Technology

“Technology is intervention by design”:  the use of practical and intellectual resources to develop products and systems”.

Technology is an essential area of the curriculum where knowledge from all the subject areas come together to be applied in a way that is practical and experimental. Product ideas that are produced are supported by sound reasoning and justification for their role in environmental and social contexts, problem solving through design and innovation.

Technologically literate young people:

  • have a broad understanding of how and why things work.
  • understand how technological products and technological systems are developed.
  • can critically evaluate technological developments and trends.
  • can design and evaluate their own solutions in response to needs and opportunities.

Technology subjects offered are:

  • Electronics Technology.
  • Food Technology.
  • Materials Technology.
  • Construction
  • Engineering
  • Furniture
  • Textiles Technology
  • Apparel and Textiles
  • Hospitality

Technology Department 2017

Electronics

Electronics teaching at Rangitoto College reflects the important creative role that electronics plays in our society. Electronics provides a context within which to develop competencies considered essential for the acquisition of effective, higher-order thinking skills necessary for further education, work and everyday life.

In the electronics courses, offered at all year levels, students will develop:
  • know how – experimentation and practical skills are used in the design of electronic systems.
  • know what – knowledge about electronics components properties and performance characteristics of electronics systems in a range of applications.
  • know why – the important role that electronics plays in our society relating to how new products are developed and their role in environmental and social contexts.
  • creative skills are developed promoting self-esteem and personal satisfaction in a wide range of units.
  • provide pathways into further education and employment in electronic related fields.

Devinda Munasinghe

The reason I chose Electronics is because it’s enjoyable and I get to use my creativity in various tasks. I will learn how experimentation and practical skills are used in the design of electronic systems, also to develop my creative skill, giving me self-esteem and personal satisfaction.

Devinda Munasinghe
Year 
Year 12- Electronics
Career Goal 
I get to learn technological skills which will help with my future job as an Electronic Engineer.

Materials Technology

Materials technology teaching at Rangitoto College reflects the important creative role that resistant materials plays in our society. Materials Technology provides a context within which to develop competencies considered essential for the acquisition of effective, higher-order thinking skills necessary for further education, work and everyday life.

In the Materials Technology courses, offered at all year levels, students will develop:
  • know how – experimentation and practical skills in design and product construction.
  • know what – knowledge about materials properties and performance characteristics and aesthetic requirements of materials in a range of applications.
  • know why – the important role that materials plays in our society relating to our need to improve and create products that meet a need and are aesthetically pleasing and meet environmental and social contexts.
  • creative skills are developed promoting self-esteem and personal satisfaction in a wide range of Achievement Standards.
  • provide pathways into further education and employment in technology related fields.

Construction

Construction is a hands-on programme which is innovative, practical and multi-disciplinary. It provides students with skills and knowledge to springboard into any career in the construction industry. The construction programme is primarily workshop based. Rather than focusing on any one trade the programme builds skills and an understanding of trades in the construction industry. It also develops literacy, numeracy, self-management and group work and communication skills.

Students who participate in the Construction programme can go on to consider apprenticeships or further training in a variety of trades such as: building, construction, plumbing, drain- laying, roofing, gas-fitting, painting and decorating, infrastructure, flooring and joinery and on to diploma study.

Matthew Dunn

I take Construction because it gives me the opportunity to make things with my hands.

Matthew Dunn
Year 
Year 12 - Construction
Career Goal 
I want a job that uses the skills I am learning in Construction.

Engineering

Engineering is an industry supported subject at years eleven to thirteen. It provides students with a fully resourced learning pathway that leads to a wide range of apprenticeships in engineering and further to diploma level study. The course of study consists of projects that help develop basic fitting and turning, welding and sheet metal skills supported with related knowledge. It also develops literacy, numeracy, self-management and group work with communication skills.

Students who participate in the Engineering programme can go on to consider apprenticeships or further training in a variety of trades such as: Fitting and turning, sheet metal fabrication, mechanical engineering, welding, automotive, plumbing, roofing, gas- fitting, infrastructure and on to diploma study. 

Luke Lattimore

I picked Engineering as I have an interest in Aeronautical Engineering. I hope to get out of Engineering the basic skills and knowledge to help give me a head start in the industry. Also to acquire basic problem solving skills to develop me in to a thinking practical Engineer.

Luke Lattimore
Year 
Year 12 - Engineering
Career Goal 
My career goal is to become an Airforce Pilot. If not a pilot, then an Aeronautical Engineer in the Airforce will fulfil my passion for planes and my love of Engineering.

Furniture

Furniture is a hands on programme supported with related study material. It is practical and multi-disciplinary. It provides students with skills and knowledge to springboard into any career in the furniture industry. The programme is primarily workshop based. Rather than focusing on any one trade the programme builds skills and an understanding of trades in the furniture and furniture related industries. It also develops literacy, numeracy, self-management and group work and communication skills.

