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Student Satisfaction
100% of our recent graduates report they are satisfied with their Madison College education.
$37k
Annual Salary
Our recent graduates of this program reported an average starting salary of $37,152.
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 training in as little as 1 year (programs vary)
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$4,512.00 Tuition
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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.

    Careers

    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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    Facilities
    Madison College's Cabinetmaking and Millwork lab has state-of-the-art tools, equipment and technology.
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    "It's a great expression of creativity. If you like puzzles and thinking things through, I'm sure any trade is right for you."
    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 2021-2022 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
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    1 credit
    31-409-342
    1 credit
    31-409-100
    1 credit
    31-409-381
    1 credit
    31-409-382
    1 credit
    Second Semester
    31-409-101
    1 credit
    31-409-102
    1 credit
    31-409-340
    1 credit
    31-409-383
    1 credit
    31-409-384
    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.

    Spring 2022 Application Dates

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is January 15, 2022

    Fall 2022 Application Dates

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is August 31, 2022

    Spring 2023 Application Dates

    • Application available on February 1, 2022
    • Application completion deadline is January 15, 2023

    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
    Graduation from high school, completion of GED/HSED/GED02, or completion of an associate degree or higher is required; submit official transcripts for one of the following:

    • High school or charter school transcript (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript) or GED02 transcript
    • GED/HSED score report
    • College transcript showing an associate degree or higher

    3. Residency Requirement
    Based on historical trends at Madison College a waitlist is not expected to form for these programs. Therefore all applicants, regardless of residency status, are eligible for application review.
    Learn more about residency determination and program availability.

    Additional Notes

    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. 

    Questions?

    Contact the Enrollment Center at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu 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

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of Program Graduates 6 9 4
      Number of Surveys Sent 6 9 4
      Number of Surveys Returned 5 8 3
      Percent of Surveys Returned
      Available for Employment 4 6 3
      Percent Available for Employment 80.0% 75.0% 100.0%
      Not in Labor Market 1 2 0
      Percent Not in Labor Market 20.0% 25.0% 0.0%
      Available for Employment

      2018 2019 2020
      Graduates Employed 4 6 3
      Percent of Graduates Employed 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
      Employed in Related Occupation 3 5 1
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation 75.0% 83.3% 33.3%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0 1 2
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0.0% 16.7% 66.7%
      Employed - No Response 1 0 0
      Percent Employed - No Response 25.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      Seeking Employment 0 0 0
      Percent Seeking Employment 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      2018 2019 2020
      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.8 3.8 4
      Number of Satisfaction Responses 5 8 3
      Very Satisfied (4) 4 6 3
      Percent Very Satisfied 80.0% 75.0% 100.0%
      Satisfied (3) 1 2 0
      Percent Satisfied 20.0% 25.0% 0.0%
      Unsatisfied (2) 0 0 0
      Percent Unsatisfied 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      Very Unsatisfed (1) 0 0 0
      Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of Primary Reason Responses 5 8 3
      Preparation for Getting a Job 0 2 1
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 0.0% 25.0% 33.3%
      Career Change 3 3 1
      Percent Career Change 60.0% 37.5% 33.3%
      Improvement of Existing Skills 1 2 0
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 20.0% 25.0% 0.0%
      Preparation for Further Education 0 0 0
      Percent Preparation for Further Education 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      Personal Interest 1 1 1
      Percent Personal Interest 20.0% 12.5% 33.3%
      Other 0 0 0
      Percent Other 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      When Employment was Obtained

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 3 6 3
      Before Enrollment 2 1 0
      Percent Before Enrollment 66.7% 16.7% 0.0%
      While Attending the College 0 1 2
      Percent While Attending the College 0.0% 16.7% 66.7%
      After Training at the College 1 4 1
      Percent After Training at the College 33.3% 66.7% 33.3%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of Employment Location Responses 4 6 3
      In College District 3 4 3
      Percent In College District 75.0% 66.7% 100.0%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District 0 1 0
      Percent of In Wisconsin 0.0% 16.7% 0.0%
      Outside of Wisconsin 0 1 0
      Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.0% 16.7% 0.0%
      Employer Location Unknown 1 0 0
      Percent Location Unknown 25.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend 2018 2019 2020
      Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 2 4 1
      Average Monthly Wage $2,516 $3,399 $3,096
      Average Hourly Wage $14.63 $19.76 $18.00
      Average Work Hours per Week 37.5 47.0 40.0
      Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 1
      Average Hourly Wage $15.00
      Average Work Hours per Week 30.0
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2020
      Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
      Distinctive Wood Creations Cabinet Maker Middleton

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      ** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

      *** - If you have a position to post, please contact Career and Employment Services at jobpostings@madisoncollege.edu

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Hours

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