Mt Sion Design Technology Centre
Industrial Technology & Design
The Industrial Technology & Design department is based in the Mt Sion Technology Centre. The centre commissioned in 2002, is a state of the art facility catering for both metal and woodwork in the junior grades and engineering and construction in the senior school. The facility incorporates three metal workshops, three woodwork shops, a large working compound, storage areas, two classrooms and two graphics labs as well as a centrally positioned staffroom.
In mid 2010 a new three million dollar automotive facility will come on line, greatly enhancing curriculum options for all students. The new facility will boast five service bays, an engine assembly room, a small engine workshop, CAD lab, general learning area, as well as an operational shop front.
The department employs six full time technology teachers and one teacher’s aide. Staff includes qualified tradesmen in the construction, engineering, electrical and automotive fields. This gives the department a depth of experience which is fully utilized in our award winning VET program.
The junior syllabus includes electrical, wood work, structural design, metal work and plastics design units. Many units include a design component while others lead directly into VET subjects in year ten.
Graphic Design is a popular strand with units ranging from basic concepts and freehand sketching in grade eight through to quite advanced CAD work in year ten. Many boys choose to continue graphics through their senior schooling.
Senior Graphics is the department’s sole Authority Subject. Graphics includes a large design component, which when married with the CAD skills the students develop, equip the students for further tertiary studies in a wide range of design fields.
St Edmund's boasts a Vocational Education program that is widely recognized as one of the best in the state. Our close ties with industry, training bodies and employers has seen many of our students commence school based apprenticeships which have started them on successful careers in a wide range of trades, particularly in the construction and engineering fields. It is anticipated that with the new automotive centre coming on line in 2010 similar outcomes will be available to students wishing to pursue a career in the automotive industry.