Metal Work – SS1, SS2 & SS3 Curriculum; Scheme of Work; Assessment Tests

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ASSURE Educational Services has put-together the scheme of work on Metal Work – SS1, SS2 and SS3 based on the National Curriculum and the syllabus of WAEC and NECO. All the topics highlighted in the National Curriculum and the syllabus of WAEC and NECO have been accommodated in our Scheme of Work.

End of term Assessment Tests in SS1, SS2 and SS3 alongside Overall Assessment Tests are available. Schools may adopt our scheme of work because of its simplicity and ease of monitoring of academic activities.

The Scheme of Work stated below is inexhaustible. Schools are encouraged to input weeks and periods of completion of topics in accordance with the academic calendar, number of students and available classes.

SS1 Metal Work – 1st Term Scheme of Work

Class Term Main Topics Contents
SS1 1st Term General safety in the workshop 1. Potential sources of accidents.
Measures to avoid accidents.2. Personal safety. Safety clothings: goggles apron, gloves, bootswith hard toe caps, helmet.
3. Safety rules and precautions in a metal workshop.
Metals 1. Description of metals: physical and mechanical properties.

2. Types of Metals:
-Ferrous metals: pig iron, wrought iron, cast iron and steels.
– Non Ferrous Metals: aluminium, zinc, copper, tin and lead.
– Non-ferrous alloys: brass, bronze, solders and duralumin.
– Constituents and properties.
3. Uses of Metals: Construction of auto bodies, frames,structural members of building and bridges.
– Selection of suitable metals for specific jobs.
4. Production of Metals
– Types of metals and their ores: copper-pyrite, aluminium –
bauxite, iron – hematite, zinc – calamine, lead – gelina,tin – tin ore (cassiterite) .
– Methods of extraction: open pit and underground.
– Processes of smelting and refining: Blast furnace, Bessemer converter, open hearth, crucible, cupola electric arc and high frequency induction furnace and reverberating furnace.
– Forms of metal supply: billets, blooms and slabs.

SS1 Metal Work – 2nd Term Scheme of Work

Class Term Main Topics Contents
SS1 2nd Term Hand Tools and Bench Work 1. Hand tools.
– Hand tools: care and maintenance.- Measuring tools: linear and angular.
– Steel rule, angle plate and scriber, etc.
– Bench vice, hand vice, G-clamp, chuck, etc.
– Cold chisels, hacksaw, files, taps and dies.
– Engineers’ hammers, mallets.
– Screwdrivers, spanners, drifts, etc.2. Benchwork
– Filing, chiselling, threading and sawing.3. Care and maintenance of tools
– Need for maintenance.
Heat treatment of metals 1. Importance of heat treatment of metals.

2. Heat Treatment processes.
– Annealing
– Case hardening
– Hardening
– Tempering
– Normalizing

3. Materials and Equipment for heat treatment of metals.
– Materials used as cooling media for heat treatment of metals:coal, brine, water, air, oil and ash.
– Equipment: furnaces, pyrometer, oven quenching tanks, blacksmith forge, oxy-acetylene flame.

4. Tempering colours and temperature ranges.
5. Safety precautions.

SS1 Metal Work – 3rd Term Scheme of Work

Class Term Main Topics Contents
SS1 3rd Term Hand forging 1. Principles of forging
– Definition of forging
– Importance of forging
– Types of forging: cold, hot and drop forging.2. Forging tools and Equipment.
– anvil, hammer, top and bottom swages, hardies, fullers, tongs and heart forge.3. Forging operations
– fullering, upsetting, bending, drawing down, punching, flattening, cutting, twisting and swaging.4. Safety precautions.
Foundry Work 1. Principles of Casting:
– Definition and importance of casting.
– Method of casting: sand casting.2. Materials and equipment for sand casting.
3. Processes: pattern making (single piece, split and flat back), moulding, melting and pouring, dismantling and fettling.4. Core making (box, sand).
5. Casting defects (types and causes)
6. Safety precautions.

