Cabinetmaking and Furniture Technician


Algonquin College’s Cabinetmaking and Furniture Technician program trains skilled  trades people for work in the residential and commercial furniture making industry.

Mobile DeviceBring Your Own Device (BYOD): As a student in this on-campus program, you will require a mobile computing device that meets the specifications outlined by your program at http://algonquincollege.com/byod

(Please note this was previously referred to as a Mobile Learning Program)

Ontario College Diploma
45 Weeks

Program Code: 0575X04FWO
Academic Year: 2014/2015


Our Program

This two-year Ontario College Diploma program delivered in a compressed format over 45 weeks prepares students to work in the cabinetmaking and woodworking industry, producing both traditional and contemporary furniture and commercial cabinetry. Cabinet and furniture technicians design and build components to industry specifications using hand and power tools.

Delivery of all practical classes takes place in the state-of-the-art Algonquin Centre for Construction Excellence (ACCE) facility. ACCE is fully outfitted with industry-standard equipment and tools allowing students to explore both traditional joinery and advanced technology used in today's cabinet making and furniture industry.

This intense program is delivered over three consecutive levels. Students examine the history of the trade and its furniture, as well as materials, modern composites, adhesives and fasteners. Students gain proficiency in the construction of projects through the development of skills using hand tools and performing joinery and wood machining practices, with an emphasis on safety. Throughout the program progression is made to more advanced machine techniques using computers, specialized tools and machinery to design and construct furniture, kitchens, bathroom cabinets and millwork, as well to lay veneers. Using drafting and blueprint reading skills, students complete geometric layout in the shop and also create plans and shop drawings. Paramount to proper completion of a project, students develop and apply basic and advanced finish techniques including traditional and modern finishes.

Upon completion of this hands-on program, graduates possess skills for employment locally, nationally or internationally in areas, such as furniture, kitchen, bathroom, finishing and refinishing, as well as millwork industries. Graduates may also seek careers related to boatbuilding, airline interiors and elevator cabs. Graduates interested in working as journey-person cabinetmakers may choose to write exemption exams in the Red Seal Cabinetmaker apprenticeship program.

Qualified students with a minimum GPA of 3.6 or departmental approval have the opportunity to participate in a paid cooperative employment placement gaining invaluable experience and insight into the woodworking industry before embarking on their career including apprenticeship.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD): Students are expected to have and use a laptop or mobile computing device when registered in this on-campus program. Hardware and software specifications required by your program are outlined at www.algonquincollege.com/byod. Mobile devices/laptops and supplies can be purchased directly from Algonquin's New Technology Store at educational rates.

SUCCESS FACTORS
This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Enjoy a hands-on approach to learning about the cabinetmaking and furniture industry.
  • Are attentive to detail.
  • Can work independently.
  • Have good hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity.

Your Career

Graduates may find employment in furniture making and cabinetmaking, furniture repair refinishing and restoration, kitchen and commercial cabinetry, as well as boatbuilding and refitting. Other career options may include job estimating, sales of furniture, tools, hardware and machinery. Graduates are also well equipped for future self-employment.

