Cabinetry & Wood Technology

Cabinetry & Wood Technology

Location: East Campus (Oley)          Instructor: Gerald Galczynski          CIP Code: 48.0703

The Cabinetry & Wood Technology program is accredited by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) through the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and provides participants with defined career paths in cabinetmaking. The instructional program combines classroom, laboratory, and live work experiences to help the students develop their craftsmanship skills.

Cabinetry is a specialized branch of woodworking and students will learn to fashion wood into objects of usefulness and beauty, such as home and office furniture and cabinets. Instruction is given in reading blueprints and planning the sequence of cutting operations to use the materials resulting in the least amount of waste. Students must develop skills in the use of many hand and power tools. The Cabinetry student will train with the technology for CNC design, programming, and operations. These machinery skills have become commonplace at most manufacturing and mill shops.

Students will receive training in precision cutting, shaping, and assembling of parts through the use of hand tools, power tools, and woodworking machines. Instruction will also be provided in design and layout, assembly, hardware, finishes, and installation.

As a participant in this program at the East Campus, students participate in the construction of the student-built house project. Its countywide reputation for quality makes this an exceptional “live work” opportunity that will instill confidence and pride as students prepare to enter the workforce, apply for apprenticeships or continue in a technical program.

NCCER – National Center for Construction Education and Research
The program participates in NCCER. This curricula and training process is supported by trade associations, contractors, schools, construction and maintenance users, pipeline operators, manufacturers, and third-party training providers. Visit for further information.

PBA – Pennsylvania’s Builder’s Association
The program is a PBA endorsed program, which allows students who complete the program at the competent and above level to earn a PBA Certification.  Visit for more information.

Industry Certifications:

Pennsylvania Builders Association Skills Certificate (based on NOCTI)
OSHA/CareerSafe 10-Hour Certification


Required/Optional Items
Purchased through

Required Items
Purchase from any Vendor

Required Footwear

Required Safety Gear


· Choice of any Two Sand Shirts with BCTC Logo

· Charcoal Crewneck Sweatshirt with BCTC Logo

• Cotton blue jeans, khakis/cargo pants, dress pants – proper fitting and no holes Leather work shoes or boots Safety glasses provided by BCTC


Modern Cabinetmaking (5th Edition)by William D. Umstattd, Charles W. Davis and Patrick A. Molzahn Year

ISBN #: 978-1-63126-071-1 

Approximate Cost – New: $136.00 to Gently Used: $107.00

Students may also access the textbook online:
Modern Cabinetmaking (5th Edition) – by William D. Umstattd, Charles W. Davis and Patrick A. Molzahn

Approximate Cost – $75.00

Tool / Supply / Protective Equipment

Quantity Needed Level 1, 2, or 3 Approximate Cost Suggested Vendor
Footwear Requirement: Leather work shoes or boots 1 pair Levels 1, 2, & 3 TBD Any store
Steel Tape Measure (16 ft. w/ 3/4″ Blade)
(without easy read)
1 Levels 1, 2, & 3 $10.00 Home Centers

* BCTC will pay for one pair of safety glasses (if required) and may assist with payment for the testing fees or core certification tests (first time only).  Additional safety glasses and testing fees must be paid by the student.

Cabinetry & Wood Technology

Program Entrance Recommendations:

  • Reading at grade level
  • Algebra I or Geometry
  • Problem solving/troubleshooting skills
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Mechanical aptitude

Career Pathways:

  • Cabinetmaker & Bench Carpenter
  • Woodworking Machine Setter & Setup Operator
  • Sawing Machine Setter, Operator & Tender, Wood
  • Pattern-maker / Wood
  • Furniture Finisher
  • Production Worker –Cabinet Assembler
  • Assemblers & Fabricators
  • Kitchen Salesperson
  • Mill/Plant Supervisor
  • Cabinetmaker Instructor
  • Furniture Designer
  • Cabinetry Shop Owner
  • Finish Carpenter