining method where half the thickness is removed from both pieces of timber where they cross.

The project will be undertaken over several weeks with an option of a design applied to the top surface using a laser engraver. We look forward to seeing the final products!

A Baker’s Delight

There’s nothing like the aroma of freshly baked bread. These gorgeous focaccia breads were created by our Food & Hospitality students as an additional activity during a recent VET training day.

The classic Italian yeast breads were topped with coarse salt and rosemary (optional), and a generous amount of olive oil to flavour the dough. No fancy equipment necessary to create this perfect side dish to be enjoyed with dinner, such as soups and casseroles, sliced as a sandwich bread, or enjoyed on its own. Bellissimo!

Food & Hospitality - Focaccia

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First Fix Electrics

Our Year 11 Electrotechnology students have been installing electrical supports and cable containments as part of the First Fix – Stage 1 in their electrical installation.

The first fix involves the positioning and securing of a PVC junction box which is used to house the cable splices and protects the connections inside, cable trucking and conduits including brackets and anchors, as well as mounting switches and sockets.

Over the next few weeks, students will then work on Stages 2-5, carrying out installation of cables, terminating, testing, and commissioning – making sure it all works!