Building Construction and Cabinetmaking | Western Technical College

Building Construction and Cabinetmaking

Technical Diploma

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Financial Aid Eligible

Typical Start: 

Fall, Summer

Our Building Construction and Cabinetmaking program helps you build on your knowledge and develop your skills to prepare for employment in the fields of construction and cabinet making.

You’ll study fundamentals of building design, site development, building layout operations, concrete applications, cabinet design and construction, and materials used in the construction and cabinet making industries. You’ll be instructed in safe and proper use of hand tools, portable power tools, and stationary power equipment. In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to apply framing, interior finishing, and exterior finishing techniques at actual jobsites, and work on commercial framing and finishing projects in the cabinet shop and framing lab. Related mathematics, blueprint reading, estimating, building science principles, and OSHA 10 are part of the training.

Graduates are ready for a variety of careers, including cabinetmaking, residential and commercial carpentry, general construction, working at building supply stores or lumberyards, and other positions in the construction industry.

*Please note that the delivery method for courses may change as the COVID-19 situation proceeds. Our goal is to ensure that teaching and learning happens in a safe environment. We will communicate updates as quickly as possible.

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

Building Construction and Cabinetmaking

This program will cost about $6,300* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, visit the Tuition Page.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Graduation Employment Stats

Building Construction and Cabinetmaking 2018-2019 Graduation Employment Stats

Graduates Responding12
Employed in Related Occupation7
Employed in Non-related Occupations2
Seeking Employment0
Continuing Education3
Not in Labor Market3

Salary Data - Related Employment

Part TimeFull Time
Average Hours Per Week40
Median Hourly Wage$16.30
Hourly Wage Range $10.73-$21.64
Median Annual Salary $33,537.00

Respondents in Related Occupations

  • Owner/ Operator; Hagi Woodworks, Wisconsin Dells, WI
  • Carpenter, Justin Birdd, West Salem, WI
  • Carpenter; Bensen Construction, La Crosse, WI
  • Carpenter; Miemietz Construction, Independence, WI
  • Carpenter/ Custom Home Builder; Midwest Builders LLC, Viroqua, WI
  • Carpenter; Kirchner Custom Builders, La Crosse, WI

Career Opportunities

Cabinet Maker
Construction Crew/Foreman
Furniture Maker

Program Outcomes

  • Living responsibly
  • Refining professionalism
  • Cultivating passion
  • Use hand and power tools and equipment
  • Apply industry recognized safety practices and procedures
  • Analyze sustainable building practices
  • Interpret construction drawings
  • Interpret building codes
  • Demonstrate industry building practices and material application
  • Calculate the cost of a project
  • Recommend a plan of procedure to eliminate wasted time and materials
  • Demonstrate industry cabinetmaking practices and material application

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

$30 Application Fee
High School transcript or GED/HSED

Program Requirements

Western Technical College uses ACCUPLACER, a computer-based, online assessment that measures your abilities in writing/sentence skills, reading comprehension, and arithmetic. This information will be used to place you in courses that best fit your academic goals. Based on your scores, you may need to take additional general studies course(s) along with the general studies courses required for your program.

Several options for waiving the ACCUPLACER test are available; view the exemptions here.

Learn more about placement tests and how they are used at Western: Placement Testing.

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