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Trades

Train as a joiner

Cabinetry and furnishings define both the style and functionality of any home or building. This is why an experienced joiner is an integral part of any construction or home renovation crew.

Also referred to as cabinet or furniture makers, joiners use a variety of woods and laminates to design, build, repair and re-style wooden cabinets, fixtures, doors, windows, stairs, wall units, tables, millwork, bookshelves, and more.

UFV’s Joinery program prepares you to enter the trade with a high level of technical skills and craftsmanship. Under the guidance of committed instructors, you learn how to use CAD drafting software to design cabinets and furniture, operate computer numerical control (CNC) routers to cut wood panels, and read drawings to assemble complex designs according to specifications.

You apply what you learn in our well-equipped shop, which is fully outfitted both with traditional tools and the advanced woodworking technology used in today's cabinet making and furniture design industry.

When you successfully complete the program, you may enter into the provincial apprenticeship program with full credit for Level 1 and 2. You are fully prepared to work both in small shops with basic equipment or industrial facilities with the latest woodworking technology.

Career outlook

In addition to designing, manufacturing, and installing, cabinets, furniture, and various fixtures, joiners can also work in interior design, restoration, renovation, sales, or even ship building.

As the industry seeks to boost productivity and reduce costs in a competitive market, trained joiners who can operate advanced computer-based woodworking technology for design, estimating and cost control are in highest demand.

Self-employment is a popular option for cabinet makers who do custom renos or high end woodwork. In fact, according to census data, the proportion of self-employed joiners is more than two and a half higher than that of other occupations. Those seeking to enhance their self-employment prospects may wish to pursue business training.

Opportunities may also arise for joiners in the shipbuilding industry, following the federal government's decision to award an eight-year, $8-billion contract to build non-combat vessels in BC.

British Columbia's Fraser Valley is one of Canada's fastest-growing, most ethnically diverse regions. Our communities are welcoming, our scenery breathtaking, and we're within minutes of Metro Vancouver and the U.S. border. Whether you wish to get a university education, learn a trade, retrain or upgrade, study in Canada, take a course for fun, hire a student, or work with friendly, dedicated people, check out UFV.
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