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Cabinetmaking Diploma

Program Overview

​Cabinetmakers are skilled in all phases of cabinet construction from the initial drafting and layout, to material cutting, assembly, finishing and installation. The principles used in building kitchen cabinets are also used in building store fixtures, furniture, and all other types of woodworking. 

​New construction in housing and industry, and the renovation and modernization of existing structures are expected to increase the demand for cabinetmakers. ​​​

Program Delivery Methods
Traditional in-class and hands-on training in state-of-the-art lab on Saint Paul College campus, St. Paul, MN​

What You'll Learn

  • Safety and use of hand and power tools used in the cabinet industry 
  • How to build store fixtures, kitchen cabinets, custom cabinetry and displays 
  • Blueprint reading and layout skills 
  • Techniques for cutting, assembling, finishing and installing cabinetry 
  • Current technology in CAD/CAM/CNC 
  • Experience with wood stains, finishes, finishing equipment, plastic laminates technology and fabrication.

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Program Details

  • Program Requirements

    Program Requirements Guides
    View the Program Requirement Guide to learn about Minimum Program Entry Requirements, Recommended Course Sequence and Program Outcomes:

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    ​​Textbook, Tool, and Supply Costs
    Additional program costs total approximately $1,000 for the following: ​

    • Tools: $500.00 
    • Books & Supplies: $350.00 
    • Projects (costs vary) about: $150.00 

    Additional Requirements/Recommendations​

    • ​Mathematics and drawing skills are helpful.
    • Students need to be alert, physically fit and have good vision.
    • Students are expected to attend all classes and be prompt.
    • It is necessary to have good hand and eye coordination.
    • Safety will be a major factor in operating all equipment.
    • Safety is taught and students must pass all safety tests before operating equipment.


  • Career Settings


    • Kitchen cabinet shops 
    • Display shops 
    • Store fixture manufacturers 
    • Wood specialty shops 
    • Countertop manufacturers 
    • Lumber companies 
    • Architectural wood-working companies 
    • Own your own business​​
    Potential Employers
    • O’Keefe Incorporated
    • Forest Products Supply
    • Twin Cities Closet Company
    • Siewert Cabinets & Fixture Manufacturing
    • Monarch Wood Products Incorporated​


  • Transfer Pathways

    ​​Saint Paul College has a transfer articulation agreement between the following program and post-secondary institution for the baccalaureate degree program listed below. 

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    Cabinetmaking Diploma

    • ​​​​BS Operations Management, Minnesota State University-Moorhead​
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  • Additional Benefits

    • ​Learn from experienced instructors who teach in a "hands on" environment.
    • Learn to work in many different areas of production or specialize in one. 
    • Advanced placement in cabinetmaking industry. 
    • Enjoy a professional affiliation with the Minnesota Chapter of the Architectural Woodworking Institute (AWI), a national organization. 
    • Graduates of the Cabinetmaking programs usually have the choice of many immediate employment opportunities.​

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