Courses

Programs at Algonquin College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided an Algonquin email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.
Level: 01 Hours
DRA1410 Geometrical representations are used universally to communicate ideas and information. The ability to accurately interpret and create graphical drawings and sketches is a fundamental skill. Through discussion, demonstrations, assignments, and practical examples of fundamental geometric layout, students develop skills to design, draft and sketch cabinets and furniture. Drafting for Cabinetmakers Geometrical representations are used universally to communicate ideas and information. The ability to accurately interpret and create graphical drawings and sketches is a fundamental skill. Through discussion, demonstrations, assignments, and practical examples of fundamental geometric layout, students develop skills to design, draft and sketch cabinets and furniture. 30.0
ENL1813T Communication remains an essential skill sought by employers, regardless of discipline or field of study. Using a practical, vocation-oriented approach, students focus on meeting the requirements of effective communication. Through a combination of lectures, exercises, and independent learning, students practice writing, speaking, reading, listening, locating and documenting information and using technology to communicate professionally. Students develop and strengthen communication skills that contribute to success in both educational and workplace environments. Communications I Communication remains an essential skill sought by employers, regardless of discipline or field of study. Using a practical, vocation-oriented approach, students focus on meeting the requirements of effective communication. Through a combination of lectures, exercises, and independent learning, students practice writing, speaking, reading, listening, locating and documenting information and using technology to communicate professionally. Students develop and strengthen communication skills that contribute to success in both educational and workplace environments. 45.0
GED2012 Rapid changes in technology have created new employment and business opportunities that challenge each of us to find our place as citizens in the emerging society. Life in the 21st century presents significant opportunities, creates potential hazards, and demands that we face new responsibilities in ethical ways. Students explore the possibilities ahead, assess their own aptitudes and strengths, and apply critical thinking and decision making tools to help resolve some of the important issues present in our complex society with its competing interests. Achieving Success in the 21st Century Rapid changes in technology have created new employment and business opportunities that challenge each of us to find our place as citizens in the emerging society. Life in the 21st century presents significant opportunities, creates potential hazards, and demands that we face new responsibilities in ethical ways. Students explore the possibilities ahead, assess their own aptitudes and strengths, and apply critical thinking and decision making tools to help resolve some of the important issues present in our complex society with its competing interests. 45.0
WOO1410 Possessing a broad knowledge of manufactured and natural materials in order to make the proper choices with regards to application and sustainability is a requirement in the industry. Students analyze the principles of tree growth, cell structure and species identification, as well as examine the procedures in timber conversion, lumber seasoning and the grading process. Through discussions and analysis, students explore the use, manufacture, estimating and ordering requirements of wood composites and lumber.

Co-requisites: WOO8930 and WOO8938
Wood Technology Possessing a broad knowledge of manufactured and natural materials in order to make the proper choices with regards to application and sustainability is a requirement in the industry. Students analyze the principles of tree growth, cell structure and species identification, as well as examine the procedures in timber conversion, lumber seasoning and the grading process. Through discussions and analysis, students explore the use, manufacture, estimating and ordering requirements of wood composites and lumber.

Co-requisites: WOO8930 and WOO8938
45.0
WOO8930 Success in the cabinetmaking trade requires strong hand skills and appreciation for attention to detail. Students progress from developing skills and knowledge of traditional hand joinery to fundamental stationary machine operations to produce and assemble furniture components. Problem-solving and repetition with increasing difficulty lead to an elevated level of skill and safe practices expected in industry. Students construct projects using a wide range of hand tools, portable power tools and basic stationary machinery while practising fundamentals of layout, wood joinery, machine and shop safety and assembly procedures.

Co-requisites: WOO1410 and WOO8938
Joinery Success in the cabinetmaking trade requires strong hand skills and appreciation for attention to detail. Students progress from developing skills and knowledge of traditional hand joinery to fundamental stationary machine operations to produce and assemble furniture components. Problem-solving and repetition with increasing difficulty lead to an elevated level of skill and safe practices expected in industry. Students construct projects using a wide range of hand tools, portable power tools and basic stationary machinery while practising fundamentals of layout, wood joinery, machine and shop safety and assembly procedures.

Co-requisites: WOO1410 and WOO8938
180.0
WOO8938 Proper use and safety of the tools of the trade are paramount. Students examine various hand tools and machinery used in the trade. Through practical demonstrations of both tools and machinery, students learn the safe and proper use in the preparation of stock.

Co-requisites: WOO1410 and WOO8930
Hand Tools and Machine Basics Proper use and safety of the tools of the trade are paramount. Students examine various hand tools and machinery used in the trade. Through practical demonstrations of both tools and machinery, students learn the safe and proper use in the preparation of stock.

