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  • Objectives
    You will 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. You will learn the setup and operation of wood working machinery and equipment, breakout of lumber and panel components, laminating, veneering, machining, sanding, assembly and finishing.
  • Practical experience
    There is a co-op component associated with this program. 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.
  • Academic Title
    Woodworking Technician Ontario College Diploma
  • Course description
    Level One
    DRWG1090     Drafting And Blueprint Reading

    Description: This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to drafting fundamentals that incorporates computer concepts and terminology. Topics include layout, title block, scale, the rule of lines, the basic views, cross sections, auxiliary views, detailing, dimensioning, and symbols. Students will apply the fundamentals of drafting in conjunction with computer-aided design using CAD software. A representative group of industrial drawings will be studied and assignments given requiring accurate take-off of information from these drawings.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2

    LIBS1540     Student Success for Higher Learning
    Description: This course enables students to develop skills that will enhance their success in college. Students will identify their unique learning styles and develop strategies for success in their academic and personal lives.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    MATH1220     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

    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 standard sizes and grades, as well as distinctive characteristics and comparative costs.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2

    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

    WOOD1020     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: 135
    Credits: 9

    WOOD1035     Finishing I - Theory

    Description: In this course, the students will examine the theory of finishing related to woodworking. Theory topics will include surface preparation, air spray finishing, and the selection and safe use of solvents. The students will study finishing process theory and examine each component of the process as applied to typical casegoods and kitchen cabinet finishing systems.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2

    WOOD1040     Finishing I - 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

    Level Two
    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

    DSGN1020     Product Engineering
    Description: The purpose of this course is to examine the process of engineering a woodworking product. Students will study a representative group of furniture to understand the principles of sound construction related to furniture, cabinetry, and architectural millwork projects. Topics will include the selection and application of wood joints, fasteners, and other hardware. Students will 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

    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

    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

    WOOD1065     Finishing II - 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: 30
    Credits: 2

    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

    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

    Level Three
    DRWG2110     Computerized Product Development I

    Description: This course introduces the students to the development process from the original designer’s sketch to the completed sample, with emphasis on the creativity and problem solving involved. Topics will include the selection and use of hardware and glass components, the relationship between target product cost and the choice of materials and construction methods. The major assignment will be the preparation and evaluation of a complete set of production documents for the personal project the student will build in the fourth semester. This set will include: detailed assembly drawings, a Bill of Materials,Veneer Bill, Hardware Bill and Route Sheets. Students will use Solid Modeling/CAD software to create detailed woodworking drawings for the project to be built in their fourth semester.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: COMP1250, DSGN1020

    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

    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

    WOOD2030     Machining III - 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: 150
    Credits: 10
    Pre-Requisites: WOOD1080

    WOOD2060     Finishing III - 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: 15
    Credits: 1
    Pre-Requisites: WOOD1070

          Electives: General Education
    Description: Student must complete a minimum of 36 Hours

    Level Four
    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

    MACH2020     Woodworking CNC Applications

    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: 15
    Credits: 1
    Pre-Requisites: MATH1220

    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

    WOOD2010     Architectural Millwork/Kitchen Cabinets Module

    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: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: WOOD1080

    WOOD2040     Woodworking Techniques IV

    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

    WOOD2050     Machining IV - 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: 165
    Credits: 11
    Pre-Requisites: WOOD2030

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