Technology and Trades Education


This is an exploratory course in which all Grade 8 students experience the applied skills subjects: Business Education, Home Economics, and Technology Education.  Students will spend one third of a semester in each of these curricular areas.

This course is open to all students in Grades 9 to 12

Applied Technology is a project based course which incorporates learning through design and building. The course will take place in a classroom, wood shop, metal shop and computer lab (depending on facility availability). Students will be taught to apply technical skills to theoretical concepts and build a variety of projects. All projects will be presented as a design challenge or series of competitions in which a student can demonstrate their mastery of tools and equipment to create a solution to the presented problem. Projects include: Robotics (hydraulic arms, sumo battle bots, VEX IQ and Machine Coding) and Industrial Design (catapults, structure building). Students will have a chance to experience working with wood, sheet metal, 3D printers, micro-controllers and a variety of hand tools.

Prerequisite: Applied Tech Level 1 or Teacher Approval

In Applied Technology Level 2, students will be continuing to build their confidence with tools and equipment to further supplement the creation of their projects. Students will be introduced to more advanced concepts and be presented with additional difficulties when designing a solution for their problem-solving projects.

Level 2 incorporates all of the skills learned in Level 1 and seeks to add additional learning through modern technologies (coding, microcontrollers, audio electronics, automated vehicles such as drones, RC cars, etc.). Level 2 students will collaborate with other students in order to add layers of complexity and create larger scale projects than in Level 1.

Prerequisite: Applied Tech Level 2 or Teacher Approval

This course is a senior level course for students who have completed Applied Technology Level 2 or have Teacher Approval. In Level 3, students will continue to apply the design cycle to project building and incorporate all of the skills they have learned from previous experiences. Level 3 students will be introduced to additional skills required for advanced projects which are specific to Engineering, Architecture or Industrial Design. Students will be tasked to solve a personal inquiry through the creation of a project that will allow them to improve their problem solving, creativity, and ability to experiment. Potential projects include: Arcade building, Sound systems, Scaled building prototypes and advanced robotics.

CADD Level 1: Drafting and Animation 
This course is open to all students in Grades 9 to 12

This is an introductory course in Computer Assisted Drafting, Design and Animation.  It is a fun course where you will learn Drafting, Drawing, 3D Animation, and Graphic Design with 2D and 3D computer software. The projects are fun and practical, while at the same time you learn to use professional software such as AutoCAD, 3DS Max, Inventor and other applications.  You will also be using the 3D printer to create models of your designs and creations.  This is a great course for if you are interested in careers in Architecture, Computer Animation, Graphic Design, Engineering or Construction.

CADD Level 2:  Drafting and Animation
Prerequisite:  CADD Level 1 or Teacher Approval

In this course students will continue their studies in CADD with more advanced projects in using AutoCAD and 3DS Max. This course is divided into 2 parts.  During Part 1, you will learn more about technical drawing with AutoCAD, and Animation with 3DS Max.  In Part 2, you will choose to do further work in either Computer Animation, or Architecture. In Computer Animation, your assignments typically include creating a  computer generated  city, a  walk- through of a room, an advertising animation, and telling a short story.  In Architecture, you will create a house design and build a scale model to show their design.

CADD Level 3:   Animation or Architecture
Prerequisite:  CADD Level 2 or Teacher Approval

In this course you will choose to work on advanced projects in either in Animation or Architecture.

In the ANIMATION course, you will continue to work on projects that will advance your skills in Computer Animation and Computer Modelling. Students will create animations, computer models, and video presentations using 3DS Max, Adobe Premiere, and Adobe Photoshop.  Students in this course will gain hands on experience related to computer animation, computer gaming, television, and movie production careers.

In the ARCHITECTURE course you will be using advanced AutoCAD techniques to  develop a full set of Architectural drawings for a home of your own design, and then create a scale model of your home. The skills learned in this course are directly beneficial for students entering Architectural and Interior Design, Construction, and Engineering.

CADD Level 4:   Animation or Architecture 
Prerequisite:  CADD Level 3 or Teacher Approval

This course is intended for advanced students who want to design their own CADD projects and work at a self-paced rate.  In consultation with the teacher, you will continue working in your area of interest (Engineering Design, Animation or Architecture) and further develop your skills to a more professional standard.   You will also be expected to create scale models of your projects, and/or 3D Printed models and assemblies.

METAL ART  Level 1 (Jewelry and Metalwork)
This course is open to all students in Grades 9 to 12

Metal Art is a project based course that will teach students the design process and techniques used in making constructed and cast jewelry, and the creative use of metal in art forms. Basic skills such as sawing, piercing, bending, copper enameling and casting.   Evaluation will be based on knowledge of procedures covered, project quality, variety and originality of designs.

METAL ART Level 2 (Jewelry and Welding)
Prerequisite:  Metal Art Level 1 or Teacher Approval

In Metal Art Level 2, you will continue to work on  projects of constructed and cast jeweler pieces, and the creative use of metal forms.  You will also begin to work on larger projects using sheet metal, welding, machining and casting in aluminum. Evaluation will be based on knowledge of procedures covered, project quality, variety and originality of designs.