Co-requisites: WOO1410 and WOO8930
60.0
Level: 02 Hours
CAM1420 The use of technology in cabinetmaking is becoming increasingly important and widely practised. The ability to understand and use such technologies is essential in this advancing industry. Students learn to read and interpret blueprints and plans, as well as use computers in the design and manufacture of furniture components and cabinetry. Through hands-on practical experience in the lab environment, students develop the necessary skills and knowledge to program and operate a computer numerically controlled (CNC) router using commercial cabinet design software.

Prerequisites: DRA1410
CNC/Drafting and Plan Reading I The use of technology in cabinetmaking is becoming increasingly important and widely practised. The ability to understand and use such technologies is essential in this advancing industry. Students learn to read and interpret blueprints and plans, as well as use computers in the design and manufacture of furniture components and cabinetry. Through hands-on practical experience in the lab environment, students develop the necessary skills and knowledge to program and operate a computer numerically controlled (CNC) router using commercial cabinet design software.

Prerequisites: DRA1410
45.0
WOO1420 Changes in technology and availability of raw materials have resulted in the evolution of today's industry standards accepted in the furniture and cabinetmaking trade. Students identify and develop an appreciation for furniture styles, traditional woods, and construction methods associated with different periods. Through discussion and demonstration, students examine the traditional and modern methods of constructing furniture and cabinets including custom and production applications.

Co-requisites: WOO1421 and WOO8939 and WOO8940
Cabinet Construction and Furniture History Changes in technology and availability of raw materials have resulted in the evolution of today's industry standards accepted in the furniture and cabinetmaking trade. Students identify and develop an appreciation for furniture styles, traditional woods, and construction methods associated with different periods. Through discussion and demonstration, students examine the traditional and modern methods of constructing furniture and cabinets including custom and production applications.

Co-requisites: WOO1421 and WOO8939 and WOO8940
30.0
WOO1421 The quality of the final product is dependent on meticulous care of surfaces. Students acquire theoretical knowledge and demonstrate that knowledge in the lab environment. Through practical application, students learn the fundamentals of proper traditional surface preparation and the specifications and application of various stains and finishes common in industry.

Prerequisites: WOO8930

Co-requisites: WOO1420 and WOO8939 and WOO8940
Basic Furniture Finishing The quality of the final product is dependent on meticulous care of surfaces. Students acquire theoretical knowledge and demonstrate that knowledge in the lab environment. Through practical application, students learn the fundamentals of proper traditional surface preparation and the specifications and application of various stains and finishes common in industry.

Prerequisites: WOO8930

Co-requisites: WOO1420 and WOO8939 and WOO8940
45.0
WOO8939 The evolution of technology has led to a greater reliance on machinery. However, hand tools also remain relevant within the industry. Students apply theoretical knowledge through activities demonstrating skill in the layout of projects, preparing cutting lists, basic and advanced furniture construction techniques, advanced machining operations, and the creation of jigs and templates used to generate complex component parts. Emphasis is placed on analysis, design and construction of complex pieces of furniture. In a collaborative, team-based project, students analyze, select and implement the most appropriate joinery based on the requirements and historical perspective of the case piece to be constructed.

Prerequisites: WOO8930 and WOO8938

Co-requisites: WOO1420 and WOO1421 and WOO8940
Furniture Making The evolution of technology has led to a greater reliance on machinery. However, hand tools also remain relevant within the industry. Students apply theoretical knowledge through activities demonstrating skill in the layout of projects, preparing cutting lists, basic and advanced furniture construction techniques, advanced machining operations, and the creation of jigs and templates used to generate complex component parts. Emphasis is placed on analysis, design and construction of complex pieces of furniture. In a collaborative, team-based project, students analyze, select and implement the most appropriate joinery based on the requirements and historical perspective of the case piece to be constructed.

Prerequisites: WOO8930 and WOO8938

Co-requisites: WOO1420 and WOO1421 and WOO8940
180.0
WOO8940 Today's cabinetmaking machinery requires both specialized training and maintenance effectively allowing increased efficiency for completion of complicated tasks. Through theoretical knowledge of manufacturer's specifications and practical application, students discover the correct and safe operation and maintenance of machines through discussion and demonstration.

