Architectural Woodworking/Cabinet Making Technology

If you like working with your hands and appreciate artisanship and attention to detail, the architectural woodworking/cabinet making technology program at Bates may be a good fit. Students prepare for careers at cabinet shops, lumber companies, architectural milling companies and more. This program prepares students for the Passport Certification through the Woodworkers Career Alliance (WCA).

General Information

Career Advisor: Jim Field
253-680-7403 | jfield@batestech.edu

Location: South Campus
Hours: Mon - Fri, 7:15 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Program Length: Six Quarters

  • National Median Salary$34,720
  • National Potential Annual Job Openings8,400

This information is base on data from August 2018. For updated information, visit careeronestop, a database sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Tuition and Fees

At Bates, our tuition is affordable and there are options to help make it even easier to gain an education. Federal aid is available for many of our students. Scholarships are also available through the Bates Foundation.

See if you qualify for other funding through our special funding programs with the Workforce Education office.

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ARCHITECTURAL WOODWORKING/CABINET MAKING TECHNOLOGY - Associate of Applied Science: 112 Credits

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General Education Requirements

Students may choose courses from the following options to fulfill their degree requirements.

Gen Ed Group Credits Required Course ID/Name Credits
Communication 5.0 ENGL&101 - English Composition I
An expository written communication course emphasizing critical thought, reflective reading, and information literacy with attention to rules and conventions of standard American English.
5
ENGL175 - Professional Writing
Enables students in career training programs to think logically and clearly and be effective and convincing in their professional and technical writing. It focuses on development of communication skills essential in a variety of forms of professional writing and technical writing.
5
HUM/SS/NS/O 5.0 BIOL&160 - General Biology
General Biology is intended to leave the student with an integrated view of the living world. The primary goal of the course is to provide students with exposure to and an appreciation of, basic cellular, molecular, genetic, evolutionary and ecological processes that will assist them in future advanced courses
5
BIOL&175 - Human Biology with Lab
This human anatomy and physiology course includes a brief overview of the human body for the non-science major. Basics of chemistry and cell structure are introduced and then the major systems of the human body are emphasized.
5
BIOL&241 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
The first class in a two-quarter sequence in which human anatomy and physiology are studied using a body systems approach with emphasis on the interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization
5
BIOL&242 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
This is the second in a two-quarter sequence in which human anatomy and physiology are studied using a body systems approach with emphasis on the interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization
5
BIOL&260 - Microbiology
This lab focused course is a survey of the biology of organisms too small to see without a microscope. It emphasizes the development of microscopy and culturing skills necessary to investigate the nutrition, grown, metabolism, isolation and identification of medically important bacteria. Lectures cover the concepts of microbial genetics and classification, infectious disease, immunity and immunization.
5
CHEM&121 - General Chemistry
Students in this course explore the structure of matter and how it behaves under various conditions in order to better understand the chemical world. Designed for students with little or no chemistry background. Laboratory activities and extended lecture concepts introduce the students to the experimental process.
5
CHEM&131 - Introduction to Organic/Biochemistry
Introduction to ogranic chemistry and biochemistry includes the study of the nomenclature, structure, reactions and synthesis of organic compounds and biochemistry applications in the nursing fields. The course is primarily intended for those who are interested in the application of the principles of organic chemistry and biochemistry to related areas of science, such as genetics, microbiology, physiology and nutrition.
5
CMST&102 - Introduction to Mass Media
This course critically examines core issues in the relationship between media and society, including news and entertainment media in print, electronic and digital format. Through readings, viewings, research and discussion, we examine the historical, cultural, political and economic contexts of media industries, representations and audiences.
5
CMST&152 - Intercultural Communication
This course is an introduction to the intercultural communication process and its importance in contemporary society. Students learn about the values and beliefse of a variety of cultures and develop skills to interact with people from those cultures. Emphasis is on acquiring an increased understanding of the relationship between culture and communication.
5
CMST&210 - Interpersonal Communication
This course is designed to increase students' awareness of the value and impact of utilizing improved interpersonal communication skills and strategies.
5
CMST&220 - Public Speaking
