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Manual Arts - Building & Construction Skills

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Applied senior subject

Building and Construction Skills focuses on the underpinning industry practices and construction processes required to create, maintain and repair the built environment.

Students learn to meet customer expectations of quality at a specific price and time. In addition, they understand industry practices; interpret specifications, including information and drawings; safely demonstrate fundamental construction skills and apply skills and procedures with hand/power tools and equipment; communicate using oral, written and graphical modes; organise, calculate and plan construction processes; and evaluate the structures they create using predefined specifications.

Students develop transferable skills by engaging in construction tasks that relate to business and industry, and that promote adaptable, competent, self-motivated and safe individuals who can work with colleagues to solve problems and complete practical work.

Pathways

A course of study in Building & Construction Skills can establish a basis for further education and employment in civil, residential or commercial building and construction fields. These include roles such as bricklayer, plasterer, concreter, painter and decorator, carpenter, joiner, roof tiler, plumber, steel fixer, landscaper and electrician.

Objectives

By the conclusion of the course of study, students should:

  • describe industry practices in construction tasks
  • demonstrate fundamental construction skills
  • interpret drawings and technical information
  • analyse construction tasks to organise materials and resources
  • select and apply construction skills and procedures in construction tasks
  • use visual representations and language conventions and features to communicate for particular purposes
  • plan and adapt construction processes
  • create structures from specifications
  • evaluate industry practices, construction processes and structures, and make recommendations.


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Last reviewed 24 June 2020
Last updated 24 June 2020