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Woodworking Technician

Ontario College Diploma
College Code:
Engineering & Information Technology
Program Code:
Accelerated Delivery:
Academic Year:
2015 / 2016

About the Program

Conestoga's Woodworking Technician program is delivered at one of the most advanced woodworking training facilities in North America. Students receive a solid foundation in the skills and technology involved in the manufacture of furniture, cabinets and architectural millwork and training in modern manufacturing techniques.

The first term shares the same curriculum as the Woodworking Technology - Co-op program. Students learn the setup and operation of woodworking machinery and equipment, breakout of lumber and panel components, laminating, veneering, machining, sanding, assembly and finishing. Significant hands-on learning takes place in our large, world-class facility containing most conventional machines found in the trade, as well as several computer-controlled machines. The second year involves extensive project work, introduction to production management skills, and mandatory modules on manufacture of kitchen cabinets and architectural millwork, advanced computer skills and CAD.

Program Information

Length: Two-year Ontario College Diploma program
Delivery Sequence: Doon (Kitchener) - September/2015 (Open) - Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
Start: September
First-Year Capacity: 45

Admission Requirements

Note re: Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

An academic strength is calculated by averaging the submitted marks of required subjects. If more than one mark is received for a required subject, the highest mark will be used in the calculation.

Program Requirements

Tuition & Fees

Tuition: Please refer to the previous academic year program fee chart for an approximation as fees for the next academic year are unavailable at this time.
*Fees are higher for international students on a Student Visa. Please refer to the international program fee chart for an approximation as fees for the next academic year are unavailable at this time.
*Books and supplies are additional.

Financial Assistance

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.

For more information, please visit Financial Services/Awards.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates are prepared for employment in small and large manufacturing firms as production workers, machine setters, shop forepersons, installers, product service and sales representatives. Some graduates start their own businesses.

77% of 2012-2013 graduates found employment within 6 months of graduation.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website:

Pathways & Credit Transfer

Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions. View the transfer agreement opportunities for this program.

Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

For more information on the PLAR process, please visit the testing website.

Course Information
Course # Courses
Level One
COMM1085 College Reading & Writing Skills
DRWG1095 Drafting And Blueprint Reading
MATH1227 Numerical Woodworking Applications
MATR1030 Materials
WOOD1010 Woodworking Techniques I
WOOD1025 Machining I - Practical
WOOD1045 Finishing Theory/Practical
Electives: General Education Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
Level Two
COMP1250 Computer Drafting
DSGN1020 Product Engineering
LIBS1510 History of Furniture Styles
WOOD1050 Woodworking Techniques II
WOOD1070 Finishing II - Practical
WOOD1080 Machining II - Practical
WOOD1170 Finishing 2 - Theory
Level Three
DRWG2110 Product Design And Development I
MACH2025 Computer Numerical Control for Woodworking
MACH2120 Production Equipment
WOOD2020 Woodworking Techniques III
WOOD2037 Machining 3 - Practical
WOOD2065 Finishing 3 - Practical
Electives: General Education Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
Level Four
DSGN2080 Product Design And Development II
ENTR1011 Entrepreneurship
OPER2120 Shop Management
WOOD2015 Architectural Millwork/Kitchen Cabinets
WOOD2055 Machining 4 - Practical
WOOD2100 Architectural Techniques

Program Outcomes

Program Advisory Committees

The College appoints Program Advisory Committee members for diploma, degree, certificate and apprenticeship programs. Committees are composed of employers, practitioners and recent program graduates. College representatives (students, faculty, and administrators) are resource persons. Each committee advises the Board on the development of new programs, the monitoring of existing programs and community acceptance of programs.

For a list of the current members, please visit our Program Advisory Committees.

Student Supplied Tool Kits

  • Pocket Calculator (Used for Math class and in the shop)
  • Safety boots or shoes (CSA Approved)
  • Safety glasses (CSA Approved) or, googles over prescription eyewear
  • Hearing protection: (packages of foam ear plugs OR a set of over-ear cups)
  • Combination Imperial & Metric tape measure (10'-12' recommended)
  • Cabinet scraper (a rectangular piece of spring steel)
  • Paint scraper (pull type)
  • Block plane
  • Set of chisels (long shanks) 1/4", 1/2", 3/4"
  • Combination square (90-45 degrees) (NOT plastic)
  • 2 sets of Allen keys - Imperial - 1/16" to 3/8" & Metric - 1mm to 10mm
  • 1" metal putty knife
  • Sharpening stone combination fine/superfine water stone, (1000 & 4000 grit)
  • Vernier calipers - combination Metric and Imperial. Metric accurate to 0.05mm; Imperial accurate to 1/128" (NOT dial or digital type)
  • Hammer - 13 to 16 oz.
  • Set of screwdrivers. Robertson (4 sizes: black #10, red #8, green #6 & yellow #4) Phillips (2 sizes) Flat head (2 sizes)
  • Screwdriver bits (#4, #6, #8 & #10 Robertson - 2 inches long minimum)
  • Utility knife: retractable breakaway type blade
  • Nail sets (fine & medium point)
  • Set of standard HSS drill bits (1/16" to 3/8") (Brad point type tips if possible)
  • Dovetail saw (thin kerf, fine point) (check for sharpness before buying)
  • Marking gauge
  • Rolls of 3/4" or 1" masking tape (student repurchases as required)
  • Adjustable wrench (8" handle)
  • Sliding "T" bevel
  • 4" C clamps, quantity: 2 minimum
  • Portable 4-8 GB USB Drive

    • A tool box and lock will also be required (so you can keep the box locked out in the shop.)
    • Please keep receipts for all tools. You may wish to exchange some of them.
    • Expect to pay around $350.00 to $400.00 for your tools.
    • Organic vapor charcoal respirators (optional) are available for sale at the Woodworking Centre.

Apply Now

Domestic students should apply online at or by phone at 1-888-892-2228.

60 Corporate Court
Guelph, Ontario
Canada N1G 5J3

Detailed steps on the application process may help you to apply.

International students should apply online using a Conestoga College International Application Form. Please note: not all programs are open to international students. Interested students should check the listing of open programs on our international students web page before applying.

For program information, call the Information Centre at 519-748-5220 ext 3656.

Disclaimer The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.
Program Status
Start DateCampusStatus**
SEP, 2015 Doon Open
** Status applicable to domestic students

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