Program Description

The Hardwood Manufacturers Certificate prepares learners for fast growing, in-demand positions within the hardwood manufacturing industry. This certificate will help launch you into a life long rewarding career. Endorsed by the Hardwood Manufacturers Association, classes are taught in person and utilize Northcentral Technical College's 27,000 square foot state-of-the-art Wood Technology Center of Excellence.

Approximate Program Cost

Tuition & Fees: $2,771
Books & Supplies: $54

Financial Aid

Not Available
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Courses for this program may be available at a variety of campus locations through multiple modes of delivery if you meet the admission requirements and prerequisites.

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Graduates will be able to…

  • Scale, grade, and value hardwood logs
  • Inspect hardwood lumber applying NHLA grading rules
  • Breakdown logs, edge and trim lumber, to maximize profits
  • Investigate slicer and rotary veneer manufacturing
  • Examine the physical and mechanical properties of wood
  • Operate a conventional dry kiln
  • Identify hardwood species


Some of the potential careers graduates can pursue are:

  • Dry Kiln Operator
  • Head Sawyer
  • Production Supervisor
  • Quality Control Technician
  • Hardwood Log Grader/Scaler
  • Hardwood Lumber Inspector


The Hardwood Manufacturers Certificate is a 14.45 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

Wood Science And Technology 4.00
Wood Drying Science 4.00
Introduction To The Hardwood Industry & Safety 0.45
Wood Veneer, Panels & Composites 1.00
Lumber Manufacturing: Sawing, Edging & Trimming 2.00
Intro to Hardwood Grading 1.00
Hardwood Lumber Grading And Merchandising 2.00
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Additional Information

This program will next run:

Fall 2023

This program will provide training on the following topics:

  • Hardwood lumber inspection
  • Sawing, edging and trimming to maximize profits
  • Hardwood log scaling and grading
  • Species identification for hardwood lumber and logs
  • Dry kiln operation (drying multiple charges using a steam kiln, DH kiln, and vacuum kiln)
  • Hardwood veneer and plywood production
  • Hardwood species identification, uses and markets
  • Physical and Mechanical Properties of Wood
  • Reduce Machining Defects in Wood Products
  • Steps to reduce product failure from wood movement

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