Students who are most suitable in this subject can work with a greater level of detail and fine cabinetry skills. A student who participates in the furniture programme can go on to consider apprenticeships or further training in a variety of trades such as:
  • furniture making.
  • shop-fitting.
  • kitchen manufacture and design.
  • construction.
  • painting and decorating infrastructure.
  • flooring and joinery.
  • on to Diploma study.

Trent Gawith

I chose this subject because I like building things and I like the more hands on side of working.

Trent Gawith
Year 
Year 12 - Furniture

Food and Textiles 2017

Textiles Technology

Textiles teaching at Rangitoto College reflects the important creative role that textiles plays in our society. Textiles provides a context within which to develop competencies considered essential for the acquisition of effective, higher-order thinking skills necessary for further education, work and everyday life.

In the textile courses, offered at all year levels, students will develop:
  • know how – experimentation and practical skills in design and textile construction.
  • know what – knowledge about textile properties and performance characteristics and aesthetic requirements of textiles in a range of applications.
  • know why – the important role that textiles plays in our society relating to our need to protect, create comfort and appeal to our aesthetic tastes in environmental and social contexts.
  • creative skills are developed promoting self-esteem and personal satisfaction in a wide range of units.
  • provide pathways into further education and employment in textile related fields.

Apparel and Textiles

The New Zealand textiles industry is renowned for its innovative fashion and is one of the most diverse and interesting market sectors in the country. Costumes for the film and theatre industry is huge in New Zealand and there is a call for machinists and pattern makers to meet this increasing demand. There are 14 institutions offering fashion and textile design courses in New Zealand.

Who is the course for?

This course is suitable for beginners and for those with minimal experience. Open to students in Years 12 and 13, therefore can be a combined course. Both Level 2 and 3 standards for assessment can be assessed in one class. This course would suit those students who thrive in "a hands on" practical environment where they can increase their construction skills and develop skills suitable for the apparel or vocational industry or just for personal fulfilment.

It will appeal to students who are interested in fashion, textiles and costumes plus skills will be transferable to upholstery, sail making and industrial fabrication. It will enable students to develop creativity in textiles and fashion, allowing them to experiment with many different construction processes and pattern making. The focus will be on practical skills with very little written documentation. All techniques and skills will be taught through practical demonstrations; therefore no experience is required.

This course is assessed on student's ability to fabricate with textiles and will suit those who thrive in a course requiring little written work as evidence can be shown through diagrams and images.

What does it include?

Students will develop a knowledge of the fashion and textile fabrication industry and foster their creativity through experimentation within this discipline, developing skills that will last a lifetime. Students will be introduced to the process of pattern drafting and textile construction using domestic and industrial sewing machines plus industrial presses. Opportunities will be available to visit professional fashion shows and witness industrial practice outside the school.

Textile careers include:

The number of careers this course could lead to are printmaker, textile designer, art therapist, costume designer, fashion design assistant, fashion designer, retail fashion industry either as buyers, merchandisers or managers, illustrator, interior designer, prop maker, set designer, textile designer, visual merchandiser, sail maker, upholstery and industrial fabrication.

Hospitality

The Hospitality courses are a vocational based subject which gives students an insight into the hospitality industry. Students will gain the knowledge and skills to carry out tasks such as the preparation of food, food service and safety, also developing interpersonal, communication and customer service skills.  Students learn about workplace hygiene, health, safety procedures and life skills. This hospitality programmes will prepare you for pathways in tertiary education and work in cafés, restaurants and hotels.

Students can apply for work placement in industry and therefore gives students an advantage when applying for employment. Rangitoto College has been highly successful in students gaining paid employment from these programmes.

Students gain unit standards covering:

  • food service and safety.
  • handling and maintaining knives.
  • preparing and presenting a wide range of cooking techniques.
  • various culinary cuisines.

Adrien Choureemootoo

I chose Hospitality because I like to create new flavours and learn about new cuisines.

Adrien Choureemootoo
Year 
Year 12 - Hospitality
Career Goal 
I hope to work in the field of Hospitality when I leave school.

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Head of Department 
David Edmonds
Qualifications 

Advanced Trade Certificate
Diploma in Specialist Subjects

Experience 
I have come from a Trade background in the Construction industry and worked in a variety of fields. I have taught for approximately 25 years at various schools in Auckland having settled at Rangitoto College for the past 17 years. I started in the Technology Departments as a Assistant Teacher and then moved into Curriculum Leader of Technology and STAR courses becoming the Head of Department in 2004. I am also the Teacher in Charge of Sailing and Snow Boarding.
Personal Statement 
The teaching and learning of students who have an interest and enthusiasm for creative thinking is a passion of mine.