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NOC Code: NOC Code: 7272 Occupation: Cabinetmakers
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
Cabinetmakers use a variety of woods and laminates to construct and repair wooden cabinets, furniture, fixtures and related products. They are employed by furniture manufacturing or repair companies, construction companies and cabinetmaking contractors, or they may be self-employed. Cabinetmakers use a variety of woods and laminates to construct and repair wooden cabinets, furniture, fixtures and related products. They are employed by furniture manufacturing or repair companies, construction companies and cabinetmaking contractors, or they may be self-employed.

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Essential Skills Essential Skills Levels
Reading Reading 1 2 3
Writing Writing 1 2 3
Document Use Document Use 1 2 3
Digital Technology Digital Technology 1 2 3
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2 3
Money Math Money Math 1
Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting 1 2
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1 2 3 4
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 1 2 3
Job Task Planning and Organizing Job Task Planning and Organizing 1 2 3
Decision Making Decision Making 1 2
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2
Finding Information Finding Information 1 2


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Reading
  • Read instructions for hardware installation and adhesives which appear on product labels. (1)
  • Read Workplace Hazardous Materials Information (WHMIS) materials and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) to understand the hazards of chemicals such as glues, adhesives and solvents. (2)
  • Read health and safety materials, such as instructions for wearing an air fed face mask. (2)
  • Read "invitation to quote" documents, which may be 5 or 6 pages in length. (2)
  • Read faxes or memos from customers, such as provincial government departments, concerning contracts. (2)
  • Read trade magazines to review advertisements for special tools or jigs. (2)
  • Read job specifications which may come in book form to find out the requirements of the job, such as the types of fasteners and caulking required. (2)
  • Read manuals for pieces of equipment, such as the vacuum press. (3)
  • Refer to reference books, integrating information to see the best way to construct a certain type of table. (3)
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Writing
  • Write notes to accompany a sketch you have prepared so that other workers will understand it fully. (1)
  • Write notes to record how to carry out specific tasks which required new skills or which had elements which were different from the normal. (1)
  • Make entries in appointment calendars. (1)
  • Write a list of the tasks to be accomplished during the day. (1)
  • Write a cutting list outlining the number and dimension of pieces to be cut and the sequence in which they should be cut. (2)
  • Write proposals to customers to outline your qualifications and to convince them to award a contract. (3)
  • Write price quotations to customers, with detailed job specifications. (3)
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Document Use
  • Complete checklists relating to safety precautions. (1)
  • Indicate mitred corners on drawings. (2)
  • Use a chart to check angles on compound mitres. (2)
  • Refer to tables on labels, which explain the proportions for mixing products. (2)
  • Refer to sketches or photographs of a piece of furniture, such as a table, in order to draw your own adapted version. Scale the photograph and sketch to scale. Sketches include circles, triangles, squares, rectangles, ellipses and angles. (2)
  • Interpret a drawing for a built-in wall unit and panelling to derive a materials list, a cutting list and a layout plan. (3)
  • Refer to assembly or shop drawings and blueprints to check details. (3)
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Digital Technology
  • Use word processing. For example, type proposals. (2)
  • Use computer-assisted design, manufacture or machining (e.g. CAD/CAM, Auto-CAD, CNC - Computer Numeric Control). For example, use specialized programs such as Cabinetware and 3D Architect to design and produce cut lists. (3)
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Oral Communication
  • Talk with suppliers to order goods and receive deliveries at the shop. (1)
  • Discuss shop drawings with draughtsmen. (2)
  • Interact with subtrades such as plumbers and electricians to plan the sequencing of tasks. (2)
  • Participate in safety meetings. (2)
  • Instruct apprentices in how tasks are done (e.g., how to iron on a pre-glued edging, how to trim with a chisel, how to set up a jig for multiple duplication). (2)
  • Interact with clients to explain how a piece is crafted. (2)
  • Communicate with colleagues and apprentices to coordinate tasks, such as determining when each person can use specific tools. (2)
  • Communicate with project managers and designers to convince them of changes which would make designs more effective. (3)
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Money Math
  • Add items for invoices and calculate taxes. (1)
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Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting
  • Schedule appointments with customers, allocating the appropriate time slots on an appointment calendar. (1)
  • Schedule the time and cost required to complete a project efficiently. (2)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Measure wall lengths and heights, mouldings, door measurements and cuts on boards or other building materials. (1)
  • Measure the correct angle in a mitre. (2)
  • Calculate the quantity of wood required for a counter, combining the amount of each piece. (3)
  • Do precision fitting of pieces around a table top so that they fit exactly. (3)
  • Lay out curves for the finished ends of a cabinet, using a compass. (4)
  • Calculate the number, size and shape of pieces required to make an edging on a round table. (4)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate the amount of adhesive required for proper coverage on laminated materials. (1)
  • Estimate the amount of hardware to get or how many sheets of material to order. (2)
  • Estimate the time and labour costs it will take to complete each stage of a project and to bring it to completion. (3)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Cabinetmakers may plan several weeks to several months in advance. They coordinate their work with other trades, such as plumbers or electricians. Disruptions from rush jobs or phone calls may be frequent, after which they return to their planned work schedule. There may be considerable variety in work activities, since many cabinetmaking shops take a variety of projects, calling for different materials and specifications. (3)
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Decision Making
  • Decide how long glued pieces will stay in the press. (1)
  • Decide priorities for the delivery schedule. (2)
  • Decide what procedures to use to build a piece. (2)
  • Make design decisions, such as what type of leg to use on a table. (2)
  • Decide which tool will work best to complete a detail. (2)
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Problem Solving
  • A piece of equipment, such as a belt sander or a thickness planer, breaks down. Call in a repair person immediately or rent another piece of equipment. (1)
  • Use problem solving strategies to work out the steps to follow when building a piece from a photograph. (2)
  • Several laminated sheets in an order arrived damaged. Talk to the customer to find out if the customer wants to substitute a different material or wait until a re-order can be completed. (2)
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Finding Information
  • Contact suppliers to get information, such as at what pressure the sprayer should be set. (1)
  • Call on experts, such as community college instructors, to get guidance on what chemicals would react best with Honduras Mahogany to give a rich colour. (1)
  • Look in catalogues and supplier brochures to get information, such as the allowances for hinges. (1)
  • Refer to manuals and reference materials to learn how to carry out various procedures. (2)
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