METAL ART Level 3 (Machining and Sheet Metal)
Prerequisite:  Metal Art Level 2  or Teacher Approval

In Metal Art Level 3, you will work on advanced projects and focus on designing and building projects of your own.  Project examples include Jeweler, such as rings, pendants and earrings; Outdoor Art such as lawn ornaments, signs, and structures; Functional Art, such as picture frames, jewelry boxes, and wall hangings. Evaluation will be based on knowledge of procedures covered, project quality, variety and originality of design.

This course is open to all students in Grades 9 to 12

Woodworking Level 1 is an introductory course in woodworking. The course will cover safety in the workshop, proper tool and equipment handling. Students will build a foundation of safe work habits through learning the fundamentals of hand tools and basic machine operations. Students will have an opportunity to build a variety of projects and will learn to apply the design process, reading and developing working drawings, measurement, cost and layout of material. Level 1 Woodworkers will build a variety of smaller projects in order to build confidence with tools and equipment that will lead to future successes.

Prequisite: Woodworking Level 1 or Teacher Approval

In Woodworking Level 2, students will be tasked with continuing their safe work habits and learn advanced woodworking techniques to create complex projects. Students in Level 2 can expect to learn advanced joinery (mortise and tenon), additional finishing techniques (spray stains), maintenance of tools (sharpening), and theory of design (ergonomics). Level 2 students are expected to communicate their designs through working drawings, and re-visit their projects during the design cycle to create larger scale projects, such as furniture and household accessories.

Prerequisite: Woodworking Level 2 or Teacher Approval

This course is a senior level course for students who have completed Woodworking Level 2 or have Teach Approval. Students in this course have demonstrated strong technical skills when working with wood and would like to continue their studies in this class to increase their mastery of skills and techniques. Students in Level 3 are expected to design their own projects on larger scales, and apply the design process to each stage of creation. Level 3 students will also be taught advanced techniques which may be applied in industry careers such as construction, joinery or carpentry.

This course is open to all students Grades 9 to 12

 Power Mechanics is an introduction to engine theory and applications in modern modes of transportation. Students will be taught the fundamentals of working with small engines in the disassembly and re-assembly of a 4-stroke engine. In addition to technical skills, students will learn theory behind the operation of small engines and their applications to modern appliances and vehicles. Level 1 students will build their skills and understanding of movement beginning with a CO2 car challenge, and progressing their knowledge through the reconstruction of a small engine. Advanced students will challenge themselves through the creation of a major design project, through go-karts, drones, etc. Students that need additional practice will have the opportunity to re-build lawn mowers and mini bikes.   

Prerequisite: Power Mechanics Level 1 or Teacher Approval

Power Mechanics Level 2 seeks to improve theoretical knowledge, and technical understanding of small engines in preparation for students to enter the automotive courses. Students will be exposed to advanced techniques in troubleshooting 4-stroke engines, and complex applications of these engines in practical products. Level 2 students often have their own inquiries about modern technologies and seek to answer these questions through improving an advanced Level 1 project or starting their own advanced project (go-kart, drone, etc.). Through this project, students are expected to work safely in the shop, and will be taught to build upon their skillsets when working with tools and equipment. 


This course is designed to accommodate Grade 10 to 12 students with little or no practical experience in the automotive area. The automotive theory includes engine operation, exhaust and brake systems, power train, as well as steering and suspension components. The course will take students through the different functions of automobiles in simple terms so students with no previous car knowledge can feel at home. The course will also include discussions on car buying, emergency roadside service, and calculating car expenses. Service procedure demos include changing oil and filter, installing and balancing tires, grease jobs, wheel bearing repacking, spark plug service, compression testing, brake repair, engine timing, headlight adjustment as well as a number of other service related items.

Prerequisite: Automotive technology level 1 or Teacher Approval

The topics covered include a condensed review of Level 1 theory, the study of auto transmissions, emission control, tune-ups, scope analysis and advanced auto electrical. Students will be taught additional skills and techniques and given additional shop time to enhance student experience on working with difficult vehicles from a variety of time eras and countries. Students in Level 2 will often partake in a partial or full re-build of a shop car (subject to availability). During the re-build, students will practice and improve upon the practical skills they have learned in Level 1 and apply advanced techniques which will be covered in Level 2.

Prerequisite: Automotive Level 2 or Teacher Approval

This course provides the mechanically-gifted student additional shop time with a review of Level 2 theory and further study of modern electrical and diagnostics systems. Senior students are often tasked with leading a re-build on a shop car (subject to availability). Senior level students with a BC Class 7 (N) License and access to a vehicle are encouraged to seek approval and apply their knowledge of maintenance, tune-ups and part replacements to improve their own vehicles.

Prerequisite: Automotive Level 1

This 100 hours of job site work experience will be mostly completed under the direction of a potential future employer. The teacher visits the student on the job for evaluation of the work experience leading to the MWEX 12A General Mechanics credit.


This is an all in-house McNair Career Preparation Program that is articulated with post-secondary colleges and institutions giving students advanced or preferred placement with those post-secondary institutions. Students choosing this option can complete the four  course program slowly over 2 or 3 years (Grades 10-12) unlike the full ACEIT version listed below.


1) Automotive Technology Level 1

2) Automotive Technology Level 2

3) Automotive Technology Level 3