- Class Time: Day
- Semester: Fall Semester
- Campus: Brooklyn Park Campus
The time honored tradition of training individuals for the professional cabinetmaking trade continues at Hennepin Technical College. Our program was established to ensure that skilled people remain available for the professional woodworking industry in and around the state of Minnesota. Our curriculum 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.
Labs and Classrooms
The cabinetmaking lab is filled with well maintained state-of-the-art industrial equipment. This equipment ranges from hand tools through CNC machinery. The classroom and an eight station computer lab for the cabinetmaking program are adjacent to the shop area. The classroom and the computer lab are both showcases of student built architectural millwork.
Supplies / Tools
Students are required to have a specific set of basic hand tools. Tool kits are available for purchase at the Campus Store. There are no shop fees for this program. Project work may be purchased after it is completed at the cost of the current material rate. There are various textbooks and supplies needed for each course.
There are no special requirements to enter the cabinetmaking program. 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 cabinets 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.
The work environment varies based upon what area of the cabinetmaking field a person is associated with. Drawing product for the purpose of design and calculating product components, using machinery to process material and apply joinery, assembling components into its final configuration, applying finishes, and final installations. All areas are highly rewarding when the final result is a beautiful wood product.
The manufacture of wood products, from a local natural resource, has always been very strong. People have always treasured and desired goods made from wood. Preparing oneself to compete in a global manufacturing environment will ensure a good economic future. Iseek projects an 11% growth in cabinetmaking jobs in Minnesota. Currently, there are 4317 workers in the cabinetmaking industry in Minnesota; 13% of these workers are self-employed.
Possible job titles include: Cabinetmaker, CNC Operator, CNC Programmer, Plastic Laminator, Finisher, Wood Machinist, Millworker, Solid Surface Fabricator, Cabinet Installer.
Wage for Cabinetmakers range from $13.74 to $24.21 per hour according to Iseek.org
Potential Job Titles
- CNC Operator
- CNC Programmer
- Plastic Laminator
- Wood Machinist
- Solid Surface Fabricator
- Cabinet Installer