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Cabinetmaking and Millwork

Program Description

Just the Facts

Cabinetmaking and Millwork. A program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to set up, operate and repair industrial woodworking machinery, and to use such machinery to design and fabricate wooden components and complete articles.

This program is available in these options:

  • Certificate / Diploma
  • Associate degree

High School Courses

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Additional Information

Millwright courses may also come under the headings of construction millwright or industrial mechanic. Construction millwrights install the initial equipment needed in an industrial plant, like car plants and pulp mills. Industrial mechanics see to the daily maintenance of the equipment after it is installed. Both jobs require much of the same training.

Millwright programs may differ from state to state, but almost all programs are four-year apprenticeships that combine work experience and classroom training.

In some states, the classroom hours are done as night classes while a student is getting on-the-job training. In other states, classes may be offered during the day over a period of eight weeks or so.

In order to become a certified millwright, you must undergo an apprenticeship program recognized by the department of labor or education in your state. This qualifies you for a journeyman's certificate.

Because different regions have different requirements, it's best to apprentice in the state where you plan to work. It is very important to check guidelines with your local apprenticeship organization to ensure your program meets all requirements for certification.

You'll need a high school diploma. Some regions only require completion of 10th grade, but finishing high school will certainly help you.

Most states also require you to take an aptitude test that will test for basic math and English skills as well as mechanical ability.

Most programs require that you are sponsored, by an employer or a local union, to qualify as an apprentice. The sponsor is responsible for giving aptitude tests and providing the apprenticeship job training.

In high school, try to get experience in shop, physics, drafting and blueprint reading.

Bruce Negri, apprenticeship advisor for New Jersey's Middlesex County, also suggests algebra. "If you don't think you got enough training in high school, take extra courses like geometry at your local community college."

Most apprenticeship programs in the U.S. are largely subsidized by the government. In some states, the students don't pay any tuition. They just pay for books and lab fees plus their cost of living.

As governments reduce their spending, many tuition fees are in the process of being introduced. But they still will be nowhere near the cost of an average university education.


Occupational Outlook Handbook
For more information related to this field of study, see: Millwrights

Millwright Employers Association.
Dedicate to supporting workers in the millwright industry

Millwrights and Machinery Erectors Local No. 548
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