What is Metalwork?

Metalwork is a 3 year course, with a heavy emphasis ’for a hands on approach to learning’.

First years are given a 2 week introductory course into the subject, which allows them to get a feel for both the theory and the practical.

Although metalwork includes aspects of theory, it mainly revolves around the practical problems situated in most projects/problem solving activities in the classroom, so this subject is relatively easy to grasp.

Metalwork is basically a raw based study of Materials Technology Metal which combines an element of practical Science and Maths.

Metalwork is the study of material from the ground up, how it is created, and how it is used.

Like most practical subjects Metalwork is a breakaway from the linear classroom setting, with the possibility of a future career after school, and to break the cliché this subject is for both BOYS and GIRLS! In fact some of the best students have been girls!

So why choose this subject?

- Students will learn an array of metalwork processes which will develop how they plan, think and do.

- There is a creative aspect to most projects which is driven by the student’s problem solving capability, and there influence on decision making will also be improved over the course of the junior cycle.

- Through taking this course, students will be able to think for themselves, whilst developing their learning academically by linking their skills to other subjects.

The theory related to junior cert metalwork can be used to create nearly anything. The picture below was created using an old form of beating metalwork, composed only of simple junior cert processes.

Beating Metalwork













Possible Profession

Engineer, Jeweller, Decorative Metalwork, Panel Beater,Fiiter, Ore Mining, Machining Specialist, Design and other forms of Metalwork/Technological Careers.

Past/Current Projects

**Pictures to follow**

Cross curricular links

Practical Maths, Literacy, Numeracy, Design, Woodwork, Technology, Art , Technical Graphics


Course Structure and Examination

The complete course carries 400 marks and is divided into two main sections

(1) Techniques and Design which incorporates all of the practical work and is allocated 300 marks; 200 marks for a practical examination and 100 marks for project work;

 (2) Materials and Technology which is the related technical and technological comprehension, examined by written examination, carrying 100 marks