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Industrial Technology Years 7–10 Syllabus


Leatherwork – Specialised Module 3

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)

the intent of the OHS Act and the role of WorkCover in the workplace

potential hazards in the work environment

safe handling of chemicals

select and use personal protective equipment

identify specific OHS issues associated with the production of practical projects


(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 leatherwork

select and use a range of suitable leathers, other materials and components, for leather projects based on their properties

explore the history of leather and its uses

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 equipment, tools and machines used in leatherwork for:

carving and cutting

modelling and bending

braiding and joining

lining and thonging


sewing machines, air brushing equipment, oilstones

adjust, use and maintain hand and machine tools in cutting, shaping and decorating of leather to produce practical projects


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

a range of processes and techniques related to leatherwork

apply more advanced shaping, forming and decorating methods to the construction of leather projects

use jigs to assist in the production and construction of a project

select appropriate edge and surface preparation methods and apply a suitable finish or surface treatment to achieve a quality result

Links to Industry

(refer to Outcomes 5.5.1, 5.7.2 on page 13)

industrial manufacturing techniques in leather-based industries including the application of computer-aided manufacture (CAM)

compare and contrast industrial processes with those used in the classroom

identify new and emerging technologies and contrast them with those used in the past

describe the impact of new and emerging technologies on careers and professions in the leatherwork industry


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

design principles and processes

project sequencing and management

research techniques

apply principles of design in the design and/or modification of leatherwork projects

identify and apply the factors influencing good design to the design and/or modification of leather projects

follow a planned sequence of operations

use a range of methods to gain information to guide the development of leatherwork projects

Workplace Communication Skills

(refer to Outcomes 5.4.1, 5.5.1 on pages 12–13)


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