Programs

beam sawOur goal at the Cerritos College Department of Woodworking Manufacturing Technologies is to provide students with a high quality woodworking education program that leads to job opportunities in the wood industry. We offer strong vocational programs in cabinetmaking, CNC woodworking, and furniture making. Certificates and degrees are available in Cabinetmaking, Furniture Making, and Comprehensive Woodworking. A CNC certificate is also available.

Student with routerIn our two-year Cabinetmaking Program, students build both frameless (32mm system) and face-frame cabinetry from start to finish. They learn how to operate Cabinet Vision Solid software and industrial CNC equipment. They are trained in various assembly methods, millwork, and cabinet installation. In addition to building cabinetry with the use of current CNC technology, graduates are skilled in traditional manufacturing methods as well.  Elective courses in this program include Mantels and Wall Systems and Passage Doors.

Professor lecturingOur Furniture Making Program starts with basic woodworking skills and quickly advances students to basic casework and table construction. Core courses include furniture design, hand tools, and finishing. Electives include advanced courses in casegoods and tables, and handtools; veneering, and carving. Graduates of this program are trained to make custom furniture to a high level of craftsmanship.

CNC Woodworking is our newest certificate. In this program, students will learn Cabinet Vision and Alphacam and how to use CNC equipment to create cabinet and furniture parts. Our CNC lab includes three industrial flatbed routers (two 4 x 8 and one 5 x 10), a five-axis router, beam saw, edgebander, and three small CNC routers. To augment this equipment, we also have laser cutters and 3D printers.

The Comprehensive Woodworking Program provides a combination of cabinetmaking and fine furniture making training. The program is designed to prepare students interested in becoming woodworking teachers.

Classes can also be taken to improve or develop skills in specific areas.

View the current General Catalog for information about each program. The AA requirements are listed in the "AA Degree Requirements" section. Many classes required for the Certificate of Achievement and A.A. Degree meet the requirements of, and are accepted at, California State University, Los Angeles.