Woodworking Technician | St. Clair College
Program Code: T805
Status: Open
Two Year - Ontario College Diploma
Starts: September
Contact:
Rod Raymont
519-972-2727 ext. 4407

Program Overview

This program focuses on the technical skills required to meet a variety of goals in the processing and installation of wood products. The student learns a wide range of skills including cabinet making, trim and construction carpentry, architectural millwork manufacturing and installation (cabinets, custom trim and stairs) and furniture making.

Program Highlights

  • Strong industry support.
  • Up-to-date labs and equipment.
  • Hands-on projects.
  • Curriculum parallels apprenticeship standards.
  • Opportunities in the manufacturing, design and construction areas.

Career Opportunities

Woodworking technicians fit well into any environment such as large and small cabinet, furniture and millwork companies, kitchen and bath design centres and commercial and residential construction companies.

Admission Requirements

OSSD with the majority of courses at the College (C), University (U), University/College (M) or Open (O) level qualify for admission to this program.

Mature students - See Admission Procedures for details.

Courses

The curriculum below is for incoming students:

Semester 1
Code Title Credits
BDT106
Carpentry Calculations
2
BDT117
Print Reading & Estimating
3
BDT115
Construction Health & Safety
3
BDT116
Machining Theory I
2
BDT125
Machine Practice I
8
BDT302
Materials I
2
Semester 2
Code Title Credits
BDT200G
People In Motion And The Built Environment
3
BDT221
Custom Cabinetry
4
ARC125
Building CAD I
2
BDT219
Renovation Carpentry
6
ENT500
Entrepreneurship
3
BDT218
Wood Finishing
2
Semester 3
Code Title Credits
BDT404WP
Computerized Kitchen Design
3
BDT303WP
Machining Theory II
2
BDT308
Design Studio
4
BDT309
Architectural Millwork
8
ELEC1030
Choose 1 Elective Course
3
Semester 4
Code Title Credits
BDT406
Millwork Installation Mechanics
4
BDT400
Computer Numeric Control
5
BDT409
Stair Design/Manufacturing
8
ELEC1030
Choose 1 Elective Course
3

Your Investment

The standard tuition and compulsory fees for the current academic year:

2019-2020 Tuition Fees

For programs with Experiential Learning (Work Placement/Internship): Costs for accommodation, if needed, travel and related expenses is at the student's own expense. It is recommended for most programs, that students have access to a laptop or desktop computer while away from home during experiential learning periods.

Textbooks and other materials are in addition to Tuition Fees. Textbook prices may be found through the Bookstore website.

Please be aware that tuition and compulsory fees are subject to adjustment each year. The College reserves the right to change, amend or alter fees as necessary without notice or prejudice.

Program Physical Demands Analysis

Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

Manufacturing technician - wood products (Ontario College Diploma) (MTCU Code 54300)

The successful completion of this program will enable the graduate to:

  1. Understand how the structure of wood and its mechanical and physical properties relate to the quality and performance of wood products. Know the variety, grades and uses of materials commonly used in the trade, including lumber, veneer, particleboard, fibreboard, plastic laminates, adhesives, abrasives and preservatives.
  2. Set up and operate a wide range of machinery and equipment used in wood products manufacturing. Perform the skills of basic sharpening and maintenance of saws and cutters. Design, construct and use jigs and patterns for machining, sanding and assembly operations. Finish a variety of woodworking projects using state-of-the-art finishing procedures and production techniques. Use basic hand tools.
  3. Construct and finish a variety of furniture and cabinetry projects applying production techniques. Prepare and use drawings and specifications for furniture, cabinets and architectural millwork. Develop complete working drawings using AutoCAD.
  4. Understand basic principles of work measurements, methods analysis, quality control, production control and supervision. Understand the product development process and the role of the product engineer. Prepare cost estimates for furniture, cabinetry and architectural millwork projects. Carry out time studies and develop standard data applying the principles of work measurement. Apply the principles of methods analysis, work station efficiency, and productive workflow for typical manufacturing processes. Understand and assist in layout and materials handling analysis, equipment selection, and plant support system planning. Perform operations planning and scheduling as well as inventory and materials requirement analysis.
  5. Appreciate the design and construction fundamentals of kitchen cabinetry. Appreciate how architectural millwork products differ from furniture in design, construction and installation.
  6. Understand the programming and operation of computer-controlled machines, and create, dimension and plot part drawings using AutoCAD computer program. Understand the concepts of computer-integrated manufacturing and apply the principles of computer control in the woodworking manufacturing environment. Transfer the data generated by software programs through to CNC machinery for part manufacturing.
  7. Develop a quality assurance program for wood manufacturing operation applying the principles of statistical process control. Apply testing techniques including simple computer analysis on a variety of raw materials and assembled products.
  8. Appreciate the history of furniture styles.
  9. Practice teamwork in accomplishing objectives.
  10. Apply simple business procedures.
  11. Restore antique furniture based on the evaluation and estimation of repair costs.
  12. Apply the fundamentals of effective supervision and personnel management.
  13. Understand the responsibility and methods of maintaining a safe working environment.
  14. Communicate effectively in speech and writing as well as graphically.