Cabinetmakers (NOC 7272)

Occupation targeted by the Workplace Apprenticeship Program

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Job titles

  • cabinetmaker
  • cabinetmaker apprentice
  • cabinetmaker-instructor (health and social services network)
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Nature of work

Cabinetmakers use a variety of woods and laminates to construct and repair wooden cabinets, furniture, fixtures and related products. They are employed by furniture manufacturing or repair companies, construction companies and cabinetmaking contractors, or they may be self-employed.

Fields of interest

  • Making or building things, constructing, doing repairs, and performing installations
  • Working for yourself
  • Working with your hands

Main duties

  • Cabinetmakers perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Study plans, specifications or drawings of articles to be made, or prepare specifications
  • - Mark outlines or dimensions of parts on wood
  • - Operate woodworking machines, such as power saws, jointers, mortisers and shapers, and use hand tools to cut, shape and form parts and components
  • - Trim joints and fit parts and subassemblies together to form complete unit using glue and clamps and reinforce joints using nails, screws or other fasteners
  • - Sand wooden surfaces and apply veneer, stain or polish to finished products
  • - Repair or restyle wooden furniture, fixtures and related products
  • - May estimate amount, type and cost of materials required.

Main characteristics of the occupation

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Cabinetmakers (NOC 7272)

Employment requirements

  • * Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • * Completion of a four-year apprenticeship program or A combination of over four years of work experience in the trade and some high school or college courses in cabinetmaking is usually required to be eligible for trade certification.
  • * Trade certification is available, but voluntary, in all provinces and territories.
  • * Red Seal endorsement is also available to qualified cabinetmakers upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.

Skill type

  • Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations

Skill level

  • Technical

More information

  • * The Red Seal endorsement allows for interprovincial mobility. Additional information from Emploi-Québec: Under the Agreement on Internal Trade, a worker holding certification in a regulated trade has access to interprovincial labour mobility, whether or not the worker’s certification bears a Red Seal endorsement.
  • * Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.