SS2 Metal Work – 1st Term Scheme of Work

Class Term Main Topics Contents
SS2 1st Term Metal Joining 1. Types: temporary and permanent.
– Temporary metal joining processes.
– Explanation, identification and uses of common fasteners: Bolts, Nuts, Pins and Screws.2. Soft Soldering
– Tools and equipment. Types of joints and processes.3. Hard soldering
– Tools and equipment .Types of joints and processes. Procedure for making hard soldered joints.
4. Gas and Electric Arc Welding.
– Welding equipment, welding operation, welding flames. Welding techniques and safety.
5. Riveting
– Tools and equipment, types of rivets and joints.
6. Safety precautions.
Sheet Metalwork 1. Selection of materials,
– Low carbon sheet, galvanised sheet, tin plate, copper,aluminium and brass sheet.
– Standard gauges.2. Tools and Equipment:
– Stakes, Hammers, Mallets, Snips, Hand lever, Shears, Folding bar, Sand bag and Slip roll.3. Pattern development and cutting .
– Methods of Pattern development: types, layout, and cutting out of patterns.4. Basic Fabrication processes: Bending, Raising, Hallowing,Sinking, Expanding and Contracting.5. Joints and joining
– Types of joints: lap, grooves, seams.
– Methods of joining:
– Self – tapping screw.
– Soft soldering.
– Seaming6. Safety precautions.

SS2 Metal Work – 2nd Term Scheme of Work

Class Term Main Topics Contents
SS2 2nd Term Machine Tools and processes 1. Drilling, Drilling machines and reaming
– Description, types of tools and setting up.
– Types of drilling machines: sensitive, pillar and radial.
– Drilling faults & remedies2. Grinding, Description of grinding operations.- Types of grinding wheels and setting up of grinding operation.3. Power sawing:
– Description, types of tools and machines.
– Setting up of machinefor power sawing.4. Lathe and lathe turning operations.
– Parts and functions of the centre lathe: the bed, headstock, tailstock, carriage feed and thread cutting mechanism.
– Operations on the centre lathe: parting off, knurling and taper – turning.
– Work holding devices: 3 and 4 – jaw chucks, collets, face plates, catch plates and mandrels.
other accessories, steadies and centres.5. Shaping Machines
– Types of shapers: swivel, tilting and universal table
– Parts of a shaping machine and their functions
Pedestal, ram, saddle, table and driving mechanism.
– Cutting tools materials and holders.6. Cutting lubricants and coolants (soluble oil, straightcutting oil, soda solution).7. Care, maintenance and safety precautions.

SS2 Metal Work – 3rd Term Scheme of Work

Class Term Main Topics Contents
SS2 3rd Term Finishes and decorative processes 1 Types of finishes and decorative processes
– polishing and buffing, spot facing, planishing, colouring, plating, etching, lacquering, pickling and enamelling
Design 1. Identifying the Problem
– Problem areas: market, classroom, lorry park,workshop.
– Problem definition:benefits to be derived from finding solution(s) to the problem identified.2. Generating possible solutions
– Investigation procedures and possible solutions: interviews, observation, visits, reading journals, books, photographs, sketches of solution alternatives.
– Generation of possible solution. Selecting the best solution by: simplicity/ complexity, availability of materials and cost.
– Freehand sketching, working drawings, prototype, testing and production

SS3 Metal Work – 1st Scheme of Work (Practicals)

Class Term Main Topics Contents
SS3 1st Term Practicals 1. Identification:
– file test.
– spark test.2. Practical exercises involving the uses of handTools.3. Practical exercises involving care and
Maintenance – oiling, cleaning, greasing of hand tools.4. Heat treatment of hand tools.5. Use of colour charts.6. Forging of chisels, centre punch, scriber, door bolts, hinges, hoes, pokers, etc.7. Mould making and metal pouring.8. Simple pattern making.

9. Design and make an artifact involving soft soldering.

10. Production of simple articles e.g. cans, funnelsand bowls.

11. Exercises on drilling machine:
drilling, reaming, countersinking
and counterboring.

12. Grinding of single point tools, e.g.
scribers, chisels and lathe tool bits.

13. Using the power saws to cut
materials for projects.

14. Operation sequence, exercises
involving step turning, drilling,
boring, taper turning, knurling,
vee thread- cutting and parting off.

15. Application of finishes on projects.

16. Produce a folio and realise the artifact.


SS3 Metal Work – 2nd Scheme of Work (Revision)


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