Cabinetry & Wood Technology

  • Instructor Gerald Galczynski | East Campus | CIP Code 48.0703

    The Cabinetry & Wood Technology program is accredited by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) through the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and provides participants with defined career paths in cabinetmaking. The instructional program combines classroom, laboratory, and live work experiences to help the students develop their craftsmanship skills.

    Cabinetry is a specialized branch of woodworking and students will learn to fashion wood into objects of usefulness and beauty, such as home and office furniture and cabinets. Instruction is given in reading blueprints and planning the sequence of cutting operations to use the materials resulting in the least amount of waste. Students must develop skills in the use of many hand and power tools. The Cabinetry student will train with the technology for CNC design, programming, and operations. These machinery skills have become commonplace at most manufacturing and mill shops.

    Students will receive training in precision cutting, shaping, and assembling of parts through the use of hand tools, power tools, and woodworking machines. Instruction will also be provided in design and layout, assembly, hardware, finishes, and installation.

    As a participant in this program at the East Campus, students participate in the construction of the student-built house project. Its countywide reputation for quality makes this an exceptional “live work” opportunity that will instill confidence and pride as students prepare to enter the workforce, apply for apprenticeships or continue in a technical program.

    NCCER – National Center for Construction Education and Research

    The Cabinetry & Wood Technology program participates in NCCER. This curricula and training process is supported by trade associations, contractors, schools, construction and maintenance users, pipeline operators, manufacturers, and third-party training providers. Visit www.nccer.org for further information.

    PBA – Pennsylvania Builder’s Association

    The program is a PBA endorsed program, which allows students who complete the program at the competent and above level to earn a PBA Certification. Visit www.pabuilders.org for more information.

    Career Pathways:

    Cabinetmaker & Bench Carpenter
    Woodworking Machine Setter, & Setup Operator
    Patternmaker/Wood
    Furniture Finisher

    CAREER PATHWAYS CAN LEAD TO:*

    Assemblers & Fabricators
    Sawing Machine Setter, Operator, & Tender, Wood
    Kitchen Salesperson
    Mill/Plant Supervisor
    Cabinetmaker Instructor
    Furniture Designer
    Cabinetry Shop Owner
    Finish Carpenter

    *Requires post-secondary training.

Cabinetry & Wood Technology
  • Industry Certifications:

    NCCER Core
    OSHA/CareerSafe 10-Hour Certification
    Pennsylvania Builders Association Skills Certificate (based on NOCTI)

    College Advanced Credits:

    Triangle Tech – Bethlehem - Up to 3 credits

    Program Requirements/Costs

    There are specific costs for textbooks, tools, supplies, uniforms, certifications; and for some programs, medical and criminal clearances that students are obligated to pay upon acceptance. These costs change annually.

    Program Entrance Recommendations:

    ο Reading at grade level
    o Algebra I or Geometry
    o Problem-solving/ troubleshooting skills
    o Ability to work independently and in a team
    o Hand-eye coordination
    o Mechanical aptitude