Introduction to the rhetoric of speech and the preparation and delivery of speech in an extemporaneous style, including ethical research methods, basic rhetoric and critical analysis, and organziation of various types of presentations. Two to four speaking assignments are required, plus regular quizzes, peer review and written examination. Online resources will be integrated.
5
CMST&230 - Small Group Communications
This course is designed to increase students awareness of the value and impact of utilizing improved small group communication skills and strategies.
5
ECON&201 - Microeconomics
This course focuses on the theory of the market systems as a method of allocating resources and distributing income and products. Analysis of current problems including government regulation, subsidies, monopoly and taxation
5
ECON&202 - Macroeconomics
Introduction to macroeconomics; elementary analysis of the determination of income through national income accounting. Covers macroeconomic issues including inflation, unemployment, economic growth, recessions, monetary/fiscal policy, and international trade and finance. Prerequisite: ECON& 201, MATH 098, and ENGL& 101 is recommended.
5
HIST101 - A History of Science and Technology
This course will trace the history of scientific and technological advancements in the western world. Students will be made aware of the evoultion in science from a philosophical and historical perspective. Part of the course will focus on the contributions that significant philosophers, scientists and institutions made to knowledge-making. At the same time, emphasis will also be directed toward the contributions of common, everyday artisans and craftsmen to "discovering", creating and recording scientific and technical knowledge.
5
HREL111 - College and Job Search Success
This course is an introduction to employment and life skills that encourage self-awareness, self-confidence, and self-discipline that are necessary for college and self-promotion success. Topics include: self-motivation, personal learning styles, self-management, emotional intelligence, study skills, cover letter and resume writing, and interviewing. Students exercise learned skills by journaling, participating in classroom discussions, creating cover letters and resumes, and participating in mock interviews and other work-related situational role plays.
5
NUTR&101 - Intro to Nutrition
Study of human nutrition and health. Topics include digestion, absorption and processing nutrients in the body; chemistry and functions of the major nutrients: carbohydrates, fat, protein; vitamin and mineral functions; food, culture and diet, energy balance, diet and metabolism; fitness and health; nutrition of the life cycle, food safety and local and world hunger issues
5
POLS&101 - Introduction to Political Science
This course is an introduction to American government and politics. Students will study the United States Constitution, governmental institutions, the political system, and the regulatory processes embedded within the document. The course format is lecture/discussion.
5
PSYC&100 - General Psychology
Introductory psychology for people with an interest in all that influences human behavior. Whether planning a career in psychology or gaining insights about yourself and others, you will find this a useful and interesting open enrollment course of study.
5
PSYC&200 - Lifespan Psychology
This course is an introduction to the various states of human development. Emphasis is on the major theories and perspectives and their relationship to the physical, cognitive and psychosocial aspects of development across the lifespan.
5
SOC&101 - Introduction to Sociology
This course is a general survey of sociology, the scientific study of the group life of humans in their environment. The course introduces the basic principles of social relationships, collective behavior, and human interaction. These principles are applied to the study of culture; race, gender, and class inequality; deviance; law; social institutions; and social change.
5
Quantitative 5.0 MATH&141 - Precalculus I
In this course students solve functions, function operations, rational, polynomial, exponential, logarithmic and linear functions and equation solving, function graphs, matrices and determinants, sequences and series.
5
MATH&142 - Precalculus II
Right and oblique triangle trigonometry, circular functions, graphs of trigonometric functions, identities, inverse trig functions, vectors and polar coordinates, and parametric equations
5
MATH&146 - Statistics
This course is designed to teach the student counting rules, probability, mean and standard deviation, graphing, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing and regression analysis. Also applications in business, health and technology
5
MATH&151 - Calculus
Limits and limit laws, continuity, tangents and rates of change, derivatives using definition and differentiation rules for polynomial, exponential, trigonometric, logarithmic and transcendental functions, max/min problems, LHospitals rule, Newtons method and antidifferentiation.
5
MATH&153 - Calculus III
Emphasizes the study of infinite sequences and series including power series. Topics include plane analytic geometry, graphing in polar coordinates, and an introduction to vectors.
5
MATH171 - Technical Math
Application of linear and quadratic equations, systems of equations, geometry and trigonometry and vectors and their applications in the technical workplace.
5
MATH172 - Business Math
Equation solving, exponents, markup, income tax, compoung interst, logarithms and finding time, annuities, amoritization and business statistics.
5
MATH174 - Math for Allied Health
Mathematical concepts for allied health fields including systems of measurement, use of formulas, ratios and proportions in health applications; and basic statistics
5