Prerequisites: WOO8930 and WOO8938

Co-requisites: WOO1420 and WOO1421 and WOO8939
Advanced Machining Today's cabinetmaking machinery requires both specialized training and maintenance effectively allowing increased efficiency for completion of complicated tasks. Through theoretical knowledge of manufacturer's specifications and practical application, students discover the correct and safe operation and maintenance of machines through discussion and demonstration.

Prerequisites: WOO8930 and WOO8938

Co-requisites: WOO1420 and WOO1421 and WOO8939
60.0
Choose one from equivalencies: Hours
GED0575 Students choose one course, from a group of general education electives, which meets one of the following five theme requirements: Arts in Society, Civic Life, Social and Cultural Understanding, Personal Understanding, and Science and Technology.

Equivalencies: DSN2001 or ENV0002 or FAM1218 or FIN2300 or GED5200 or GED5300 or GEN1957 or GEN2000 or GEN2003 or GEN2007 or GEN2009 or HIS0001 or HIS2000 or HOS2228 or LIB1982 or MGT7330 or MVM8800 or PSI1702 or RAD2001 or SOC2003 or GED6022 or GED5005 or GED5002 or GED5006 or GED5004 or GED1896 or GED5009 or PSI0003
General Education Elective Students choose one course, from a group of general education electives, which meets one of the following five theme requirements: Arts in Society, Civic Life, Social and Cultural Understanding, Personal Understanding, and Science and Technology.

Equivalencies: DSN2001 or ENV0002 or FAM1218 or FIN2300 or GED5200 or GED5300 or GEN1957 or GEN2000 or GEN2003 or GEN2007 or GEN2009 or HIS0001 or HIS2000 or HOS2228 or LIB1982 or MGT7330 or MVM8800 or PSI1702 or RAD2001 or SOC2003 or GED6022 or GED5005 or GED5002 or GED5006 or GED5004 or GED1896 or GED5009 or PSI0003
45.0
Level: 03 Hours
BUS1430 Possessing an appreciation of how a business operates, as well as the roles and responsibilities associated with running a business prepares students for entry into industry and future entrepreneurship opportunities. Students examine the factors involved in starting and maintaining a cabinetmaking business. Topics include estimating, overhead costs, labour costs, human resource management, applicable government regulations, marketing, financial obligations and shop equipment and layout. Applied Business Practices Possessing an appreciation of how a business operates, as well as the roles and responsibilities associated with running a business prepares students for entry into industry and future entrepreneurship opportunities. Students examine the factors involved in starting and maintaining a cabinetmaking business. Topics include estimating, overhead costs, labour costs, human resource management, applicable government regulations, marketing, financial obligations and shop equipment and layout. 45.0
CAM1430 Exposure to a variety of the industry-standard technologies increases confidence and awareness. Building on previously learned knowledge, students continue to advance skills focusing on plan interpretation and on more versatile and complex program packages dealing with CNC machinery and design. Through instruction and discussion of concept, applications and coding systems of CNC machines, students examine CNC manufacturing methods and develop the technical understanding required to operate such machinery.

Prerequisites: CAM1420
CNC/Drafting and Plan Reading II Exposure to a variety of the industry-standard technologies increases confidence and awareness. Building on previously learned knowledge, students continue to advance skills focusing on plan interpretation and on more versatile and complex program packages dealing with CNC machinery and design. Through instruction and discussion of concept, applications and coding systems of CNC machines, students examine CNC manufacturing methods and develop the technical understanding required to operate such machinery.

Prerequisites: CAM1420
60.0
ENL2003 Realistic workplace scenarios that help students solve communication problems typically found on the job are introduced. These include analyzing and interpreting contracts and warranties, writing progress reports and summaries. Students learn how to handle difficult customers, as well as handle conflicts within the workplace. Students research the current job market in their industry and present data to support their findings about the types of work and working conditions that exist in their chosen field. They also discuss networking techniques. In addition, students prepare targeted resumes, and cover letters and participate in simulated job interviews.

