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The mandate given to the Caribbean Examinations Council in 1972 by participating governments includes a requirement that the Council provide secondary school leaving examinations that would prepare graduates from the educational system for further study as well as for entry into the world of work. In keeping with the remit, the Council developed and introduced during the 1980’s Industrial Arts syllabuses in Technical Drawing, Woods, Metals and Electricity/Electronics as part of the general education curriculum in the secondary school.
However, in the 1990’s as Caribbean territories responded to global economic changes, there was an urgent need for innovative school programmes that would more adequately prepare school leavers for occupations in industry and its related service fields in addition to satisfying the prerequisite for further training as technicians in specific areas.
The Industrial Technology syllabuses aim at providing technical training in the use of both traditional and new materials, systems, and processes related to industry. Each syllabus organized as a Unit provides a relevant course of study for secondary school students aspiring to careers related to the Electrical and Electronic, Mechanical Engineering or Building Technology area, and in so doing responds to the need to provide persons with entry level skills for the various fields.
CSEC Industrial Technology SBA - Mechanical Engineering Technology
Materials, Hand Tools and Processes On completion of this Section, students should: 1. develop an understanding of the fundamental scientific principles associated with engineering materials, tools and processes; 2. understand the basic scientific principles governing metallurgy and materials engineering; 3. develop a working knowledge of the selection, use and maintenance of materials and hand tools; 4. demonstrate the use of materials, hand tools and processes in the efficient production of goods and services; and, 5. appreciate the importance of engineering codes and regulations
- Distinguish among the methods used in the production of basic engineering materials and their uses
- Explain the factors to consider in selecting engineering materials
- Describe the functions of engineering hand tools
- Describe the response of solid materials to different type of forces applied to them
- Discuss the basic heat treatment methods for metals
- Perform basic heat treatment to ferrous and non-ferrous materials for specific purposes
- Perform bench work operations
- Discuss the operations of cutting tools
Graphic Communication and Design On completion of this Section, students should: 1. develop skills in preparing, reading and interpreting blueprint and design to engineering standards; 2. understand the principles of design in the identification and solutions of engineering problems; and, 3. develop proficiency in the application of computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing.
- Compare the basic methods of graphic communication used in engineering
- Prepare orthographic drawings;
- Discuss the different types of pictorial drawings
- Prepare engineering drawings
- Read and interpret engineering drawings
- Assess the design of basic engineering components
- Design simple engineering products
Production Engineering On completion of this Section, students should: 1. demonstrate a working knowledge of the operating principles of production tools, equipment and manufacturing processes; 2. develop skills in selecting the appropriate materials, tools and equipment for the production of goods and services; 3. develop proficiency in the use of calculations and the design process to analyse and solve problems relating to production engineering processes; 4. value the principles of quality and standards in the production of goods and services; and, 5. appreciate occupational health and safety standards.
- Apply safe working practices, workshop and equipment maintenance techniques
- Explain the processes used to shape metals
- Differentiate between sand casting and die-casting techniques;
- Explain the features and operating principles of simple machines
- Explain the functions of special parts, accessories and processes essential to the effective operation of productive engineering machines
- Demonstrate competencies in a range of production engineering projects
Art Metal Work On completion of this Section, students should: 1. demonstrate a working knowledge of decorative metal craft through the production of basic household and commercial products; and, 2. appreciate the principles of quality and standards in the production of engineering goods and services.