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Cabinet Makers (Joiners) build, repair and re-style wooden furniture, cabinets, fixtures and other products. There are many similarities with the carpentry trade, however joinery tends to be more specialized. Using architectural drawings, Joiners often operate woodworking machines to cut and form parts, which they then assemble into finished products. Some specialize in custom-made furniture. Preparation of cost estimates is often a key skill and responsibility. Increasingly, Joiners are tasked with installing pre-manufactured cabinets and fixtures.
A Joiner is designated as a Cabinetmaker under the Interprovincial Standards Red Seal program.
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Good hand-eye coordination, manual dexterity, mathematical aptitude and good conceptual skills.
Education recommendation: Grade 10 or equivalent (Grade 12 is preferred), including English 10, Math 10, Science 10.
The Apprenticeship Program comprises Levels 1-to-4 of progressive technical training, with each Level taking 6 weeks (180 hours) to complete. In addition, apprentices are required to accumulate 6,480 hours of work-based training.