Wood Manufacturing Technology program at Fox Valley Technical College

Fox Valley Technical College offers programs in Woodworking, Cabinet Building and Furniture Making

Instructor Mark Lorge of the Wood Manufacturing Technology program at Fox Valley Technical College contacted WoodEzine yesterday to let us know that the course has been in existence since 1982, and it has a placement rate nearing 100%. Located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, it’s a full calendar year long and successful candidates earn a technical diploma. Several certificate courses are also offered, along with individualized or group training in molder operation, profile knife grinding and CNC router programming and operation.

The course has been recognized as Educator of the Year by the Woodworking Machinery Industry Association (WMIA), and it has strong ties to the education committee of the Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI). It has been involved in the formation of the Woodwork Career Alliance of North America (WCA) and also SkillsUSA, which is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure that America has a skilled workforce.

The course helps students prepare for work in cabinetmaking, furniture building and architectural millwork. It develops skills with hand and portable power tools, along with stationary woodworking machinery. Among the offerings are:

Technical Diploma in Wood Manufacturing Technology (37 Credits)

New technologies and strong demand for quality wood products have resulted in many employment opportunities in this industry. You will prepare for work in cabinet and furniture making, as well as architectural millwork (windows, doors, mouldings and architectural components). Develop your skills with hand and portable power tools, along with stationary woodworking machinery, including computer numeric control (CNC) equipment. Your training also includes blueprint reading, estimating, AutoCAD and tool maintenance. An emphasis on teamwork, individual initiative and workplace skills will have you job-ready. Blended learning includes a combination of online and lab classes.

Certified Woodworking Technician 1 (6 Credits)

Learn the foundational woodworking skills you need to become a professional woodworker or serious woodworking enthusiast. Gain confidence as you develop layout and measurement skills and use basic machinery for sawing and milling wood to exact specifications. You’ll also explore wood species identification and materials used in the woodworking industry such as adhesives, abrasives and metal fasteners.

Certified Woodworking Technician 2 (5 Credits)

Build on the foundational woodworking skills learned in Woodworking Technician 1. You’ll learn to use a variety of stationary sanding machines and a sliding table panel saw. A large focus will be given to the operation of wood shapers and molders. Several projects will be built that incorporate the machining skills learned in both Woodworking Technician 1 & 2.

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