Cabinetmaking and Millwork


Student Satisfaction

100% 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 $37,152.

Technical Diploma

Program Number: 314092

Credits: 32

Area of Study: Construction, Manufacturing and Maintenance

Delivery Method:
100% In Person*

Financial Aid Available

Estimated Program Cost:

Tuition - $4,512.00
Materials/Supplemental Costs
Other Costs
Total Estimated Program Costs*:

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. View our facility. 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 may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Truax

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To Apply

After Acceptance

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


Contact the Enrollment Center at or (608) 246-6210.  


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.


There are currently no Transfer Partnerships for this program. Review our Transfer Opportunities page for information on all Madison College transfer options.


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.

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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  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    Number of Program Graduates694
    Number of Surveys Sent694
    Number of Surveys Returned583
    Percent of Surveys Returned83.3%88.9%75.0%
    Available for Employment463
    Percent Available for Employment80.0%75.0%100.0%
    Not in Labor Market120
    Percent Not in Labor Market20.0%25.0%0.0%
    Available for Employment

    Graduates Employed463
    Percent of Graduates Employed100.0%100.0%100.0%
    Employed in Related Occupation351
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation75.0%83.3%33.3%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation012
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation0.0%16.7%66.7%
    Employed - No Response100
    Percent Employed - No Response25.0%0.0%0.0%
    Seeking Employment000
    Percent Seeking Employment0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)3.83.84
    Number of Satisfaction Responses583
    Very Satisfied (4)463
    Percent Very Satisfied80.0%75.0%100.0%
    Satisfied (3)120
    Percent Satisfied20.0%25.0%0.0%
    Unsatisfied (2)000
    Percent Unsatisfied0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Very Unsatisfed (1)000
    Percent Very Unsatisfied0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    Number of Primary Reason Responses583
    Preparation for Getting a Job021
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job0.0%25.0%33.3%
    Career Change331
    Percent Career Change60.0%37.5%33.3%
    Improvement of Existing Skills120
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills20.0%25.0%0.0%
    Preparation for Further Education000
    Percent Preparation for Further Education0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Personal Interest111
    Percent Personal Interest20.0%12.5%33.3%
    Percent Other0.0%0.0%0.0%
    When Employment was Obtained

    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses363
    Before Enrollment210
    Percent Before Enrollment66.7%16.7%0.0%
    While Attending the College012
    Percent While Attending the College0.0%16.7%66.7%
    After Training at the College141
    Percent After Training at the College33.3%66.7%33.3%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    Number of Employment Location Responses463
    In College District343
    Percent In College District75.0%66.7%100.0%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District010
    Percent of In Wisconsin0.0%16.7%0.0%
    Outside of Wisconsin010
    Percent Outside Wisconsin0.0%16.7%0.0%
    Employer Location Unknown100
    Percent Location Unknown25.0%0.0%0.0%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend201820192020
    Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count241
    Average Monthly Wage$2,516$3,399$3,096
    Average Hourly Wage$14.63$19.76$18.00
    Average Work Hours per Week37.547.040.0
    Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count1
    Average Hourly Wage$15.00
    Average Work Hours per Week30.0
  • Graduate Employers
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2019
    Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
    Brunsell Lumber Wood Worker Mount Horeb
    Wisconsin Built Cabinetmaker Deerfield
    Wisconsin Built Drafting Engineer Deerfield
    Wisconsin Built Project Manager Deerfield

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    ** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

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