Wood Science Associate Degree | Northcentral Technical College

Wood Science

Associate Degree

Wood Science is a broad-based program training learners to become professionals within the Forest Products Industry. Learners will engage in a unique hands-on experience using the latest design software and cutting-edge manufacturing equipment. All of this is housed in NTC’s state-of-the-art 27,000 square foot Wood Technology Center of Excellence. Learners can tailor their education to their specific interests by choosing one of two tracks: Furniture Design and Craftsmanship or Business and Engineering Technology. Curricula include material science, product design and engineering, quality assurance, manufacturing and business. Graduates of this program are in high demand both locally and nationally, with over one million forest industry jobs in the United States and 64,000 in Wisconsin. Potential occupations include: Production Supervisor, Quality Control Specialist, CAD Engineer, Lumber & Log Sales Associate/Broker, Furniture Designer, CNC Router Technician, Lumber Inspector, Dry Kiln Operator, Production or Sales Manager Trainee, Architectural Woodworker, EWP Technical Support Specialist, Wood Product Field Auditor, Moulder Technician and Procurement Specialist.

program at a Glance

Wood Science 69 Credit Associate Degree

Formats Offered

On-Campus Availability

  • Wausau General Studies Only
  • Antigo Fully Available
  • Medford General Studies Only
  • Phillips General Studies Only
  • Spencer General Studies Only
  • Wittenberg General Studies Only

Approximate Cost

$13,385 (Tuition: $11637, Books: $1748)

Average Starting Salary

$45,563 Annually, based on the 2016 NTC Graduate Employment Report.

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program Outcomes

  • Use current safety precautions in a manufacturing setting
  • Operate technologically advanced wood manufacturing equipment
  • Create CAD drawings for wood products
  • Inspect various wood products according to industry standards
  • Apply wood industry testing standards to products and materials
  • Design efficient manufacturing processes for wood products
  • Develop a business plan for wood manufacturing operations

Potential Careers

  • Production Supervisor
  • Quality Control Specialist
  • CAD Engineer
  • Lumber and Log Sales Associate/Broker
  • Furniture Designer
  • CNC Router Technician
  • Lumber Inspector
  • Dry Kiln Operator
  • Production or Sales Manager Trainee
  • Architectural Woodworker
  • EWP Technical Support Specialist
  • Wood Product Field Auditor
  • Moulder Technician
  • Procurement Specialist

Course List

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Additional program Information

This program is housed in the Wood Technology Center of Excellence, a one-of-a-kind, 27,000 square foot facility dedicated to preparing students for careers in the forest products and woodworking industry.

Transfer Opportunities

Credits earned at NTC may transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Visit www.ntc.edu/transfer for a complete listing of transfer opportunities for this program.

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