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Colchester Academy

Engineering

Engineering lessons are all about exploring and investigating the processes that relate to an engineer of today. Students acquire knowledge of a range of drawing methods to present and develop engineered designs. Students explore materials, whilst learning about and experiencing their working properties through a range of mini-projects, to promote a deeper understanding and appreciation of the skills an engineer needs.

Environmental concerns are addressed which highlight the role of an engineer in developing new processes and use of new and existing materials to better serve the world around us. The skills encouraged and developed are aimed at solving problems creatively whilst taking into consideration the impact arising from choices made. These skills are highly appreciated in the modern work environment and can be built on as the engineering world develops.

 

Key Stage 4

In Key Stage 4 we teach the key points in the engineering processes. Students will complete a range of mini-projects to demonstrate and apply understanding of commercial needs in engineering. This will culminate in Year 11 with an externally assessed project which combines many aspects of the topics delivered over the two years.

Curriculum Outline

Year 10 Topics Covered:  
Autumn
  • Plastic forming - etching, laser cutting, line bending & vacuum forming
  • Graphic communication - engineering drawing • freehand sketches • isometric projection • oblique projection • block diagrams • flow diagrams • schematic diagrams • circuit diagrams • first-angle orthographic projection • third-angle orthographic projection • assembly diagrams • exploded diagrams
  • Tool recognition and their uses - applied to product and design proposals
Spring
  • Metal work - pewter moulding, die cutting, thread tapping
  • 6R’s - environmental issues
  • Engineering maths - mechanical advantage, efficiency and speed ratio
  • Producing a production plan that includes resources, processing requirements and production details and constraints • identifying, preparing and using materials, parts and components • selecting and using processes, tools and equipment
  • Electronics, hydraulics and pneumatics
Summer
  • Wood joints - marking and cutting - butt, mitre, mortice/tenon, finger, housing & lap Joint manufacture and recording
  • Materials - woods, metals & plastics
  • CAD/CAM
Year 11 Topics Covered:  
Autumn
  • Smart materials
  • Design solutions for engineered products
  • Produce and use production plans
  • Quality control techniques
  • Product analysis and areas for improvement
Spring
  • Controlled assessment
  • Analysing the design brief • identifying the product criteria and production constraints • producing, selecting and testing design solutions • interpreting and producing engineering drawings • reviewing and modifying their design solution
Summer
  • Application of Technology in Engineering
  • Manufacturing


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