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Student Satisfaction
86% of our recent graduates report they are satisfied with their Madison College education.
Annual Salary
Our recent graduates of this program reported an average starting salary of $49,908.
Nationally recognized program
The cabinetmaking program is nationally recognized as one of the top programs in the country.
Cabinetmaking and Millwork
Program Number: 314092
Your Degree:
Technical Diploma
Area of Study:
Construction, Manufacturing and Maintenance
Delivery Method:
100% In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
32 Credits | Finish diploma in 1 year
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$4,590.40 Tuition
$740.84 Materials/Supplemental Costs
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  • Program Overview

    The Cabinetmaking and Millwork program at Madison College will arm you with a strong understanding of modern woodworking techniques and equip you for success as a cabinetmaker, finish carpenter, or one of many other jobs that make use of this knowledge. As a student in Cabinetmaking and Millwork, you will: 

    • Build knowledge and skills necessary to plan and complete cabinetry, furniture and millwork projects.
    • Learn the fundamentals of working with wood -- from planning a project to adding the finishing details -- all in our well-equipped lab.  
    • Understand how to work with prints, specifications and shop drawings.  
    • Practice selecting proper materials, determining the best procedures, manufacturing parts to specification, and assembling and finishing individual projects.  
    • Learn to plan and process wood in the most efficient manner using traditional woodworking equipment and hand tools, as well as the latest computer numerically controlled (CNC) machinery and software.  
    • Gain practical experience in a variety of large-scale projects through partnerships with area businesses and local and state agencies.
    • Work both individually and in teams to plan, estimate and execute woodworking projects. 

    Project profits are used to fund scholarships and activities for students in the Cabinetmaking and Millwork program at Madison Area Technical College.  

    Program Details

    Students in Cabinetmaking and Millwork program can attend full time.

    Cabinetmaking and Millwork program classes are offered at our Madison Truax campus.


    Earning your one-year technical diploma in the Cabinetmaking and Millwork program at Madison Area Technical College prepares you for valuable work as:  

    • Cabinetmaker
    • Finish Carpenter
    • Architectural Woodworker
    • Finishing Specialist
    • Fixtures Manufacturer
    • CAD/CAM Operator

    With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find employment as:

    • Master Carpenter
    • Shop Supervisor
    • Journey-Level Finish Carpenter
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    Madison College's Cabinetmaking and Millwork lab has state-of-the-art tools, equipment and technology.
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    Zach D.
    Madison College Cabinetmaking / Millwork Student
  • Curriculum and Experience

    Learn about the courses you’ll take and the skills you’ll develop Cabinetmaking and Millwork program.

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2023-2024 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

    Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:

    • Progress toward your specific requirements
    • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

    If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.

    First Semester
    1 credit
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    1 credit
    1 credit
    1 credit
    Second Semester
    1 credit
    1 credit
    1 credit
    1 credit
    1 credit
    Small Class Sizes
    Provide many opportunities for one-on-one instruction!
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    Check out the scenes from a typical day in the Cabinetmaking Lab at Madison College.

  • Admission

    To Apply

    Earning a degree is a great way to advance your career development opportunities, so apply today!

    International students who wish to apply for, maintain, or transfer their F-1 student visa status to Madison College are required to complete the International Admission Process.

    Application Dates

    Fall 2023

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is August 31, 2023

    Spring 2024

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is January 15, 2024

    Admission Requirements

    All materials must be submitted by the application deadline.

    1. Admission Application

    The online application allows you to save your work as you complete it and ensures fast, secure delivery to our office.

    2. Education Completion
    Students must submit official transcripts for one of the following:

    • High school transcript (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript)
    • GED/HSED transcript
    • College transcript(s) showing:
      • At least 30 credits completed with a minimum GPA of 2.0, or
      • Completion of an associate degree or higher

    All high school and/or college transcripts are recommended to be submitted for Credit for Prior Learning evaluation.

    Additional Notes

    • Class capacity is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis.

