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Wood Manufacturing Technology
Program Code: 31-409-3

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Technical Diploma: 45 Weeks, 43 Credits
S. J. Spanbauer Center, Oshkosh
Financial Aid Eligible

Career Opportunities

There is a continuing need for highly skilled people in the manufacturing trades of the woodworking industry: cabinet and furniture making and architectural millwork (windows, doors, mouldings, and architectural components). New technologies and a strong demand for quality wood products present many employment opportunities for you in this industry.

Program Description

The Wood Manufacturing Technology program provides you with the knowledge and skills necessary for job success in this industry. The principal emphasis in this program is the efficient and proper use of terminology, machinery, and processes related to the secondary wood processing industry. You will develop proficiency using hand and portable power tools, as well as stationary woodworking machinery, including CNC equipment. Your training includes related blueprint reading, estimating, AutoCAD and tool maintenance. Teamwork, individual initiative and other workplace skills are stressed.

This full-time day program is 45 weeks long and in a three semester format, with entry in January and August as openings exist. You are required to purchase a basic set of hand tools and necessary materials.

Program/Plan Admission Requirements

Note: An ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 46 or greater or successful completion of Program Prep Math and an ACCUPLACER Reading score of 54 or successful completion of Program Prep Reading is required to take all Occupational Specific courses.

Program Outcomes

The primary goal of the Wood Manufacturing Technology program is to prepare skilled woodworkers for initial employment in the secondary wood products manufacturing industry, which includes the fields of: cabinetmaking, furniture making, millwork and specialty wood products. To achieve this goal, the graduates of this program are expected to be able to do the following:

  • Safely, efficiently, and appropriately use a wide variety of hand and power tools; as well as accurately set-up and operate manually controlled and computer controlled woodworking machines.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of wood and non-wood materials by selecting and efficiently using them in ways that are safe and appropriate to the application.
  • Accurately communicate technical information and instructions, whether verbal, written, or graphical, in individual and group working environments.
  • Work effectively to complete assignments individually or as a team member.
  • Apply learned technical skills to anticipate any process errors and take corrective actions.
  • Demonstrate the ability to efficiently use resources to meet progress schedules and deadlines.
  • Cultivate a social confidence in a realistic problem-solving atmosphere.

Program Offered at This Location

  • Oshkosh S. J. Spanbauer Center—3601 Oregon Street

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For more information regarding the Wood Manufacturing Technology program, visit our department website at

For additional program/admission information, View Program Plan.

Students must follow the program curriculum in place at the time of enrollment into the program.
If you have questions, contact your advisor.

2014-15 Educational Program