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Cabinetmaking and Wood Product Design

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Cabinetmaking and Wood Product Design program overview

Our program exist to ensure that skilled crafts people remain available for the professional woodworking industry and to train individuals who are looking to learn woodworking purely for the love of creating beautiful wood creations. Our curriculum uses state of the art equipment and facilities. It focuses on the many aspects of the woodworking trade by providing hands-on experiences with wood joinery, materials, product development, layout systems, machining techniques, residential and architectural product construction, wood finishing, and furniture construction. Threaded throughout the whole program are the concepts of quality, accuracy, and attention to detail that have been handed down from one professional cabinetmaker to another through generations.

Program information

  • Class Time: Day and Evening
  • Semester: Fall Semester Day hours  8:00am – 12:50pm
                     or Spring Semester Day and Evening hours
  • Campus: Brooklyn Park Campus
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Skills Required

A deep interest in working with your hands to create beautiful wood products.  Students that have a good set of basic math skills and spatial skills do well in the program. Cabinetmaking requires a person to be able to move materials and product around in a shop environment. Much of the work done at school and in the cabinetmaking industry require a person to work as a team member.

Job Outlook

Our cabinetmaking student are highly sought after for careers as professional cabinetmakers. Opportunities for employment are plentiful in the residential cabinetry and commercial applications along with many specialty areas associated with the wood working field.

In 2017, Cabinetmakers earned a median hourly wage of $20.25 in Minnesota. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics).


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Accreditation and Affiliations

  • Architectural Woodwork Institute - AWI
  • Woodworking Industry Machinery Association - WIMA
  • Skills USA:

    July 02, 2019 -- Hennepin Technical College student Ander Hillebregt earned a gold medal at the SkillsUSA Championships, a national competition focusing on trade, technical, and leadership skills

    The cabinetmaking program at Hennepin Technical College has earned in the last 48 years:

                15- State Contest Winners (All winners compete nationally)

                6 -1st Place National Winners

                2 - International Competitors

WIMA- Woodworking Industry Machinery Association – Instructor of the year Keith Hanstad


For a complete list of current agreements, visit the Minnesota Transfer website.

Last updated by Dina.Rogalla : 2020-06-29 01:51:06