Studying Materials Technology will provide you with design, evaluation and project management skills – as well as practical know-how – that will be useful in a range of careers. Structural and mechanical engineering are obvious choices if you enjoyed Hard Materials Technology, or you might want to look at roles that involve product design and/or evaluation.
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What is Materials Technology?
The Technology curriculum is often taught as a number of different subjects, but there are core elements that are common to all. These include the key concept of ‘intervention by design’ and exploring the ‘what’, ‘why’ and ‘how’ of the process by which humans make things and shape their environment.
Materials Technology is part of the Construction and Mechanical Technologies area of the curriculum, which focuses on the knowledge and skills associated with working with materials to construct a product.
Schools generally offer two separate subjects based on the materials that students are working with:
Why should I take Materials Technology at school?
Studying Materials Technology at school is good preparation for tertiary study in many different engineering areas, particularly Structural, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, although it is not a required subject for entry into any of these courses.
You'll need Maths (especially Calculus and Algebra) and Physics to get into engineering courses. English is another good subject to take, as you'll always need to be able to communicate with clients and work in teams.
Job roles that use Materials Technology
People who studied Materials Technology