Whangaparaoa College Whangaparaoa College

Level 3 Materials Technology

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: 27960510

Recommended Prior Learning

- Preferable to have passed at least one Achievement Standard at L2

Learners will work from a given brief and an issue to solve, They will test and trial their design ideas through to the construction of their design. Design planning and construction techniques are emphasised throughout the course. Students will work closely with stakeholders to produce a suitable outcome. This work will involve self-driven research, interviews, investigations and product development. 

Topic 1: You will be required to undertake testing and trialling to demonstrate your skills in the practical workshop, demonstrating your ability to work independently. You will also be required to design a product to a teacher given brief demonstrating your own design ideas and carrying the process through to the construction stage. 

Topic 2: Make scale models of your design ideas to show to your clients and stakeholders your ideas. You will build and construct your design to a high quality finish for your client within a budget. Create working drawings to help you build your design and select the best materials to build it. Produce a portfolio telling your story from start to finish by using photographs, sketches; this can be done in written, video, PowerPoint formats. 

Topic 3: Create a prototype that is fit for purpose in the broadest sense

Learning Areas:


Career Pathways

Chemist, Chemical Engineer, Metal Worker, Mechanical Engineer, Textile Process Operator, Crane Operator, Medical Imaging Technologist, Plasterer, Fencer, Purchasing/Supply Officer, Recycler/Dismantler, Roofer

Course Costs and Equipment

Laptop, Pens and pencils and $120.00 to cover cost of multi-materials.


Although we aim to enable every learner to have the course that they prefer,  limited places or learning requirements may restrict learners' choices.