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Woodworking Technician

Credential:
Ontario College Diploma
College Code:
CONS
School:
Engineering & Information Technology
Program Code:
0054
Accelerated Delivery:
No
Campus:
DO
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 fee details for the 2014-2015 year are listed below. Fees for the next academic year are unavailable at this time. Books and supplies are additional.

Domestic Fees

Estimated fees based upon the previous academic year (2014 / 2015) for Woodworking Technician - Program # 0054

Doon - Fall 2014 Level 1 & 2
Description Fall 2014 Winter 2015
Full-time Program Tuition $1339.00 $1339.00
Student Priority Fee $47.90 $47.90
Recreation/Athletics Fee $66.60 $66.60
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $26.95 $26.95
Administration Fee $25.05 $25.05
Technology Enhancement Fee $123.46 $123.46
CSI Capital Development Fee $55.60 $55.60
CSI Association Fee $105.00 $105.00
CSI - CSA $4.50 $4.50
CSI Health Plan Fee $255.00 $0.00
Session Total $2049.06 $1794.06

Year Total $3843.12

Doon - Fall 2014 Level 3 & 4
Description Fall 2014 Winter 2015
Full-time Program Tuition $1339.00 $1339.00
Student Priority Fee $47.90 $47.90
Recreation/Athletics Fee $66.60 $66.60
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $26.95 $26.95
Administration Fee $25.05 $25.05
Technology Enhancement Fee $123.46 $123.46
CSI Capital Development Fee $55.60 $55.60
CSI Association Fee $105.00 $105.00
CSI - CSA $4.50 $4.50
CSI Health Plan Fee $255.00 $0.00
Session Total $2049.06 $1794.06

Year Total $3843.12


International fee details for the 2014-2015 year are listed below. Fees for the next academic year are unavailable at this time. Books and supplies are additional.

International Fees

Estimated International fees based upon the previous academic year (2014 / 2015) for
Woodworking Technician - Program # 0054


Doon - Fall 2014 Level 1 & 2
Description Fall 2014 Winter 2015
International Program Tuition $5500.00 $5500.00
Student Priority Fee $47.90 $47.90
Recreation/Athletics Fee $66.60 $66.60
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $26.95 $26.95
Administration Fee $25.05 $25.05
Technology Enhancement Fee $123.46 $123.46
CSI Capital Development Fee $55.60 $55.60
CSI Association Fee $105.00 $105.00
CSI - CSA $4.50 $4.50
ISR $375.00 $375.00
International Health Insurance $0.00 $0.00
International Health Fee $550.00 $0.00
Session Total $6880.06 $6330.06

Year Total $13210.12


Doon - Fall 2014 Level 3 & 4
Description Fall 2014 Winter 2015
International Program Tuition $5500.00 $5500.00
Student Priority Fee $47.90 $47.90
Recreation/Athletics Fee $66.60 $66.60
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $26.95 $26.95
Administration Fee $25.05 $25.05
Technology Enhancement Fee $123.46 $123.46
CSI Capital Development Fee $55.60 $55.60
CSI Association Fee $105.00 $105.00
CSI - CSA $4.50 $4.50
ISR $375.00 $375.00
International Health Insurance $0.00 $0.00
International Health Fee $550.00 $0.00
Session Total $6880.06 $6330.06

Year Total $13210.12

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: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca

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.

Learn more about PLAR.

Program Courses

Course Details
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
COMM1085 College Reading & Writing Skills

Description: This course focuses on the reading, writing and critical thinking skills needed for academic and workplace success. Students will analyse, summarize, and discuss a variety of readings and apply the steps of planning, writing, and revising in response to written prompts. This course prepares students for post-secondary writing tasks, research, and documentation.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

DRWG1095 Drafting And Blueprint Reading

Description: Drafting is the visual language of designers, craftsmen, engineers and architects. This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to drafting fundamentals from free-hand sketching to 2-Dimensional computer-aided-design (CAD). Topics include layout, title block, scale, the ?alphabet of lines?, orthographic projection, section and auxiliary views, and annotation. Students will apply the fundamentals of drafting in conjunction with CAD software to create detailed technical drawings for woodworking applications.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