Required Coursework

Course ID Title Prerequisites Credits
ARWC101 ARWC101 - Introduction to Cabinetmaking
This course is an introduction to the basic fundamentals of the cabinetmaking trade including sources and products of cabinetmaking and different occupational opportunities
3
ARWC102 ARWC102 - Safety Principles
This course is an introduction to the required safety and shop rules to be applied in the lab as well as the OSHA and WISHA rules and regulations that help maintain a safe and productive work environment
4
ARWC103 ARWC103 - Cabinetry Blueprints/ Plans
An introduction to the fundamental skills of show drawings and detail plans, students read and interpret plans including material and cabinet take-offs. Basic sketching is also introduced
4
ARWC104 ARWC104 - Materials
This course is an introduction to the materials used in the cabinetmaking trade including both natural-made and man-made materials: MDF, particle board, laminates, veneers, solid surfaces, and sustainable sourced woods
4
ARWC105 ARWC105 - Machine Tools I
This course is an introduction to the proper use, maintenance, and application of basic machines used for the building of cabinets and woodworking projects. Basic machines may include the jointer, planer; radial arm saw, wide belt sander, table saw, vertical panel saw, line boring machine, motorized miter saw, and drill presses
4
ARWC106 ARWC106 - Machine Tools II
This course is a continuation of the concepts introduced in ARWC 105; students demonstrate the proper use of maintenance and the application of complex machine tools used for the building of cabinets and woodworking projects. Advanced machines may include edge banders, sliding table/table saw, spindle shapers, panel raising attachment, panel router, Euro hinge machines similar to Blum Mini press, and the hollow chisel mortise
4
ARWC107 ARWC107 - Machine Tools / CNC
This course is an introduction to the proper use, maintenance, and application of CNC machining used for the cutting/milling of cabinets, woodworking parts, templates, and projects. The use of basic layouts on the computer and software used for this application is emphasized
3
ARWC108 ARWC108 - Portable Power Tools
This course is an introduction to the proper use, maintenance, and application of portable power tools, such as common tool use and care of routers and bits, the different types of routers and their application, biscuit cutter, pocket hole jigs, drills and drivers, various joint- making tools, and set-up
3
ARWC109 ARWC109 - Hand Tools
This course is an introduction to the proper use, maintenance, and application of hand tools used for the cutting/milling, assembly, and installation of cabinets. , woodworking parts, templates, and projects. Common hands tools include the block plane; measuring and marking tools; and cutting tools such as dovetail saws, back saws, and Japanese saws
3
ARWC110 ARWC110 - Basic Cabinet Joinery
Students demonstrate the proper use and application of joints used in the assembly and production of cabinets. Emphasis is on function, strength, ease of machining, and basic uses of various joints. Also introduced is the application and suitability to different materials and production settings
4
ARWC111 ARWC111 - Tool Maintenance/Sharpening
This course is an introduction to the maintenance and sharpening of tools used in the shop. Routine maintenance will be covered as well as some minor tool repair and adjustments. Students use assigned/instructor approved projects to replace knives, adjust cutting performance, and maintain machines
3
ARWC112 ARWC112 - Cabinetmaking / Face Frame Construction I
In this course students cut, assemble, and complete traditional face frame cabinets. In addition, the design, layout, and proper material use are introduced, as well as carcass assembly, face frames, door and drawer construction
4
ARWC113 ARWC113 - Cabinetmaking / Face Frame Construction II
This course is a continuation of the concepts introduced in ARWC 112; students cut, assemble, and complete traditional face frame cabinets. Design, layout, and proper material use are introduced as well as carcass assembly, face frames and door and drawer construction. Students are assigned instructor- approved projects to develop more advanced knowledge and skills
4
ARWC114 ARWC114 - Cabinetmaking / 32mm System
Students acquire knowledge and skills in the use and application of the 32mm cabinet system. This includes the construction methods, materials, hardware, and assembly of frameless cabinets
3
ARWC115 ARWC115 - Finishing Methods I
Students are introduced to the use and application of finishes used in a shop setting including a variety of techniques: wipe-on, spray, and brushing
3
ARWC116 ARWC116 - Drawers and Doors
Students assemble doors and drawers and design and manufacture different door/drawer styles to assigned/personal projects.
2
ARWC117 ARWC117 - Laminates / Countertops /Solid Surface
Students are introduced to the fabrication and assembly methods of various countertop materials including plastic laminates and solid surface materials
3
ARWC118 ARWC118 - Occupational Math
This course is an introduction to mathematical computations as they related to the architectural woodworking/cabinetry industry. Applied skills include material estimation and board, square, and linear footage calculations
3
ARWC119 ARWC119 - Jigs and Fixtures
This course is an introduction to the use of jigs, templates, and fixture for doing machining processes when more than one part is required to be identical or parts need to be held for machining. Skills taught include material selection, measurements, proper tooling, and ease of use. Work is on shop projects and simulated mock-ups
2
ARWC120 ARWC120 - Cabinetmaking / Commercial Construction
Students assemble commercial casework including assembly methods, construction standards, and materials
3
ARWC201 ARWC201 - Wood Bending/Lamination Techniques
Students apply wood bending/laminating techniques including vacuum bagging and lamination bending. Types of forms, construction of forms, adhesives, and best materials for bending are included
3
ARWC202 ARWC202 - Architectural Millwork
Students practice architectural millwork fabrication and design methods using projects and mockups. Molding selection, machining, material selection, and cutting are also included
3
ARWC203 ARWC203 - Beginning Furniture Projects
In this course furniture design, styles, and assembly methods are taught
5
ARWC204 ARWC204 - Cabinet Installation - Residential / Commercial
Students install residential and commercial cabinets and fixtures. Layout, leveling, and fastening methods are also taught
4
ARWC205 ARWC205 - Advanced Joinery
The selection and proper use of tools and materials in the creation of advanced joinery are emphasized
4
ARWC206 ARWC206 - Cabinetmaking Computer Technology
This course is an introduction to the use of different industry software for design, layout, and manufacture of cabinets
4
ARWC207 ARWC207 - Veneering Technology
In this course students use a variety of methods of applying, fitting, and trimming veneers
2
ARWC208 ARWC208 - Employment Preparation
Students practice job search techniques, resume writing, and receive assistance in developing career goals and educational plans
3
ARWC209 ARWC209 - Advanced Projects
With instructor approval, students select and complete an advanced project
5

