Woodworking Techniques - CNC
- Ontario College Certificate
- College Code:
- Engineering & Technology
- Program Code:
- Accelerated Delivery:
- Academic Year:
- 2019 / 2020
About the ProgramToday's secondary wood manufacturing sector strongly benefits from the use of computerized numerical control (CNC) equipment in areas such as architectural millwork, kitchen cabinets, and furniture components. If you have an interest in the woodworking industry and a desire to program and set-up CNC machines, this program is well-suited for you.
This one-year Ontario College Certificate will provide you with the skills to apply CNC techniques to develop programs for various CNC equipment such as beam saws, nesting routers, point-to-point machining centers, drills and dovetail machines. Through active, hands-on learning you will gain practical knowledge of the equipment, as well as best practices used in CNC programming within a variety of industrial settings. Program work is completed in a 50,000 square foot state-of-the art facility using modern equipment.
Program InformationLength: One-year Ontario College Certificate program
Delivery Sequence: Doon (Kitchener) - January/2020 - Winter | Spring/Summer
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
First-Year Capacity: 18
- 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 11 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
- Applicants with transcripts from institutions where the language of instruction is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency with a minimum test score on one of the following language proficiency tests or equivalent scores from another internationally recognized English language test:
- IELTS overall band of 6 with no band less than 5.5
- TOEFL iBT 80
- CAEL 70 with minimum 60 writing, no sub-test band score less than 30
- PTE Academic 51
- Conestoga English Language Test (CELT) Band 5
- An academic strength is calculated by averaging all 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.
- A sound mathematical and English background is important for success in this program and is considered during the admission selection process. Minimum cutoffs apply.
Tuition & Fees
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Financial AssistanceThe 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 OpportunitiesGraduates are well-prepared to enter the secondary wood manufacturing industry as machine operators, woodworking CNC programmers, and cabinetmaker apprentices.
For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/home
Pathways & Credit TransferConestoga 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.
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.
|Course Code||Course Title and Description|
|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.
|DRWG1465||Drafting and Blueprint Reading (CAD)
Description: This hands-on course will introduce students to the nomenclature and the basics of interpreting an engineering drawing for the purpose of creating it in CAD/CAM software for creating the appropriate documentation for use on various computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines.
Description: This course will provide the student with learning tools that will help them to improve their basic mathematic skills and also develop reasoning and problem solving skills. The student will also develop an understanding of the mathematics used in the woodworking industry.
|WOOD1200||Introduction to the Woodworking Industry
Description: This course focuses on the modern woodshop and it use of various computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines used in wood product manufacturing. In addition, students will learn about the diverse career opportunities available within this industry.
|WOOD1210||Materials - Panel Products
Description: This course provides the student with a better understanding on how to determine the most appropriate raw materials, to include both wood-based and synthetic panel products, to be used in the manufacture of secondary wood products.
|WOOD1220||Principles of Machining - Panel Products
Description: This course provides the student with the principals of machining, construction and the tooling used on computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines as it relates to panel products.
|WOOD1230||Computer Numerical Control Theory I
Description: This course is designed as an introduction to the general field of computer numerical control (CNC). General principles and requirements of CNC programming, from the basic elements of set-up to actual development of simple programs for common machining operations in panel products. Various software will be introduced during the course.
|WOOD1240||Computer Numerical Control Practice I
Description: This hands-on course will provide students with the opportunity to operate various CNC machines. Components of a safe work environment will be emphasized and practiced by the students.
|MACH1480||Tooling - Cutting Technology
Description: This course is designed to give the student the information as to tool types, tooling materials, tool holders, cutting geometry, feed speeds and chip loads and how it relates to the manufacture of wood products.
|WOOD1250||Materials - Solid Wood
Description: This is the second course on materials that will introduce students to the raw materials used in the manufacture of wood products. This focus of this particular course will be on solid woods.
|WOOD1260||Principles of Machining - Solid Wood
Description: This course builds on level one of Principles of Machining but focuses mainly on Solid Wood as the material of choice. The student will review the principals of machining and examine the construction and the tooling used on computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines as it relates to solid wood products.
Description: This course provides the student with a general overview of software related to basic machining techniques.
|WOOD1280||Computer Numerical Control Theory II
Description: Utilizing third party software, students will demonstrate advanced programming skills to include machine functions such as nesting and the programming of aggregates to develop project plans.
|WOOD1290||Computer Numerical Control Practice I
Description: This hands-on course will enable the students to manipulate tool databases, edit programs, install tooling and perform preventative maintenance on CNC machines. Students will create several small panel projects as well as solid wood components to create a final project.
- Perform all cabinetmaking activities safely and in accordance with applicable legislation and industry best practices and standards.
- Determine appropriate machining processes to meet the requirements of a variety of manufacturing techniques and standards used in the woodworking industry.
- Interpret and produce technical sketches, drawings, and related documents for common furniture and cabinet units using various software applications.
- Program and set up a wide range of production Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machinery and equipment for use in wood products manufacturing.
- Create quality machined wood products using common trade related materials that are selected based on the suitability of their variety, grades and physical properties.
- Solve trade-related problems by assessing the situation and applying mathematics and other problem solving tools and processes.
- Use written, verbal, graphical and digital techniques to effectively communicate appropriate levels of technical information.
- Operate Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machinery and associated equipment in a safe and effective manner while meeting industry standards
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