Materials Technology Wood

What is Materials Technology Wood? 

Materials Technology Wood (MTW) is one of the technology subjects offered at junior cycle.

In MTW you will learn to design small projects and the skills required to use tools and equipment to make your designs.You will work mainly with wood but also with other materials. You will learn about wood as a material and how it is produced.

What will I learn in MTW?

Some of the things you will learn include:

• how to design a project given a brief description of what you are to make
• how to use the internet for research purposes
• how to use freehand sketching to communicate your ideas
• how to prepare a design drawing/plan of a project you design
• how to read design drawings and make small projects from these drawings

 • how to safely use a range of hand and power tools in producing your design

What is the MTW Junior Certificate exam like?

There are two parts to the exam:

• coursework – you will design a project based on a given design brief (instructions).You will then make the project and prepare a project folder to accompany it (60%).
• written examination – there will be a two hour written paper which examines the woodwork theory you have learned over the three years(40%).

You can take the exam at Higher or at Ordinary level.When the time comes to decide, your teacher will help you choose the level that suits you best.

Will MTW have anything to do with other subjects I will be studying?

Yes .Materials Technology Wood will be useful to you in the study of any of the other  technology subject,Technical
Graphics. MTW is also related to some of the topics covered in Science and Art,Craft,Design.

How will MTW be useful to me?
• You will know the correct procedures to follow when developing an idea into a finished artefact e.g. a piece of furniture or a child’s toy etc.
• You will be able to identify different trees, recognise their importance to us and our environment
• You will also have the skills to make objects from wood and know how to apply appropriate finishes to them, for example paint, varnish,stain, wax etc

• This subject will be of use to you if you want to progress into career areas such as architecture, civil/structural/environmental engineering codes, trades people and quantity surveying

Will MTW be very different after the Junior Certificate?

MTW develops into Construction Studies (Architectural Technology) in senior cycle.

In this subject:
• the emphasis is on the principles behind building and construction
• there is a large amount of practical work involved in the course
• drawing skills learned in MTW will be further developed.

Source: NCCA Website

​Will I have the opportunity to see if I like MTW before choosing it?

Yes.  Here at Chanel College we offer a sampling programme, during the first school term, to all 1st Year students.  During this six week programme the student will get the opportunity to try all of the optional subjects offered, including MTW.  It is only after this six week period that the student will choose which two of the six options offered; he will study for his Junior Certificate.


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