    • Course prerequisites differ from admission requirements; admission into a program does not guarantee eligibility to enroll in courses or success in the program. Refer to program curriculum for details.

    After Acceptance

    Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College. 


    Contact the Enrollment Center at or 608.246.6210.

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  • Career Outcomes

    MATC Cabinetmaking and Millwork program graduates are prepared to:  

    • Follow standard safety procedures while operating and maintaining tools and machinery.
    • Produce high-quality products using appropriate tools and equipment, maintaining tolerances and standards, and using time, motion and materials efficiently.
    • Visualize, design, plan and complete projects that meet clients’ expectations.
    • Interpret technical drawings and specifications necessary to create, modify and assemble products.
    • Communicate clearly and effectively with clients and co-workers.
    • Contribute to a dynamic and energetic workplace by following instructions, accepting responsibility and working both collaboratively and independently, as required.
    • Engage in lifelong learning in order to advance technical, personal and professional skills.
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    • Graduate Summary

      Graduate Report Summary Overview

      Number of Program Graduates9415
      Number of Surveys Sent9415
      Number of Surveys Returned8315
      Percent of Surveys Returned88.90%75.00%100.00%
      Available for Employment6315
      Percent Available for Employment75.00%100.00%100.00%
      Not in Labor Market200
      Percent Not in Labor Market25.00%0.00%0.00%
      Available for Employment

      Graduates Employed6313
      Percent of Graduates Employed100.00%100.00%86.70%
      Employed in Related Occupation5110
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation83.30%33.30%76.90%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation123
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation16.70%66.70%23.10%
      Employed - No Response000
      Percent Employed - No Response0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Seeking Employment002
      Percent Seeking Employment0.00%0.00%13.30%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)3.843.5
      Number of Satisfaction Responses8315
      Very Satisfied (4)6311
      Percent Very Satisfied75.00%100.00%73.30%
      Satisfied (3)202
      Percent Satisfied25.00%0.00%13.30%
      Unsatisfied (2)000
      Percent Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Very Unsatisfed (1)002
      Percent Very Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%13.30%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      Number of Primary Reason Responses8315
      Preparation for Getting a Job215
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job25.00%33.30%33.30%
      Career Change315
      Percent Career Change37.50%33.30%33.30%
      Improvement of Existing Skills204
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills25.00%0.00%26.70%
      Preparation for Further Education000
      Percent Preparation for Further Education0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Personal Interest111
      Percent Personal Interest12.50%33.30%6.70%
      Percent Other0.00%0.00%0.00%
      When Employment was Obtained

      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses6313
      Before Enrollment103
      Percent Before Enrollment16.70%0.00%23.10%
      While Attending the College121
      Percent While Attending the College16.70%66.70%7.70%
      After Training at the College419
      Percent After Training at the College66.70%33.30%69.20%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      Number of Employment Location Responses6313
      In College District439
      Percent In College District66.70%100.00%69.20%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District102
      Percent of In Wisconsin16.70%0.00%15.40%
      Outside of Wisconsin102
      Percent Outside Wisconsin16.70%0.00%15.40%
      Employer Location Unknown000
      Percent Location Unknown0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend201920202021
      Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count417
      Average Monthly Wage$3,399$3,096$4,159
      Average Hourly Wage$19.76$18.00$24.18
      Average Work Hours per Week474042.5
      Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count2
      Average Hourly Wage$19.81
      Average Work Hours per Week25
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2021
      Employer(s)Job TitleCity*State**Positions
      Auburn RidgeProject ManagerMarshall
      Big Life Solutions LLCOwner
      Blue Terra DesignCabinet Maker
      Cushman Construction LLCCarpenter ApprenticeCross Plains
      Donatelli BuildersCarpenterDowners GroveIL
      Ironwood ConstructionCarpenter
      Superior WoodworkCabinet MakerFairviewTN
      USA MillworkCustom BuilderRiver Falls
      Wisconsin BuiltDesign EngineerDeerfield

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