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.

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

Ontario College Diploma
45 Weeks

Program Code: 0575X04FWO
Academic Year: 2013/2014


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 components using hand and power tools to build cabinetry to industry specifications.

All practical classes are taught in the Algonquin Centre for Construction Excellence (ACCE) facility. ACCE is fully outfitted with up-to-date equipment and tools allowing Algonquin to teach both traditional, as well as advanced technology used in today's cabinet making and furniture industry.

This program is delivered over three consecutive levels. In Level 01, students spend some time gaining a strong foundation of essential skills that employers are looking for from their employees in the areas of mathematics and communications but the vast majority of the time is spent by students gaining knowledge in wood technology, developing skills with hand tools, and on joinery and wood machining practices. In Level 02, these skills are applied to the construction of traditional and contemporary furniture. Students begin to use more advanced machine techniques, computers, CNC and NC machinery to design and build furniture components. Basic drafting and blueprint reading skills are developed to enable geometric layout in the shop, making of plans and shop drawings and hand finishing techniques are introduced. In Level 03 production and commercial millwork, as well as kitchen cabinets, the laying of veneers and advanced finishing practices are emphasized.

Upon completion of this hands-on program, graduates are equipped with skills that may earn them employment locally, nationally or internationally. Graduates who are interested in working as journey-person cabinetmakers may be eligible for Advanced Standing in the Cabinetmaker apprenticeship program.

Qualified students (minimum GPA 3.6 or departmental permission) have the opportunity to participate in a paid cooperative employment placement where invaluable experience and insight into the woodworking industry is gained before embarking on their career including apprenticeship.

This program is part of Algonquin's mobile learning initiative. All students entering into the program are expected to have and use a laptop or mobile computing device that meets or exceeds the recommended hardware requirements as designated by the program. Students in mobile learning programs will use their devices to enhance their learning experience, obtain and work with course materials, participate in collaborative and mlearning environments and become skilled, confident users of the technologies used within an educational environment and workplace. Hardware and software specifications are outlined at www3.algonquincollege.com/mlearning/. Computers 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.

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
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 practise 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 practise 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
MAT8584 Cabinet makers regularly measure, cut and calculate distances, areas and volumes. Students first develop the skills to efficiently add, subtract, multiply and divide decimals and fractions, as well as to calculate distances, areas and volumes in both metric and U.S. Customary units. Students use ratio and proportion for scale modelling and rate problems and percentages for estimating and tax calculations. Students explore basic math operations along with exponents and algebra to aid them with their calculations. Mathematics Cabinet makers regularly measure, cut and calculate distances, areas and volumes. Students first develop the skills to efficiently add, subtract, multiply and divide decimals and fractions, as well as to calculate distances, areas and volumes in both metric and U.S. Customary units. Students use ratio and proportion for scale modelling and rate problems and percentages for estimating and tax calculations. Students explore basic math operations along with exponents and algebra to aid them with their calculations. 30.0
WOO8930 Students construct projects using a wide range of hand tools, portable power tools and basic machinery. The fundamentals of layout, wood joinery, machine and shop safety and assembly procedures are covered.

Co-requisites: WOO8937 and WOO8938
Joinery Students construct projects using a wide range of hand tools, portable power tools and basic machinery. The fundamentals of layout, wood joinery, machine and shop safety and assembly procedures are covered.

Co-requisites: WOO8937 and WOO8938
180.0
WOO8937 This course provides details on the principles of tree growth, cell structure and species identification. Procedures in timber conversion, lumber seasoning and the grading process are explained. The manufacture, grading and ordering requirements of wood composite materials are described. Estimating material requirements and costing procedures for lumber, moulding and sheet materials are involved. Information is provided on the manufacture and ordering requirements of glass and furniture hardware.

Co-requisites: WOO8930 and WOO8938
Wood Technology This course provides details on the principles of tree growth, cell structure and species identification. Procedures in timber conversion, lumber seasoning and the grading process are explained. The manufacture, grading and ordering requirements of wood composite materials are described. Estimating material requirements and costing procedures for lumber, moulding and sheet materials are involved. Information is provided on the manufacture and ordering requirements of glass and furniture hardware.

Co-requisites: WOO8930 and WOO8938
75.0
WOO8938 The origins and functions of the various hand tools used in the trade are outlined. Practical demonstrations of both tools and machinery are used to present the safe and proper use of basic machinery used in the preparation of stock.

Co-requisites: WOO8930 and WOO8937
Hand Tools and Machine Basics The origins and functions of the various hand tools used in the trade are outlined. Practical demonstrations of both tools and machinery are used to present the safe and proper use of basic machinery used in the preparation of stock.

