Technology Education (ADST)

The Richmond Secondary Technology Education courses fit under the Applied Design, Skills and Technologies curriculum.  

Exposure to Technical Education courses is a tremendous advantage for all students.  In our increasingly technical world, enrolling in these courses helps develop young people who are skilled, capable and tech savvy problem-solvers who are able to bring new solutions to problems and challenges.   Technical Education classes at Richmond Secondary School include courses in Automotives, CAD (Computer Assisted Drafting and Design), Carpentry, Graphics and Yearbook, Industrial Design and Metal Work. Safe shop practices are taught and will be expected of every student in every class in in all Technology Education courses and students must be willing to work safely in the shop classes at all times. Using all tools and equipment apppropriately and the wearing of safety gear is essential e.g. eye protection, ear protection and hard hats in construction areas. There may be minimum charges for optional materials used in making student projects in all Technology Education courses.  However, no student wil be denied the opportunity to take technology Eduational courses if they cannot afford to pay for materials.  All projects are taken home when completed.



This course will provide students with an introduction and basic understanding of the workings and service of various automobile components. Topics include engine basics, ignition system, cooling system, lubricating systems, fuel system, brakes and care maintenance and service. 
Students must be able to work independently and cooperatively and safely at all times in the automotive shop. Please note, students in Grades 9 and 10 will receive credit for Power Technology 9 or 10.

The senior auto courses include all areas covered in Introductory Automotive Technology plus more sophisticated topics such as charging and starter systems, emission control systems, suspension, steering and alignment, clutches, bakes, transmission differentials and drivelines.  Students must be able to work independently and cooperatively and safely at all times in the automotive shop.




This course introduces Grade 8 students to the basic concepts and skills through a rotation system comprised of Shop, Foods and Textiles. In shop class, students will learn safety and basic c
arpentry tools and skills and they will complete simple projects with wood and perhaps metal.  

Students will learn to work with wood in fundamental and creative ways.  All students will be expected to use hand and power tools and machines safely, following appropriate demonstrations and tests. Students will plan and construct a variety of wood projects using both hand and power tools. Once required projects and skills are completed and mastered, students will have some choice in the design of their final project, in consultation with the teacher.  There may be some costs involved to cover extra materials or unique wood products.


In the senior woodworking classes, students will learn and refine more sophisticated woodworking skills and projects including joinery, framing, millwork, cabinets and furniture construction. Depending on individual skills, mastery of techniques and demonstrated safe use of tools and equipment, students will have more freedom to design and plan unique wood projects, in consultation with the teacher.  To offset the costs of unique wood species, stains and sophisticated projects that students will create and keep, a course fee may be necessary.  



This is a course in which students will learn to safely and skillfully use hand tools and machine tools in the metal shop. This course involves casting aluminum, machining using lathes and milling machines and welding steel using both oxy-acetylene and arc welding processes. Students will use these newly acquired skills to develop interesting and challenging projects. Safety is always stressed.


These are excellent courses for students who want to extend what they learned in Introductory Metalwork or intend to go on the post-secondary trades training. 
This course teaches students how to safely and accurately operate lathes, milling machines, drill presses and bandsaws. All machine operations will be associated with projects. The course also allows students to become proficient in arc and oxy-acetylene welding and cutting. The shop has arc welding rooms, oxy-acetylene stations, lathes of various sizes, milling machines and drill presses, etc. This is a very well-equipped shop and students have an opportunity to develop excellent shop skills and computer machining is also explored. 


Drafting courses are highly recommended for all students interested in working with computers and technology or going into engineering, architecture, industrial or interior design, advertising or the trades. All courses are taught in a PC-based lab using AutoDesk software.

This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals, standards and skills of CAD Drafting (Computer Aided Design). The course utilizes AutoCAD and Inventor to create orthographic projections, isometric drawings and solid models. In addition, 3D StudioMax is used to create complex modelling, animations and special effects. Video game coding and design is introduced, using the online game creator Scratch.

