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Cabinetmaking (CAB)

(Easterling Correctional Facility)

Program Description:

The Cabinetmaking program is designed to develop skilled craftspeople. Classroom and shop experiences involve layout, fabrication, assembly, and installation of structural units.

Instruction emphasizes care and use of hand and power tools, common systems of construction, principles of estimating and blueprint reading, and care and use of numerous wood and composite building materials.

Career Opportunities:

Prospected woodworkers should be excellent for highly qualified workers. In general, opportunities for more highly skilled woodworkers will be better than for woodworkers in specialties susceptible to automation and competition from imported wood products. The need for woodworkers with technical skills to operate their increasingly advanced computerized machinery will be especially great. Workers who know how to create and execute custom designs on a computer will be in strong demand. These jobs require an understanding of wood and a strong understanding of computers—a combination that can be somewhat difficult to find.

Skills Needed:

While education is helpful, woodworkers are primarily trained on the job, where they learn skills from experienced workers. Beginning workers are assigned basic tasks, such as putting a piece of wood through a machine or catching the wood at the end of the process. As students gain experience, they perform more complex jobs with less supervision. Potential woodworkers can learn basic machine operations and job tasks in about a year. Skilled workers learn to read blueprints, set up machines, and plan work sequences. Becoming a skilled woodworker often requires three or more years.

Expected Earnings/Salary:

Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters

    Contact Information

    Mr. Eddie Thomas
    Cabinetmaking Instructor
    Easterling Correctional Facility
    E-mail: ethomas@wallace.edu