Assisting Student Learning - Industrial Arts

$28.25 - $28.92 hourly
  • Townsville Catholic Education Office
  • Good Shepherd Catholic College, Camooweal Street, Mount Isa QLD, Australia
  • 14 Jun, 2021
Part time - Permanent Teaching Aides & Special Needs

Job Description

Position: Assisting Student Learning - Industrial Arts
Commencing Date: 
Term 3, 2021 
Term Time,  Permanent

Hours: 30 hours a week across 5 days
Salary Range: $28.25 - 28.92 per hour pending experience

Closing Date: Wednesday, 28 July 2021 

Good Shepherd Catholic College, Mount Isa is a vibrant and faith-filled learning community, with a focus on academic excellence and pastoral care. The Vision of our College is "To journey together in faith with 'Christ our Light', educating and empowering young people". Through our Religious Education and Pastoral Care programs, we aim to foster the faith and spirituality of our students, celebrating the Gospel values of truth, justice, hope and love.

Townsville Catholic Education provides a supportive, flexible working environment where care for the individual is an important part of our ethos.  We employ motivated people who want to work together to produce excellent outcomes for our students. Our staff is recognised as being central to achieving our mission. 

About the role

Good Shepherd Catholic College, Mount Isa is seeking an experienced ASL - Industrial Arts. This role is a Term Time position in a Permanent capacity. 

The primary purpose of the ASL – Industrial Arts is to contribute to the provision of a quality educational service by providing efficient and high quality support to teachers with the preparation and/or enhancement of learning materials for the efficient running of the Industrial Arts Department at Good Shepherd Catholic College Mount Isa. The ASL – Industrial Arts is assigned to work in collaboration with teachers to provide support and guidance to assist students with learning and development. The ASL – Industrial Arts ensures that all duties are completed to an acceptable standard as determined by the Head of Department - Technology.  The incumbent will be required to attend a meeting each morning to discuss the work schedule and priorities for the day.

Key Accountabilities

Workshop and Equipment Maintenance

  • Maintain workshop equipment: including vices, belts, blades, bearings, welders, metal and wood lathes, milling machines, compressor and other mechanical components
  • Maintain buildings and reset roller doors
  • Help teachers and students maintain neat and tidy workshop environments
  • Check and top up oil levels in machinery and replace every 12 months or as per the manual
  • Help keep battery tools recharged
  • Empty sawdust in hoppers, bags and keep offcuts neat
  • When necessary assist to engage tradesmen to make repairs and get quotes
  • Safety checks on machinery and log repairs
  • Assist in safety compliance eg. safety signage and tags
  • Upskill to be able to perform some service and repairs to laser cutters and 3D printers
  • Regularly sharpen drills, plane blades, bevel-edged chisels and lathe chisels
  • Fabrication of jigs, templates etc.

Materials and Consumables

  • Accept delivery and store materials in racks, including plastics, timber and metal
  • Pre-cut and store project materials for designated year levels
  • Keep an eye on materials and consumables and inform the need for reorder well in advance
  • Pick up goods from local suppliers
  • Setup and assist classroom teachers prior to class where necessary
  • Ensure all rooms have full glue bottles, varnish pots, wax and precut sandpaper
  • Ensure lathes and miller have coolant and swarth trays are cleaned periodically
  • Conduct annual stocktake.

Assist the student’s learning and participation in the College

  • Assist teachers in preparing, implementing and supervising learning programs
  • Be aware of the Classroom Teacher’s expectations of the students in the class and work with the teacher, actively participating in activities, intervening and encouraging students where appropriate
  • Assist individuals or small groups, with activities as part of inclusive teaching and learning practices, supporting the teacher with behaviour management and the development of social skills and classroom skills development
  • Assist students with their personal organisation when required
  • Respond to all students in the classroom in a warm and encouraging manner and build collaborative relationships with the students and respond to individual learning needs
  • Participate in meetings, both internal and external as required.

