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Timber products & furniture technologies

Industrial technology – Timber products & furniture technologies allows students to specialize in timber furniture productions.

This course has two distinct pathways into Year 12. Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) students will continue in industrial technology - Timber products & furniture technology. Non-ATAR students will transition into furnishing and can attain a Certificate II in furniture making. 

During the course, a significant amount of time will be spent on practical work. The remaining time will involve a study of theoretical aspects of the course and a study of an Industry associated with the chosen technology (through industrial visits, research and field work).

This subject is offered to students interested in either pursuing further study at University in the fields of: Industrial design, cabinet making, construction or engineering. Or TAFE and entering the work force through the apprenticeship pathway.

Possible career paths

  • cabinetmaker
  • furniture finishers
  • joiner
  • furniture polisher
  • picture framer
  • carpenter
  • upholster
  • wood machinist
  • wood turner
  • cabinet making
  • wood machining
  • furniture making.


Much of Australia’s economic, social and cultural development can be related to the capacity of our industries to develop and use technology in the manufacture of goods and services. The effective and responsible application of industrial technologies has a direct bearing upon the quality of our lives. For this reason, the study of industrial technology and its role in industry is relevant and purposeful for many students.

The subject provides students with a choice of six different focus area industries, through which they can study the course. These focus areas have been chosen to cover a wide range of potentially accessible and locally available technologies.

Industrial technology has been developed to incorporate content related to current and developing technologies. It offers students the opportunity to study the interrelationships of technologies, equipment and materials used by industry and to develop skills through the processes of design, planning and production.

The course has been designed to be inclusive of the needs, interests and aspirations of students and it provides opportunities for them to learn explicitly about gender issues relating to the industry studied. It also caters for students who wish to undertake further study in a related area at university level or to pursue further industry training. Therefore the skills and knowledge gained through the study of Industrial Technology Stage 6 will enable students to make positive contributions to Australian industry and society.

During the course, students learn to:

  • source, select and sequence information about issues in a selected industry, developing competence in collecting, analysing, and organising information
  • debate, describe, discuss and explain issues in written, graphic and oral form, developing competence in communicating ideas and information
  • plan, prepare and present project work and planning folio to meet a range of needs, developing competence in planning and organising activities
  • cooperate with individuals and groups, developing competence in working with others and teams
  • design, implement and evaluate solutions to practical situations in a specific focus industry, developing competence in solving problems
  • plan, develop and modify projects including costing, quantities, measurement and time, developing competence in using mathematical ideas and techniques
  • experiment with and prepare practical projects using appropriate materials and equipment, developing competence in using timber technology.

Course costs:

Students will be expected to pay for the materials used in the production of their major practical project. All other course associated costs are included in the general school contribution.

Course requirements

It is compulsory that all students have their own:

  • work shoes/boots
  • safety glasses
  • A4 display folder
  • A4 exercise book.