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Wood Manufacturing Overview

Overview of Wood Manufacturing Technology




Purpose: The Wood Manufacturing Technology Program is designed to enhance the student’s future by providing them with a broad range of specialized skills. Student’s mastering the technical knowledge and skills required can be industry certified through Woodworking Career Alliance. The Wood Manufacturing Technology Program prepares students by engaging them with science, mathematics, and critical thinking skills through the classroom and lab/shop training. Wood Manufacturing Technology Education will: 

  • Operate as the venue for nationally recognized industry standard training. 
  • Provide a critical link in school to employment or postsecondary education.
  • Develop stronger relationships with the community in terms of mutual advocacy, cooperative field experiences, employment placement, and support for relevant student organizations and competitions. 
  • Represent an important component in the education of all students.
  • Require and promote critical thinking and problem solving.
  • Offer an up to date curriculum based on standards that adapt to changes in the industry.
  • Integrate academic skills to insure that students develop written and verbal communications skills, computational skills, and scientific/math problem-solving skills.



Wood Product Manufacturing


Course Description:

Fundamentals of wood processing and an overview of the secondary wood processing industry are covered in this course. The nature of wood, material selection, terminology, safe setup, and operation of common woodworking equipment will be discussed. Students will fabricate a wood product while being introduced to custom woodworking techniques, as well as mass production concepts related to product engineering.


Furniture Technology


Course Description:

Furniture design principles, structural considerations, joinery, fasteners, veneering, and use of specialized machines for complex operations are the focus of this course. Students will plan and build a piece of furniture which includes at least one drawer, a door and some veneering.


Advanced Wood Processing


Course Description:

This course is a capstone experience for advanced wood processing technicians involving the integration of computer aided design and world-class manufacturing of wood products


Cabinet Making Technology


Course Description:

This course is an overview of the cabinet and store fixture industries. Emphasis will be placed on the design and construction of face frame as well as frameless (32mm) systems. Students will plan and build a vanity, kitchen cabinet, or shop project which utilizes contemporary casework techniques. 


Important Note:  We offer a variety of pathways and courses to meet the needs of our students.  Therefore, all courses may not be offered each semester.  Also, we work to offer dual credit for any course where a post-secondary institution will honor it; but it is up to the post-secondary institution and not the ATC as to whether a course or student is eligible for dual credit.