Prerequisites: ENL1813T
Communications II for Technicians Realistic workplace scenarios that help students solve communication problems typically found on the job are introduced. These include analyzing and interpreting contracts and warranties, writing progress reports and summaries. Students learn how to handle difficult customers, as well as handle conflicts within the workplace. Students research the current job market in their industry and present data to support their findings about the types of work and working conditions that exist in their chosen field. They also discuss networking techniques. In addition, students prepare targeted resumes, and cover letters and participate in simulated job interviews.

Prerequisites: ENL1813T
45.0
HIS8482 Students explore the major cultural trends and technological events which have influenced the development of western architecture, from pre-history to present day. Students develop a general understanding of the origins of architectural styles and the evolution of building technology. History of Architecture Students explore the major cultural trends and technological events which have influenced the development of western architecture, from pre-history to present day. Students develop a general understanding of the origins of architectural styles and the evolution of building technology. 45.0
WOO1430 Given the vast demand of production-based kitchen and bath cabinetry, industry professionals require in-depth knowledge of the materials and production methods. Today's production methods for kitchen and bath cabinets are largely technology-driven. Students analyze commercial applications and methods of current cabinet construction. Topics include construction materials, machines and techniques. Students examine various production considerations such as system holes and the identification and application of hardware compatible with today's industry systems.

Prerequisites: WOO1420

Co-requisites: WOO8942
Commercial Cabinetry Theory Given the vast demand of production-based kitchen and bath cabinetry, industry professionals require in-depth knowledge of the materials and production methods. Today's production methods for kitchen and bath cabinets are largely technology-driven. Students analyze commercial applications and methods of current cabinet construction. Topics include construction materials, machines and techniques. Students examine various production considerations such as system holes and the identification and application of hardware compatible with today's industry systems.

Prerequisites: WOO1420

Co-requisites: WOO8942
30.0
WOO8910 The main visual and tactile components of furniture are the finish. Students gain a working knowledge of the materials, applications, and equipment necessary to apply modern surface coatings to furniture according to trade specifications. Through the use of state-of-the-art equipment and materials, students develop skills necessary to produce quality finishes.

Prerequisites: WOO1421 and WOO8939
Furniture Finishing and Touch-Up The main visual and tactile components of furniture are the finish. Students gain a working knowledge of the materials, applications, and equipment necessary to apply modern surface coatings to furniture according to trade specifications. Through the use of state-of-the-art equipment and materials, students develop skills necessary to produce quality finishes.

Prerequisites: WOO1421 and WOO8939
60.0
WOO8942 Students explore two separate aspects of the trade, kitchen cabinetry and the application of veneers. In the kitchen cabinetry portion focus is on productivity, efficiency, techniques and the use of modern materials. Students learn how to operate the precision equipment designed to dimension and machine cabinetry components using industry-standard systems of construction. The veneer portion revolves around creativity, further refinement of hand skills and attention to detail using veneer-specific glues and equipment.

Prerequisites: WOO8939 and WOO8940

Co-requisites: WOO1430
Furniture, Kitchens and Millwork Students explore two separate aspects of the trade, kitchen cabinetry and the application of veneers. In the kitchen cabinetry portion focus is on productivity, efficiency, techniques and the use of modern materials. Students learn how to operate the precision equipment designed to dimension and machine cabinetry components using industry-standard systems of construction. The veneer portion revolves around creativity, further refinement of hand skills and attention to detail using veneer-specific glues and equipment.

Prerequisites: WOO8939 and WOO8940

Co-requisites: WOO1430
180.0
Co-op: 01 Hours
WKT2011 Students complete a cooperative work term and submit a written report documenting the location of employment and the duties performed. Co-op Work Term Building Trades Programs Students complete a cooperative work term and submit a written report documenting the location of employment and the duties performed.