DRAFTING & DESIGN Level 2 (10-12)
This course can also be an introductory course for Grades 10, 11 or 12 and is an architectural drawing course in which the students produce a complete set of drawings for a house. AutoCAD and 3D StudioMax are used extensively to create the drawings and animated walk-throughs. A model of the house is also built. 

DRAFTING & DESIGN Level 3 (10-12)
Recommended: Drafting & Design Level 1 or Drafting & Design Level 2 or upon teacher acceptance.
This Computer Drafting and Design course builds on the skills and fundamentals taught in D&D Level 1 or D&D Level 2. This course utilized 3D Studio in order to learn advanced modelling and scene creation skills. The use of special effects, scripts, and plugins like MassFX and Character Studio are learned in order to create major animation projects. Adobe Premiere is also utilized in order to edit all video as well as include sound effects.

Recommended: Drafting & Design Level 3
This course gives students the option of a more in-depth coverage of any aspect of Computer Aided Design that interests them. Possible topics include use of Auto CAD, 3D Studio, Character Studio or Inventor to create drawings, models or even entire scenes. All projects undertaken need to be proposed to the teacher in advance and include information such as learning outcomes, resources needed and time required for completion. At some point in the course, students will also be expected to create an educational tutorial which will be added to the classroom’s resources.



Industrial design courses are recommended to students interested in acquiring some of the skills and knowledge needed to pursue post-secondary training for careers as engineers, technicians, technologists and architects.

This course studies the elements of design and the design process. It provides students with opportunities to solve design problems and communicate design ideas with the aid of Computer Aided Drafting and 3-D Printing. Course content is centred around critical thinking, problem solving and group-based project work. A major component of this course is centred around the DX Canadian High School Design competition. Robotics and coding are also covered, using VEX and NXT robots to compete in classroom challenges.

Recommended: Drafting Industrial Design 11
This course builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in Industrial Design 11. Course content remains focused on critical thinking, problem solving and group-based project work and a
major component of this course is centred around the DX Canadian High School Design competition. Robotics and coding are used in more depth, including using VEX robots and RobotC programming language.



Note - Graphics and Photography courses are considered Arts and ADST course credits for Grade 9 students.

This is a beginning course for grades 9-12 in Graphic Communications. The course focuses on two main areas: Printing production (or Graphic Arts) and Photography:

a)  Printing
The printing business is a high tech industry that is the third largest employer in the manufacturing sector. This part of the course focuses on giving students an overview of the printing industry. Students are provided instruction in: Computer Desktop Publishing, Graphic Design and Printing Production. Some of the assignments students will do are: designing logos, printing note pads, laying out ad, printing business cards, etc. The computer programs used are industry standards of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe InDesign. This is the only school in Richmond that offers a comprehensive Graphic Arts Program.

b) Photography
This is a basic course in B/W photography. The emphasis is on learning photography theory, along with taking and developing photographs. In this course, students will use 35mm Single Lens Reflex cameras. Students do not need their own cameras, but it is an asset to have your own. Digital photography is also introduced and explored. Some photo assignments are traditional B/W.

In the second course for students taking Graphic Communications students will explore the fields of Graphic Arts and Photography at a more advanced level.

a)  Printing
Students will continue to explore the field of Graphic Arts or Printing. Some of the projects include: two colour business cards, graphic design, desktop publishing in Adobe Illustrator and Adobe InDesign.

b) Photography
Students will continue to explore B/W photography and Level 3 will do more advanced photo projects than in Graphics Level 1.

Students in this course will further explore Printing and Photography. Some of the projects will include a photo ad, multi-coloured assignments in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Portrait photography and a photo essay will be included. Some students will be selected to work on the yearbook as yearbook photographers.

Students enrolled in this course work on and produce our school yearbook. They will do everything as the class is organized as a real printing/publishing company. Using the Adobe Design collection of software, students produce the layout and all the photographs as a professional graphic designer would.