Riccarton High School Riccarton High School

Level 1 Building and Construction

Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr S. Leary.

Recommended Prior Learning

Year 10 Materials Technology and DAB are recommended. Success in Year 9 Materials Technology and or DVC is an advantage also.

Level 1 Building and Construction is a subject for students who are interested in the skills and knowledge associated with a career in the construction trades. The course contains two construction projects: an outdoor team-built structure and a workshop-based furniture project. At year 11, the workshop project is restricted by cost and size as the focus is on learning the skills and knowledge required to become competent workshop users. This project can be student designed or teacher prescribed. Topics covered include:

  • working drawing interpretation
  • safe hand tool and power tool use (carpentry and engineering)
  • material and hardware composition and selection
  • knowledge of trades and career pathways

Currently this course lists 29 credits. Not all standards will be covered as each year standards offered may change depending on student preference and ability.

Learning Areas:

Hangarau - Technology


Level 2 Building and Construction, Level 2 Design Technology

Career Pathways

Boat Builder, Fabrication Engineer, Building Contractor, Building and Construction Labourer, Roofer, Building and Construction Manager, Wood Processing Worker, Cabinet Maker, Carpenter, Civil Engineer, Civil Engineering Technician/Draughtsperson, Cutter, Coachbuilder/Trimmer, Industrial Designer, Stonemason, Plumber, Gasfitter and Drainlayer, Driller, Engineering Machinist, Building Surveyor, Welder, Furniture Finisher, Upholsterer, Joiner, Mining Engineer, Survey Technician, Aeronautical Engineer, Aeroplane Pilot, Agricultural/Horticultural Scientist, Air Force Aviator, Air Force Officer, Mechanical Engineering Technician, Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, Aircraft Refueller, Product Assembler, Software Developer, Chemist, Architectural Technician, Army Officer, Army Soldier, Insurance Loss Adjuster, Medical Physicist, Sound Technician, Electronics Engineer

Approximate Costs and Equipment/Stationery

Course Cost $160 for take-home component