Wood Manufacturing - Cabinetmaking
Wood products processing is one of the fastest growing manufacturing sectors in Canada. The Wood Manufacturing Council of Canada says that the industry needs skilled and educated people for careers in furniture and cabinetmaking, product design, quality control, plant layout, computer applications, equipment sales and service, and international trade and marketing.
The advanced wood processing industry in Canada demands high quality, innovative and technically sophisticated people. There are worldwide career opportunities working with nature's most environmentally sound and renewable building material - wood.
The Wood Manufacturing - Cabinetmaking program is designed to provide learners with the working knowledge and skills necessary to enter the wood manufacturing and cabinetmaking area of the construction industry.
Students in this program will receive the technology and skills involved in the manufacture of cabinets, architectural millwork, and furniture, and training in modern manufacturing techniques. They will learn the setup and operation of woodworking machinery and equipment, breakout of lumber and panel components, laminating, veneering, machining, sanding, assembly and finishing. Significant hands-on learning takes place in the large, up-to-date shop containing most conventional machines and several computer controlled machines.
Apprenticeship note: Students who complete the Wood Manufacturing - Cabinetmaking program are credited up to 1360 hours.
Wood Manufacturing/Cabinetmaking Coursesprint full list with descriptions
Take the following course(s):
Occupational Health and Safety
An overview of the Occupational Health and Safety Act of Prince Edward Island. Students examine the legislation, how PEI employees are protected while on the job and the responsibilities of employees and employers.
Course Code: SAFE-1005
This course is designed to allow students to develop preparatory skills for securing and retaining employment including; workplace communication, time management, critical thinking and problem-solving, and customer service. Upon successful completion of this course students are able to use oral communications techniques, and create a variety of written documents and reports used in the workplace. Methods and strategies for job search, preparation and retention are also incorporated.
Course Code: COMM-1005
In this course, students are introduced to the fundamentals of various software programs and information processing systems used in today's workplace and educational environments. Students develop the skills necessary to understand and efficiently use common workplace productivity tools. The main areas of focus include: operating systems, e-mail and groupware, word processing, spreadsheets, electronic presentation software, and the integration of these technologies.
Course Code: COMP-1000
Precision Trade Math
This course is designed to enable the student to develop trade related math skills. Students will acquire competency in the math skills as they relate to their program and future career. Emphasis will be placed on developing problem solving and critical thinking skills that the student will use in trouble-shooting. Students will be challenged to continually make connections between math and their field, as well as every day applications.
Course Code: WMC-1000
Occupational Health and Safety
Upon successful completion of this course students will have the skills and knowledge required to apply First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. In addition students will be able to interpret the Workplace Hazardous Material Identification System (WHMIS) and interpret provincial workplace health and safety legislation. Students will participate in and contribute to weekly safety toolbox meetings, hazard assessments and hazard elimination and control.
Course Code: WMC-1010
Introduction to Woodworking Techniques
This course is designed to introduce students to a variety of hand and power tools used in industry today. The student will have knowledge of and ability to demonstrate the safe and proper use of power and hand tools needed to complete a required task. This will help the student to understand and respect the tools used in the workplace today.
Course Code: WMC-1020
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to operate the moulder in a safe and professional manner. They will also demonstrate an understanding of the feed rate and cutting speed and how it relates to the quality of the finished product.
Course Code: WMC-1025
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to adjust and operate the following machining tools in a safe and professional manner: drills, shaper, wood lathe, inverted pin router and mortise/tenoner machine. The student will also be introduced to the fabrication of templates and jigs.
Course Code: WMC-1030
Wood Preparation Tools
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to adjust and operate the following wood preparation tools and equipment in a safe and professional manner: clamp carrier, cut-off-saw, straight line ripsaw, jointer and planer.
Course Code: WMC-1035
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to operate the tools required for assembly. The student will also be able to select the best assembly method for their project. They will be able to identify, select, and use the various types of hardware used for assembly.
