Cabinetmaking Diploma Program
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Cabinetmaking

Cabinetmaking Diploma

Program Overview

If you love working with wood, enjoy being creative and have an eye for detail, our two-semester Cabinetmaking program is a great choice for you! Its mix of combining traditional woodworking and state-of-the-art tools will prepare you to get a job in the growing cabinetmaking industry.

Our approach in the Cabinetmaking program at Saint Paul College is through project-based instruction, hands-on training and a solid theoretical foundation. You will use table saws, routers and clamps to cut, shape and assemble boards and turn them into a beautiful piece of furniture. In our modern spacious lab, you will have hands-on experience with a variety of tools and machines cabinetmakers use, and acquire all the skills you need to succeed in your future career.

To help you excel in the project-based training, you will build a solid foundation through classroom instruction. Print reading, wood processing technologies, and project planning classes help you to understand the steps needed when starting your first cabinet project.

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

Program Highlights

The Cabinetmaking program prepares you for a rewarding career in the design and construction of furniture, residential cabinetry, fixtures and more. You will be able to:

  • Plan complex projects by using your blueprint reading and layout skills
  • Prepare and process different type of woods and laminates into cabinet parts
  • Assemble parts into a quality product by using a variety of techniques
  • Apply finishing processes to cabinets to enhance appearance and create appealing pieces of furniture
  • Install products like kitchen cabinets at our project partners' locations throughout the Twin Cities area​

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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 $1,250 for the following: ​

    • Tools: $500.00 
    • Books & Supplies: $350.00 
    • Project costs (may vary) approximately: $400.00 

    Additional Requirements/Recommendations​
    Cabinets are often the centerpieces of homes and offices, and professional cabinetmakers provide detailed workmanship and the highest quality products. Due to the precision and quality workmanship required in cabinetmaking, students need to be alert, physically fit, have good vision and excellent hand-eye coordination. At Saint Paul College, providing a safe learning environment is one of our top priorities, and students need to be able to understand and follow safety guidelines. As in any trade, math and print reading skills are essential to being a successful cabinetmaker.​ 

  • Career Settings

    Career Opportunities

    Our Cabinetmaking students turn their passion for working with wood into career opportunities. For the foreseeable future, there is a constant and growing demand for cabinetmakers in residential cabinetry, as well as in commercial fixtures.

    In 2017, Cabinetmakers earned a median hourly wage of $20.25 in Minnesota. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics).

    Typically, graduates will work for residential cabinet shops, furniture shops and commercial millwork companies, or start their own business.

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  • 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. 

    For more information please go to ​www.saintpaul.edu/Transfer.​​​​

    Cabinetmaking Diploma

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

    Employment opportunities
    Graduates of the Cabinetmaking programs usually have the choice of many immediate employment opportunities.

    Get hired
    Students are often hired in part-time positions while they are still in the cabinetmaking program, and upon graduation, have a full-time job waiting for them.

    Get connected
    Enjoy professional affiliations such as the Woodwork Career Alliance

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