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Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters - What They Do

Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters generally receive Long-term on-the-job training before they are capable of performing their job at an acceptable level. Once employed, Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters can expect to earn an average of $31,000 per year throughout their career.

In addition, over the coming 10 years Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters will see above trend growth within their industry. They should experience a 2.8% rate of growth during this time period. In respect to starting your own business, Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters are fairly entrepreneurial in nature. Currently, 14.0% of the employment base is classified as self-employed.

Given the job environment today, Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters can consider themselves quite lucky, as only 3.8% are currently unemployed.

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The Benchperson Program teaches a student how to bench band saws, including the lining up of head rigs, grinding of band wheels and any other work usually performed by a Benchperson in the Lumber Manufacturing Industry. The Benchperson Program can usually be completed within 1 year. Approx. 4 weeks ...more


The Carpentry program is an introduction to the carpentry trade. Students gain familiarity with the use of handtools, portable power tools and other equipment regularly used by carpenters. Students also have ample opportunities to work with the materials used by carpenters including lumber, panel ...more

Joinery / Cabinet Making

The Joinery/Cabinet Making trade is a woodworking specialization with emphasis placed on high degrees of accuracy, fit and finish, cost effectiveness and overall craft professionalism.

An entry leve Joinery / Cabinet Making program is usually 6-months in length. The program consists of both ...more

Planermill Maintenance Technician

The Planermill Maintenance Technician Program is designed to teach a student how to plan and carry out the complete overhaul of and all major repairs to planers and planermill equipment and is responsible for maintaining an inventory of replacement parts and the quality of all planermill productions.

The ...more