Electives

Course ID Title Credits
ARWC291 ARWC291 - Practical Applications
This course offers students an opportunity to work independently on a project that is determined by both the instructor and the student. The project should be based on prior course work and should result in the achievement of advanced learning in the subject area chosen.
1 to 13
ARWC292 ARWC292 - Independent Project I
The independent project I course offers students an opportunity to work independently on a project that is determined by both the instructor and the student. The project should be based on prior course work and should result in the achievement of advanced learning in the subject area chosen.
5
ARWC293 ARWC293 - Independent Project II
The independent project II course offers students an opportunity to work independently on a project that is determined by both the instructor and the student. The project should be based on prior course work and should result in the achievement of advanced learning in the subject area chosen.
5
ARWC294 ARWC294 - Independent Project III
The independent project III course offers students an opportunity to work independently on a project that is determined by both the instructor and the student. The project should be based on prior course work and should result in the achievement of advanced learning in the subject area chosen.
5
ARWC296 ARWC296 - Work-Based Learning Experience I
This course provides a work-based learning experience with an instructor-approved employer in student's program of study. Emphasis is placed on integration of classroom learning with related work experience. Specific learning outcomes need to be agreed upon in a written agreement between student, instructor, and participating employer. Upon completion, students should be able to evaluate their career selection, demonstrate employability skills, and satisfactorily perform work-related competencies.
1-13V
ARWC297 ARWC297 - Work-Based Learning Experience II
This course provides a work-based learning experience with an instructor-approved employer in student's program of study. Emphasis is placed on integration of classroom learning with related work experience. Specific learning outcomes need to be agreed upon in a written agreement between student, instructor, and participating employer. Upon completion, students should be able to evaluate their career selection, demonstrate employability skills, and satisfactorily perform work-related competencies.
1-13V

PRODUCTION CABINET MAKING - Certificate of Competency: 79 Credits

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General Education Requirements

Students may choose courses from the following options to fulfill their degree requirements.

