WHAT IS CIVIL TECHNOLOGY

Civil Technology focuses on concepts and principles in the built environment and on the technological process.  It embraces practical skills and the application of scientific principles.  This subject aims to create and improve the built environment to enhance the quality of life of the individual and society and to ensure the sustainable use of the natural environment.  The subject focuses on three main areas, namely:

•    civil services;
•    construction; and
•    woodworking.

The table below indicates the main topics in Civil Technology.

Safety
Materials
Equipment
Graphics and communications
Terminology
Applied mechanics
Construction
Civil services
Quantities
Joining

TOPICS TO BE STUDIED IN CIVIL TECHNOLOGY

–    Methods of construction of joinery
–    Methods of installation of joinery
–    Designing of wooden structures for buildings
–    Methods of sustaining wooden installations in a building
–    Tools and equipment used in the building industry
–    Woodwork joints
–    Roof construction
–    Materials:  properties and uses
–    Construction:  from foundation to wall plate level
–    Applied mechanics
–    Steel structures
–    Quantity surveying
–    Graphics and communication
–    Sewage and storm-water disposal
–    Water supply
–    Sanitary fittings and fitments
–    Hot water systems
–    Reticulation systems

SPECIFIC AIMS

The aim of the subject Civil Technology is to develop the skills levels of learners from Grade 10 – 12 to such an extent that they will be able to enter a career pathway at a Further Education and Training college or a university immediately after obtaining the National Senior Certificate.  Learners will be ready to enter into learnerships or apprenticeships that will prepare them for a trade test.

Through the integrated completion of theoretical work and the practical assessment tasks (PAT) skills in respect of the following will be developed:

–    safe working practices;
–    good housekeeping;
–    first aid practices;
–    interpretation of working drawings;
–    erection of structures;
–    working with accurate measurements; and
–    workshop practice.

Knowledge of subject principles, combined with applied skills, equips the Civil Technology learner with a unique set of skills, placing her or him apart from other learners and in a category much desired by the first two years at tertiary level when studying engineering than learners without this background, giving them an advantage when studying engineering.

REQUIREMENTS FOR CIVIL TECHNOLOGY AS A SUBJECT

The following is of the utmost importance in the subject:

  • Each learner should have access to:
  • a textbook;
  • a workshop with tools and equipment.
  • a variety of civil engineering and building industry magazines and
  • reference books;
  • drawing equipment;
  • a calculator;
  • measuring equipment, tools and consumable items for civil
  • technology; and
  • a computer with simulation and CAD software (strongly
  • recommended).

 The school should subscribe to at least one or two building and civil

  1. engineering magazines for the teacher to keep abreast with the could also be lent out to learners (in the same way as library or in the library.
  2. books).  These resources must be readily available in the classroom
  3. latest developments in the built environment.  These magazines
  4. The teacher should have a variety of reference books, charts and subject.
  5. brochures in the classroom to stimulate the learners’ interest in the
  6. The teacher should have access to the internet to be able to source, environment is a dynamic industry with new trends and  facilities, as new information from subject advisors and other
  7. sources need to be downloaded via electronic mail.
  8. developments.  The teacher should also have electronic mail
  9. download and print relevant and new information, as the built
  10. Schools offering Civil Technology must have a well-equipped
  11. workshop for learners to complete the PATs.
  12. Subject advisers must provide regular support to the teachers.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Learners offering Civil Technology will opt for one of the following career opportunities:

  • apprenticeship to become an artisan;
  • continued studies at a college in the NC(V) in a vocational career
  • pathway;
  • higher education at a university of technology;
  • higher education at a university (to study engineering);
  • working as an entrepreneur or working with an entrepreneur; or
  • higher education to study technical education in order to become a
  • teacher of technology.

CAREER AND LIFE EXPERIENCE OPPORTUNITIES FOR LEARNERS WITH A FOUNDATION IN CIVIL TECHNOLOGY INCLUDE THOSE OF:

  • carpenter and joiner;
  • bricklayer;
  • painter;
  • plumber;
  • drainlayer;
  • roof specialist;
  • cabinet maker;
  • shutter hand;
  • building inspector;
  • quantity surveyor;
  • architect;
  • draughtsman;
  • building surveyor;
  • building technician;
  • civil engineer;
  • structural engineer; or
  • civil technology teacher.

The yearly fee is R50.