Course Code: WMC-1040
Sanding Tools and Techniques
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to select, operate and maintain the following sanding equipment in a safe and professional manner: wide belt sanders, edge sander, oscillating spindle sander, and others. The student will also be able to demonstrate the correct sanding procedure.
Course Code: WMC-1045
Finishing Products and Equipment
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to identify finishing products and equipment, explain and demonstrate their uses. The student will also demonstrate a basic understanding of proper spraying technique.
Course Code: WMC-1050
Wood Composite Panel Preparation Tools and Techniques
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to identify and safely operate the equipment needed for the preparation of wood composite panels. The student will have knowledge of and ability to demonstrate the safe and proper use of the panel saw, multiple spindle boring machine, dowel insertion machine and the Blum hinge boring/insertion machine.
Course Code: WMC-1055
Stationary Power Tools
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to select and use stationary power tools. They will also be able to adjust and maintain in a safe manner power tools such as the table saw, radial arm saw, band saw and disk/belt sander combination.
Course Code: WMC-1060
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to identify and explain the controls of the edgebander and their function. They will also learn the various types of edgebanding and their characteristics and be able to adjust and operate the edgebander in a safe and sufficient manner.
Course Code: WMC-1065
Upon completion of this course the student will have the knowledge and ability to create and interpret shop drawings. They will be able to generate a bill of materials as well as a route sheet. The students will also learn how to use drafting instruments to help create their drawings.
Course Code: WMC-1070
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to grade material, calculate wood volumes and areas and prepare a bill of materials. Students will also have an understanding of the properties and uses of wood, the effects of moisture on wood and wood composite panel products.
Course Code: WMC-1075
This course is an introduction to basic terminology, concepts and functions of AutoCAD software. Students will acquire the skills and knowledge to produce technical drawings using this software. They will set up and manage an electronic filing system for drawing storage and archiving. Additionally they will acquire the skills to specify hardware and peripheral equipment required to operate the software and generate drawings.
Course Code: WMC-1080
Introduction to Production Planning
Upon completion of this course the student will have an understanding of the steps required to complete a product. The course will include an introduction to lean manufacturing concepts and techniques. They will be able to describe the production process, basic principles of quality control assurance and standard dimensions. They will also learn how to plan a personal project.
Course Code: WMC-1085
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to execute basic programs and determine cut cycle by using Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) software. They will be able to program and operate the Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) equipment in a safe and efficient manner.
Course Code: WMC-1090
Wood Manufacturing/Cabinetmaking On-The-Job Training
On the job training is an integral part of the Wood Manufacturing/Cabinetmaking program. This portion of the program allows the student to apply theoretical and practical skills obtained during the first year of the program in a real world situation. The exposure to and interaction with the various trades and professions within the field of cabinetmaking provides the student with an invaluable experience that will serve to enhance their overall learning.
Course Code: WMC-1095
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to apply the fundamentals of project design. The student will take the project from a concept to a complete working product in a reasonable amount of time. Learning and applying quality control measures are an integral part of this course.
Course Code: WMC-1098
|Location:||Summerside Waterfront Campus|
|Credential Issued:||Certificate, Wood Manufacturing/Cabinetmaking Technician|
Red Seal Information
The most successful path to a Red Seal as a cabinetmaker begins with the Wood Manufacturing – Cabinetmaking program. This program enables you to earn 1,360 hours and write one block exam, which puts you well on your way to Red Seal certification. Upon graduation, once you are working with a suitable employer, you will register as an apprentice to complete your journey to challenge the Interprovincial Exam. When you register, Apprenticeship PEI will give you credit for the hours earned and block exams passed while you were at Holland College.
The Interprovincial Red Seal gives you the ability to work anywhere in Canada without further testing or certification. The Red Seal is recognized as the Interprovincial standard of excellence for your chosen trade and is the designation most employers will ask for.
Graduates may seek employment in cabinetmaking, architectural millwork, wood product manufacturing, furniture manufacturing, restoration, design operations, or may choose self employment.
- Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level
- Applicants must be physically capable of meeting the demands of this industry
- Resumé including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program