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Industrial Technology Years 7–10 Syllabus


Polymers – Core Module 2

Students learn about:

Students learn to:

OHS and Risk Management

(refer to Outcomes 5.1.1, 5.1.2, 5.4.2 on page 12)

identified hazards in the work environment

principles of risk management

clean and hygienic work practices

safely use hand and power tools, materials, finishes and equipment

select and use personal protective equipment


(refer to Outcomes 5.3.1, 5.3.2, 5.5.1 on pages 12–13)

the properties and applications of materials and components associated with polymer products such as:

acrylics, glass-reinforced plastics, carbon-reinforced plastics etc

release agents and waxes, hardeners, gelcoats, flowcoats, pigments, resins, types of glass reinforcing etc

identify a range of appropriate polymers and their applications

select appropriate polymer materials for practical projects

safely use a range of materials in the construction of polymer projects

Equipment, Tools and Machines

(refer to Outcomes 5.2.2, 5.4.2, 5.5.1 on pages 12–13)

the care and use of a range of hand, machine and portable power tools used for:

cutting, shaping and drilling



the care and use of a range of tools used for:

preparing and using moulds

laying up and laminating

trimming and joining

use a range of tools in the production of polymer projects

maintain, adjust and properly care for a range of hand, machine and portable power tools used in the production of practical polymer projects

use and maintain simple moulds


(refer to Outcomes 5.2.2, 5.4.2, 5.5.1 on pages 12–13)

a range of processes, methods and techniques used for:

measuring, sizing and estimating

mixing materials

preparing, laying up and releasing single-part moulds

the manufacture of a range of polymer projects made from thermoplastic and thermosetting materials

trimming and finishing moulded products

use hand tools and weight and volume measuring devices safely and accurately

use a range of tools and processes to cut, shape, produce and finish a variety of polymer projects

use templates and jigs for thermoplastic projects

prepare and use moulds for glass-reinforced plastic projects

apply suitable finishes and edge treatments to moulded and other polymer projects

Links to Industry

(refer to Outcomes 5.5.1, 5.7.2 on page 13)

industrial techniques and processes

the relationships between careers and industries in the metals area

identify alternative historical industrial technologies appropriate to the tasks and materials being used

relate industrial production techniques to work in the classroom

describe different careers within polymer-based industries and analyse the relationships between them


(refer to Outcomes 5.2.1, 5.5.1, 5.6.1 on pages 12–13)


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