What to expect from a career in Cabinetmaking

As an area of specialization in woodworking, cabinetmaking programs at Ontario colleges prepare students for careers making not only cabinets, but things like furniture, millwork and other woodwork. Students are able to jump right into their career at the end of these programs because of the demand for professionals with these specialized skills.

If you think you have the precision skills necessary to work in the woodworking industry as a cabinetmaker, here’s what you need to know.

Cabinetmaking Courses

Ontario college cabinetmaking programs consist of hands-on courses and a generous amount of shop time. Students perfect their skills and learn both traditional and modern woodworking techniques, with shop safety and proper machine operation emphasized throughout the whole program.

Cabinetmaking programs encompass everything from planning and design to finishing and restoration. Students learn drafting and blueprint reading, and use hand tools, power tools and stationary and CNC machines to create kitchen and bathroom cabinets, furniture and architectural millwork.

There are many finishing techniques taught in these programs, such as bending, shaping and spraying, as well as restorative methods for antique pieces. Aside from these shop courses, most programs teach students basic communication and business skills, which prepare them for working at a company or branching out on their own.

General Cabinetmaking Program Requirements

Cabinetmaking programs typically require an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, including a grade 12 English credit and usually a grade 12 math credit. Basic computer proficiency may also be recommended or required.

Cabinetmaking Jobs and Salaries

Cabinetmaking programs at Ontario colleges open the door to diverse opportunities in the woodworking field. Cabinetmaking jobs include (but aren’t limited to):

  • Cabinetmaker
  • Shop Supervisor
  • Millwork Assembler
  • Woodworking Technician
  • Machine Technician

Graduates will be trained to perform a number of tasks, including cabinet design, manufacturing and installation, furniture and antique restoration, home finishing and more.

Cabinetmaking salaries vary between $27,000 and $50,000 per year, depending on experience and position, with the average salary being around $37,000. Those who decide to start their own businesses and sell specialty cabinets or woodworking items may make a lot more once a solid client base is established.

Ontario Colleges Offering Cabinetmaking Programs

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