St. Joseph High School
Career Opportunities Include:
- Entry Level Carpenter
- Furniture Designer
- Furniture Restorer
- Self-Employed Cabinet Maker
May be taken more than one year for credit.
This course is designed for those students who have a serious desire to increase their skills in woodworking. Students will design their project using a computer-aided drafting program and organize project information on a computer-generated spreadsheet. Much attention will be given to good design, the use of fine woods, and the development and appreciation of excellent craftsmanship in construction and finishing.
· Safety Procedures
· Hand Tool Proficiency
· Power Tool Operation
· Woodworking Machine Proficiency
· Planning, Design, and Layout
· Construction and Assembly
Despite the development of sophisticated plastics and other materials, the demand for wood products continues unabated. Helping to meet this demand are woodworkers. Woodworkers are found in industries that produce wood, such as sawmills and plywood mills; in industries that use wood to produce furniture, kitchen cabinets, musical instruments, and other fabricated wood products; or in small shops that make architectural woodwork, furniture, and many other specialty items.
Employment of woodworkers is projected to grow 18 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Those who have advanced skills, including in mathematics and computers, should have the best job opportunities in manufacturing industries.
Median hourly earnings of cabinet makers and bench carpenters were $13.47 in 2010.
Source: United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012-13 Occupational Outlook Handbook: http://bls.gov/ooh