The Wood Technology Technical Diploma is a 32 Credit* program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

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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.

Condition: Accepted into the Wood Science Associate Degree program, Wood Technology Technical Diploma or Basic Wood Manufacturing Certificate, or with Dean or Associate Dean approval.

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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.

Condition: Accepted into the Wood Science Associate Degree program, Wood Technology Technical Diploma or Basic Wood Manufacturing Certificate, or with Dean or Associate Dean approval.

HARDWOOD GRADING AND MERCHANDISING (10465116)

3.00

Introduces 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. Emphasis will be on the understanding of standard grade classifications used within the industry and hands-on practice using inspection rules and scaling sticks.

Condition: Accepted into the Wood Science Associate Degree program, Wood Technology Technical Diploma, Basic Wood Manufacturing Certificate or Hardwood Sawmilling & Drying Certificate, or with Dean or Associate Dean approval.

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.

Condition: Accepted into the Wood Science Associate Degree program, Wood Technology Technical Diploma or Basic Wood Manufacturing Certificate, or with Dean or Associate Dean approval.

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

COLLEGE 101 (10890165)

1.00

Examines proven strategies designed to help learners achieve greater personal, academic, and professional success. Learners will apply personal responsibility thinking and behaviors; self- management, awareness, and motivation strategies; as well as interdependence skills to develop a proactive life plan.

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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.

Prerequisite: 10-465-100 WOOD SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY.

SECONDARY WOOD MANUFACTURING 1 (10465164)

5.00

Introduces the learner to technologies, processes, and machine centers used in the production of millwork, furniture, and wood components. Through classroom discussion and hands-on practice, learners will explore the variable that affect product quality and yield. Specific machinery covered within this course includes the jointer, planer, optimizing rip saw, optimizing chop saw, shaper, manual six spindle moulder, profile grinder, and optical measuring stand.

Prerequisite: 10-465-100 WOOD SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY.

SECONDARY WOOD MANUFACTURING 2 (10465165)

4.00

Expands on the fundamentals covered in the Secondary Wood Manufacturing 1 course, learners will demonstrate advanced machine setups and incorporate additional technologies through the use of AutoCAD, CNC template routering, and tool room software. In addition to the machine centers cover in Secondary Wood Manufacturing 1, learners will use the wide-belt sander, automatic six spindle moulder, and end matcher.

Pre/Corequisite: 10-465-164 SECONDARY WOOD MANUFACTURING 1.

TECHNICAL DRAFTING/CAD (10606105)

2.00

Introduces basic knowledge and skill development of technical drawing with emphases on freehand sketching and introductory CAD drawing.

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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.

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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.

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Industry Credentials Accepted:
  • Youth Apprenticeship Certificate

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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