The Joinery/Cabinetmaking Foundation program is a great choice, whether you are starting your first career, changing your career or simply want to pursue your interest and build your skills in an outstanding woodworking program. Some woodworking experience is an asset but there is no previous experience required to take this program. You can expect the following throughout the program:
Design. You will learn the principles and elements of design, and apply this knowledge by designing your own shop projects.
Shop drawing. A project design requires a shop drawing. You will begin with free-hand sketching, move to drawing by hand, and advance to computer drawing programs.
Technical woodworking skills. You will develop skills with hand tools, power tools and larger woodworking machines. You will be well-prepared to work in small shops with limited tools or high-end industrial facilities with machinery, such as:
one each of: scroll saw, wide belt sander, edge sander, dovetailer, CNC router, flap wheel sander, disk sander, vacuum press, pneumatic cutoff saw and edge bander
two each of: panel saws, horizontal slot mortisers and router tables
three each of: jointers, bandsaws and chisel mortisers
four each of: planers and lathes
Best in world safety. NIC's program covers Canadian standard safety practices and provides the opportunity to study higher safety practices in place around the world.
Sustainable approach. This program is committed to the use of sustainable building materials and practices. Preference is given to local or Vancouver Island wood products and woods that are Indigenous to North America. Sheet goods are selected for low emissions while finishing techniques emphasize natural oils and water-born technologies.
Four-day school week. This is a full-time program starting in September and ending in early June. Classes are Monday to Thursday and allow you to seek part-time work if you so choose. You will spend one-third of your time in lectures and demonstrations, and two-thirds of your time in the joinery shop. Field trips to a variety of woodworking businesses and visits from guest speakers are also scheduled.
Upon completion, you will have the training requirements for the first year of the four-year Joiner apprenticeship to the Interprovincial (Red Seal) standard. Upon entering an apprenticeship, you will be eligible to receive technical training credit for Level 1 and 475 hours of work-based credit toward your apprenticeship hours requirement.
As a graduate, you will earn a certificate in both furniture design/construction and joinery/cabinetmaking.
As a graduate of the Joinery/Cabinetmaking Foundation program, you will be eligible for employment in millwork, furniture, cabinets and marine joinery. The placement rate for program graduates in the joinery industry is high. Job titles can range from residential finishing carpenter to salesperson or woodworking business owner.
Materials: You are responsible for the material costs of your projects. These costs will vary from $500 to $1000 based on the design of the project and materials selected.
Texts: Visit the NIC bookstore for a current list
Stationery: Available at the NIC bookstore
Sharp TI-30Xa (recommended)
graduated metric 900 mm T-Square
Drafting Equipment: Available at the NIC bookstore:
set square – 30/60/90 degree, Staedtler 964 16-60
set square – 45/45/90 degree, Staedtler 964 14-45
scale ruler, Metric, Staedtler 987 18-SI
good quality white eraser
eraser shield, Staedtler 529-50
drawing compass, 559-02
mechanical pencils in: .3mm in 6H lead; .5mm in 2H or 4H lead; .9mm in 2H lead
WCB-approved safety glasses
WCB-approved hearing protection
closed-toe leather boots or shoes
Tools: all tools are supplied except a tape measure
flexible tape measure, metric, five metre, good quality