Gen Ed Group Credits Required Course ID/Name Credits
Communication 5.0 ENGL&101 - English Composition I
An expository written communication course emphasizing critical thought, reflective reading, and information literacy with attention to rules and conventions of standard American English.
5
ENGL175 - Professional Writing
Enables students in career training programs to think logically and clearly and be effective and convincing in their professional and technical writing. It focuses on development of communication skills essential in a variety of forms of professional writing and technical writing.
5
HUM/SS/NS/O 5.0 BIOL&160 - General Biology
General Biology is intended to leave the student with an integrated view of the living world. The primary goal of the course is to provide students with exposure to and an appreciation of, basic cellular, molecular, genetic, evolutionary and ecological processes that will assist them in future advanced courses
5
BIOL&175 - Human Biology with Lab
This human anatomy and physiology course includes a brief overview of the human body for the non-science major. Basics of chemistry and cell structure are introduced and then the major systems of the human body are emphasized.
5
BIOL&241 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
The first class in a two-quarter sequence in which human anatomy and physiology are studied using a body systems approach with emphasis on the interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization
5
BIOL&242 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
This is the second in a two-quarter sequence in which human anatomy and physiology are studied using a body systems approach with emphasis on the interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization
5
BIOL&260 - Microbiology
This lab focused course is a survey of the biology of organisms too small to see without a microscope. It emphasizes the development of microscopy and culturing skills necessary to investigate the nutrition, grown, metabolism, isolation and identification of medically important bacteria. Lectures cover the concepts of microbial genetics and classification, infectious disease, immunity and immunization.
5
CHEM&121 - General Chemistry
Students in this course explore the structure of matter and how it behaves under various conditions in order to better understand the chemical world. Designed for students with little or no chemistry background. Laboratory activities and extended lecture concepts introduce the students to the experimental process.
5
CHEM&131 - Introduction to Organic/Biochemistry
Introduction to ogranic chemistry and biochemistry includes the study of the nomenclature, structure, reactions and synthesis of organic compounds and biochemistry applications in the nursing fields. The course is primarily intended for those who are interested in the application of the principles of organic chemistry and biochemistry to related areas of science, such as genetics, microbiology, physiology and nutrition.
5
CMST&102 - Introduction to Mass Media
This course critically examines core issues in the relationship between media and society, including news and entertainment media in print, electronic and digital format. Through readings, viewings, research and discussion, we examine the historical, cultural, political and economic contexts of media industries, representations and audiences.
5
CMST&152 - Intercultural Communication
This course is an introduction to the intercultural communication process and its importance in contemporary society. Students learn about the values and beliefse of a variety of cultures and develop skills to interact with people from those cultures. Emphasis is on acquiring an increased understanding of the relationship between culture and communication.
5
CMST&210 - Interpersonal Communication
This course is designed to increase students' awareness of the value and impact of utilizing improved interpersonal communication skills and strategies.
5
CMST&220 - Public Speaking
Introduction to the rhetoric of speech and the preparation and delivery of speech in an extemporaneous style, including ethical research methods, basic rhetoric and critical analysis, and organziation of various types of presentations. Two to four speaking assignments are required, plus regular quizzes, peer review and written examination. Online resources will be integrated.
5
CMST&230 - Small Group Communications
This course is designed to increase students awareness of the value and impact of utilizing improved small group communication skills and strategies.
5
ECON&201 - Microeconomics
This course focuses on the theory of the market systems as a method of allocating resources and distributing income and products. Analysis of current problems including government regulation, subsidies, monopoly and taxation
5
ECON&202 - Macroeconomics
Introduction to macroeconomics; elementary analysis of the determination of income through national income accounting. Covers macroeconomic issues including inflation, unemployment, economic growth, recessions, monetary/fiscal policy, and international trade and finance. Prerequisite: ECON& 201, MATH 098, and ENGL& 101 is recommended.
5
HIST101 - A History of Science and Technology