Co-requisites: WOO8930 and WOO8937
75.0
Level: 02 Hours
CAM8901 Computers and their use in the design and manufacturing of furniture components and cabinetry are introduced. Students learn to program and operate a computer numerically controlled (CNC) router. Commercial cabinet design software is also covered. CNC for Cabinet and Furniture Manufacturing Computers and their use in the design and manufacturing of furniture components and cabinetry are introduced. Students learn to program and operate a computer numerically controlled (CNC) router. Commercial cabinet design software is also covered. 60.0
DRA8909 Theoretical and practical examples of fundamental geometric layout used in the design, and drafting of cabinets and furniture are provided. Drafting I Theoretical and practical examples of fundamental geometric layout used in the design, and drafting of cabinets and furniture are provided. 30.0
WOO8939 Students apply their 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.

Prerequisites: WOO8930
Furniture Making Students apply their 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.

Prerequisites: WOO8930
180.0
WOO8940 A theoretical introduction to advanced machine functions, specialized features and joinery practices is provided. Related topics including compressed air systems, dust collection and machine maintenance are explored.

Prerequisites: WOO8930

Co-requisites: WOO8939
Advanced Machining A theoretical introduction to advanced machine functions, specialized features and joinery practices is provided. Related topics including compressed air systems, dust collection and machine maintenance are explored.

Prerequisites: WOO8930

Co-requisites: WOO8939
60.0
WOO8941 Traditional methods of constructing furniture using solid and wood veneered materials are introduced. Construction joinery as it relates to custom and production applications are identified. The identification of furniture styles, traditional woods, and construction methods associated with the period are detailed, including the design and application of hardware.

Prerequisites: WOO8930

Co-requisites: WOO8939
Furniture History and Construction Traditional methods of constructing furniture using solid and wood veneered materials are introduced. Construction joinery as it relates to custom and production applications are identified. The identification of furniture styles, traditional woods, and construction methods associated with the period are detailed, including the design and application of hardware.

Prerequisites: WOO8930

Co-requisites: WOO8939
60.0
WOO8944 Students learn the fundamentals of proper surface preparation before the application of the various stains and finishes commonly applied in industry.

Prerequisites: WOO8930
Furniture Finishing Fundamentals Students learn the fundamentals of proper surface preparation before the application of the various stains and finishes commonly applied in industry.

Prerequisites: WOO8930
30.0
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
DRA8912 Students learn how to prepare drawings and layouts, and how to read and interpret plans and specifications. Orthographic projection, detail views, hidden surface representation, section views, dimensioning practices, drafting terms and symbols and material specifications are introduced.

Prerequisites: DRA8909
Drafting and Plan Reading Students learn how to prepare drawings and layouts, and how to read and interpret plans and specifications. Orthographic projection, detail views, hidden surface representation, section views, dimensioning practices, drafting terms and symbols and material specifications are introduced.

Prerequisites: DRA8909
30.0
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
WOO8900 The factors involved in starting a furniture manufacturing business are examined. Topics include estimating, shop layout, overhead costs, labour costs, applicable government regulations, marketing and the creation of a sound business plan. Applied Business Practices The factors involved in starting a furniture manufacturing business are examined. Topics include estimating, shop layout, overhead costs, labour costs, applicable government regulations, marketing and the creation of a sound business plan. 30.0
WOO8910 Students acquire a working knowledge of the materials, applications and equipment necessary to apply surface coatings to furniture according to trade specifications.

Prerequisites: WOO8939 and WOO8944

Co-requisites: WOO8942
Furniture Finishing and Touch-Up Students acquire a working knowledge of the materials, applications and equipment necessary to apply surface coatings to furniture according to trade specifications.

Prerequisites: WOO8939 and WOO8944

Co-requisites: WOO8942
45.0
WOO8942 Students learn about materials, techniques, machinery and hardware used in Kitchen cabinet construction and commercial millwork. Students apply skills to lay veneer, complete marquetry, construct individual and group projects while learning about modern materials, technique and industry standards.

Prerequisites: WOO8939
Furniture, Kitchens and Millwork Students learn about materials, techniques, machinery and hardware used in Kitchen cabinet construction and commercial millwork. Students apply skills to lay veneer, complete marquetry, construct individual and group projects while learning about modern materials, technique and industry standards.

Prerequisites: WOO8939
240.0
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: $1,739.67 per term.

Information Technology Fee: $62 per term. *

Mobile Computing Fee: $150 per term. **

Incidental Fees: $235 in Level 01, $125 in Level 02 and $200 in Level 03.
Student Activity/Sports Fee: $210.50 per term.

Student Commons/Auditorium Fee: $22 per term.

Student Centre Building Fee: $17.50 per term.

Health Service Fee: $20 per term.

Health Plan Fee: $117.02 paid once annually. ***

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

A $25 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 $4,600 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 www.algonquincollege.com/its/services/it_fee.htm.

** The Mobile Computing Fee covers the costs associated with providing various services to students registered in a mandatory laptop 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 in the campus bookstore. Expenses total approximately $450 for the program duration.

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

All students are responsible to supply 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 there is a current fee of $40 (subject to change).
Program Eligibility
  • English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or equivalent).
  • Mathematics, (Grade 12 MAP4C) is recommended.
  • Applicants with International transcripts must provide 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 https://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: 1-866-620-3845
Fax: 613-727-7632
Email: AskUs@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