Woodworking and Cabinetmaking

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The Woodworking and Cabinetmaking program at Bakersfield College is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary for a career or hobby in woodworking and cabinetry.

You may start with a short-term program to develop basic knowledge and skills to earn a job skills certificate. Then, further your knowledge and develop skills in the areas of materials, design, fabrication, assembly and finishing techniques related to cabinet and furniture production and finish carpentry with a more comprehensive program to earn the certificate of achievement.  Add to the requirements of the certificate achievement with additional related courses and general education requirements and you may earn the Woodworking and Cabinetmaking Associate of Science.  You will have access to state-of-the-art equipment and tools, as well as experienced faculty who are experts in the field. Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to work in a variety of settings including furniture shops, cabinet shops, and wood product manufacturing facilities.

What is Woodworking and Cabinetmaking?

Woodworking is the craft of creating objects, structures, or furniture out of wood. It involves various techniques, such as carving, shaping, cutting, sanding, and joining wood pieces together to create a desired object or structure.

Cabinetmaking is a specific branch of woodworking that focuses on building cabinets, which are used for storage or display purposes. Cabinet making involves not only creating the box-shaped structure of the cabinet but also the design and installation of drawers, shelves, doors, and hardware. It requires specialized skills and tools to create precise and functional cabinets that meet the specific needs and style preferences of the client.

Both trades require a deep understanding of wood properties, as well as skills in design, measurement, and joinery techniques. Woodworking and cabinetmaking have a long and rich history and remain important crafts today both as a hobby and a profession.

Is Woodworking and Cabinetmaking Right for Me?

Woodworking and cabinetmaking require a combination of technical skills, creativity, and attention to detail. People who enjoy working with their hands, have an eye for detail, and are patient and persistent in their work may find woodworking and cabinetmaking to be a good fit for them. People who have an interest in design and aesthetics may enjoy woodworking and cabinetmaking, as they can create functional and beautiful objects that can enhance the look and feel of a space.

Some of the common traits found in skilled woodworkers and cabinet makers include:

  • Attention to detail
  • Patience and persistence
  • Creativity
  • Physical dexterity
  • Strong work ethic
  • Adaptability

Overall, woodworking and cabinetmaking can be a rewarding pursuit for people who enjoy working with wood and are willing to invest time and effort into developing their skills.


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Here are some careers that individuals with a Woodworking and Cabinetry associate degree can pursue:

  • Furniture maker: Furniture makers create custom pieces of furniture, from tables and chairs to bookcases and cabinets. They may work in a shop or run their own business.
  • Cabinetmaker: Cabinetmakers construct and install cabinets for kitchens, bathrooms, and other areas of the home or office. They may also specialize in custom built-ins or cabinetry for commercial spaces.
  • Woodworker: Woodworkers create a variety of wooden items, from decorative pieces to functional items like doors, windows, and stairs. They may work for a company or run their own business.
  • Carpenter: Carpenters work with wood to construct and repair structures such as buildings, bridges, and decks. They may also specialize in finish carpentry, which involves detailed work on trim, molding, and cabinetry.
  • Set builder: Set builders work in the entertainment industry to construct sets for movies, television shows, and theatrical productions. They may use a variety of materials, including wood, to create realistic and functional sets.
  • Wood product manufacturing worker: Wood product manufacturing workers operate machinery to cut, shape, and finish wood products, such as furniture, cabinets, and doors. They may work in a factory or production setting.
  • Woodworking instructor: Woodworking instructors teach classes on woodworking and cabinetry techniques, from basic skills to advanced techniques. They may work at a college or trade school or run their own woodworking school.
  • Entrepreneur: Individuals with a Woodworking and Cabinetry associate degree may choose to start their own business, such as a custom furniture or cabinetry company. This requires a combination of woodworking skills and business acumen.
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Graduates with an Associate Degree from Bakersfield College may choose to continue their education at a university to earn a 4-year degree. See your Counselor and/or a Transfer Specialist for specific questions, options, and opportunities.

Academic Department: Industrial Technology

Career & Learning Pathway: Industrial Technology and Transportation Pathway

Courses: Woodworking (WOOD)

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