This course will trace the history of scientific and technological advancements in the western world. Students will be made aware of the evoultion in science from a philosophical and historical perspective. Part of the course will focus on the contributions that significant philosophers, scientists and institutions made to knowledge-making. At the same time, emphasis will also be directed toward the contributions of common, everyday artisans and craftsmen to "discovering", creating and recording scientific and technical knowledge.
5
HREL111 - College and Job Search Success
This course is an introduction to employment and life skills that encourage self-awareness, self-confidence, and self-discipline that are necessary for college and self-promotion success. Topics include: self-motivation, personal learning styles, self-management, emotional intelligence, study skills, cover letter and resume writing, and interviewing. Students exercise learned skills by journaling, participating in classroom discussions, creating cover letters and resumes, and participating in mock interviews and other work-related situational role plays.
5
NUTR&101 - Intro to Nutrition
Study of human nutrition and health. Topics include digestion, absorption and processing nutrients in the body; chemistry and functions of the major nutrients: carbohydrates, fat, protein; vitamin and mineral functions; food, culture and diet, energy balance, diet and metabolism; fitness and health; nutrition of the life cycle, food safety and local and world hunger issues
5
POLS&101 - Introduction to Political Science
This course is an introduction to American government and politics. Students will study the United States Constitution, governmental institutions, the political system, and the regulatory processes embedded within the document. The course format is lecture/discussion.
5
PSYC&100 - General Psychology
Introductory psychology for people with an interest in all that influences human behavior. Whether planning a career in psychology or gaining insights about yourself and others, you will find this a useful and interesting open enrollment course of study.
5
PSYC&200 - Lifespan Psychology
This course is an introduction to the various states of human development. Emphasis is on the major theories and perspectives and their relationship to the physical, cognitive and psychosocial aspects of development across the lifespan.
5
SOC&101 - Introduction to Sociology
This course is a general survey of sociology, the scientific study of the group life of humans in their environment. The course introduces the basic principles of social relationships, collective behavior, and human interaction. These principles are applied to the study of culture; race, gender, and class inequality; deviance; law; social institutions; and social change.
5
Quantitative 5.0 MATH&141 - Precalculus I
In this course students solve functions, function operations, rational, polynomial, exponential, logarithmic and linear functions and equation solving, function graphs, matrices and determinants, sequences and series.
5
MATH&142 - Precalculus II
Right and oblique triangle trigonometry, circular functions, graphs of trigonometric functions, identities, inverse trig functions, vectors and polar coordinates, and parametric equations
5
MATH&146 - Statistics
This course is designed to teach the student counting rules, probability, mean and standard deviation, graphing, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing and regression analysis. Also applications in business, health and technology
5
MATH&151 - Calculus
Limits and limit laws, continuity, tangents and rates of change, derivatives using definition and differentiation rules for polynomial, exponential, trigonometric, logarithmic and transcendental functions, max/min problems, LHospitals rule, Newtons method and antidifferentiation.
5
MATH&152 - Calculus II
Course content includes the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, definite and indefinite integrals, methods of integration, applications of integration, and improper integrals. The course also includes an introduction to first order differential equations, antiderivatives, definite and indefinite integrals, and methods of integration.
5
MATH&153 - Calculus III
Emphasizes the study of infinite sequences and series including power series. Topics include plane analytic geometry, graphing in polar coordinates, and an introduction to vectors.
5
MATH171 - Technical Math
Application of linear and quadratic equations, systems of equations, geometry and trigonometry and vectors and their applications in the technical workplace.
5
MATH172 - Business Math
Equation solving, exponents, markup, income tax, compoung interst, logarithms and finding time, annuities, amoritization and business statistics.
5
Math173 - Mathematic Concepts for Child Care/Early Education
Mathematics for Early Childhood Educators focuses on the conceptual understanding, connections between and the application of math concepts. Concepts include number systems and computation, geometry, measurement, data analysis, probability and statistics, and problem solving. Emphasis is placed on the ability to communicate mathematical concepts in ways appropriate for young children.
5

