New CAPS subject: Mechanical Technology

New CAPS subject: Mechanical Technology Date Published: December 17, 2020 The Minister of Education, Angie Motshekga has announced the addition of 13 new subjects in the CAPS curriculum.  Here is...

New CAPS subject: Mechanical Technology

Date Published: December 17, 2020

The Minister of Education, Angie Motshekga has announced the addition of 13 new subjects in the CAPS curriculum. 

Here is everything you need to know about Mechanical Technology as a subject.

  • The benefits 
  • What is Mechanical Technology about? 
  • Topics that Will Be Covered
  • Aims
  • Time Allocation 
  • Content overview

The Benefit of The Added Subjects

The 13 new added subjects will equip grade 8 and 9 learners for a specific trade or career if they decide to leave school before matric.

With Mechanical Technology as a subject, school-leavers will be skilled enough to begin working in the field of Mechanical Technology. 

What is Mechanical Technology?

Mechanical Technology focuses on concepts and principles in the Mechanical (motor, mining, shipping, rail, power-generation etc.) environment and on technological processes.

It makes use of practical skills and applies scientific principles. This subject aims to create and improve the engineering and manufacturing environment to enhance the quality of life of both the individual and society. 

Mechanical Technology also aims to ensure the sustainable use of the natural environment and resources.

Topics that will be covered

  • Safety and first aid – Occupational Health and Safety (OHS)
  •  Graphics Communication (Engineering Graphics and Design) (rough sketches, simple drawing ISO and orthographic)
  • Tools and equipment (hand, power and machine)
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Materials – ferrous and non-ferrous materials
  • Joining methods – permanent and semi-permanent.
  • Terminology (operations/procedures and equipment).
  • Maintenance (operations/procedures and equipment).
  • Body Works (operations/procedures and equipment).

Aims

The subject of Mechanical Technology aims at assisting learners to gain to following skills:

  • Identify and stick to safe working practices.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the Mechanical industry and its productivity requirements, by applying appropriate work-procedures.
  • Understand and interpret work instructions and drawings for the completion of projects.
  • Apply Mechanical Technology, techniques, processes and skills, as applied in the fabrication and Mechanical industry
  • Use appropriate tools and measuring equipment.
  • Identify Ferrous & Non-Ferrous metals, Alloys and Plastics with their differences, applications and uses.
  • Demonstrate the joining methods processes
  • Use vehicle lifting equipment
  • Identify and maintain (car) batteries 
  • Explain fundamental machine technology
  • Remove and fit automotive components
  • Assemble Mechanical components
  • Carry out an automotive service

Time Allocation

In a five-day cycle, a total of 2 hours must be dedicated to this subject for all the information to be taught and practical work to be completed.

Content overview

Here is the content overview for Mechanical Technology as released by the Department of Education.

Author: Omega Fumba 

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