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We have divided this course into three units:

Unit 1: Manufacturing Design;
Unit 2: Manufacturing Production; and
Unit 3: Manufacturing Technology.

The content of each unit is outlined in more detail below.

Unit 1: Manufacturing Design
Students work from a client’s design brief and gain an understanding of how the manufacturing industry brings a product to the marketplace. Students produce a product design specification and develop their work to create a final design and manufacturing solution. They learn how to present their design solutions to a client, and how to respond to feedback by modifying their design and manufacturing proposal.

Students learn about:

  • design briefs;
  • product design specifications;
  • material details and constraints;
  • production details and constraints;
  • quality standards;
  • developing design ideas;
  • presenting a design solution; and
  • modifying design solutions.

Unit 2: Manufacturing Production
Students work as part of a team to manufacture a quantity of products involving two different materials.

Students learn about:

  • using a production plan;
  • developing a schedule for manufacture;
  • using tools, machinery and equipment, including computer-aided manufacture (CAM) safely;
  • combining, assembling and finishing materials and components;
  • using and applying quality control techniques;
  • recording and responding to quality data;
  • health, hygiene and safety; and
  • what makes an effective team.

Unit 3: Manufacturing Technology
Students learn about:

  • production details and constraints;
  • materials, components and their constraints;
  • new technology used in and by the manufacturing industries;
  • the impact of modern technologies;
  • manufactured products; and
  • manufacturing industries.

For more information, see the specification.