About the Program
Conestoga's Woodworking Technician program is the only one of its kind in Ontario. Students receive a good grounding in the technology and skills 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, up-to-date shop 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, basic word processing and CAD.
Length: Two-year Ontario College Diploma program
Delivery Sequence: Doon (Kitchener) - September/2014 (Open) - Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
First-Year Capacity: 45
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, or 19 years of age or older with mature student status (See Mature Student definition for details.)
- Grade 12 compulsory English, C or U, or equivalent, OR Conestoga College Preparatory Communications (COMM1270)
- Grade 12 Mathematics, C or U, or equivalent, OR Conestoga College Preparatory Mathematics for Trades (MATH1420)
- For more information on preparatory programs, visit Academic Upgrading
Note re: Admission Requirements
- Grade 11 Physics or Science or Conestoga College Preparatory Physics, technical shops/labs, and technical drafting are desirable but not mandatory.
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.
- Ten (10) additional marks are added to each Advanced level, OAC, U, U/C, and post-secondary course used in the calculation of academic strength.
- Applicants are assumed to have basic computer literacy.
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.
*Fees for recreation/athletics, graduation/alumni, insurance, as well as program-related costs such as books and supplies, are additional.
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 Aid/Awards
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.
95% of 2011-2012 graduates found employment within 6 months of graduation. Their average starting salary was $32,950.
For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca
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 contact 519-748-5220 ext 2260, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the testing website.
- Understand how the structure of wood and its mechanical and physical properties relate to the quality and performance of wood products.
- Safely use basic hand tools, and portable power tools.
- Safely set-up and operate a wide range of production machinery and equipment used in wood products manufacturing.
- Perform the skills of basic sharpening and maintenance of hand tools.
- Design, construct and use jigs and patterns for machining, and assembly operations.
- Perform a variety of industrial wood finishing techniques.
- Describe the variety, grades and uses of materials commonly used in the trade, including lumber, veneer, particleboard, fibreboard, plastic laminates, adhesives, abrasives and preservatives.
- Construct and finish a variety of furniture and cabinetry projects applying the appropriate production techniques.
- Prepare and use drawings and specifications for furniture, cabinets and architectural millwork.
- Appreciate the history of furniture styles.
- Practice teamwork in accomplishing objectives.
- Communicate effectively.
- Be aware of basic microcomputer applications.
- Acquire an increased appreciation and understanding of the concepts and values required to enhance the quality of life for self and others in the home, workplace and the local and global community through an exploration of selected broad goals of education in the areas of aesthetics, civic life, culture, personal development, society, work and the economy, science and technology.
- Understand basic principles of work measurement, methods analysis, quality control, production control and supervision.
- Understand the product development process and the role of the product engineer.
- Apply simple business practice procedures.
- Use advanced spray application equipment and finish systems.
- Describe the design and construction fundamentals of kitchen cabinetry and architectural millwork.
- Describe how architectural millwork products differ from furniture in design, construction and installation.
- Apply finish to a variety of woodworking projects using sophisticated finishing procedures using production processes.
- Describe the operation of a lumber drying kiln.
- Prepare cost estimates for furniture, cabinetry and architectural millwork projects.
- Safely set-up and operate a variety of advanced production machines.
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.
Domestic students should apply online at www.ontariocolleges.ca
or by phone at 1-888-892-2228.
60 Corporate Court
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
For program information, call the Information Centre at 519-748-5220 ext 3656.