Cabinetmakers (NOC 7272)

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Estimated hourly wage
in Québec (2016-2018)
Minimum Not published
Median Not published
Maximum Not published
Job prospect
(2017-2021)
Employment in 2016
7,000
Skill level
Technical (usually a college or secondary school vocational diploma)

Occupation targeted by the Workplace Apprenticeship Program

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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.

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
  • - Continued…
  • - 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.

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.

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