Cabinetmaker

WHAT YOU DO

Cabinet Makers are the designers of the carpentry world. While Carpenters are responsible for building the structures from the ground up, Cabinet Makers use similar skills on a smaller scale to craft the furniture and finishes that go inside. If you have a knack for colour and proportions and an eye for detail, then cabinet making could be for you.

As a Cabinet Maker, you will quickly become familiar with different types of wood and laminate products and learn what works best in each situation. You might find yourself in a workshop alongside other Cabinet Makers or on a construction site with other trade professionals. Either way, you’ll be surrounded by sawdust, transforming stacks of raw wood into something useful and beautiful.

Program details


WHAT YOU LEARN

  • How to read and interpret architectural drawings and blueprints
  • How to use everything from modern woodworking machines to traditional hand tools
  • How to build, repair and re-style wooden furniture, cabinets, fixtures and more
  • How to sand surfaces and apply veneer, stain or polish
  • How to calculate dimensions and estimate materials and costs

WHO YOU WORK FOR

Put your skills as a Cabinet Maker to use at a furniture manufacturing or repair company, a construction company, or a cabinet-making contractor—or start your own business and work for yourself.

Types of Workplaces

  • Cabinetmaking Contractors
  • Furniture Makers / Repairers
  • Construction Firms
  • Self Employed

WHO YOU’LL WORK WITH

Cabinet Makers and Joiners are highly respected carpenters who will guide you through your apprenticeship. You will learn the ins and outs of architectural drawings and plans while developing a deeper understanding of techniques these master carpenters use to build architectural millwork.

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Builders are

ATHLETIC, COLLABORATIVE, MATHEMATICAL, PRECISE, TACTILE

Critical Skills

  • Joinery principles
  • Material selection
  • Hand tools, portable power tools and woodworking machines
  • Use of CNC machines
  • Product assembly and construction of specialty items
  • Finish application
  • Installation of architectural millwork

Earn

$33K - $44K annually
$14.00 - $26.00 hourly

Work

  • 40
  • hours per week
    mostly weekdays

A day in the life of a trade apprentice

A Builder's Story

Kevin de Oliveira, 20

Sheet Metal Worker

Victoria, BC

How to get started

ITA Youth Trade Programs let you get started in a trade while you’re still in high school. That means you could be working in your field, learning from experts and earning a paycheque — all before you graduate.