Fees & Expenses

Tuition Fees: $1,791.85 per term.

Information Technology Fee: $86 per term. *

BYOD Fee: $150 per term. **

Incidental Fees: $450 in Level 01, $135 in Level 02 and $215 in Level 03.
Student Activity/Sports Fee: $240.50 per term.

Student Commons/Auditorium Fee: $22 per term.

Student Centre Building Fee: $17.50 per term.

Student Experience Fee: $17 per term.

Health Services Fee: $20 per term.

Health Plan Fee: $123.96 paid once annually. ***

A $40 graduation fee is payable in the final term.

A $20 transcript fee is payable in the first term a student attends Algonquin College.

International Students pay all relevant Canadian fees plus an International Premium of $4,775 per term.

* Students paying the Information Technology fee are provided with a network account, an email address, and Internet access. For more information please visit our website at wwwalgonquincollege.com/its/services/it_fee.htm.

** The BYOD Fee covers the costs associated with providing various services and software to students registered in a BYOD program.

*** Students who have coverage with another plan can request a refund by supplying the Students' Association with documentation supporting the request. This request will have to be made annually.

Co-op Fee: $465 payable in two installments in the term preceding each work term. The first installment of $100 is payable at the time of registration for co-op and is non-refundable. The second installment of $365 is payable on the standard fees due date. Students on a co-op work term will pay 10% of the Student Activity and Building Fees. Co-op students on work term in the Fall will pay the Health Plan Fee.

Books and supplies can be purchased at the campus store. Expenses total approximately $450 for the program duration.

Students are responsible for parking and locker fees, if applicable.

All students are responsible for supplying their own personal protective equipment (such as CSA approved safety footwear, protective eyewear, hearing protection, gloves, hard hat) as required in each lab environment.

Admission Requirements 

College Eligibility

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. Applicants with an OSSD showing senior English and/or mathematics courses at the Basic Level, or with Workplace or Open courses, will be tested to determine their eligibility for admission; OR
  • Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate; OR
  • General Educational Development (GED) certificate; OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program). Eligibility may be determined by academic achievement testing for which a fee of $50 will be charged.

Program Eligibility

  • English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or equivalent).
  • Mathematics, Grade 12 (MAP4C is recommended).
  • Applicants with International transcripts must provide proof of the subject specific requirements noted above along with proof of either: IELTS-International English Language Testing Service-Overall band of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band; OR TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 80, with the minimum of 20 in each component: Reading 20; Listening: 20 Speaking: 20, Writing: 20.

Should the number of qualified applicants exceed the number of available places, applicants will be selected on the basis of their proficiency in English.

Application Information

Applications to full-time day programs must be submitted with official transcripts showing completion of the academic admission requirements through:

ontariocolleges.ca
60 Corporate Court
Guelph, Ontario N1G 5J3
1-888-892-2228

Students currently enrolled in an Ontario secondary school should contact their Guidance Office to apply. For all other applicants, applications are available online at www.ontariocolleges.ca.. A $95 fee applies.

Applications for Fall Term and Winter Term admission received by February 1 will be given equal consideration. Applications received after February 1 will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis as long as places are available.

International applicants applying from out-of-country can obtain the International Student Application Form at xweb.algonquincollege.com/FormIE/index.aspx

or by contacting the Registrar's Office.

For further information on the admissions process, contact:

Registrar's Office
Algonquin College
1385 Woodroffe Ave, Room C150
Ottawa, ON K2G 1V8
Telephone: 613-727-0002
Toll-free: 1-800-565-4723
TTY: 613-727-7766
Fax: 613-727-7632
Email:
AskAlgonquin@algonquincollege.com

Additional Information

For more information, please contact Hugh Smith, Program Coordinator, at 613-727-4723, ext. 2958 or Hugh.Smith@algonquincollege.com

Every attempt is made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. The College reserves the right to modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable, or campus location at any time