The first year of the program is the Cabinetmaking portion. During this year the students will learn many facets of cabinetmaking. This includes safety, set-up and operation of stationary power tools, sketching and shop-drawing reading, cabinet layout/design as well as the machining of a multitude of wood working joints. As part of these studies, small bench projects will be required to achieve these competencies.
The second and third years of the program involve construction and installation of a complete kitchen. This leads into the Finish Carpentry portion of the course. During this year, the students will learn many facets of the Finish Carpentry trade, including basic framing, kitchen layout and design , safety and operation of basic portable power tools, kitchen installation of door jambs and the hanging of doors, trim and moldings, stair finish, and estimating.
Since mathematics plays a very important role in all phases of the construction industry, this program will include an extensive study of mathematics required for entry level employment.
For information on this occupation’s description, required knowledge, job tasks and related job titles, state/national wages and employment trends, visit the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s site for this career field.