First Term

WOOD SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 4.00
INDUSTRY ORIENTATION AND SAFETY 1.00
WOOD MANUFACTURING PROCESSES 3.00
HARDWOOD GRADING AND MERCHANDISING 3.00
FUNDAMENTALS OF FURNITURE MANUFACTURING 2.00
COLLEGE MATHEMATICS 3.00

Second Term

SECONDARY WOOD MANUFACTURING 5.00
WOOD ADHESIVES APPLICATION 2.00
MOULDER, SHAPER, AND GRINDING TECHNOLOGY 4.00
2D MECHANICAL CAD 1.00
LEAN MANUFACTURING FUNDAMENTALS 2.00
INTERPRETING ENGINEERING DRAWINGS 1.00

Third Term

WOOD DRYING SCIENCE 4.00
WOOD INDUSTRY GLOBAL MARKETS 2.00
CNC ROUTER TECHNOLOGY 4.00
COLLEGE PHYSICS 1 3.00
WRITTEN COMMUNICATION 3.00
ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 3.00

Fourth Term

SUSTAINABLE BIOMATERIALS & ENERGY 2.00
DESIGN INNOVATION IN WOOD PRODUCTS 4.00
ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION 3.00
INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY 3.00
INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY 3.00
PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN RELATIONS 3.00

Credit for Prior Learning Available

First Term

WOOD SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (10465100)

4.00

As an introduction course, students will learn wood anatomy and the physical nature of wood and how these characteristics are used in species selection for industrial raw materials. Species identification will be covered in the lab portion of this course.

INDUSTRY ORIENTATION AND SAFETY (10465106)

1.00

This course is broken into two segments. The first provides an overview of the industrial environment, current industry trends and identification of career paths available in wood manufacturing. The second segment focuses on safety and health practices within the woodworking industry. Topics covered include OSHA requirements and workplace safety. Upon completion of this course, students will earn an OSHA Forklift Operator Certificate.

NTC Assessments Offered:

WOOD MANUFACTURING PROCESSES (10465115)

3.00

In this course, the student will be introduced to the primary breakdown of logs into lumber, and logs into veneers and strands for wood composites. An overview of plant layout, machine centers and product flow will be examined for each product line along with species mix.

HARDWOOD GRADING AND MERCHANDISING (10465116)

3.00

This course is an introduction to the measurement, merchandising and inspection of hardwood lumber and logs. Topics covered include hardwood manufacturing standards, tally criteria, defect identification and the various methods of determining the grade of hardwood lumber and logs. Students will be introduced to the latest development in automated lumber scanning equipment. Emphasis will be on the understanding of standard grade classifications used within the industry and hands-on practice using inspection rules and scaling sticks.

FUNDAMENTALS OF FURNITURE MANUFACTURING (10465119)

2.00

This course is designed to provide the foundational knowledge and skills to manufacture furniture. Topics covered include: furniture design styles, sourcing raw material for projects, tool selection, machine operation, joinery and furniture construction.

COLLEGE MATHEMATICS (10804107)

3.00

This course is designed to review and develop fundamental concepts of mathematics pertinent to the areas of: 1) arithmetic and algebra; 2) geometry and trigonometry; and 3) probability and statistics. Special emphasis is placed on problem solving, critical thinking and logical reasoning, making connections and using calculators. Topics include performing arithmetic operations and simplifying algebraic expressions, solving linear equations and inequalities in one variable, solving proportions and incorporating percent applications, manipulating formulas, solving and graphing systems of linear equations and inequalities in two variables, finding areas and volumes of geometric figures, applying similar and congruent triangles, converting measurements within and between U.S. and metric systems, applying Pythagorean Theorem, solving right and oblique triangles, calculating probabilities, organizing data and interpreting charts, calculating central and spread measures and summarizing and analyzing data.

NTC Assessments Offered:
National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® College Mathematics

Second Term

SECONDARY WOOD MANUFACTURING (10465108)

5.00

This course is designed to familiarize students with the basic machinery and processes used in the wood industry to prepare stock for the production of millwork, furniture and cabinetry parts. Students are taught the safe operation and proper maintenance of machinery used in the secondary wood manufacturing plant. Specific machinery covered within this course includes the wide belt sander, planer, optimizing rip saw and chop saw and the re-saw. Machine setup, tooling, adjustment of feed rate and spindle speeds for these machines will also be covered.

WOOD ADHESIVES APPLICATION (10465109)

2.00

This course studies the various types of adhesive and the adhesion processes that are used in the wood products manufacturing industry. Selecting the proper adhesive for the job is stressed. Students will learn to operate a finger jointer, clamp carrier and will perform adhesive bond evaluations utilizing mechanical testing equipment.

MOULDER, SHAPER, AND GRINDING TECHNOLOGY (10465110)

4.00

This lecture-laboratory course examines the safe setup, operation and maintenance of industrial multi-head wood moulders and shapers. The student will also learn: precision measurement, moulder configurations, cutter head types and setting and grinding knives.

2D MECHANICAL CAD (10606140)

1.00

In this course, you will study the operation and uses of interactive computer graphics systems. You will also develop your basic skills in creating, modifying, editing, storing and plotting 2 dimensional AutoCAD drawings, while using basic knowledge of available hardware and software on assigned projects.