Learning and Teaching

  • Provide support to teachers in the Industrial Arts Department classroom
  • Assist the teaching team with classroom resources
  • Work in partnership with teachers to support student learning which may include:
    • General support to a group of students while the teacher is engaged in focussed teaching
    • Provision of personalised support e.g. mobility or communication support, where required
    • Assisting students to complete tasks designed by the teacher
    • Preparation of support materials and resources
  • Support identified students with learning barriers, to engage in a range of learning activities
  • Collect data for analysis by the teacher - anecdotal notes on performance of task, work habits, behaviour etc., provided to the teacher.

Inclusive Education

  • Assist individuals or small groups with activities as part of inclusive teaching and learning practices, supporting the Classroom Teacher with behaviour management and the development of social skills and classroom skills development
  • Assist students with their personal organisation when required.

Small Group and Personalised Support

  • Communicate with teachers about student progress and areas of need
  • Inform the Assistant Principal Administration and Staff Development, or the Deputy Principal Teaching and Learning of any welfare issues that may arise with students
  • Develop professional relationships with students based on trust and respect, which utilises a strengths based approach
  • Provide general formative feedback to student on performance during the teaching session
  • Role model behaviour in line with the College’s mission
  • Work in partnership with teachers to implement aspects of learning plans, as identified by the teacher, for groups of students including:
    • Work with the student, under the direction of a teacher, to support the implementation of particular learning goals as identified in the Student’s Learning Plan.

Pastoral Care

  • Proactively monitor and support student wellbeing issues under the guidance of the pastoral care team
  • Work to promote self-esteem and assist with student social interactions by teaching them social skills and discussing with them their social behaviours as required
  • Provide assistance with personal care as required which may also include mobility and personal hygiene
  • Provide assistance with communication – including notetaking, taping material and using ICT to optimise the student’s learning experiences.

Professional Development

  • Support collegiate learning by sharing learnings with colleagues
  • Proactively seek opportunities to extend own professional learning via internal and external training.

About You


  • Ability to organise and prioritise a range of tasks and set priorities to meet deadlines in a busy environment
  • Experience in metal trades with welding and machinery knowledge and skills
  • Ability to work independently.


  • Understanding and ability to develop links between the college community
  • Good oral communication skills, especially in relation to staff, students and community
  • Good written, verbal, visual and non-verbal communication skills to ensure positive engagement with staff, parents and visitors
  • Sound computer literacy capacity to work in partnership with classroom teachers.


  • Enthusiastic, energetic, flexible with a proactive attitude
  • Confident, well-presented and engaging with a personal warmth that engenders mutual respect with staff, parents and visitors
  • Flexible and responsive to the needs of the college community and driven to achieve the best outcomes for students.

Mandatory Criteria

  • Current Working with Children Suitability Card - The successful candidate will require a paid Blue Card before commencement as per the No Card, No Start policy developed by Queensland Government
  • Current Driver’s Licence
  • Ability to travel from time to time within the Catholic Diocese of Townsville
  • Ability to perform the physical requirements of the role in a safe manner.

Desirable Criteria

  • A background working with timber or an ability to transfer skills
  • Current First aid qualification or willingness to complete.

Some employees may be subject to pre-employment medical assessments during the selection process. Depending on the nature of the position, it may be necessary for successful applicants to be immunised against certain preventable diseases in order to minimise the risk of transmission.

What we offer

  • Competitive Salary starting:$28.25 - 28.92 per hour pending experience
  • Annual Leave with 17.5% leave loading
  • Salary packaging options 
  • Modern facilities, equipment and resources
  • Superannuation up to 12.75% employer contribution (in a  co-contribution arrangement)
  • Access to long service leave after 7 years of continuous service
  • 14 Weeks’ paid parental leave
  • Deferred Salary Scheme
  • Corporate health insurance 
  • Induction, professional development and learning opportunities
  • Well-being programs and initiatives

How to apply

  • Complete the application form
  • Upload a cover letter addressing the skills, attributes and experience to support the key accountabilities of the role identified in the position description
  • Upload a current resume including contact details (phone and email of two professional referees

Please see the Position Description for more information. 

Applications during the shortlisting phase will be kept confidential. 

Applications close 5pm Wednesday, 28 July 2021.

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Job Closing Date

28 Jul, 2021