Material Technology Wood

Materials Technology Wood as Woodwork is known as today, is the study of trees from the planting of the seed in the ground to the piece of wood we use in every day life. The growth woodof the tree, its make up and defects, its felling and conversion to planks and its seasoning are all part of the Junior Certificate course in Wood Technology. The tools and techniques we use to cut, shape, carve, bend and finish the wood are all studied in this three course. Jointing, woodturning, veneering, marquetry and other specialisms are combined through theory and practical work to give the student an excellent spectrum of knowledge which they use to design and make their Junior Certificate project which accounts for 50% of their Wood Technology marks, the another 50% is examined in a 2hr written examination which the student sits at the end of the 3rd year.


Students have two double classes in first year, two doubles in second year and two doubles and a single in third year. The subject can be taken at Higher or Ordinary level.

The topics studied in each year are outlined below.



First Year

Health & safety

Hand tools

The tree design projects


Second Year

Jointing wood







Third Year

Electric tools



Furniture & fittings

Final project

Junior Certificate examination



Materials Technology Wood is assessed at both Ordinary level and Higher level by means of a terminal examination paper and a student project.

Terminal Examination 100 marks

Student Project 200 marks



Materials Technology Wood finishes at Junior Certificate level but the follow up subject that most students take up in Leaving Certificate is CONSTRUCTION STUDIES which is studied at higher or ordinary level.





The aim of this course is to introduce the student to the knowledge and skills involved in construction technology and construction materials and practices, through theoretical study and integrated practical projects. The study of the subject is primarily related to the domestic buildings and is spread over two years having two doubles and a single period each week. The course involves the study of the following.

General : The study of the historical development of buildings and their aesthetic principles. The built environment and its controls. Obtaining planning permission. Choosing a site. House purchase, mortgages and insurance.

Substructure: Everything a building entails below ground; foundations, subsoils and concrete.

Superstructure: Walls, damp proofing, windows, doors, roofs and its covering.

Internal Construction: Walls: solid and timber, floors, stairs, partitions and internal wall finishes.

Services and External Works: Hot and cold water systems. Drainage above and below ground. Fireplaces. Layout of domestic electrical installations.

Heat and Thermal Effects in Buildings: Heat loss and calculations and thermal requirements for human comfort.

Illumination in Buildings

Sound in Buildings


Wood Technology which the student will have studied up to Junior Cert will be expanded upon in this subject when the students design their individual final projects which they make and finish before the designated date set by the Dept. Of Education usually in the beginning on May in the final year.After the finish date for the project has passed the students will undertake a one day practical examination.



The examination will consist of

Part l: An Ordinary Level and a Higher Level written paper, including a compulsory drawing question in each case. 200 marks at Ordinary Level and 300 marks at Higher Level

Part ll: A practical test. 150 marks

Part lll: An assessment of workshop/laboratory work and projects. 150 marks.


Department Staff Subject Web Resources
Subject Co-Ordinator – Mr T. O’NeillAcademic Staff – Mr E. BrennanAcademic Staff – Mr W. O’Connor

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