MATH1227 Numerical Woodworking Applications

Description: This course will provide the student with the ability to apply numeracy to wood machining fundamentals and principles.
Hours: 15
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

MATR1030 Materials

Description: The students will study the structure and characteristics of wood, wood identification and the different methods used to cut and match veneers. The students will select the following materials according to usage: lumber, veneers, particleboards, fibreboards, plywoods, plastic laminates, abrasives, adhesives and preservatives. The student will also study material standard sizes and grades, as well as distinctive characteristics and comparative costs.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

WOOD1010 Woodworking Techniques I

Description: This course includes the basics machine setup and operation procedures and the key principles of wood machining. Cutting tools and proper care will also be dealt with.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

WOOD1025 Machining I - Practical

Description: This practical course includes the use of the following operations in the woodworking shop: the breakout of solid wood parts using cut-off saws, jointer, planers, ripsaws, edge-gluing equipment; finish machining operations involving the use of a variety of stationary and portable equipment.
Hours: 120
Credits: 8
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

WOOD1045 Finishing Theory/Practical

Description: This hands-on course provides the students with the opportunity to finish wood products. Students will set-up, operate, and maintain conventional air spray equipment. Standard industrial finishing materials will be used to prepare finishing test panels. The following techniques will be used: grain accentuation, distressing, high-lighting, and rubbing. The repair of whitewood projects will be included. Viscosity testing procedures and equipment/finishing system troubleshooting procedures will be examined. Cause and prevention of finish defects will also be demonstrated.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
Level 2
COMP1250 Computer Drafting

Description: This course introduces the student to computer concepts and terminology. Activities in this course will be co-ordinated with the other drafting and product development courses in the program. Students will apply the fundamentals of computer-aided design using CAD software. This course is designed to equip the student with a basic level of skill in creating woodworking drawings using a microcomputer.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: DRWG1090 or DRWG1095
CoRequisites:

DSGN1020 Product Engineering

Description: Product engineering is the information hub of any woodworking business. In this course we will examine the process of effectively engineering woodworking products. A representative group of furniture will be studied to illustrate the principles of sound construction of furniture, cabinetry, and architectural millwork. Topics will include the selection and application of wood joints, fasteners, and hardware. Students will also prepare a complete set of product specifications including detailed drawings using CAD software, as well as bills of material for woodworking projects.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: DRWG1090 or DRWG1095
CoRequisites:

LIBS1510 History of Furniture Styles

Description: The major furniture style periods will be studied as a means to develop an appreciation for history, culture, and art. The distinguishing characteristics of each period will be examined with respect to styling, materials and construction. The role of antique furniture and family heirlooms in relation to the preservation of history will be presented. This course may include field trips to local museums.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

WOOD1050 Woodworking Techniques II

Description: Woodworking techniques which include the machine set-up and operating procedures for processing solid wood and veneered panels. Other topics considered are the machining of man-made boards and the current state of the art of cutting tools. Machine maintenance including motor and spindle speeds, drive systems, bearings and lubricants are also dealt with.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: WOOD1010
CoRequisites:

WOOD1070 Finishing II - Practical

Description: The course will enable the student to perform whitewood and finish repairs on various wood types, employ proper colour matching techniques to match various wood stains to industrial standards, demonstrate proper set-up and use of air-assisted and H.V.L.P. spray equipment, apply a complex commercial finish to projects manufactured during semesters I and II, apply complex finishes to panels, and perform basic finish repair procedures on wood substrates.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: WOOD1040 or WOOD1045
CoRequisites:

WOOD1080 Machining II - Practical

Description: Students learn to operate woodworking machinery safely while producing major furniture projects. Students work from technical drawings and route sheets to meet specifications. Shop areas covered are: Rough mill and breakout, panel processing and veneer layup and gluing, overhead routers, shapers boring machines, sanding machines, and assembly and prefinish operations.
Hours: 120
Credits: 8
Pre-Requisites: WOOD1020 or WOOD1025
CoRequisites:

