Woodworking Techniques - CNC

About the Program

Today'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 Information

Length: One-year Ontario College Certificate program
Delivery Sequence: Doon (Kitchener) - January/2021 - Winter | Spring/Summer
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
Start: January
First-Year Capacity: 15

Admission Requirements

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Admission Procedures

Tuition & Fees

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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 well-prepared to enter the secondary wood manufacturing industry as machine operators and woodworking CNC programmers.

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 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.

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.

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Program Courses

Course Details (1462)
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: 42
Credits: 3
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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.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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MATH1435 Math Fundamentals

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.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
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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.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
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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.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
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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.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
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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.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
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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.
Hours: 84
Credits: 5
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Level 2
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.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
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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.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
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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.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
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WOOD1270 Machining Techniques

Description: This course provides the student with a general overview of software related to basic machining techniques.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
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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.
Hours: 42
Credits: 2
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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.
Hours: 112
Credits: 6
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Program Outcomes

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