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Core Program

Core Program

Cabinet and Furniture Making

Wood Tech 1-year certificate program

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Core Curriculum

Our Basic Cabinet and Furniture Making Program addresses the needs of both student and employer by ensuring a basic level of competence of those who graduate from this two-semester program. The courses required for a Certificate of Completion are as follows:

Wood Technology 010 & 010L (Basic Woodworking Skills)
Wood Technology 020 & 020L (Continuation of WDTEC 010)
Wood Technology 011  (Furniture and Cabinet Layout)

Courses are offered in both fall and spring semesters. See schedule for time and location.

 

Wood Tech 2-year certificate program (the second year is night classes only)

Core Curriculum

Our 2-year Cabinet and Furniture Making Program addresses the needs of both student and employer by ensuring a basic level of competence and additionally preparing graduates for the modern cabinet shop. To supplement the first year’s coursework, second year students will take the CAD/CAM night courses (typically while they already employed). These courses teach the fundamentals of computer-assisted design and construction techniques necessary for the modern cabinet shop and even some modern furniture shops. The courses required for the 2-year Certificate of Completion are as follows:

Wood Technology 010 & 010L (Basic Woodworking Skills)
Wood Technology 020 & 020L (Continuation of WDTEC 010)
Wood Technology 011 (Furniture and Cabinet Layout)
Wood Technology 030 (CAD/CAM Techniques in the Cabinet-Making Industry)
Wood Technology 040 (Computer-Assisted Machining Techniques in the Cabinet Making Industry)

Courses are offered in both fall and spring semesters. See schedule for time and location.

 

Quoted from Certificate of Completion (1-year program):

“The intent of this course is to produce safe, competent entry-level employees for the cabinet and furniture making trades. Areas of study have included:

Safe and efficient use and setup of power tools, including:
Table saws, panel saws, band saws
Jointers, planers and wide-belt sanders
Edge banders, boring and hinge-insertion machinery
Portable power tools
Selection and care of tooling
Basic electrical safety and troubleshooting

Panel processing
Modes of construction, including face frame and 32mm (Euro-Style)
Familiarity with panel products including veneer and plastic laminates
Selection and application of appropriate hardware and fasteners

Solid wood construction
Mill work
Joinery
Material identification and selection
Preparation for finish

Layout and measurement
Fractional and metric measurement
Shop geometry
Shop drawings
Stock bills
Bills of material

Courses are conducted in an environment closely resembling actual shop practice. Students work as part of a production team, both as team members and lead persons. Communication and problem solving skills have been emphasized, as well as the safe and efficient use of time and materials.”

The Wood Technology department at Laney College has long been recognized as source of well trained, entry-level employees, as well as forum for professional development for those currently working in the woodworking trades. Graduates from our core program have found employment in many local shops, including Berkeley Mills (Berkeley) and Mueller Nicholls Cabinets (Oakland). Other students have built upon this foundation to begin work as independent contractors.