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Wood Manufacturing Technology

31-409-3 Technical Diploma (TD) 43 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Location*: Oshkosh

*Some general education courses may be available at multiple locations.

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). You will 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.

COURSE LIST

Occupational Specific (39 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Credits
Drafting for the Woodworking Industry
31-409-316
3
Create computer generated drawings using AutoCAD software. Explore the thought processes and concepts necessary for creating accurate, dimensioned working drawings for use in the woodworking industry.
Prerequisites: Admission to Wood Manufacturing Technology program; ACCUPLACER Reading score of 54 or greater and Arithmetic score of 46 or greater or completion of program prep courses.
Layout and Sawing Operations
31-409-317
2
Explore basic layout and measurement practices using both English and metric units. Exposure to woodworking machines designed for sawing with strong emphasis given to machining to specification. Develop safe and efficient machining habits associated with sawing wood.
Prerequisites: Admission to Wood Manufacturing Technology program; ACCUPLACER Reading score of 54 or greater and Arithmetic score of 46 or greater or completion of program prep courses.
Material Properties and Applications
31-409-318
3
Introduce the physical properties of wood and related woodworking materials. Identify wood specie and the nature of wood. Explore adhesives and abrasives commonly used in the woodworking industry. Clamping techniques along with the use and identification of metal fasteners for the woodworking industry will be covered in this course.
Prerequisites: ACCUPLACER Reading score of 54 or greater and Arithmetic score of 46 or greater or completion of program prep: Corequisite: Milling Operations (31-409-319)
Milling Operations
31-409-319
2
Safely and efficiently perform machining tasks associated with milling wood. An emphasis is given to the lumber milling procedures involved with converting rough lumber to material that is machined flat, square and to a specified thickness, width, and length. Exposure to the portable hand router and routing practices.
Prerequisites: ACCUPLACER Reading score of 54 or greater and Arithmetic score of 46 or greater or completion of program prep courses: Corequisite: Layout and Sawing Operations (31-409-317)
Sanding and Panel Processing
31-409-320
3
Exposure to machines used for panel processing and machines used in the sanding process. Safely and efficiently perform machining tasks on a sliding table panel saw. Use various portable sanders, stationary sanders, and the wide belt sander. A wooden toolbox will be built.
Prerequisites: ACCUPLACER Reading score of 54 or greater and Arithmetic score of 46 or greater or completion of program prep courses. Corequisite: Material Properties and Applications (31-409-318)
Shaping and Molding
31-409-321
3
Operate production style woodworking machines. Safely and efficiently perform machining operations on a gang-feed ripsaw, an S4S milling machine, a CNC mortiser & tenoner, and a 6-headed molder. Proper set-up and an in-depth exploration into the numerous operations that can be performed on a wood shaper.
Prerequisites: ACCUPLACER Reading score of 54 or greater and Arithmetic score of 46 or greater or completion of program prep courses: Corequisite: Sanding and Panel Processing (31-409-320)
Blueprint Reading for Woodworking Industry
31-409-322
3
Read and interpret blueprints. Extract dimensions, machining details, and material and construction specifications from a blueprint. Utilize symbols, terminology, and the graphic language commonly used in the woodworking industry. Determine direct costs and overhead expenses.
Prerequisites: Drafting for Wood Mfg (31-409-316); Admission to Wood Manufacturing Technology program; ACCUPLACER Reading score of 54 or greater and Arithmetic score of 46 or greater or completion of program prep courses
CNC Router Operation
31-409-323
4
Program and operate a CNC controlled router. Explore CNC router operation by reading and writing G-Code. Load machine programs into the router and become familiar with the multitude of machining operations a CNC router can perform.
Prerequisites: ACCUPLACER Reading score of 54 or greater and Arithmetic score of 46 or greater or completion of program prep courses. Corequisite: Traditional Cabinetry (31-409-325)
Frameless Cabinetry
31-409-324
3
Produce frameless cabinetry. Explore panel layout and processing associated with this style of cabinet construction. Learn construction doweling and line-boring specifications along with the techniques for installing European style hinges and drawer slides. Processes associated with the cutting, application, and routing of plastic laminates will also be covered.
Prerequisites: ACCUPLACER Reading score of 54 or greater and Arithmetic score of 46 or greater or completion of program prep courses. Corequisite: Veneering, Finishing and Joinery Methods (31-409-326)
Traditional Cabinetry
31-409-325
3
Exposure to the construction methods and processes that are associated with traditionally built, face-frame style cabinets. Construct a “beaded-inset” face-frame into which learners will then hang an inset door using traditional butt hinges. Learners will also gain exposure to solid-surface fabrication techniques.
Prerequisites: ACCUPLACER Reading score of 54 or greater and Arithmetic score of 46 or greater or completion of program prep courses. Corequisite: Frameless Cabinetry (31-409-324)
Veneering, Finishing & Joinery Methods
31-409-326
3
Explore woodworking processes that must efficiently combine multiple steps and/or multiple materials. Use solvent-based and water-based finishing materials. Gain experience in cutting, seaming, and laminating veneer. Create jigs and fixtures to make the machining of various types of joinery more efficient, accurate, and safe.
Prerequisites: Shaping and Molding (31-409-321); ACCUPLACER Reading score of 54 or greater and Arithmetic score of 46 or greater or completion of program prep courses
Furniture Exploration 1
31-409-327
3
Construct a furniture piece using leg-and-rail style joinery. A minimum of two identical projects must be built to emphasize the importance of machining to specification. Learners will create a component cut-list, machining process sequence list and an estimated timeline for the completion of the furniture project.
Prerequisites: ACCUPLACER Reading score of 54 or greater and Arithmetic score of 46 or greater or completion of program prep courses. Corequisite: CNC Router Operation (31-409-323)
Furniture Exploration 2
31-409-328
3
Construct a furniture piece using carcass style joinery. A minimum of two identical projects must be built to emphasize the importance of machining to specification. Learners will create a component cut-list, machining process sequence list and an estimated timeline for the completion of the furniture project.
Prerequisites: ACCUPLACER Reading score of 54 or greater and Arithmetic score of 46 or greater or completion of program prep courses. Corequisite: Furniture Exploration 1 (31-409-327)
Tool Design and Maintenance
31-409-352
1
Explore the design and edge geometry associated with cutting tools. Learners will sharpen various cutting tools and learn how to select the best cutting tool for a given application. Routine machine maintenance will also be explored.
Prerequisite: Admission to Wood Manufacturing Technology program; ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Arithmetic >= 46 OR ACT (Read) >= 18 & ACT (Math) >= 16 OR Pro

Occupational Supportive (4 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Credits
Math for the Trades
31-804-307
2
Focuses on the math skills needed for various trades. Topics include arithmetic fundamentals, percent and proportion applications, the metric system, conversions, practical geometry, measurement applications, signed numbers and formula evaluation. Micrometer, equation solving and standard rule measurement units are included as needed. Scientific calculator use is introduced as needed.
Workplace Reality
31-890-307
2
Focuses on developing skills in interpersonal communication, teamwork and meeting practical workplace requirements. Topics include quality control, team building, statistical process control, report writing, interview and report writing skills, diversity, problem solving, conflict resolution and OSHA requirements.
Prerequisite: Admission to Residential Building Construction or Wood Manufacturing Technology programs

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