Cabinetmaking - Certificate
The Instructional Program
SUNY Delhi offers a one-year Cabinetmaking Certificate as part of the Carpentry and Building Trades curriculum. The Certificate program can be taken by itself, or it can be combined with further instruction in carpentry to yield an associate degree. This program's objective is to educate students in both the theory and practice of woodworking and cabinetmaking. The program includes extensive laboratory hours during which students develop and practice the skills of the cabinetmaker.
Students who enroll in the Carpentry and Building Trades associate degree programs have the option of including one or two semesters of woodworking/cabinetmaking in the second year of their program.
Jobs associated with graduates of the Cabinetmaking Certificate program are:
There are career opportunities in residential construction, in sub-contracting, and in sole ownership of a cabinetmaking shop. Students who continue on for the associate degree increase their options for employment in the carpentry and construction fields.
Graduates of the associate degree programs also have options for further study at the bachelor-degree level. For example, the College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) at Syracuse offers a B.S. degree in Wood Products Technology.
A related career option would be to transfer to a school with a Technology Education or a Vocational Education bachelor degree, which would lead to a teaching career at the high school level. In New York State, two schools that offer this degree are SUNY Oswego and SUNY Buffalo.
- high school graduate with 75 high school GPA or 2500 GED test score
- A score of 70% or higher on the Algebra Regents exam is recommended.
SUNY Curriculum Code: 0923
These courses are available to those who want a single year of woodworking and cabinetmaking. Successful completion of the Certificate program will allow a student to transfer all courses to the A.O.S. option should he/she decide to continue their studies.
Technical Standards: In addition to academic requirements, all applicants must also be able to meet the minimum Technical Standards for the program, with or without reasonable accommodation.
Minimum Total Credit Hours Required = 32
Major Courses Required - 26 credit hours
||Basic Woodworking Theory
||Basic Woodworking Laboratory
||Cabinet Design and Joinery
||Cabinet Construction Theory
||Cabinet Construction Laboratory
General Education/Liberal Arts Courses Required - 3 credit hours
Restricted Electives by Advisement - 3 credit hours
*Note: Mathematics is by placement according to competency. MATH 102 Mathematics for Applied Technology is the minimum exit-level requirement for this program.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Tool proficiency – Students should be able to correctly identify by name and select the tool that best satisfies a given task, and use the tool in the manner for which it was intended.
- Safety – Students should be able to correctly identify potential dangerous situations on the job site/laboratory as well as identify dangers presented in different scenarios, such as through various types of media or orally. Students should also be able to offer OSHA approved methods of addressing given situations. Students should be able to demonstrate and/or describe correct and safe uses of typical job site equipment such as ladders, scaffolding, power tool, hand tools, and personal protective equipment.
- Stair calculation – Given a blueprint or a scenario, students should be able to calculate and lay out a stair stringer within specific tolerances. Students should also be able to identify, cut, assemble, and install the stair and balustrade components, and do so while meeting building code requirements.
- Hand tool and shop tool proficiency, maintenance, and safety - Students should be able to identify by name and select the hand/shop tool that best satisfies a given task, and use the tool safely and proficiently in the manner for which it was intended. Students should also be able to perform minor repairs and adjustments to the shop tools.
- Cabinetmaking construction – Students should be able to demonstrate the ability to view a plan (such as a table with drawer) and safely perform all of the necessary operations to accurately build and finish the project. Students will build and finish several different projects and be expected to do so to specific tolerances.
- Plan, design, and interpretation of working drawing – Students should be able demonstrate the ability to interpret plans, make design changes when asked, devise a plan of procedure, and execute the plan to specific tolerances.
- Creating curved moldings/surfaces – Given a project that involves manufacturing curved moldings or curved surfaces, students should be able to select from a variety of materials and techniques a method of producing the product necessary to satisfy the project. Students should also be able to discuss advantages and disadvantages of potential techniques to be used. All work should be completed within specific tolerances.
- Computer drafting competency – Students should be able to demonstrate competency in producing a computer aided drawing of a house/structure floor plan. Plans must include all appropriate symbols, dimensions, and various views necessary for construction. This project and others leading to it should be performed to specific tolerances.
- Long term cabinetmaking project – Students should be able to develop a long term (more complex) plan, estimate the quantities of materials necessary as well as select and purchase the materials. Finally, students will build the project to exact standards. Students will track estimated costs/labor versus actual costs/labor through the use of a project journal.