Career & Technical Education

Tools, Resources and Technological Processes

Key idea: Technological tools, materials, and other resources should be selected on the basis of safety, cost, availability, appropriateness, and environmental impact; technological processes change energy, information, and material resources into more useful forms.

Performance Indicators


Students will:

  • explore, use, and process a variety of materials and energy sources to design and construct things
  • understand the importance of safety, cost, ease of use, and availability in selecting tools and resources for a specific purpose
  • develop basic skill in the use of hand tools
  • use simple manufacturing processes (e.g., assembly, multiple stages of production, quality control) to produce a product
  • use appropriate graphic and electronic tools and techniques to process information


Students will:

  • choose and use resources for a particular purpose based upon an analysis and understanding of their properties, costs, availability, and environmental impact
  • use a variety of hand tools and machines to change materials into new forms through forming, separating, and combining processes, and processes which cause internal change to occur
  • combine manufacturing processes with other technological processes to produce, market, and distribute a product
  • process energy into other forms and information into more meaningful information


Students will:

  • test, use, and describe the attributes of a range of material (including synthetic and composite materials), information, and energy resources
  • select appropriate tools, instruments, and equipment and use them correctly to process materials, energy, and information
  • explain tradeoffs made in selecting alternative resources in terms of safety, cost, properties, availability, ease of processing, and disposability
  • describe and model methods (including computer-based methods) to control system processes and monitor system outputs
Last Updated: March 17, 2011