Required Coursework

Course ID Title Prerequisites Credits
ARWC101 ARWC101 - Introduction to Cabinetmaking
This course is an introduction to the basic fundamentals of the cabinetmaking trade including sources and products of cabinetmaking and different occupational opportunities
3
ARWC102 ARWC102 - Safety Principles
This course is an introduction to the required safety and shop rules to be applied in the lab as well as the OSHA and WISHA rules and regulations that help maintain a safe and productive work environment
4
ARWC103 ARWC103 - Cabinetry Blueprints/ Plans
An introduction to the fundamental skills of show drawings and detail plans, students read and interpret plans including material and cabinet take-offs. Basic sketching is also introduced
4
ARWC104 ARWC104 - Materials
This course is an introduction to the materials used in the cabinetmaking trade including both natural-made and man-made materials: MDF, particle board, laminates, veneers, solid surfaces, and sustainable sourced woods
4
ARWC105 ARWC105 - Machine Tools I
This course is an introduction to the proper use, maintenance, and application of basic machines used for the building of cabinets and woodworking projects. Basic machines may include the jointer, planer; radial arm saw, wide belt sander, table saw, vertical panel saw, line boring machine, motorized miter saw, and drill presses
4
ARWC106 ARWC106 - Machine Tools II
This course is a continuation of the concepts introduced in ARWC 105; students demonstrate the proper use of maintenance and the application of complex machine tools used for the building of cabinets and woodworking projects. Advanced machines may include edge banders, sliding table/table saw, spindle shapers, panel raising attachment, panel router, Euro hinge machines similar to Blum Mini press, and the hollow chisel mortise
4
ARWC107 ARWC107 - Machine Tools / CNC
This course is an introduction to the proper use, maintenance, and application of CNC machining used for the cutting/milling of cabinets, woodworking parts, templates, and projects. The use of basic layouts on the computer and software used for this application is emphasized
3
ARWC108 ARWC108 - Portable Power Tools
This course is an introduction to the proper use, maintenance, and application of portable power tools, such as common tool use and care of routers and bits, the different types of routers and their application, biscuit cutter, pocket hole jigs, drills and drivers, various joint- making tools, and set-up
3
ARWC109 ARWC109 - Hand Tools
This course is an introduction to the proper use, maintenance, and application of hand tools used for the cutting/milling, assembly, and installation of cabinets. , woodworking parts, templates, and projects. Common hands tools include the block plane; measuring and marking tools; and cutting tools such as dovetail saws, back saws, and Japanese saws
3
ARWC110 ARWC110 - Basic Cabinet Joinery
Students demonstrate the proper use and application of joints used in the assembly and production of cabinets. Emphasis is on function, strength, ease of machining, and basic uses of various joints. Also introduced is the application and suitability to different materials and production settings
4
ARWC111 ARWC111 - Tool Maintenance/Sharpening
This course is an introduction to the maintenance and sharpening of tools used in the shop. Routine maintenance will be covered as well as some minor tool repair and adjustments. Students use assigned/instructor approved projects to replace knives, adjust cutting performance, and maintain machines
3
ARWC112 ARWC112 - Cabinetmaking / Face Frame Construction I
In this course students cut, assemble, and complete traditional face frame cabinets. In addition, the design, layout, and proper material use are introduced, as well as carcass assembly, face frames, door and drawer construction
4
ARWC113 ARWC113 - Cabinetmaking / Face Frame Construction II
This course is a continuation of the concepts introduced in ARWC 112; students cut, assemble, and complete traditional face frame cabinets. Design, layout, and proper material use are introduced as well as carcass assembly, face frames and door and drawer construction. Students are assigned instructor- approved projects to develop more advanced knowledge and skills
4
ARWC114 ARWC114 - Cabinetmaking / 32mm System
Students acquire knowledge and skills in the use and application of the 32mm cabinet system. This includes the construction methods, materials, hardware, and assembly of frameless cabinets
3
ARWC115 ARWC115 - Finishing Methods I
Students are introduced to the use and application of finishes used in a shop setting including a variety of techniques: wipe-on, spray, and brushing
3
ARWC116 ARWC116 - Drawers and Doors
Students assemble doors and drawers and design and manufacture different door/drawer styles to assigned/personal projects.
2
ARWC117 ARWC117 - Laminates / Countertops /Solid Surface
Students are introduced to the fabrication and assembly methods of various countertop materials including plastic laminates and solid surface materials
3
ARWC118 ARWC118 - Occupational Math
This course is an introduction to mathematical computations as they related to the architectural woodworking/cabinetry industry. Applied skills include material estimation and board, square, and linear footage calculations
3
ARWC119 ARWC119 - Jigs and Fixtures
This course is an introduction to the use of jigs, templates, and fixture for doing machining processes when more than one part is required to be identical or parts need to be held for machining. Skills taught include material selection, measurements, proper tooling, and ease of use. Work is on shop projects and simulated mock-ups
2
ARWC120 ARWC120 - Cabinetmaking / Commercial Construction
Students assemble commercial casework including assembly methods, construction standards, and materials
3

