29-August-2016

The Trailer Program

Story from one of our great Secondary Teachers, Mr Jack Wilmot:

Two years ago, a student in one of my metalwork classes asked if he could build a trailer. Given the enormity of the task I laughed at the idea but was left pondering, would it be possible for us to do that here at Carey?

After much investigating and planning, in 2015 I introduced the concept to a group of Year 12 engineering students.  They were sceptical as to whether they held the skills to achieve such a task HOWEVER! they took it on and at the end of 2015 a fully fabricated, painted, wired and licensed car trailer rolled out of the metalwork yard. The students and I were truly proud of what we had achieved – one student even commenting that he thought that they could never do something like that at school.

This year, my students in Engineering are tackling 4 box trailers, currently at the end of fabrication on the first two.

The trailer program encompasses the Certificate II Course perfectly, being that it is primarily based around metal fabrication and machining. Students gain real world manufacturing skills and learn fabrication processes used in the metals and engineering industry. The program is particularly rewarding as they get to see their skills put forward to something exciting, challenging and worthwhile.

Completion of these trailers is due at the end of term 3 with sights set on a range of different trailers being built next year.

Jack Wilmot
Secondary Technology & Enterprise Teacher | Carey Baptist College

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