Paul Fieldwick, teacher of Design and Technology at Halls Head Community College in Australia has given us an inside look at his curriculum and inspiring teaching style.
Here’s what he had to say about his student’s work:
Year 8 Wood and Materials Design
We are a typical government school in Western Australia catering for students from Years 8 – 12 (13 – 17 years old) when students join us we obviously start with the basics of measuring, marking out, hand skills, and of course safety. I tell the students that “machines do not have a conscious, they will not let go just because you are screaming in agony. They will keep spinning until part of you comes off” I usually follow this up with a couple of gory posters and stories of kids getting their hair caught in the drill press etc. My aim is to scare them so they do not get complacent.
Once the students have made a couple of simple projects, including using plastics, I then introduce the design skills of sketching in oblique and orthogonal (top view, front view, and side view). For their final project they are required to design and make a pencil holder using wood and plastic. Students are required to sketch and label their design, apply approximate dimensions, and complete a cutting list.
Did you know Jan is sponsoring Danny Schaftlein – our Milling Manager – for his Joinery apprenticeship? He has just completed his 3rd year at BCIT and found this year’s general focus to be on production methods, curved millwork, and drafting with AutoCAD. His personal project was a mirror frame incorporating laminated and solids curved parts. Can hardly wait to see the finished mirror once the glass is installed. He has maintained a 95% average over the past 3-years. We are very proud of him!!
He spent more time home on the weekends this year and became up close and personal with the BC Ferry schedule….or lack thereof He did say that there were more apprentices representing Victoria this year. Nice to see.
A Journey into Journeymanship.
Do you know what a Joiner is? A Joiner will layout, machine, assemble, install and finish products that are fabricated from wood, plastics and other materials. Many of these processes will combine conventional techniques with automated (CNC/CAD/CAM) procedures.
As an example, joiners work in these areas:
- Architectural Woodwork (Millwork)
- Commercial furnishings
- Residential furnishings
- Yacht interiors
- Specialty items
To become a certified journeyperson, you need to complete four years of apprenticeship training. Apprenticeship is a time-proven method of acquiring skills in the trade by combining technical in-school instruction with practical on-the-job training. Apprenticeship training is the best method for passing along trade skills from one generation to the next.
From the mouth of Danny:
“I’m looking forward to learning something new and spending time in the big city!”
Beyond acing his exams to date, Danny’s taken time to explore the Sloquet hot springs. Here are his thoughts: