Subject Overview

Metalwork provides an introduction to materials and process engineering and an insight into associated technology. It is founded in practical activity that seeks to link observation and action with ingenuity and creativity within a problem-solving context.


Techniques and Design
  • Health and safety
  • Benchwork
  • Drilling
  • Hot and cold forming of materials
  • Fitting and assembly
  • Heat treatment
  • Decorative finishing of materials
  • Lathework
  • Design
Materials and Technology
  • Health and safety
  • Communications and planning
  • Materials technology
  • Tools technology
  • Machine tool technology
  • Assemblies and mechanisms


Metalwork is assessed, at Ordinary and Higher levels, by means of a terminal examination paper and a student project. At Higher level, in addition, there is a practical examination.


A review of provision for technology education in the junior cycle has taken place and syllabus revision will commence in 2006/2007.