The Technology Department is well resourced and equipped with six full time and two part time teaching staff members who are highly qualified and very committed.

The Department offers both design and build courses including Design Technology Metal, Design Technology Wood and Mixed Resistant Materials Technology from Year 7 through to Scholarship in Year 13. The Department also offers a full range of industrial based courses including, Food and Hospitality, Trade Building, Automotive Engineering, Bconstructive Fine Wood (furniture based course) Mechanical Engineering and Mechanical Electronics.

Our strong Graphics programme has been enhanced with a new senior graphics/computer suite offering advanced programmes in drawing and design including Auto CAD, Google Sketchup, Archicad, and Pro Desktop. Students become skilled at sketching, rending and formal drawing along with computer aided design and a portfolio of the years work is produced. Studies lead on to scholarship level in year 13.

The Technology Department at Nelson College boasts the best secondary school workshop facilities in the Nelson district, with a strong emphasis on high quality products using a range of modern techniques and sustainable materials.

Kieran Cleary

Faculty Leader

Junior Technology

Year 9 technology is a compulsory programme where students will study four core modules in rotation programme.

Year 10 technology are all option subjects

Year 9

Skills Through Technology

core modules include: Graphics, Design (Metal & Wood) Technology and Digital Technology.

Year 10

Computer Digital Technologies

Design Technolgoy Metal

Design Technology Wood

Food Studies

Graphics – half year or full year course



Senior Technology

Senior students can specialise in a wide range of technology courses on offer. 

Digital Technologies

Levels 1-3 Computer Digital Technologies

Levels 1-3 Computer Studies


Levels 1-3 Graphics

Levels 1-3 Design and CAD Technology

Food Technology

Levels 1-3 Food and Hospitality


Level 1 BConstructive Fine Wood

Level 1 Mechanical Engineering

Levels 2-3 Automotive Engineering – level 3, one option or two option courses

Levels 2-3 Industrial Engineering

Level 2 Fine Wood

Level 3 Industrial Skills Wood Technology




Level 2 Trade Building – one option or two option courses

Level 3 Trade Building – two option course