Students prepare for careers in cabinet making and millwork crafts, in positions such as wood pattern maker, cabinet maker, door assembler, solid surface fabricator, cabinet and millwork installer, project manager, sander, utility worker, wood pattern maker and machine operator. Shop activities are an integral part of the program and provide training and practical applications in complex joinery, finishing, and installation. Students work with wood and high-tech laminates, perform component design and fabrication, and learn the use of tools and equipment. This is a pre-apprenticeship program for the Seattle/Tacoma Millmen and Cabinet Makers Apprenticeship Committee. This program also provides extended learning opportunities for persons previously or currently employed in these and other related occupations.

At the successful completion of the program curriculum, students will be able to:

  1. Perform cabinetmaking activities to industry standards
  2. Interpret drawings for production planning and estimating
  3. Select, maintain, and operate hand tools, portable power tools, and stationary machinery.
  4. Select various grades of lumber and building materials
  5. Perform sanding and adhesive operations to industry standards
  6. Select and apply finishes and hardware used in manufacturing of furniture, cabinets, and millwork
  7. Produce cabinets and other architectural specialties including millwork and moldings to be installed in residential and commercial applications
  8. Apply mathematical solutions for cabinetmaking applications.

In addition, the following college-wide learning outcomes reflect the guiding expectations of all programs at Bates Technical College.

  • Human Diversity
  • Effective Communication
  • Critical Thinking

Bates instructors are industry experts who enjoy working with and teaching students.

Instructors

  • Steve Dziedziak

    253.680.7437 | Email