or Millworkers as they are sometimes called, are the skilled men
and women who manufacture, assemble and install cabinets, counter tops,
commercial store fixtures, convention and show displays, and architectural
millwork. They are also responsible for the fabrication of staircases,
windows, doors and furniture. The vast majority of these products are composed
of wood, but cabinetmakers also utilize plastic, metals, glass, laminates
such as Formica® and Nevamar®, and solid surface materials such
as Corian®, Gibralter®, and Avonite®. Most of the work is performed
in the shop, but job-site installations are sometimes required.
There are 800 hours of classroom
and shop instruction during the four-year instruction during the four-year
term of Apprenticeship.
Shop Instruction for Cabinetmakers
Hand Tools, Portable and Stationary
Power Tools, which includes the following: Grinding Wheels, Belt Sander,
Random Orbital Sander, Biscuit Joiner, Router, Table Saw, Radial-Arm Saw,
Band Saw, Jointer, Planer, Shaper, Molder, Sanding Machine, Lathe, Tenoner,
Mortiser, Drill Press, and Overhead Router. Apprentices learn: how to mill
their material from rough lumber to produce a finished wood product; to
efficiently cut sheet goods like plywood and flakeboard; to cut and work
with laminates and solid surface materials; to make wood moldings; to lay
out and machine their jobs and use the proper joinery; to assemble cabinets
and counter tops and to apply finish to their products. The school recently
purchased a computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine and there is
extensive shop, as well as classroom training in the use of this machine.
Classroom Instruction includes:
Union History, Safety, Mathematics
Related to the Trade, Drawing,Blueprint Reading, Material Take-Off, Estimation,
Trade Theory, and Computer Training. The curriculum also includes instruction
for the use of more advanced machinery that is being utilized in our industry.
This includes the new SCM® CNC machine and it's software applications,
Panel Saws, Edgebanders and Drilling Machine. We have recently obtained
Giben® panel saw software and we train our apprentices in it's use.
Additional Training includes:
OSHA 10 and Process Safety Management
Certification Standard First Aid and CPR Certification, Power-Actuated
Tool Certification, and Solid Surface Certification.
Third and Fourth Year Apprentices
are also eligible to take some Journeyperson Courses.