WOOD1170 Finishing 2 - Theory

Description: In this course, the student will examine the principles of colour control, the theory of colour and light, the theory of air-assisted airless spray equipment, and H.V.L.P. spray equipment, finish repair, types of spray booths and their operation and types of industrial compressors and their operation and waterbased finish systems.
Hours: 15
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Level 3
DRWG2110 Product Design And Development I

Description: Product design and development is fundamental to the success of every business. This course introduces the students to the product development process from the original designer's sketch to the completed sample, with the emphasis on a basic overview of the process involved. Topics will include the selection and use of wood components and hardware , the relationship between target product cost and the choice of materials and construction methods. The major assignment will be the preparation of a complete set of production documents using solid modelling and spreadsheets for the personal project the student will build in the fourth semester.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: COMP1250, DSGN1020
CoRequisites:

MACH2025 Computer Numerical Control for Woodworking

Description: Students will develop an understanding of CNC machines and processes used within the woodworking industry. Students will receive training in basic programming, machine setup and operation and identify the various tooling requirements for specific CNC machines.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: MATH1225 or MATH1227
CoRequisites:

MACH2120 Production Equipment

Description: Prerequisites: Successful completion of year one of the program. This course provides the student with practical set-up and operation experience, and examines potential applications for a number of production oriented machines.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: WOOD1080
CoRequisites:

WOOD2020 Woodworking Techniques III

Description: Woodworking techniques which include the theory of production woodworking machines typical of what would be used in industry including machine capabilities, sequencing, and appropriate tooling. Also the use of the 32mm measuring system and the hardware that is designed to be used with it.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: WOOD1050
CoRequisites:

WOOD2037 Machining 3 - Practical

Description: This hands-on course will include the machining, sanding, assembly and finishing of documented furniture and cabinetry projects. Related problems will be solved as they arise.
Hours: 90
Credits: 6
Pre-Requisites: WOOD1080
CoRequisites:

WOOD2065 Finishing 3 - Practical

Description: Disassemble and assemble various spray equipment such as Conventional Air Spray, H.V.L.P., Air Assisted Airless and Medium Pressure spray equipment Set up and spray the above equipment using the correct tip, air cap and needle combinations to obtain proper film build and appearance consistent with production spraying requirements. Measure wet and dry film builds using the appropriate equipment.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: WOOD1070
CoRequisites:

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
Level 4
DSGN2080 Product Design And Development II

Description: This course will introduce the student to principles of cost minimization and use of computers to assist in product design and specification.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

ENTR1011 Entrepreneurship

Description: This course introduces the student to the option of business ownership. How business operates, forms of business and the role of government in small business will be the focus. Ethics and established business practices will be explored via case studies. As a culminating activity the student will produce a business plan taking into account various relevant components.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

OPER2120 Shop Management

Description: In this course, the student will study the line and staff functions of a manufacturing organization. Topics will include the fundamentals of work measurement and methods analysis as well as the principles of materials handling and plant layout. Elements of supervision and industrial relations will also be discussed.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

WOOD2015 Architectural Millwork/Kitchen Cabinets

Description: To meet the unit outcomes, the student must perform the required setup, operation, machining, trimming, or fitting on a part(s) or subassembly(s) supplied by the teacher or manufactured by the student to predetermined specifications. Depending on the exercise, and at the discretion of the teacher, the students will work individually or in groups. This course provides the students with practical set-up and operational experience on many machines used in the kitchen cabinet, store fixture and architectural millwork industries.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites: WOOD1080
CoRequisites:

WOOD2055 Machining 4 - Practical

Description: In this course, the student will complete the machining, sanding, assembly and finishing of one or more personal projects which have been designed and documented by the student in advance and have been approved by the appropriate instructor.
Hours: 90
Credits: 6
Pre-Requisites: WOOD2035 or WOOD2037
CoRequisites:

WOOD2100 Architectural Techniques

Description: This course will provide an overview of issues related to the architectural millwork sector of the woodworking industry. A look will be taken at project management and legal issues. Specific items of millwork will be examined to provide the student with the proper terminology as well as an introductory view of installation techniques. Practical experience will be gained in identifying millwork components and specifications in architectural drawings and tender documents.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Program Outcomes

Program Advisory Committees

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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

    Note:
    • 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.

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

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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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