LEAN MANUFACTURING FUNDAMENTALS (10623147)

2.00

Analyzes the eight wastes of manufacturing. The learner will then explore concepts such as 5S, Total Productive Maintenance, Kanban, Value Stream Mapping. The learner will be given activities to implement concepts in their work setting.

NTC Assessments Offered:

INTERPRETING ENGINEERING DRAWINGS (10623200)

1.00

Explores the foundational skills needed to read and interpret industrial prints. Beginning with the basics, the learner progresses in a logical order through orthographic, pictorial, assembly, section and auxiliary views of products. In addition, you will learn how to interpret part dimensions and tolerances. Emphasis is also placed on title blocks, change blocks and shop notes and symbols. The symbols of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing are introduced.

NTC Assessments Offered:
Industry Credentials Accepted:
  • Youth Apprenticeship Certificate

Third Term

WOOD DRYING SCIENCE (10465113)

4.00

As the title indicates, this course covers the process of drying wood. Drying lumber is studied in depth, focusing on the relationship between wood, temperature, relative humidity and air flow. Learners will learn moisture content measuring techniques, types of kilns and controls, how to generate kiln schedules and procedures for sampling, while operating a lab sized conventional steam dry kiln.

WOOD INDUSTRY GLOBAL MARKETS (10465117)

2.00

In today's competitive business environment sales and marketing techniques are critical business functions that utilize a variety of activities to identify customer needs and wants. Students enrolled in this course will learn the 4P's of marketing and how to apply these concepts to an ever-changing wood products industry. Identifying target markets, understanding customer buying behaviors, calculating profitable transactions, utilizing current or developing new distribution channels and effectively building customer relationships are all vital skills that will be covered in this course.

CNC ROUTER TECHNOLOGY (10465163)

4.00

Introduces learner to basic G & M code programming, progressing into PC-based integrative computer graphic systems used to create and convert computer-generated designs into tool paths for computer numerically controlled (CNC) wood routers. After loading and simulating programs the learner will learn how to operate a production sized CNC wood router. Stock preparation, safe set-up, tool selection, quality control and maintenance are covered in detail.

COLLEGE PHYSICS 1 (10806143)

3.00

Presents the applications and theory of basic physics principles. This course emphasizes problem solving, laboratory investigation and applications. Topics include laboratory safety, unit conversions and analysis, kinematics, dynamics, work, energy, power, temperature and heat.

National Exams Accepted:
  • AP Physics 1 and 2
  • AP Physics with Electricity and Magnetism
  • AP Physics with Mechanics

WRITTEN COMMUNICATION (10801195)

3.00

Develops writing skills which include prewriting, drafting, revising and editing. A variety of writing assignments are designed to help the learner analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Also develops critical reading and thinking skills through the analysis of a variety of written documents.

NTC Assessments Offered:
National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® College Composition
  • AP English Language & Composition

ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 (10801136)

3.00

This course is designed for learners to develop knowledge and skills in all aspects of the writing process. Planning, organizing, writing, editing and revising are applied through a variety of activities. Students will analyze audience and purpose, use elements of research and format documents using standard guidelines. Individuals will develop critical reading skills through analysis of various written documents.

NTC Assessments Offered:
National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® College Composition
  • AP English Language & Composition

Fourth Term

SUSTAINABLE BIOMATERIALS & ENERGY (10465102)

2.00

Examines the use of sustainable biomaterials to meet society's needs and to reduce environmental impact. Specific topics include sourcing mill residuals, biomass for bioenergy, biomass processing systems, renewable and non-renewable material and energy sources, and carbon impacts of wood products.

NTC Assessments Offered:

DESIGN INNOVATION IN WOOD PRODUCTS (10465104)

4.00

This class allows the student to demonstrate the ability to solve a design problem using materials and information learned in all other Wood Processes classes. A team comprised of fellow classmates will determine a design problem, research solutions, design the product, machine or equipment required to solve the problem, establish a budget for building a prototype and then build a proof-of-concept prototype. Documents and skills required to present expertise to potential employers will be developed.

ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION (10801196)

3.00

Focuses upon developing speaking, verbal and nonverbal communication and listening skills through individual presentations, group activities and other projects.

INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY (10809196)

3.00

Introduces students to the basic concepts of sociology: culture, socialization, social stratification, multi-culturalism and the five institutions, including family, government, economics, religion and education. Other topics include demography, deviance, technology, environment, social issues, social change, social organization and workplace issues.

NTC Assessments Offered:
National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® Introductory Sociology

INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY (10809198)

3.00

This introductory course in psychology is a survey of the multiple aspects of human behavior. It involves a survey of the theoretical foundations of human functioning in such areas as learning, motivation, emotions, personality, deviance and pathology, physiological factors and social influences. It directs the student to an insightful understanding of the complexities of human relationships in personal, social and vocational settings.

NTC Assessments Offered:
National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® Introductory Psychology
  • AP Psychology

PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN RELATIONS (10809199)

3.00

Explores the relationship between the general principles of psychology and our everyday lives. Students are given the opportunity to achieve a deepened sense of awareness of themselves and others. This understanding enables students to improve their relationships with others at work, in the family and in society.

Test-Out Option Term Definitions

Test

An exam that is scored by faculty or staff in NTC’s Testing Center.

Skill Demonstration

A performance of your expertise that is evaluated by faculty.

Combination: Test & Skill Demonstration

A combination of both a test and a skill demonstration.

Portfolio

A collection and explanation of your past learning through work or life experience.

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